DOVER -- Four "Summer Concerts in the Park" were announced last week as part of a new initiative to keep visitors around longer while also making use of the park.
"I think it will either spur some business while you’re watching the concert or perhaps, you’ll go out to eat before or after the concert or maybe go to a shop and buy something somewhere," said Dover Economic Development Director Ken Black. "It’s just another reason to hang out instead of driving back to New Jersey or somewhere early."
The series will be held on Sundays at 1 p.m. at Dover Town Park, located between the Dover Forge restaurant and 7-Eleven. If there is rain, the concert will be held in a tent adjacent to the Dover Forge.
Butterfly Swing will open the series on June 29, followed by the Lonesome Brothers on July 13. The Miles Band will perform on July 20 and American Pop are scheduled for Aug. 3. The bands were hired by local musician Kevin Parry. Black told the Reformer that each band is slightly different.
Butterfly Swing mostly sticks to songs from the 1920s and 1930s. The band plays music by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cole Porter and Benny Goodman, a press release stated.
The Lonesome Brothers will be traveling from Western Massachusetts to perform original songs that are considered rock and blues. The band has released seven albums of original material to date.
The Miles Band is a popular cover band that regularly plays around the Deerfield Valley. Frontman Peter Miles also plays solo sets in the area and has performed around New England for over 18 years.
Parry’s own band American Pop will close the series. The band plays classic rock and radio favorites from the 1950s to the 1970s, according to kevinparrymusic.com. A set list may include songs made popular by Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, James Taylor and more.
The Dover Town Park opened last year in the middle of September. Since then, Black said he has received extremely positive feedback.
"I know a lot of young mothers meet together with their kids and have a social event on a nice weekday afternoon," he said. "I think folks who come on weekends are using the park. I’ve seen out of state plates. Plus, it’s a very pleasant looking space as you’re driving up Route 100."
Black told the Reformer that he believes the park was a good addition to the town.
"People have come up to me who initially said they didn’t think the park was a good idea and have since changed their mind and said, ‘This has turned out great,’" he said.
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