Concert series fills Scottdale gazebo with summer sounds
It's that time again. Time for music to be heard emanating from Scottdale on Sunday nights.
The borough's annual summer concert series begins at the gazebo downtown this week with concerts scheduled from 7-9 p.m. each Sunday through Aug. 18.
Kicking off the festivities will be the Scottdale Community Band under the direction of Warren Shirer and has been the case, the Scottdale Gazebo Concert Series will culminate with the community band performing at Loucks Park Aug. 18.
“We always are the first band to play,” said Rhonda Allison, a member of the Scottdale Community Band. “We play a different type of music. We play concert music, which in a lot of places is dying. People who promote these (concerts) are looking for more different styes rock bands and girls who sing '80s and '70s music. We're really trying to be out in the public...When people hear what we play they like it. We don't play the same songs over and over. We mix it up.”
Music from a number of genres will be performed throughout the summer with many bands familiar to Scottdale returning this year. These include the High Rider Band, The Traveling Road Show. Sugar Mountain and Michael Christopher. Also, Remnant returns after a one-year absence.
“People come down on Sunday night, kick their feet up, listen to some good music and talk to the people from the town,” said borough Manager Angelo Pallone. “It doesn't cost anybody any money and there's different types of music. We try to have a variety of country, soft rock, things like that. Sometimes we get a little gospel. We get a good mix each year.
Allison encourages anyone to come out and enjoy the variety of musical acts that will be taking their show to the gazebo.
“I enjoy the different types of music that are there,” she said. “That's not always my type of music, but what I appreciate is, there's something for everyone. I think if people go to as many as possible that makes the people performing feel better. The gazebo is beautiful. It's usually a nice evening. People will bring snacks and come and enjoy the music. Every Sunday night there's something going on.”
In the case of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled depending on the severity of the weather.
The complete schedule for the Scottdale Gazebo Concert Series is as follows:
• July 7 — Scottdale Community Band
• July 14 — High Ryder Band
• July 21 — Traveling Road Show
• July 28 — Sugar Mountain
• Aug. 4 — Michael Christopher
• Aug. 11 — Remnant
• Aug. 18 — Scottdale Community Band at Loucks Park
Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or email@example.com.