Writer Joseph J. Airdo

Photography Courtesy of Anthem Community Council

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ach May, the sounds of rockin’ guitars, soulful saxophones, jazzy pianos and of course sweet vocals can be heard emanating from the amphitheater at Anthem Community Park. That is, except for last year when the community — and pretty much the entire world — went relatively silent as we all socially distanced in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Those sounds return this year, perhaps more welcome than ever, as one of Anthem’s most prestigious events kicks off four weeks of free concerts in the community.

Each Friday this month, a different act will take the stage as part of Music in May — much to the delight of residents and their guests who are eager to set up their blankets and lawn chairs and have an evening outdoor picnic with family, friends and neighbors while enjoying some memorable, family-friendly entertainment.

“Having to cancel Music in May last year was tough and we know folks missed it,” says Debbie Pulido, special events manager of Anthem Community Council. “We are so excited to have our events back and we look forward to seeing our residents again, safely enjoying this fun, outdoor event.”

Performers will bring a variety of classics and modern favorites to life at the amphitheater at Anthem Community Park, beginning with Thaddeus Rose who on May 7 will play the best rock ‘n’ roll hits of all time by some of most iconic musicians from yesteryear through today. Food trucks will be on-site for the opening performance, offering concertgoers a number of delicious dining options.

On May 14, Mogollon will take the stage, delivering a fun, high-energy, interactive performance that spans not only ages but also genres. Its concert will include country music, classic rock, tropical rock and even some original tunes.

City Nights Band will then bring the hits of the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Journey, Bruno Mars, Pink and the Band Perry to Anthem when it takes its turn May 21. The talented and versatile singers and musicians will play music that will encourage concertgoers to get up from their blankets and lawn chairs and onto their feet to dance the night away.

One of Arizona’s premier cover bands, Tripwire will close out this year’s event May 28 with a concert featuring a mix of classic rock, pop and dance songs from the 60s through today.

Anthem Community Council is preparing a COVID-19 mitigation plan to increase public health and safety measures at the event but the fact that Music in May is officially happening after a year’s hiatus is undoubtedly music to the community’s ears.


Music in May

Fridays | 7–9 p.m. | Amphitheater at Anthem Community Park | 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem | Free | onlineatanthem.com/music-in-may