AUBURN, Mass. – Southern Rail hits the stage at the Riley-Pappas Performance Pavilion Thursday (Aug. 9) as a part of the free Summer in the Park Concert Series presented by the town of Auburn.
The bluegrass concert starts at 6 p.m. at the Pappas Recreation Complex. Last week's concert featured oldies tunes.
According to its website, Southern Rail's performances are marked by “high-energy, exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo and mandolin solo work. The group’s reverence for the traditional shines throughout their live concerts and recordings, and is reflected in their prolific songwriting.”
The four-person band, which has been performing since 1978, includes guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin.
The band has received rave reviews from several Massachusetts publications, including the Worcester Telegram and Gazette: “There’s warmth and depth in a Southern Rail performance. The joy and talent in their music will make people happy for a long time,” the paper wrote.
The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra’s performance July 29 inaugurated the series. There will be additional free weekly concerts throughout August Thursdays at 6 p.m.
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.