In association with the Downtown Manchester Special Services District, Beller’s Music brings you free concerts on Thursday evenings in July and August from 6-8pm in Downtown Manchester’s lovely Center Park near Mary Cheney Library. Bring a lawn chair and your picnic dinner, or dine at one of Downtown’s restaurants.
July 18 – The Glastonbury Ukulele Band – The Glastonbury Ukulele Band plays popular songs from many eras. For several years they have accompanied a monthly community-wide singalong in Glastonbury (this coming Saturday, July 20, will be sing-along #100!). Audiences have enjoyed singing along to typical ukulele fare like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Five Foot Two.” Other songs are less readily associated with the ukulele, such as “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” and “Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp-Ba-Bomp-Ba-Bomp).” Many genres of music are “on the table” for the band, including jazz, folk, rock, Elvis, Beatles, show tunes, and even Yiddish songs.
July 25 – Still Pickin’ – Still Pickin’ is bluegrass band with country-western flair and a side of humor. Frequently seen and heard at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, they will bring their charm to Center Memorial Park in Downtown Manchester.
Aug 1 – Tony Susi – Tony has been an active singer/songwriter in CT for many years as both a solo artist and in various bands, most notably “That 70’s Band”. He is versatile on both keyboard and guitar, thanks to his formal musical training at the Hartt School of Music and UConn. He enjoys a wide variety of music that is reflected in his original compositions, including rock, jazz and classical influences.
Aug 8 – Mike Rau – There are few people who could be classified as part human and part jukebox; Mike is one of those lucky few. A reformed drummer turned multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter, Mike has a very comprehensive catalog of music to play from.
Aug 15 – Skylark City – Dave Branning and Ron Sloan have been playing rock, blues, and swing together for over a decade. Along with two expert guitarists, Jeff Lorello and Jim Harkins, they formed Skylark City last year in the heart of Manchester and quickly became a local favorite with their blend of classic songs, upbeat grooves, and joyful harmonies.