'Off the Clock' returns to Arbor Park on July 14

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Ellington - posted Wed., Jul. 3, 2013
'Off the Clock' will be on the clock at Arbor Park at 6 p.m. on July 14. Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Summer Concert Series at Arbor Park in Ellington is in full swing. On July 14, the sounds of Off the Clock will entertain crowds. Lead singer Rob Thomas said the acoustic rock trio plays popular songs from the '60s through the '90s.

“We play pretty familiar songs,” Thomas said. “A lot of '70s stuff by bands like Crosby, Stills and Nash and the Eagles. That's kind of our forte.”

Thomas plays guitar, bass and keyboards, while Scott Sylvia plays lead and rhythm guitars and Mark Hall is the band's drummer. All three perform vocals, often in three-part harmony.

“We like the three-part harmonies,” he said. “We're pretty strong at those, so we tend to gravitate toward stuff from America and the Beatles.”

Thomas said the band likes to cater their set to the crowd, sometimes opting for a more mellow approach, and sometimes aiming to get people up and dancing. “We have a very wide variety – tons of material,” he said. “In the past, when we've played in Ellington, we've done it a little more 'rock and roll.' This time, we'll be a little more on the mellower side, but it won't be a sleeper.”

Usually finding good weather, Thomas said the Ellington crowd is made up of a variety of ages, and he enjoys seeing families with their blankets, take-out food and kids playing.

After the Ellington show, Thomas said the band will be taking the bulk of the summer off for vacations, but has a few private parties booked.

The band has been together since 2000, and has played in Ellington the past four years. When not doing outdoor concerts, they play a lot of weddings and private parties.

The free concert will start at 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.offtheclockband.com, or www.ellington-ct.gov.

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