2016 Summer Concert Series In Firefighters’ Park

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ConcertsIEnjoy music under the stars in Jonathan L. Ielpi Firefighters’ Park (Jon’s Park) on Grace Avenue on Tuesday nights throughout July and August starting at 8 p.m. The Village of Great Neck Plaza in cooperation with the Great Neck Park District and the Great Neck Social Center will present entertainers performing a cross section of musical genres.

ConcertsH ScheduleThis week, the British are coming to Great Neck Plaza as Liverpool Shuffle performs on July 26.

Taking on the personas of John, Paul, George and Ringo, Liverpool Shuffle provides an exciting and authentic re-creation of a live Beatles show, with an emphasis on faithfully performing the songs as the group did more than four decades ago. Originally formed in 2003, the band brings together veterans of the New York music scene who have a collective 150 years of experience between them.

Liverpool Shuffle will perform The Beatles music this Tuesday.
Liverpool Shuffle will perform The Beatles music this Tuesday.

“Whether you are young or old, the music of the Beatles resonates with those listening to their tracks, even influencing the music of today’s artists,” said Mayor Jean Celender. “This Tuesday, Liverpool Shuffle will help us relive that special decade that the Beatles transformed music, playing the hits that made the foursome one of music’s most storied acts.”

From right: Metropolitan Commercial Bank Vice President and Relationship Manager Ralph Ventura addressed the crowd with Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and Trustee Gerald Schneiderman at a recent concert sponsored by the bank.
From right: Metropolitan Commercial Bank Vice President and Relationship Manager Ralph Ventura addressed the crowd with Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and Trustee Gerald Schneiderman at a recent concert sponsored by the bank.

Bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the evening relaxing at Fire-fighters’ Park, which is conveniently located a few blocks from the Great Neck Long Island Rail Road station, just off the plaza’s shopping district. Jon’s Park has restrooms, picnic areas, a children’s playground, an enclosed area for small children, an aqua park and a gazebo, which doubles as the stage.

From left: Mayor Jean Celender, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Trustee Gerald Schneiderman attended the July 5 Nina Et Cetera concert, which was sponsored by Schimel.
From left: Mayor Jean Celender, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and Trustee Gerald Schneiderman attended the July 5 Nina Et Cetera concert, which was sponsored by Schimel.

The village is grateful to the sponsors of this year’s concert series, including Emanuel Entertainment Services/David Emanuel, Mindy Greenberg Realtor, Metropolitan Commercial Bank, Astoria Bank, Daruma of Tokyo, Passes Dental Care, Richland Management, The Andrew Hotel, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Great Neck Diner, Inn at Great Neck, Mumbai Grill Inc., Nemat Development Group, North Shore Farms, Aura Salon & Style Lounge, Ayhan’s Shish Kebab, Best Bagel/Bagel Hut, Flowering Lotus, Little Neck Car Wash, Radson Development, Ronald Fatoullah & Associates and TD Bank.

The regionally acclaimed Motown band Sugar and Spice performed at the June 28 concert.
The regionally acclaimed Motown band Sugar and Spice performed at the June 28 concert.

“We are thrilled to be able to support the Summer Concert Series, which has been a summer tradition in Great Neck Plaza for over 20 years,” said Laura Capra, senior vice president and head of Retail Banking of Metropolitan Commercial Bank.

Catch these musical groups on the following summer evenings:

July 26: Liverpool Shuffle, “British Invasion”

Aug. 2: Mambo Loco, “Summer’s Sizzling Salsa Beat”

At last summer’s concert, Nikki Blonsky (left), who starred as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray, performed with her mentor, Great Neck South High School’s Choral Director Dr. Pamela Levy, who will be presenting Opera Under the Stars on Aug. 9.
At last summer’s concert, Nikki Blonsky (left), who starred as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray, performed with her mentor, Great Neck South High School’s Choral Director Dr. Pamela Levy, who will be presenting Opera Under the Stars on Aug. 9.

Aug. 9: Dr. Pamela Levy, “Opera Under the Stars”

Aug. 16: Ricky Pen, “Mediterranean Summer Night”

Aug. 23: Wayne Holmes, “The Genius of Ray Charles”

Aug. 30: The McLean Avenue Band, “Ireland in the Park”

The McLean Avenue Band will bring a bit of Ireland to the park on Aug. 30.
The McLean Avenue Band will bring a bit of Ireland to the park on Aug. 30.

In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held at the Great Neck Social Center at 80 Grace Ave. Call Village Hall at 516-482-4500 or visit www.greatneckplaza.net to confirm the concert location.

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