Gooderham is about to get loud.

Six bands will be playing, rain or shine, during the community’s first Gooderham Music Festival since 2019 at the Robert McCausland Memorial Community Centre bandstand July 30.

The concert will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with each band playing an hour and a half.

“The whole idea was to start using a beautiful bandstand that we have that was just sitting there,” said Denise Winder, chair of the Gooderham Community Action Group (GCAG).

She said the group has gathered momentum with new members joining to help organize the festival.

During their most recent Canada Day event, the crowd surpassed expectations. “We’re really excited,” Winder said. “Especially after Canada Day, we have never seen so many children.”

GCAG will be accepting donations to help cover costs, which include the hiring of a professional sound person.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and umbrellas in case of rain. There will be food and drinks available.

Not Responsible will play from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. followed by Ragged Company from noon to 1:30 p.m. Then Bill Black takes the stage from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. followed by Jeff Moulton from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Rockin’ Bobs play from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and the Recycled Teenagers from 7:30 to 9 p.m.