As has been typical fashion for some time now, the organizers of the annual Long’s Park Summer Music Series were tight-lipped about the 2015 lineup in advance of the official announcement, which came yesterday afternoon via a live video stream from LNP Media Group’s HQ. Now that the word is out, we’re doing our part to help you get familiar with the bands. And although Dawes isn’t returning this year, we are pretty stoked with who will be gracing the Lancaster park’s stage. All shows take place on Sundays at 7:30pm.
June 7 | Selwyn Birchwood
Whether wailing on his Fender Strat or grooving on the lap steel guitar, the celebrated Florida-based blues guitarist is the real deal when it comes to putting on a solid show, thanks in no small part to a tight-as-hell backing band.
June 14 | The Quebe Sisters
First things first – it’s pronounced “KWAY-bee”. Now that you know how to pronounce it, you can further demonstrate your musical knowledge to your friends and colleagues by making comments like, “I don’t know what impresses me more about The Quebe Sisters – their uncanny vocal harmonies or their lighting fast fiddling!?” But seriously – these Texas-born gals can play. And sing.
June 21 | Allegro
Last time the Lancaster-based chamber orchestra played the Long’s Park stage, they belted out Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. This year’s performance takes on a British Invasion theme.
June 28 | Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Don’t be surprised if the enchanting rhythms produced by the two-time Grammy-winning salsa and Latin jazz band draws you to the dance floor. Best part? The whole park is your dance floor. Bonus points for asking a complete stranger to baile.
July 5 | “Pershing’s Own” – The US Army Band
Come early for this one, as nearly every square foot of the park will undoubtedly be covered with picnic blankets and lawn chairs before dusk. As is tradition, The US Army Band – aka “Pershing’s Own” – will have your sense of patriotism at an all-time high as it provides the thrilling soundtrack to Lancaster’s premier Fourth of July fireworks display.
July 12 | TIZER
Lao Tizer is a preeminent name in the world of jazz fusion music. A quick warning: you may wonder how on earth the band will finish their songs once it starts jamming and gaining momentum. But don’t worry – these are trained professionals. They know what they’re doing.
July 19 | Lake Street Dive
If you were one of the lucky ones who packed in to the Chameleon Club to see these gals and guys at the debut Lancaster Roots & Blues, you know how great it is to have them back to town. Expect a large crowd for this one as the Boston-based indie jazz/soul does what it does best – takes over.
July 26 | Parker Millsap
At just 21 years old, the budding Americana-rock singer-songwriter showcases a weathered Southern honky-tonk voice and keen lyrical prowess that are both seemingly beyond his years. From the outskirts of Oklahoma City, Millsap is touring behind his sophomore, self-titled release, which dropped in February. Fans of Jason Isbell and John Fullbright will wonder why the heck they’re just learning of Millsap now.
August 2 | The Bros. Landreth
In the weeks following this year’s SXSW, this is one band we couldn’t stop hearing about. Coming across the border from Canada, the smooth Americana outfit blend what you’d expect with what you wouldn’t – two-step numbers followed by soulful ballads followed by outlaw country at its finest.
August 9 | The Fogcutters
This is just awesome. A 20-piece “big band” that’s just as likely to play hip-hop, funk and hard rock as they are to dip into classic Sinatra. We honestly don’t know what exactly to expect, and that’s why we’re excited.
August 16 | J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound
The Chicago-based indie soul outfit was thrust into the public eye a few years back with their unique take on fellow Windy City denizens Wilco’s tune, “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart.” These guys carry the standard of yesteryear’s Motown and so much more.
August 23 | Socks in the Frying Pan
The oddly kitchen-meets-bedroom-monikered trio brings an innovative take on traditional Irish folk. While their name is growing steadily here in the States, their fame is undeniable back home on the Emerald Isle.
August 30 | Amanda Shaw
From down on the bayou in Louisiana comes the spirited cajun fiddler and singer. With her unique sound – by our ears, equal parts cajun, country, zydeco and swamp rock – Shaw is a great way to wrap up the summer on a high note.
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