Last night we were at the fab Newton Hill concert …Written by admin on July 11th, 2012
By Rosalie Tirella
… Lovely. Saw the same families (and pups!) we have seen over the past five or so years – and, of course, Worcester cheerleader, Brian Goslow (rah, rah, Bri!).
As always, the question we asked ourselves, the question we always ask ourselves: WHY AREN’T THERE MORE PEOPLE HERE? WHAT DOES IT TAKE FOR A CITY OF (about) 180,000 to really get behind our summer music concerts? A city basking in the warm summer sun, a city whose Newton Hill concerts are FREE and a showcase for wonderful local talent? A city whose Newton Square concerts are held in the hub of Worcester’s very safe West Side, a cool green tree-filled space (the other side of Elm Park) filled with young families, cute dogs and a table staffed by friendly people selling the most excellent pizza, ice cream and lemonade? Why are there thousands of people for Providence’s free Water Fire, thousands of music fans for the free oldie concerts held at the Boston Hatch Shell and just a hundred or so folks for Newton Hill? Maybe a couple of hundred for the SUPER ELM PARK concerts (be there tomorrow for an excellent show!)
Through the years we have been to them all. With my dog Bailey (and now Jett) in tow! And yet, when it comes to enjoying summer music in Worcester, we were/are often part of a teensy (but appreciative, lovely) crowd.
Let’s get it together, Wormtown!
Here are Elm Parks and Newton Hill’s summer concert schedules for the rest of the season:
Newton Hill, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
July 17 – Hot Jazz with Dan Gabel
July 24 – Fast Like Rabbits
July 31 – This concert should be excellent! Ric Porter & the Sons of the Soil (I remember going crazy for the very handsome Ric Porter and Larry Preston during their incredible Preston Porter Band days!)
August 7 – Cara Brindisi
Elm Park – Park Spirit concerts – Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to ???!!!
July 12 (tomorrow!) – Slippery Sneakers
July 19 – Union Jack
July 26 – very cool! – Toni Lynn Washington
August 2 – Valvatross
August 9 – the EXCELLENT Mitch Chakour Band (I heard Mitch a few years ago – WOW!)
August 16 – Glenn Stuart Band
… and don’t forget the great Paulie Collyer’s Mass concerts/celebrations/road races! Check out his events website!