Summer concerts grace Phoenix with Elvis and more

Tom Gilbo performs “Elvis” at a previous show.
Tom Gilbo performs “Elvis” at a previous show.

Tom Gilbo has been singing his tribute to Elvis Presley since he was five years old and will continue when he kicks off this summer season at Henley Park in Phoenix.  

“Music in the Park’s” opening concert is 6 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Henley Park in Phoenix. Gilbo, with his perfect pitch gracefully gliding to the highest of notes, brings Elvis alive for crowds in Phoenix and elsewhere.

Competing in an Elvis competition in Buffalo, in 2001, Gilbo took first place.  In more recent years, he has traveled to Lake George annually for the Elvis International Convention where he joins the more than 30,000 dedicated fans for Elvis competitions and thrilling shows.

No doubt about it, Gilbo delights audiences everywhere he goes, both young and old.

The “Music in the Park” summer concert series has been approved for partial funding through the state Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature.  

It is administered locally by CNY Arts (formerly the Cultural Resources Council).  

The concerts, sponsored locally by the town of Schroeppel, Phoenix Community and Youth Council, Phoenix Public Library, and Fulton Savings Bank, will take place again this summer for the 14th year.   

The Monday night concerts in the park are also made possible with funds from Fulton Savings Bank, Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Homes, Inc., Sharon Chevrolet, Inc., R.F.H.’s Hide-a-Way,  Country Time Cafe, St. Stephen’s Church, Wrightway Hardware, The Phoenix Press, Skeets DenBleyker, and many 2013 concert goers.

By popular request, this summer’s Monday night concert series will feature a variety of music, especially country and oldies. All concerts begin at 6 p.m., except the Phoenix Community Band show, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

The schedule is as follows:

  • July 7 – Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes (Elvis show)
  • July 14 – Joe Whiting (R & B)
  • July 21 –Weekend Pass  (country)
  • July 28 – Phoenix Community Concert Band
  • Aug. 4 – Custom Taylor Band (popular country)
  • Aug. 11 –  Dan Elliot & The Monterays (oldies)
  • Aug. 18 – DeSantis Band (variety of styles)

The village of Phoenix also secured a grant from CNY Arts for a “Friday Nights of Fun” concert series, which will feature a variety of musical styles performed by some of the most talented musicians in Central New York, and it will be held on Fridays at 6 p.m. at Henley Park.

The schedule is as follows: 

  • July 11 – Flat Face & the Shemp-Dells
  • July 18 – Hendry
  • July 25 – Vote for Pete
  • Aug. 1 – Nelson Brother’s w/Fred Vietch
  • Aug. 8 – El-Kabong Rides Again
  • Aug. 15 – Live Bait w/George Leija
  • Aug. 22 – Nite Life
  • Aug. 29 – Two Feet Short

The Friday night concerts are also made possible with funds from Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Leon Vickery Agency, Adolfi Real Estate, and KL Consulting Services, and many 2013 concert goers.

The rain location for all of  the concerts, except the Phoenix Community Band, will be at the Phoenix fire station (Route 57).  The Phoenix Community Band concert will be canceled in the event of bad weather.  

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and umbrellas if it is cloudy, and put on your “dancing shoes” to enjoy great music and great times at Henley Park.   

Some local eateries, snacks and picnic tables are also available. Bring the kids to the Monday concerts to enjoy the Kid’s Creation Table.  

All are invited and welcome.  Henley Park is wheelchair accessible.                           

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