Great sounds coming to the Polk City Square this summer

T.K. WestContributing Writer
Great sounds coming to the Polk City Square this summer

The Polk City Sounds on the Square Event is back. Kicking off its second year on May 20, here is a sneak peak for what’s in store this summer.

May 20 — Nice Bangs

“We were contacted to see if we were interested in playing at the Sounds on the Square Event and we said of course we are!” Barry Norgaard, bass and vocals of Nice Bangs stated, “We are really looking forward to the event!”

Originally formed in 2007, the band Nice Bangs traces its roots to a basement in Polk City. Now, hundreds of shows later, the band can be found playing a variety of music from the ’60s to today all over central Iowa. Many of their shows also include special guests The Establishment, a three-piece horn section.

June 24 — Plastic Apartment

Beginning as good friends in college, the original four members of Plastic Apartment received payment in the form of open bar tabs. Today, as one of central Iowa’s most raucous cover bands, Plastic Apartment has taken its love for the ‘90’s hits and transformed it into a broad-ranging, crowd-pleasing show for all age groups.

“As a band, we decided to play Sounds on the Square because it seemed like a great community event to bring everyone together and celebrate, and that is what our band is all about,” Cory Sharp of Plastic Apartment stated, “We love being that ‘glue’ that can bring others together to celebrate great things and great people.”

July 15 — Standing Hampton

Joining forces with the Sister Sara Band, Standing Hampton will perform the Saturday of the Polk City Four Seasons Festival. Created in the year 2000, this band currently captures the sound from the days of classic rock, showcasing music from the ’70s, ’80s, and beyond.

“We’ve performed at the Polk City Four Seasons Festival for the last seven years and have always been met with great reception. So, taking the gig was a no brainer,” Doug Dixon of Standing Hampton stated, “We have a great time. The audience has a great time. And, that’s just the way we like it.”

July 16 — Sister Sara

Also performing at the Four Seasons Festival, Sister Sara is composed of a group of musicians who consider themselves music “hobbyists” (musicians with other full time jobs, mortgages, etc.). Specializing in a large variety of music, the band can currently be seen playing music ranging from the late 1970s to the current year, not to mention original songs composed by the band, themselves.

However, what makes this band particularly special is their ties to Polk City. Not only is lead guitarist, Chuck Vierling, a resident but Sister Sara also currently meets each week in the town for rehearsals.

“One of our goals this year was to branch out and expand our audience, which is why we’re so excited to play this year’s Polk City Festival!” Sara Lawrence, lead vocals of Sister Sara stated.

Aug. 27 — Storm Warning

Playing a mix of rock hit favorites, Storm Warning describes themselves as “Iowa’s severe party band ready to create the perfect storm.” Consisting of a group of seasoned performers, the band’s goal is to create a memorable party yet professional experience.

“We were asked to play at Sounds on the Square and we jumped at the chance!” Steve Leach of Storm Warning stated, “Polk City has the perfect town square for an event like this. We are super excited to be playing and look forward to having a great time in Polk City!”

As for the future of the Music Event Series, the goal is to not only transform Sounds on the Square into an annual event but also to continue to add dates and additional local bands into the mix.

“Our goal is create an outdoor live music show while still tying it to other events,” Sounds on the Square organizer Megan Griffith stated, “We are working to get momentum going so people will know it’s something they can count on throughout the summers.”