Summer concerts move to Hyde Park this season
By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Jul. 11, 2013
The Summer Concert Series is just one of the programs in Stafford that makes great use of the town’s beautiful parks. The second performance of the season, on July 7, featured Acoustic Rick, who took the audience on a musical journey of familiar songs by great artists of the ’60s and ’70s, and earlier.
The previous Sunday, Riverboat Ramblers opened the series at the Community Center, with Mike Proscino on keyboard, Tom Palinko on drums, Sherman Kahn on flute, clarinet and sax, and vocalist John Banker also playing steel drum, banjo and brass. The band had previously played at Hot Steam Jazz – Essex in years past.
The entertainment will continue at Hyde Park all summer. “We are so lucky to have these great entertainers in this jewel of a venue,” said Georgia Michalec, chair of the Stafford Arts Commission. “It is easy to access, and because it is downtown, it also supports businesses. We also thank American Sleeve Bearing, which is funding the concerts.”
Even though July 7 was a steamy evening, lots of people came out to see Rick Sylvester move through some selections in his repertoire of the 1,000 songs he has perfected over 30 years. John and Kim Soucy were celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary and are self-described “groupies” of Acoustic Rick. “He is truly a one-man band, very creative,” John said.
Kurt and Judy Mordasky have seen Sylvester at private parties. “There isn’t a song he can’t play,” Judy said.
“He brings back a lot of memories,” Kurt added.
The new location for the concerts from Heritage to Hyde Park seems to have several advantages. “The acoustics are better because of the surrounding trees. The park is more like a bowl and I think there will be more walk-ins,” Kurt said.
Fire dancers added some more heat to the evening as Acoustic Rick played for two hours, singing tunes by Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, the Eagles and more.
Concerts are always held on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. In case of rain, head for the Community Center. The upcoming schedule includes: July 14 – Wintergreen; July 21 - Macha brothers; July 28 - Patty Tuite and Blue Steam; and Aug. 4 - Grass Routes.