A traditional Irish family band headline this week’s free Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series 2022 concert.
On Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m., live music will kick off at Webb Field (1501 West Silver Springs Boulevard) with singer-songwriter and Navy veteran Scott Jackson. After his performance, the Byrne Brothers will take the stage to close the show.
The Byrne Brothers are a family band that includes three siblings: Luca, 15, on button accordion, Finn, 13, on banjo and Dempsey, 10, on bodhran and tin whistle. Their father also plays guitar, uilleann flute, violin and bagpipes.
Additional free concerts will take place every Friday through July 1 (except May 27), and viewers will be treated to live music from the following headliners:
- Friday May 20 – The Drifters with Rick Sheppard (R&B/Soul).
- Friday June 3 – Reggae Force (Reggae).
- Friday, June 10 – Bette Smith (Soul/Rock).
- Friday, June 17 – Natu Camara (Afro-Rock Guinean).
- Friday, June 24 – Melvin Williams (Inspirational).
- Friday, July 1 – Grand Finale with Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts, and a patriotic performance with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to featuring a diverse lineup of artists spanning multiple musical genres, the concert series will also celebrate Black Music Month in June with African American and Black musicians and a partnership with Ocala’s Nineteenth Celebration. .
Each concert will spotlight a local non-profit organization that will be hosting a special activity or performance during the intermission of the event. There will also be plenty of food trucks and an Ocala Recreation Mobile trailer with games and outdoor activities.
Admission to each concert is free and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The Musical Series is a “rain or shine” event, and if a call for rain is made, the concert will be moved inside the ED Croskey Recreation Center (1510 NW 4th Street).
For more information on the concert series, visit the Levitt AMP Ocala 2022 Music Series Web page.