Summer concerts begin June 11

Pop-rock trio ‘Mystery Dates’ kicks off free performances at Chisholm Trail Park

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Rick Sondag is the lead singer of The Mystery Dates, a pop and rock trio, will kick off Yukon’s summer “Concerts in the Park” series on Thursday, June 11 at Chisholm Trail Park. (Photo provided)

By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer

SUMMER CONCERT                                                                                                      WHO: The Mystery Dates
WHEN: Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Chisholm Trail Park Gazebo at 500 W Vanament
MORE INFO: Free weekly concerts are booked each Thursday night this summer starting June 11.

A popular outdoor concert series will soon be back in full swing at Yukon’s premier park.

The Mystery Dates will kick off this summer’s “Concerts in the Park” with a pop and rock performance on Thursday, June 11 at the Chisholm Trail Park Gazebo, 500 W Vandament. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Free weekly concerts are booked each Thursday night this summer starting June 11 at the large gazebo.

“People really enjoy coming out to the park for these concerts,” Yukon Parks & Recreation Director Jan Scott said. “They can get out of their homes and enjoy the outdoors.”

The Mystery Dates have been entertaining audiences for two decades. The pop trio’s energetic sets cover everything from 1950s crooners to current pop and rock.

Members are Rick Sondag (guitar and vocals), Julie Sondag (bass and vocals) and Mike Simon (drums).

Yukon’s June park concerts will offer “three different types” of music, Scott noted.

Concerts to follow will feature Core Country on Thursday, June 18 and Irv Wagner’s Jazz Combo (with a solo by former Mayor Earline Smaistrla) on Thursday, June 25. These bands’ performances also will start at 7:30 p.m.

There will be food trucks available at the June concerts.

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Scott is scheduling more Thursday night concerts for July and August after the annual Freedom Fest celebration.

“Hopefully in July, we’ll be back to the way it was – with a 7 p.m. start time and concessions,” Scott said.

The full concert schedule will be announced soon once all groups are confirmed, she added.

Music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts are urged to enjoy the free weekly concerts starting June 11 at Chisholm Trail Park.

“There is plenty of space there and people can come out and put their lawn chairs and blankets wherever they want,” Scott said. “They can be 12 feet from each other if they want.”

Several bands – Super Freak, the HiFi Hillbillies and Irv Wagner’s Jazz Combo – will perform live music during Yukon’s Freedom Fest set Friday and Saturday, July 3-4 at the city park complex.