The 40th season for the Hopelands Summer Concert Series continues with a performance by the H.I.T. String Band on Monday.


The performance will take place on the Roland H. Windham Performing Arts Stage at Hopelands Gardens and will begin at 7 p.m. This performance is presented by Allstar Tents & Events.


The H.I.T. String Band was formed three years ago by Dave Donehoo. Donehoo was born in north Georgia and learned to play Appalachian, or “old time” music, from his musical mentors – his father and grandfather, according to the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.


As the years went by, musicians he played with died, so he decided to pass on his musical heritage to the young people in his church who showed interest.


Several years later, he formed a group of five to 10 musicians, and today they play Appalachian music at numerous heritage-type events that include Arts in the Heart of Augusta; Pioneer Days in Lincolnton, Georgia; Mule Days at Callaway Plantation in Washington, Georgia; Railroad Days in Camak, Georgia; as well as other venues in the CSRA.


The concert will feature a variety of songs including “Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Tennessee Cat,” “Bright Sunny South,” “Mississippi Sawyer” and “Arkansas Traveler.”


The Hopelands Summer Concert Series will continue throughout the summer, each Monday night until the end of August. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be held at Hopelands Gardens on the Windham Performing Arts Stage.


The event is free of charge. Food is allowed, but alcohol is not. Well-behaved pets on leashes are also allowed.


Public parking is available at the Green Boundary Club on Whiskey Road across from Hopelands Gardens. Handicap parking is available at the Hopelands Gardens parking lot on 135 Dupree Place.


In the case of inclement weather, call the rainout hot line at 803-643-4661 or the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center at 803-642-7631.