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Sunday, March 31, 2013, 5:09 p.m.

For the many people who are looking ahead to the warm days of summer, the Connellsville Lions Club Summer Concert schedule is a welcome sign.

Bands have been booked and the dates are finalized.

The concerts are Sunday nights, beginning June 23 and running through Labor Day weekend.

“The Connellsville Lions are happy to present these summer concerts for the community to enjoy,” said Lions member and concert organizer, George Puskar said. “We want to invite everyone to come to Lions Square. Bring your chair, family and friends and enjoy some great free entertainment. There will be a variety of bands, many returning favorites, and a variety of music styles so there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy throughout the summer.”

June 23 will feature Nashville Past playing classic country music.

Sugar Mountain is scheduled for June 30. The band has played at Lions Square in the past and really enjoys playing at outdoor events. It brings rich roots of blues, rock, country, bluegrass, western swing and jazz. Sugar Mountain likes to be referred to as “different by design.” The band plays songs by artists ranging from Johnny Cash, George Strait, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Neil Young and the Beatles along with some original material.

A returning country favorite, Travelin' Road Show, is scheduled for July 7 and Dunbar Boys playing country tunes will follow on July 14.

The big band sounds of The Wally Gingers Orchestra will be heard on July 21.

On July 28, the 100-year celebration of the Molinaro Band continues as it presents the show at Lions Square.

Another returning favorite is the Del Sols, playing classic rock and oldies from the 1960s. “We always look forward to this summertime tradition in Connellsville. We appreciate the Lions Club holding these concerts for the community and are always happy to be a part of the schedule,” said Gene McFadden, founder, guitarist and vocalist of Del Sols.

Aug. 11 will feature The High Ryder Band. “We consider our music to be contemporary country. We like to be upbeat and we don't break anyone's ear drums. We play music people know, like George Jones, Merle Haggard and Alan Jackson, plus we have a couple of our own songs that are pretty well-known in the area. We get requests to play ‘Railroad Town' and ‘Austin City Blues.' We like to have a good time and be entertaining. We really appreciate the Lions Club asking us back. Almost all of our jobs are repeat venues that we've played before. We also appear at Storey Square and the Scottdale Gazebo in the summer. We really are happy that the Lions and others are putting live music out there,” said Roy Hess Sr. of High Ryder.

Dawsons Creek will take the gazebo stage on Aug. 18 followed by Eric Harvey and Band on Aug. 25. Both are country shows.

The summer finale, as always, will be Connellsville's own “Mr. Trombone” Harold Betters on Sept. 1.

Sponsors who help Connellsville Lions present these 11 consecutive weeks of free Sunday evening entertainment include the Greater Connellsville Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Connellsville, Scottdale Bank & Trust, Atkins Music Center, Yough River Trail Council, John A. Fiesta Insurance Agency, Donna J. Evans Realty, Domino's Pizza, Duncan Service and Bud Murphy's Sports Bar & Restaurant. Oglevee Ltd donates the flowers to decorate Lions Square and the gazebo. New sponsors are welcome and are listed in promotion materials and announced from the stage at each concert.

“We appreciate our loyal sponsors. Most of them have been with us for the Sunday Summer Concerts in Lions Square for many years. Of course we hope that people attending the free concerts will support our sponsors as often as possible,” said Puskar.

Lions members will be selling refreshments at each concert including Domino's Pizza, hot dogs and kolbassi on a bun, ice cream in a bowl, cone or float, popcorn, nachos and cheese, candy, pop, water and coffee.

“So we encourage everyone to plan to join us each Sunday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. in Lions Square,” said Puskar.

Nancy Henry is a freelance writer.

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