DOVER >> Musical performances in the park have become popular in the community.
"We seem to get in and around 100 people on average. Sometimes 80, sometimes 120," said Ken Black, Dover's economic development director. "It's very weather dependent."
The town's Economic Development Department funds the concert series through 1 percent local option tax revenue. The same number of concerts — eight altogether — will be held as in the last two years.
In the case of rain, the shows will be held in a tent at Dover Forge. The restaurant is located next to the park on Route 100.
The Miles Band, headed by local musician Peter Miles, will kick off the concert series on July 3.
Groove Prophet will follow with a blues-and-rock mix on July 10. This will mark the band's first time in the series.
Trailer Park is "a thing called barbecue rock," Black said of the act scheduled for July 17. The Abe Loomis Show, described as a "roadhouse and country blues" band, will follow on July 24. Both are new to the series.
Patty Carpenter and the Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band will play jazz, rock and swing tunes again this year on July 31. Also returning this year are the Stockwell Brothers, a local bluegrass group booked for Aug. 7.
Nite Caps is another newcomer to the series. The band's roots, country western and swing music can be heard on Aug. 14.
Slippery Sneakers is coming back this year to play its zydeco or Cajun style on Aug. 21, the final day of the series.
Business owners in Dover could see a little more action during the concert series. Black said he thinks the adjoining property owner 7-Eleven "does the best."
Second homeowners might stick around longer on Sundays for the event. But Black said he doubts anyone drives up from New Jersey to attend the free concerts.
"Some people may say, 'I've got nothing else going on. I can go check in on this and see how it's going.' A lot of folks are people I've seen around," he said. "I think the concerts generally are successful. People like them and look forward to having them. I get lots of comments from inn owners who say Sunday typically they may or may not be doing something. If they're not, they come on down."
Black said he also has noticed people stopping their vehicles to join the festivities. Attendees are free to bring food and chairs.
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