66th annual Pastorious Park free summer concert series set to start in Chestnut Hill

 A scene from last year's concert series at Pastorius Park. (Howard Pitkow/for NewsWorks, file)

A scene from last year's concert series at Pastorius Park. (Howard Pitkow/for NewsWorks, file)

The 66th annual Pastorious Park Free Summer Concert series will kick off on Wednesday evening. The weekly concerts will be held on consecutive Wednesday nights starting on June 18. The series is open to all ages.

The series is under the sponsorship of Chestnut Hill Community Association (CHCA). 

This year’s line-up of Philadelphia-area artists starts off with Hezekiah Jones playing in classic indie folk-rock fashion. With a vast variety of instruments, the band creates a harmony around the talents of Raphael Cutrufello.

The week of June 25, Mutlu, a soulful singer-songwriter of Turkish descent, will play a mix of soul, reggae, world music and folk.

The Lawsuits, set to play on July 2, are an American indie rock band led by songwriter Brian Dale Allen Strouse and vocalist Vanessa Winters. Their last record, “Cool Cool Cool,” was produced and mixed by Bill Moriarty at his studio in East Falls. The band gained some national attention with the record’s release in Rolling Stone, Spin and Paste magazines. 

Next in the lineup on July 9 — the Deb Callahan Band, a blues and soul saturated vocalist and songwriter. She has obtained a reputation for writing innovative blues., soul and roots influenced music. 

On July 16, Venissa Santi Quartet will showcase her blend of jazz with Cuban and other Latin musical traditions. 

The John Byrne Band will play an intimate and powerful Celtic style concert on July 23. 

Concluding the series on July 30, Aaron and the Spell will be featuring their eclectic blend of blues, folk, rock n’ roll and indie rock. Aaron Brown’s bold vocals and deliberate songwriting have earned him humble comparisons to Amos Lee, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Ben Harper.

The concert series will be held rain or shine. In the case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors to Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. If rain is in the forecast, please go to www.chestnuthill.org or call 215-248-8810 after 6 p.m. on the day of the concert to confirm.

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