Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

July 3, 2014

A half-century of music

Summer tradition returns with Concerts in the Park

It’s Wednesday night and it’s summer. That can only mean one thing in Andover. There’s a free, live concert happening downtown in The Park at Bartlet and Chestnut streets.

The summer tradition that’s been a community favorite for 50 years returns next week with a lineup of shows appropriate for the whole family. Six shows are planned and will feature a mix of familiar faces who are returning to The Park along with some newcomers.

A throwback in the form of ‘60s Invasion will lead things off July 9 and Andover’s own “Idol” — Casey McQuillen, who tried out for the popular TV reality show, has been booked for the series finale on Aug. 13.

“This is a great way to kick off the summer with the free concerts in a lovely setting. The Park is adjacent to our downtown area and within walking distance to shopping, pizza, ice cream and more. Guests pack a picnic and set up chairs, blankets, and make a night of it,” said Janice Coppolino of the Department of Community Services, which hosts the concert series.

All concerts go from 6 to 8 p.m., with the acts performing in front of the bandstand. The adjacent Memorial Auditorium at 36 Bartlet St. will serve as the rain location this year. Both residents and visitors to town are welcome to attend.

To support the series, the Department of Community Services received sponsorships from many community business partners, including Andover Law, P.C.; Andover TV, Kumon, Reading Co-Operative Bank and William Raveis Realtor Peggy Patenaude.

For more on the Concerts in the Park, visit www.AndoverDCS.com.

— Judy Wakefield, staff writer

Noteworthy acts

JULY 9: The four-man ‘60s Invasion has been a series regular for many years. The band, which performs tributes to Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison, features Dave Dunham on vocals, guitar and keyboard; Jack Little on bass guitar and vocals, Dave Vose on drums and vocals and Bob Cleary on guitar and vocals. All four musicians have played professionally, sharing the stage with the likes of such acts as The Drifters, Freddy Cannon and Rex Trailer to name a few.

JULY 16: Beyond the Pale, Irish/Celtic rock, series newcomer.

JULY 23: 4EverFab, a Beatles tribute band that walks down that popular memory lane of songs.

JULY 30: The EastWest Quartet, a jazz newcomer to the series.

AUG. 6: Ben Rudnick & Friends, bluegrass.

AUG. 13: Andover singer-songwriter Casey McQuillen comes home to sing with her five-piece band.

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