Library director Mike Kruse has a great assortment of musical acts lined up for the Batesville Memorial Public Library After Hours Concert Series.
Deciding what groups to include is "not easy," he says. "Over 15 seasons, we've had quite a few very talented musicians perform for us, and most of them ask to return. We like to hear some audience favorites again, and we also like to sprinkle in some bands we've never had before. It often depends on who is available on a date and at a price that works for us."
The family-friendly monthly programs usually last about two hours. They are funded through a combination of sources, including the library's programming budget, donations and occasional grants.
He encourages the public to attend because "you don't need to invest a lot, or anything really. Our after hours concerts are always free ... and they are a wonderful venue for hearing old favorites, new artists and different styles of music. You would have to pay to hear many of these artists if they were performing elsewhere. And you can come alone, with a date or friends or with your whole family.
"I'm looking forward to to completing the schedule for this year and, of course, ... seeing and hearing all the groups we have scheduled so far .... I'm especially looking forward to July 26 (please see box) when M.L. Liebler will bring his Beatles talk and concert to our library. That will be something new for us and should be very entertaining."
Kruse adds, "I really appreciate the support we've had for this series from the library board of trustees and the Friends of the Library, who have donated to it for many years. And I appreciate our faithful after hours concert audience, who seem to have a good time no matter if it's the first or fifth time they've heard a performer."