In addition to the Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble, there will be four opening acts selected from a special audition concert at the Odeum last spring.
It’s time to pull together your picnic supplies, chairs and a cozy blanket – the annual Summer’s End concert takes place on Friday, Sept. 1, at Eldredge Field. The Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble is headlining again this year with its usual roster of standards, show tunes and patriotic songs. What’s special this year are the 4 opening acts culled from an original list of 40 submissions in a selection process that took place during the spring. Those 40 acts were narrowed to 12 for a show at the Odeum, with 4 eventual winners.
“It was a much more thorough process than we’ve ever done before,” said Summer’s End President Phil Nutting. “We’re very excited by the quality of the acts.”
Local talent Sophie Speca and Maggie Callan – EGHS juniors – will start off the music at 5:30, with Sophie on guitar and Maggie on vocals.
At 6 p.m., Victor Main takes the stage. Main is a guitarist whose performances are tinged with classical, jazz and folk influences.
Country singer Bethany Lynn begins performing at 6:30 p.m. Her performance might include a yodel or two.
The final opening act, on at 7 p.m., is the Billy Harpin Band, a trio from Northern RI who play rock covers and some of their own compositions.
The Navy Band will begin at 7:45 this year.
Nutting thanked sponsors, especially two new sponsors: The Savory Grape and Pierre R. Michaud MD. The Town of East Greenwich is also an important sponsor which, in addition to a financial contribution, provides logistical support and police, fire and rescue assistance throughout the event.
Gates at Eldredge open at 4 p.m. While the event is free thanks to sponsors and individual donors, donations are encouraged Friday ($20 is suggested). Bring your own food or pick up food from vendors at Eldredge. No pets allowed.
And, while we’re on the subject of Summer’s End, Nutting said they are in need of new board members. If you have fundraising or event planning experience, or just love Summer’s End and have some hours to give, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Summer’s End at their website here.
– Elizabeth F. McNamara