CLARKS SUMMIT — Next week’s installment of the Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series will feature area band Light Weight from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by the Senator John Blake Duo until dusk, Wednesday, Aug. 12.
The event, presented by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) is eighth in a 10-week series. Admission is free and it will be held rain or shine. Each week donations are accepted to help cover costs and a collection of non-perishable food items will be held for the Dalton Food Pantry.
The Overlook Estate Foundation is the ivory sponsor for the series and the Aug. 12 event is also sponsored by the Friends of Senator John Blake.
Lightweight, which adds its own twist to popular contemporary music, is fronted by Blake’s daughter, Katie Blake, on lead vocals and keyboard. The rest of the band’s original lineup includes Matt Rinkunas on guitar, Joe O’Malley on bass and Michele Vasilenko on drums. In October, 2014, Vasilenko was replaced by John Gallas.
Each member holds a musical background which helps create Light Weight’s sound and chemistry.
Katie Blake began as lead vocalist of an all-girl original group The Window Shoppers and performed solo at events and functions throughout the area. O’Malley and Rinkunas started as members of the band Just a Thought and later moved to become the drummer and guitarist of 1 Hot Mess. Gallas spent the last three years drumming for Until Further Notice.
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.
The concert series will continue Wednesday, Aug. 19 with Q Ball and AM Radio and conclude Wednesday, Aug. 26 with Tim McGurl and Crimson Tears.