Free entertainment? A sunset view overlooking a sparkling Adirondack lake? It sounds like heaven on earth, and it's happening in Tupper Lake Municipal Park this summer. This year, the park's pavilion will play host to the brand new Summer Sunset Series -- free weekly performances that'll happen every Friday at 7 p.m. through August 31. The series officially starts on July 6, but the first performance will be on July 3 for Tupper Celebrates the Fourth.
There's a wide range of entertainment scheduled for the Sunset Series, including a puppet show, Shakespearean theater, and a host of bands ranging in style from down-home folk to energetic funk. The majority of the performances have a Tupper Lake connection, with most of the bands boasting at least one Tupper Laker in their ranks.
Next summer, the series will move to the bandshell, which is currently under construction in a different section of Municipal Park. Get primed for this summer by checking out the schedule below, then pull together a picnic dinner and join us for this exciting new series!
Summer Sunset Series schedule
Tuesday, July 3: Tupper Celebrates the Fourth
The first performance of the series! Check out local musicians Ben and Jay, then stick around for a program of patriotic music by High Peaks Opera and Tupper Lake High School musicians. The grand finale is, of course, an awe-inspiring fireworks display -- and you'll have the best seat in the house from the park.
Friday, July 6: Crackin' Foxy
Join Crackin' Foxy as they kick off the summer concert series in style. These Adirondack favorites will bring sensuous vocal harmonies and upbeat swing, jazz, and Hawaiian music from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Friday, July 13: Late Earth
Late Earth's Facebook page describes their music like this: "Late Earth is an alt-blues band from Syracuse, NY that sings songs about brain surgery, folk hero grandpas, uncertain doom and the sea. Spliced with punk, ska, and rap, Late Earth lives. If you love bad music, you're probably gunna hate us." Enough said.
Friday, July 20: The Guild of Thespian Puppets
The Guild of Thespian Puppets family is expansive and includes characters like Dante the Bear, Agatha the Muskrat, and Choopa the Chupacabra. We can't make any promises regarding who you'll get, but we can guarantee this kid-oriented, folk-tale-themed show will delight the young and old alike.
Friday, July 27: Shakespeare in the Parks
If you love Shakespearean theater, this is a no-brainer, but if you're not a fan that shouldn't stop you from experiencing the iconic poet's stories in a different way. This family friendly, abridged version will be about 50 minutes long, and it's great for all ages.
Friday, August 3: Spring Street Band
Led by lead singer Val Rogers, Spring Street Band combines rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and strong vocal harmonies to bring an eclectic catalog of covers to life. Sit back and enjoy hits from well-known artists like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Gabriel, Tom Petty, Yes, Allman Bros, Susan Tedeschi, 10,000 Maniacs, and Eric Clapton.
Friday, August 10: Jones Boys Band w/ Brock Gonyea
A collection of rock, country, and alternative covers with some originals thrown in for flavor. The Jones Boys Band will join forces with local singer and musician Brock Gonyea for an evening of foot stomping music.
Friday, August 17: Moment's Notice
Jazz in the park! This four-piece band features some of the region's most seasoned musicians playing jazz standards, Latin, blues, and rock interpretations, all behind the wonderful vocals of Sadie Spada.
Friday, August 24: Rustic Riders with Joe Dockery
There's nothing like enjoying a little Adirondack music in the Adirondacks. The Rustic Riders, with the help of Joe Dockery, will bring a heaping helping of folk, roots, and Adirondack music to the end of summer.
Friday, August 31: Crowfeather
If ever there was a grand finale for a local performance series, Crowfeather is it. This five-piece band is well-known for their energetic shows, which feature an eclectic batch of mostly-original music that's influenced by New Orleans jazz, funk, ska, disco, and punk. Tupper Lake vocalist Kelsey Amell belts it out over drums, trumpet, keys, guitar, and bass. Dance or sway to the beat, but don't stay seated for this one!