The 25th and final season of Evenings in Olde Seville Square will begin May 17 with a concert by the Pensacola Civic Band. The series will continue with concerts every Thursday at 7 p.m., weather permitting, until August 2. And just because this is the last season, doesn’t mean it will lack the entertainment value it has provided since 1987.
“We are looking forward to having a great line up once again,” said Jim Green, the series coordinator. “Unfortunately, unless someone else or some other organization can step forward to assume the presentation of Evenings in Olde Seville
Square, we are afraid this will be the last season.”
The Pensacola Heritage Foundation has presented the Evenings in Olde Seville Square, but has found the expense, even with sponsorships from local businesses, has grown to a point of taking funds away from the foundation’s original mission of discovering and preserving Pensacola’s unique historical heritage.
Green estimated the cost of the concerts at $50,000 to $60,000 annually. The foundation is willing to work with prospective concert presenters to help stage the series and lend technical support. He and members of the Pensacola Heritage Foundation hope someone will continue the tradition.
“For a lot of folks, summer in Pensacola is about the beach, getting out on the water and spending Thursday evenings socializing, seeing your friends and listening to music in Seville Square,” Green said. “Since Jim (Tanck) started this, we have seen a renaissance around Seville Square with restaurants like Dharma Blue and Hub Stacey’s. It’s a great scene and we hope someone will continue it.”
PENSACOLA CIVIC BAND
WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17
WHERE: Seville Square
2012 EVENINGS IN OLDE SEVILLE
May 17 – Pensacola Civic Band
May 24 – Kitt Lough
May 31 – Perdido Brass/Guffman Trio
June 7 – Heritage
June 14 – Reunion Band
June 21 – 151 Army Band
June 28 – Mr. Big and the Rhythm Sisters
July 5 – Don Snowden’s Big Band, with Holly Shelton
July 12 – The Sawmill Band
July 19 – Lisa Kelly/JB Scott Quintet
July 26 – The Swinging Dick Tracys
Aug. 2 – Clark and Company