“Summer concerts are a time to see summer friends… and especially enjoy live music. Accessing live music is very hard for me. I love sitting in the park. I look forward to this each year.”
– Carol W., NewBridge Madison Client
We are pleased to announce our 2019 Summer of Concerts at Warner Park. This is the 25th year for the event. The Summer Concerts Series offers a summer outing option for everyone but especially area seniors, younger adults with disabilities and families with young children.
The series kicks off June 10th with Funky Chunky. All shows are from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM.
Complete list of performers:
- June 10: Funky Chunky
- June 17: Who Dat
- July 8: The Lower 5th
- July 15: Pupy Costello
- July 22: Acoplados
- July 29: Ladies Must Swing
The event is free for all ages and limited transportation access is available for seniors. Seniors can call (608) 512-0000 for more information.
The Summer Concert Series was started by one of the four senior coalitions that merged to become NewBridge Madison. In 1993, the North/Eastside Senior Coalition (NESCO) initiated the Summer Concert Series at Warner Park in order to bring people together and provide senior adults in the area with free, high-quality summer entertainment. The trial run was a success.
These concerts not only brought out senior adults who were members of the coalition but also many individuals and families from the community. Concert attendance has increased from 650 (total for all six concerts) in the initial year to over 2,500 the past year few years. Now the concerts attract not only seniors but also younger adults with disabilities as well as families with young children.
Hundreds of senior adults and families have come to depend on these concerts each year as their primary form of summer entertainment. It has become a fabric of the local community. “The summer concert series is our (NewBridge) opportunity to give back to our community,” said Ruth Hellenbrand, Program and Event Coordinator. “It’s such a joy to see people dancing and having a good time! And, so fun to see older adults enjoying who wouldn’t normally be able to attend an event like this.”
The Summer Concert Series is sponsored by Madison Community Foundation, Dane Arts, Madison Arts Commission, The Evjue Foundation, and Kollath and Associates CPA.