The Pittsford Summer Concert Series 2017 is up and running now. Each Friday night at 6:30 pm, June through August, you’ll find melodious sounds along the canal in Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford (22 North Main Street if you want to plug it into the GPS). Tegan and The Tweeds and 78 RPM have launched the series on June 9th and 16th, respectively. But there’s still a lot of music left to keep the momentum flowing. The free concerts open to the public.
Here’s what’s on the summer line up. June 23rd: It’s Pan Loco, a steel drum band. They’ve been hailed as one of Western New York’s most versatile steel bands. Their sound explores a wide range of the musical qualities of the steel pan instrument, from its traditional Caribbean roots to pop, jazz, classical, world beat and beyond.
On July 7th it’s Stay the Plow, an Americana band, backing Nelle Porter-Jones. The music hits upon aspects of country, folk, roots, early Jazz, blue grass, and swing (sometimes even rock). The band is known for its interaction with the crowd, making for a memorable night of music and rapport.
July 14th features the John Cole Blues Band, known as a favorite of blues fans and swing dancers. Cole is from Alabama and played guitar behind Sonny Boy Williamson as a teenager, backed O.V. Wright, worked in the early 60s with Sidney Blue in Sodus and with Joe Beard in the Blues Union Band.
On July 21st it’s That Party Band and PYS Duck Drop (rubber ducks in the canal to raise funds for Pittsford Youth Services). That Party Band plays everything from multiple genres, including pop, country, rap, classic rock, and oldies, and they are the official band of the Rochester Lancers. Pittsford Youth Services is a nonprofit human service agency that helps children navigate through difficult times related to issues ranging from peer pressure, abuse, parent separation/divorce, academic stress, bullying, anxiety, depression, alcohol/drug usage.
July 28th brings the Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. The groups include singers and instrumentalists from Fairport, Rochester, Pittsford, Penfield, Victor, Webster, Honeoye Falls, and other towns east of the Genesee.
On August 4th the series continues with the Jim Doser Group. Jim is the Director of the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership. He performs with regional and national jazz artists and the RPO, and is a multi-instrument woodwind specialist.
The series wraps on August 11th with a performance by Pittsford Fire Department Band. They’ll play their brand of Pops that they have been since their beginning in 1946. The PFDB has received the prestigious title of ‘New York State Fire Department Band Champions’ seven times!
There are also concerts for kids at 6:30 pm on July 12th and August 9th. Grab a bite before or after the show. Three favorites are The Erie Grill at 41 North Main Street, the very reasonable Olive’s Greek Taverna at 50 State Street, Schoen Place (open until 9 pm Fridays), or The Kitchen at 5 South Main Street, Pittsford, if looking for very fine dining, reservations recommended.
Whatever your taste, the Pittsford Summer Concert Series will hold something for you! See you there on a Friday this summer! Want to live in Pittsford? Contact us today!