Tulip Festival concerts will open 2016 Onstage Orange City summer series


Four bands will perform during Tulip Festival to kick off the Orange City Arts Council’s annual summer series, Onstage Orange City.

Photo above courtesy of The Sioux County Capital-Democrat

Usual Suspects 2015Orange City’s own Usual Suspects will perform on Wednesday night, May 18, during the Tulip Festival Cruise-in Car Show. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. and will take place on Central Avenue.  The band plays a variety of musical styles, including classic acoustic-based pop and rock, blues, contemporary folk and original songs. The Usual Suspects will also perform during Tulip Festival’s ArtBurst event on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. in the Straatmarkt.


Mankato Riverblenders (2)The Mankato Riverblenders Barbershop Chorus will entertain on Thursday night, May 19. The group has provided “family entertainment through barbershop harmony” since 1973. They’ve performed all over the Midwest, as well as in Canada, England and Wales. A 35-member chorus will provide A cappella music in three sets: gospel, patriotic and modern. Two quartets from the group will sing between sets, one of which has excelled in both district and international competitions.


Now Serving 7 photo

Now Serving 7, a Christian electro-coustic pop/rock band, will take the stage on Friday night, May 20.  They have performed with artists including Jeremy Camp and Superchick, and have also performed at official NASCAR events.  Making their fourth consecutive-year appearance at Tulip Festival, Now Serving 7 will perform songs from their current album, “I Will Go.”



Bella RuseBella Ruse will close the Tulip Festival concert series on Saturday night, May 21. The music of Orange City native Joseph Barker and his wife, Kay, is described as a “combination of airy folk and crunchy pop.” Kay’s “antique voice” and Joseph’s “mournful guitar,” combined with an array of instruments including a typewriter, suitcase organ, glockenspiel and kazoos, have earned them national recognition. Bella Ruse has traveled across the United States to perform concerts and radio tours and has been recognized as a “must-see act.”


The concerts on May 19, 20 and 21 will take place at the band shell in Windmill Park at 7:30 p.m., and there is no cost to attend. The rain location for the concerts is the Orange City Town Hall.


Onstage Orange City is a program sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, and brings in local, regional, national and international artists to perform throughout the summer. To view a full schedule for the 2016 season, visit www.orangecityarts.net. This summer will mark the seventh year of Onstage Orange City.