GREENFIELD — Several A-list headliner bands throughout the country have been booked for the 2024 concert season at Depot Street Park.
Tribute bands covering Taylor Swift, Neil Diamond and Dave Matthews — even Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll — are booked to perform at the Greenfield concert venue next year.
“It’s going to be a killer season,” said Julie Patterson, assistant director for the Greenfield Parks.
The parks department debuted the Depot Street Park and amphitheater in June 2022, kicking off its summer concert series that same month.
Tony Seiler, who owns Greenfield Music Store and coordinates concerts for the parks department, said next year’s lineup is bigger and better than ever before.
“It’s a very, very strong lineup,” he said.
“This year, we’re going to enhance the opening acts, so they’ll be very impressive,” he continued.
The concert season kicks off Friday, June 14 with a Neil Diamond tribute band, which will no doubt get the crowd singing with its rendition of “Sweet Caroline” and other hits.
The Saturday night concert lineup debuts with two major headliners: a Taylor Swift tribute show called Reputation and a Dave Matthews tribute called Trippin Billies.
Seiler credits the Greenfield Parks and the City of Greenfield for committing the funding and resources to make each year’s concert lineup even better than the one before.
“Both years so far have been really great. The people in the community have been highly supportive of it,” he said.
Seiler, a longtime musician and concert promoter, thinks the Depot Street Park music venue is among the top 20 percent of outdoor music venues in the state.
“I personally think that our lineup and production value puts us above a lot of other venues,” he said.
“Every little town has an amphitheater, but the types of bands they get are the ones we use as opening acts. We go above and beyond production-wise and band-wise, so there’s only a few who are above us, and those are ones like Conner Prairie, who have been doing it longer and have more money,” said Seiler.
“I think we’ll catch up with them in the next several years. We’ll get there,” he said, noting that last year’s crowds grew 177 percent over the year before.
The crowds grew so much that they outgrew the sound system, so Greenfield Music, the City of Greenfield and its parks department are working together to enhance the sound system for next year.
“It’s going to be amazing,” said Seiler, who said the sound will reach the back of the park.
The enhancements will make the popular concert venue even better, he said, for both fans and musicians.
Seiler said the Depot Street Park amphitheater is a big hit among the band members who play there.
“Every single band we’ve ever had has loved the venue and asked to come back … every single one,” he said.
Seiler credits the parks department for treating each band like royalty, providing snacks and drinks and a private lounge in its mobile greenroom.
“We try our best to spoil our bands so they want to come back,” he said.
Seiler invited back only two this year — regional favorite 45 RPM and AC/DC tribute band Thunderstruck.
The rest of the lineup will be playing at Depot Street Park for the first time next year.
Friday night concerts are sponsored by Greenfield Banking Co., while Saturday night concerts are sponsored by The Depot restaurant.
The opening Saturday night concert with dual headliners is also sponsored by the Greenfield branch of Keller Williams.
All summer concerts kick off at 6 p.m., with the headliner or dual headliner starting at 7:30 p.m.
Following is the 2024 concert schedule:
June 14 — The Traveling Salvation Show (Neil Diamond tribute band)
June 28 — Turn to Stone (Electric Light Orchestra tribute band)
July 12 — Brooke Wright (Elvis tribute singer)
July 26 — 45 RPM
Aug. 9 — Chasin’ Aldean — The Jason Aldean Experience
Aug. 23 — Blues Fest (Blackjack Davey and the Rhythm Kings, Gene Deer, Tad Robinson)
June 15 — Trippin Billies (Dave Matthews tribute band), Reputation – A Taylor Swift Experience
July 20 — Fleetwood Gold (Fleetwood Mac tribute band)
Aug. 17 — Lemonade (ZZ Top tribute band), My Classic Rock Experience
Aug 31 — Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute band)
Sept. 7 — The Flying Toasters
Sept. 21 — 7 Bridges Road (Eagles tribute band)