Summer Concert Series Returns with a Mix of Music from the ’40s to the ’80s

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Eight to the Bar

Eight to the Bar will entertain at the Watertown Summer Concert Series.

Eight to the Bar will entertain at the Watertown Summer Concert Series.

Eight to the Bar

Eight to the Bar will entertain at the Watertown Summer Concert Series.

The Watertown Summer Concert Series returns after a week off and features Eight to the Bar, which performs songs from the Forties all the way to the Eighties. 

The group from Connecticut celebrates 40 years in 2015, and the concert at Watertown’s Saltonstall Park will include a CD release party.

The New Haven Advocate described Eight to the Bar’s music as being like “Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie’s Kansas City and Motown Records’ Detroit, where the car radio picks up everything from Take the A Train to I Want You Back.”

They feature a colorful mix of Forties jive, Fifties melodrama, and through Eighties Motown. The band is also known for their outfits and choreography.

Eight to the Bar’s saxaponist Collin Tilton played on Van Morrison’s platinum-selling Moondance album and also has performed with the Rolling Stones and Clarence Clemmons.

The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9 at Saltonstall Park (next to Town Hall).

Rain venue: Watertown Free Public Library. For rain info call 617-972-6431 after 4:30 p.m. on concert day.

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