SOUTHINGTON – Music on the Green will return next month after a year off due to the pandemic.
Live music in Southington town center will begin on July 7th.
“We will be doing this every Wednesday night for nine weeks until September 1,” said David Lapreay, the city’s recreation director.
Music is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday is rainy day every week.
Music on the green usually starts earlier in the season, but Lapreay said he was waiting for the pandemic restrictions to be lifted. There is now no limit on the size of the crowd outside, which was a difficult thing to enforce for downtown recreation officials.
“It’s hard to watch, people can come in from any direction,” Lapreay said.
The accompanying auto show in the nearby Bank of American parking lot will also resume next month.
Lapreay said there was a lot of interest from residents as well as sponsors to take over Music on the Green.
Lapreay has also been impressed with businesses and organizations keen to sponsor musical evenings despite the upheaval of the pandemic.
“They came back in force, ready to go. We are very grateful for that, ”he said. “Our sponsors have really stepped up this year.
This season will kick off with The Legends of Country Music, a classic country band. The rest of the July lineup is Rick Larrimore & Atlantic Crossing, a Rod Stewart tribute band; The Sam Vinci Orchestra, playing Italian and American classics; and The Glamor Girls playing dance hits from the 1940s to today.
Jerry Limmer, concert coordinator, said he is frequently asked if the musical series is returning.
“I can’t go anywhere without answering this question,” he said. “No matter where I go, I could walk out of town and they would recognize me.”
With fewer weeks, Limmer said he was able to book high-end groups and touring groups.
“Performance is going to be better,” Limmer said. “It will be performing groups.”
He said the concert series had treated musicians well over the years and was designed for a good midweek event. While some had asked to move the shows to a weekend or Friday night, Limmer said he wanted to offer people something mid-week.
“It breaks these people’s weeks. Its good. It’s not like a late night, ”he said. “It works.”
For more information on the bands performing, visit https://www.southington.org/departments/recreation/music.php.
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