Library Celebrates Summer With Music

The 15 String Band gave a great performance at last year’s Music in the Park.
The 15 String Band gave a great performance at last year’s Music in the Park.

Grab a blanket and some lawn chairs, Music in the Park is back again. On Wednesdays during the month of July join the Milford Public Library for live entertainment in the outdoor Richard M. Johnson Amphitheater, located on the banks of the Mispillion River.

In 2012, during the first evening of Music in the Park Kay Hudson, Director of the Milford Public Library, dedicated the Library Portico and Library Square Amphitheater, on behalf of the Milford Trustees and the City of Milford, to the now late Richard Johnson for his lifelong dedicated service to the Milford community and “his love and support to the betterment of Milford.”

Hudson is looking forward to the third year of Music in the Park as new artists and returning performers are lined up to rock downtown Milford. A favorite event for many Milford families, the concerts are free and the Friends of the Library will have a snack bar to include sodas, chips, hot dogs and ice cream. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for outdoor seating.

“We have the most beautiful setting on the Mispillion River,” commented Hudson. “Music In The Park is a way that the Milford library can reach out to the community and give back for all of the support they have given us. Once you come out and experience the exciting entertainment with the family you will want to come back.”

Music in the park will kick off a Forth of July celebration in Milford on Wednesday, July 2 as the U.S. Army Downrange band performs musical interpretations of tunes from the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, John Legend and other popular artists from the 80s, 90s and 2000’s. On July 9 the Milford Smooth Sound Dance Band , a group of 16 musicians who specialize in music of the Big Band era music, will perform favorites from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s plus many current pieces.

Local favorite Honey Voshell and the Honeycombs will perform on Wednesday, July 16, beginning at 7pm. During the “fabulous fifties” Honey “Vosh” Voshell toured with famous musicians including Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson. The band has been selected Delaware’s Favorite Local Band for the past several years.The following week on July 23, The Dystractions, an acoustic trio based in Sussex County, DE, will play upbeat, reggae-style rock and a variety of classic rock covers. During the last Wednesday in July, Apex Revolution, a talented bank featuring four local teenagers, will play new popular country and classic 80’s rock.

“Music in the Park is a pleasant and relaxing way to spend an evening,” commented Hudson. “Good music, family atmosphere, scenic view of the Riverwalk while enjoying diverse music experiences every Wednesday in July.”