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Newtown Savings Bank Summer Concert Series Schedule Announced

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WOODBURY – What’s On in Woodbury (WOW) has formally announced the schedule for the 2017 The Newtown Savings Bank Summer Concert Series.

All five concerts are free to the public, and will be held consecutive Wednesdays in Hollow Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. beginning on July 5. Bring your picnic, blanket or chairs and enjoy a summer evening of great music, different every week.

WOW is a collaboration between the Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury Parks and Recreation and the Woodbury Senior Community Center.

The concert schedule and performing acts follow:

July 5: Blues Alley Band – Rockin’ Blues

Blues Alley is “House Rockin’ Blues”: An Upbeat Charismatic American music that forces the listener to tap their foot, bop their head and uncontrollably begin dancing fervently. It requires a tight groove, dynamic arrangements and a genuine love for the music. Blues Alley has earned the reputation as one of Connecticut’s tightest, hardest working bands.

The band was formed in 1992 when harmonica player/lead vocalist Dave Sanderson met with guitarist Russ Gordon, finding a mutual admiration and love of the blues, they decided to start a serious band. Dave brought in veteran players Alex Peckham on bass, Steve Levy on Hammond Organ and the most recent addition, John Murphy on Drums/Pecussion.

Blues Alley earned the privilege of being one of Toad’s Place’s regular blues acts, opening for Room Full of Blues, James “Super Harp” Cotton, legends John Mayall, George Thorogood and Johnny Winter along with rock legends Three Dog Night and J. Giels. The Special Olympics requested Blues Alley to perform three times.

July 12: The Rakes – Alternative Country

The Rakes, are a rootsy, alt-country, Americana band with a rock ‘n roll attitude.  Made up of members from Southbury, Oxford, Woodbury and Bethlehem, The Rakes play mostly covers, “most you’ll know and the others you should know.”  Band members include Phil Beach on guitar, mandolin and vocals; Chris Allan on guitar and vocals; Marc Poliquin on vocals; Scott Sullivan on drums and vocals; Cole Christie on sax and Bob Sherman on bass and vocals.  Updates, pictures and video can be found on Facebook.

July 19: Root Six – Classic Rock -n- Roll

Since 2004, Root Six has been entertaining audiences throughout Connecticut and New York with their high energy show featuring an eclectic mix of music.

When you attend a Root Six show, you can expect the unexpected, with the band weaving classic rock, blues, dance, and country tunes into a dynamic show that plays to the audience and gets them out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

From large outdoor venues to nightclubs and schools, Root Six is sure to entertain you with the music that you enjoy!

Root Six members include: Tim Roosa and Mark Pancrazio, vocals; Chris Allan, guitar and vocals; Paul Peters, bass; Mike Quicquaro, keyboards; Teddy Yakush, Sax; Frank Hallenbeck, drums.

Keep an eye on the band and their performance schedule on Facebook.

July 26: ‘60’s Satisfaction – 1960’s Favorites

’60s Satisfaction is CT’s premier ’60s rock band and there’s still time to book a show for a summer concert or fall Harvest festival.  You can also see where we are playing this summer. We are also becoming popular at Senior Centers and Libraries. It’s just plain fun! Below is a link to our web site where you’ll find live video of concerts from last summer.  Here’s what Milford Fine Arts said about the group at a recent concert in March 2017: “60’s Satisfaction electrified the sold-out audience at Live @ the MAC. A great variety of 60’s favorites and an exuberant performance made this a show to remember!”

August 2: The Eric Hallenbeck Trio – Jazz Trio

The Eric Hallenbeck Trio is a dynamic group of young musicians from Hartford. While training at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz in West Hartford, the trio quickly began performing extensively throughout the New England area.

The Eric Hallenbeck Trio takes the traditional piano, bass, and drums format to new heights, performing original music, fresh takes on jazz standards, and exciting arrangements that pay homage to the jazz tradition while also contributing to the evolution of the music. The trio consists of Michael Carabello on Fender Rhodes, Leonardo Catricala on bass, and Eric Hallenbeck on drums.

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