Residents who enjoy the sounds of big bands, military marches and other tunes should bring their blankets and lawn chairs to South Park beginning this week.
Lawrence's summer band series starts Wednesday.
Each concert will begin at 8 p.m. and will be held each Wednesday for the next eight weeks in South Park, in the 1100 block of Massachusetts. The concerts are free.
About 55 volunteer band members participate in each concert. The band sits in the South Park gazebo.
"A lot of people enjoy coming down and just making a picnic out of it," said Bob Foster, director of Kansas University bands and conductor for the summer series.
Wednesday's performance will feature a traditional concert, Foster said. It will include the Star Spangled Banner, and compositions by Cole Porter, John Philip Sousa and Johann Strauss.
Other shows and their themes are: June 11, the sounds of big bands; June 18, "big top," or circus theme; June 25, guest conductors, including the former director of the Marine band, John Bourgeois; July 2, "An American Salute" Independence Day concert; July 9, children's concert; July 16, a conductor's choice concert; and July 23, the season finale.
Fireworks will be set off toward the end of the July 2 and July 23 concerts, Foster said.
The summer band concerts are sponsored by the city's Parks and Recreation Department with assistance from the Rice Foundation.