Sunset Serenades weathering volatile Mother Nature

From thunderstorms to oppressive heat, Mother Nature has not been kind this summer to the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks' Sunset Serenades concert series, which are held Wednesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Centennial Park South.

After the first two concerts June 26 and July 3 were canceled by storms, visitors were finally able to put down their blankets, set up their lawn chairs and relax to the music of local artists.

"It's a great night out for the family," said Danielle Bassett, Recreation and Parks' adult programs manager.

Last week, visitors braved the uncomfortable 90 degree heat to listen to jazz artist David Bach.

"Considering the weather, I think we had a good crowd," said Bassett, adding that the department had set up a mist machine and handed out water bottles.

"You just have to roll with it," Bassett said about the weather. "The show must go on."

Sunset Serenades has three remaining concerts — July 24 by blues band Bad Influence, July 31 by the female alternative/pop/rock band Ivy Rose and an August 7 performance by the reggae band Proverbs.

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