June 11, 2010

Outdoor concert season is under way
(with only a partial rain-out)

An enthusiastic audience greeted the Kal Bergendahl Project for the first of this summer's Music on the Monument concerts -- every Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Monument Square.

Bergendahl and his three sidemen played cool jazz to the lunchtime crowd for 45 minutes before a light drizzle began -- and they made it through another 45 minutes with most of the audience intact until the skies opened for a brief shower that ended the outdoor concert 30 minutes early. That's one of the risks of outdoor concerts.

Now that we've gotten that out of the way, the summer concert season can continue at full force. Take your pick: We've got free concerts every Thursday at Music & More at the First Presbyterian Church, three free Summer Nights at the Square concerts on the second Saturday of June, July and August (blues veterans Howard & The White Boys tomorrow night), four Animal Crackers concerts at the Zoo on Wednesday nights during July and August, the Racine Symphony Orchestra's Pops Concerts, music on the street each month during the Downtown merchants' First Friday events, and, of course, lots of music at bars and church festivals.

So put the iPod away for a while and get out to hear something new.

Kal Bergendahl gets into it before the rain cut performance a little short