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Town kicks off musical summer

Lace up your dancing shoes or bring your lawn chair.

Whichever way you want to enjoy them, summer concerts throughout Colonie are rock 'n' rolling in a neighborhood near you.

Kicking off the summer concert season, Ron Cremisio and Friends performed during the Tuesday Nights in the Park concert series at the Frank A. Leak Amphitheater in Cook Park in the Village of Colonie Wednesday, June 11. Although the concert was originally planned to be held Tuesday, as indicated by the title of the series, threatening forecasts of high temperatures and tornadoes put a one-day hold on the beginning of summer musical fun.

Attendance-wise, we lost very many audience members because they came last night, not knowing that the show was canceled, said Ron Cremisio, whose band typically performs out of Waterford.

Mayor Frank Leak said Wednesday night was a "beautiful night" for a concert, and he plans to attend the concerts every Tuesday.

Cremisio and his band performed a variety of tunes, including hits from Michael Buble.

Leak said the concerts are put on at no cost to the village, and all expenses are paid for by various sponsors, including Delmonico's Italian Steak House, Colonie Fire Company, Vellano Bros., and Hart Alarm Systems.

While the rain may have cast a cloud over the first concert of the season, several other concert series throughout Colonie will be occurring all summer long, rain or shine.

"We're starting off with a Sunday afternoon this year, which is different," said Pruyn House curator Diane Morgan, of the free concert series hosted at the historical Buhrmaster Barn.

According to Morgan, the Pruyn House has been hosting a summer concert series for the past 20 years. Unlike many other concert series that feature performers of any type of music on any given night, Pruyn House concerts are centered on cultural themes " a different theme for each concert.

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