Tune Up The Parks Summer Concerts (Harrow & McGregor)
July 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Town of Essex Tune Up The Parks series features local musicians sharing their talents with the community in local parks in Essex, Colchester, Harrow, and McGregor. The next show in Harrow Centre, featuring Tom Brough takes place on Friday, July 20, 2018.
Singer-songwriter Karen Morand likes her gospel gritty and her folk a little feisty. Moving comfortably between instruments, she brings her big, warm vocals to solo and collaboration projects including her Windsor-based acoustic trio, BOSCO.
As a mom, teacher, pre-school folkstar and urban chicken farmer, Karen’s writes songs that celebrate the joys and broken parts of real life.
All shows are free and start shortly after 7:00pm.
Between Harrow Post Office & Chiropractor on 30 King Street West
July 6: Essex Community Concert Band
The Essex Community Concert Band was formed in the fall of 2012. Many talented and eager high school musicians gathered at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Essex. The combined efforts of Conductors Dee Shaw and Christopher Ingratta, brought the first down beat to life.The band was quickly expanded to include local musicians to add to the experience and passion. This group has continued to grow with the support of, and cross promotion with, other local musical group.
July 20: Tom Brough
Tom Brough is a singer songwriter who hails from Windsor, Ontario. Playing in clubs and bar bands for over 20 years leaves him comfortable and at ease in front of a crowd or intimate audience. During this life acoustic performance you can expect to hear original material, an eclectic mix of cover songs from early rock and country blues as well as songs from modern artist, with a little laid back coffee house attitude.
August 3: Mike and Tyler
Mike & Tyler are an acoustic/electric duo that covers a range of songs from Gary Clark Jr. to Johnny Cash. They started jamming together just over a year ago, two old friends brought together by a love and passion for music. It started out as a fun thing to do, then quickly became more serious. Mike is the son of Tim McDonald, a local singer/songwriter from the Timmy Mac Band. Mike learned his craft from his father over his 25+ year career. Tyler self taught himself guitar over the past 12 years. Both Mike and Tyler are born and raised in Harrow, ON, and are proud residents of the area.
August 17: Lawrence Hank
Larry Affeldt, also known as Lawrence Hank, comes from a family of musicians. His father, Gord Affeldt, was the first luthier in Canada to be certified by Fender guitars for repair. Gord built guitars with Mr. Bigsby in the 50’s and would play with the likes of Johnny Cash and Roy Clark. This set the tone for a childhood surrounded by music. As years past music would change, but the desire to play stayed with Larry and his siblings. He has played everything from Patsy Cline to Iron Maiden and everywhere from Canada to Mexico.
9557 County Road 11 (Walker Road)
July 13: Karen Morand
Singer-songwriter Karen Morand likes her gospel gritty and her folk a little feisty. Moving comfortably between instruments, she brings her big, warm vocals to solo and collaboration projects including her Windsor-based acoustic trio, BOSCO. As a mom, teacher, pre-school folkstar and urban chicken farmer, Karen’s writes songs that celebrate the joys and broken parts of real life.
July 27: Steve Morin and Friends
Steve Morin has been writing music as a hobby for close to 40 years. After he retired he decided to start playing these songs for live audiences. Steve sings and plays guitar, banjo and harmonica. His passion is the blues but he always throws in some folk and a bit of country music. His “Friends” include Gord Harwood of Kingsville and Joel Westlake of Leamington. Steve lives in Woodslee.
August 10: Abigail Neves
Abbey Neves is a talented young musician who has an immense passion for music. She began singing at the tender age of four, opening for the Rockettes at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan after winning a competition. Abbey has been invited multiple times to sing for the Toronto Blue Jays in Florida, and she is the American anthem singer with her mom, Margaret Slack, for the OHL Windsor Spitfires, and the 2017 Memorial Cup. Abbey has won many awards such as being the only vocalist to place in the London 2012 Junior Division of Rise to Fame, 1st place at 2014 Mitchell’s Bay Contest, and 1st place in 2014 in Wheatley Idol for both her age division and overall. Abbey has also had the opportunity to audition for The Voice.
August 24: Jared Porter
Jared Porter is a self-taught guitarist, drummer, and vocalist. He got his start at Gosfield North Public School and began playing Open Mic nights at the age of 13. This talented young man is also part of Fire, a rock and roll group playing Tune Up The Parks on July 18 and 30.
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket.
Performances are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Tune Up the Parks runs weekly until August 30 – Mondays at Colchester Park and Wednesdays at Heritage Gardens Park in Essex Centre – with additional dates in Harrow and McGregor.
Tune Up the Parks is a project of the Arts, Culture and Tourism (ACT) Committee.