Sounds of a summer night

When moe. comes to Harford this weekend as part of the Lunar Bay Festival at Steppingstone Museum outside of Havre de Grace, the band will be one of the best known musical groups to perform in the county this summer. Two weeks after K.C. and the Sunshine Band performed at Harford Community College, moe. will headline the first year of what its organizers hope becomes a regional event.

For many in Harford County, summer concerts means something other than big name acts performing locally or traveling elsewhere to take in a show. Free concerts are one of the summer traditions in Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace. Each community has made its niche in the summer music scene. If it's Friday night, it must be Havre de Grace where hundreds gather under the trees in Tydings Park for an evening of entertainment and socializing with family and friends.

The Gloucester City String Band, part of the Philadelphia area Mummers tradition, captivated the audience last Friday. Today (Friday), it's the Larry Brown Quintet. The concerts generally run from 7:30 till 9 p.m.

In Aberdeen, concerts are Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. at Aberdeen's Festival Park on Howard Street. The Red Bees Trio is Tuesday's act. Aberdeen's summer concerts are dedicated to the memory of Chuck Baker, the series founder, who died in 2010 at the age of 88. Mr. Baker was known in the region for his Chuck Baker Orchestra, which performs in Aberdeen on Tuesday, July 30.

Bel Air also honors one of the town's legends, the late Bill Humbert, every time there's a free outdoors concert in town. The William A. Humbert Amphitheatre on Lee Way is home to Bel Air's Summer Concert Series which has performances Wednesdays and Sundays at 7 p.m. Mr. Humbert was active for many years with Bel Air's Independence Day celebration and the Bel Air Community Band.

The free concert series are sponsored by the parks and recreation committees in each of the three communities.

For those not only willing to travel, just a bit, outside of their community, but also willing to spend a few dollars, Ladew Topiary Gardens also is in the midst of its popular Summer Concerts at Ladew series. Tickets are $7 for adults with a museum membership and $15 for those without. The concerts are Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m. in what is known as the Great Bowl at Ladew. The concert series began June 9 and continues through Aug. 18 with a performance by Smooth Kentucky, which offers a musical style that's called "newgrass."

Ladew Topiary Gardens is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton.

For complete information about the Ladew concerts, visit or call 410-557-9466. For complete information about the Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace summer concert series, and other Harford County events this summer, visit

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