Kicking off the series on May 26, Parksixty3 is no stranger to the Polk City area. Having performed at venues such as the annual Celebrate North Polk event in the past, band members John Stenberg (drummer), Dave Westphal (vocals and guitar) and Brock Haley (bass and vocals) didn’t hesitate to once again take the Polk City stage.


“We came together as friends with a goal to play the music that we love,” Stenberg said.


While the band tends to focus on ’90s alternative rock music, their catalogue of material has also proven to be somewhat eclectic, ranging from the Beatles, to Tom Petty, to even One Republic.


The concert series will then continue on June 16, with a performance featuring the band Lincoln Rockhouse. A band consisting of drummer Steve Treanor, guitar player Joe Rebik and Paul Davis on bass and vocals, this will be the group’s first year performing at the Polk City Sounds on the Square series.


“We’ve been jamming with this trio for coming up on a year in May. We love all sorts of music and play a little bit of everything — rock, country and blues mostly. But we also add some funk and pop to the mix as well,” Davis said.


Although they are newcomers to the Polk City music scene, this band also has special ties to the Polk City community.


“Steve actually lives in Polk City. So we are really looking forward to putting on a great show. Polk City is such a great place. It is just beautiful and we are really excited for this one,” Davis said.


Finally, this year’s Sounds on the Square Event will come to a close on Aug. 25, with a performance by band GIMIKK. Along with James Brinker, members Jimmi, Cy, Billy and Josh have brought their rock sound to various locations throughout the Midwest for nearly a decade. Their repertoire has not only included covers from Van Halen and JET, but also original songs from their self-released albums.


“They reached out to us earlier this year, and we were fortunate to have the open spot on the calendar,” Cy Chandavong of the GIMIKK band said, “We have never played at Sounds on the Square. We look forward to playing outdoors and bringing in a high energy show. Along with that, we love to interact with the crowd. We feel like we have something for everyone, and we play songs from just about every genre.”


While this event will be similar to Sounds on the Square Series’ held in the past, listeners will also notice some significant changes from prior years.


“This year, we will have food trucks at each event, wine for sale and a variety of beers. It’s a great summertime activity for a lake town,” Sheila Mahan of the Polk City Chamber said.


Whether attending the event as a way to spend time with the family or for the love of music, this year’s Sounds on the Square is likely to have something for everyone to enjoy.