“Let’s get this party started,” said a little girl dressed to dance in a splashy striped T-shirt and jaunty pink sequined cap.
She and at least 20 people waited in front of the J Powers Band during Saturday night’s Payson Summer Concert in the Park.
“We’re going to play Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition,’” said lead singer Joann Powers.
She heads up the band that plays a wide range of covers from Aretha Franklin to Bob Marley to Creedence Clearwater Revival.
As the band broke out into the familiar tune, old-timers swayed to the music with their eyes closed. The very young, including the splashily striped, sequined little dancer, busted out some cool moves.
On the grassy knolls in front of the stage, listeners lounged on blankets, picnic baskets laid out all around.
Dogs ran in tight circles, constrained by leashes. Parents wandered through the amiable crowd searching, for lost little ones.
The summer concert series draws hundreds of people each week to sit in the grass bowl surrounding the bandstand to listen to music that starts at sunset and continues until the stars come out.
The Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department auxiliary, the FireBelles, start serving refreshments at 6 p.m.
The concerts start at 7 p.m. and generally run until 9 p.m. Dancing is optional.
The event is perfect for families with multi-generations. The nearby playground allows kids to swing or slide, while grandparents can sit and just tap a foot.
Payson’s Parks and Recreation Department puts on the series. The choice of the J Powers Band brought the sounds of Motown, rhythm and blues, soul, reggae, pop and classic rock to Green Valley Park from the Valley.
The concert series will continue every Saturday until July 27.
Come out and enjoy the cool summer breezes, good music and see friends new and old. And keep your eyes out for the spunky sequined young dancer — she sparkles with joy.