Summer seems to have a sound all its own.
Crickets and locusts buzz in the early evening. Lawnmowers hum in the afternoon. The ice cream truck’s incessant jingle trails through neighborhoods, with hungry children chasing behind.
But increasingly, outdoor concert programs bring every type of music served up in an outdoor setting. From a Jimmy Buffett tribute band to R&B dance acts, from Indianapolis’ favorite songstress to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Johnson County offers something for every musical taste this summer.
To help people navigate the summer concert season, the Daily Journal has collected the local acts coming through the county during the next three months.
So grab your blanket and a cooler, bug spray and sunglasses, and don’t miss these 10 shows.
Parrots of the Caribbean
When: 7 p.m. June 5
Where: Greenwood Park Mall
Why: Billing themselves as a top Jimmy Buffett tribute band,
Parrots of the Caribbean has become a staple in central Indiana during the summer. The band plays everything from “Margaritaville” to “One Particular Harbor” to originals from their new release, “It’s All Right With Me If It’s Cool Bayou.” They are noted for their wild live performances and tropical costumes. And nothing says summer like Buffett.
When: 7 p.m. June 14
Where: Mallow Run Winery, 6964 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville
Cost: $15 in advance or $20 day of show
Why: With a smoky voice and passionate lyrics, DeVoe has made a name for herself with sultry live shows. She is a mainstay at music events throughout central Indiana during the warmer months, and her performances at Mallow Run every year have become a tradition. Spread out on a blanket, enjoy a bottle of Hoosier-made wine and jam to an Indiana original.
Indiana Wind Symphony
When: 8 p.m. June 27
Where: Johnson County Park amphitheater, near Schoolhouse Road and Rodeo Drive, north of Camp Atterbury
Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors and students, $1 children younger than 12
Why: The booming of fireworks blends with the crescendo of clarinet, trumpet and trombone in the annual concert Fanfare and Fireworks. Organized by the Franklin Symphonic Council, the event helps fund music programs for children and adults in the community. The wind symphony, led by Charles Conrad, will perform a program of patriotic music and show tunes before ceding to a pyrotechnics show as dusk falls.
Blue River Band
When: 7 p.m. June 28
Where: Downtown Franklin square
Why: The smell of smoking meat and down-home country music go together like sweet and tangy of a good barbecue sauce. Smoke on the Square will bring nearly 30 professional barbecue teams to downtown Franklin for a mouth-watering summer event. The Blue River Band, based in Greenwood, will provide the soundtrack with its mix of modern country and classic twang, giving the competition a Johnson County flavor.
Stacie Sandoval and Trio Con Paz
When: 5 p.m. July 12
Where: Mallow Run Winery
Why: In the deep heat of summer, the spicy kick of Latin music will help cool things off. Sandoval blends Cuban and other Latin beats with the up-tempo sounds of the Trio Con Paz. The performance on Mallow Run’s back patio will be accompanied with a fiesta of Latin-inspired foods.
Tastes Like Chicken
When: 7 p.m. July 19
Where: Greenwood Amphitheater, 100 Surina Way
Why: With a blend of rock and pop, classic and modern, Tastes Like Chicken features a little of everything for the audience. The set list segues from Kelly Clarkson into Bruce Springsteen into Earth, Wind and Fire. As part of Greenwood’s summer concert series, the band will have people up and dancing under the stars.
When: 7 p.m. July 26
Where: Mallow Run Winery
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 the day of the show
Why: Ever heard the ’80s jam of “She Blinded Me with Science” melded with the oompah? Or tubas and accordions jamming to Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold?” Polka Boy is that rare act that can mix pop music with the traditional sounds of polka. The Indianapolis-based band returns for its annual trip to Mallow Run.
and the Pink Martinis
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 2
Where: Greenwood Amphitheater
Why: When this Indianapolis party band hits the stage, they want audience members to be both shaken and stirred. Playing a mix of modern hits from artists such as Lady Gaga and Kesha to R&B classics by The Emotions and Chubby Checker, Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis try to pick a little bit of everything for their live shows. That means that somewhere in their set list, attendees will find something they like.
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 14
Where: Greenwood Park Mall
Why: The heyday of Journey, Guns N’ Roses and Mötley Crüe may have passed. But the power chords, outrageous leather outfits and big, big hair live on in the shows of Hairbangers Ball. The Chicago-based band bring the sounds of the ’80s to life, playing everything from Heart to Aerosmith to Bon Jovi.
When: 7 p.m. Aug. 22
Where: Downtown Franklin
Why: Bluegrass gets its own unique twist when Drymill Road takes the stage. The band picks and twangs its way through their own original material, as well as bluegrass covers of Led Zeppelin and Beatles classics. As part of the annual Beer and Bluegrass Festival, people can enjoy the music, or buy admission into the nearby beer tasting tent to sample some of the best local brewers have to offer.