In this file photo, Parker Sothard, 4, shakes hands or hooks with the pirate statue at Veterans Park during the Parrothead Party in the Park as a warm-up to the Summer Arts Festival. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Live on the Terrace warms up Summer Arts Festival

Maybe Tom Petty said it best: “The waiting is the hardest part.”

Summer Arts Festival goers won’t have to wait to get in the mood to hear music on nine dates with the return of the Live on the Terrace pre-show entertainment before the evening’s headliners at the Turner Pavilion west terrace.

Live on the Terrace is sponsored by Benjamin Steel Co and Beach Manufacturing Co.

“This is a fun way for us to showcase local talent that ties into the style of show we’re presenting that night,” said Tim Rowe, Springfield Arts Council executive director. “Some have a track record with us and others give the series variety.”

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Several of the shows will complement special events including Sip of Summer wine and beer tasting, Parrothead Party in the Park and BBQ and Brew Blast.

These events are free as well as all Summer Arts Festival shows.

Performances will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. unless noted and performers include:

Friday, June 16: CrossOver

Saturday, June 17: John Lippolis with Past and Present and special guest John O’Connor

Thursday, June 29: Bob Ford

Friday, June 30, at 7 p.m.: The TAC Choir

Saturday, July 1: Patrick Dawson

Friday, July 7: The Old Pirates

Thursday, July 13: Mike Mingo

Friday, July 14: Down Deep Band

Saturday, July 15: GoodVibes

Concessions will be available during these performances.

“It’s a good way to come down early, eat and drink something and get ready for the show to come,” said Rowe.

Contact this contributing writer at bturner004@woh.rr.com.

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