COEUR d’ALENE — Catchy tunes are coming to the Coeur d’Alene library this summer.
The Music on Mondays summer concert series has amassed many followings as local bands have entertained and serenaded audiences since the 2022 concert series began on June 27 with Old Plank Road playing early music modern American.
Concerts are from 6-7:30 p.m. and take place on the McEuen Park side of the library.
“More than 100 people show up for every concert,” concert coordinator Char Beach, who works in outreach at the library, said Monday. “There’s really a lot of enthusiasm, it’s really great.”
The concert series began in 2018 when the summer reading theme was “Rock Bookstores!” Monday shows have only grown in popularity over the years.
Beach, who plays harp, guitar, bodhrán and vocals with Celtic and folk band Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots, has seen some pleasant exchanges between the bands and audiences in particular this summer.
“I realized that as a musician and a performer, just by watching, there’s the audience feeding their enthusiasm for the band, there’s this kind of synergistic thing going on,” Beach said.
She said the biggest thing she has felt at concerts recently is a sense of togetherness.
“Everyone is so divided and so passionate about certain ideas,” she said. “What I’ve noticed is that the music bridges that gap. There’s no politics in it. It’s about the music and everyone’s there together. There’s no there’s no division. It’s something that really makes me feel good in this climate.”
Beach chooses an eclectic array of performers and genres to suit every musical taste, from bluegrass and country to pop, rock, blues and marimba.
This week, Dr. Phil and the Enablers, a local blues band, performed.
The Music on Mondays summer concert series is free and open to all ages. Beach said performers receive small stipends from the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation.
“But basically they’re giving their time and talent to this show,” Beach said. “They don’t do this for the money.”
The series is a reminder of the many activities and resources made available by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
“The library is more than just books,” Beach said.
The library is at 702 E. Front Ave. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.
Here is the Music on Mondays lineup for the rest of the season:
Monday, August 8: The Rusty Jackson Trio
Classic Country – Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, plus classic rock and some of the Jackson originals.
August 15: Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots (replacing another band)
Celtic, Canadian, Scandinavian and American – With fast, driving rhythms and beautiful ballads, this group plays instrumental music and songs drawn from traditional and contemporary sources.
August 22: Coeurimba
Marimba — Coeurimba performs traditional and popular music from Zimbabwe, past and present. Upbeat, dynamic rhythms and happy melodies for all to enjoy.
August 29: CDABrassx5
“Classical” Brass – A quintet with a varied repertoire. The set includes two trumpets, a French horn, a trombone and a tuba. Its repertoire includes classical composers like Sibelius, Bach, Handel, Copland, Gabrieli as well as familiar patriotic and folk musicians. Songs.