by Jeff Niesel
This year’s the Party in the Park, which takes in downtown Painesville’s Veteran’s Park on July 18 to 20, features more than 30 from all over Ohio and across the U.S. performing continuously on three stages. The eclectic line-up includes New Orleans singer-songwriter Eric Lindell, Charlotte-based reggae rockers Simplified, Nashville roots rock act the Delta Saints and local hero Carlos Jones and his PLUS band. Local favorites such as Alex Bevan, Cats on Holiday and Tropidelic are also on the bill. Last year’s event drew some 55,000 people. “We try to cover as many musical genres as possible to attract a wide spectrum of music lovers and we book bands that are playing major music festivals that people pay a lot of money to see,” says entertainment Gabe Cicconetti in a press release. The Painesville Community Improvement Corporation, the non-profit organization that hosts the event, has booked some 40 food vendors and a beer garden featuring Great Lakes Brewing Co., Oskar Blues, Miller, Guiness Seven Brothers Spirits, and wine. The event also includes a community stage, a “Kidzone” with inflatables and a classic and custom car shows. Admission is free. Go to parkpartyinfo.com for more info.