- Chelsey James

Chelsey James will play a free concert Saturday evening in the gazebo of the Seymour Downtown Park.

Musician Chelsey James has performed across the U.S. over the past few years as her career has taken off, especially in 2021, as she’s released a new single every two months, including “Hands On The Bible,” where the music video was filmed in Seymour, featuring three generations of local firefighters with Seymour’s Crump family.

Ironically, that tie with the Crumps comes full circle less than a month from now when James performs in the gazebo at the center of the city square in the Seymour Downtown Park on Saturday, July 24, as the Seymour Lions Club will celebrate its 80-year anniversary a year late due to last year’s COVID-19 pandemic.

Seymour Lions Club members Bob and Elaine Crump, as well as their daughter, Cathy Simpson, are key organizers of the Lions’ celebration on July 24, where James will perform from 7 to 9 p.m.

Activities on the square start 30 minutes before James’ concert at 6:30 p.m.

“This is our way to thank the community for its many decades of support,” Bob Crump said. “Since the start of the Seymour Lions Club in 1940, we’ve always had nothing but fantastic support from the people of Seymour.

“We hope that everyone will mark July 24 on their calendars, grab a lawn chair and come out that evening to see a great concert from a rising artist.”

Ironically, James also calls Seymour home.

Previously, she’s played at the Seymour Apple Festival.

Earlier this month, she was the opening act for a concert by country-music star Sammy Kershaw.

On July 24, she’ll perform an acoustic show on the city square, featuring both original songs and covers of tunes most will know.

At the Lions’ 80-year event, free drinks and popcorn will be served, Crump said.

“We’re hoping to see a square packed full of people,” he concluded.

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