Senator John Blake and Lightweight to share the stage for Aug. 17 Lakeside Wednesday Concert at Hillside Park


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Lightweight, featuring, from left, Joe O’Malley, bass and vocals; Katie Blake, vocals and keyboard; Matt Rinkunas, guitar and vocals and John Gallas, drums and vocals, will perform, along with Senator John Blake, from 6 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Hillside Park.


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State Sen. John Blake performs during a previous year’s concert series at Hillside Park.


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Concert schedule

All shows are held from 6 p.m. to dusk, rain or shine, at the pavilion at Hillside Park on Winola Road, South Abington Township. Canoeing and food is available. Admission is free and canned good donations will be collected for the Dalton Food Pantry.

Aug. 10: Brass and Ivory Orchestra with Chris DiMattio

Aug. 17: Senator John Blake and Lightweight

Aug. 24: Rogue Chimp

Aug. 31: Sassafrass

SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The 2016 Lakeside Wednesday Concerts series will continue from 6 p.m. to dusk Aug. 17 under the pavilion at Hillside Park with the contemporary music of area band Lightweight, along with a performance by lead vocalist Katie Blake’s father, state Sen. John Blake.

Presented by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board (AAJRB), admission to all concerts in the series is free, thanks to volunteer management and sponsorship from local media organizations and businesses. A variety of genres is scheduled for the 11-week family-friendly series unfolding throughout the summer – from indie to jazz and classics through the decades.

The series opened on June 22 with The Exact Change band, followed by the Luongo Brothers band on June 29, the Coal Town Rounders on July 6, the Doug Smith Band on July 13, the Village Idiots on July 20, the Von Storch Quintet featuring Bill Carter on July 27 and Music For Models on Aug. 3. Up next is the Brass and Ivory Orchestra with Chris DiMattio at 6 p.m. Aug. 10.

Lightweight consists of Joe O’Malley, bass and vocals; Katie Blake, vocals and keyboard; Matt Rinkunas, guitar and vocals and John Gallas, drums and vocals. Each member has an extensive musical background that creates Light Weight’s solid sound and chemistry. The group appeals to every generation’s musical taste, while making each recognizable song their own. Excited and determined to make a big impact, Light Weight aims for a professional presentation while simultaneously enjoying a couple of beers with friends.

Hillside Park, located on State Route 307 (Winola Road), adjacent to both Clarks Summit State Hospital and the Abington Senior Center, is handicapped-welcoming. Concert-goers should bring a picnic blanket or chair and are invited to stop by early to explore the walking trails and other park amenities. Attendees can bring a canned good donation for the Dalton Food Pantry and enjoy canoeing on the lake.

Although tailgating and picnicking is welcome, food will also be available for purchase from concert vendors.

For more information, follow Hillside Park on Facebook or visit hillsidepark.net.

Lightweight, featuring, from left, Joe O’Malley, bass and vocals; Katie Blake, vocals and keyboard; Matt Rinkunas, guitar and vocals and John Gallas, drums and vocals, will perform, along with Senator John Blake, from 6 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Hillside Park.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Lightweight-1.jpgLightweight, featuring, from left, Joe O’Malley, bass and vocals; Katie Blake, vocals and keyboard; Matt Rinkunas, guitar and vocals and John Gallas, drums and vocals, will perform, along with Senator John Blake, from 6 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Hillside Park. Submitted photos

State Sen. John Blake performs during a previous year’s concert series at Hillside Park.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_ABJ-Lightweight-2.jpgState Sen. John Blake performs during a previous year’s concert series at Hillside Park. Submitted photos

For Abington Journal

Concert schedule

All shows are held from 6 p.m. to dusk, rain or shine, at the pavilion at Hillside Park on Winola Road, South Abington Township. Canoeing and food is available. Admission is free and canned good donations will be collected for the Dalton Food Pantry.

Aug. 10: Brass and Ivory Orchestra with Chris DiMattio

Aug. 17: Senator John Blake and Lightweight

Aug. 24: Rogue Chimp

Aug. 31: Sassafrass

Information provided by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board.

Information provided by the Abington Area Joint Recreation Board.

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