CLARKS SUMMIT — Singer/songwriter Tim McGurl and five-piece band The Crimson Tears will close out the 2015 Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series with some classic rock from 6 p.m. to dusk Aug. 26 at Hillside Park.
The 10th and final installment of the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) event will be held rain or shine, and admission and parking are free of charge. Donations are accepted to help cover costs and a collection of non-perishable food items will be held for the Dalton Food Pantry. Parking is limited and the AAJRB encourages concert-goers to park in the upper lots and take advantage of the walking trails leading down to the pavilion. A limited number of seating is available and attendees may also bring their own chairs or blankets.
Dancing during the concert is encouraged.
Tim McGurl, who will open the show at 6 p.m., has been a professional musician for more than 45 years. His musical career spans the decades since the late 1960s.
In the mid 1970s, he played in the bluegrass/olde-time/celtic/Americana duo Tim and Butch, with the late-great Nashville mandolin master, Butch Baldassari, of Weary Hearts and the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. McGurl later went on to play with various bands, including Whiskey Creek, Karma Farm, Dead Branch Band, The Mo’ Holiday Band, Bogart and The Relics. In 1989, he became one of the founding members of The Village Idiots, a popular east coast jam-band.
Early in his career, McGurl lived in Belgium and performed in clubs and cafes in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Barcelona. He was featured in numerous live concerts broadcast over Belgian National TV and Radio.
He interweaves many musical styles and genres into his own original compositions, drawing from traditional folk, olde-time Americana, folk-rock, Celtic, rock and roll and the blues. In solo performances, he incorporates several variously-tuned acoustic guitars to give the listener a sonic experience.
Crimson Tears, a five-piece rock band formed in 1988 in Moscow, will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. The band consists of Larry Moss on bass, Ken Moss on keys, Johnny Rock on vocals, Robbie Walsh, on guitars and James Wesley on drums.
The band plays its own versions of the “deep tracks” loved by classic rock fans of bands such as Zep, The Doors, The Who, The Beatles ,U2, Styx, Elton and Jimi Love.
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. Also sponsoring the Aug. 26 event is Citizens Savings Bank.
Food sales are offered throughout the concert series by the Waverly Masons and the Abington Lions Club. Canoeing is available at Lake Eston Wilson starting at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting. 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.