CLARKS SUMMIT — Acoustic folk rock and Americana music will flow from the pavilion at Hillside Park during next week’s installment of the Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 29. The free Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) event will be held rain or shine.
Opening the show from 6 to 7 p.m. is the Common Threads Band, made up of acoustic folk rockers Carol and Fred Linde. The husband wife duet has been making sweet harmonies for 35 years.
“This journey in life has helped us to share a strong bond together at something we love to do,” states their band’s bio. “Make great music.”
Common Threads plays in clubs and pubs on the weekends around the Northeastern Pennsylvania region, as well as in upstate New York during the summer season.
Sassafras is comprised of Jessica Illuzzi, Channing Griggs and Jillian Hannigan.
Illuzzi, a Pennsylvania native, has a musical background with a focus on vocals and acoustic guitar. Her influences are a fusion of earthy rock and roll and traditional Americana. The deep quality of her alto vocal range has been compared to the sounds of a coal miner’s daughter.
Channing Lynn, the daughter of a USMC pilot, recently earned her degree in Music Therapy from FSU. The education deepened her connection to the clarinet, banjo, alto sax, flutes, and drums. She has 26 years experience on the clarinet and over a decade of string play in folk music circles while sailing the Caribbean Islands and working as a laborer on the east coast for most of her 20s.
Her influences source from classical training to Appalachian clawhammer banjo, Jewish Klezmer, Mexican waltzes, Cuban dance, French ballads, Gypsy jazz, and New Orleans traditional jazz.
Admission to all concerts in the series is free, but donations are accepted to help cover costs and continue the series in future years. Each week there will also be a collection of non-perishable food items for the Dalton Food Pantry.
The Overlook Estate Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the natural world, is the ivory sponsor for the series.
Food is offered for sale during the concert series by the Abington Lions Club and the Waverly Masons. Parking is limited and the AAJRB encourages concert-goers to consider parking in the upper lots and taking advantage of the walking trails leading down to the pavilion. A limited number of chairs are available and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
Dancing is encouraged and attendees may also check out Hillside Park’s other features, including an artificial turf field, a playground, handicapped accessible docks and lake fishing, nature trails, boardwalk path, playing fields, community garden and dog park. Canoeing is available at Lake Eston Wilson starting at 5:30 p.m. each night of the series, weather permitting. Children under 18 wishing to canoe must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.