Aurora residents can hear live music from their cars

City sponsors series of drive-up concerts in park

April Helms
Kent Weeklies
The Chardon Polka Band's Jake Kouwe rocks the accordion during the City of Aurora's 2020 Drive-Up Concert Series at Hartman Park and Athletic Fields.

AURORA — With the COVID-19 pandemic scuttling many summer activities, many area residents may be missing hearing live music.

Aurora is offering the opportunity to do just that with its series of free drive-up concerts at Hartman Park & Athletic Fields, 305 Townline Road. The first concert, featuring the Chardon Polka Band, was Aug. 6.

“Other communities are pursuing such ventures as well, providing outdoor enjoyment while protecting the public during the pandemic,” said Mayor Ann Womer Benjamin.

The mayor said she encouraged people to have fun “but please be respectful so everyone can have fun.” Masks will be required if someone wishes to leave his or her vehicle, and those attending the concert should observe social distancing guidelines.

When permitted, a food truck vendor will be featured at the concerts as well. Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. The parking lot will open at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming bands and food trucks include:

• Aug. 20 – My Drunken Uncle, which plays music from artists such as Led Zeppelin, Little Richard, Michael Jackson, AC/DC and Meatloaf; with food truck SWAT, based in Macedonia;

• Sept. 3 – Country band Post Road, which has members from Twinsburg, with a food truck from Akron-based Swensons; and

• Sept. 17 – Spazmatics, which plays music from musicians such as Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, David Bowie and The Knack, with food truck The Bus Stop in Geauga County.

Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be permitted. Restrooms will be available onsite.

Call 330-655-6410 for information if the weather is inclement.

For details, visit https://www.auroraoh.com/639/Drive-Up-Concert-Series or call 330-562-4333.

Womer Benjamin said that the city did have to cancel volleyball, boys basketball, and running club programs this fall, along with open gyms. However, adult softball recently started again, and the city is looking at options for its Community Education programs and soccer.

Visit auroraoh.com for details on programs and for updates.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at ahelms@recordpub.com

Concert goers listen to The Chardon Polka Band perform at the Hartman Park & Athletic Fields in Aurora. This is the first of the Aurora Drive-Up Concert Series put on by The City of Aurora Parks & Recreation Department.