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Salem Summer Concert Series committee members gather at the Orashan Memorial Civic Center where music will once again fill the air after a quiet 2020. The first free concert will be at 6 p.m. on June 6 with Beatles tribute band Abbey Road. Pictured are left forward Brittany Zamarelli, BJ Abrams, Rita O’Leary, Joy Cable, and left back Bob Sebo, Melissa Costa, John Panezott, Shane Franks and Ed Cable. Missing was Connie Cranmer. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

2021 Summer Concert Series Schedule

• 6:00 am June 6, Abbey Road, the ultimate Beatles tribute show for over three decades.

• 6 pm June 13, The Ovation Band, music from the 1940s to today’s pop and dance favourites.

• 6:20 June, Backbeat with John Reese, Oldies, Motown, disco and pop music from a local favorite.

• 6 pm June 27, Salem Quaker City Band, marches, light classical music, patriotic and concert.

• 6 p.m. July 11, The Labra Brothers, Northeast Ohio Latin funk and soul.

• 6:00 pm July 18, Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass, touring band performing Christian and patriotic music at Salem High School Auditorium.

• 6:00 pm July 25, Alliance Symphony Big Band, a 17-piece big band featuring music from the 1940s and beyond.

• 7:30 pm July, Salem Quaker City Band, local talent shares their love of music with the community.

• 6:00 pm August 1st, SHOUT! Featuring the Legends of Soul, a mix of popular music with singers dancing and singing.

• 6:00 pm August 8, The Four Kings and The Queen, Geneva blues, Motown, jazz and classic rock band, Salem High School Alumni Night.

• 6:15 August, Rudy & The Professionals, A Range of Musical Styles with Audience Participation.

• 6 pm August 22, The Sensations, Standards, oldies, rock, R&B, Motown and popular songs.

• 6:00 pm August 29, The Wrangler Band, a country and classic rock band from western Pennsylvania.


SALEM – Visitors to Waterworth Memorial Park can expect to hear familiar strains of rock-n-roll, pop, country, Motown, big band and patriotic music as free concerts return this summer.

All was quiet on the Orashan Memorial Civic Center band stage last year after the Covid-19 pandemic canceled all shows.

At 6 p.m. on June 6, the music comes alive as the summer concert series kicks off with Abbey Road, the famous local Beatles tribute band performing on the outdoor concert hall. This year’s schedule includes returning acts as well as new bands spanning a variety of musical styles.

“The music and entertainment this summer is going to be spectacular! The Summer Concert Committee encourages everyone to enjoy an evening with family and friends listening to live music in our scenic Waterworth Memorial Park. The concerts will provide exceptional musical excellence and a fun evening,” said committee member Melissa Costa.

Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will return to Salem for a concert in the Salem High School auditorium on July 18, sponsored by Bob and Linda Sebo. In a press release about the concert series, Costa called the show King’s Brass “an innovative and unforgettable musical experience.”

Another returning tradition will be the Salem High School Alumni Night with the Four Kings and Queen Concert on August 8, one day after the 2021 SHS All-Class Reunion to be held on August 7.

All but one of the concerts will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, with the Salem Quaker City Band scheduled to perform on a Friday night at 7 p.m. on July 30.

“The Salem Parks Department is thrilled to see summer concerts return to Waterworth Memorial Park this year. We love being the host site for these weekly concerts and invite everyone to come out and enjoy the free music in the park,” said parks manager Shane Franks.

Concert attendees are reminded to bring their own lawn chairs and to bring cash for concessions and tickets for a 50/50 raffle and hampers donated by local businesses.

Deborah Cappa will bring her concession trailer featuring sandwiches and soft drinks, including DiRusso’s real Italian sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions.

Parking is available on Sunset Boulevard, accessible from North Lincoln Avenue, and also by entering Waterworth Memorial Park on Superior Avenue.

Admission to all concerts is free, thanks to the generosity of local individuals and businesses who help fund the concerts. At a recent meeting, Perry Township trustees voted to award a $1,500 community sponsor grant from the Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council to the summer concert series.

Cultural grants provided by the Salem Community Foundation and the Pearce Foundation also help bring talented musicians to the stage.

Individuals and businesses wishing to support the 2021 Summer Concert Series should send their contribution to the Salem Community Foundation, PO Box 553, Salem, Ohio 44460. “Summer concerts” on the memo line.

The Summer Concert Fund held at the SCF is an endowed fund created to cover live musical performances at Waterworth Memorial Park each summer.

Besides Costa, Sebo and Franks, other members of the gig committee include BJ Abrams, Ed Cable, Joy Cable, Connie Cranmer, Rita O’Leary, John Panezott and Brittany Zamarelli. Wayne Hawkins and Alice Whitman will help out on concert nights. The committee also gave special thanks to the employees of the Salem Parks and Recreation Department for preparing the ground and site.

A program is available at each concert highlighting the band’s history, genre of music and biographies of band members. Printed schedules are available at Giant Eagle and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.

The concert schedule will be listed on the Salem Ohio Concerts Facebook page at, on the website and on the Salem News calendar.

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