Local residents will gather to mark their own celebration of summer's return as the Nesconset Summer Concert series gets underway Tuesday night.
The Nesconset Chamber of Commerce will present a live performance by That 70's Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at the Nesconset gazebo, the first of five in the free public concert series.
"We have a great lineup this year," said Gina Coletti, president of Nesconset Chamber of Commerce. "The first band that we have is the That 70’s band. They were around last year and they are excellent. They are kicking off the season for us this year."
That 70's band attracted a crowd of more than 2,000 attendees in 2011. The band's mix of Earth, Wind & Fire; Donna Summers, and more had local residents on their feet dancing in no time.
The bands performing in the 2012 concert series chosen based on who should draw the largest crowd. Each tribute band plays popular styles of music that should appeal to all ages.
On July 10, Rocketman - an Elton John tribute band - will perform in the Nesconset summer concert series for the first time, according to Coletti. The band is expected to perform all of Elton John's favorite hits, so be prepared to sing along.
Liverpool Suffle, a Beatles tribute band, will play live at the gazebo on July 17. This is another new band to the Nesconset Summer Concert Series lineup.
Songs in the Attic, who emulate Long Island's very own piano man, Billy July, will return to the Nesconset gazebo for the second year in a row on July 24. Lead singer David Clark gave his first public performance at the gazebo in 2011 to an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,500.
The last and final act scheduled is Full House, who will salute America's rock bands of the 1960s and 70s on July 31. Full House is the third new edition to the concert series' 2012 lineup.
All performances start 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Nesconset gazebo, which is located adjacent to the Nesconset branch of the Smithtown Public Library at 148 Smithtown Boulevard in Nesconset.
Residents are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets to have place to sit, and are welcome to bring food and drink. Suffolk County police will be on hand to assist with parking and ensure pedestrian safety.
Long Island Cares, a Hauppauge-based food bank, will have a booth at each concert to collect non-perishable food and monetary donations.
In case of inclement weather, such as rain, residents can call 631-724-2643 to learn whether or not the concert will be held as scheduled. Raindates have been put aside if there is a need to reschedule.