AUBURN, Mass. – The Thursday night summer concert series at the Pappas Recreation Complex kicked off last night with Kings Row rocking oldies tunes on a beautiful 80 degree evening in Auburn.
Kings Row, called “New England’s No. 1 Oldies Band” by radio stations in Boston and Providence, blasted '50s and '60s music at the Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion as a part of the free Summer in the Park Concert Series, presented by the town of Auburn.
The Rhode Island band played a variety of cover songs, including “Under the Boardwalk,” made famous by The Drifters (above), “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers, “Tossin’ and Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis, “Get Ready” by The Temptations, “Runaround Sue” by Dion, “Love Potion No. 9” by The Clovers, “Black is Black” by Los Bravos, and other famous songs.
The band, which consists of a lead guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer, had never played in Auburn before Thursday night, but if Kings Row was invited back to play, the members would take the gig in a second.
“This Pappas Complex is a truly magnificent facility,” said Wayne Lima, founder and lead guitarist of the band. “This facility is definitely one of the nicest ones we’ve seen in a long time, and we play all over the place.
“We had so much fun here,” Lima continued. “The crowd is receptive, and we really hope to be invited back to play here again.”
The performance was sponsored by the Friends of the Pappas Recreation Complex.
There will be additional free weekly concerts throughout August on Thursdays at 6 p.m.
On Aug. 9, Southern Rail will perform. On Aug 16, Outriggers takes the stage. On Aug. 23, Christine Taylor will present Broadway favorites with Auburn community players.
Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 have been reserved for rain dates or new performances.
Groups interested in performing can contact Highway Superintendent Ken Fairbanks at 508-832-7814.