Arts center’s free Friday Night Live ‘great way to relax’

Summer concert series starting

One way to tell it is summer in Seymour is the beginning of Southern Indiana Center for the Arts’ Friday Night Live concert series.

The series kicked off Friday night with Frisky Business taking to the stage and many local residents taking advantage of the weather and free entertainment.

The concert series has featured local talent over the last 10 years.

Darnell Dukes, executive director of the arts center, said the event is a great way for friends to gather, relax and begin the weekend.

“It’s just the atmosphere out here,” she said. “You can just sit on the hillside, bring coolers and drinks and it’s a great way to wind down.”

The event also helps the center promote other activities it has planned this summer.

Among them is a new all-day art camp for fourth grade and up in July.

“They will be able to experience two hours of each form of art,” she said.

That will include basket weaving, sculpture, graffiti, print making and two- and three-dimensional art. Space is limited to 15 students.

The center also offers four weeks of art camp that will begin this week. The arts center also organizes Seymour CityJam and Mr. Jackson County this summer.

Dukes said she hopes people know they do not have to be able to paint or draw to visit the arts center.

“A lot of people think you have to paint or draw, but you don’t have to do any of that to come here and appreciate art,” she said.

Dukes said Friday Night Live allows the center to promote art beyond paintings and other traditional forms of art.

“This event here helps display the local artists and their music,” she said.

Dukes said she was impressed with Frisky Business, an acoustic duo featuring Mike Gerth and Jill McIntosh King.

“I like it and really enjoy them,” she said. “I’ve been tapping my toes.”

If you go

Southern Indiana Center for the Arts’ Friday Night Live concert series

June 9: TOG Band

June 16: Past Tense

June 23: Bomar and Ritter

June 30: Alley Katz

July 7: Bad Medicine

July 14: Elements of Jazz

All shows are from 7 to 9 p.m. at the arts center, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour.

Information: 812-522-2278

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Jordan Richart is a correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.