Golden oldies and a pond (June 8 through Aug. 17)

June 7, 2008

On the local free outdoor music scene, the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation stands out because its shows are geared toward an older crowd, with German, Dixieland, polka, old country western, classic rock, bluegrass and big band acts. My kids enjoy it because their fellow audience members, delighted by the simplest antics, are unfailingly friendly. Typical grandparents! Of the CCBF’s three concert locations this year, the kids prefer the Carondelet Park spot, which is on a hilltop above a fishing pond with a large sprayer. Thus a Sunday evening outing combines most of their favorite things: extra attention, music, a picnic and moving water.

The Carondelet Park series started last week; this week’s show is the Waterloo German Band on Sunday (June 8 ) from 6 to 8 p.m. Its partner series is on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Louis Square Park (for the first part of the summer, then it moves to Bellrive Park). The Buffalo Bob Blues is the band Monday (June 9). For a full list, check the CCBF schedule online or call 314.752.6339.

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