Sherman will take residents on a trip back to the 80s for its annual Lights on the Lake concert this July.

The city announced that 80s Rock Tour — featuring musicians from the bands Asia, Journey and Kansas — will headline the annual Independence Day concert and fireworks show in Pecan Grove Park on July 2.

“In the past few years, we've used our Independence Day celebration to bring you amazing bands like Foghat, Three Dog Night, 38 Special and KC and the Sunshine Band,” Sherman Main Street Director Sarah McRae said. “This year we are going to take it a step further and bring you something really exciting.”

McRae made the announcement Friday as a part of the monthly Coffee with the Mayor event. McRae noted that the announcement had been delayed slightly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but city officials still planned to move forward with the concert.

The show at Pecan Grove Park will include John Payne, who previously played with Asia from 1991 through 2006, John Elefante, who preformed with Kansas from 1981 through 1984 and Steve Augeri, who was the lead singer for Journey from 1998 to 2006.

“it kind of goes with what we've enjoyed doing: bringing rock music, classic rock, to Sherman, McRae said. ”It really isn't something you get to see very often for free. We thought it would be neat and you get the chance to hear music from three artists instead of just one.“

With the ongoing pandemic, McRae said city officials were taking some precautions with the event. The area directly adjacent to the stage will have grid to allow for social distancing between groups.

“We are obviously taking some of the things that work for Hot Summer Nights this year and implementing that for Lights on the Lake.”

Likewise, some attractions, including inflatable bounce houses, have been removed from this year's festivities, McRae said.

“It is not really the year for that, for gathering people in smaller spaces,“ she said. ”We still have a large, beautiful park that is read yo hold lots of our friends who are ready to get out and listen to some live music.“

The announcement comes just one day after the city held its first Hot Summer Nights concert with a performance by party band Time Machine. While the concert only brought out about 300 people, McRae said she was pleased by the crowd.

“We were happy with the crowd we saw last night. It kind of shows that people are ready to get out and enjoy the things that summer usually brings,” she said.

Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at