Everyone is abuzz lately about New Albany; about how the river town has revived while retaining its small town feel, and about local heroes Houndmouth’s rise to stardom.

This week,  city officials announced  plans for a Friday night summer concert series at its new Bicentennial Park.

Mayor Jeff M. Gahan has teamed up withLouisville-based Production Simple and the park to host a free monthly concert starting Fri., June 7.

The concert series is aimed at “after-work” relief and family oriented with music appropriate for all ages. Being that the concerts will be on Friday is further motivation for New Albanians to ease their worries with tunes within a community event – something very similar to Louisville and WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday.

Two local New Albany bands will kick off the series.

Ranger recently opened up for Houndmouth at the Iroquois Amphitheater. The Riverboys, who released their debut EP “Dark Age” back in February, also are on the bill.

In the future, the series will feature regional and national acts as well.

Bicentennial Park recently wrapped up construction and will be the permanent home for the concert series.  Last year, the concert series, then dubbed “[email protected],” rotated locations.

The park is in part a landmark celebrating New Albany’s Bicentennial, as the city was founded in 1813.

Craft brews will be available at the concert as New Albanian Brewing Company will be serving cold ones, perhaps even their “Houndmouth” ale. 

New Albany is has drawn well for local music concerts at venues in New Albany such as Dillingers, and its bands draw well in Louisville.

Good reason for Production Simple to get involved as well as the slew of talent coming from the city.

Expect a good turnout and good entertainment from New Albany’s music community.

And if you have yet to experience the renaissance of New Albany, June 7 may be a perfect day to spend on the other side of the river.

Music is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Bicentennial Park  is located at the corner of Spring Street and Pearl Street.