Lansing at Large: Summer concert series announced

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Spring is here and summer will follow.


That means it’s time for the Lansing Parks and Recreation Department to issue their schedule for this year’s “Music in the Park” series for you to clip and stick on your refrigerator.


So, dust off your lawn chairs, coolers, and portable grills for your Thursday nights at Myers Park.


This year, there will be food trucks, Meg-a-Moo’s ice cream, and beverages from the Salt Point Brewery. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.


Here is your line-up:
July 11 – Steve Southworth & Rockabilly Rays: a professional, non-stop, move your feet, fun, tribute band playing tunes from the ’50s & ’60s. Everyone loves the rockabilly sound of Steve Southworth. This band has been a staple performance in the Ithaca area for over 20 years. They are a very talented bunch of fellas with a sound that’s hard to beat.


July 18 – Tailor Made: Tink Bennett and Tailor Made have been performing and opening for national acts in the Central New York area and beyond for more than 30 years. Each musician brings a career of professional performing, recording and entertaining experiences to every show. They have opened for Lady Antebellum, Charlie Daniels, Josh Thompson, Sammy Kershaw, and Molly Hatchett, to name only a few.


July 25 – Smoking Loons: blending acoustic and rock elements from the Stones and Van Morrison to Weezer and Sublime.


August 1 – City Limits: a high-energy blues-rock band with a three-piece horn section playing tunes from classic rock and soul to contemporary blues. With Dan Paolangeli on guitar, Andy Lockwood on vocals, Glen Porter on drums, Lisa Bloom on bass, Bob Fisher on trumpet, Jim Hull on trombone, and Robert Sarachan on sax and keyboard, they cover tunes from the Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Blues Brothers and Joe Cocker to Lennie Kravitz, Anderson East and Joe Bonamassa.


August 8 –The Destination Band: a nine-piece dance band with its musical focus in the genres of R&B, Latin-influenced material, swing, funk, and disco. Three outstanding vocalists and four horns set this group apart from virtually every other group in the central New York area. The band’s “A” list repertoire is built around the power of the horns. No other group in the area can match the dynamics and crowd-motivating force of The Destination.


August 15 – Iron Horse: central New York’s premiere Southern Rock Band and one of the Concert Series original big draws. This band has 130 years of collective stage experience and interacts with every crowd in any venue. They are known as one of Ithaca’s favorite local bands. The band lineup is Lansing’s own Mark Armstrong on vocals, Shawn Manning on lead guitar, Steve Peck on drums, and Ron Brock on bass.


August 22 –Bad Alibi: get ready for the best in classic rock from the ’70s and ’80s. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as Bad Alibi will have Myers Park “rockin” all night long! Bad Alibi is Dan Dobell on guitar and vocals, Sergio Pedro on bass and vocals, Lansing’s own Rob Romano on keyboards and vocals, and Scott Hollister on drums.

In brief:

Chicken for Next Jennaration
The Next Jennaration dance studio will hold a chicken barbeque April 13 from 10:45 a.m. until the food is gone at the Lansing Town Hall Ballfields.


Come out and enjoy Hatfield’s Catering BBQ, and in turn, you’ll be supporting these talented and dedicated dancers with their quest to Nationals this summer in Ocean City.


A $10 dinner includes chicken, beans, salt potatoes, and dessert; a half chicken only is $7.

Easter Egg Hunt
The Lansing Fire Department will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt April 13 at noon at the main fire station for children aged from 1 to 10 years old.

Middle School Drama
The Lansing Middle School will present their annual drama “Little Red: Life in the Hood” May 8, 9, and 10 at 6:30 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 for this humorous retelling of the classic children’s story “Little Red Riding Hood.”

Families of Children with Special Needs Conference
The Family Resource Network and the Parent Technical Assistance Center are sponsoring the free conference “Families of Children With Special Needs: Caring For Everyone’s Needs” with Dr. Robert Naseef on April 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Southern Tier Independence Center in Binghamton.


Registration is required - call Robin at Family Resource Network at (607) 432-0001.

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