The theme this year for the Summer Concert Series at Calf Pasture Beach, sponsored by First County Bank, is tribute bands, including Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, sounds of the 1960s, a salute to the 70s, Woodstock and The Beatles. The weekly concerts begin June 27 and continue through Sept. 5. They are free and open to the public.
"First County has been a supporter of the city of Norwalk for years. We try to be involved with as many summer events as possible," said Kathy Harris, president of First County Bank. "We proudly support Norwalk's Recreation and Parks Department's summer concert series at Calf Pasture Beach. These free concerts allow Norwalk residents and others to enjoy live music and entertainment under the stars."
"As mayor of the city of Norwalk, and on behalf of our residents, I want to once again thank First County Bank for its continued generosity in sponsoring the city of Norwalk's 2012 summer concerts and entertainment before and after our July 3 fireworks display," said Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia.
The concert series will kick off Wednesday, June 27 (rain date the following night) with a Classic Car Show and a performance by The Sixties Show. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic and comfortable seating. A parking fee of $5 per car will be charged for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker.
The Sixties Show, regarded as North America's number-one-rated 1960s musical tribute act, features former members of the touring company from the smash hit Broadway musical "Beatlemania" and Grammy Award-winning musicians. Led by musical director Craig O'Keefe (bass/vocals), the group includes Steven Eigner (guitar/vocals), Tom Licameli (guitar/vocals), Michael Bellusci (drums/vocals) and Jeff Miller (keyboards/orchestrations).
Beginning at 6 p.m. attendees can view more than 100 vehicles at a Classic Car Show hosted by the Coachmen Rod and Custom Club, an organization of men and women who enjoy classic cars. Owners of 1981 and older cars can participate in the shows, which attract owners from throughout the tri-state area. Each car show participant is asked to contribute canned food or make a donation to the St. Vincent De Paul food bank.
Thanks to the Summer Concert Series, music and entertainment will also surround Norwalk's annual fireworks display, which begins at dusk on Tuesday, July 3 (rain date July 5). The fireworks can be enjoyed from both Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach. Parking is available at Calf Pasture Beach only. A parking fee of $20 will be charged for cars without a Norwalk beach sticker.
Musical festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Amazing Andy Show at Calf Pasture Beach. At Shady Beach, entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m. with "Dance to the Music" with DJ Nuzzo. The headline entertainment will be Bill Genaurio & The Destiny Band at 8 p.m.
Performances by The Amazing Andy (a.k.a. Andy Charney) include magic, juggling, comedy, audience participation and the production of a live rabbit. The Amazing Andy was voted "Best Party Entertainer of the Year" by readers of Connecticut's County Kids magazine and has appeared at schools, festivals, libraries and summer camps in the tri-state area.
Connecticut native Genuario has been performing professionally since age 7. His engagements have taken him from New York City to Las Vegas to Hong Kong. He is one of the most sought after vocalists on the tri-state scene, working with the Marianne Bennett Band, Starlight Orchestras, the world renowned Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as well as fronting his own bands for many years. In addition to Genuario, the Destiny Band includes Linda Fakundiny (guitar/vocals), Tommy Hartless (keyboards/vocals), Johnn Mennonna (bass guitar) and Ron Nihoff (drums).
For information about the concert series call the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department Office at 203-854-7807 or visit the web site at http://www.norwalkct.org/recparkconcerts.htm for the complete schedule. For cancellation information call 203-854-7938.