Nightshift To Perform At Vernon Concert Series

The Town of Vernon Parks and Recreation Department's Mayor Daniel Champagne Concert Series continues on Aug. 10, with cover band, Nightshift.

Kenny Hicks, the band's keyboardist and on-board promoter, said the group has only been together for a couple of years, but the members all have vast experience in a variety of bands.

Concert-goers can expect to hear well-known songs from the '60s,'70s, and '80s, including a few they may not have heard in a while.

"We try to play real fun, very recognizable songs," Hicks said. "We'll play something like 'Ride, Captain, Ride' (by Blues Image), which a lot of bands don't play. People love it, because they don't get to hear it that often. 'Good Lovin,' by the Rascals, is always very popular when we do it."

"Born To Run," by Bruce Springsteen, "Nights In White Satin," by the Moody Blues, and "Light My Fire," by the Doors, are among songs they typically play, and they do the longer version of the latter.

"We do the keyboard solo and I play note for note, because I'm very adamant about doing it right," Hicks said, adding that songs by Chicago also usually get the crowd going.

"Those are the ones that people love to sing along to," he said.

Nightshift is performing approximately seven shows this summer, including recent shows in Waterford, Somers, Guilford, and the Manchester Community College Band Shell.

The five members of the band are from Coventry (Hicks), Andover, East Hartford, Simsbury, and Hebron, and they enjoy playing East of the River. Hicks said they are excited about playing in Vernon and helping the concert series grow.

"The rec director there is very nice, and since we're kind of from this area, I think we'll do okay there and bring some people in," he said.

The concert will take place at Henry Park, on Frank McCoy Field starting at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Beatles Mystery Tour tribute band will play, sponsored by Superior Energy. Bryson Lang, a kids' entertainer/comedian and juggler will perform, sponsored by AFC Urgent Care.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the senior citizen center, at 26 Park Place. A recording will be placed on the park and recreation department's phone line, 860-870-3520.

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