Aurora – The City of Aurora Parks and Recreation Department has teamed up with local businesses to provide a free concert every other Wednesday this summer. From 7-9 p.m., family-oriented music will be played by live bands out of the Breezy Point Park gazebo, with plenty of free parking located in the shopping center parking lot off of W. Garfield Road.
Local band, Accent Live, entertained well over a hundred residents with dance tunes from the ’70’s as audience members of all ages danced or tapped their toes to the beats on Wednesday, July 25th. Local children ran and danced about the park as adults sat on blankets and fold-out chairs. In addition to the groovin’ tunes, members of the concert sponsor, the Campus of Anna Maria of Aurora, served attendees free nachos with all the trimings. Among the staff keeping busy filling happy residents orders for the free snack was the Campus of Anna Maria of Aurora’s Director of Marketing, Diane Barben. This is the second concert they have sponsored this year. According to Barben, “The Campus of Anna Maria of Aurora has been in Aurora for over 50 years and we are really community-minded. We feel this is a nice way to give back to the community.”
Parks and Recreation administrative assistant Madeleine Marazzi, who was coordinating the event while the special events coordinator, Colleen Martin, was out of town, said they typically see about 200 people at these concerts. “We have many bands who apply,” Marazzi explained, so to select the bands for the season, “each February we [the Parks and Recreation Department] hold a listening party.” At this party, they listen to the demo tapes of each band that applied for consideration and then make their decision.
On August 8th, Arrival, a Journey tribute band, will be performing, courtesy of sponsor Doogan’s of Aurora. Concerts continue rain or shine, with the show moving indoors to Doogan’s of Aurora in the event of bad weather. Up-to-date information can be obtained at the Parks and Recreation hotline: 330-655-6410.