Killer Flamingos will perform Thursday at St. Mary’s Park

Killer Flamingos make their long-awaited debut at St. Mary’s Park this week, in a performance that will include pink light tubes and steaming geysers.

The Detroit-based rock band was supposed to perform at the park in 2019, but the show didn’t happen.

“Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to perform at St. Mary’s Park in 2019,” said Timothy Webber, drummer and vocalist. “That’s what makes this August 18 show even more special.”

Killer Flamingos will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, as part of the Concert in the Park Series sponsored by the City of Monroe Parks and Recreation Department. Free entry. Participants should bring blankets or lawn chairs.

The Off the Rails Food Trolley will sell food. Other food trucks will be around downtown for the Ducky Dash. “The Ducky Dash food trucks will be parked right above the walkway, so spectators can tour them,” said Amy Mason, recreation programmer for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

This is the last Concert in the Park of this season. Killer Flamingos will kick off the series with a family rock show.

“We’ve planned a killer two-hour, high-energy gig with a wide array of material, featuring multiple vocalists, driving bass and drums, explosive guitar and keytar solos, pink light tubes and steaming geysers” , Webber said.

The band plays current hits with a few 80s, 90s and early 2000s sprinkled throughout.

“We’ve always tried to stay current, but also perform songs that we love and we know our fans will too,” Webber said. “Our show has a bit of everything for everyone. We’d like to think that people leave our show happier than when they came.

Killer Flamingos will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2024. All members of the group have been together for years. They are Webber; Alyssa Simmons, singer; Darren Drake, keyboard and vocals; Todd Best, lead guitar, and David Gondoly, bass and vocals.

“Everyone has been with the group for at least 15 to 20 years,” Webber said. “The only relatively new face is Alyssa Simmons. We had the opportunity to bring her back during the pandemic. Alyssa lived and performed in Austin, Texas. We had worked with her about 10 years before, and it just clicked .

Killer Flamingos have performed a few times in Monroe. Members play around 200 shows a year and also perform at weddings and corporate events.

“We play all over Michigan and all over Ohio,” Webber said. “Once in a blue moon, we’ll be flying out to Vail for a private gig or Key West to play Sloppy Joe’s. This summer is almost back to before 2020, so I’d say we’re getting there. People are definitely appreciating this news. Renaissance.

During the concert, W. Elm Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic from Borgess to N. Monroe St. from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cars entering the St. Mary’s parking lot after 6 p.m. must use the Monroe St. entrance and will exit onto W. Elm Ave., turning right only. There are also parking lots on the south side of the river.

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