Arts in the Park

Arts in the Park is our summer concert series that brings live music to you every Friday throughout the summer. For over 40 years, the Manhattan Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored, organized, and produced free weekly outdoor concerts for the Manhattan community. We offer a variety of musical genres, including Country, Folk, Americana, Rock & Roll, Alt Rock, Soul, and Funk. Shows start at 8:00 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park unless otherwise noted.

2017 Arts in the Park Schedule
Friday, June 2  Jessica Paige
Friday, June 9 Billy McGuigan
Friday, June 16 The Railsplitters
Friday, June 23 Not a Planet
Friday, June 30 The Hunts
Friday, July 7 Vocal Trash
Friday, July 14 Aloft Circus Arts
Friday, July 21 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Friday, July 28 BritBeat

ARTIST INFORMATION

Jessica Paige (June 2)

Jessica Paige (June 2)




As a committed wanderer, former American Idol contestant Jessica Paige draws on personal experience and the stories of old souls to bring her own unique brand of songwriting to the stage. Folk-inspired lyricism is brought to life by a master vocalist, backed by a dynamic soulful band.

Billy McGuigan (June 9)

Billy McGuigan (June 9)



“There was always music in our house. Whether it was background for dinner, up front for parties or required listening because of the release of a Beatles-related album, music was always the forefront of our family.” Billy's upbringing instilled in him a love of the songs that take him back to those days playing and singing with his Dad and brothers. Today those memories fuel Billy’s innate talent and desire to bring good times through music to others across the nation.

The Railsplitters (June 16)

The Railsplitters (June 16)



Fresh off the success of their first album, and taking first place in Rockygrass’ Best New Band Competition, Colorado natives, The Railsplitters got busy touring the US, meeting wider audiences, and of course, spending hours in the tour van! With their finger on the pulse, The Railsplitters are pushing the genre forward with an adventurous spirit, carrying in the tradition of breaking boundaries with their innovative sound.

Not a Planet (June 23)

Not a Planet (June 23)






Kansas City's Not A Planet passionately serves up compelling rock and roll music, diversely influenced by 60's pop, east coast indie rock and foot-stompin' blues.

The Hunts (June 30)

The Hunts (June 30)



With a harmony-laced take on alt-folk that’s both breathtaking and sweetly ethereal, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band made up of seven brothers and sisters who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives.

Vocal Trash (July 7)

Vocal Trash (July 7)




Described as, “Glee Meets Stomp”, Vocal Trash delights audiences, globally, on a relentless pursuit to bring people together utilizing the universal language of song and dance. Urban Broadway.

Aloft Circus Arts (July 14)

Aloft Circus Arts (July 14)




Aloft is a Chicago-based circus company dedicated to telling original stories though world-class circus arts. In performances meant for theater, the street or the open sky Aloft is changing the limits of what's physically possible in storytelling.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (July 21)



Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is the Premier Purveyor of Family Funk and Half Pint Hip Hop. More Fraggles than Wiggles, more Soul Train than Thomas the Train, 23 Skidoo is equal parts Dr. Suess and Dr. Dre! 

BritBeat (July 28)

BritBeat (July 28)



BritBeat recreates the Beatles touring years. The show begins with the early Ed Sullivan songs that includes 'She Loves You', 'Twist and Shout' and 'I Want To Hold Your Hand'. Experience the mania, moods and emotions while you dance away to classic hits such as 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!' BritBeat captures the authentic mannerisms and memorable traits of John, Paul, George and Ringo live on stage!

Manhattan Municipal Band


2017 Special Performances


  • 9:30 a.m. May 29 at Sunset Cemetery (Memorial Day)
  • 7:30 p.m. May 29 at Larry Norvell Band Shell (Memorial Day)
  • 6:30 p.m. July 4 at Larry Norvell Band Shell (4th of July)

2017 Regular Weekly Performances 


Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Larry Norvell Band Shell
  • June 6
  • June 13
  • June 20
  • June 27
  • July 11
  • July 18

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