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July 28, 2011 12:15 am


Steppin' out: The Steel Wheels will play one of the Music on the Steps shows in August.


As we reach the hottest part of the summer, Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library is heating up its Music on the Steps concert series.

The library has five shows planned for August--one every Monday night from 7 to 8 p.m.

So far, it has been a successful summer for the series.

"In June we had fabulous weather and we had unbelievable numbers turn out, way beyond my expectation," said Lynda Baer, program coordinator for the library.

July's hot weather made those numbers drop a little, but every show had at at least 200 people, she said.

She's very excited about August's lineup. Four favorites will be back, with the addition of a new band--Aon-Kinda Celtic.

Jeni and Billy will kick off the month on Aug. 1 with their Appalachian sounds, and the acclaimed Steel Wheels will end the series on Aug. 29 with their unique blend of bluegrass, gospel and country--and a touch of rock flair thrown in.

Baer said the Steel Wheels performance will be a strong ending for the summer, leaving music fans wanting more.

She said the last performance the group gave at the library brought a strong reaction from the crowd.

"I never got so many people telling me this was the best band of all time," she said.

In its 25th season, the series has a wide variety of bands to entertain Monday night concertgoers.

Angela Easterling will bring her guitar to the steps on Aug. 8, followed by the Sunday Times Band on Aug. 15 with rock and roll favorites from Tom Petty, REM and Jimmy Buffett to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Aon-Kinda Celtic will bring a worldly flair on Aug. 22 with a blend of Irish, Scottish and Appalachian music. The band uses a variety of instruments, from accordion to guitar to fiddle.

Early in the year there was concern about whether there would even be a Music on the Steps concert series this year due to fiscal cuts in 2009-10 that hit the program hard. To compound the woes, private donations were down due to the recession.

Fortunately, the shows will go on.

Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413

What: Music on the Steps concert series Where: Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg When: 7-8 p.m. on Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Cost: Free Info: 540/372-1144; steps

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