The summer tradition in Muskoka, “Music on the Barge” returns to Gull Lake Rotary Park in Gravenhurst on Sunday, June 19th, beginning at 7:30 p.m., featuring The Gravenhurst Bifocals Concert Band under the direction of Conductor Neil Barlow.
This summer season promises to deliver a variety of sounds ranging from concert bands, 50’s and 60’s, country to pop and rock and roll. Some of the finest tribute artists in the country will also be performing during the upcoming season.
“It’s always great to see the support from our summer and local residents at the Sunday night concerts,” said Fred Schulz, series music coordinator. “Music on the Barge concerts are an important part of summer in Gravenhurst and Muskoka. We are very grateful to our season and individual sponsors who help financially to off-set the costs occurred by The Town of Gravenhurst,” added Schulz.
This year’s lineup includes; The Gravenhurst Bifocals Concert Band, The Orillia Silver Band, The Rev-Tones, Brian Neale & Northern Harbour, The Becket Family, The Liverpool 4, Johnny Cash & The Honky Tonk Angles, Freddy Vette & the Flames. The season finale welcomes back ‘The Good Brothers’, who have repeatedly named the Barge as their favourite performance venue. This year marks the 25th Anniversary performance of The Good Brothers at the “Barge” and will feature some special guests and presentations during the evening.
“Music on the Barge” concerts start at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise stated. Admission is a FREE WILL OFFERING which assists with programming costs. Concerts will be canceled and not relocated to another venue in the event of inclement weather, rain or lighting for the safety of the audiences and the performers.
For the detailed full summer concert schedule please visit www.MusicOnTheBarge.com
The “Barge” was designed by Stanley White Jr., and was financed through the combined efforts of the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, the Board of Trade, the municipality of the Town of Gravenhurst and generous donations from citizens. At a cost of approximately $14,000, the Barge was completed by July 4th, 1959.
The first official performance on the permanent and present “Barge” structure was held on that day for the official visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.