by Terry Rogers
The popular Music in the Park program will return this summer, sponsored by the Milford Library. Over the past few summers, the concerts in downtown Milford have been well-received by residents and visitors.
“All concerts begin at 7 PM each night at the Library Amphitheater,” Carolyn Tabor of the Milford Library said. “We will have a food truck and the Santa House is nearby with King’s Ice Cream. The event draws approximately 400 people from the community at each concert. The event is held rain or shine and anyone who wants to enjoy the concert should bring chairs or blankets.”
The first concert will be held on June 26 with Glass Onion with Dale Teat, Chris Gray, Tim Cleary and Charles Joiner. The band formed in 2000 and performs covers of rock and roll plus R&B dance music. Their music ranges in years from 1950 to 2018 and includes Jerry Lee Lewis, The Temptations, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bruno Mars, keeping audiences on their feet and singing along to popular tunes.
On July 3, the Milford Community Band will be performing patriotic music in celebration of Independence Day. On July 10, Cocktails @ 3 will perform pop, classic, country and island music favorites. The band is made up of Mike Warren, John Warren and Rick Cyrus who have been long-time musicians with bands in the area. Mike Warren and Rick Cyrus played with Skinny Leg Pete while John Warren, Mike’s cousin, is a native songwriter and plays with the Bo Dickerson Band. Cocktails @ 3 can be called an interactive experience as they often bring the audience up on stage to play tambourine, drums or sing along.
Based in Salisbury, Maryland, Riptide will take the amphitheater stage on July 17, playing high-energy classic rock. The group consists of five musicians all from the Eastern Shore. The audience can sing and dance to covers of songs by Journey, Toby Keith, Darius Rucker, ZZ Top, Van Morrison, The Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel and more. The band plays a little soul, a little country and is a lot of fun.
Neil Diamond fans will want to be in downtown Milford on July 24 for Simply Diamond. Paul Shaffer, the bandleader from “Late Night with David Letterman” once said he was amazed at how much Brian La Blanc sounded like Diamond and suggested that he start a tribute band. La Blanc took the suggestion to heart and Simply Diamond was born. Critics have said the band is the one of the most authentic Neil Diamond tribute bands around as the band focuses on the complexities of Diamond’s music.
Reunion will finish out the month on July 31, created with members from many rock and roll bands that have been popular in the area over the years. The eight-piece ensemble plays music of the 60s and 70s. In 2007, the Dover All Stars Reunion Concerts created the group “The DRAW,” which performed from 2008 until 2011. Soon after The DRAW disbanded, Reunion was created, playing similar music along with new material that reflects the many talents of the members.
For more information about the Concert in the Park program, contact the Milford Public Library at 302-422-8996.