The 27th season of Dundalk’s Concerts in the Park kicks off Thursday, July 13, with a performance from No Drama, a classic rock cover band from Baltimore.

The series will bring a different band to Historic Dundalk every Thursday for the rest of the summer. The final event will be hosted on Aug.24.

These events are located in Heritage Park and are free for the public to attend. Shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will conclude later in the evening.

Food will be available for purchase at the concerts through Chick-fil-a and Kim’s Dessert Island.

Each show will host a 50/50 raffle, which will benefit a different community group each week.

“I’m talking with a few area community groups,” said Joe Buccheri of American Media Entertainment and coordinator for this year’s concert series. “There are a myriad of programs we can try to assist through Concerts in the Park.”

This is Buccheri’s first year coordinating this event; he takes over from longtime community activist Angel Ball.

Each show will begin with a performance of the National Anthem along with the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and a short prayer.

Thursday’s inaugural presentation of the National Anthem will be performed by Ariel Bumbalough, front woman of the band Who Knew. Other presenters throughout the series will include Tommy Carson of Legend, Michael Gerlach and Lou Bouton from WCBM Radio and Rat Pack’s Rick Olaguer.

“We are very blessed this year with having individual performers to come up to present their renditions of the Star-Spangled Banner to kick off each performance,” said Buccheri.

Many event sponsors make these free events possible. This year, the concerts are being sponsored by the Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society, Dunmanway Apartments (of which Ball is property manager), American Media Entertainment (who booked the bands) and Costas Inn.

Buccheri also thanked local law enforcement for their participation in keeping this year’s event safe for everyone.

The schedule for the Concerts in the Park series is listed below:

July 13: No Drama (classic rock)

July 20: Russ Greene Band (blues, rock)

July 27: Chris Presley (Elvis Tribute)

August 3: Point Boys (classic rock)

August 10: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Family Tradition (country rock)

August 17: Functionality (rhythm and blues)

August 24: BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Pet Rock (classic rock)

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