LOUDONVILLE -- A tradition that was supposed to start last year in Loudonville's Central Park will now kick off June 3.
The bi-monthly Music in the Park Summer Series will sound off to the tune of classic rock hits performed by Tightrope at 7 p.m. on June 3.
The concert series is free, with sponsors from local businesses and organizations that have backed each event. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas.
Alcohol is not permitted in the park, but a food truck will be available on June 3. More are anticipated to participate as the series progresses into the summer.
Bands will perform on a stage set up in the park's northeast quad, said Matt Young, a village councilman. Young, who plays rock and roll from the 1940s, 50s and 60s, will also perform on July 15.
Young, elected to council in 2019, said he worked to organize the concert series after a yearlong delay following restrictions from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the Majestic Mohican Garden Club planned on launching the series in 2020.
"It has since gone defunct," Young said of the organization and its founders moved out of town. "So I went to council and I said, 'Hey, listen, they were going to do it, they can't now. So I want to get things started downtown again.'"
Young said he ran for village council on a platform to revitalize Loudonville's downtown area. The concert series, he said, aligns with those plans.
"We want to give stores a reason to stay open later, have a reason for locals to come down. I'm really happy with the way things are going," Young said.
Below is the series' full lineup: (each event runs from 7 to 9 p.m.)
• June 3: Tightrope (a variety of classic rock hits)
• June 17: Departure (Journey & classic rock)
• July 1: Steve Brown and Friends (jazz, RNR variety)
• July 15: Matt Young (rock and roll)
• Aug. 5: The Rib Ticklers (dixieland band)
• Aug. 19: David Berry Group (country)