Submitted by the Lewiston Council on the Arts
Summer in Lewiston means music!
Once again, the Lewiston Council on the Arts has a stellar lineup of free concerts to fill your summer nights with song.
“We’re excited to showcase the vast music talent in Western New York,” Executive Director Maria Fortuna Dean said. “This year, we are adding Academy Park as a venue – there will be plenty of space to picnic and let the kids run around. Musically, there’s something for everyone, so pack a cooler and head down to the village – we'll meet you there!”
The new “Music Mondays” lineup includes:
•July 3, The 42nd Infantry Band – 7 p.m., Academy Park
Kick off the summer with our nation’s finest, as they play a great mix of “Big Band,” Latin jazz, pop and rock – and, of course, some rousing patriotic tunes to celebrate our country’s birthday!
•July 10, Maria Aurigema Band – 7-9 p.m., Hennepin Park Gazebo
A Lewiston favorite – don’t miss the return of this gutsy, hard-driving original blues guitarist and singer-songwriter.
•July 17, Banjo Juice Jazz Band – 7-9 p.m., Hennepin Park Gazebo
An eclectic blend of vintage jazz, blues and swing tunes – the band always throws in a few surprises for a danceable and infectious good time!
•July 24, Miller & The Other Sinners – 7-9 p.m., Hennepin Park Gazebo
This nationally touring Southern Soul band from Buffalo brings a blend of gut bucket Delta grit, Memphis soul, gospel spirit and funky rhythm and blues.
•July 31, Seventh Sign – 7 p.m., Academy Park
WNY’s award-winning band brings its signature tight vocal harmonies to Academy Park for a night of epic classic and contemporary rock.
•Aug. 7, Reflector – 7-9 p.m., Hennepin Park Gazebo
We close out our concert series with the band that plays all your favorites – Tom Petty, Tragically Hip, The Cure, Matchbox 20, Tears for Fears, Simple Minds, The Doors – and many, many more.
The BPO visited Lewiston's Academy Park last summer as part of the bicentennial weekend celebration. (File photo)
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Returns to Academy Park on July 1
The Lewiston Council on the Arts announced the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in the Alphonso I. DiMino Memorial Band Shell at Academy Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1. This free concert is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Anthony DiMino, of DiMino’s Lewiston Tops.
“To think that we will be able to enjoy this world-class orchestra in our own backyard is a dream come true,” Fortuna Dean said. “We are so appreciative of Anthony DiMino’s commitment to the arts and of his wonderful gift to our community.”
Organizers said the BPO is planning a fun, family-friendly concert of favorite tunes – with music from “Star Wars” and “Frozen,” to Copland and Sousa. They said, “There is truly something for everyone. Bring your blanket or some chairs, and kick off the summer with some incredible music – picnicking is encouraged!
‘Summer of ’69’ Rides Again!
Break out your favorite tie-dyed T-shirt and your bellbottom jeans and head down to Academy Park for the grooviest summer happening around: “The Summer of ’69.” The event is slated for 7 p.m. Friday. July 7, at Academy Park.
Fortuna Dean said, “ ‘The Summer of ’69’ is a fan favorite! We happily welcome back Lewiston's grooviest 1960s rock musicians for a far-out, free concert of favorites from the ‘Summer of Love’ and beyond!”
An open preparty rehearsal fundraiser is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at the Lewiston Stone House, 655 Center St. Tickets are $10 per person, with proceeds to benefit the Lewiston Council on the Arts.