Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach Summer Concert Series


Summer isn’t summer without popular concert series

It’s hot. The kids need a diversion and you could use some relaxation after a long day. What you need is a family activity that’s not too active but something outdoors, preferably somewhere cool. For a fun event that’s just right for a warm summer night, the beach is the place to go.

Each Thursday evening from July 8 through August 19, the Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach will once again co-sponsor with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation their popular concert series at Red Rock Park on Lynn Shore Drive.

This year’s concert series is sponsored by the Mayor Judith Kennedy, the Lynn City Council, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, the Boston Foundation, the Daily Evening Item, the Lynn Journal, Christopher’s Café, Lynn Economic Development Industrial Corporation, the Tides Restaurant and Pub and Kelly Honda of Lynn.

Now in its 15th year, the Summer Concert Series takes place every Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. until August 19. The bands are chosen to represent a wide range of music, from rock to blues to Celtic favorites and island tunes.

July 8 the well-known Classmates will perform a variety of well know selections especially from the 70’s and 80’s. White Lightnin’ returns again this year on July 15 combining elements of rock, pop, fun rhythm and blues.

Well known and popular Brian Maes Band returns to play all his tunes on July 22. Listen to Irish music by Curragh’s Fancy playing rousing renditions of Celtic favorites and old sea chanteys on July 29. Get up and dance with the Shuffle Mode Band on August 5.

Larry Power & the 12:01 Blues Band returns by popular demand on August 12. Our last concert on August 19 will feature well know local singer Mary Beth Maes.

A special Kid’s Concert will be held on July 24 from 1-3 pm featuring the Toe Jam Puppet Band. Special activities will be held for the children, so bring the kid’s down to Red Rock on Saturday, July 24.

All shows are free and audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. The air can be a bit cooler on the waterfront, especially as the sun begins to set earlier. Coffee, soda, water, home made bakery items, and Friends T-Shirts, sweatshirts, hats and Tote Bags will be available for purchase. All proceeds go toward the cost of the concerts.

The Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach, a non-profit organization, was organized in 1990 to protect and promote the wise use of our beaches and waterfront. The organization has worked with local and state elected officials along with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to form a partnership to promote Lynn and Nahant beaches.

Besides the concert series, the Friends hold beach clean-ups each year. For more information about the Friends and how to join visit their website at

Here's a link to the full concert schedule Hope to see you there!

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