By Judy Wakefield
---- — Whether it’s the strains of jazz or big band that get your feet tapping or you simply enjoy kicking back to some great music outdoors, The Park is the place to be on Wednesday nights this summer.
The Department of Community Services kicks off its free Family Music Festival in The Park series next week with six concerts ready to take the bandstand at Chestnut and Bartlet streets. All shows start at 6 p.m.
The series is a 40-year tradition in town and has become a popular summertime attraction, DCS Director Mary Montblau said.
People typically pack a picnic supper and spread out blankets and lawn chairs to relax and soak in the full atmosphere.
“That’s why this tradition is still around ... people in town enjoy the scene very much,” Montblau said. “They really look forward to them.”
The line-up includes a mix of old and new performers and features some Andover entertainers, too.
Look for Jazz Disciples, a quintet that started five years ago through South Church in Andover as a result of a mission trip to the southland post-Hurricane Katrina, and Siroteau featuring Andover native Dan Sirois to make appearances. And start planning your requests for the return of Four Guys in Tuxes, which is known for allowing its audiences to build its play lists.