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Posted on: June 22, 2023

NRCA Announces Dates for Free Summer Sounds Concert Series

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Sunny days, shorts and flip flops – it’s starting to feel like summer, and with the warmer weather comes the return of the Summer Sounds Concert Series to New Rochelle. 

The beloved series of free concerts kicks off June 28th as the New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) presents its annual summer concert series at both the historic Hudson Park band shell and right downtown in the heart of the city at New Ro Parc (455 Main Street between North Avenue and LeCount Place). Both locations will feature great bands and food trucks.

The Summer Sounds Concert Series will begin its 16th season on June 28th with The Loyales, a band New York Magazine described as “like a living, breathing jukebox,” and finish on August 30th with FDR Drive playing R & B, disco and Motown hits; in between the series will feature an eclectic lineup of musicians performing everything from Top 40 favorites to mellow jazz,  Grateful Dead jams to classical opera, as well as Latin, Reggae, funk and soul. In all, music lovers will get to hear exciting live music at Hudson Park on 10 consecutive Wednesdays at 7:30 pm, plus 9 Friday evening concerts at 7:30 pm at New Ro Parc.

In addition, NRCA will present an evening of FREE Shakespeare at Hudson Park with the acclaimed Irvington Shakespeare Company’s production of “Pericles, Prince of Tyre” on Sunday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm.  For more information go to https://irvshakespeare.org/ 

As always there will be food trucks on site for all events offering meals and snacks for sale. In addition, the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse will once again offer free yoga in the park every Wednesday before the Hudson Park concerts. Instructor Angela Derecas Taylor will offer a free class suitable for people of all abilities from 6 to 6:45 pm. 

The Summer Sounds concert series is presented by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, in partnership with the New Rochelle Dept. of Parks and Recreation, and co-sponsored by Monarch Assisted Living, Montefiore New Rochelle, LMXD and Wilder Balter Partners,  RXR, Town House Restaurant, New Rochelle Parks Foundation, Francella Property and Westchester Pop Stars.

“Attendance at last summer’s concerts was off the charts,” says Theresa Kump Leghorn, President of NRCA, “and this year more than 164 bands applied for one of the 19 available slots, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring outstanding live music to Hudson Park as well as downtown New Rochelle.”

Vin Parise, Commissioner of New Rochelle’s Dept. of Parks & Recreation, says “The Summer Sounds Concert Series every summer at Hudson Park is one of the most highly attended public events on our calendar year after year.  We are thrilled to once again partner with NRCA for this annual tradition along our waterfront and the lineup of entertainment this summer is terrific.  We hope to see you on Wednesday nights at Hudson Park!”

For more information visit the NRCA website at www.newrochellearts.org. 

Hudson Park is located at 1 Hudson Park Road in New Rochelle; limited parking is available in the lot behind the stage (for handicapped access) as well as at the marina. Parking costs $5 per car, but there is no charge for those with a Park Passport, New Rochelle Parks & Recreation's photo identification card.  To obtain a Park Passport, photo identification is required, along with two permanent items that include name and address, i.e. driver’s license, vehicle registration, utility bill, tax statement, lease, or rent receipt. The cost is $40 per year for resident adults aged 16 to 61, or $50 for five years for resident seniors (ages 62 and up). Non-resident adults and seniors can purchase a Park Passport for $90.  

New Ro Parc is located at 455 Main Street between North Avenue and LeCount Place. Parking is available on the street and in the garage at New Roc City (at Residence Inn). Centrally located in downtown New Rochelle, NewRo Parc is a welcoming outdoor venue featuring community and cultural events, food trucks, live music, outdoor movies, yoga, and more. NewRo Parc is the result of a creative partnership between LMXD (the mixed-income development affiliate of L+M Development Partners) and Wilder Balter Partners, as well as culture and community consultants Amy Cole and Clayton Bushong. For more information about New Ro Parc go to www.newroparc.com. 

In case of inclement weather please telephone the Dept. of Parks and Recreation at 654-2087 or check the @NewRoParks social media platforms on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. 

The full Summer Sounds Concert Series schedule (all concerts are at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted) includes:

  • Wednesday, June 28th:  The Loyales (R & B, Top 40, Disco and Motown) at Hudson Park
    • Food trucks: Leila’s Crepe Truck, Leila’s Empanadas, Mikey Dubbs
  • Wednesday, July 5th: The Verdict (Reggae, Soca, Latin) at Hudson Park
    •  Food trucks: Pizza Vitale, The Wooden Spoon
  • Friday, July 7th : The Steele  (R & B, rock, pop) at NewRo Parc
    • Food trucks: TBA
  • Wednesday, July 12th :  The Artie Tobias Band (Roots Rock, Americana) at Hudson Park
    • Food trucks: Westchester Burger Co., XOLO
  • Friday, July 14th: Loungezotica  (Instrumental Surf, Lounge)
    • Food truck: TBA
  • Wednesday, July 19th:  Grateful BRO  (Grateful Dead, rock jams)
    • Food trucks: Poke Motion, Tecas Tacos, Mikey Dubbs
  • Friday, July 21st : Elusive Emu (Philosofolk)
    • Food truck: Wing Kings    
  • Sunday, July 23rd  at 6:30 pm: The Irvington Shakespeare Company presents Pericles, Prince of Tyre
  • Wednesday, July 26th: Grupo Arrebol  (Brazilian Forre)
    • Food trucks: Tecas Tacos. Mr. Softee
  • Friday, July 28th: Morrisania  (R&B, Soul, Funk)
    • Food truck: TBA
  • Wednesday, August 2nd: New Rochelle Opera (Opera, operetta, musical theater)
    • Food trucks: Graziella’s, Tecas Tacos
  • Friday, August 4th:  Matt Relevo (Pop, Rock)
    • Food truck: TBA
  • Wednesday, August 9th:  DeLonna Jones and Friends (Gospel) 
    • Food trucks: Westchester Burger Co., Wrapper’s Delight
  • Friday, August 11th : DREgottheBLUES (Hip Hop, Rap)
    • Food truck: TBA
  • Wednesday, August 16th: Hasta La Zeta (Colombian Folk)
    • Food truck: XOLO, The Wing King
  • Friday, August 18th:  Rachel’s Stern Band (Rock: Attitude with Gratitude)
    • Food trucks:  TBA
  •  Wednesday, August 23rd : What It Is (Funk, Soul, R & B, Jazz, Pop, Country)
    • Food trucks: Graziella’s, Walter’s Hot Dogs
  • Friday, August 25th:  Bates (Hard hitting Indie Rock)
    • Food truck: TBA
  • Wednesday, August 31st : FDR Drive  (Top 40, R & B, Disco, Motown, Pop)
    • Food trucks: The Wooden Spoon, Poke Motion

The New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts. For four decades NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art -- like the popular NRNY Murals downtown -- and created ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. The NRCA website www.newrochellearts.org  is the “go-to” place for information about the arts. NRCA’s programs are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government, the City of New Rochelle, and the support of community donations.


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