It’s a staple of summer: Enjoying a warm evening listening to music under the stars. And in Lebanon, locals can take advantage of such alfresco performances via the Summer Concert Series.
For many years, the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department has been hosting their Monday Nights in the Park Concert Series, where local bands come and play outside at Colburn Park. Concerts are free and offer a taste of jazz, acoustic, brass and community band music depending on the night. Enjoy big bands like the Upper Valley Community Band or the Panhandlers playing Caribbean steel drum music.
“This is the night we have our local musicians play,” says Krissy Flythe, recreation coordinator for the Lebanon Recreation and Parks Department. “It’s usually pretty mellow, perfect for a Monday night.”
For the past 10 years, the Front Porch Concert Series has joined its counterpart on Mondays by bringing more music to the city. These concerts showcase musicians and bands from all over New England and further, including New York and even Nashville. Crowds of 500 people on average come to enjoy upbeat music from various genres, from dueling pianos to blues to rock and pop. Some of the bands in the 2015 series include Miss Tess and the Talkbacks, Entrain, Bluegrass Gospel Project, and Chad Hollister.
“Lebanon folks make this their Thursday night plans,” said Flythe. “What’s nice is that our farmers’ market, which is also located right in the park, closes at seven. Folks go shopping at the farmers’ market, grab dinner there, and then stay for the show in the park.”
Originally the concerts didn’t start until 7:30 or 8, but after hearing from families that this was challenging as it coincided with bedtimes, the concert start was moved to 7 pm. This allowed families in Lebanon to make Thursday night music one of their summer traditions.
The concert series starts on July 2 and runs through August 20. Shows usually run from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. And there’s always an indoor back-up plan in case it rains.
In addition to the evening music, the Recreation and Parks Department also has three different noon offerings in Colburn Park as a part of its summer series. On Tuesdays, the local dance studio Dancer’s Corner offers free dance lessons. Wednesdays’ offering includes Storytime in the Park, where families can listen to local librarians reading books. Thursday brings with it Thursdays in the Park, meanwhile, boasts various kinds of performers, from magicians to music and puppets to theatre.