The Cherokee Triangle Summer Concert Series began over thirty years ago when Tony Lindauer and a friend invited about 40 neighbors to hear them perform one evening in Willow Park. Today, the annual concert series hosts 12-13 shows each summer, beginning Memorial Weekend and ending on Labor Day, and Tony is still the leading man behind the music.
“I get more requests than I can book,” said Tony, who organizes the free concert series, as well as the music for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair, each year.
With 500-700 guests at each concert, Tony keeps the music “danceable,” scheduling various genres including Blues, Rockabilly, Rock, and Pop. He occasionally brings in bands from surrounding areas (such as Delicious Blues Stew from Nashville, who will perform August 19) but most bands are local and each show is supported by funds from the annual Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.
“My philosophy is bringing people together to share a sense of neighborhood through music,” he said.
Tony’s experience with music stems from his own career as both a musician and a writer. During a stint in Nashville, he wrote songs for a publishing company. His first song, “Tragic Honeymoon,” was recorded by The Temptations. Tony returned to Louisville and the concert series, where his involvement not only includes booking bands, but also setting up and taking down the equipment at the park’s gazebo each week.
On Sundays around 4 p.m. he closes off the street to start setting up for the show, and then takes down the equipment until about 10 p.m. For Tony, the Summer Concert Series is about more than the music – it’s about family, neighborhoods, and community.
“Sunday night is a time for winding down with your family,” he said. Though now a resident of the Highlands, Tony grew up in the Portland area. “In Portland, everyone would sit on their front porch and visit. This is my way of bringing the front porch to the park through music.”
Tony’s mentorship has helped create a concert series in Tyler Park, which begins after Labor Day, as well as Emerson Park, which hosts one concert every three months. The Summer Concert Series presents Will Cary this Sunday starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the Cherokee Triangle Association concert schedule.
Photo: Jennifer Bowen