Music in the Park kicks off in Pleasanton

Music in the Park Board members and City Council members pose for the inaugural Music in the Park event at Pleasanton River Park. Pictured, left to right, front row: Jeanne Israel PCC District 6, Joey Macon Place 2, Joe Wayne Vickers, Bobby Kinsel, Susie Butter, John Mayse, Terri Cuevas, City Manager Johnny Huizar; back row: Jimmy Zuniga, assistant city manager David Alviso and Justin Vasquez. ALYX MORGAN | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

The very first Music in the Park was a success. This new community event was an open mic night where anyone with musical talent could come and present original music or cover classics. It was organized by the Pleasanton Parks and Recreation Department. While it was a hot day in South Texas, it turned into a beautiful evening when a light breeze started blowing.

The crowd welcomed several local singers and songwriters to the showcase. It is hoped that this free event will probably become a regular event. The family event made it easy for parents to get the kids to listen to great music.

Impressive moments from the event were singers covering songs from The Judds, George Strait and Johnny Cash. Perfect timing of sorts, Matthew Butter sang “Fireman,” as local fire trucks began honking their horns on the way to a call. A mother-daughter duo performed “Grandpa” by The Judds.

Asked about the experience, Matthew Butter said: “Music in the Park was a great first step in showcasing our hometown talent and it was fun to support my mum, Susie Butter, and the efforts of her son. committee to make the event a success. Hopefully the news will spread and more singers will participate in the future. Beyond performing and leading worship in my home church, First Baptist, I wish this type of platform had been available when I was younger so that I could gain real-world experience and refine my skills as a performer for a wider audience. Can’t wait to see how this event grows in the near future and opens the doors to young people who want to share their talents! Pleasanton has always been a supportive community that wants to see people succeed. I know I felt love and encouragement when I was younger and I want others to experience it too. Keep up the good work, y’all!”

The board members of this event were pleased to see a good turnout. Music in the Park board member Justin Vasquez said, “I think it went really well with just one week of publicity. We had a pretty good turnout considering. We just want this to be an opportunity for all local musicians to show off their talents in a family-friendly, pressure-free place, but also a time when family and friends can be outdoors enjoying live music and entertainment. a relaxed setting. atmosphere.”

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