Summer Concert Series offers plenty of variety

The free Summer Concert Series at Waterworth Memorial Park still features the big band sounds and returning favorites, but also offers some jazz, rock, oldies, country and a Beatles tribute.

The recently released schedule covers all Sundays from June through August and a couple of Wednesdays, but adds three Friday nights to the rotation, giving music enthusiasts lots of opportunities to listen and enjoy a free evening out.

Since longtime summer concert coordinator Jack Yarnell stepped down at the end of last season, the city Parks Commission has been working to find people to step up and help continue the concert series tradition.

Commission Chairman John Panezott became the chair of a committee of people from the community who came forward, including Melissa Costa, Ed and Joy Cable, Bob Sebo, Will “Butch” Hallewell, BJ Abrams, Rita O’Leary, Dave Navoyosky and Parks Director Steve Faber.

“We’re excited about the upcoming season,” Faber said. “Folks will be pleased and they’ll have a great time. We have a good foundation to build on and we’re looking for bigger and better things as we grow.”

He noted they still have the same number of Sunday concerts and Wednesday concerts and added three Friday concerts. Concerts on Sundays will begin at 6 p.m. and weeknight concerts on Wednesdays and Fridays will begin at 7 p.m. Abrams and O’Leary will split duties as emcee.

Golf carts will be available to give visitors rides from the parking lot to the Orashan Memorial Civic Center band shell. Faber said they’re still working on having refreshments available.

The concert schedule includes:

– 6 p.m. Sunday June 8, Dick Tady Orchestra, American-Slovenian polkas and waltzes as well as all styles of music

– 6 p.m. Sunday June 15, Manhattan with Rich & Lori Juhn, dance music from the sixties to the nineties – disco, light rock, oldies and country

– 6 p.m. Sunday June 22, Salem Quaker City Band, marches, light classics, “pop” selections, patriotic and contemporary concert band music

– 7 p.m. Friday June 27, Salem’s Got Talent, featuring two of Salem’s own, Sugar Tree Alley Steel Drums and Stoned on Blues

– 6 p.m. Sunday June 29, Don Burns Orchestra, original arrangements of the famous big bands from the big band era

– 6 p.m. Sunday July 6, The Sensations, standards, oldies, rock, R&B and Motown, dance tunes and ballads of today

– 6 p.m. Sunday July 13, Savoy Big Band, music from the big band era

– 7 p.m. Wednesday July 16, Salem Quaker City Band

– 7 p.m. Friday July 18, Will Hallewell, Banquet In Salem Benefit Concert

– 6 p.m. Sunday July 20, Freedom Brass Band, classics, opera, show tunes, marches, popular tunes and big band music

– 6 p.m. Sunday July 27, j.r.p., John Reese and friends with guest singers Angelo Babbaro and Jackie Popovec featuring full range of jazz idiom, selections of Motown, funk and soul

– 6 p.m. Sunday August 3, Road Work with David Allen, country music, oldies, classic rock and new stuff

– 7 p.m. Wednesday August 6, Salem Quaker City Band

– 6 p.m. Sunday August 10, The Youngstown Saxon Band, traditional European brass band “Fest Music” under the direction of John Krauss

– 6 p.m. Sunday August 17, Backbeat, jazz, swing and latin

– 7 p.m. Friday August 22, Abbey Road, the Ultimate Beatles tribute show for over three decades

– 6 p.m. Sunday August 24, River City Jazz Band, vintage Dixieland jazz and the music of early jazz greats like Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and Louis Armstrong.