For each of the last 11 summers, Darien residents have enjoyed free concerts in Grove Street Plaza on Friday nights, and this year’s series is promising to be bigger and better than any before it.  Darien Summer Nights has become a weekly tradition by residents of all ages.

The Darien Summer Nights Concert Series was launched by Darien residents David Genovese and Penny Glassmeyer, who head up Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza, respectively. During the winter of 2008/09 the two decided it was time to do something positive for residents  and to encourage them to shop locally and support Darien’s merchants. Borrowing from the successful Alive at Five Concert Series in Stamford, Baywater Properties and Grove Street Plaza sponsored a concert series in the summer of 2009 that was held in various venues around downtown.

The first night of the series will be Friday, June 21, with returning favorite, Bad Dog Buddy. After last’s season’s record turnout for the concerts,  the full line up will return for encore performances. The concert will be held at Tilley Pond Park on June 28, featuring The Spadtastics and will include Melt Mobile, Colony Pizza and Bodega food trucks. The Darien Butcher Shop will be serving their famous burgers as well. Music will start that evening at 7 p.m.

The concerts will return Grove Street Plaza for a full line up of great talent that will take the season through Sept. 27. Returning are Bob Button Band, Gunsmoke, Ratso and Friends in July. August will include Harry Bergen’s band Mods and Rockers, CC Legend, Sugar Bear, Leslie Costa’s Cinnamon Girl, and Wingmen. The series will continue into September with Exit Ramp Band, Barnstorm, Doug Allen and end with The Afterthoughts.

David Genovese said, “Penny and I are grateful for the broad support we have received over the last number of years in our efforts to work with the Planning & Zoning Commission and the various Town boards and volunteer organizations in improving the downtown, and we wanted to find a way to say thank you. We also wanted to remind residents of the importance of supporting our local merchants."

"These events are being offered free of charge…all that we are ask for in return is that people do their best to support local retailers and business owners. If you have a choice, dine or shop locally, because by doing so you are helping create a more vibrant downtown for Darien, and you enable all of us to give back in this way," he said.

Baywater and Grove Street Plaza have initiated a marketing campaign for “Darien Summer Nights” that includes on line and local advertising; a social media program through Facebook where people can post comments and pictures; and a website, www.thecorbindistrict.com, with updates and additional information.