BRONXVILLE, N.Y. The annual free Bronxville summer concert series kicks off this Thursday as the local band Third Stone returns to rock the village.
"This is a long-standing trend," said Susan Miele, executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce , the organization that hosts the concert series. "The residents are getting free entertainment and an enjoyable night on the town. The community can enjoy themselves. They'll feel good about Bronxville and what Bronxville provides. They will have a nice night."
The goal of the concert series, beginning on June 28, is to provide a good time for community residents, where they can listen to free music, dance, chat with friends and enjoy a picnic. Moreover, Miele said, the Chamber also aims to unite the shopping and residential community with the vendor and merchant community.
"Not only do we have the bands perform, but we have some Bronxville food merchants out in the street selling their food," said Miele. "So it's a nice opportunity to bridge the two together."
Bronxville music fans seem to recognize the local bands year after year, as concert-goers tell Miele they are happy to see certain groups return, she said. Third Stone, for instance, has played in past years, and residents have enjoyed their rock, blues and soul tunes. The Chamber chooses bands with a reputation in the community, said Miele, explaining that it has "an arsenal of go-to bands" for events like these.
"There is a loyal following," Miele said. "There are people who look forward to these events. People really like to be able to sit outside, enjoy free entertainment, listen to the music, and hear some songs they know and like. People dance, they get to have food. They get comfortable. They come out. It's nice."
Thursday's weather is expected to be mostly sunny with temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees until the concert's end.
The June 28 concert will be held at Park Place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The three subsequent concerts on July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 14 will be held at different venues and feature other local bands.
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