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HARRISBURG — The sounds of love, culture, and diversity will fill the air at the Reservoir Park Bandshell throughout the month of July.

The City of Harrisburg and Pop’s House are teaming up to present The July Music Series, a six-night music festival featuring at least five different genres, performed by dozens of local, regional, and national acts. Each show is free, and family-friendly, courtesy Aetna Better Health Kids.

“Even during the toughest times and the grayest days, we can close our eyes and get lost in the wonders of music,” said Mayor Wanda R.D. Williams. “This is our chance to celebrate what makes Harrisburg so great: our diversity, our cultures, and our togetherness.

The July Music Series gets underway on July 2 with Mayor Wanda Williams’ Rising Stars Youth Showcase from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This kickoff event, sponsored by the City of Harrisburg and Commonwealth Charter Academy, will highlight 11 talented acts from the Greater Harrisburg community.

On July 4, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra returns to the Reservoir Park Bandshell for its annual breathtaking Independence Day show, featuring opening acts Dred “Perky” Scott, and Diane Wilson. Music gets started around 6:30 p.m. The City’s fireworks display is set to begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Highmark, Penn State Health, and Dauphin County are the July 4 main sponsors.

Get ready for an uplifting and soul-stirring evening of gospel on Sunday, July 9. Gospel Night at the Bandshell is headlined by the Maryland-based power-group R.E.I.G.N. The show starts around 6 p.m. with Living Spring Harrisburg, Dee Marie & Preacher Man, Dayspring Praise Team, Dana Fields, and Martin Luther King Baptist. Gospel Night is proudly sponsored by UPMC Health Plan, the Dauphin County Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Robert M. Jackson Veterans Center.

One week later, don’t miss the highly anticipated return of Jazz Under The Stars on Saturday, July 15. This five hour showcase gets underway at 5 p.m. with national recording artist Mike Phillips headlining a show which features jazz acts 4 The Round and Urban Groove Collective ft. Melissa Wilson. Jazz Under The Stars is sponsored by the Dauphin County Commissioners and the Dauphin County Economic Development Corporation.

On Sunday, July 23, it’s time to groove to the rhythms of the Caribbean with Reggae Night, from 6-8:30 p.m. Dwenninmmen African Dance will get the party started, followed by an infectious and soulful set from Jah Works. Sponsored by Steel Works Construction and Commonwealth Charter Academy.

Finally, we close the July Music Series on Sunday, July 30 with the ever-popular Latin Night. Get ready to dance the night away to the sizzling rhythms of Mako Swing and Los Monstros. Latin Night gets underway at 6 p.m., courtesy prime sponsors M&T Bank, Latino Connection, and Highmark Wholecare. All Sunday shows have a rain location at the John Harris Harrisburg High School Auditorium, located at 2451 Market Street. Jazz Under The Stars will be moved into the Harrisburg Forum auditorium at 500 Walnut Street in the event of rain.