Falklanders take center stage Friday in the park

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The Falklanders will be featured in this week’s concert of the Edward Jones Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks & Recreation Department. The series, now in its 17th season of free, family-oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Falklanders is a Louisville-based band which plays ragtime and Dixieland music and selected tunes from the great American Songbook – Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter and others. The group features vocals mixed in with traditional instrumental tunes for a program that has something for just about everybody.

As many in the Falklanders were in the former Rascals of Ragtyme – which has performed in Bardstown for many years – they say they are looking forward to upholding a tradition which they have been a part of for many years in Bardstown.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Farmers Market on East Flaget Avenue.

Next week’s concert will feature local musicians Gary Vidito and Rene Buckman, presenting a special tribute concert to John Denver and Emmylou Harris.

This year’s Summer Band Concert Series is again being underwritten by Edward Jones Investment agents Rob Smotherman, Sarah Hite Ballard, Matt Anderson, Darren Royal, and Nat Jordan. Corporate Patrons are: In memory of William H. Franklyn, Don Franklin of Bardstown, and Town & Country Bank.

Patrons of the Arts this year are: BJ’s Steakhouse, Drs. Josh and Lindsay Blackmon, Keith and Cheryl Board, Phil and Lynne Bowling, Bill and Cathy Conway, Dance Pro’s, FiveStar Food Marts, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Tink and Lucia Guthrie, Dick and Alice Heaton, Scarlett Hibbs, Kentucky Farm Bureau East, Kentucky Home Realty, Lincoln National Bank, and Thornridge Farm.

Many other local businesses and individuals also made contributions, making this year’s concert series possible.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and let the kids play on the park’s playground equipment while you enjoy the concert. There is plenty of parking available.