'Sounds of Summer' brings music to Blunt Park

Date: 7/27/2009

SPRINGFIELD - The park will be alive with the sounds of music - specifically, Blunt Park will host "Sounds of Summer - Concerts in the Parks," a series that will run through Aug. 4. The outdoor concerts, all scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m., are open to the public and free of charge.

The Springfield Department of Parks, Buildings & Recreation Management received a generous grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a division of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, to bring professional music groups to Springfield's beautiful neighborhood park.

According to Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, the series is purposely designed to be a family event. Picnicking is encouraged, and old-fashioned barbecue food is available at a low fee as well. Families and friends should bring blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the concerts. Music is a common denominator in creating a communal atmosphere to those who live close to one another. We anticipate that this will be the case for each concert.

Patrick J. Sullivan, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings & Recreation Management, said that the population has varied musical tastes, and the music was, accordingly, selected with that in mind.

Upcoming concerts include:

• Eight to the Bar, performing boogie woogie, rhythm and blues and soul music, on July 28

• Prime Time Players, performing motown and pop, on Aug. 4.

All concerts have an indoor rain site at Central High School Auditorium, which is conveniently located right next door to Blunt Park. For complete details, check www.springfieldparks.com or call 787-6435.