Jeffrey Gaines to kick off the summer concert series at Pastorius Park

Singer-songwriter Jeffrey Gaines will be kicking off the annual Chestnut Hill Community Association’s (CHCA) Pastorius Park concert series tonight.

The Pastorius is the longest-running free outdoor concert series in Philadelphia, according to CHCA Administrative Coordinator Noreen Spota.

Gaines, a Harrisburg native, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. tonight to play a free show.

Gaines’ sound straddles the Alternative Pop/Rock and Folk genres, and he’s known for a close bond with his fan base. Gaines has released six albums since being signed to Chrysalis Records in 1990, all of which have received praise.

Gaines even had a hit with a cover of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” in 2001. The song made it to #22 on the U.S. Adult Top 40 and stayed on the charts for 22 weeks.

Gaines’ most recent album Jeffrey Gaines Live was released in 2004 and spans his entire career. He has toured with many artists, including Stevie Nicks, Joe Jackson, Philadelphia’s own Bacon Brothers and Sting.

The series is sponsored by CHCA, The Chestnut Hill Community Fund and Chestnut Hill Hospital. Collectively, the community fund and the hospital donated about $20,000, Spota said.

CHCA organizes the series and provides staff and volunteers to run the concert, according to Spota.

The rain location for the concert series will be the John S. Jenks School at 8301 Germantown Ave.

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