Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries kicks off this week in La Plata

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIFFANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

La Plata res­i­dents are in for a treat this sum­mer as the Town of La Plata will be­gin its Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries this Fri­day.

The La Plata Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries will host con­certs out­side of the town hall each Fri­day from 7 to 9 p.m., con­tin­u­ing through Fri­day, Sept. 30. Ev­ery Fri­day the con­cert sched­ule in­cludes mu­sic gen­res for the en­tire fam­ily in­clud­ing coun­try, blue­grass, rock, 90s al­ter­na­tive and acous­tic, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s clas­sic rock, funk, pop, broad­way, con­cert band, show tunes and jazz.

This year, the town is in­cor­po­rat­ing sev­eral new per­form­ing acts, ven­dors, food trucks and an ice cream truck for con­cert go­ers. The event is geared to­ward fam­i­lies look­ing to re­lax and do so for free.

“It’s a fun, free thing to do on a Fri­day night,” said Colleen Wil­son, Town of La Plata spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor. “We have two food ven­dors on site and a food truck that sells hot dogs, ham­burg­ers and chips, in sup­port of Life­Styles Inc., the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion [that as­sists home­less in the county]. It is a time for fam­i­lies and there are not a whole lot of free things to do but this is one of them and it’s surely a good time.”

Con­cert go­ers are en­cour­aged to bring blan­kets, lawn chairs and cool­ers. There will also be a play area for chil­dren, called the Kids’ Zone, which al­lows par­ents to en­joy the con­cert while keep­ing an eye on their lit­tle ones.

“Our Fri­day Night Con­cert Se­ries has served the Town of La Plata and the sur­round­ing com­mu­nity for many years,” said Mayor Roy G. Hale. “It is one of our most pop­u­lar events be­cause it per­mits peo­ple of all ages to en­joy a Fri­day evening on the lawn of Town Hall and lis­ten to wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal and mil­i­tary bands. It is a sym­bol of what small towns should be by bring­ing friends and neigh­bors to­gether in an open and friendly en­vi­ron­ment. I truly en­joy be­ing the mas­ter of cer­e­monies, as does my 8-year-old grand­son who helps me out, by see­ing how peo­ple en­joy the con­certs by danc­ing on the lawn and join­ing in the fes­tiv­i­ties. This se­ries is part of the town’s fiber and will con­tinue for a very long time.”

The con­cert se­ries be­gins with Drivin’ Muzzy on May 27, then more bands in the fol­low­ing weeks such as Franklin Square Band, Pork Donut, Dr. Robert Band, Eric Scott Band, The Muddy Crows, Paul Thomas and The MWB Band, John Luskey Band, Back­fin, and the Port Tobacco Pick­ers. Wil­son said that ap­prox­i­mately 200 to 450 lo­cal res­i­dents ex­pe­ri­ence the mu­si­cal sounds at the con­certs.

“Many peo­ple en­joy the con­cert se­ries be­cause the qual­ity of bands that we have are very good and we have mu­sic for ev­ery­one,” Wil­son said. “We have sev­eral new bands this year so we’re in­ter­ested in see­ing how peo­ple like them. Its Drivin’ Muzzy’s sec­ond year per­form­ing in La Plata, they at­tract a big crowd and so do the mil­i­tary bands be­cause they are pro­fes­sional and you get a good show.”

This sum­mer the town is wel­com­ing a wider va­ri­ety of mil­i­tary bands, such as the U.S. Navy Band Coun­try Cur­rent, U.S. Navy Band Com­modores, U.S. Naval Academy Band Elec­tric Brigade, U.S. Navy Band The Sea Chanters, and the South­ern Mary­land Con­cert Band. Wil­son said all of the mil­i­tary bands usu­ally per­form for an hour due to their band’s reg­u­la­tions. All non-mil­i­tary bands will per­form from 7 to 9 p.m. on Fri­days.

The Town of La Plata will also be do­ing a Kids’ Sum­mer Show on Tues­days from 10 to 10:45 a.m. through­out the sum­mer. It is a free show located at the La Plata Town Hall with en­ter­tain­ment, such as a na­ture show, rap­tor show, and kids band, for chil­dren ages 3 to 9 years old. The Kids’ Sum­mer Show be­gins on June 28 fea­tur­ing a per­for­mance from Blue Sky Pup­pet The­atre’s “Ba­nanas,” a healthy eat­ing and ex­er­cise show in part­ner­ship with the Chil­dren’s Na­tional Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

“The chil­dren’s events held on dif­fer­ent days pro­vides some­thing spe­cial for our youth ... We of­fer these pro­grams to en­sure that even the small­est child can en­joy their time spent at town hall,” Hale said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Eric Scott Band per­forms dur­ing last year’s La Plata Sum­mer Con­cert Se­ries on the west lawn of La Plata Town Hall.

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