BERNE — You really know it’s summer when the Berne Wood-fired Pizza season is here.
The annual concert series opens June 6 and is presented every Wednesday evening (except for July 4) through Aug. 29 on the grounds of Zwingli United Church of Christ in Berne. Pizza, accompanied by live music, is available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. An opening band plays at 5 p.m., followed by the headliner at 6:30 p.m.
In the case of June 6, the Turkey River All-Stars open the evening, followed by LP & the 45s. It’s a night of Dixieland jazz (the Turkeys) and oldies hits (the 45s).
About 500 to 600 pizzas are sold each night, with seven varieties usually on the menu. Beverages and sides are also available, or you can bring your own.
Proceeds from the event, which is run entirely by volunteers, go to the church and to area non-profit organizations.
The music lineup, with the opener listed first:
June 13:The Vintage Tones of Spielzeiten und Pausen, Old Country Boys; artisan market
June 20:After School Special, Retro Soul & the Westside Horns
June 27:Cabin Fever, Branded
July 3:Reunion Band, Nite Shift
July 11:Lost Faculties, Hair Metal Radio
July 18:KnuFunk, JT & the Gunslingers
July 25:Smash & Grab, Incognito
Aug. 1:Artisan market, plus Swiss night, with Alphorns and flag throwers, Kris & the Riverbend Dutchmen
Aug. 8:Parks & Kleist Band, FABBAulous
Aug. 15:Gopher Tones, Good Morning Bedlam
Aug. 22:Colt 45, Ventura Highway
Aug. 29:Hair of the Dog, Six Mile Grove
The church is at 23148 Dodge County Highway 24, near West Concord.