As part of Centre County’s promotion of the arts, three free concert series will begin in June and culminate at the end of August.
The community concert series — Concerts on the Lemont Village Green, the 27th annual Music Picnic Series and the Summer Sounds from the Gazebo in Talleyrand Park — will host a variety of local artists performing music styles ranging from traditional concert bands to jazz and bluegrass.
Gwen Stimely, a songwriter, singer and banjo player for the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners — a band that will be performing at the Summer Sounds and the Village Green concert series — describes her experience at both events as fun and wonderful.
“It’s really a lot of fun because so many people come, the little kids dance, it’s a nice community event,” Stimely said.
The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners will be performing at the Lemont Village Green on June 10 after the Briggadiers, a string band duo who will play on June 3, and before Steve Van Hook and Jim Colbert perform their folk Americana hits on June 17. The Lemont Village Green series will host a concert every Friday from June 3 until Aug. 26.
According to Stimely, audience members are encouraged to donate to the Lemont Village Association so it can renew the historic John Thompson Grain Elevator and Coal Sheds, also known as the Granary. Stimely has been with the Moonshiners since the creation of the band in 2007. The band has performed on the Lemont Village Green every year since.
According to a press release, the association hopes to not only entertain audiences of all ages but also allow local artists to promote their shows and records.
The Tussey Mountain Moonshiners will also bring their bluegrass style to the Summer Sounds serieson July 10.
Summer Sounds from the Gazebo in Talleyrand Park, in Bellefonte, will host 11 bands total on Sundays between June 12 and Aug. 21.
The Bellefonte Community Band will kick off the Summer Sounds series.
The band plays a variety of genres including jazz, classical, children’s music and movie soundtracks.
Urban Fusion, a band described as playing “funky rhythm and blues” by the Bellefonte Historical and Cultural Association, will perform after the community band. Nine other bands, including the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Second Winds and the Coterie, will play the Sunday series until Jay Vonada, a trombone artist, performs at the final concert on Aug. 21.
The Bellefonte Community Band will also perform at the South Hills School of Business and Technology’s 27th annual Music Picnic Series on Aug. 14. This concert series will also be held on Sundays, starting on June 5, with a performance by the Sweet Adelines, and culminating with the Zeropoint Big Band on Aug. 28. A total of 12 bands will perform as part of the picnic series.
The South Hills concert series is sponsored by the Mazza Foundation for Education and the South Hills School of Business and Technology. The concerts will be held at the North Lawn of South Hills on Waupelani Drive in State College. The performances begin at 6 p.m.
Each of these concert series, though varying in size and history, will give Centre County residents a great opportunity to not only support local performers but also to continue the traditions of these music festivals by enjoying their time with friends and family.
IF YOU GO
Concerts on the Lemont Village Green
- When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays June 3-Aug. 26
- Where: Lemont Village Green, 133 Mount Nittany Road, Lemont
- Info: www.lemontvillage.org/concerts-on-the-village-green
27th annual Music Picnic Series
- When: picnic 5 p.m., concert 6 p.m. Sundays June 5-Aug. 28
- Where: North Lawn, South Hills School of Business & Technology, 480 Waupelani Drive, State College
- Info: www.southhills.edu/events/music-picnic-series
Summer Sounds from the Gazebo in Talleyrand Park
- When: 7 p.m. Sundays June 12-Aug. 21
- Where: Talleyrand Park, Bellefonte
- Info: www.bellefontearts.org/summer_sounds.htm