Freedom Hawk kicks off the 2011 Granville Summer Concert Series Thursday night June 2. Freedom Hawk will rock the park with Southern and Classic Rock favorites.
The concerts, which will be held exclusively on Thursday nights again this year will continue through Aug. 25 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Veterans Park.
Admission is free; patrons need to bring their own seats or a blanket because bench space in the park is limited.
Accompanying this first concert, the Granville Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will have their first chicken barbeque of the season, prices to be announced; the meal includes half chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and a roll. Sales start about 5 p.m. and are on a first come, first served basis.
The series is sponsored jointly by the town and village of Granville and is made possible by donations and contributions from local business and organizations including the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council.
On June 9, Grand Central Station will make its concert series debut bring Rhythm and Blues and a range of standards from the 1960s to today.
Village clerk treasurer and concert series organizer Rick Roberts said the changes made to the schedule last season were well-received and will continue in 2011. One of the prominent changes from last season making a return is Blue and Gold Night, with students from the Granville School District showcasing their musical talents. Blue and Gold Night will be held June 16.
Continuing to focus on the school means skipping a concert date, in this case, as no concert is scheduled for June 23 the night of the GCS Baccalaureate. Concerts resume the next week with an act who have been trying to come play in Granville for some time now.
Attempting for the second year in a two to debut at the concert series will be the Celtic rock band, Prydien, playing the night of June 30. This act features a highland bagpipe as a part of the band.
This June 30 concert will be the observed night for Fourth of July in Granville as fireworks will cap the night, firefighters will put on their chicken barbeque and the Granville United Methodist Church will hold their strawberry social in Veterans Park.
Starting off July will be the return of crowd favorite the New York Players on July 7. The outstanding big band sound of the players lights up the park each of the past several seasons with something for young and old with hits from Top 40 to Motown, R & B and much, much more.
July 14 the T. S. Ensemble returns its high energy show to Veterans Park. This eight-piece band features music from the Beatles, Santana, Chicago and more.
The night of July 21 will have a decidedly different flavor as Country Express bring a mix of current and classic country music hits to Granville.
Feeling’ hot-hot-hot? The it must be the return of the Big Smoothies, July 28, as they bring their highly interactive show back to Granville with a mix of pop, rock, rhythm and blues – and costume changes. Granville Engine and Hose Co. No. 1 will be cooking dinner tonight; chicken typically goes on sale about 5 p.m. and sells out quickly.
Bobby Dick and Sundowners might have retired, but the bands bass-playing frontman will bring his own show to Granville’s Veterans Park to start off the month, Aug. 4. The show is being called “A Man of Many Voices.”
For a change of pace the Washington County Concert Band will take to the stage Aug. 11 playing everything from jazz to Broadway musicals, marches and ‘all time favorites’ ensuring a little something for everyone. The Washington County Concert Band is also a new act for the concert series.
Rounding the corner on another concert season will be another returning favorite featuring a horn section as Satin & Steel take to the stage Aug. 18 to get the crowds up and moving. This will be the final night of the Granville Engine and Hose cooking chicken, dinner typically goes on sale about 5 p.m. and sells out quickly.
In what has also become something of a tradition, the act that has become the cleanup hitter of bands Woods Tea Co. brings its mixture of Bluegrass, folk, Celtic and many other traditional acoustic tunes to Veterans Park Aug. 25.
The concert series will not have a rain location, officials have said, and shows threatened by weather will be rescheduled.
Sunday concerts in August will continue as the Granville Town Band plays Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 7 p.m. The town band features area musicians performing marches and concert band specialties.