Con­certs in the Park to start 27th sea­son

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MCCASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

The 27th sea­son of Dun­dalk’s Con­certs in the Park kicks off Thurs­day, July 13, with a per­for­mance from No Drama, a clas­sic rock cover band from Bal­ti­more.

The se­ries will bring a dif­fer­ent band to His­toric Dun­dalk every Thurs­day for the rest of the sum­mer. The fi­nal event will be hosted on Aug.24.

These events are lo­cated

in Her­itage Park and are free for the pub­lic to at­tend. Shows will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. and will con­clude later in the evening.

Food will be avail­able for pur­chase at the con­certs through Chick-fil-a and Kim’s Dessert Is­land.

Each show will host a 50/50 raf­fle, which will ben­e­fit a dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity group each week.

“I’m talk­ing with a few area com­mu­nity groups,” said Joe Buc­cheri of Amer­i­can Me­dia En­ter­tain­ment and co­or­di­na­tor for this year’s con­cert se­ries. “There are a myr­iad of pro­grams we can try to as­sist through Con­certs in the Park.”

This is Buc­cheri’s first year co­or­di­nat­ing this event; he takes over from long­time com­mu­nity ac­tivist An­gel Ball.

Each show will be­gin with a per­for­mance of the Na­tional An­them along with the recit­ing of the Pledge of Al­le­giance and a short prayer.

Thurs­day’s in­au­gu­ral pre­sen­ta­tion of the Na­tional An­them will be per­formed by Ariel Bum­balough, front woman of the band Who Knew. Other pre­sen­ters through­out the se­ries will in­clude Tommy Car­son of Leg­end, Michael Ger­lach and Lou Bou­ton from WCBM Ra­dio and Rat Pack’s Rick Ola­guer.

“We are very blessed this year with hav­ing in­di­vid­ual per­form­ers to come up to present their ren­di­tions of the Star-Span­gled Banner to kick off each per­for­mance,” said Buc­cheri.

Many event spon­sors make these free events pos­si­ble. This year, the con­certs are be­ing spon­sored by the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Dun­man­way Apart­ments (of which Ball is prop­erty man­ager), Amer­i­can Me­dia En­ter­tain­ment (who booked the bands) and Costas Inn. Buc­cheri also thanked lo­cal law en­force­ment for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in keep­ing this year’s event safe for ev­ery­one. The sched­ule for the Con­certs in the Park se­ries is listed be­low: July 13: No Drama (clas­sic rock) July 20: Russ Greene Band (blues, rock) July 27: Chris Pres­ley (Elvis Trib­ute) Au­gust 3: Point Boys (clas­sic rock) Au­gust 10: BACK BY POP­U­LAR DE­MAND: Fam­ily Tra­di­tion (coun­try rock) Au­gust 17: Func­tion­al­ity (rhythm and blues) Au­gust 24: BACK BY POP­U­LAR DE­MAND: Pet Rock (clas­sic rock)

PHOTO BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

Seven bands, one per week, will en­ter­tain au­di­ences in Her­itage Park from July 13 through Aug. 24.

PHOTOS BY NI­COLE ROD­MAN

Russ Clark of The Russ Clark Pro­ject en­ter­tained the crowd last year. He will be re­turn­ing to the stage this year on July 20.

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