There will be a little bit of something for everybody during the Old Town Public Library’s annual concert in the park series, with shows scheduled for Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at Riverfront Park starting July 10.

Thursday, July 10: Velma: Start the 2014 Summer Concert Series with this local group.  “Called ‘the love child of Ella Fitzgerald and Lyle Lovett,’”Velma has her own way with a mix of jazz-pop, blues, and country.”

Thursday, July 17 – Maine Country Band:  The Mainely Country Band is a professional, four-piece country/country rock band with more than 120 years of combined experience in the musical entertainment business. Offering a variety of music for all age groups, the band provides you with quality crowd-pleasing entertainment.  The Mainely Country Band has been performing since 1976 in clubs or venues throughout Central and Western Maine. The band continues to grow in demand and popularity and has become one of Maine’s hardest working country bands.! All seasoned musicians, the members of The Mainely Country Band blend their differing musical backgrounds and talents to form a unique and solid sound. Jeff, Doug, Sonny and Aaron have a great time playing music together, which shows in their superb performance.  And this year, Mainely Country is celebrating Jeff Simon’s recent induction into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame!

Thursday, July 24 – Aurora Jazz Project: “AJP …play a funky, freewheeling brand of jazz fusion. Think the cooler, bop-era side of Miles Davis, crossed with today’s contemporary jazz-influenced jam bands like Soulive. Dig it, baby!” -Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News Music Critic. Bangor’s Aurora Jazz Project is four cats (two with Berklee time) who are equally at home in a small, intimate jazz club or in front of a roaring festival crowd. AJP’s philosophy is quite simple: to pay due homage to our roots in traditional jazz while at the same time taking the idea of “jazz” in some interesting new directions. As a group AJP’s influences are all over the place, and this shows in what we produce onstage. Its members have all been in rock bands and pit bands and jam bands and who-knows what else; and we’ve all played jazz since we were nine. Over the years they have lit up stages at, among others, the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival, WERU Radio’s Full Circle Summer Fair, The Caribou Summer-fest, Ogunquit Performing Arts, Winter Harbor’s Hammond Hall, Bangor’s Cool Sounds Summer Music Series and on state-wide radio via a live shows on MPBN and WERU. This is their first visit to Old Town.

Thursday, July 31 – Inanna Sisters In Rhythm: Inanna, Sisters in Rhythm is a percussion and vocal ensemble that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa, through original arrangements and compositions invoking ancient traditions of the drum. Inanna has recorded and released six, full-length albums and has performed at numerous percussion festivals and community events. Inanna is deeply dedicated to the education and cultivation of peace and sharing among cultures through the power of music.

Thursday, August 7 – Desperado: The Desperado Band is a four piece high energy country, country rock band, with a little 50’s and 60’s rock-n-roll thrown in.  The band has been together for over 30 years. Mainly working in eastern and Downeast Maine, Desperado has a large, loyal following. Current members of the band are Mark Ellis on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, John Brooks on lead guitar and lead vocals , Harry Batty on bass guitar and vocals and Dick Knipping on drums and vocals. With high energy and strong vocal harmonies, Desperado always puts on a great show.

Thursday, August 14 – NEVAH: NEVAH, Maine’s only “Prograssabilly* band, is returning for a third appearance at Concert in the Park series, bringing their unique musical stylings along with a bag full of original and some familiar tunes to the Gazebo at the Riverfront Park. NEVAH is a large group, with eight members; its instrumentation runs the gamut from acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo to electric guitars, electric bass, saxophone, flute, pedal steel and dobro along with a percussion section (drums and congas). NEVAH’s individual musical tastes vary from bluegrass to folk to rock and roll, jazz, waltzes and the list goes on. And somehow, the band –  Phil Pitula, Ed Russell, Richard Silver, Larry LeBlanc, Dick Knipping, Jack Anderson, Eric Brown and Hal Meyers – blends.

lot of fun.

Bring your blankets and chairs and join us at the Riverfront Park for an evening of great music, and remember, the park is a tobacco free zone. In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Elks Club on Fourth Street Extension.

For more information call 827-3972.


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