This week’s Horicon Bank Ripon Summer Concert Series (Friday, July 9) features Frank Martin Busch and The Names for a free concert in downtown Ripon.

The performance, which is sponsored by Aither State Farm Insurance, takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Village Green.

Frank Martin Busch is no stranger to Wisconsin’s music scene. He has been performing throughout the Midwest for the last several years as the front man for Wheelhouse.

The Names is Frank's first foray as a true solo artist. He has traded in the acoustic guitar for a Stratocaster and is living and dying by his ability to play it. Frank marries the storytelling of a country songwriter with the musicality of a bluesman, and a sense of humor that rivals your grade school best friend’s dad.

The music produced by The Names is Americana, which is a polite way of saying it is country music without bedazzled jeans.

Drawing its roots from Red Dirt Country rather than Nashville, it features solid rhythms, jangly guitars, honky tonk piano, harmonicas and even some steel guitars. His solo debut record is duo out in the coming weeks.

Next week’s concert features Chicago style blues by Reverend Raven & Westside Andy.

The series, which is organized by Ripon Main Street, Inc., takes place through the end of August at the Village Green located at the corner of Watson and Seward Street in historic downtown Ripon.

A variety of beverages are available and participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. No carry-ins are allowed in the park because beverage sales help cover entertainment expenses.

Enjoy an evening of entertainment in historic downtown Ripon and discover the charm of small town hospitality.

Visit the concert website (www.downtownripon.com/riponmainst/summer-concert-gallery.html) for the complete lineup which includes links to band websites, music samples and more. Or, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/riponsummerconcerts for more information.

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