By Rich Place
Warm weather and the anticipation of summer means concerts are once again set to return to Fiddlers Green Park at the corner of Franklin and North Buffalo streets in Springville.
The town of Concord and village of Springville recently released the schedule for the free concert series, a tradition on summer Thursday nights in Springville for decades.
The series begins June 7 with Buffalo Silver Band and continues every Thursday through Aug. 30. Nearly all the musicians are returning acts with the exception of newcomer Band of Brothers on June 21.
In addition to the Thursday night concerts is the traditional July 4 show, this year featuring Gene Hilts & the Rustic Ramblers, at Concord Community Park at 5 p.m. The show will be followed by fireworks.
Denise Ciszak, secretary for the Concord town supervisor, has the unique task each year of coordinating the annual schedule.
“I’m always looking for the public reaction to all of the bands,” she said. “Ones that I get the most reaction to the year before I try to bring back. And we always give consideration to new bands as well.”
What’s involved with discovering a new band in a schedule often full of traditional favorites year in and year out? It involves some honest music critiquing after bands send in CD albums.
“We listen to them up here on the second floor,” Ciszak said, referring to the second floor of Goddard Memorial Hall where the town offices are located. “Anybody coming up on the second floor during that time, they put their input in.”
Concerts are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Fiddlers Green Park gazebo in downtown Springville. Shows are free and open to the public. In case of rain, concerts are held in the town hall at 86 Franklin St.
This year’s schedule includes:
June 7: Buffalo Silver Band (jazz, show tunes and marches)
June 14: Paul Zittel & Pure Country (country)
June 21: Band of Brothers (classic rock)
June 28: Springville Jazz Band (jazz, big band, swing)
July 4: Gene Hilts & the Rustic Ramblers (traditional county) at Concord Community Park followed by fireworks
July 5: The Road Runners (oldies rock ‘n’ roll)
July 12: Mercantile Musicians (country, bluegrass and country gospel)
July 19: Queen City Swing Big Band (big band swing)
July 26: Homemade Jam (country and oldies)
Aug. 2: Gene Hilts & the Rustic Ramblers (traditional country)
Aug. 9: One Song (vintage country)
Aug. 16: The Pyramid Band (big band)
Aug. 23: Low Blue Flame (rock ‘n’ roll, country, blues)
Aug. 30: Western New Yorkers (country music)