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Summer concerts begin in Aberdeen's Festival Park [Aberdeen]

It's time for summer and music in the park!

Yes, the summer concert season will start next Tuesday evening, June 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Festival Park on Howard Street in Aberdeen. Refreshments will be available for purchase, so what better way to spend a refreshing evening.

It will all start with "Rockin' Blues Revue" when Richard Blane specializes in Tribute Shows, his shows that include Premier's Tribute to the Stars, the Dead Celebrity Show and the Sights and Sounds of the King. His shows offer tributes to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Englebert Humperdinck, and Elvis. A good start on June 18.

On Tuesday, June 25, the Retro Rockets will perform. This six-member group include roll songs, ballads, instrumentals and rock and roll favorite. You can enjoy classic country from the 50's and 60's, including songs from Chuck Berry, Etta James, Roy Orbinson, Elvis, Hootie, and the Blow fish, the Drifters, Jimmy Buffet, Carrie Underwood, Bill Haley, Stevie Wonder and many others.

On July 2, the Red Bees Trio will present "A Taste of Honey." This is a folk rock and retro group with vocals and percussion that will take you back from Beatles to Girl Group. Donna Strow started singing backup vocals in her college band. Paul Overly came to Baltimore in 2003 after many years in bands on the Mississippi and Alabama gulf coasts, and enjoys a close association with Gretsch Guitars.

On July 9, "Eileen the Singer" sings live to recorded background musical tracks. She has performed before audiences across the U.S. with her one-woman show as an impersonator, singer and entertainer. She is "Liza" as she provides you with memories of Liza Minnelli.

On July 16, the "Howlin Mudbugs" is an acoustic folks and roots rock group with New Orleans Zydeco and blues flavor. This band uses upbeat song-writing in an engaging live show. Kraig Greff is on accordion and vocals, Chris Huntington on vocals and guitar and Dan Hones is on acoustic bass and vocals.

On July 23, "Joyful Noiz," a praise and worship group from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, has members from Harford, Cecil and Kent counties. They have been around for six years spreading messages of Christian love. Vocalists include Christy Ward, Libby Richardson, Tim Brooks, Matthew Call and Katrina Call. Instrumentalists include Jenn Savin, Jake Bauer, Sam Mardeness, Tom Phelan and Courtney Bauer. They play Christian music, traditional Christian music and some originals.

Then, on July 30, the local Harford County institution, the Chuck Baker Orchestra, will return to Aberdeen. Chuck Baker, the founder of the orchestra, started the Aberdeen Summer Concert Series. The CBO is made up of three main sections, rhythm, reeds and brass, and plays big band music in many different styles. This is old band/orchestra music at its best.

On Aug. 6, "No Pro Bono," a three-piece band, will play classic rock, but also mixes it up with pop, country and blues. The members are Mark Boyle, from Havre de Grace, on guitar, bass, harmonica and vocals, Mike Hiob from Aberdeen on guitar, harmonica and vocals, and Rick Bryan from Northeast on drums and vocals. They play a large selection of songs and they will "play your requests if we know them."

On Aug. 13, the "Bay Country Gentlemen" come to Festival Park. They first sang in 1978 and are at the Harford County Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Their selections are of more recent popular songs that have been arranged using the "barbershop" chord that is unique to them. They still sing arrangements from early-American music, but also present many selections from today's artists, Broadway hits and a lot more.

On Aug. 20, the concert series will conclude with "Somethin' Borrowed." This is a trio that plays a variety of music from jazz to well-known pop favorites from many eras. Included are early classics of Billy Stryhorn to Maroon 5, offering unique interpretations and arrangements of all types of music.

This sounds like an exciting listing of musical offerings, to bring a refreshing close to a summer day. For more information, please call 410-939-6767.

These concerts are made possible by the Aberdeen Board of Parks and Recreation. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be held at Aberdeen Middle School. All concerts will be broadcast on 970 WAMD.

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