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Local musician ‘Rocks The Park’ at KUTX concert series

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Local musician ‘Rocks The Park’ at KUTX concert series

Mobley performed at the second to last Rock The Park concert series.

Mobley performed at the second to last Rock The Park concert series.

Madeleine Mcllheran / Hilltop Views

Mobley performed at the second to last Rock The Park concert series.

Madeleine Mcllheran / Hilltop Views

Madeleine Mcllheran / Hilltop Views

Mobley performed at the second to last Rock The Park concert series.

Madeleine Mcllheran, Writer

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On Sept. 28, local musician Mobley performed at “Rock The Park,” a series of family-friendly, free concerts hosted by KUTX each Fall. The show opened with Groundwork Music Orchestra, another local group, and Mobley came onto the stage just as the sun was setting. The one-man-band performed a mix of his upbeat hits- such as “Torch,” “Tell Me” and other sultry songs. 

Mobley kept the audience actively engaged, and before performing “Stay Volk,” he selected volunteers from the crowd to act as a “human drum set.” He set up many different wires and showed how a high five to each of the four people would produce four different sounds. He then proceeded to perform “Stay Volk” using both the volunteer drum set and his guitar. Halfway through the show, Mobley handed out drumsticks to the children up front and invited them to a drum circle to play along for a song.

“We originally came to these shows because my friend invited us, so our girls could play together. We’ve kept coming back because we end up really loving the artists,” Marissa Flores, mother of five-year-old Mickala, said.

The show attendees were mostly young families, but college students turned out as well, along with dog parents and their furry friends to enjoy the music. Children drew on the stage using chalk alongside their parents, and kids danced and played on the lawn. The excitement and energy of the kids seemed to influence the adults, as many kicked off their shoes and danced on picnic blankets with them.

Richard Delgado, father of two, danced and blew bubbles with his son and daughter.

“This is the second concert we’ve come for. We live in the neighborhood so it’s really fun to come and hang out with the kids and dance,” Delgado said.

A group of college students from the University of Texas sat on a blanket together and nodded their heads to the music.

“I’ve seen Mobley live before, so I was like ‘hey, guys, we should go to that.’ His music is just even better live,”  Connor Goins, a sophomore psychology student at UT, said.

Goins plans on attending the final concert for this year’s “Rock The Park” series, on Nov. 9. Walker Lukens will perform for the last show and is expected to attract a large crowd.

 

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