Summer is the sweet spot for outdoor concerts in Wichita, when music lovers can let their hair down outdoors, often for free.
This year the WaterWalk gets in the mix, becoming the new venue for the classic rock concerts that had been held for 10 years at the Old Town Farm & Art Market Plaza on Friday nights in July and August.
Staging the concerts in Old Town was going to involve more money for the sponsors, with the city requiring more Port-A-Potties and police, said Jack Oliver of Entercom. Entercom's radio station KEYN-FM, 103.7, puts on the concerts with Capitol Federal.
To freshen up the series, keep the concerts free and expose people to WaterWalk, the concerts will take place on the grassy area to the west of the condos at Waterman and Main streets, said Oliver and Brad Horning of Entercom.
"There will be a lot better parking," Oliver said.
Here's where you can catch the shows this summer.
Sedgwick County Zoo
This series, presented by Capitol Federal, rolls out at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.
Bring your own chairs, and a picnic dinner if you'd like. Food and drink will be for sale, including alcoholic beverages. Alcohol may not be brought in.
Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 11, available at the zoo entrance or online at scz.org. Tickets at the door on the evening of the concert are $15 for adults and $8 for kids, with discounts for members.
For more information, go to the website scz.org.
* June 16, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
* June 30, Terrance Simien
* July 14, John Oates
* July 28, Tab Benoit.
Bradley Fair offers free jazz concerts on Thursdays in June. Concerts are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on the plaza at Rock Road and 21st Street. The final concert, on June 30, will be followed by a fireworks show and preceded by an extra concert.
Admission is free. For more information, go to the website www.bradleyfair.com or call 316-630-9990.
* June 9, Brian Simpson
* June 16, Grady Nichols
* June 23, Four 80 East with Shilts & Matt Marshak
* June 30, JayRob — Dimension from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.; Marcus Anderson from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; fireworks following.
Botanica is open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the summer (until 8 p.m.), and on Tuesdays an after-work social time combines flowers and cocktails on the terrace, with live music as part of the mix. Tuesdays on the Terrace are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Regular admission is charged for nonmembers ($7 for adults); members get in free. For more information, call 316-264-0448 or go to botanica.org.
Musical acts scheduled so far:
* June 7, Knocknasheega
* June 14, Flatland String Band
* June 21, Bruce Huss
* June 28, RKO Blues
* July 5, Mead Street Blues Reunion
* July 12, Amanda Lind
* July 27, Cherokee Maidens
* Aug. 2, Soul Revolution
* Aug. 9, Caleb McGinn
* Aug. 31, Mudbugs
* Sept. 13, Charisse and Steve Kahler
* Sept. 20, Southwind Ramblers
Sept. 27, Midian Shrine Polkatz.
Because Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine is not open to the public all the time, its summer concert series offers a good opportunity to see its beautiful towering trees and gracious grounds.
Tickets are $10 at the door. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the shows start at 4. Food is available for sale, and picnics are welcome. For more information, go to the website www.bartlettarboretum.com.
* June 12, high-octane bluegrass band Split Lip Rayfield
* July 17, Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave
* July 24, Australian bluegrass band The Greencards.
Free classic-hits concerts will be presented in July and August by KEYN-FM, 103.7, and Capitol Federal at 8 p.m. Fridays at the WaterWalk, Main and Waterman streets. Bring lawn chairs. Food will be for sale, as will alcoholic beverages; alcohol may not be brought in.
For more information, call 316-685-2121.
* July 8, King Midas
* July 15, Much Love with Rudy Love
* July 22, Blue Eyed Soul
* July 29, Big Fat Fun
* Aug. 5, Three Ring Circus
* Aug. 12, Annie Up.