June 10, 2016

Grandview’s New Amphitheater Offers Live Music in Picturesque Setting

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The newly built Grandview Amphitheater is an impressive architectural structure providing the surrounding community free, live music concerts. Photo by Kathy Feist.

Grandview Amphitheater Offers Live Music in Picturesque Setting

By Kathy Feist

Not too far from Martin City, off Hwy 150 and Byars Rd (immediately east of 71 Hwy), is a little area in Grandview appropriately called The View.

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Mary Brown enjoys mornings at Meadowmere Park’s community garden.

On one side of the road is Meadowmere Park, a picturesque setting with a community center, state of the art playground and covered picnic area, a community garden, and the end–or beginning–of the Blue River Trail.

Across the road, a spanking new concessions stand still smelling of fresh cedar greets visitor. And past that is a stunning looking amphitheater this side of Kansas City. It sits at the bottom of a tall, grassy knoll. Sidewalks circle the rustic iron and cedar structure that has been given a modern architectural flare.

“The wavy roof is incorporated in all the [Grandview] parks,” says Valerie Poindexter, Communications Coordinator for Grandview Parks & Recreation. The design is the work of Dennis Randolf, director of public works for the City of Grandview.

On May 7th, the amphitheater made its grand debut during Truman Heritage Festival at the park. Three bands performed: pop artist Daya, the rapper Michael Franti band, and pop artist A Great Big World.

On Saturday, June 11, Creedence Forever, a Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band from Chicago, will perform at 7:30 pm at the new amphitheater.

On July 9, Noe Palma is scheduled to perform. The third performance on August 26 has yet to be announced. The concerts are free.

In addition to concerts, the amphitheater will be the site for morning yoga classes and  free outdoor movie Toy Story on August 26.

For more information, visit grandviewamp.com.

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