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Drive-in concert kicks off series

Leave it to the Portage Parks & Recreation Division: They’ve figured out a way to have a summer concert series and maintain social distancing.

The first event of its free Summer Concert Series, which begins at 7 p.m. June 18 at Ramona Park, 8600 S. Sprinkle Road, will be “drive-in style,” letting attendees listen to the music from the comfort of their own cars. The tribute band The Boy Band Night will perform songs made famous by boy bands such as ’N Sync, the Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, One Direction and others.

Three other concerts are planned in the series, all of them beginning at 7 p.m. at locations to be announced:

June 25 —Tribute band The Hair Band Night will perform hits from 1980s hair bands, including Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses and Van Halen.

July 30 — Tribute band Motown Nation will perform songs by Motown artists, including Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Frankie Valli, The Supremes and The Temptations.

August 6 — West Michigan R&B musicians Al Hight & The M6 West Band will perform. The band’s name refers to the highway that runs through their hometown of Grand Rapids.

For an updated schedule of concerts and locations, visit the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo’s website at
kalamazooarts.org/concerts-in-the-park.