Concert series’ 20th anniversary worth celebrating

hile the kickoff to floating stage concerts on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River this Sunday features an up-and-coming (and really good) blues guitarist and vocalist, there’s nothing blue about the 2018 Lock Haven FREE Summer Concert Series.

We want to give a plug to the many businesses, institutions and people who support the series — now in its 20th year.

Yes, 20 years of offering FREE outdoor (and many times indoor) music locally by bands from all over.

Rock and Roll. Country. Rhythm and blues. Folk. Bluegrass. Polka. The list goes on.

Triangle Park in downtown Lock Haven and the floating stage at the J. Doyle Corman Amphi-theatre are wonderful venues … community venues that are just a few blocks from each other.

Triangle Park concerts are on Friday nights and began June 1.

Floating Stage concerts are on Sunday nights (save for Aug. 18 this year) and begin this weekend, on June 17.

The series would not be possible without financial support to pay for the bands, sound system, staff, stage, electricity, etc.

The 2018 City of Lock Haven’s Summer Concert Series sponsors are The Express community newspaper (www.lockhaven.com), Bear Country Radio WQBR, The Record, Anastos Brothers Auto Sales, Avis Building Supply, Calico Creek Feed and Pet, Central Pennsylvania Auto Auction, Clinton County, Clinton County Community Foundation, Clinton County Economic Partnership and Visitor’s Bureau, Diversified Asset Planners, Dotterer Equipment, First Quality, Gearhart Herr Insurance, Geisinger Jersey Shore, Hear the Birds Hearing Aid Center, Homestead Pools, Jersey Shore State Bank, Keller and Munro Pharmacy, Kliney’s Home Furnishings, Linn Realty, Loggia Giosue Carducci Lodge #146, Murray Motors, Pizza City, Stella A’s Bar and Grill, The Auto Barn, Triple D Truss, UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven, Wayne Township Landfill, and Winner Carpet One, Williamsport.

We can tell you that many other communities have seen what Lock Haven has done with its concerts over the past two decades and they are emulating this in their parks or other public spaces.

Our series just touts what those of us who live, work and play here already know: This area is beautiful (especially this time of year). Our waterfront is spectacular. To learn more about the concert series, check the City of Lock Haven’s website at www.lockhavenpa.gov.

You can also read features on each week’s artists every Thursday in The Express’ Scene section in print and online at www.lockhaven.com.

Here’s the schedule:

TRIANGLE PARK CONCERTS

6-8 p.m. FRIDAYS

TONIGHT — Keystone Society of Swing

June 22 — The Lindy Sisters singing swing

June 29 — Biscuit Jam playing Americana

July 6 — The Repasz Band (starts at 7 p.m.) playing marches and patriotic selections

July 13 — The Last Resort playing Dixieland

July 20 — The Clark McLane Band playing Americana, bluegrass

July 27 — John Stevens’ Doubleshot playing polka

Aug. 3 — New Broad River Band playing Americana, bluegrass

Aug. 10 — Bellefonte Community Band

Aug. 17 — Big Willy playing easy rock

Aug. 24 — Central Pennsylvania Community Band/ Lock Haven Community Chorus

(Rain place for park concerts: The Elks)

FLOATING STAGE CONCERTS

6:30-9 p.m.

June 17 — The Gabe Stillman Band playing stompin’ blues

June 24 — The Urge playing rock

July 1 — Classic Rock Revival

July 8 — The Chris Ruble Band playing country

July15 — Into the Spin playing dance party music

July 22 — Snug playing classic and new rock

July 29 — Big Daddy Bangers playing classic rock

Aug. 5 — Hybrid Ice playing classic rock

Aug. 12 — Dumm playing modern rock

SATURDAY NIGHT CONCERT

Aug. 18 — The Chicago Authority playing jazz, 5:30-8 p.m. on the floating stage. (Rain place: The Elks.)

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