By JASON STARR
One returning artists and three new acts are returning this year for the Bayside Park Summer Concert Series kicking off Thursday at 7 p.m.
Satin & Steel will fill the stage with its 10-piece R&B ensemble for this week’s show. The concert series is free, and food will be available for the first time from Mediterranean Mix, located across Lakeshore Drive at Upper Bayside Park.
Rutland-based Satin & Steel has toured New England extensively. The group covers the music of Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire; Santana and The Beatles as well as delivers original compositions.
The band describes itself as “four-part harmonies and a six-piece horn section on a foundation of guitar, bass, drums and keyboards,” according to the Colchester Parks and Recreation Department, which is organizing the concert series.
Next week, the Pete Kilpatrick Band will make its Colchester debut. From Portland, Maine, the singer/songwriter has released six albums and performed with Dave Matthews Band, Amos Lee, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Ray LaMontagne and other national acts.
On July 28, the series will get jazzy with Burlington-based six-piece setup In The Pocket. The group will play classics from the swing and be-bop era of jazz.
The series will close August 4 with the DuPont Brothers. Sam and Zack DuPont are native Vermonters who formed a folk-Americana duo in 2013.
“Lush, finger-style guitar work is complimented by elegant prose and a vocal blend that could only be matched by blood relation,” the band’s description reads.
Colchester marketing and recreation specialist Mike LaPan expects between 400 and 500 people to pack lower Bayside Park for the concert series on warm weather evenings. The department will cancel shows in the case of heavy rain. Each of the four concerts have their own Facebook event page, which will have the most up-to-date information, LaPan said.
More information is available at www.colchestervt.gov/551/Summer-Concert-Series.