There is something that is so right about sitting on a patio in summer with a cold beverage. That good feeling feels even more right with good tunes and good friends. Those prerequisites for a good time are all available as part of the 19 on the Park Summer Patio Series which is back again this year to the delight of many a returning fan.

Begun in late June with Jason Wilson and the Perennials, the series picks up again on July 15 with Ian Kelly. Ideal for the chill patio setup, Kelly is a singer-songwriter from Montreal who is now a mainstay of the Canadian rock-folk scene. With five albums to his credit, including the new Superfolk release, his music wanders between soulful, acoustic guitar laments and personal lyrics to a more U2 style roots rock in places.

August sees two Patio Series shows with alt-country dudes, Union Duke heating up the patio with it’s Blue Rodeo-meets-the-hillbillies new-bluegrass groove. That is a compliment by the way. The 5 Canadian troubadours know how to work a crowd having been celebrated at big-time gigs like the Mariposa Folk Festival two years in a row. This summer they arrive in the middle of a tour of the country’s best barns, festival stages, taverns, and of course, patios, in support of their new album that they promise will be released this summer. That’s a good thing to have in hand on tour.

Kirsten Jones, another rootsy singer-songwriter who has toured with Corb Lund and Jim Cuddy among others, visits our fair town August 26th. The effortless groove of her most recent release Mad Mile covers Sheryl Crow-type ballads like Save Your Love to the out-and-out country declaration I Don’t want to Live Like This, that comes complete with fiddle and steel guitar and the requisite kiss-off theme.

The Patio series has proven to be a popular ticket so don’t leave ticket-getting until the last minute. These three artists will ensure a success this time around too. Get tickets at A pair will cost you $30 with taxes and fees – a good time for a good price.

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