Young’Uns kick off the latest installment of Civic Sounds in downtown Vernon Thursday.

Young’Uns kick off the latest installment of Civic Sounds in downtown Vernon Thursday.

Civic Sounds makes a return for summer

Downtown Vernon Association hosts free concerts every Thursday night

Get ready for the sounds of summer in downtown Vernon.

Starting July 5, the free Civic Sounds concerts will take place in front of the Greater Vernon Museum every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. until Aug. 23.

“The concert series kick-off begins with popular local band Young’uns,” said Holly Schmidt, events and marketing manager for the Downtown Vernon Association.

“Established in 1989, the band is one of the Okanagan’s most versatile bands, playing everything from classic rock to top 40 hits.”

The Civic Sounds series also includes the Shawn Lightfoot Band July 12, Cheaper Than A Porsche July 19 and a songwriters circle July 26.

The August lineup includes Cod Gone Wild Aug. 2, The Fourth Divide Aug. 9, The Goods Aug. 16 and Mace Aug. 23.

This year, Cheek to Cheek Dance Studio will be providing dance lessons during the intermission.

“Food bank charity nights will be held July 19 and Aug. 16,” said Schmidt.

“On these nights, the Downtown Vernon Association encourages you to bring a non-perishable food item to the concert in support of the Salvation Army food bank.  Cash donations are also welcome.  In return for your donation, you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes such as Downtown Dollars.”

Schmidt hopes Greater Vernon residents will embrace Civic Sounds.

“Bring your chair and take in excellent live music in downtown Vernon while the sun goes down,” she said.