Andrew Lipke and the Prospects play Anson B. Nixon Park

Summer Concert Series continues through the summer heat

By Eddy K. Foster, Staff Writer,

Andrew Lipke and the Prospects

KENNETT — Summer is in full swing at Anson B. Nixon park in Kennett Square, where the weekly concerts rock music lovers every Wednesday. This week, alternative rock group Andrew Lipke and the Prospects rocked the stage.

According to his official biography, South African born Andrew Lipke has an award-winning talent for songwriting and producing. Specializing in the piano and guitar, Lipke leads the five-member Prospects in a variety of original songs, such as “Mindgames” and “Get it over with.” The band has released three albums and is set to release a fourth this fall.

The audience of about 200 was enthralled by the music. Steve Cottrell commented, “This band is quite a treat. The lead singer has a fabulous voice, and even though I’ve been coming here for years the acts just keep getting better and better.”

Kathy Randall agreed. “This is only my second time here, but I am having a great time. I recently moved to the area and only just discovered Anson B. Nixon park. It’s just beautiful here, and the music is just as great,” she said.

At one point during the performance, as the band reached a softer instrumental section in a song, a young girl started screaming out in joy. Lead singer Andrew Lipke responded, “Sing it, girl!” The child continued to yell for a few more moments before being hushed by her parents to the laughter of the audience.

Pam Carter, one of the organizers of summer concert series, claimed the events were going well.”We are in our fifth year, and we have put together eight family-friendly concerts every summer. Since the founding of the Kennett Flash, they have helped us increase the quality of the performers at our events,” she said.

“We are also committed to providing food for purchase at our events from a rotating variety of local restaurants,” she said. This week, the Country Butcher provided Hot Dogs and a variety of side dishes. La Michoacana also provides homemade ice cream for purchase.

The free summer concerts at Anson B. Nixon park continue for the next two weeks. Next week, singer-songwriter Ben Arnold will play with food provided by Jake’s Wayback Burgers. The following week, folk rock group Spring Standards will entertain  alongside food from Portabello’s restaurant.

The summer concerts end on August 10th with the SummerFest benefit concert, which supports the concerts all summer long. Tickets are $20 dollars in advance of the show, or $25 at the door. They can be purchased at the remaining free concerts, or at The Paper Market at 103 W State Street in Kennett Square. All of the concerts are sponsored by Dansko, Brandywine Assisted Living, Citadel Credit Union, The Hadley Fund, and Kennett Beverage.

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