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Concerts on the Green Returns for Another Season

For many Worthington residents, summer just wouldn't be summer without the wildly popular Concert on the Green series. You'll be glad to hear that this year's lineup is bringing some pretty incredible talent to the stage. In fact, you're sure to find something every member of your family will enjoy.

If you’ve never been to one of these events, you’re in for a treat. Most concerts take place on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green. Simply bring a picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chair, and settle in for a special evening of live music. The concerts, which are hosted by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department, feature an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from singer/songwriter to big band, jazz, swing and Americana. 

“We’re excited for another summer of great music,” said Melissa Hindman, marketing and community outreach supervisor. “We’re proud of the talent we’ve been able to attract year after year and are incredibly thankful for the many partners and sponsors who make it possible.

Here’s a look at some of this season's highlights:

  • Back by Popular Demand: Occasionally, Concerts on the Green hosts a show that’s so good, it has to be repeated. In this year’s ‘back by popular demand’ category, you will enjoy the reggae/rock sounds of the Andy Shaw Band on July 10, the superb vocal harmonies of the Irish singing group, Ladies of Longford, on July 24, the sights and sounds of Eric Gnezda’s nationally syndicated show, Songs at the Center, on July 31 and the always exciting Ohio 122nd Army Band on Saturday, August 6. 
  • New to the Stage: On July 17, the award-winning, horn-driven New Basics Band will make its long-awaited debut on the Concerts on the Green stage. And on this year’s tribute band night, you'll love singing along to all of your favorite Paul McCartney songs when The McCartney Project lights up the stage on August 14.
  • T-shirts and Posters For Sale: Show your support for Concerts on the Green and purchase this year’s exclusive concert t-shirt or poster, designed by local Worthington artist Will Ruocco

Good to Know:  

  • Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, the Griswold Center, the Worthington Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church.
  • In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be cancelled.
  • For a full list of this year’s concerts, including a few Saturday evening shows, visit
OSU Alumni Band Tailgate

Griswold tailgate Woody Hayes impersonator photoIt's almost August, and that means Ohio State football will soon be here. With that in mind, the folks at the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department and the Griswold Center have created a special event to prepare you for the excitement—long before the first kickoff of the season. On Saturday, August 9, the Concert on the Green series will feature the OSU Alumni Band on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green. Piggybacking off that event is the OSU Alumni Band Tailgate at the Griswold Center. You simply don’t want to miss either of these events. "We try to make it a true football Saturday with a game day, tailgate atmosphere," said Ryan Cooper, customer service coordinator at the Griswold Center. "What makes this such a great event is the atmosphere. Even though there is no game that day, it still feels like a game day and really gets people pumped up for football season."

The OSU tailgate event, which takes place at the Griswold Center, will include a special visit from Jeff Hall as Woody Hayes. Hall appeared in the one-man show, Woody: His Life, Times and Teachings, at the Ohio Theatre and other venues in character as Woody. He will be sharing stories about the famous coach, including his early years, coaching and life in general. Hall's remarkable resemblance to Hayes creates some great photo opportunities. Yet Cooper warns that Hall is much more than a Woody look-alike. He knows Woody's story inside and out.

After the tailgate, which also includes boxed lunches from Jimmy John's and root beer floats, folks can head over to the Village Green for reserved seating at the OSU Alumni Band Concert on the Green, a concert that has attracted about 1,000 attendees in the past.

If you go...

  • The OSU Tailgate begins at 5 p.m., followed by the OSU Alumni Band Concert on the Green at 7 p.m.
  • Registration is required for the Tailgate: $10 for Worthington residents; $13 for non-residents. Pre-registration is available in person at the Griswold Center or online at as early as the end of July. Walk-ins will be accepted, but pre-registration is necessary for the boxed lunch.

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Concerts on the Green: A Favorite Worthington Pastime

Erica Hughes and the Well Mannered COTG seriesThere's nothing better than a summer evening spent with family and friends—unless, of course, you add in great food and music. Now you have the perfect formula for fun. Luckily, you can experience it all summer long with the Family Concerts on the Green series sponsored by the Worthington Parks & Recreation Department. These family-friendly concerts are free for everyone, and all performances take place on the northwest quadrant of the Village Green (corner of High Street and Dublin-Granville Road). This year the concerts started in mid-May, and they will continue throughout most of August. "We've been working hard to bring new music to Worthington as there are so many talented performers and songwriters from this area," said Melissa Hindman, marketing and community outreach supervisor with the Parks & Recreation Department. "We went out and recruited many of our acts, when in years past we have only used acts that submitted their interest in performing." The remaining concerts scheduled for this season are listed below, but you can always find a complete listing on the Event Calendar at

Several local food vendors help to ensure that no one gets hungry during the concert, including Dewey's Pizza, Dairy Queen, Pizza Primo and Rivage Atlantique. Plans are already underway to expand these offerings next year.

Concert sponsorships are also available, and this year The Laurels of Worthington and The Laurels of Norworth are sponsoring concerts. A sponsor's business is marketed before and after the concert, and sponsors are given the opportunity to meet and greet participants during the event. Hindman said the Department is currently searching for an area business to sponsor the entire 2015 season.

Beginning last season, a few Saturday concerts were added to the lineup. Their success prompted the addition of three Saturday concerts this year. The first one took place on July 12 and featured a children's concert with The Shazzbots. Still to come are the OSU Alumni Band on August 9 and the Ohio 122nd Army Band on August 16.

"Our goal is to highlight our great city, bring people downtown to experience our wonderful shops and amazing food, and give them a great performance in our beautiful park," Hindman said. "Rob Mottice is the supervisor of the concert program, and he has worked very hard to enhance the existing program. He helped acquire a new sound system that has given our listeners an enhanced experience. He has ties to many local musicians, and has worked all year to bring a variety of high-quality, local performers to Worthington."

Here's what remains in this year's Concert on the Green season:

July 27:                 The Wayfarers (Bluegrass)

August 3:             Clave Sonic (Latin Jazz Fusion)

August 9:             Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

August 10:           Matt Munhall (Singer/Songwriter)

August 16:           Ohio 122nd Army Band

August 17:           The Randys (Rock/Pop/Country)

If you go....

  • All Sunday concerts and remaining Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m.
  • Parking is available at Kilbourne Middle School, Griswold Center, Worthington Library, Huntington Bank and the Worthington Presbyterian Church.
  • Restrooms and drinking fountains are located at the Griswold Center, directly north of the performing group.
  • Parks & Recreation staff members will be present at all concerts to answer any questions.

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