It’s been a hard day’s night this year.
But Abington residents later this month will be able to listen to the music of the Beatles just as it was first presented to the American public 56 years ago: via a live television performance.
The Abington Summer Concerts Committee and Abington Community Access & Media are teaming up to broadcast a live performance of Studio Two – A Beatles Tribute, the early years. The show will air Sunday, August 23, at 6 p.m. on Comcast channel 13 and Verizon channel 28.
“This popular foursome has been brought back to perform in the summer concerts series year after year, and each year, the numbers attending their performances has increased to over 1,000,” said Nancy Reid, Chairwoman of the Abington Summer Concerts Committee.
“Abington CAM is looking forward to working with the Abington Summer Concerts Committee to produce and broadcast a live concert for those who traditionally enjoy attending these great performances,” said Kevin Tocci, ACAM’s executive director.
“While it won’t be the same as attending in person, we hope that those who tune in will still find enjoyment in watching the concert in the comfort of their homes.”
The committee’s widely popular, free summer concerts at the Nisby Bandstand is just another community tradition upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of people would traditionally gather on a warm Sunday evening to wind down the weekend and enjoy a live musical performance, along with perhaps a hot dog, hamburger, or ice cream prepared by the Abington Lions Club.
The committee was determined come hell, highwater, or pandemic that they would bring music to Abington this summer. And, in some great news for the town, the committee succeeded.
Reid said the committee did not seek out community donations this year, knowing that the outdoor concert series would likely be canceled due to the pandemic. However, thanks to the generosity of last summer’s audience members, the committee is able to bring Beatlemania back to Abington.
As a bonus, another audience favorite that has performed several times in the Abington Summer Concert service is “Brass Kickin’ Horns,” formerly known as “The Infractions with The Happenin’ Horns.” The special concert band will feature rock and roll favorites from days gone by and be performed and recorded for broadcast on Sunday, August 30th at 6 p.m.
Those who live in surrounding towns such as Rockland, Norwell, Hanover and Marshfield, and others, are advised to contact their local cable studio to see if the concerts will also be broadcast on their cable channels.
The Abington Summer Concerts committee is hopeful that the full summer concert series experience will be back next year, along with the Abington Lions Club snack stand.
“The summer concerts are our biggest fundraising event of the year and the one where we have the most fun,” said Abington Lions Club President Joe Russell. “We miss it and all the people too. Please stay safe and let’s hope we will be back at the field next year.”
For more information visit: Abington Summer Concerts on Facebook.