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R5, Sofia Carson among acts playing Darien Lake's free series

Disney star Sofia Carson and YouTube sensation Jacob Whitesides will open the in-park concert series at Darien Lake Theme Park.

The concerts in the popular series, which annually showcases young, family friendly musical acts, are free with paid park admission including season pass and overnight accommodation admission packages.

Here's the lineup: Sofia Carson with Jacob Whitesides, May 27; Forever in Your Mind, June 24; and R5 on July 1. All shows start at 6 p.m. and will be held in the amphitheater of the performing arts center.

Sofia Carson opens the Darien Lake free in-part concert series on May 27. (Getty Images)

Singer and actress Sofia Carson has been seen in such Disney programming as "Austin & Ally," the original movie "Descendants," "Adventures in Babysitting" and "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits." In January, she released her new song "Back to Beautiful," the follow-up to her debut radio single “Love Is The Name.”

“The song defines ‘beautiful’ not as a physical concept, but as a state of kindness in our hearts and in our minds – a message I hold close to my heart,” she said in a press statement.

Jacob Whitesides and Sofia Carson open the Darien Lake free in-part concert series on May 27.

Whitesides rose to prominence when he posted an acoustic cover of Justin Bieber's "One Time" and One Direction's "One Thing" on YouTube which gained notice from One Direction and the record industry. Whitesides signed with the BMG label. His debut EP "A Piece of Me" hit No. 1 on iTunes and topped charts around the world.

Read: With patience, Jacob Whitesides has found the bright side

Forever in Your Mind, featuring Ricky Garcia, left, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge, will perform a free show at Darien Lake. (Getty Images)

The teen pop trio Forever in your Mind - Emery Kelly, Ricky Garcia and Liam Attridge – has released its debut EP "FIYM" with the songs "Hurricane," "Enough About Me," "Compass" and "Whistle." The trio has been seen in videos for its remakes of "Shake Your Booty" and "Cake By the Ocean." Both Ricky and Emery have appeared on Disney Channel shows - Ricky in “Best Friends Whenever” and Emery in “Dog With a Blog” and “Lab Rats.”

Pop band R5 features siblings Riker, Rocky, Ross and Rydel Lynch, along with friend Ellington Ratliff. The group released its debut EP "Loud" in February 2013, quickly followed by its full-length debut "Louder" in 2013 and "Sometime Last Night" in 2015.

The 2017 Darien Lake Theme Park season runs May 6 to Oct. 1. For more information or to order season passes, visit


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