After a lively and successful Norfolk Community Day ushered in the summer, NCTV is now ready to bring you even more entertainment: the Summer Concert Series on the Town Hill. To learn a little more about the series, Production Coordinator Chris Lawn talked to Norfolk Recreation Department Assistant Director Kathy O'Brien.
CL: How long have you been involved with the Recreation Department and the concert series?
KO: Not sure when the Concert Series started, but I have been working for Norfolk Recreation since 1999, and they have been running since before then.
CL: How does the series benefit the town aside from the obvious entertainment value?
KO: The concerts provide a great way to bring our community together. On a beautiful warm evening, it's nice to see residents come out to the gazebo with their chairs, blankets, and dinner and be entertained by great performers.
CL: Who are some of the regular acts that people can expect to see/look forward to?
KO: I've witnessed 3 performers that I think the residents seem to enjoy. The Southeastern Community Concert Band performed patriotic music just in time for the 4th of July. The Reminisants, an oldies band that has been performing together for over 40 years and in Norfolk for 10 years who have shared the stage with some very famous acts such as: The Beach Boys, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Drifters, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Coasters, and many more, performed! Electric Youth, a group of very energetic young adult dancers and singers from The Franklin School of Performing Arts, performed to the audience for the whole hour and a half. Every other year, they travel overseas to performs for our troops. This one is definitely a hightlight for our residents. Norfolk Recreation looks to find local performers, and this year, we have 3 new performances that will entertain our residents in their own unique way. Bill McGoldrick Acoustic Duow with Danielle Jean, The KPHS World Percussion Ensemble & the El Caribe Steel Drum Band, and Ridgefield Crossing. All of these groups have ties to Norfolk. Also, Norfolk Recreation, along with the library, co-sponsors a Children's Concert on Tuesday evenings that is held in the library. Ben Rudnick and Friends will perform on Tuesday, July 14. Our goal is to bring a line-up that entertains both young and old!
CL: What was one of your favorite performances or moments from the series?
KO: I have no one favorite as I've enjoyed most of the bands that have played during our Concert Series. I do try to go out and listen to the performers before they are booked, but that doesn't always happen.
CL: Where can people find information about this year's line-up?
KO: Residents can find our line-up in our brochure. The Library, Senior Center, and Town Hall have posters along with refrigerator cards scattered around the buildings. Also, refrigerator cards have gone home with the school children in their back packs and will be passed out at the first concert.
CL: Anything new this year?
KO: We have added an additional week to our line-up! On August 6, Johnny Fireseed and the Junkyard Dogs, who had played at Community Day this year, will perform. They bring a unique blend of music featuring instruments made entirely from trash, recycling, and re-purposed items to perform original music with an upbeat eco-message. For the full line-up this year, click here!
CL: Are there any other Recreation Department programs or events that people might want to keep an eye out for?
KO: All of our summer programs will be in full swing starting next week, and it's not too late to register for many of them. For more information, or to register online, visit www.VirtualNorfolk.org/Rec