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    The soothing rhythms of jazzy, bluesy tunes were just the right fit for more than 150 who turned out at the Tamaqua train station Thursday evening for another installment of the popular summer concert series of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce. The trio “Magic Stew” serenaded the crowd until 8 p.m. The free event was sponsored by Ziegler’s Towing, Tamaqua. DONALD R. SERFASS/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Published May 29. 2019 12:32PM


The Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce will bring season No. 13 of the Tamaqua Summer Concert Series to town this evening.

The Cressona Band, sponsored by Shafer’s Pharmacy, will kick off the summer fun from 7-8:30 p.m. The Wednesday kickoff concert is unique, as the rest of the schedule, minus a few exceptions, features concerts every Thursday at the Tamaqua Train Station from 6:30-8 p.m.

Jack Kulp, Executive Director of the Tamaqua Area Chamber of Commerce explained that it has become customary for the series to begin on the last Wednesday of May.

“The first couple of seasons that we did it, it was sparsely attended, and I didn’t really think it was going to fly,” said Kulp. “The third season, it started to fly. … It’s widely popular now and we’re really thrilled about it.”

The series features a variety of genres that will attract many different types of listeners. The series offers types of rock, oldies, blues, country and plenty of other sounds.

“It’s free to come,” Kulp said. “Bring lawn chair, blanket, cooler, whatever you want … I would advise that it’s against the law to consume alcoholic beverages in public, so be aware of that. Also be aware of the fact that the railroad does not want anyone sitting on the tracks or on the gravel anywhere during that time. Do not let your children play around the tracks. We want everyone to be safe.”

For more from Executive Director Kulp, go to for a video.

Summer Concert Series Schedule 2019

May 29: Cressona Band

June 6: Sound Birds

June 13: Fat Cats, featuring member of The Other Side

June 20: Six to Midnight

June 27: Magic Stew

July 11: It Takes Two

July 18: Shellshocked Churchills

July 25: Sterling Koch’s Freeway Jam

Aug. 1: Skook Jam Band

Aug. 8: The Boys Upstairs

Aug. 15: Island Time Lite

Aug. 22: Gunslinger

Aug. 29: Vinyl Persuasion

Sept. 12: Bees Knees


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