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The city of St. George Concert in the Park series will feature a “Tribute to First Responders” Sept. 11, 2023, at Vernon Worthen Park | Photo courtesy of city of St. George, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Four local country music singers join forces for a “Tribute to First Responders” in the first of two Concerts in the Park in September.

The city of St. George Concert in the Park series will feature a “Tribute to First Responders” Sept. 11, 2023, at Vernon Worthen Park | Photo courtesy of city of St. George, St. George News

This patriotic country concert, set for Monday, Sept 11, at Vernon Worthen Park at 7:30 p.m., is intended to honor the first responders who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks 22 years ago and celebrate the efforts of those who serve us today.

“Every year from April through September on the second Monday of each month, we host a Concerts in the Park. With this September’s second Tuesday landing on the 11th, it made sense for that concert to have a more patriotic and reflective feel,” said Michelle Graves, assistant Parks and Community Services director, in a city of St. George news release. “These local artists are quite accomplished, and I know that those who attend will leave feeling inspired.”

The artists performing at the tribute include:

Eric Dodge: Inspired and changed by the events of 9/11, Dodge chose to stop letting fear hold him back. He started to share his gift of music in 2003 and has since released seven original albums.

Alice Ericksen: Originally from Vermont, Erickson is a longtime local favorite who has been performing as a lead vocalist for years. She has performed at various events and festivals all over the state.

Mikalene: Over 15 years ago, Mikalene began her professional country music career in Nashville, Tenn. With her musical background in guitar and piano, she has written and performed her own original music and published two albums.

Casey Lofthouse: Growing up on the country classics, Lofthouse has been influenced by many original artists including Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Don Williams. With his talent for singing and passion for country music, he has enjoyed performing covers of classics with groups from all over Utah.

Eric Dodge and his band, pictured here at a previous year’s event, will perform in concert at the Hurricane Fine Arts Center on Dec. 10, 2018. | Photo courtesy of Hurricane City Recreation, St. George News

In addition to the performances of the headlining artists, a pre-show featuring three school bands from Washington County (Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, Snow Canyon Middle School and Crimson Cliffs Middle School) will start at 7 p.m. These students are participating in a Service Through Music project by supporting our first responders and veterans and commemorating the events of 9/11.

“It’s exciting to see the students excited to support and participate in this local event — in this case especially because 9/11 is not a memory for them. They weren’t born yet,” Community Arts Manager Peyton Smith said in the news release. “In performing for our community on that day, they are learning about our country’s history and recognizing the sacrifices made that tragic day.”

The band directors from the participating schools are part of the Band Directors Marching Band — a national group who will come together Thanksgiving Day to march in the 2023 Macy’s Day Parade. The Band Directors Marching Band will also participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero as part of the performances around the Macy’s parade.

The final Concert in the Park for 2023 is Sept. 29, featuring the Utah Tech University Pops (orchestra).

Click here for more information about the Concerts in the Park series.

Concert in the Park takes place the second Monday of each month from April through September at 7:30 p.m. at Vernon Worthen Park. It is free to the public and sponsored by the City of St. George with funding from the City of St. George RAP Tax, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Park seating is available. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, food and the family. For information, call 627-4580 or email [email protected].

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