A neighborhood concert series that started during the pandemic is still going strong. What has been intended to give music lovers and musicians an outlet during lockdown has now become a beloved ongoing concert series in a serene setting along one of Olmsted’s promenades.
The Soldiers Circle Live Music series is similar to Porchfest in that the bands all play on a porch, in front of a crowd on the lawn. The big difference is that the series takes place every other Wednesday (from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). In addition, a hat is distributed, so that music fans can tip band members.
The popular music series has now come to life, thanks to organizers (and owners) Therese “Tee” Forton-Barnes and her husband Tom Barnes, who live at Soldiers Circle (read more). The music is organized by musician George F. Olmsted who plays in the band Olmsted Dub System.
“We wanted to share this beautiful green space in Olmsted Parks that we are fortunate to live on and also support local musicians while giving back to the community,” said Tee. “In addition to the scheduled lineup (see below), we are hoping to have a mini recital by Ann Philippone’s students from 5-5:30pm on July 13 – the students are between 7 and 10 and are amazing – so you won’t want to Don’t miss this one. Stay tuned!”
When you get to Soldiers Circle, look for the people sitting on the large lawn under the shady trees. Or listen to the sounds of live music. It’s easy to find. Ride a bike, bring a chair or blanket and something to eat and/or drink. If you’re a fan of the Porchfest vibe, then you’ll love this round of local live music.