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Dance to Eastchester Bronxville Summer Concerts

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- The streets of Eastchester and Bronxville will be alive with the sound of music this week as summer concerts get under way.

Summer Sounds, the 2011 Concert Series sponsored by the town recreation department begins in Eastchester Wednesday with show tunes.

"We will be performing songs from Music Man, South Pacific, Grease, Phantom and In the Heights, among others," said Bunny Rappaport, whose performers will be featured in the first show.

Rappaport runs a summer theatre group for Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville kids between the ages of 13 to 22. They will be staging the musical Cinderella, in August.

"Some of the performers from Cinderella will be singing Wednesday night," Rappaport said. "It's a great preview for our show."

The concert series will continue every Wednesday thru August 3 . Next up will be music from the 1950s.

Eastchester Recreation Superintendent Sally Veltidi invites residents to bring blankets and chairs and a picnic supper to the lawn in front of town hall. "We have been doing this for about 15 years, and we get a great turnout," Veltidi said. "It's a great way to have fun."

Veltidi said the show starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

According to Peggy Conway , executive director of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce, dancing is encouraged.

The chamber begins its third annual concert series with shows held on the last Thursday of the month for June, July and August.

This Thursday, Park Place in Bronxville will be closed beginning at 6:30 p.m. when the band, Gorilla Jamb takes over.

Bronxville resident Bill Maze said that he and his buddies, who make up Gorilla Jamb, have been playing together since fifth grade. "That is 35 years plus," said Maze, lead guitarist.

The group plays classic rock with songs from The Allman Brothers, Santana and Led Zeppelin among others.

Conway said that the concert is free to all and concert goers are welcome to bring a picnic dinner or snacks.

But for those who don't feel like cooking, dinner can be purchased from event sponsor Gourmet2Go. "I plan on bringing corn on the cob, pork sliders, hamburger sliders and of course our famous triple chocolate brownies," said Chef Michael Chazen.

"We are expecting a full night of fun, food and dancing in the streets," Conway said.

Are you going to one of the concerts, let me know what you thought LSnedeker@mainstreetconnect.us

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