Summer concerts attract music lovers of all types

Yukon Progress, Yukon Review, Chisholm Trail Festival
Morris McCraven with Smilin’ Vic and the Soul Monkeys belts out part of a song during the June 7 concert in the park. (Photo by Mindy Ragan Wood)

By Mindy Ragan Wood
Staff Writer

Concerts in the park are back and so are the families who love them as old and new friends gather on the lawn at the Chisholm Trail Gazebo each Thursday night during the summer.
People watchers, dog lovers and live music fans converge for a night that has become a favorite for many in Yukon.

Smilin’ Vic and the Soul Monkeys kicked off the summer concert series June 7 for a large audience that enjoyed unusually cool weather for summer. The concert series is hosted by Yukon’s parks and recreation department.

“We have quite a following. We have regulars who sit in the same place for the bands, and people get there early to sit in the shade” Parks and Recreation Director Jan Scott said.

“Depending on the group we get different people for the band they like and then we have those who just like the concerts themselves whether they like the band or not. They’re having fun.”

Three generations of the Kelly family have made Thursday night their weekly family outing since the concert series began in 2000.

“We always had a family night,” Sherry Kelly said. “We love it and we look forward to it. I think we like the atmosphere.