Rock or country, blues or reggae, big band or jazz whatever the genre, there's probably a chance to hear it for free sometime this summer at an area park.
Free outdoor concerts can be found nearly every day of the week in Trumbull and Mahoning counties and neighboring communities.
Some financing is provided by the Performance Trust Funds provided by the Recording Industry Association of America and administered by the American Federation of Musicians, but most of the funding these days comes from local businesses, corporate sponsors and foundations/grants.
Special to the Tribune Chronicle
?Amanda Jones & the Family Band will play free outdoor concerts in Lordstown, Austintown and Youngstown this summer.
In addition to providing free outdoor entertainment for the community, the series provide exposure and performance opportunities for area musicians, who dominate the summer schedules.
Here are some of the places were readers can find free outdoor entertainment through Labor Day.
SUMMER NIGHT SPECIALS
Performances in this concert series presented by the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County at the Warren Community Amphitheatre, 303 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, start at 7 p.m.
NOON IN THE PARK
Concerts start around noon Fridays at the gazebo on Courthouse Square, West Market Street and North Park Avenue, Warren. Lunch options will be available.
W.D. PACKARD CONCERT BAND SUMMER LAWN CONCERTS
The W.D. Packard Concert Band moves its performances from inside Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren, to its south lawn band shell when the weather gets warm. Concerts start at 7 p.m. unless specified otherwise.
MCKINLEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Concerts take place on the lawn of the McKinley Memorial Library, 40 N. Main St., Niles, and move inside to the Memorial in the vent of bad weather. All concerts start at 7 p.m.
LORDSTOWN VILLAGE SUMMER CONCERTS
All concerts take place in the pavilion at Founders Park, Salt Springs Road and Tod Avenue S.W. and start at 6:30 p.m. unless specified otherwise.
GIRARD CONCERT SERIES
Concerts start at 7 p.m. Sundays at Tod Park on Park Avenue
MCDONALD CONCERT SERIES
Programs start at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Ramsay Memorial Pavilion , Fifth Street and Ohio Avenue.
MOSQUITO LAKE MARINA
The Marina, located on the south end of the lake on State Route 305 in Bazetta across from the main launch ramp, hosts outdoor concerts, which start at 5 p.m. unless specified otherwise.
NEWTON FALLS SUMMER CONCERTS
Two free outdoor concerts currently are planned with the possible addition of a third concert to be announced.
AUSTINTOWN CONCERTS IN THE PARK
Concerts take place at Township Park, 6000 Kirk Road, Austintown, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
LIVE! AT THE MORLEY
Mill Creek MetroParks features concerts at the Wick Recreation Area's Judge Morley Pavilion at 7 p.m. unless specified otherwise.
Concert start at 7 p.m. unless specified otherwise at Maag Outdoor Arts Theatre, at Boardman Park, 375 Boardman-Poland Road.
CANFIELD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ON THE GREEN
Concerts starts at 7 p.m. on the Village Green on State Route 46.
POLAND CONCERT SERIES
Concerts are scheduled at 7 p.m. Mondays at the Gazebo on the Village Green at Main Street.
STRUTHERS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Concerts start at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Mauthe Park, 156 Smithfield St.
BUHL FARM PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Concerts take place in the Performing Arts Center at Buhl Farm Park, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, Pa. Wednesday concerts start at 6:30 p.m., and Sunday performances start at 6 p.m. unless specified otherwise.