The Gulley Park Summer Concert Series is set to return for its 20th season in 2016.
For those unfamiliar, the events feature free outdoor live music with plenty of room for picnic blankets and lawn chairs throughout the fields surrounding the gazebo stage at Gulley Park in east Fayetteville.
Organized by the city’s Parks and Recreation department, the series includes a half dozen concerts, with a new band playing every other Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. The events are, of course, free and open to the public. Coolers are welcome for those who’d like to pack snacks or dinner, but food vendors are also usually set up around the park.
This year’s series kicks off May 26 with Nashville-based Americana rock band BRUNS.
After that, it’s Fayetteville’s own visual artist/singer-songwriter Dana Louise on June 9. The daughter of Trout Fishing in America’s Ezra Idlet, Dana, is a self-taught musician who learned to play guitar during an artist residency in the Azores Islands in 2011. She’s since released two full-length album and tours nationally. Dana will be joined at Gulley Park by her band the Glorious Birds which includes local banjo player Adams Collins, along with her father Ezra and Keith Grimwood of Trout Fishing in America.
Other artists on this year’s lineup include Blue Healer, Danielle Nicole, Flashback, and Effron White.