HUNTINGTON – The Huntington Summer Music Series kicks off this Thursday, July 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m. with a free concert by the Misty Blues Band of Williamstown in the Gazebo on the town common, 20 Russell Road in Huntington.
Lawn chairs are welcome, but no pets please, according to Vicki Mayhew of the Huntington Community Events Committee. The free concert will be moved inside Stanton Hall in case of rain.
“This year there will be no picnic or bake sales, but we anticipate them returning next year. Patrons are welcome to bring their own snacks or dinner to enjoy during the concert,” Mayhew said.
Misty Blues pays homage to the older blues made popular by the bold and brassy women of its time, while still paying respect to classic male artists of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. The band hasn’t completely abandoned their musical roots; they frequently perform classic rock and folk tunes infused with a healthy dose of the blues. Over the years, Misty Blues has produced five albums, Electric Juke Joint features classic blues renditions, Roadhouse Revival is a danceable twist on traditional gospel music, Between The Stacks their completely original album with Charles Neville on sax, With All Due Respect which pays homage to some of the earliest blues music ever written, and Dark & Saucy their latest original project which is a interplay of sassy musings with more introspective renderings.
The core members are Gina Coleman, Jason Webster, Bill Patriquin, Jeff Dudziak, Benny Kohn, Aaron Dean and Rob Tatten. The band has been fortunate enough to perform with some great musicians in the Berkshires and beyond including Charles Neville, of the legendary Neville Brothers, Matt Berger, and Dave Vittone.
On July 22, Rosie Porter & The Neon Moons will return to Huntington with classic country & Old-fashioned Honky-tonk.
Upcoming shows include Acoustic Thunder on July 29; Rock and Roll power trio Barons of Becket on August 5; S&M Acoustic on August 12, and singer/songwriter Jake Manzi on August 19.
All performances are sponsored by the Huntington Events Committee and the Huntington Cultural Council.