All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are held in Fountain Park downtown Van Wert, Ohio.


Rain location is the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio, 10700 State Route 118 S in Van Wert, Ohio.







Fountain Park Summer Music Series

FPSMS 2017

The Van Wert County Foundation has announced it's 2017 Fountain Park Summer Music Series. It features eight free concerts in downtown Van Wert’s Fountain Park. All concerts are on Friday nights, beginning at 7:00 pm. Food service is available by 5:30 pm from various non-profit organizations in Van Wert County.

This is the 16th season for FPSMS presented by The Van Wert County Foundation in cooperation with the Van Wert City Parks & Recreation. The season kicks off with its traditional opener on Friday night of the Peony weekend.

The entire line-up is listed below:

Friday, June 2         Groove Essential              

Hailing from the Indianapolis area, this band of eight talented musicians is the ideal party band to help celebrate the Peony and ArtRageous Festival weekend with a night of dancing and fun.  Groove Essential’s song list consists of the latest in pop and new country, the best of classic rock and 50’s hits, the most danceable disco, R& B, Motown, and 80’s songs and the most noted swing, big band, ballads, and jazz standards.  Members of the band have performed with notables such as John Mellencamp.

 Friday, June 16       The Doo Wah Riders

“High energy Country with a Cajun twist” is how the Doo Wah Riders have been hailed.  Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic, contemporary, and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go.  They have performed with some of the top country stars such as Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Alabama, Brooks and Dunn to name just a few.  They are the ultimate entertainers.

Friday, June 23       Travelin’ McCoury’s

The leaders in progressive and traditional bluegrass, the Travelin’ McCoury’s are one of the most in-demand bands in their genre today.  They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.


Friday, June 30       Lima Symphony Pops Orchestra

A Van Wert and LSO Independence Day tradition, the LSO Pops return to Fountain Park with an evening of great pops music as well as inspiration selections to help start your 4th of July celebration.  Led by Maestro Crafton Beck, this regional orchestra always delights the entire family.

Continuing the family evening, an outdoor family movie will start following the Lima Pops Orchestra. The movie is in cooperation with Main Street Van Wert


Friday, July 14        The Stranger: Billy Joel Tribute

America’s most authentic tribute to the legendary Billy Joel.  Formed by native Long Islander Mike Santoro on lead vocals and piano, The Stranger has performed for an impressive list of high-profile events, festivals, and concerts.  Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, this band of six will bring the songs you love of Billy Joel to Fountain Park and will have you dancing and singing along.


Friday, July 21        We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered

Michelle Berting Brett will have you thinking you are actually listening to the beloved Karen Carpenter.  The music of The Carpenters is still loved as much today as it was when it took the world by storm in the 1970’s.  You will love hearing and be remembering all those great songs from the Carpenters songbook.  This is absolutely the best Carpenter tribute you will ever experience!

 Friday, July 28        Hotel California

One of Fountain Park’s all-time favorite concerts, Hotel California returns to recreate an Eagles concert experience.  No one performs the music of this iconic Rock/Country band like Hotel California in their “Salute to the Eagles.”  By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles studio recordings while recreating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country.

 Friday, August 11  Southern Drawl

Making their very first appearance in our area, Southern Drawl Band based out of Nashville and Knoxville, TN has been hailed as “one of the nation’s hottest emerging bands, ranking top among the best live performances to come along in decades”.  Their barn-burning version of “Rockytop” was shown on the jumbotron of the University of Tennessee’s Mighty Vols to over 102,000 fans and has been used on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

In addition to these outstanding concerts, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band under the direction of Richard Sherrick will be in concert at Fountain Park on Fridays, May 26 and August 18 beginning at 7:00 pm.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the park to enjoy these free concerts, underwritten through the Saltzgaber Music Fund administered by The Van Wert County Foundation.  

In the case of weather issues, FPSMS concerts will be moved into the Niswonger Performing Arts Center located 10700 SR 118 South in Van Wert, OH. Fountain Park is located on the west end of downtown Van Wert, corner of W. Main and Jefferson Streets.