AUBURN, Mass. – The Outriggers blasted tunes from the Fifties through today as the free summer concert series continued Thursday on a beautiful evening at Auburn's Pappas Recreation Complex.
The Outriggers, who play most of their shows in Connecticut, rocked a variety of tunes at Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion. The Summer in the Park Concert Series is presented by the Town of Auburn.
Songs included “I Saw Her Standing There” (above) by the Beatles, “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers, “All Shook Up” by Elvis, “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Summer of `69' ” by Bryan Adams, “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel, “Surfin’ USA” by the Beach Boys, “We Are Young” by Fun (2012) and other hits.
“Most of our songs are based on harmony. We all love to sing,” said keyboardist Scott Shirshac. “We always look to play something with a good dance beat.”
The band, a lead guitarist, bassist, keyboardist and drummer, had never played in Auburn before, but if they were invited back, they would take the gig in a second.
“Definitely,” the four musicians said in unison.
“This is a beautiful facility,” drummer Brian Brouillard said. “And the sound carries so well here. Everything just amplifies out. Whoever designed it knew what they were doing.”
Burt Blair plays lead guitar, John Hinckley the bass and acoustic guitar, Shirshac acoustic guitar in addition to keyboard and Brouillard drums and percussion.
Thanks to the Auburn Foundation, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Friends of the Pappas Recreational Complex for making the summer concerts possible.
There will be at least one more free concert on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. when Christine Taylor presents 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.