The Orange City Arts Council has announced its schedule of shows in Orange City’s Windmill Park for the upcoming summer season.
The series will feature 13 Wednesday nights of entertainment, beginning with Festival Latino on May 29. It will be the second annual Festival Latino, following last year’s successful event, and including food, dance, music and activities for all ages.
Onstage Orange City artists include Terry Evans with his soul and blues band June 26, and Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers June 12. A virtuoso of both the large piano note accordion and the old-style diatonic accordion, Lil’ Brian is serious about showing how this instrument can be as hip as any in contemporary music. Lil’ Brian has roots in East Texas, Terry Evans in Mississippi.
Malek’s Fishermen Band brings polka music – and an invitation for all to dance – on July 17. Funk Trek from Omaha performs July 31, with its smooth blend of funk, jazz and experimental music. August 14 is the date of the 35-member Riverblenders barbershop chorus from Mankato.
New this year is Co’Motion Dance Theatre on August 7, a professional contemporary dance company from Ames, performing a show for all ages.
Favorites returning again are the Orange City Area Community Band June 5 and July 10 and 24; the SchoolHouse Company theatre troupe August 21; and Orange CIty’s Got Talent on June 19.
There will be no show on Wednesday, July 3. Instead an Independence Day celebration will feature a mini-carnival, parade and food on Thursday afternoon, July 4, followed by the comedy/ juggling duo, In Capable Hands: Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw.
Contributions by local businesses and individuals, with help from the Orange City Arts Council and City of Orange City, fund the line-up of shows – all free to the public. Most shows will begin at 7:00pm in Orange CIty’s Windmill Park.
For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Onstage Orange City fliers will be available in late April.