Freedom Park Concert Series still going strong

Each year, organizers try to make sure about 25 percent of the acts that play at Freedom Park summer concert series are new.

One of the additions for 2011 is the All Paul Show, a tribute to Paul McCartney. The band takes the Freedom Park stage Saturday, July 9, at 7 p.m.

I'm old enough to remember The Beatles, so I'm excited, said Nell Burrows, president of the Freedom Park Foundation, with a laugh. "But even the younger folks should like it."

Featuring Dave Plummer as Paul McCartney with Geo Doody on keyboard, Scotty Mac on guitar and Donnie Moore on drums, the All Paul Show touts itself as looking and sounding "like the real thing," offering the "experience of being at a Paul McCartney concert on his current world tour."

It's just one of the acts that Burrows is looking forward to this summer. Also this weekend, there will be a contra dance. Set for Sunday, July 10, at 7 p.m., the dance is sponsored by the Dance Flurry Organization and features music by The Capital District Megaband.

"One of our board members is into contra dancing and said, 'We have to do this!'" Burrows said.

Why not? The park prides itself on having a little something for everyone, Burrows said. Among the other not-just-standard-music offerings is a performance by the Puppet People on Sunday, July 24. The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Co. will perform on Sunday, Aug. 21, and

Our Own Productions will put on the play "Alter Boyz" Thursday to Saturday, Aug. 18 to 20. Burrows noted that the play was a Tony winner on Broadway and encouraged people to check it out.

She also made a pitch for the Route Fifty Five brass quintet, which closes out the concert series on Saturday, Aug. 27. The group plays a lot of popular and classical brass tunes, mixing them with humor.

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