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2016-08-10 / Arts & Entertainment

Stamford Summer Concert Series

By Rosie Cunningham


The Spectacular Average Boys entertained a crowd of about 100 onlookers July 14 at Veteran’s Park in Stamford. 
photo by Rosie Cunningham The Spectacular Average Boys entertained a crowd of about 100 onlookers July 14 at Veteran’s Park in Stamford. photo by Rosie Cunningham STAMFORD – Music was featured in Stamford last month and the community has more coming, courtesy of the Roxbury Arts Group (RAG), who organized a concert series for the summer.

The “Spectacular Average Boys,” of Oneonta, entertained a crowd with a free concert July 14 at Veteran’s Park on Railroad Avenue in the village. An estimated 100 onlookers swayed to the folkrock sound. Band members Ned Brower, Joel Shue, Justin Ploutz and Joe Pfeiffer entertained from 7 to 9 p.m.

Next up is “Ratboy Jr.,” a rocking duo for the whole family. The performance was a request from community members who wanted a kidcentric event. “Ratboy Jr.” is high-energy and appeals to kids and parents alike and will be performing Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m.

The series will end with “David Kraai and the Saddle Tramps” on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Kraai will perform with a sound of country, folk and rock music, influenced by the music of “Gram Parsons,” “Neil Young,” “Bob Dylan” and “The Band.”

“We are creating opportunities for arts engagement and a shared experiences for community members,” said Jenny Rosenzweig, director of RAG. “There is an incredible amount of thought that goes into band selection.”

The director said she is looking forward to bringing more music and arts to the area in the future and emphasized, this is one of the many events she has on the roster.

“It is our hope that by offering free arts events, economic benefits will spill over into the community. People may go for dinner before or after the event, or buy ingredients for their own picnic dinner at the local market,” she said. “We are looking forward to having more opportunities such as this. At the Roxbury Arts Group, we truly embrace the power of the arts. In the future, we would love to expand our own programs in Stamford, which include classes, camps, concerts, theater, dance, and a monthly series of Writers’ Evenings. We would also like to see other arts opportunities emerge from the efforts of community members and organizations.”

According to Rosenzweig, she is looking forward to the Aug. 14 concert and said she expects even more community members will turn out to enjoy the day.

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