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Sunday, July 11 We have no idea how many stars to expect when Summer Sounds favorite Mark Shelton shows up. "Maybe we should do three sets," he said last year. "Captain Radical, Flower Power, and Elvis singing gospel. Plus who knows?"
      Mark Shelton's astounding voice and dynamic performances leave audiences mesmerized. An International Elvis Hall of Fame artist, his The King Returns concert tours are internationally sold out. His shows have been featured on ABC News, CBS Inside Edition, Good Morning America, and more as well as globally in India, Fuji Television Network in Japan, and the Daily Mail in the U.K. The "Hillbilly Cat" has that Star quality to move from the 50s to the 70s with the King of Rock n' Roll as the perfect way to start the season.

Sunday, July 18 We let the Davis Boys out of the garage! Brothers Rick and Jeff Davis formed the famed Davis Brothers Garage Band with a cousin and a brother from a different mother to do covers of Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, and so much more from here to Colorado. Summer Sounds gets the real other brother making them the Boys. Rick Davis is already a Summer Sounds favorite with his usual opening act, Dick Prescott.

Sunday, July 25 Singer-songwriter and Summer Sounds favorite John Bartus is flying straight from the Florida Keys to reprise an evening of songs that show off living in a tropical island town for 30 years.
      Very few towns or cities could ever claim that their Mayor was a smokin' hot guitar player. The island city of Marathon in the Florida Keys is one of those towns. "While politics is a temporary call to service, music is a life sentence," the former mayor said. Mr. Bartus, a full-time pro with four decades in as musician, singer, songwriter, and city councillor, continues to raise the bar with his groundbreaking solo show. He has love songs, love-gone-wrong songs, and story songs. There are songs about dealing with life and death and the tribute to the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia astronauts as well as Mr. Bartus' father, a Saturn IB launch engineer. And, of course, there are the Trop Rock songs. This concert will be a release party for his long-awaited latest CD.

Sunday, August 1 POSTPONED! Long time Summer Sounds favorite Jenni Johnson and the Jazz Junketeers will be jazzy, bluesy, funky, and nearly perfect.
      "We'll definitely do the standards," she said, "the Billie [Holiday], the Nat King Cole, the Ella [Fitzgerald]. And I hope my grown up 'Junkettes' will join us!" The Junkettes are Highgate's own young people who have grown up dancing and singing to her performances here.
      Singing jazz, blues and funk has been a central part of her life since her own teen days. In the 1980s she pursued musical projects in Houston, Texas, and Boston including her own unique work, The Billie Holiday Story.

Sunday, August 15 The always tasteless Oleo Romeos have finally given in to my offers of tasty cookies and milk. Tyrone, Will, Eric, Jerry, George, and a mystery horn player are a throwback to the days when diners and swing joints covered East Fairfield. There will be no tofu dish or fillet fish served this Sunday night but there will be folk, blues, country, rock, and swing.
      The Oleos are usually wacky and always quirky and have been delighting audiences for two decades. I sense a certain odd sensibility to their (modern) roots Americana. Parental discretion may be wise for this performance.

Sunday, August 22 Summer Sounds favorites Gayle Anderson and Bob Gram play an easy-going blend of folk, country, and bluegrass, often originals that paint pictures of everyday life. She has a fine contralto folk voice, often called a "little bit sweet" and usually takes the lead. He brings the strong baritone harmonies as well as lead vocals and tells jokes almost as good as Dick's. They have played together since they met at an open mic almost 30 years ago.
      The husband and wife duo have played Bethlehem Musikfest, Cambridge Center For the Arts, San Francisco Folk Festival, Seafest of Nova Scotia, Sonoma Songwriters Showcase, and many more.

Sunday, August 29 This is the Summer Sounds surprise. We have a lot to celebrate and it's time to throw a party!

Summer Sounds concerts are always in a Town park, always on a Sunday night, always at 7 p.m., and always free. Bring a chair or a blanket and find a spot in our new home, the lawn surrounding the Highgate Arena where parking is easier and road noise diminished. Bring your own picnic or enjoy the social prepared by our hosts.

In case of rain, concerts will move inside to the Highgate United Methodist Church following whatever the current guidelines are for masking and physical distancing.

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