A unique assortment of sounds are on tap for this year’s edition of the Delaware County Summer Festival.
From Robert Eric’s rendition of “Uptown Girl” or “New York State of Mind” on July 17 to Jimmy and the Parrots belting out “Cheeseburger in Paradise” on June 30, you’ll be musically transported, according to organizers.
The 42nd Delaware County Summer Festival features a variety of tribute bands from the East Coast that, organizers day, capture the sounds of Tina Turner, Fleetwood Mac, the Allman Brothers Band and Don Henley and The Eagles.
Expect to be moved to kick up your heels with Philbilly, organizers say, do the “Wah Watusi” with the Orlons and wave the stars and stripes for the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus.
All this fun and entertainment is free and takes place outdoors under the stars at Rose Tree Park, Route 252 in Upper Providence. Some 46 live performances are planned at the outdoor amphitheater.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 15, and runs for nine music-filled weeks throughout the summer.
Be sure to bring a lawn chair, a blanket, a picnic and enjoy.
Opening night will feature a performance by the Rose Tree Pops, a 50-member orchestra that performs light classical music, film scores, show tunes and Big Band favorites.
After that, it’s Latin love songs, Big Band classics, ballet, reggae, swing, country, jazz, barbershop harmonies, Irish roots rock and Cajun sounds straight out of N’Awlins.
“Delaware County Council is pleased to offer this free entertainment series for our residents every summer,” said Councilman Dave White, Council’s liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation. “The Summer Festival is the best entertainment bargain around. It’s also a great way for us to give local performers a chance to showcase their talents.”
Snacks and refreshments are available for purchase during the concerts. Picnics are welcome; no alcohol or pets are permitted.
The lineup of talent includes all types of music, from classical to Cajun, Motown to Broadway, doo wop to rock and pop, and everything in between.
There are theatrical presentations by the Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars (July 16) and The Brandywine Ballet (July 29).
There are shows five nights a week, on Wednesday through Sunday evenings, from June 15 to Aug. 14. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with the exception of two 10 a.m. morning concerts for children: Summer Sing-Along with Peter Moses (June 22) and Steve Pullara & His Cool Beans Band (June 30).
Little campers looking for evening entertainment will also find two children’s shows on the regular nighttime schedule: Makin’ Music (July 20) and The Plants (Aug. 7).
Parks and Recreation Director Marc Manfre said this year’s concert series features perennial Summer Festival crowd-pleasers Chico’s Vibe (June 19), Jimmy & The Parrots, (June 30) and the modern Celtic rock group Blackthorn (Aug. 11).
“We are also looking forward to presenting several new acts, such as Barefoot Bobby & the Breakers (June 17), Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Tribute (July 7), the Land of Ozz (July 23), and Forever Tina (July 14).”
Tribute bands always draw fans and big crowds are expected for Eaglemania (June 25), Robert Eric (July 17), Live at the Fillmore (July 27), and British Invasion Tribute (July 15).
Local favorites back by popular demand include the Sensational Soul Cruisers (July 6), “Bandstand” legend Charlie Gracie (July 24), and Cameo Parkway’s Original Orlons (July 10).
Special patriotic performances will take place with the Upper Darby Sousa Band (July 2) and the U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus (Aug. 10).
The final performance will take place on Sunday, Aug. 14 with a tribute to the music of Eric Clapton presented by The Core. Can you say “Layla…”
The Delaware County Summer Festival runs June 15-Aug. 14 with concerts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays at the outdoor amphitheater at Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Road, Media, PA 19063. There are no rain dates in case of cancellations. A schedule is posted on the county web site at www.co.delaware.pa.us. Schedules are also available in Rose Tree Park, the Media Courthouse, and in the Delaware County libraries. For information contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at (610) 891-4455.
— Information submitted to Digital First Media