Carroll parks will host free concerts, support local acts

Carroll parks will host free concerts, support local acts
Suzanne Davis, left, and Sharon Davis clap during the 2011 Sykesville Summer Concerts in the Park series at Millard Cooper Park. (BSMG file)

Concert lovers from all ends of the county will have options for free entertainment this summer as Sykesville and Westminster bring back their series of concerts in the park for the month of July.


Westminster City Park, behind 11 Longwell Ave., will be filled with music every Sunday in July for its “A Month of Sundays” concert series. This year’s theme is “Summer Roadtrip” and three of the four bands playing this summer are new to the series.


Every concert starts at 6:45 p.m. and is free to the public.

Season openers are Big Wheeley and The Whitewalls on July 8, performing old time rock n’ roll. Jah Works follows on July 15 with roots rock reggae music. Kelly Bell Band will bring their “phat blues” on July 22 and Dave Matthews Tribute Band will crash into Westminster on July 29.

Local auto clubs will also bring their cars to the park for an auto showcase that guests can browse.

Food vendors will be on site from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Outside alcohol, smoking and audio/video recording are prohibited.

Genova’s Pizza, Uncle B’s Snowballs and The Caramel Kettle will be available, with Johnson’s Funnel cake and French Fries joining the lineup starting in Week Two.

The events are rain or shine, unless a thunderstorm may affect the safety of the event. Up to date information can be found on the Westminster Recreation and Parks Facebook page or by calling 410-751-5501. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets for the concert.

Those not in auto clubs are also welcome to bring their cars to the event, but they are encouraged to call Recreation and Parks to make sure space is available.

Heather Mullendore, assistant director of Recreation and Parks encouraged folks to make it to at least one of the concerts this summer.

“It’s definitely a great way to spend a Sunday evening before venturing into the work week,” she said.

More information is available on the website or by calling 410-751-5501.


Fridays are the night for concerts in Sykesville’s Millard Cooper Park, 7282 Cooper Drive, and this year’s series features several hometown favorites.

They run July 6 to July 27 and every concert starts at 7 p.m. with free admission for all.

Sykesville locals The Regulars begin the series on July 6 with their blend of folk, bluegrass and Americana. The JoeyDCares Rock Orchestra, made up of students and volunteers follows on July 13. Westminster rockers Twenty Dollar Prophet play July 20, and on July 27 Mount Airy’s Here ‘till Sunday finishes with a set of classic rock and modern hits.

Popcorn and other refreshments are available for purchase at the Snack Shack. Guests should bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on during the concerts.


At each concert, organizers will be collecting donations nonperishable food for Carroll Food Sunday.

More information is available at