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2016 Free Concert Series at Anson B. Nixon Park



Free concerts are held on Wednesday evenings in the summer from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in a beautiful setting overlooking the pond. Bring a blanket or folding chair. Picnic suppers are catered by local restaurants. For last minute weather cancellation notices, check our Facebook page or call 610-444-1416.


Progressive Appalachian Music | Wednesday, June 22, 7 – 9 p.m.


Ken and Brad Kolodner make up this dynamic father and son duo that pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs. Joining them for this appearance is Alex Lacquement. From Bluegrass Unlimited – April 2014: “The Kolodners and their collaborators play with impeccable chops and with great feeling.” This kick-off to the Anson B. Nixon Summer Concert Series will have you kicking off your shoes and dancing in the park. Click here to visit Ken and Brad's website.

This concert is generously sponsored by The Hadley Fund.

The Bullets | Wednesday, June 29, 7 – 9 p.m.


Rockabilly / Early Rock-N-Roll / R&B

Michael "Kid" Davis and The Bullets are "Wilmington's rockabilly favorite...the best-known rockabilly band in the state [of Delaware]," according to DelawareOnline.com. The Bullets continue to play in venues up and down the East Coast and have continued performing in Wilmington for their loyal and enthusiastic fans every week for 10 years.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.


Crossroads | Wednesday, July 6, 7 – 9 p.m.


Regional Rock & Roll Collaboration


Crossroads is the collaboration of singers/musicians who have come together primarily because of The Flash. They have performed there, met each other there, some have experimented at The Flash Open Mic, and now are coming together at Anson B. Nixon Park. Billy Burger, singer-songwriter extraordinaire has opened for the Melton Brothers. Dennis and his son Michael have worked on songs and developed them with audience reaction at the Flash Open Mic. Tommy Geddes has played the Flash with Dan May where he got Dennis’ attention and played a concert at The Queen with the Melton Brothers Band. Bob Beach who is touring with David Jacob Strain and often plays with The Melton Brothers is also expressing some of his own thing with Crossroads.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.





Jane Lee Hooker | Wednesday, July 13, 7 – 9 p.m.


All Female / Maximum R&B / Rock & Roll

Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues. With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals, Jane Lee Hooker honors the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats. Few bands today deliver the goods with as much raw soul as JLH.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.



Mercury Radio Theater | Wednesday, July 20, 7 – 9 p.m.


Gypsy Punk / Klezmer / Balkan

Mercury Radio Theater combines exotica-punk, bizarre radio plays, and iconic animations to the joy of audiences far and wide. Their spectacle often draws from love, loss, and alienation using classic science fiction themes. Mercury Radio Theater takes old world gypsy melodies, injects the strange instrumentation of a group of north philly side-walk sale refugees, and slathers on a glaze of dance hall punk, to dazzle audiences with a show that will ultimately result in a migraine of catchy songs and red raw vocal cords from shout choruses. The grand experiment first began 14 years ago as a small three piece outfit and has since grown into a colossal nine piece orchestra that thrills drunken rabbler-rousers with a danceable oeuvre.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

Angelee | Wednesday, July 27, 7 – 9 p.m.

Folk / Pop

Philadelphia-born and based, Angelee is a passionate and memorable singer and songwriter. His clear, strong voice draws you in, and his insightful songwriting compels you to stay. His music makes you think and inevitably feel something powerful. Angelee, who is a veterinarian by day, has received international acclaim for his hit song "Blue" which was inspired by his yearly travels to Greece. Originally playing out of Blacksburg, Virginia, Angelee has played up and down the East Coast as well as Europe.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.



West Philadelphia Orchestra | Wednesday, August 3, 7 – 9 p.m.

Balkan Brass / European Folk Music / Jazz

With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world. They began playing Romanian ballads, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and Klezmer in late 2006, and have continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music. The band also plays original tunes which blend other sounds, like jazz and classical, together with traditional Balkan sounds. As much a community as a band, WPO’s performances are celebratory events. With blistering beats and walls of brass, they inspire audiences to hold hands, gyrate, howl, and otherwise slip the yoke of the homogenized culture industry.

Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

Shytown | Wednesday, August 10, 7 – 9 p.m.

Delaware Based / Pop Rock

From Ralph McKinney’s Memory Lane to the Stone Balloon to the New Jersey shore and back again SHYTOWN has been a crowd favorite locally since the mid-seventies. They are back with 6 outstanding original songs working and sounding better than ever. Come out and get to know them all over again and be sure to visit Soundcloud.com to hear the latest tunes.

Shytown is Jimmy McFadden, Kevin Walsh, Tony Cappella, Ritchie Rubini and Jack Taylor.


Local food and drink vendors to be announced.

 

 

Thank You to the 2016 Concert Series Supporters!


Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union - Kennett Square
Hadley Memorial Fund
Historic Kennett Square
Hutton Family HeLP Fund
Just-In-Time Communications
Maffei Landscape Design, LLC
Melton Architects
Mushroom Festival
The Flash
Tri-M
Wild Birds Unlimited - Hockessin, DE

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