Kicking off summer with music

Published on Friday, 23 June 2017 17:27
Written by Michelle Jalbert

Special to the Press

BRISTOL - The Bristol Public Library’s Coffee House Concert Series is turning up the volume this summer with three amazing- and free- shows.

“It’s a wide variety of music,” said Deborah Prozzo, the library director. She said the bands play different kinds of music so everyone in the audience will have something they like.

The series is kicking off this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. with the duo Tino Malone, who will be playing an array of classic rock, alternative acoustics, and even some bluegrass.

“We play a lot of popular stuff,” said Christopher Tino.

He and his band mate, Brian Malone, have been playing together for four or five years. The two are from Connecticut and have been sharing their tunes across the east coast.

Next up in the series is the Willie & Jan Band, who will be performing on July 12 at 6:30 p.m.

The couple plays folk, country, and rock n roll. They specialize in music from the 60s and 70s, playing covers of the Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher, Carol King, James Taylor, and Chuck Berry.

“There’ll be something for everyone. It will be a very lively show,” said Jan Nininger. “Willie is a very engaging performer.”

Jan’s husband Willie has been a full-time musician his whole life and has taken the stage in places as far away as England and Switzerland.

Jan has been performing with him for seven years and said their voices blend well together.

The last installment will be on Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. with Kenneth Lelen playing love songs from the 1920s, 30s and 40s on vintage acoustic guitars.

“These are songs from what many people call the great American songbook,” said Lelen.

He has been performing for over 50 years and has been playing ragtime, jazz and swing on vintage guitars for 18 or 19 years. He brings between four and six vintage guitars to his shows and when he plays a song from a certain decade, he uses a guitar from the same time period.

This last show is the finale of the library’s Build a Better World Adult Summer Reading program. It is entitled “Love Builds a Better World.”

According to Prozzo, the Coffee House Concert Series is in its third year. This year the series is funded in part by a private donation and in part by money from a library program. This is the first year these three bands will be part of the series

Light refreshments will be served at each show courtesy of the Friends of the Bristol Public Library.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts on Friday, 23 June 2017 17:27. Updated: Friday, 23 June 2017 23:28.