Pullman Square Concert Series makes noise for opening night
HUNTINGTON -- There were a lot of reasons to be excited for the opening night of the Pullman Square Summer Concert Series Thursday.
First, the there was the biggest attraction, the Oakwood Road Band, which provided some good old fashioned rock 'n' roll the event is known for.
There also were the dozens of local vendors selling all varieties of treats and goodies around the plaza, and, as always, there was a live remote from 93.7 The Dawg.
For Huntington resident Judy Henson, there was something greater at work.
"This event has meant date night for me and my husband for the last four years," Henson said. "It has good music, good food, and you can bring your whole family. It has everything, and we love it."
For this date night, the Hensons brought along their daughter, Julia Paxton, and their grandchildren, Nicholas Paxton, 7, and Isabella Paxton, 5.
"I'm telling people all of the time they need to get out here," Henson said. "It's fun for everyone, and there's always good music. There's no reason not to come here."
The event is annually hosted by Kindred Communications, which owns The Dawg, and Thursday's live remote was hosted by radio personalities Virginia West and Nate Gilcher.
This year, more than ever, everyone was eager to get the party started.
"It gets us all pumped up for summer," West said. "We're very excited this year. The lineup is so fresh. Every week there is a new band, and there is always something thrilling going on."
West said the event, while certainly a date night and good time for most, also is a way for The Dawg to say, "Thank you," to its listeners.
"We do it for the listeners," West said. "I think that's what makes it thrive. It's free, and there's something going on all summer. Whether you're at work or you're on vacation, this series will be here every week, so if you can't make it one week, you don't have to worry because we'll be right back here next week with something just as exciting."
This summer's lineup includes performances from RiverTown on June 14; Big Planet Soul on June 21, and The Carpenter Ants on June 28. Other acts booked include The Whipps on July 19 and Hannah Ellis on Aug. 16.
The Pullman Square Summer Concert Series kicks up with a live remote at 5 p.m. every Thursday, with performances beginning at 7 p.m.
For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.937thedawg.com.
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