The amphitheatre at Swarthmore’s Central Park will see regular use this summer with the inauguration of the Thursday Night Live concert series, which opens on June 15 with a double bill of the SwUKEstra and Greg Brady. The shows will be staged every two weeks on Thursdays at the amphitheater, or, in the case of rain, indoors at waR3house3 at 110 Park Avenue, WH3. These free concerts start at 6 p.m. and run til 9 p.m. or so.
Early in her new term as Swarthmore Town Center Coordinator, Anita Barrett embraced the idea, seeing in it a possible traffic builder for restaurants and other businesses in the town center. Barrett deflects credit, saying, “The guy who really deserves the credit for putting together this incredible event is musician Will Paynter.” Paynter, a Swarthmore resident who leads the band Sonoma Sound (playing TNL on July 27), said, “During our Thanksgiving concert at waR3house3 last November, I got to talking with Mayor Tim Kearney about how many talented bands and musicians live in Swarthmore. I shared my idea of using the new borough amphitheater for a music event for this summer. Tim was totally open to the idea, and these local musicians all showed their support by playing free shows to get the first year of live local music off the ground.
“The Borough agreed to pay engineer Greg Brady from Studio 1311 to run sound for all eight shows, and his fee was later recouped in the form of local sponsorship by Bryn Mawr Trust and waR3house3. Also, waR3house3 owner Rob Borgstrom has donated his venue to be used in the event of rain, so the show will go on regardless of weather.”
It all goes live on June 15 at the amphitheater. Bring your family or significant other, BYOB, bring a lawn chair, and plan to source your picnic dinner in the Ville. Sponsorships are still available for businesses and individuals who wish to support a show, and receive recognition from the stage and featured sponsor content or your name on Swarthmoretowncenter.com.