The 2014 Freedom Park concert schedule, with concert date, scheduled performer, type of music and sponsor. Shows start at 7 p.m.:
18: New York Players, pop/rock/Motown, 1st National Bank of Scotia
21: Gordon Street, pop/rock, Scotia Cinema
22: Music Company Orchestra, classical, Civale Chiropractic
25: Screaming Orphans, pop/Celtic rock, Frank & Sons Body Works
27: Up All Night, modern/classic rock, Buhrmaster Energy Group
27: Fireworks at dusk
29: The Spurs USA, traditional country, Glenville Veterinary Clinic
2: Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, pipe/drum, village of Scotia
6: The Legendary Characters, 50s/60s, Scotia Diner
9: Joey Pucci & the American Longboards, surfer/70s, Focus on Glenville
10: Scotia-Glenville Community Band, 1st National Bank of Scotia
12: Rattail Jimmy with Alan Payette, classic rock, Payette’s Music Traders
13: The Zucchini Brothers, children’s music, Key Bank
16: The Audiostars, party rock, Gabriel’s Supermarket
19: Big Sky Country, modern country, Trustco Bank
20: Annie & the Hedonists, blues/folk/vintage jazz, Stewart’s Shops
23: Joey Thomas, big band, GoToScotia.com
26: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, Latin, Charlie Palmer/Glenville Rotary
27: The Puppet People, children’s, Price Chopper
30: The Refrigerators, party rock, Marshall & Sterling Insurance
31: Scotia-Glenville Community Band, 1st National Bank of Scotia
2: The Lustre Kings, rockabilly, town of Glenville
3: The Route Fifty 5, brass quintet, Goldstock’s Sporting Goods
6: Hair of the Dog, Celtic folk/rock, Jumpin’ Jack’s
9: Chelsea Cavanaugh, country, Toombs Law
10: The Wister Quartet, classical, Jumpin’ Jack’s
13: Grand Central Station, party rock, River Stone Manor
16: Betsy and the ByeGons, ’60s music, Bellamy Construction
17: Brian Patneaude Quartet, jazz, Buhrmaster Farms
20: Skeeter Creek, country, Turf Tavern
23: The All Paul Show, Paul McCartney tribute, Village Paint & Decorating
24: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, modern dance, Rowledge Insurance Agency
27: Wild Adriatic, rock/soul, Glen Sanders Mansion
Freedom Park in Scotia will once again be hosting an assortment of outdoor summer concerts with musical groups ranging from jazz to country to classical, all free to the public.
The park was officially opened Thursday, as Scotia Mayor Kris Kastberg on the main stage declared: “The opening of Freedom Park signifies the official beginning of summer in Scotia. We’re very excited to see what this summer brings.”
The concert schedule kicks off Wednesday, June 18, and will include entertainment every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday through Aug. 27. Among the performers will be country musician Chelsea Cavanaugh, a high school senior from Latham who will be attending Berklee College of Music in Boston this fall. She and her Chelsea Cavanaugh Band will play Saturday, Aug. 9.
“I’m really excited,” she said. “It’s a really great opportunity to be able to play here.”
Since opening in 1976, Freedom Park has been a summer staple for the community. In 1978, the Freedom Park Board took initiative to offer free concerts from local talent by starting the Freedom Park Foundation, and the event has continued to grow ever since.
This year, the park saw an increase in support from the community, including a doubling of funds from the Glenville Town Board. Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle said: “We’re really proud of what Freedom Park does. It’s a cultural gem that the town is proud of. Our support doubled this year because the park is that important to our community.”
The Glenville Town Board is just one among many sponsors that Freedom Park Board President Nell Burrows has worked to gain the support of. Among the others are Mohawk Honda and radio station B95.5. Representatives from both organizations said they were thrilled to sponsor a program that gives so much back to the community. Mark Lansing, owner of Jumpin’ Jacks restaurant, also helped to support the program by presenting the Freedom Park Foundation with a check.
“The summer after Freedom Park officially opened, we realized that we had this great space, so we started the Freedom Park Foundation to raise money,” said Burrows, who has worked this year raising the $45,000 it takes to put on the summer concert series.
Burrows explained that the budget for the Freedom Park concert started out at just $3,200 for eight shows but has grown over the years to its current $45,000 for more than 30 shows. While the stage initially brought in only 3,000 people over the course of an entire summer, Burrows says that she expects to see almost 50,000 concertgoers in 2014.
Kastberg also noted the wide range of events that the area has to offer this summer on top of the free concerts at Freedom Park.
“For the first time, we’re also hosting a carnival this week at Collins Park,” he said, “and we just built a new pavilion for families to come spend time and picnic. We have public docking on the river if people want to stay the night. We had some volunteers work to spruce the place up, so I hope that families will come and enjoy themselves here at Freedom Park this summer.”
Parking will be located just a short walk away from Freedom Park off Beach Road, at the Beukendaal Temple on Schonowee Avenue, and at the First Reformed Church on Route 50. Those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on in at the outdoor amphitheater, and also to enjoy the dance floor just below the stage.