(From left to right) Keyboardist Laura Fields, drummer Chase Dunbar, Jessica Weaver, lead guitarist Max Malmgren and bassist Shawn Sawyer pump out some country favorites that got audience members’ hands clapping. 

Music on the Lawn returns to Madison this spring and summer.

The outdoor concert series sponsored by Plow and Hearth and the Town of Madison is back for its 16th season. Nancy Knighting of the Madison Town Council has been involved with the concert series since 2002 and is looking forward to the 2017 concerts.

“We are really fortunate to be able to get experienced musicians to come and play,” she said. “Bring your family and some chairs. Music on the Lawn is good fun and free.”

Organizers have set three dates—May 18, June 22 and July 20. The concerts will be held on the lawn of the Madison County Library, 402 N. Main St. from 6:30-8:15 p.m.

The concerts are starting earlier in the season than years past. Citing concerns with the weather and scheduling conflicts, Knighting chose to start one month earlier.

“Last year thunderstorms caused us to cancel one of the concerts,” she said. “Summer weather can be unpredictable. We decided to try moving the schedule up. May is usually more comfortable and last year our August concert had a smaller crowd partially because it conflicted with school starting and people’s vacations.”

The first concert, May 18 will feature Cash Unchained, a local band that specializes in the music of Johnny Cash. Led by James Tamelcoff III, the band captures Cash’s trademark baritone and the rhythm of the Tennessee Three while performing Cash’s greatest hits including “Ring of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Walk the Line.”

The June 22 concert will feature Local Vocals, an eclectic acoustic trio. The Local Vocals perform a wide variety of music from classic acoustic rock to modern country and are familiar faces at local wineries having played at Keswick Vineyards, Barboursville Vineyards as well as at Montpelier and Wintergreen Resort.

Local favorites, The Smokin’ Trout Band will play July 20. The experienced Madison County band plays a wide range of music with folk, bluegrass, country rock and Celtic influence.

The concerts are free to the public and all three will start at 6:30 p.m. Concert goers should bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concerts will be cancelled in the event of rain.

For more information about the concerts or updates to the schedule visit the Madison Music on the Lawn Facebook page or

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