May 13 – South Boundary - male, mostly a cappella ensemble

May 20 – Savannah River Winds - Wind ensemble music; marches, overtures, concert band, vocals.

May 27 – Aiken Civic Ballet - performs selections from original ballets and contemporary dance works

June 3 – Suzuki Strings - performs a variety of music on violins played by local youth

June 10 – Maureen Simpson/Aiken Choral Society - variety of musical styles including choral, opera and Broadway music

June 17 – Mike Frost Band - jazz standards and modern ballads

June 24 – Glor na Daire Academy of Irish Dance - performs traditional dance forms originating in Ireland

July 1 – To Be Announced

July 8 – The Southern Meltdown Band - classic country music

July 15 – Karen Gordon & Garden City Jazz - classic and vocal jazz favorites and standards

July 22 – 4 Cats in the Doghouse - jazz and pop music

July 29 – Ken Gabriel - performs Americana music including classic pop

Aug. 5 – Aiken Big Band - big band music, classic and contemporary

Aug. 12 – Aiken Brass - variety of musical styles

Aug. 19 – Ft. Gordon The Semifours Trombone - jazz, popular, avant-garde and contemporary music

Aug. 26 – Aiken Concert Band - performs classical and contemporary music

Although it's May, and residents were in coats and under blankets on Monday evening, the chilly weather didn't keep a large crowd from forming in Hopelands Gardens.


The Aiken Concert Band opened up the 39th annual Hopelands Summer Concert Series on Monday with some summer tunes to warm up the audience. Approximately 530 people were in attendance, according to Hopelands Gardens and Rye Patch Reception Center Supervisor Lisa J. Hall.


“I'm glad to be outside for the first concert,” Hall said commenting on the partly sunny skies. “I hope it's like this for the rest of the summer.


This year's shows will be dedicated to Cecelia “CeCe” Reynolds who was a longtime volunteer of the concert series and to Carl Crosby, a well-known local dancer and founder of the Aiken Civic Ballet – both passed away last year.


• Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.