Four Freshmen to perform at Waterworth Park Sunday

The Salem Summer Concert Series is made possible by combined dedication of a committee, volunteers and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Pictured are, from left, first row, Melissa Costa, B.J. Abrams, Joy Cable, Connie Cranmer, Lucille Karnofel, Alice Whitman, Rita O’Leary, Bob Sebo, Linda Sebo; second row, Ed Cable, Shane Franks, Wayne Hawkins and John Panezott. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

SALEM — The Four Freshmen will be at the Orashan Memorial Civic Center at Waterworth Memorial Park as part of the Salem Summer Concert Series at 6 p.m. Sunday. Current members are Stein Malvey, Jon Gaines, Bob Ferreira, and Tommy Boynton.

This free concert marks the highlight of our summer series and is being sponsored by Bob and Linda Sebo. “We are so appreciative of Bob and Linda Sebo for their generosity and support of the concert series and this community,” said Ed Cable, Concert Series Committee member. “Without this support, many of us would never have the opportunity to attend a live concert of such a talented group of musicians.”

From the moment they take the stage, The Four Freshmen, America’s most enduring vocal group, will keep your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs of the past and present, the group delivers a world of music that will take listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to their brand of vocal harmony entertainment.

After 69 years, a multitude of recordings and six Grammy nominations, The Four Freshmen have shown no signs of slowing down. They’re constantly redefining their sound while maintaining the core integrity of their innovative harmonies that have inspired iconic groups, including The Manhattan Transfer, The Letterman and The Beach Boys.

While the current members happily pay tribute to the history and evolution of the Freshmen sound by performing the hits of their predecessors, they are unafraid to break new ground through songs that strike a chord with listeners of all ages. Whether it’s by reimagining classics, such as “Come Fly With Me” or “Stompin’ at the Savoy,” or performing heart-wrenching originals, like “A Little While,” the audience will be taken on a musical journey with songwriting classics and musicianship.

The Summer Concert Series is made possible by combined dedication of a committee, volunteers, and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department including Melissa Costa, B.J. Abrams, Joy Cable, Connie Cranmer, Lucille Karnofel, Alice Whitman, Rita O’Leary, Bob Sebo, Linda Sebo, Ed Cable, Shane Franks, Wayne Hawkins and John Panezott.

The concert series is supported through the generosity of many donors. “Without the contribution from our donors – businesses and individuals, along with our 50/50, these concerts would not be a success,” said Panezott. “It costs between $20,000 and $25,000 per year to support these free concerts. I don’t know any other place that can offer free concerts of this caliber.”

Costa appreciates the work of Salem Parks and Recreation Department under the direction of Shane Franks. “Waterworth Memorial Park is amazing. Summer time is full of wonderful activities at the park for area residents that include the walking trail, play grounds, and the Summer Concert Series held at the Orashan Memorial Civic Center,” said Costa. “It is a fantastic sight to see people carrying their lawn chairs to the band shell excited to hear talented musicians in the lovely setting of Waterworth Memorial Park — a true gem in the city of Salem! I am truly grateful for the dedication of the Parks Department and all they do to make our weekly concerts a success.”

“I think the Summer Concert Committee has done a fantastic job of bringing some high quality musical entertainment to this venue,” said Franks, park director. ” The fact that every summer concert held here is free makes it even more impressive. I also think that the Orashan Civic Center is a great place to hold these concerts. If you haven’t been to one of these concerts yet, you need to come and check them out,” he said.

Parking for this event will be available at several parking lots: Waterworth Memorial Park north lot, enter at intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Sunset Boulevard; Waterworth Memorial Park south lot, enter at the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and Superior Avenue; Salem Community Center main lot and Salem Community Center, Center Circle lot, 1098 N. Ellsworth Ave.; Salem Community Center, CenterPlex, 1028 N. Ellsworth Ave.; Duck pond lot at Waterworth Memorial Park, enter at intersection of East Eighth Street and East School Street; Salem High School parking lot and on F. E. Cope Drive, enter at intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and F. E. Cope Drive.

Security police and the Salem High School football team will be working at the parking lots and at the Waterworth Memorial Park concert venue. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Salem High School auditorium.

Admission is free. Tickets will be sold for a 50/50 drawing and prizes donated by local businesses. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs. A food vendor will be available to purchase food and soft drinks and water. For more information call the Salem Parks and Recreation Department at 330-332-5512.

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