Music in the Park kicks off its summer concert series on Sunday evening at City Park with the music of Morning Train. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The city’s Music in the Park concert series will kick off its summer schedule of performances on Sunday evening at Philomath City Park with the electric gospel sounds of Morning Train.

The free performance will begin at 6 p.m. May 29 in the Randy Kugler Community Hall and gazebo area. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

The concert series, organized by the Philomath Park Advisory Board, offers free performances on the third Thursday and last Sunday from May through August. The series had planned for its first concert to be on May 19 but unforeseen circumstances led to its cancellation.

In a change from last year, all concerts will run from 6-8 p.m.

Any donations collected by those who would like to contribute will go to the Philomath Performing Arts Benefit Fund. A new option this year, the city reported, will be the availability of a QR code that can be scanned to donate directly to the organization.

This will be the sixth summer of the concert series since its launch in 2016 (canceled in 2020).

After the Morning Train performance, other upcoming Sunday concerts will be DRTR (blues Americana) on June 26, Family Tradition (classic rock) on July 31 and Scruggs & the Steelbenders (country bluegrass) on Aug. 28.

Thursday concerts will feature Jayden Noble (country) on June 16, Ancient Ways Tashinga Marimba (world music) on July 21 and Rhythm of Ages (classic/country rock) on Aug. 18.

Food and refreshments — hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages — will be available for purchase from the Philomath Lions Club at the Thursday concerts. Local arts and craft vendors are also invited to set up (contact the city for information).

The park board is getting help with the expense of the concert series through sponsorships from local businesses and organizations.