ST. CLOUD - Summertime By George got off to a roaring start on its opening night as thousands were expected to attend to kick off the festivities.

Summertime by George is a free concert and festival put on by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud. Once a week through the summer, Lake George is transformed with live music from local bands, local vendors and a kids zone for the family.

Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall and The Receders provided the tunes on opening night.

Summertime by George features a new performance stage for the bands this year. Construction for the bandshell started last fall and was completed a day before opening night.

The St. Cloud Rotary Club and City of St. Cloud partnered on the project to provide a permanent structure for the event.

Summertime by George lasts for 12 weeks during the summer through August 27th. The event runs from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every Wednesday night.

Upcoming Local Music Lineup - Summertime By George

June 18th - Justin Ploof and the Throwbacks
June 25th - Coyote Wild
July 2nd - Belle Bottom with Stephanie Varone
July 9th - Johnny Holm Band
July 16th - Chris Hawkey Band
July 23rd - Collective Unconscious
July 30th Arch Allies
Aug. 6th - Boogie Wonderland
Aug. 13th - GB Leighton
Aug. 20th - Transit Authority
Aug. 27th  - Fabulous Armadillos


Dan DeBaun, WJON News