Legendary doo-wop and R&B bands kick off the Legacy Park Amphitheater’s 2017 season. Rock tribute bands, country artists and a rapper who turned back to his country roots fill out the remainder of the summer concert slots.
A free Celebration of the Arts begins the season on Friday, featuring performances from Mindy’s Dance Center; School of Rock; Sweet Adelines; Men of Note; Summit Theatre Group; and Lee’s Summit R-7 Orchestra, with musicians from the district’s three high schools.
This year the free concerts, which the department had long held downtown, will be held at the amphitheater. The gate opens at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short fireworks show.
Saturday kicks off paid admission events with Memories of Motown (The Drifters, The Coasters and The Platters). The gate opens at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.
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Later this summer Uncle Kracker, the Southern rock band Georgia Satellites and country artist William Michael Morgan will be among headliners.
“Like our motto, ‘Every Age, Every Season,’ we wanted to offer something for everyone,” said Tede Price, superintendent of recreation. Price said last year was a partial season so only a few concerts were offered. It was kind of like a restaurant’s soft opening, she said of the concerts being promoted as Rock the Amp.
Summer will also bring movies and fitness events to the amphitheater. The Night Flight run is changing location to begin at the amphitheater and follow the Legacy Loop trail.
Movies-in-the-Park at the amphitheater are scheduled for June 1
(“The Peanuts Movie”), July 6 (“Big”), and Aug. 3 (“The Croods”).
Price selected bands for the concert season, working with an agent and taking suggestions from peers from the organization Plains Presenters. She said the amphitheater is suitable for booking mid-tier groups that should be popular.
“We know we’ll never be able to get a Garth Brooks for a seven-day series,” Price said.
She said that as artists play the venue, they’ll spread the word and more will be looking to add Lee’s Summit to their tours.
Ticket prices for paid admission concerts run from $10 to $30, with a discount for purchasing in advance through the website RockTheAmp.net. The venue is lawn seating, so bring a chair or blanket. Pets are not allowed. Food and beverage vendors will be on site; for full rules go to the website.