Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summer concerts on tap in Ansonia

ANSONIA - The Cultural Commission is sponsoring three summer concerts to be held at Veterans Park next to City Hall.
Two adjacent parking lots will be utilized in the event there's an overflow. All concerts will be held on Wednesdays with a rain date scheduled on the following night.

The first concert is from 7-9 p.m. July 18 and features The Starving Artists, a classic rock band formed in 1992 by Dave McWilliams of Seymour and Rob Henry of Shelton. Both families have a long musical background.

George Lesiw, a jazz guitarist from Ansonia and a graduate of Berkley School of Music, and Gary Collins, formerly of the Beatles' tribute band "Apple" provide lead and harmony vocals.

The band focuses on '60s and '70s music, along with classic tunes from the Beatles, Guess Who, Creedence Clearwater, Willie Nelson, to name just a few.
So take your shoes off, relax and let the music take you back to a time when things were "free and easy."

     The second band, Soul Funk, will be featured at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. This band has played at Mohegan Sun on numerous occasions and has played locally at the PM Lounge on Main Street.
     The third concert will start at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 featuring our local star, Mark Lanzieri and his band.  Lanzieri is known for his "Sinatra" tunes and has a tremendous following throughout the Valley.
He is featured at the Holy Rosary Festival in Ansonia and the Ansonia Harvest Festival every year, as well as numerous restaurants. Lanzieri often sings at his famous hot dog stand in front of the Derby Superior Courthouse as he serves up hot dogs and sodas.
     All concerts are free and attendees are asked to bring chairs and snacks, and are encouraged to put on their dancing shoes.

I'm looking forward to attending these concerts, are you?
To steal a line from Cultural Commission chairwoman Judy Nicolari, "See You On Main Street."

The above information was provided by Judy Nicolari.

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