May 19 concert at Wiley Park will serve as practice run for series

We’ve all heard the term “soft open” — a new business quietly opening its doors for a few customers to work out the kinks before the official grand opening.

Well, consider the Saturday, May 19, concert in Wiley Park as the soft open for the Levitt AMP Galva Music Series.

“Basically it’s our trial run,” said John Taylor, leader of the Galva Arts Council’s Levitt AMP Music Series. “We just wanted to have a practice run before the actual concert series begins May 27.”

The performers for the May 19 concert in Wiley Park are Harvest Sons at 6 p.m. and The People at 7 p.m. Harvest Sons is a Peoria-based, Midwest folk-country band. The musical style of The People is described by Sound Tribe Films as “somewhere between rough folk, ghostly country, homemade spiritual and cowboy rock n’ roll.”

A vendor fair from 1 to 6 p.m. in the park will lead into the concert. Vendors scheduled to attend include Norwex, Young Living Essential Oils, Broken Wings Beauty, Tupperware, Younique, 31 Bags, PollyAnnas, ColorStreet, Christogoth, Senegence/Lipsense, Wild Cherry Spoon Co. and LuLaroe Lori Prior.

There also will be food vendors in the park — Uncle Nolan’s Diner, Delta On The Square, Snazzy’s Lemonade and Busmann Concessions.

Galva: Ready, Set, Grow will serve dinner from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and dinner entertainment is scheduled from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The concert is free of charge and will give those in attendance an idea of what to expect from the 10-week series that officially starts May 27 with The Giving Tree Band and John Till.

“It’s more for just our purposes,” Taylor said of the May 19 event, “but everyone gets a show out of it and hopefully will get a taste of what the concert series will be.”