The Fort Hood Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s annual summer concert series kicked off Friday night. The series, previously called Music on the Lawn, has been rebranded and revamped into Sunset Soundz.
The event also has a new home – the yard behind Samuel Adams Brewhouse, shared with Patton Pool.
“We wanted to bring the music to the people, so to speak,” said Norma Hernandez, MWR special events coordinator. “We knew that Families would be gathered at the pool and had heard about the great crowds at Sam Adams on Fridays, so we thought this would be a super idea to bring the music.”
Samuel Adams Brewhouse, which had its grand opening earlier this year, has an outdoor patio space that opens up into the Patton Pool space. During the Sunset Soundz event, Patton Pool offered free swimming for patrons, while the brewhouse had alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and food for purchase.
Event sponsor HEB had booths set up for giveaways like snacks and soda.
In addition to the live music and free swimming, MWR set up inflatables and games in the area for even more fun for the kids.
“We’re all about Family-friendly fun,” Hernandez said of MWR. “Going out and enjoying great food and music by the pool on a hot summer night is fun.”
Spc. Marchal Howell, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, and his wife, Jessica Howell, live in the Patton Village neighborhood and, as fans of live music, decided to walk over to Samuel Adams Brewhouse to check out the show. Living nearby, they are not strangers to the brewhouse.
“We like coming here when they have the fights on and stuff,” Jessica said. “It’s nice because we like to drink responsibly on the weekends and it’s a block away so we can walk and socialize. And it’s nice that the pool was right here.”
The Howells enjoyed Friday night’s event, calling it “amazing.” Jessica especially enjoyed the performance by DJ & Brandy.
“I keep saying she sounds just like Kelly Clarkson,” she said. “They’re amazing.”
As a young couple at the Great Place, the Howells appreciate local events like these. Marchal said he wishes more Soldiers and Families would take advantage of these opportunities.
“I feel like people don’t really appreciate what the post does or tries to do for us,” he said.
“It brings the community together,” Jessica added.
The next Sunset Soundz concert will be July 26 at 6:30 p.m. The show will feature an ensemble from the 1st Cavalry Division Band for more live music and the pool will be open for patrons. Sunset Soundz events are free and open to the public.