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The 246th Army Band, a unit of the South Carolina National Guard, lays out a rendition of "Misty" for listeners in Maude Edenfield Park during the 2018 Music in the Park series. 

Plans are in place for one of the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council’s most popular annual traditions, with the “Music in the Park” series of free Thursday concerts set for run from May into July.

The shows are traditionally held outdoors (weather permitting), in Maude Edenfield Park, on Brookside Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. and running for about an hour. Foul weather, or the strong threat of it, usually results in a concert being moved a few yards away, into the North Augusta Community Center. Among the series’ sponsors are the City of North Augusta and University Health Care System.

The first month of offerings are SwingShift (beach music and oldies), May 9; North Augusta High School’s wind ensemble and percussion ensemble, May 16; Savannah River Winds’ jazz ensemble (big band, swing and classic pop), May 23; and the Mike Frost Band (jazz, pop, rhythm and blues), May 30.

Next are Ippie Music (varied acoustics), June 6; Doug and the Henrys (Americana, folk and bluegrass), June 13; the Doc Easton Band (rhythm and blues, jazz and soft rock), June 20; and the 246th U.S. Army Band, associated with the South Carolina National Guard, June 27.

Wrapping up the offerings are Backline Bluegrass, July 11; and Andy Reid and Friends (classic jazz), July 18.