Local bands react to Concerts in the Park being cancelled
BOWLING GREEN Ky.- The cancellation of a Bowling Green summertime celebration of all things music – Concerts in the Park – has saddened many local musicians who look forward to performing in the weekly series.
The Covid-19 pandemic caused the event to be cancelled for the first time in the event’s 40-year history. Bowling Green band Dizzorderly Conduct was set to perform in this year’s lineup. While saddened by the cancellation, drummer Jim DeCesare said the outcome was not unexpected.
“I wasn’t totally surprised. I’ve been in contact with the organizers of Concerts in the Park. They were hoping to do the concerts this year,” DeCesare.
Alan Simpson is the drummer and vocalist for the band Bueler’s Day Off.
“Music is a universal language. When something like this gets cancelled, I hate it for the community,” Simpson said.
While the event has been held in Circus Square Park, Fountain Square Park was the original home of the concert, which is a throwback for Simpson.
“One of my fondest memories was actually seeing Skip Bond and the Fugitives right in front of Capitol Arts. The entire community came out,” Simpson said.
While live performances are currently off the table, Dizzorderly Conduct has taken things digital, with a video collaboration performance.
For musicians like DeCesare and Simpson, playing music is more than just a hobby. It’s a passion, and local bands are ready for a return to the stage.
“Not being able to play music is like having a death in the family. It’s part of my family, as well as the guys in the band. We can’t wait to get back and play anywhere frankly,” Simpson said.
To check out Dizzorderly Conduct’s video collaboration, it’s available on the band’s Facebook page.
Here is the link for Bueler’s Day Off.