Enjoy the Fort concert series

This year’s installment of the summer concert series at the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater at Historic Fort Steuben begins Thursday.

It’s a talent-packed lineup with a variety of music to satisfy most tastes, and once again, we hope that means packed crowds enjoying warm Thursday evenings of entertainment as well as a fantastic view of the Ohio River and hills of West Virginia throughout the summer.

This year’s lineup at Historic Fort Steuben runs the gamut.

Thursday’s event is an “oldies” concert featuring the bands One-A-Chord, an a cappella quartet specializing in doo-wop songs, and the Vogues, which has created a fresh, original blend of vocal harmony that has left a mark in the world of popular music.

May 29 brings Jazz Night, with Skip Peck and the Boilermakers featured during the evening of music. Peck has been called a one-man rhythm section who spins lyrical, logical, unhurried solos, the Boilermakers bring a unique style of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry.

Tribute Night on June 5 will feature three shows dedicated to the great performers of music. Suzanne Laughlin of Wintersville and Buster Maxwell of Pittsburgh will open the evening of entertainment with tributes to Sonny and Cher and then Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash. Charlie Stayduhar is a Frank Sinatra tribute artist from Pittsburgh, and the evening will close with an Elvis tribute by Randy Galioto.

On June 12 the audience will take a trip to Zoot Island with Dr. Zoot playing reggae, mambo, salsa, R&B, funk, classics and oldies during the concert.

A special concert is set for June 14 as part of the Hometown Celebration weekend, and Beatlemania Magic will be performing the songs of the Fab Four during the 50th anniversary of the Lads from Liverpool’s first visit to the United States.

Magic Moments, Pittsburgh’s No. 1 show and dance band will be on stage at the Berkman Amphitheater on June 19.

Country music night returns on June 26 when Black Horse and the Joseph Sisters of Wheeling will be on the amphitheater stage.

Patriotic Night at the Historic Fort Steuben Park is set for July 3 and will feature the Tri-State Community Band and local favorite Ron Retzer.

The Fossils and Bone Daddy will perform on classic rock night on July 10, and the No Bad JuJu eight-piece band will be on stage for Classic R&B Night on July 17 with an electric mix of classic R&B and rock music.

Classic Oldies Night II on July 24 will feature Deja Vu and Legend, and the concert series will conclude on July 31 with local favorites Spinning Jenny and US Kids.

There’s seating for about 300 on the benches at the amphitheater, but many who attend the shows bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. There’s also free parking within easy walking distance of the amphitheater.

Once again we applaud the efforts of everyone who has helped organize the successful concert series. Now all that’s needed are area residents who want to spend a nice evening downtown listening to some great music.

We’re betting this season will bring back young and old alike, with many new admirers to boot.