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Summer Concerts to Appeal to a Variety of Tastes

Wolfe Park will host musicians performing funk, old school rock and more during its free summer concert series in July.

Parks & Recreation Dir. Frank Cooper is spreading the word about the 24th annual Summer Concert Series at William E. Wolfe Park. All concerts are free and will be held at Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

"This year we have a line up of musical performances that we hope will appeal to a broad range of ages and tastes," Cooper said. "Due to finances, we're restricted in quantity of performances that we're able to have, but this year we hope that the quality of the performances will more than make up for that."

Four concerts are scheduled on July 8, 15, 22 and 29. The line up is as follows:

Sunday, July 8: The Jessica Prouty Band

Talented musicians from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music will perform family-friendly rock with polish and refinement far beyond their tender years. The Massachusetts-based Jessica Prouty Band is highlighted by the group's namesake and bassist along with lead guitarist Cody Nielsen.

The four-piece band delivers on all fronts; clean and powerful vocals from Jessica and stellar guitar riffs from band mates. The group performs original music as well as covers from a variety of performers from Wilson Pickett and Pat Benatar to Katy Perry.

This is a concert that will be enjoyed by all ages.  Find out more about this exciting and talented group of young musicians by visiting their website at www.JessicaProuty.com.

Sunday, July 15: 'Hey Tonight' A Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute

"Hey Tonight", A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, invites you on a trip back in time with a show that captures the essence of one of America’s premiere bands of the early Seventies. You’re live at the Oakland Coliseum all over again as they perform hit songs like “Born on the Bayou,” “Down on the Corner," "Proud Mary," "Green River," and "Have you ever seen the rain." The band features Jim Long, Mike Streeto, Myles Standish, and Diego Diaz. A step back into time.

Sunday, July 22: Nathan Ward Band

This performing group bills itself as the "New Face of Old-School Rock". Lead by Nathan Ward on keyboards and guitar, Paul Sikora on drums, Ken Crowell on bass and Randy Smith on guitar, they further contribute with their vocal talents. Their diverse age range and musical genres, allows them to attract crowds from early teens to folks in their eighties. Expect to hear songs from the 50’s and 60’s to the Beatles, Steve Miller and Eric Clapton. A musical opportunity for the entire family.

Sunday, July 29: Brass Tacks

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to get the funk out! Enjoy this New Haven-area band perform soul-stirring and funkified versions of your favorite hits. Featuring the great Magee on vocals, Mike Knobloch on drums, Robert Porto on guitar, Brendan Wolfe on bass, Robert Millburn on sax, and Ricky Kramer on trumpet. This will be a night to remember. Too good to miss!

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