AUBURN, Mass. – Panache hits the stage at the Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion on Thursday to bring a close to this year’s free Summer in the Park Concert Series presented by the town of Auburn.
The family-friendly concert starts at 6 p.m. at the Pappas Recreation Complex. Previous summer concerts featured oldies, bluegrass, classic rock and Broadway tunes.
According to its website, Panache plays a variety of upbeat and dance music. “Panache has been together since 1989 and has played at thousands of weddings, special events and clubs throughout New England.”
The band consists of five members: Kirsten Daigneault is a lead singer who also plays the keyboards; Mark Daigneault is on keyboards, acoustic guitar and vocals; George Munoz plays the guitar and sings; Jim Kelly is on percussion; and Ron Lavoie is a lead vocalist.
The group plays most of its shows in Central Massachusetts, including Worcester, Leominster and Fitchburg.
Hometown Bank, which sponsored the Windfall concert Aug. 30, will also back the Panache show. The bank, which is opening in Auburn this month, donated $5,000 to the Summer in the Park Concert Series.
“I heard from the bank’s board of trustees, and they want to work with the community as they open a new branch at Heritage Plaza,” said Town Manager Julie Jacobson. “They wanted to make a donation to something that would benefit the entire community. The $5,000 will be used to fund the two remaining concerts and the balance will fund concerts next year.”
Hometown Bank will have its grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.
Other sponsors this summer included Auburn Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Friends of the Pappas Recreational Complex.
The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s performance on July 29 inaugurated the series. After Panache’s show on Thursday, seven acts will have played the Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion this summer.