CLARKS SUMMIT — This week’s performers for the Third Annual Lakeside Wednesday Concert Series at Hillside Park are Clarks Summit duo Skip Monday and classic baby boomer rock ‘n roll group The Luongo Brothers Band.
Scheduled for 6 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, July 1, the free concert is second in this year’s series, following last week’s performances by Music For Models and Paul LaQuintano.
Skip Monday is comprised of award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist Kaylin Karr and percussionist Nathan Montella.
Montella is a Waverly resident who was raised in the Newton and Ransom townships area. Skip Monday’s electrifying beats can be credited to his endless passion for punk and hard rock. Although he is especially fond of these genres, he has experience playing many types of music. Karr’s lyrics give him the inspiration for his current indie pop style.
Montella has been drumming most of life and opened for The Accelerators, U.S Chaos, D.R.I., The Pork Dukes and The Misfits.
Karr was raised in Alaska and, prior to residing in NEPA, lived in Tennessee for a short period of time. At the age of 16, she started her own band that played weekly gigs. She also worked as a solo artist and released a country pop album titled, “Shined for You” in early 2014.
Skip Monday’s songs are a mix of many beloved genres, making the band appealing to a wide range of audiences. Their EP, titled, “Wildfire,” can be streamed on the band’s website, skipmondaymusic.com.
The Luongo Brothers Band consists of Pat Luongo, Nick Luongo, Alan Shields and Rich Marmo.
Nick and Pat Luongo, founding members of another area band, The Poets, formed the group in November 2013, along with fellow Poets’ member, Shields. Marmo, a long-time musician who played with bands such as Magic, Them Again and Take 5, was recruited to drum for the group. While the Luongos and Shields continue to play with The Poets, they enjoy playing at some of the smaller venues on those nights when The Poets are not booked.
Since their start almost two years ago, they played at several clubs and private events and continue to build a large following.
Nick and Pat Luongo have played professionally since they were 14 and 10 years old, respectively. Along with Shields and Marmo, they play classic/baby boomer rock and roll — everything from The Beatles and Credence Clearwater Revival to the Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top and Bruce Springsteen.
The Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB) event will be held rain or shine.
The Overlook Estate Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of the natural world, is the ivory sponsor for the series and several other area entities are sponsoring the individual concerts. This week’s event is co-sponsored by Abington Area Girls Softball League, Abington Youth Soccer League and Abington Junior Comets. Last week’s concert was sponsored by People’s Security Bank.
Food is offered for sale during the concert series by local civic groups the Abington Lions Club and the Waverly Masons. Parking is limited and the AAJRB encourages concert-goers to consider parking in the upper lots and taking advantage of the walking trails leading down to the pavilion. A limited number of chairs are available and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets.
Admission to all concerts in the series is free, but donations are accepted to help cover costs and continue the series in future years. Each week there will also be a collection of non-perishable food items for the Dalton Food Pantry.
Dancing is encouraged and attendees may also check out Hillside park’s other features, including an artificial turf field, a playground, handicapped accessible docks and lake fishing, nature trails, boardwalk path, playing fields, community garden and dog park. Canoeing is available at Lake Eston Wilson starting at 5:30 p.m. each night of the series, weather permitting. Children under 18 must have an adult 18 or older accompanying them in a canoe.