Library concerts on plaza return

Laughing Jack will perform at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza.

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Bartholomew County Public Library Director Jason Hatton is fond of talking about taking his institution’s services and programs outside the building.

And maybe none are quite so popular as the free summer concert series on the institution’s plaza at 536 Fifth St. in d0owntown Columbus. In the past few years, the series has featured pop, rock, bluegrass, gospel, country, jazz, fusion, folk and just about anything else you could name.

Kind of like a library shelf’s smorgasbord.

The new series kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with Laughing Jack, offering acoustic tunes, ballads, shanties, songs of America, Ireland, the British Isles, and sometimes even pirates, matey.

The concerts, all slated from 6 to 7 p.m., also are streamed live. Here’s the rest of the lineup scheduled so far:

  • June 9: Cottonpatch, playing everything from John Prine to the Beatles. The group is fresh off its recent HutchFest appearance.
  • June 23: Southern Indiana Taiko. Indiana’s only all-female drumming group on barrel-shaped drums — hence the Japanese term taiko. The group has earned rave reviews not only for its entertainment value but also its cultural education and highlights.
  • July 7: The Indianapolis-based Resounding Maybes, performing covers of 1990s alternative pop plus some original material.
  • July 21: Shady Cats, playing classic rock covers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

More information is available at the library’s website,

Further concerts are pending based upon plans for the upcoming Exhibit Columbus architectural exhibition.