Secret Auditorium summer concerts begin Thursday with Teddy Robb

ZANESVILLE — Thousands gathered in the Secrest Auditorium parking lot for each of last year’s four shows for the Summer Concert Series. The series was so successful, both in attendance and sponsorship, the city was able to increase the number of concerts this year, according to Zanesville Mayor Don Mason.

Seven concerts are scheduled, the first on Thursday. Each of the concerts, except the final one in September, are on Thursdays, and all are free.

Those opening the shows will play from 5 to 6 p.m. Headlines will start at 6:30 p.m. and perform for 90 minutes. 

The parking lot will open at 4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs. Events will proceed rain or shine.

“We had an overwhelming amount of support last year,” said Matt Schley, the city’s community development director. “We decided to up the ante and do seven shows this year.”