Whitehall News

Summer concert series to begin with Hipnotics


Whitehall's Music in the Park summer concert series will begin Sunday, June 9, at John Bishop Park, 4690 Langley Ave.

The June 9 concert is the first of six in the summer series. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the exception of June 30. The final concert will be July 21.

All concerts are free and open to the public and will be held at the John LaCorte Amphitheater, or band shell, at the south end of John Bishop Park.

Steve Carr, director of the Whitehall Parks and Recreation Department, said the annual summer series is quite popular considering how few people seem to know about it.

"Music in the Park is one of the best-kept secrets in Whitehall," Carr said. "We're hoping that more people will come out to enjoy (our lineup)."

Three cover bands and three tribute bands compose the six-week series.

The Hipnotics, featuring Whitehall resident Bob Oschsendorf, will kick off the series with a performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9. The band performs classic rock and R&B covers.

7 Bridges, a Nashville-based Eagles tribute band, will perform June 16. The band takes its name from the Eagles song, Seven Bridges Road, the band's final chart hit in 1980 before the group's split.

June 23 features Direct Energy, a horn-laden band presenting "An Evening with Chicago and Friends." The band will perform tunes by the jazz-rock band Chicago and other similar artists.

Parrots of the Caribbean, a Jimmy Buffett tribute, performs July 7.

Jon Anthony and the Wishful Drinkin' Band, playing classic county numbers and contemporary rock tunes, will perform July 14.

The Professors will conclude the summer concert series July 21, with covers of music from the 1960s.

Patrons should pack picnics, but food and non-alcoholic beverages also will be available for purchase from the Whitehall Lions Club.

The Whitehall Community Celebrations Association will conduct a 50-50 raffle at each concert as a fundraiser for WCCA events.