Fun doesn’t stop on Friday: Bandstand performances on next two Saturdays

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LANCASTER — Friday Night Bandstand enthusiasts will need to clear their schedules for the next two Saturday nights as cover bands of Heart and The Eagles will be performing in addition to Friday night’s bands.

The Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with Fairfield Federal restricts Bandstand performances to Friday nights and all other performances need to be paid for by outside sponsors, Mike Tharp, the superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department, said.

However, George Kidder, owner of the local entertainment business Kidder Entertainment, made it his goal to find local sponsors for Saturday night performances. After being approached by Kidder with the opportunity, the Lancaster Board of Realtors and the Lancaster Roosters restaurant decided to each sponsor a band for a Saturday show.

The Lancaster Board of Realtors is sponsoring the performance of Barracuda, America’s Heart Tribute Band, from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, in Zane Square. Debbie Hoelscher, the Executive Officer of the Board, said when the opportunity to sponsor the event presented itself, members of the board were immediately interested.

“It's exciting to be able to provide this to Lancaster,” Hoelscher said. “The Board of Realtors always does community things, clean up parks and things like that but we've never done anything quite like this, so we'll see how it goes this year.”

During the concert, food trucks will be present and real estate offices and agents will have tables set up along the sidewalk to speak with community members casually or professionally, Hoelscher said.

Following the Barracuda concert, Hoelscher said she hopes people will leave knowing more about the local real estate community.

“(We want) more of the real estate community giving back to the community that has supported them so well all these years,” Hoelscher said. “I hope people enjoy it and I hope they go away with a good feeling about real estate and realtors in general.”

Fleetwood Gold The Fleetwood Mac Experience played for a large crowd during the Friday Night Bandstand in downtown Lancaster on June 10, 2022.
Fleetwood Gold The Fleetwood Mac Experience played for a large crowd during the Friday Night Bandstand in downtown Lancaster on June 10, 2022.

The Roosters-sponsored performance of Hotel California, the original Eagles tribute band, will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, in Zane Square. As part of their sponsorship, Roosters will be selling food to concert attendees through its food truck. Wings, grilled chicken fingers, kids’ meals and more will be available to purchase prior to the concert.

“We just always like to try to support the community whenever we can,” Lori Bucholtz, Roosters’ director of operations, said. “Our Lancaster store has been there for more than 30 years so if we can support the Lancaster community then we want to be able to do that.”

Both cover bands have been endorsed by the original band and are marketed at booking costs two to three times higher than the cost of bands who play for regular Friday Night Bandstands, Kidder said. However, like Friday Night Bandstands, admission to the concert will be free.

The Lancaster Board of Realtors and Roosters each supplied $9,000 in sponsorship money, which covers the cost of the band’s act, hotel stay and scheduling costs, Kidder said.

The performances also warranted the purchasing of billboard advertisement space, Kidder said. Once word is out about the Saturday concert through the billboard and Facebook, Kidder said he expects there to be a large crowd downtown for the next two weekends.

“Make sure you get there early,” Kidder said. “When the word gets out these bands are coming down here for free, I expect the whole downtown to be full of people. It’s good for businesses, for the bars and all the restaurants. It should be good for everybody.”

For more information about Bandstand performances, visit the Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department’s website.

This article originally appeared on Lancaster Eagle-Gazette: Next two Saturdays include bandstand performances