Music: A string ensemble and a Latin band bring their music to Center Park | Free time

MANCHESTER – Suite Sounds, an ensemble of string and flute musicians from the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, perform at Center Memorial Park in Manchester city center today at 4.30pm.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music which starts at 4:30 p.m.

The performance is part of the MSOC Plays On! concert series.

• Suite Sounds will be followed at 6 pm by Goza Latin Band, part of the Beller’s Music Summer Concert Series.

Goza (Spanish for joy) performs music and dance rhythms from Latin America, Brazil and Spain with guitar, violin, horns, Latin percussion and vocals.

• The Dukes of Bourbon Street, a New Orleans-style jazz ensemble made up of members of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, will perform at 6.30pm on Tuesday at Center Park.

For more information on the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, visit their Facebook page or website:

• Manchester Bicentennial Band Shell presents Ticket to Ride, a Beatles tribute band, on Fridays from 7-9pm as part of its summer concert series.

The other concerts in the series next week are:

Monday: Sphinx Shriners Band.

Wednesday: Irish Night, featuring The Rising with Jimmy McCardle, with Barney and Paul; St Patrick’s Pipe Band; and South Windsor SRL School of Dance. The rainy date is Thursday, August 12.

Highland Park will sell corned beef sandwiches.

Band Shell concerts are held from 7-9 p.m. outdoors, weather permitting, on the grounds of Manchester Community College, Exit 1 off Interstate 384.

Free entry. The series runs until August 18.

A section has been set aside at the top of the hill for patrons and their well-behaved dogs. For more information, call 860-904-9952 or 860-533-1811 or visit:

The Somers Cultural Commission’s summer concert series wraps up today and will take a short break before its fall series begins in early September.

The Boogie Boys play swing and country music from the 50s, 60s and 70s tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the gazebo, 19 Battle St.

Admission is free, but a voluntary donation will be appreciated.

Bring a picnic, a folding chair or a blanket, family, friends and children. There is a playground on site.

• After a four-week hiatus, the commission’s fall concert series will begin on Saturday afternoon, September 4th. Freddie Marion and Dan Kane will kick off the fall season with selections from the American Songbook.

The Sounds of Summer, a free, family-friendly concert series, concludes tonight with The Score, playing classic party rock.

The concert will be held at the Great River Park Waterfront Amphitheater, 301 East River Drive, from 6-8 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the cancellation will be posted on the City of East Hartford website and Facebook.

The Mary DiPaola Quartet will be the opening act, followed by headlining Firey String Sistas on Monday night at the Performance Pavilion in Bushnell Park as part of the Paul Brown Monday Night Jazz concert series.

The quartet, consisting of Mary DiPaola on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, Tony Davis on guitar and Kirk Woodard on drums, begins playing at 6 p.m.

The Firey String Sistas offer a refreshing alternative to the standard jazz band. They go on stage at 7:30 p.m.

In case of rain, the concerts will be virtual, streaming from the facebook page. For information, visit:

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue, which celebrates 1950s music, takes the stage at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Road, Friday, August 27, 7-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $32 for VIP seating, $24 for general admission.

Some of the hits you’ll hear at a Corvettes Revue show are “Come Go With Me”, “Little Darlin”, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, and “Palisades Park”.

The Connecticut Landmarks Sunset Sounds Concert Series continues Thursday, August 12 from 6-8 p.m. at Butler-McCook House & Garden.

Medusa, founded by tap dancer Corey Hutchins and percussionist Jocelyn Pleasant, will perform. Medusa unites jazz music and rhythmic tap dancing.

Savana Jones and Chantal Edwards, dancers and choreographers from Hartford’s arts community, will teach simple dance moves before the musicians take the stage.

Also before the concert, see works by Andres Chaparro and Juner Patnode (Zhai Yujuan) and tour the first floor of the Butler-McCook House starting at 5:30 p.m.

The concert is free; donations are welcome.

Signature Sounds Presents will host the Back Porch Bluegrass Festival on Sunday, August 15 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Pines Theater at Look Park, 300 N. Main St., Florence, Massachusetts. Tickets are $59.99 in advance, available at:

Tickets will cost $64.99 at the door. Children 10 and under are free.

VERNON—The Vernon Chorale will be holding auditions, by appointment only, on Tuesday, August 31.

The choir requires all singers to be fully vaccinated to participate in its 2021-22 season.

The Hicks-Stearns Museum, 42 Tolland Green, will host a concert on the lawn on Wednesday, August 18, featuring Kelsey Kaplan and Kevin Maki. The rainy date is August 19.

Kaplan graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in music therapy, holds a master’s degree in teaching, and is a specialist teacher. Maki holds a degree in music education and is an elementary school music teacher.

The duo have been performing together for 11 years. Kaplan and Maki write their own music and perform a variety of styles such as classic rock, pop and country.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; the concert runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests must bring their own seat and are welcome to bring a picnic dinner. Admission is by donation to support the nonprofit museum’s programs. For more information, call 860-875-7552.

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