Jackson Gore free concerts, events

LUDLOW - Okemo Mountain Resort celebrates summer with the return of the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series. Free concerts are scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night from June 18 through Sept. 3.

Families are welcome and all attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets. In case of rain, the concerts will move indoors. Dining options include burgers, hot dogs, chicken and ribs, or full-service dining with an al fresco seating option at Jackson Gore's Coleman Brook Tavern.

Kicking off this year's concert series, on June 18, is Dr. Burma. Dr. Burma has been playing for enthusiastic audiences all over New England for more than 20 years. Dynamic vocals, stellar musicianship, and an irresistible groove have built Dr. Burma's reputation as one of the area's premier rhythm and blues dance bands, playing clubs, concerts, festivals and parties throughout northern New England and New York.

Following Dr. Burma, the summer lineup for the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series includes: Twiddle, June 25; Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys, July 2; Crunchy Western Boys, July 9.

The Butties, July 16; The Pete Kilpatrick Band, July 23; The Alchemystics, July 30; Sly Geralds, Aug. 6; The Chris Kleeman Band, Aug. 13; The Slim Redmond Band, Aug. 20; Bud and Budd the Kind Buds, Aug. 27; The U.S. Air Force Band of Liberty, Sept. 3.

In addition to the Jackson Gore Outdoor Music Series, Okemo will host three special Saturday events. The Flip Flop Festival, slated for June 26, features musical guests J-San & the Analogue Sons opening for Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Okemo's second annual Hops in the Hills Beer Festival and Chicken Wing Championship will include the folk and bluegrass sounds of PossumHaw on Aug. 7.

The final festival of the season is scheduled for Oct. 9. Okemo's fourth annual Parrothead Party celebrates the music of Jimmy Buffett with tribute band Changes in Latitudes.

For more information visit www.okemo.com or call 228-1600.

For dinner reservations at Coleman Brook Tavern, call 228-1435.

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