And the band plays on --almost every night of the week.
If you like your music outdoors -- from rock, pop and country to gospel, jazz and classical -- then pack a picnic, grab a blanket or folding chair and head for one of the many' al frescoconcerts offered this summer in Baltimore and surrounding counties.
The concert sites are just as diverse as the sounds of music. Your choices range from Baltimore's waterfront, with the city skyline as backdrop to topiary gardens and parks where majestic trees provide shade from the hot summer sun.
Many concerts are organized by community volunteers, such as the members of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. who are sponsoring their 20th season of music-this year at Linthicum Park. And in Bel Air, Bill Humbert put together the 33rd season of outdoor concerts at a town bandshell named in his honor-- the William A. Humbert Amphitheater. Others, such as the Pier Six Pavilion and Merriweather Post Pavilion, are managed by professional companies that bring chart-topping artists to their venues.
No matter what your taste in music, there are plenty of opportunities in the area to hear entertaining sounds.
Read on for a sampling of concerts offered this summer. Most are free; tickets prices are given where applicable. Schedules are subject to change.
Aberdeen Festival Park "Summer Concert Series." 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Howard Street. Aberdeen. In case of rain. concerts at Aberdeen High School. Free. Call 410-939-6767
June 27: Bel Air Community Band.
July 11: Harford County Choral Society.
July 18: Sounding Brass.
July 25: Bay County Gentlemen, barbershop chorus.
Aug. 1: Chuck Baker Orchestra. big band.
Aug 8: Upper Chesapeake Community Band
Aug. 15: 389th U.S. Army Band.
The Avenue at White Marsh. "Summer Concert Series." Fridays and Saturdays at the Main Plaza. Free. Call 410-931-0411.
June 30: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Niki Lee. pop and rock.
July 8: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. Part Harmony, a cappella.
July 14: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. High Tide Steel Band.
July 22: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. The Geckos, Caribbean rock.
July 28: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. The Craw-Daddies, Cajun
Aug. 5: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Niki Lee.
Aug. 12: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. High Tide Steel Band.
Baker Park. "Summer Concert Series." 7 p.m. Sundays, 4 W. Seventh St., Frederick. Free. Bring canned food items to benefit the Frederick County Food Bank. Call 301-694-2489.
June 25: Bernard Winsemius, carillon concert.
July 2: Scott Ambush and Friends, jazz
July 9: Gumbo Junkyard, zydeco.
July 16: Pinfold. progressive rock.
July 23: Keith Urban, country.
July 30: Tierney Allen, country.
Aug. 6: David Bach, new age.
Aug. 13: The Ray Birely Orchestra, big-band swing
Aug. 20: Deanna Bogart. boogie woogie.
Aug. 27: Roger "Hurricane" Wilson, blues guitar.
Baltimore Outdoor Summer Band Concert Series. Free. Call 410-396-7076.
Municipal Concert Band.
Concerts are 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., except July 5, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. June 29: Herring Run Park, Belair Road and Chesterfield Avenue.
June 30: Patterson Park at Pulaski Monument, Eastern and Linwood avenues.
July 3: Burdick Park, Glenmore Avenue and Walther Boulevard.
July 4: Good Samaritan Hospital grounds, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
July 5: DePaul House grounds, 3300 Benson Ave.
July 6: Canton Waterfront Park, Boston Street and Ellwood Avenue.
July 7: Cathedral of Mary Our Queen grounds, 5300 N. Charles St.
July 10: Northwestern High Schooi grounds. 6900 Park Heights Ave.
July 11: Bethlehem Lutheran Church grounds, 4615 Hamilton Ave.
July 12: Fitzgerald Park, Wilson Street, Bolton Hill.
July 13: Federal Hill Park, Battery and Warren avenues.
July 14: St. Mattahew'S Church grounds, Norman and Mayfield avenues.
Baltimore's Big Band
July 9: 7 P.m-9 p.m. Wyman Park, Tudor Arms Avenue and 37th Street.
July 14: 8 P.m.- 10 p.m. Cherry Hill Community Festival, Reedbird Park, Potee Street and Reedbird Avenue.
July 16: 6 p.m - 8 p.m. Coldsprihg Community. Tamarind Road and Clove Terrace.
July 17: 7 P.m.- 9 p.m. Gwynns Falls Park. Hilton Parkway and 340 block of W. North Ave.
July 18: 7 P.m.- 9 p.m. Ashburton Community, 3935 Hilton Road.
July 19: 8 P.m.- 10 p.m. Latrobe park, Locust Point Recreation Center, 1627 E. Fort Ave.
July 20: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road.
July 21: 7 P.m. - 9 p.m. Gwynns Falls and Leakin Park Communities, 4200 Seminole Ave.
July 23: 8 P.m. St. Benedict's Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave.
July 24: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Road.
July 25: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m Northside Baptist Church grounds. 1100 E. Northern Parkway
Baltimore Museum of Art. "Summer Jazz Series." 7 p.m. Saturdays in the Sculpture Garden. 10 Art Museum Drive. $10 - $12, Call-410-396-6001.
June 24. Vinoera Herring. saxophone.
July 8: Vocalist Jeffery Smith and saxophonist Talib Kibwe.
July 29: The Charles Fambrough Quintet.
Aug. 12: The Hardway Connection.