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Plans underway for live entertainment at The Amp

By Toni Milbourne - For the Chronicle | Feb 19, 2021

The Amp stage at Sam Michaels Park is scheduled to be filled with musical events all summer, including The Reagan Years, pictured here, in June. Toni Milbourne

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — Jefferson County Parks and Recreation is planning for some live entertainment events at The Amp for 2021, following a year of cancellations in 2020.

The department was successful in obtaining a summer concert series grant from the Levitt Foundation for the 2020 season. The grant, with the department’s matching funds, will provide 10 concerts free of charge to attendees throughout the summer months.

The continuation of the grant into another year will make it possible for The Amp stage to see a variety of bands for Thursday evening concerts, beginning in June. The band lineup has not yet been completed, but will be made available to the public by April.

“We are very fortunate that the Levitt Foundation has worked so closely with our staff to help us move ahead into the 2021 season,” said Jennifer Myers, parks director. “Their willingness to extend the grant to 2021 made it a little easier to make the call to cancel last year.”

“The Levitt Amp grant has allowed us to venture outside of the norm, so expect a wide variety of country, bluegrass, rap, pop, folk and more on the stage this summer,” Myers said. “We have included some local favorites, as well.”

In addition to the planned Levitt concert series, Jefferson County Parks and Recreation is excited to announce a June 26 concert featuring The Reagan Years. Tickets are currently on sale for the event. In conjunction with continued COVID-19 guidelines, the tickets are being sold in a social-distancing fashion, for $50 for a “circle” of no more than six people.

“We are so excited to announce that the Reagan Years will be performing,” Myers said.

The band is the East Coast’s original ’80s tribute band, made up of five musicians performing ’80s pop, rock, new wave and metal. The musicians possess diverse vocal abilities and perform hits of artists like Bon Jovi, Madonna, devo, Joan Jet, Billy Idol, Journal and Guns ‘N Roses.

A link to purchase tickets can be found on the park’s Facebook page. The tickets must be purchased in advance.

“After a long year of no music on the Amp stage, we are thrilled to be bringing the music back to Jefferson County,” Myers said.

Also coming to the stage during the summer months of 2021 will be family movie nights. The park staff is currently working to secure sponsors to present Friday evening movies. Individuals or businesses interested in sponsoring these nights are encouraged to contact Becki Zaglifa at info@jcprc.org.