Summer Concert Series to return to Warrenton, Marthasville

By Jack Underwood, Staff Writer
Posted 5/14/24

The Warren County Fine Arts Council will continue to put on their summer concert series starting May 10 in Warrenton.

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Summer Concert Series to return to Warrenton, Marthasville


The Warren County Fine Arts Council will continue to put on their summer concert series starting May 10 in Warrenton. The concert series will include eight concerts total, four in Warrenton and four in Marthasville. 

Each city will have one concert a month from May to August. Warrenton’s concerts will take place in Dyer Park on the second Friday of the month starting on May 10 while Marthasville’s will take place at the City Park Pavilion on the fourth Friday of the month. 

Organizer Michael Shilharvey said he tried to book a variety of genres and music styles for the concerts. 

“As far as music goes, we try to mix genres,” Shilharvey said. “Everything from country to classic rock to Americana.”

The Warrenton events will not have food available at the concerts although Shilharvey noted that they are on the same nights as the VFW Fish Fry and encouraged concert goers to grab meals there before the festivities begin. 

He said the Marthasville events will include food provided by several local organizations although he mentioned that attendees of both events were welcome to bring their own food and drink. He also recommended blankets and chairs. 

The performers for the Warrenton concerts are as follows: May 10, Midnight Train Band, June 14, New Crime Theatre Band, July 12, Aqua-Holics and Aug. 9, Laura Unleashed. 

The Midnight Train Band are focused on hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s although their website includes performances of more modern country artists like Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert as well. 

The New Crime Theater Band describes themselves as a dance and party band although they tout a wide catalog of songs on their website. 

The Aqua-Holics perform beach and rock music from several decades. They have also previously performed Jimmy Buffet tributes. Finally, rounding out the Warrenton sets, Laura Unleashed is a band of three members that strives to bring Brazilian music to Missouri. 

The Marthasville concerts include Dawgs in the Smokehaus on May 24, Drawl STL on June 28, Magnificent Mullets on July 26 and the Garden Party Band on Aug. 23. 

Dawgs in the Smokehaus have performed at multiple venues in Warren County before while Drawl STL, a popular country cover band from St. Louis, will also be performing at the Wright City First Fridays earlier in June. 

The Magnificent Mullets of Lonedell are a country-inspired band although their music pulls influences from other genres. They also perform covers in a number of other genres. 

The Garden Party Band is based out of St. Louis and according to their website largely perform “California Country Rock,” and depending on the performance, are a three, four or five piece band. 

“The reason they were started was to enhance arts for the communities, and music is just one way to do it,” Shilharvey said.

He was also excited to announce the Fine Arts Council’s upcoming summer camp WACOFIARU. The camp will take place from July 8-12 at Wright City East Elementary from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is for kids from kindergarten through eighth grade and costs $60 for the week. 

Interested families can reach out for an application on the Warren County Fine Arts Council’s Facebook page.

Warrenton, Marthasville, Concerts