Everyone is encourage to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concerts In order for us to make sure that Fountain Park looks its best and maintained prior to the concert we ask that you Please Do NOT set up Lawn Chairs in the Park on days of the concerts until after 12pm. Your cooperation would be much appreciated!
Niswonger Performing Arts Center
Inclement Weather Location
All concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert outside. Food is available by 5:30 p.m. Fountain Park is located just west of downtown Van Wert at the corner of W. Main and Jefferson St.
If inclement weather occurs and the concert cannot be held outdoors, it will be moved into the Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert, OH, just on the south side of Van Wert.
Van Wert's very own musicians Come and enjoy music from the talented area musicians who will be in concert at Fountain Park on these following Friday nights: All Concerts will begin at 7pm.
The Area Concert Band Dates Are
May 27th July 8th August 19th
The Summer Music Series is Made Possible Through The Van Wert County Foundation
The Performing Arts Department of the Foundation was established in 2002 for the purpose of coordinating all musical activities supported by the Saltzgaber Music Fund. The Fountain Park Summer Music Series and Community Concert Series at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio are supported in part of entirely by The Foundation. Educational workshops and clinics are also offered through the year for the schools and music community. Paul Hoverman is the Coordinatior of the Performing Arts. For more information on the area performing arts email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June 3 The Together Band
June 17 Madrigal-The Ultimate Tribute to Carlos Santana
The Together Band, Established in the 70's has been entertaining crowds in a tri-state area for more than four decades. Together provides action packed show that delivers a classic rock, funk, soul and feel good music experience for all ages. The band features a 9-piece ensemble of undeniable rhythm section, electrifying horns and dynamic vocals from all band members.
This Cincinnati based band of professional musicians offer up a true Carlos Santana concert experience. Led by Jose Madrigal, a Mexican immigrant who was home schooled on the guitar by his father, a guitar professor at Northern Kentucky University, Jose was a recording artist for 20th Century Fox and Columbia Records. Surrounded by a talented group of outstanding musicians, you won't want to miss this Santana experience.
June 24 Beginnings-The Ultimate Tribute to Chicago
July 1 Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra
Out of their love and respect for one of the greatest American Rock Bands of all time, this group, comprised of veteran musicians of the New York music scene got their beginning in 2002. Since then, they have been sharing the wonderful music of the Chicago songbook with audiences all over the country including Disney's Epcot Center, Atlantic City's Resort Casino and the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas.
July 15 Natural Wonder-The Ultimate Stevie Wonder Experience
Gabriel Bello, a #1 Billboard ranked vocalist, producer and multi-instrumentalist, along with crack rhythm section and full-fledged horn ensemble recreate some of the best loved songs of our time by the phenomenal Stevie Wonder. Since its inception in 2012, Natural Wonder has wowed audiences for the American Heart Association, the Make -A-Wish Foundation, the House of Blues in Orlando and Myrtle Beach as well as BB Kings in New York.
July 29 Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos
Tom Feller and Chris Hill have made quick work of establishing themselves as among the top vocal groups in bluegrass winning over fans and disc jockeys in their few short years of existence. Combining their love of traditional bluegrass, classic country and their newly released all-Gospel album they have become a leader in the industry. Their tight harmonies and great songs have compared them to Buck Owens and the Osborne Brothers.
Maestro Crafton Beck returns to Van Wert with the Lima Pops Orchestra to herald another July 4th celebration. Van Wert is proud to be one of the few cities in the state to feature a live Pops Orchestra for its 4th of July weekend. Bring y9ur flags and wear your patriotism proudly on your sleeve as we celebrate America with the Lima Symphony Pops. It's always a crowd pleaser!
July 22 Chris Higbee
The former lead singer of Poverty Neck Hillbillies, this high energy fiddling cowboy puts on a show you will not forget. Often compared to another fiddling singer, Charlie Daniels, Higbee has been known to fiddle his way to the top of rooftops and rock the music from anywhere imaginable. Chris Higbee and his band will create an exciting and fun evening in Fountain Park for everyone to enjoy!
August 12 The McCartney Years
The premier McCartney concert experience featuring the music of the Beatles and Wings live! Relive the time of knitted vests, bell bottoms, 25-cent gas, cassette players and long hair. Welcome to the 70's and some of the greatest music of the century. The Fountain Park Summer Music Series closes its season with this timeless live concert experience-one you will remember all year long!