2012-07-06 / Front Page

Awash in sun, concert series opens

By Michael Kelley
Staff Writer


A sizeable crowd was on hand June 28 to watch local band Wavelength kick off Scarborough’s Summer Concert Series Thursday evening. (Kevin A. Byron photo) A sizeable crowd was on hand June 28 to watch local band Wavelength kick off Scarborough’s Summer Concert Series Thursday evening. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Memorial Park behind the Scarborough Municipal Offices will be alive with music again this summer. The Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce will present free concerts every Thursday night at 6:30 between now and the first week of August.

The concert series kicked off last week with Wavelength, a popular Maine wedding and special events band.

“It was great. We had beautiful weather and it was a good night for a concert,” said Art Dillon, president of the Scarborough Community Chamber of Commerce. “We had about 500 people there, which is typical for the first show. From there the numbers keep growing with the additional concerts.”

“It is a great venue to be at. There is so much room for kids to run, play and have fun and for people to reconnect,” Dillon added.


Locally based pop band Wavelength started off Scarborough’s Summer Concert Series June 28 at Memorial Park. Band members, from left, are Garth Adams, bass, Paul French, guitar, Kathleen Campbell, vocals, Al Gingrich, drums and Paul Dionne, keyboards. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Locally based pop band Wavelength started off Scarborough’s Summer Concert Series June 28 at Memorial Park. Band members, from left, are Garth Adams, bass, Paul French, guitar, Kathleen Campbell, vocals, Al Gingrich, drums and Paul Dionne, keyboards. (Kevin A. Byron photo) Facilities Manager Steve Quirk and his staff from Community Services spend parts of Wednesdays and Thursdays getting the park ready for the concert series by mowing, trimming and cleaning the facilities.

“It provides a great atmosphere for not only the band, but also for the people coming to enjoy the music,” Quirk said.

Aside from his work with the chamber and as a candymaker at Haven’s Candies, Dillon chairs the Community Services and Recreation Advisory Board, which selects the bands that perform in the series.

The next concert, on July 5, will feature the Don Campbell Band, a country and bluegrass band. The Guv’nors, a Beatles and British Invasion cover band, will appear July 12. Motor Booty Affair (disco) will be featured in the July 19 concert and The Time Pilots (‘80s and dance music) in the July 26 concert. The 2012 series will conclude on Aug. 2 with the Tony Boffa Band.

“We try to mix it up as much as we can while staying with popular music and tunes people will recognize. We got music from the ‘70s, ‘80s and a little country,” Dillon said.

Dillon said he has a growing list of bands that are interested in playing at Memorial Park.

The Don Campbell Band, Motor Booty Affair and Tony Boffa Band have become regulars over the last four or five years. The Guv’nors has played in the series several times before.

“From what I have heard from the bands, we usually have one of the best lineups in the surrounding communities,” Dillon said.

Quirk said he has also heard positive feedback from the bands.

“The bands who continue to come back year after year find it’s real peaceful with the water fountain and the gazebo and find it’s a great space to do what they love to do. A lot of these bands spend the year playing indoors, but (at Memorial Park) they have all the power they need. They can run their lights and have the opportunity to just plug and play.

The concerts have been held in Memorial Park since it opened seven years ago. Prior to that the chamber held concerts, on a much smaller scale, on the lawn of the Scarborough Public Library. It wasn’t until the chamber partnered with Community Services that the current concert series was formed.

Dillon said when Memorial Park opened both the chamber and Community Services were interested in holding concerts there. Dillon said he thought it would be much more successful if the two groups collaborated.

“I thought, ‘Let’s work closer together.’ It has been great working with the town and Community Services on this,” Dillon said.

Dillon said the concert series is the perfect event for the Scarborough

Summer Concert Series

July 5: Don Campbell Band (country/
bluegrass)
July 12: Guv’Nors (Beatles/British
Invasion)
July 19: Motor Booty Affair (disco)
July 26: Time Pilot (1980s/dance music)
Aug. 2: Tony Boffa Band (all generations)

• All concerts 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Park Community Chamber of Commerce to sponsor.

“It’s a great way to give back and support the community and help to promote local businesses,” Dillon said, adding close to 50 businesses have signed on as sponsors or advertised in the concert programs.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at 282-4337, ext. 237.

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