Covey Center making lunch-time jams


Cutline: Photo courtesy of Sarah Forsey. The band Nico will are ready to rock at Covey Center “Brown Bag lunchtime” concert.

By Heinrich Hettig,

Free live music while having lunch is something Provo residents may not be used to and generally the Covey Center charges for indoor concerts, but in June people can enjoy springtime weather and free entertainment.

The Covey Center for the Arts is providing the Brown Bag Lunchtime concert series on Thursdays throughout the month of June.

The concerts are free and opportunities for students, workers and residents of Provo to enjoy the summer weather and quality entertainment.

“I really enjoy seeing people in the community getting involved,” said Gaye Cook, marketing assistant for the Covey Center.

Cook said she loves the ambiance and is certain the lunchtime concert Thursday will create that type of effect with attendees.

“I love looking out at the trees, lawn and seeing that filled with people,” Cook said. “It’s going to be exciting.”

The Brown Bag Lunchtime concert series is a first of its kind and the director of the concert series, Debra Andersen, said she hopes there will be a good turnout on Thursday.

“I think the arts has a huge capacity to inspire and to unite the community,” Andersen said. “This event is going to appeal to many people from all different walks of life and to find a common ground through something we all appreciate — great music.”

Every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. there will be local musicians who will display their talents for a lunch break show.

“I’m really excited to give the community the opportunity to bring music into their day-to-day lives,” Andersen said.

This week’s entertainment is coming from the local jazz band, Nico.

Lead vocal and bass, Lowell Crabb, said he is looking forward to giving the audience a good time during their lunch break.

“We’re just going to do our thing,” Crabb said.

Nico has a range of styles, but they specialize in the smooth sounds of jazz music.

“We love to play whenever we get the chance,” Crabb said. “We like to give back to the community.”

The concerts are set up on the grassy terrace southeast of the Covey Center at 425 W. Center St., Provo. People are invited to bring lunch and a blanket as they enjoy free entertainment. For more information about the concert series visit the website at

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