Variety again highlights Salem Summer Concert Series

Salem Summer Concert Series committee members gather to promote this year’s schedule of free concerts at the band shell at Waterworth Memorial Park, kicking off with County Mayo Irish Band at 6 p.m. June 2. Salem’s Quaker City Band performs three times and a Salem High School Alumni Night on Aug. 11 at 4 and 6 p.m. will feature SHS alumni. Front from left are BJ Abrams, Connie Cranmer, Joy Cable, Rita O’Leary and Brittany Zamarelli, and back from left are Ed Cable, Melissa Costa, John Panezott, Shane Franks and Bob Sebo. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

Salem Summer Concert Series

All concerts at Waterworth Memorial Park and all free

— 6 p.m. June 2, The County Mayo Irish Band

— 7 p.m. June 5, Salem Quaker City Band

— 6 p.m. June 9, Guys Without Ties

— 6 p.m. June 16, The Wrangler Band

— 6 p.m. June 23, Youngstown Saxon Band

— 6 p.m. June 30, Salem Quaker City Band

— 6 p.m. July 7, Dick Tady Orchestra

— 6 p.m. July 14, Reese’s Pieces Little Big Band

— 6 p.m. July 21, Backbeat

— 7 p.m. July 26, Salem Quaker City Band

— 6 p.m. July 28, Boardman Summer Jazz Ensemble

— 6 p.m. Aug. 4, John Hampu Band

— 4 p.m. Aug. 11, Class of ’66 Band, SHS Alumni Night

— 6 p.m. Aug. 11, Manhattan, SHS Alumni Night

— 6 p.m. Aug. 18, The Four Kings and The Queen

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SALEM — This year’s Summer Concert Series includes a pair of new bands, some old favorites and groups playing music to please many a listener, whether it’s jazz, big band, country or old time rock and roll.

The 14-concert series kicks off at 6 p.m. June 2 with the County Mayo Irish Band, featuring Irish ballads, American folk music and Scottish and Canadian songs and continues all summer long, wrapping up at 6 p.m. Aug. 18 with The Four Kings and The Queen, featuring blues, Motown, jazz and classic rock.

Dubbed the best free entertainment in Salem, the concerts take place at 6 p.m. on Sundays at the Orashan Memorial Civic Center at Waterworth Memorial Park.

Parking is available off of Sunset Boulevard from North Lincoln Avenue. New this year is paved parking close to the band shell. Concert-goers need to bring their own lawn chairs.

The only exceptions to the Sunday schedule include 7 p.m. June 5, which is a Wednesday, and 7 p.m. July 26, a Friday, which are two of the three dates headlined by Salem’s own Quaker City Band playing patriotic and concert band music, marches and light classics. Attendees can get pumped up for the July 4 holiday when the Quaker City Band plays at 6 p.m. June 30, the band’s only Sunday appearance.

A concert committee announcement about the new schedule explained that the Salem Parks Department improved the parking for this season by asphalting and lining designated parking areas by the tennis courts “and adding a walking lane for those with walkers to easily access the lawn area. The committee is also pleased to have once again acquired two golf carts to transport handicapped and those with walking difficulties from each parking area to the concert venue.”

“We’re trying to assist those that are having trouble walking,” Parks Commission Chairman and committee member John Panezott said.

Some of the familiar performers returning to the Summer Concert Series stage include John Reese, Dick Tady, Rich Juhn, the Youngstown Saxon Band, Boardman High School Jazz Ensemble, John Hampu, and the Wrangler Band. New acts include Guys Without Ties, with live horns, and Reese’s Pieces Little Big Band with John Reese and friends.

Salem High School Alumni Night on Aug. 11 features double the pleasure with two bands featuring some SHS alumni. The Class of ’66 Band starts the celebration at 4 p.m., then Manhattan with Rich and Lori Juhn takes the stage at 6 p.m.

The committee press release said Debbie Cappa will bring her food truck to each concert to provide food and soft drinks. There also will be a 50/50 drawing along with prizes from local businesses.

Generous donations make the free concerts possible. Individuals and businesses can donate to the Summer Concert Fund, which is an endowed fund held at the Salem Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Contribution checks in support of the summer concert series should be made out to Salem Community Foundation, with a notation for the summer concert series, and then mailed to Salem Community Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Salem, Ohio, 44460.

Printed schedules are available throughout Salem and at Giant Eagle, Consumers Bank, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Public Library and at each concert, as well as being featured in the Salem News calendar.

The concerts committee includes Ed and Joy Cable, Rita O’Leary, Connie Cranmer, Bob Sebo, Melissa Costa, John Panezott, BJ Abrams, Shane Franks, and Brittany Zamarelli.

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