Ballard Park has announced a free concert series this July featuring Folsom, the Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra, the Toe Jam Puppet Band and The Ravers.
The series opens on Wednesday, July 12th with a free concert by Folsom from 7 to 8:30 pm in the quarry meadow. Folsom is an Aquidneck Island-based Johnny Cash tribute band featuring Nick Krol on lead guitar, Robb Molleur on drums, Jason Conant on bass guitar and Luis Mateos II on vocals and rhythm guitar. Their up temp songs and contagious enthusiasm are sure to get people up and dancing.
The Larry Brown Swinglane Orchestra returns for its second performance at Ballard Park on Wednesday, July 19th. The popular seventeen piece Swinglane Orchestra is a group of professional musicians who play jazz, swing and big band music that is wonderful to dance to and easy on the ears under the direction of band leader Don Chilton.
The series features a double header on Wednesday, July 26th with a 10 am concert by the Toe Jam Puppet Band and The Ravers taking the stage from 7 to 8:30 pm. Celebrating their eleventh appearance at Ballard Park, the Toe Jam Puppet Band encourages kids and parents to sing and dance along with the band as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, shadow puppetry and storytelling.
The Ravers have been rocking twenty-nine years and are making their first appearance at Ballard Park. The family-friendly reggae show from 7 to 8:30 pm features singer Carey Bowman, Adam Aleicho on guitar, Ray Gennari on bass, Doug Ernest on drums, Mike Dansereau on keys, Dan Moretti on saxophone and Doug Woolverton on trumpet.
All concerts will be held in Ballard Park’s quarry meadow. Enter at 21 Hazard Road. Seating for all concerts is on the grass so event goers are advised to bring a blanket or lawn chair on which to sit. There is rugged terrain so sturdy shoes are also recommend. Picnic dinners are welcome and event goers are advised to follow a ‘pack it in, pack it out’ policy. Parking is available on Hazard Road. Allow fifteen minutes to park and make your way into the quarry meadow.