continued This year, Pray is mixing things up and bringing his New Orleans style brass band to the park.
“It’s made for the outdoors and made to attract a crowd,” said Pray.
Concerts start a 6:30 p.m. in the gazebo and go off rain or shine. Vellano said providing the free entertainment is “a labor of love” and something he’s happy to do.
“It’s something we can do that’ll bring a lot of joy to the community and at the same time have fun doing it, so what the heck,” said Vellano.
The first concert is July 7 with the Georgie Wonders Orchestra, which is Big Band music. The Pipe Kings take the stage July 14, followed by Pray on July 21; country, folk and bluegrass by Jeff Gonzales on July 28; vocals from all eras with 2 Broads with Alotta Sound on Aug. 4; crooner Nick Coluccio on Aug. 11; opera by Holly McCormack on Aug. 18; and Kristen Caesar’s Kidz Theater on Aug. 25.
Cook Park gets the summer music started early on June 12 when Tuesday Nights in the Park kick off. Shows start at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank A. Leak Amphitheater and draw more than 800 people.
Opening night features the Pipe Kings, followed by popular country band Skeeter Creek on June 19; celtic music by Triskele on June 26; Swing Docs on July 3; Mixed Company on July 10; classic rock by Code Blue and blues by The Hallertau Band on July 17; T.S. Ensemble on July 24; Electric City Horns on July 31; Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco Moshers on Aug. 7; polka music by Rymanowski Bros. On Aug. 14; ‘50s and ‘60s music by Jade on Aug. 21; and Hair of the Dog on Aug. 28.