2015 Summer Concert Series Underway!
7th Show Added to Series!!Due to the incredible generosity of the audiences at the first 4 shows, funding for a 7th show has been realized. Kelly Swindall will be appearing as the headliner at the August 7th show. To learn more about Kelly Swindall, visit the event detail page.
FOUND AT CONCERT:after 7/17 show, set of eye glasses with 1 lens popped out
after 7/24 show, a small girls bag with sunglasses inside.
Both items are in the Lost&Found box in the Rec Dept, lower floor at the Sparta Library.
UNICO 50/50 RAFFLE 8/7 Kelley Swindall show!! (50/50 had to be rescheduled from 7/31)
Kelley Swindall 8/7 show
Kelley Swindall was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she grew up listening to the music of Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, and David Allen Coe on the way to church every Sunday morning, because that's what her daddy listened to. The rest of the week she listened to the Atlanta oldies station, fox97, because that's what her ride listened to. When she was old enough to drive herself, she added Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Dylan, The Band, and Skynyrd to the mix.
Drawing from her southern background, her style is a unique blend of soulful dark & bluesy folk coupled with a witty, gritty, old school country sensibility, inspired by the outlaw tradition. Rooted in story songs and talking blues, her debut album "kelley swindall (pronounced ke le swin 'dl)" was released in July of 2014.
She splits her time between NYC and the road, where she performs regularly as both a solo artist and with The Kelley Swindall Band.
“Swindall is one of the most distinctive artists in Americana...she is Southern by birth and sings with a charming natural twang but also a persistent unease... she knows her blues on the guitar too. ”
“... an engaging performer with a knack for a catchy tune and a choice turn of phrase... Her songs have a southern warmth to them, whether bluesy or more country; she’s also a casually compelling singer who can let a phrase trail off mysteriously or add just the tinge of a smoky, bluesy rasp or wail..."
Funding for the Series is extremely tight. With the reduction in funding for the shows from our direct sources, sponsorship will determine the number of concerts. If you can, please consider becoming one of our highly valued sponsors. It will be a critical success factor. Thank you for your consideration.
A hi-re (@300dpi) poster of the 2015 Summer Concert Series schedule is now available.
Please note: Sparta Township ordinances prohibit both alcohol and dogs (even if on a leash) in Dykstra Park. Seating is on the lawn or your own lawn chairs.
Dinner and a Show
St. Moritz Grill & Bar is adding to the Concert fun by giving away a $50 gift certificate at each show. Come for the show, go home with a dinner at St. Moritz. For a donation to the SCAC you will receive a numbered ticket for a 'drawing' for the $50 gift certificate. Tickets are good for that night's drawing only.
Visit www.stmoritzgrillandbar.com to checkout their menu, events schedule, daily specials.
All shows will be at 7pm in Dykstra Park. If there is a significant threat of inclement weather, the show will be held indoors at the Mohawk Ave School Auditorium at 7pm. Please check the home page on the day of each show for updated information regarding postponement or relocation.
Schedule is subject to change
Garlic & Oil Grand Re-Opening to Benefit
Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee
Listening to live music every Friday night under a starry sky at Dykstra Park is one of the joys of summer living in Sparta. Yet that special community activity is being threatened by lack of funding. According to Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee Spokesperson Stew Liebman, the "free" Sparta Summer Concert Series actually costs close to $15,000.00 a season. "The cost of talent, the sound system, electricity, a Park and Recreations Department representative costs about $1,800.00 a show,", says Liebman. We normally put on eight concerts a season but last year we only were able to do seven because there was not enough money." Last year the town kicked in $6500.00 but to make up the shortfall, Leibman says the committee relies on donations and sponsorships from local businesses. That's where a gourmet food and gift store in Sparta called Garlic & Oil is stepping in.
Sparta resident and owner of Garlic & Oil, Kathryn Kaplan is a big fan of the concert series, making it a point to attend them weekly. "There is nothing better than having a picnic , relaxing with friends on a warm summer evening and listening to great, live music", declares Kaplan. "When I heard that the program was facing cuts I wanted to work with the committee to creatively come up with a way to raise money." To that end, Kaplan is tying the re-opening of her business Garlic & Oil (now located at 12 White Deer Plaza in Lake Mohawk) to raising funds for the Sparta Summer Concert Series. "On Saturday, May 2, there will be live music from 12:00 pm to 4:00 featuring local musicians, free food and if you make a donation of a dollar or more, you will receive a free gift from Garlic & Oil," states Kaplan. Members of the all-volunteer Sparta Cultural Affairs Committee will be out collecting the donations in and around White Deer Plaza as well as at Garlic & Oil. Other businesses in the area are joining the effort. Deborah Graybill, owner of Shelter Vintage located at 14 Winona Parkway is raffling off a gift basket valued at $100.00 with a donation to the cause. Open four years, Shelter Vintage specializes in home furnishings and personal accessories. Graybill, also a Sparta resident, is thrilled to play a part and hopes the other local businesses will join in. Says Graybill, "The concert series is such a great part of life in Sparta, as well as shopping and eating locally. This can only be great for everyone!" The rain date for the event is Sunday, May 3.