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On area stages, price right for the sounds of summer

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On area stages, price right for the sounds of summer

You could be enjoying bagpipes with the Scotia-Glenville Pipe band at Freedom Park in Scotia, or dan
On area stages, price right for the sounds of summer
Alexis Shields, 3, of Ohio, dances to the music of the New York Players in the first concert series installment at Collins Park in Scotia Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

You could be enjoying bagpipes with the Scotia-Glenville Pipe band at Freedom Park in Scotia, or dancing to Afro-fusion beats at Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park.

Classical music and bluegrass, Latin or country, local rock bands and international Celtic stars — it’s summer and the range of free outdoor concerts in the area is pretty astounding.

If you don’t mind a bit of driving, you could take in several free shows a week.

There are so many around, there’s not enough room here to name them all. So we’ll update this list every couple of weeks.

Here are some of the free shows coming up in the next two weeks. Bring a blanket or your lawn chair, pack a picnic and your dancing shoes.

Freedom Park, Scotia, right next-door to Jumpin’ Jack’s. All shows start at 7 and go on in rain, but not during “dangerous weather.” More info:

Tonight: The Legendary Characters (rock, R&B, rockabilly and swing)

Wednesday: Joey Pucci & the American Longboards (American rock from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s)

Thursday: The Scotia-Glenville Community Band (classical, jazz and pops)

Saturday, July 12: Rattail Jimmy (’80s rock cover band)

Sunday, July 13: The Zucchini Brothers (children’s music)

Tuesday Nights in the Park, Cook Park amphitheater, Colonie. Tuesdays at 6 p.m.

Tuesday: The Pipe Kings (rock from the ’60s-’80s).

July 15: The Swing Docs (swing, Latin and rock).

Music Haven, Schenectady’s Central Park at 7 p.m. Sundays. Rain site: Proctors.

July 13: Eileen Ivers (Celtic fiddle) with Annalivia (American string-band music).

Jazz on Jay, Jay Street Pedestrian Mall, Schenectady, Thursdays at noon.

June 12: The Alex Slomka Trio

June 19: A3

Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa, 6 p.m. on Thursdays.

Thursday: Skeeter Creek (country)

July 17: The Jump Daddies (swing)

UpBeat on the Roof, Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. on Fridays. Concerts on the roof; rain site, inside the museum.

Friday: Annie & the Hedonists (acoustic blues, jazz, swing and folk)

July 18: Hot Club of Saratoga (Gypsy jazz)

Shepard Park, Lake George, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Wednesday: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (modern bluegrass)

July 16: Eric Lindell (funk, blues and roots-rock)

Rockin’ On the River, Green Island Bridge parking lot, Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

Wednesday: Adrenalize (Def Leppard tribute) with Second Heat (metal)

July 16: HmfO (Hall & Oates tribute) with Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute)

Schaghticoke Summer Concerts, Schaghticoke Town Hall lawn, Melrose. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: After Midnight with Courtney Shayne (Patsy Cline tribute)

July 17: Dyer Switch (bluegrass)

Rotterdam Summer Concert Series, at Senior Citizen’s Center, 2639 Hamburg St. 7 p.m. every Monday, rain or shine.

Monday: The Spectrum Dance Orchestra

July 14: The Rotterdam Town Band

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