For years, a summer weekend in Goodale Park has been synonymous with quality local music, provided free to the public. And I’m not just referring to Comfest. After years of gracing the park gazebo, the Short North Sunday Jazz series had recently fallen prey to city budget shortfalls. Short North Foundation board member Alexandra Kelley recognized what a loss the cancellation meant for the neighborhood and decided to approach her organization and other interested community groups to fill the void. The effort at reviving music in the park is very much of the grassroots variety, noticeably devoid of corporate sponsorship and funded solely by neighborhood societies and, yes, Comfest itself.
Under Ms. Kelley’s direction, the musical programming has diversified from exclusively jazz, but maintains the spirit of family-friendly acts with broad appeal. Renaming the events to Goodale Park Music Series is a reflection of this diversity. Beginning this Sunday July 12th with the bluegrass of Dale Vanderpool & friends, the five weeks following will span genres from folk to jazz to pop Americana. All shows begin at noon, and run for roughly an hour and a half. A Facebook group has been formed to promote (and send reminders!) of upcoming shows. A full schedule of bands is available after the jump. Continue reading