The Freedom Park Summer Concert Series will return Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m. with “American Idol” finalist and Capital Region native Madison VanDenburg performing live from the Freedom Park Quarantune Studio.
Concerts will stream online every Wednesday and Saturday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 26.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be able to stream our shows this season, and to start it off with Madison is a perfect way to start a great series” states Cathy Gatta, president of the Freedom Park Foundation.
“We didn’t want to let our fans down, and we know if there’s one thing people need right now, it’s music and fun. Freedom Park has always been the local soundtrack to summer, and we need to continue that tradition.”
With the help of Scotia-based videographer Harold Bryant, audio engineer James Peterson, and the Turf Tavern restaurant in Scotia, Freedom Park moved from Collins Park to a safe-studio space that meets re-opening guidelines outlined by state and local officials.
The safe studio provides the tools needed to stream the free summer concert series on Facebook Watch, YouTube, and FreedomParkScotia.com.
The Freedom Park Quarantune Concert Series will also broadcast on OSM Spectrum Channel 1302, Verizon FIOS Channel 37.
“Musicians, arts organizations, and performing venues have been hit hard by the pause,” said Foundation Vice President Justin Cook.
“We are thrilled to be able to keep music centerstage in the village at a time when the community needs it most. We hope that everyone will join in the fun from their living rooms and backyards.”
New to the Freedom Park Concert Series in 2020 are performances by VanDenburg, jazz/soul duo Carmen & Life’s Guilty Pleasures and original country-rock band Raquel & The Wildflowers.
“Several of our crowd favorites are returning this season as well,” said Gatta, who also handles bookings, “including The Screaming Orphans, The Audiostars, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, Get Up Jack, Skeeter Creek, Grand Central Station and SIRSY; plus many other great local acts.”
Local music store owner and musician Alan Payette & Friends will perform a tribute to the Class of 2020 on their originally scheduled graduation day, Saturday, June 27, along with surprise guests from Scotia-Glenville High School. The McKrells will make their Freedom Park homecoming on the Fourth of July.
In an attempt to try to offset some of the lost sponsorship funding, the Freedom Park Foundation will also be selling Limited Edition Quarantune Series t-shirts for $20 on their website.