Crowds delighted by Otsego's 'Lyrics on the Lawn' concerts
Young boys ride their bikes in the streets behind the Otsego District Library and suddenly stop, arrested by the sound of jazz. Curious, they exchange looks and glances as riffs float from the library lawn. A saxophone splits the wind and the boys can feel notes under their feet. Some tap their toes; others do nothing.
When the Rhythm Section Jazz Band finishes its number, people cheer and the spell breaks. The boys hop back on their bikes and disappear down the road, peddling faster than music can chase them.
The Otsego District Library hosted its first concert in its summer series, “Lyrics on the Lawn,” on Thursday, Aug. 7. Every Thursday night at 7 p.m., the library will offer free music and popcorn to community residents wanting to enjoy local musicians.
According to library director Andrea Estelle, the summer series is still in its infancy and will hopefully grow from last year.
“We just started last year and would have between 75-100 people at each event,” Estelle said. “I wanted to try (to host a music series) at my former library in Leighton Township, but we were too small.
“I’m just excited for our second series here (in Otsego), which hopefully, a lot of people can come out to and enjoy.”
According to Estelle, the library operates within its program budget and would warmly welcome sponsors and volunteers. With the extra support, the library could book highly-regarded artists and attract more people.
“We are looking for local artists from Michigan and a mix of genres—anything that we think people would be interested in listening to,” Estelle said. “Hopefully (the concerts) draw people in to see the library and visit—maybe somebody who hasn’t been here before.”
According to Otsego residents Jason and Tracey Gabos, the library summer concert series is great for family outings and needs all the support it can get.
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