Chumbawumba’s classic 1990s hit “Tubthumping” could resonate throughout Blue River Memorial Park later this summer as part of Music in the Park.
The Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department has announced this summer’s Music in the Park lineup, featuring music that spans the 1970s through the 1990s, as well as a country-rock band.
The fun begins on June 11 with Run Forrest Run (a reference to a line from the ’90s movie “Forrest Gump”). Run Forrest Run is a cover band that plays favorite hits from the 90s.
Midnight Rider, an Allman Brothers Tribute band, will perform on July 16.
Dane Clark Band, a country-rock group, will play on August 6.
And Classic Rock Experience, a 1970s and 1980s rock tribute band, will perform on September 23.
All concerts take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Parks Department deputy director Trisha Tackett said she seeks to bring a variety of music to the public each year.
“When you offer something like that, once a year, we want to make it a variety for people,” she said, adding that the department uses a booking agent who helps decide which groups are available. “I think it will be a great mix.”
The Run Forrest Run website lists an array of 90s pop and R&B hits in its repertoire, including Coolio’s “Ganga’s Paradise”, Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. .
The stop in Shelbyville will be part of the band’s Midwest tour this summer.
Midnight Rider is based in Chicago and features professional musicians who have worked with Billy Preston and Willie Nelson, among others.
Each show is “different and fresh,” according to the band’s website.
Dane Clark has released six albums, the most recent “Songs From Isolation” which was released in 2020. He is originally from Indiana and began his career in the early 1980s as a session drummer around Indianapolis.
Over the past 20 years he has opened for artists such as the Allman Betts Band, Gin Blossoms and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Classic Rock Experience is a five-member band touring the Midwest this year, including several stops in Indiana.
Each show is free at Blue River Memorial Park and there will be a beer garden and wine, as well as food. The event is family friendly and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted.
Tackett wanted to thank the sponsors: Horseshoe Indianapolis Racing and Casino, Indiana Arts Commission, Shelby County Tourism and Visitor’s Bureau, First Bank, National Endowment of the Arts, Beaty Construction, Runnebohm Construction, O’Neal Steel, Carpenter Realtors, coreVISION, Ryobi Die Casting Inc. and Compass Insurance Group.