The Summer Sounds Concert Series began in 1997 when Emil Paolucci (1915-2004), a member of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts, began working with the City of New Rochelle on a plan to refurbish the Hudson Park bandshell and introduce free concerts in the park. Today the Emil Paolucci Summer Sounds Concert Series is produced by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts in partnership with the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Summer Sounds Concert Series is made possible, in part, by funding from People’s United Bank and Webster Bank. In 2016 an anonymous donor provided a $100,000 grant to NRCA that allowed the purchase of a state-of-the-art sound system. That year NRCA also coordinated with local food trucks and began working with the Hudson Park Children’s Greenhouse to offer free yoga before the concerts (the yoga sponsor for 2018 was New Rochelle Radiology). In 2018 support from Watermark Pointe and an anonymous donor helped purchase much-needed stage lighting.
The Summer Sounds Concert committee issues an RFP for musicians in January and meets in February to review submissions and set the calendar. The committee also solicits sponsorships, organizes food trucks, staffs a welcome booth at each concert and sells raffle tickets to help raise money for the concert series.
Wednesday, Aug. 7th : NEW ROCHELLE OPERA Featuring professionally trained opera singers performing favorites from opera, operetta, musical theatre.
Food truck: Walter’s Hot Dogs.
Friday, August 9th: EMILY ANGELL A bit folk, a bit roots, a bit electro-pop, singer-songwriter Emily Angell has been compared to Jewel and Alanis Morissette.
Food truck: Hand Crafted Catering.
Wednesday, Aug. 14th : WHAT IT IS plays horn-driven funk, soul, rock, jazz, pop, country and R&B band, including your favorites from Steely Dan, Bruno Mars, Springsteen, Chicago, Tower of Power, James Brown, Paul Simon, George Strait, Ray Charles and way more!
Food truck: Waffle Box (serving a variety of Belgian waffles)
Wednesday, Aug. 21st: AM GOLD describes its genre as “yacht rock “ – a smooth style blending adult contemporary pop and jazz rock, featuring hit songs from 1975 to 1985. (Think Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Huey Lewis, Christopher Cross and Lionel Richie.)
Food truck: Hand Crafted Catering
Friday, Aug. 23rd : NUF SAID is a NYC based band playing a mix of funk/neo soul/jazz mixed together to create a groove-heavy, rhythm-centered brand of music that is all its own.
Food truck: Taqeria San Antoniomusical flavors and scents.” 3.5/4 Stars – Album “Rise”
Wednesday, Aug. 28th : LIZZIE & THE MAKERS, a female-fronted rock and blues band based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, wraps up the Summer Sounds Concert season. Dark and soulful lead vocals and lyrics by Lizzie Edwards and innovative arrangements by Greg McMullen combine the blues, rock and psychedelic soul of musicians like Freddie King, Sharon Jones and Led Zeppelin.
Food truck: Gyro Uno Briarcliff (This classically trained chef serves scratch made Greek/ Mediterranean inspired street food with kicked up flavors: Gyros, souvlaki, falafel, more)