DARIEN, Conn. -- For each of the last six summers, Darien residents have been treated to free concerts in Grove Street Plaza every Friday night. And this year’s series is promising to be bigger and better than ever.
The Darien Summer Nights Concert Series was launched by Darien residents David Genovese and Penny Glassmeyer. During the winter of 2008-09, the two said they decided it was time to do something positive for residents who would be staying around town because of the economic climate and to encourage them to support Darien’s merchants.
The first night of this year's series will be June 5. A number of new bands have been added to the series, which will continue through Sept. 18. All shows are free and are from 6 to 9 p.m.
“Penny and I are grateful for the broad support we have received over the last number of years in our efforts to work with the Planning & Zoning Commission and the various town boards and volunteer organizations in improving the downtown, and we wanted to find a way to say thank you," Genovese said.
"We also wanted to remind residents of the importance of supporting our local merchants. ... If you have a choice, dine or shop locally because by doing so you are helping create a more vibrant downtown for Darien, and you enable all of us to give back in this way.”
Musicians performing during the series include P.J. Pacifico, aMonGus, The Kind Buds, Harry Bergen & Twisted Resistor, Gunsmoke, Mars Project, Leslie Costa & the Usual Suspects, Lions on the Moon, Cinnamon Girl, Chasing Day, Adam Ezra Group, The Criscuolo Purrone Experience, DiMennaMania, Spadtastics and Doug Allen.
There also will be three new bands performing in the Darien Summer Nights series.
On June 12, aMonGus, a local jazz band that have played together for two years and who frequently perform at Fat Cat Pie Company, will take the stage.
Lions on the Moon will debut July 31. They recently performed their original blend of rock, pop and funk at BB King’s and the Capital Theater.
On August 28, The Criscuolo Purrone Experience will perform their post-modern jazz.
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