Walkers, runners and other patrons at Carl Levin Park were treated to some live music June 27 as part of the Knights of the Roundtable summer concert series.

While bands performed, the Harker Heights High School booster club sold water and food.

Hosted by the city and the Knights of the Roundtable, a community-minded group of Harker Heights High School students, the concerts are designed to give teenagers a reason to get out of the house this summer.

“It gets us involved in what’s going on in our community,” said Merissa Martinez, a Knights of the Roundtable member and Heights High School graduate.

Martinez, who is preparing to study English and writing at St. Edward’s University in Austin, was glad to help plan the event.

“I think it’s really cool, especially since I am going off to college next year, and it’s something to look forward to during the summer,” she said.

Her high school peers took advantage of the event by getting on stage and putting on a show for the audience.

“It’s always a good time and no matter where it is I always enjoy playing music,” said Nathan Ybarra, lead singer of Ivory Summit. “It’s really nice to see the community come out and support it. I’m very happy (the concerts) are happening, mostly because around here there aren’t many opportunities for kids to express themselves with music.”

Ivory Summit plays indie rock, alternative and acoustic music. The band promoted their new record, “Airplane EP,” during the concert.

“I think it’s a great experience to get playing time in front of people in a park, especially in a place like this in our hometown,” said James Wallace, Ivory Summit guitarist.

An alternative rock group from Crossroads Church in Belton also performed.

“We decided to come out here and play one night, played a few originals, and they asked us to come back,” said Kendall Kersey, lead singer and youth pastor. “I think everybody coming out enjoying free music and a free event is always great, and it’s great to get to know different people.”

The music series continues with another concert July 25 at Carl Levin Park.

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