FREE: Clark Art Institute Summer Concerts Kick Off Tonight

July 5th, 2016, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown continues its tradition of free, family-friendly summer concerts this month with four bands performing at 6pm on Tuesday nights. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic meals. Barbecue fare and beverages will also be available for sale.

Here’s the complete schedule for the 2016 season of free concerts at the Clark Art Institute:

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Tonight (Tuesday, July 5): Annie & the Hedonists
Annie & the Hedonists interpret the songs of the great female blues artists of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing, bluesy country and roots Americana. Band members include Annie Rosen on lead vocals; Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals; Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano and vocals; and Don Young on upright bass and vocals.

July 12: Across the Pond
Relive the magical music of the British Invasion with Across the Pond, a popular Beatles tribute band that strives to capture the exuberance of a live Beatles show. Focusing on the style and music of the Beatles rather than impersonating the Beatles themselves, Across the Pond performs familiar hits plus later songs the Beatles recorded but never performed in concert.

July 19: HBH&T Band with Wanda Houston
HBH&T Band featuring vocalist Wanda Houston is a jazz quartet performing standards, blues, R&B and Top 40. Featuring the soulful stylings of vocalist Wanda Houston with horns by Charlie Tokarz, bass/keys by Scott Heth and drummer Jay Bradley.

July 26: Bernice Lewis
Local singer-songwriter Bernice Lewis presents an evening of lively folk music for all ages. With almost four decades of performing festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, colleges and house concerts, along with a half dozen acclaimed CDs, Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She has been a featured performer on NPR’s “Mountain Stage” show, as well as at the Kennedy Center. Her ballad, “Bridges That Hold,” was included in Peter, Paul & Mary’s Lifelines video.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FREE EVENTS FOR 2016
*VARIOUS DATES
RIVERLINK CONCERTS @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam, various days from June 18-August 27
FREEDOM PARK CONCERT SERIES @ Freedom Park, Scotia, various days from June 22-August 27
KIDS DAY @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 9
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, Friday, July 15
ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, Albany, July 16 UPDATE: postponed from June 5, this is the new date…
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 6
NYS FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 10
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18
*MONDAYS
TOWN OF ROTTERDAM SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ the Rotterdam Senior Citizens Center lawn, Rotterdam, 7pm Mondays from June 6-August 29
*TUESDAYS
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack, 6pm Tuesdays from June 7-July 5
COOK PARK SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Frank A. Leak Amphitheater for the Arts in Cook Park, Colonie, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 14-August 30
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK @ Brunswick Community Center lawn, Troy, 6:30pm Tuesdays from June 28-August 30
SARATOGA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Tuesdays from August 9-30
ALTAMONT FREE LIBRARY’S SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Orsini Park, Altamont, 7pm Tuesdays from July 5-August 9
STONY CREEK MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Stony Creek Town Park, Stony Creek, 7pm Tuesdays from July 5-August 30
*WEDNESDAYS
MADE IN THE SHADE OF THE EGG @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 12noon Wednesdays from June 1-August 31
CAPITAL CONCERT SERIES @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-July 20
ROCKIN’ ON THE RIVER @ Riverfront Park, Troy, 5pm Wednesdays from June 15-August 3
RENSSELAER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES @ the North End Firehouse, Rensselaer, 6pm Wednesdays from June 22-August 10
SUMMER MUSIC SERIES @ East Greenbush Community Library, East Greenbush, 7pm Wednesdays from June 20-July 20
LAKE GEORGE ARTS PROJECT’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30pm Wednesdays from July 6-August 31
*THURSDAYS
JAZZ ON JAY @ Jay Street, Schenectady, 12noon Thursdays from June 2-September 1
ALIVE AT FIVE @ Tricentennial Park, Albany, 5pm Thursdays from June 9-August 4
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6pm Thursdays from June 23-August 25
SUMMER’S EVE CONCERT SERIES @ the Schaghticoke Town Hall Gazebo, Melrose, 6:30pm Thursdays from June 30-August 25
MUSIC IN THE PARK @ Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, 7pm Thursdays from June 23-September 1
NISKAYUNA TOWN HALL CONCERTS @ Niskyauna Town Hall Gazebo, Niskayuna, 7pm Thursdays from June 2-July 28
JAMMIN’ AT GPAC @ Guilderland Performing Arts Center at Tawasentha Park, Guilderland, 7:30pm Thursdays from June 23-August 11
*FRIDAYS
FRIDAYS AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, 4pm Fridays from June 24-September 2
ROCK THE BLOCK @ Canal Square, Cohoes, 6pm Thursdays from July 8-August 26
UPBEAT ON THE ROOF @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Fridays from July 1-August 26
ATHENS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Riverfront Park, Athens, 7pm Fridays from June 17-August 26
MUSIC AT SUNSET CONCERT SERIES @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson, 7pm Fridays from May 27-August 26
*SUNDAYS
MUSIC HAVEN @ Central Park, Schenectady, 7pm Sundays from July 10-August 14
SARATOGA SUMMER CONCERT SERIES @ Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, 7pm Sundays from July 3-24