Downtown Music Series Drives Crowds

The popular Music in the Park program has returned this summer at the Milford Public Library. Over the past few summers, the concerts in downtown Milford have been well received by residents and visitors. During the first night of this year’s series over 300 people attended.

“Music in the Park is very special to me,” said Milford Library Directoe Kay Hudson. “Seeing people coming into the park with their chairs in anticipation of the concert; watching everyone enjoying the music, the park, and the complete atmosphere of downtown Milford, which has such meaning to me from growing up in Milford and coming downtown as a child.”

All concerts begin at 7 PM each night at the Library Amphitheater, set on the Milford Riverwalk in Downtown Milford. There are various local food trucks and the nearby Santa House serves King’s Ice Cream. The events are held rain or shine and anyone who wants to enjoy the concert are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

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.

“My hope is that as people, families leave the venue they take home what a special place the Milford Public Library is and being a part of wonderful town,” said Hudson. “I have always loved the downtown, such wonderful memories for me, I feel like this is a way I can give back to families and citizens what an amazing town we have. Doing Music in the Park is a small way to thank everyone.”

For more information about the Concert in the Park program, families should contact the Milford Public Library at 302-422-8996.

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