1. Live After 5

This photo shows the Chaz Brown Band, the first in the lineup for this year’s summer concert series offered by Four Rivers Cultural Center in Ontario. The group will play from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

ONTARIO — Four Rivers Cultural Center will pick up its summer concert series, Live After 5 in the Garden, for the eighth summer this year.

As always the concerts are free.

This year’s series includes six concerts (two per month from June through August), with the Chaz Brown Band opening up the summer series from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“We have a stellar line-up of musicians for these dates and between the music, food, and drink and some friends, this is a great time to relax and catch up with other people,” reads a news release from the Cultural Center. “This is an opportunity for local citizens to come together to socialize, to unwind after a day of work and to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful space that is our garden.”

The event is free and members get a free drink ticket every time they attend.

This year’s lineup is as follows: 

1. Chaz Brown Band, June 12

Charley Browne’s All Stars was formed in 1967 with Glenn Hashitani, Lead vocals; John Griffith, drums; Joe Recla, Bass guitar; Doug Davis, keyboards; and Rod Nichols, lead guitar. For a short time, they were joined by Grant Amano on rhythm guitar. John left the band in 1968 for the military and marriage and was replaced by Jeff Sutton. Later in ‘68, Joe was replaced by Mark Mason. In 2009, they pulled the original group back together to play at the Ontario Armory Reunion Dance. It had been 41 years since they were all together. With Glenn now in Portland and John in Seattle, they don’t see them very often, but Roger Witt has taken over the lead vocals and they are happy to have him on board, as he helped the rest of them turn the page and continue playing. With that change, they felt it proper to change the name up a bit, yet hang on to their roots at the same time. That’s how they became the Chaz Browne Group.

Band members include Doug Davis, keyboards; Joe Recla, bass; Jeff Sutton, drums; Roger Witt, vocals and guitar; and Rod Nichols, guitar.

2. Simple Ruckus, June 26

Simple Ruckus is a high energy cover band performing an array of popular hits and delivers quality, professionalism, fun and variety for all-ages audiences. Based in Boise, the band is a fan favorite that is frequently seen playing music festivals, weddings, and events throughout the Treasure Valley. Simple Ruckus plays classics that audiences expect and the favorites that are sometimes forgotten. Without a doubt, Simple Ruckus will have audiences out on the dance floor with their numerous high energy songs. 

3. West Abbey Road, July 10

A new line-up from what used to be Rooftop Revolution, West Abbey Road is musically faithful to the hits of one of the most revered bands in the history of music. With live renditions of Beatles songs, West Abbey Road will make concert goers think they are listening to the real thing. Comprised of members from Rooftop Revolution and Authentic Imitation, at their first practice they locked in 24 songs and have gained a lot of momentum since then. With new Ed Sullivan Show Beatle suits tailor-made, along with custom wigs, they more than look the part. Their entertaining show includes costumes that represent the band and give fans a true taste of how the music of The Beatles changed the world.

4. Emily Stanton, July 24

Emily Stanton is now filling a niche in the Boise music scene which has had a long-standing gap in the soul/R&B genres. Backed by a band of some of the finest musicians in the Northwest, this is a show you’ll want to experience!

Emily Stanton is an American soul/R&B vocalist, composer, lyricist and performer. Born in Boise, she first became interested in music at an early age-singing/playing the violin at age 6. Growing up, Stanton sang in choirs and played multiple instruments. At age 16, Emily was offered a job in a local cover band playing bars/clubs. When she started The Emily Stanton Band, it took off so quickly it’s obvious to everyone that hears her voice that this is her true calling.

5. B-Town Hit Men, Aug. 7

“Welcome to the home of The B-Town Hitmen. We specialize in delivering good time Motown, rock classics and current hits that will get your party moving. We are ready to rock your house!” The B-Town Hitmen are based in Boise, and have played shows at public and private venues throughout the local area for over five years. The band’s musical roots range from classic East Coast rock, Chicago alt funk and the blues jam scene. The band pays homage to the songs you grew up with and have fun with new tunes as well.

6. Encore, Aug. 21

Your favorite dance experience will begin with this energetic five-piece band playing top dance hits from the 70’s to today with an emphasis on the 80’s. Encore will keep attendees on the dance floor with fun, high-energy top 40 dance hits. They cover hits from artists such as Prince, Naked Eyes, Haddaway, The Eurythmics, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Europe and more. Their new wave 80’s, pop from today and yesterday’s rock is sure to appeal to a varied crowd.

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