SOUTHINGTON — Music on the Green will return next month after a year off due to the pandemic.
Live music in Southington downtown will start up July 7.
“We’ll be doing every Wednesday night for nine weeks up until September 1,” said David Lapreay, the town’s recreation director.
The music is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday is the rain date every week.
Music on the Green usually starts earlier in the season but Lapreay said he was waiting on the lifting of pandemic restrictions. There are now no limits on crowd size outdoors, which was a difficult thing for recreation officials to enforce in downtown.
“It’s tough to monitor, people can enter from any direction,” Lapreay said.
The accompanying car show in the nearby Bank of American parking lot will also restart next month.
Lapreay said there was a lot of interest from residents as well as sponsors to resume Music on the Green.
Lapreay was also impressed with businesses and organizations that were eager to sponsor music nights despite the upheaval from the pandemic.
“They came back in full force, ready to go. We’re very thankful for that,” he said. “Our sponsors really stepped up this year.”
This season will start with The Legends of Country Music, a classic country band. The rest of the July lineup is Rick Larrimore & Atlantic Crossing, a Rod Stewart tribute band; The Sam Vinci Orchestra, playing Italian and American classics; and The Glamour Girls playing dance hits from the 1940’s to today.
Jerry Limmer, concert coordinator, said he is frequently asked whether the music series is returning.
“I can’t go anywhere without answering that question,” he said. “No matter where I go, I could go out of town and they’d recognize me.”
With fewer weeks, Limmer said he was able to book some higher-end acts and touring bands.
“The performances are going to be better,” Limmer said. “It’s going to be show bands.”
He said the concert series has treated musicians well over the years and it’s made for a good mid-week event. While some had asked to move the shows to a weekend or Friday nights, Limmer said he wanted to give people something mid-week.
“It breaks up these people’s weeks. It’s good. It’s not like a late night,” he said. “It works.”
For more information on bands that’ll perform, visit https://www.southington.org/departments/recreation/music.php.