FAIR HAVEN — Although it’s still early to be thinking about summer, the organizers of the Fair Haven Concerts in the Park hope people will start getting excited about this year’s lineup.
“I got people coming up to me asking what groups we are going to have,” said organizer Fred Capron.
Capron and the Concerts in the Park committee recently completed the schedule for the annual event, jam packing it with a handful of returning acts and newcomers.
The 10-week concert series will run from June 20 to Aug. 22 with concerts at 7 p.m. every Thursday near the gazebo in the Fair Haven town park.
“We have many, many people who are so excited,” Capron said.
Kicking of the series is Yankee Dixie, a lively eight-piece band playing toe-tapping music of the American south. They will be followed by the Mellow Yellow on June 27 playing music of the ’60s and ’70s including the Monkees, Turtles, Rolling Stones, Donovan and more.
Returning this summer after drawing an audience of more than 1,300 people is the 40th Army Band of the Vermont National Guard. The band, led by Commander David Meyers, will play standard military music, traditional and contemporary Americana with a few surprises along the way. This concert, though, has been moved to Friday, July 5, to not conflict with other local Fourth of July celebrations the day before.
“There are so many Fourth of July events that we didn’t want to interfere with all that,” Capron said.
Debuting this season is Snake Mountain Bluegrass featuring local musician Freeman Corey on July 11. It will be followed by the return of Dennis Wilmott and his band Left Eye Jump out of Burlington on July 18.
Also returning for the second straight year, are Burlington-based Possum Haw on July 25, Celtic rock band Prydein on Aug. 1, the Moonlighters Big Band from the Windsor/Hartford area Aug. 8 and the Albany-based cover band TS Ensemble on Aug. 15. They will play a wide-range of musical styles including a fusion of rock and bagpipes and classic big band music of the 1940s and 1950s.
The Starline Rhythm Boys, who were rained out at the last minute last year, will close the concert series Aug. 22, with a no holds barred Honky Tonk show.
Capron said all the acts were chosen by the committee with the input of concert visitors last year. He said they listened to the amount of applause an act got from the crowd to see if they would have them back this year.
“We tried to refresh it a little bit (with the new acts),” he said. “We don’t bring in groups that we have not listened to and that we feel would fit Fair Haven.”
Throughout the concert series, local businesses and organizations will host free ice cream socials and each week there will be door prizes, food and a 50-50 drawing.
“We are so appreciative for what everybody does for us,” Capron said. “Thank you for coming. Thank you for supporting us.”
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