Galva Arts Council’s 10-week summer concert series kicks off May 27 in Wiley Park

It was a whirlwind process, but John Taylor likes the musical lineup that’s in place for the Galva Arts Council’s inaugural summer concert series.

“Given the time frame, I’m real happy with how the lineup turned out,” said Taylor, the leader of the Arts Council’s Levitt AMP Galva Music Series effort. “We really tried to have something for everyone.”

The first concert is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Wiley Park in Galva. The opening night’s lineup features The Giving Tree Band and John Till. 

All of the concerts in the 10-week series begin at 6 p.m. on Sundays and are an opportunity for music fans of all ages to enjoy free, live music in a picnic-style setting. Special activities and dinners hosted by a variety of local organizations will precede the concerts.

The Arts Council was selected in January as one of 15 non-profit recipients of a matching grant up to $25,000 from the Levitt Foundation. When the GAC learned of the matching grant, it set two things in motion — fundraising and arranging 10 weeks of musical entertainment.

“It was a very quick turnaround,” Taylor, a Cambridge resident, said. “It’s been a busy two months to pull everything together. Once we got the grant, the support has just been amazing — not just the monetary donations, but the those volunteering to help.”

The GAC’s fundraising efforts surpassed the $25,000 goal, which cemented the matching $25,000 grant from the Levitt Foundation. The due date for having the lineup in place was March 18, which Taylor achieved. 

The lineup goal was “something for everyone” and the 20 artists booked for the concert series check numerous musical boxes — New Age Outlaw, Folk, Alternative Country, Soul, Country, Pop Rock, Mexican Folk, Zydeco, French Rock, Acoustic, Hip Hop, Blues and Rock.

With the short-team goals achieved, Taylor is now focused long-term and believes it’s “promising” that the summer concert series continues in Galva for years to come.

“We were one of only four new cities (out of 15) to receive the grant this year, so I think there’s a real good opportunity to get it again next year,” Taylor said. “Even if we don’t get the grant again, I think we could pull off a concert series.”

The Levitt AMP Galva Music Series presented by Regional Media is made possible by generous community support, including the following major sponsors — Mediacom, City of Galva, Quad City Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Galesburg Community Foundation, Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery, Twinflower Inn, Community Foundation of Central Illinois, Fallengrund Alpacas, Galva Pharmacy, Michael and Lynne Grant Faller, State Bank of Toulon, Brian "Fox" Ellis, In Memory of Bill Martin Jr., The Back Road Music Festival, Big River Resources, Casey's General Store, Crescent City Tap, Delta on the Square, Dixline, Galva Chamber of Commerce, Hand Taylored Massage, Hathaway's Ace Hardware and Fresh Market, John H. Best & Sons, Inc., Marge Dickinson, Megan Sloan, Mel Foster Co. Kewanee, Trademark Vacations, Galva Schools, Country Financial, Galva Florist, Galva Masonic Lodge #243, Gustafson Ford, Jeff Hatch, Mike Kirley, Porter-Hay Insurance and Tri-County Eye Care.

 

Levitt AMP Galva Music Series

The lineup for the 2018 10-week summer 

concert series at Wiley Park in Galva features:

May 27 — The Giving Tree Band (New Age Outlaw) with John Till (Folk)

June 3 — Vandoliers (Alt. Country) with The Right Now (Soul)

June 10 — Mike and the Moonpies (Country) with Evan Bartels and the Stoney Lonesomes (Alt. Country)

June 17 — Stars Go Dim (Pop rock) with Emily Rose (Singer-songwriter)

June 24 — Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Mexican Folk) with Bone Jugs (Variety)

July 8 — Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Zydeco) with Seasaw (pop rock)

July 15 — Sweet Crude (French Rock) with Upstate Rubdown (Acoustic septet)

July 22 — Sophistafunk (Hip Hop) with High Up (Soul)

July 29 — Samantha Fish (Blues) with Luke Winslow-King (Vintage blues)

Aug. 5 — Kris Lager (Rock) with Calliope Musicals (Rock)