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Free weeknight entertainment in Lake George begins this week

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Following a beautiful Fourth of July weekend that drew thousands to the Queen of American lakes, the Village of Lake George kicks it into high gear beginning its schedule of weeknight entertainment. Monday through Friday, visitors to the Village will always find something going on in Shepard Park on Canada Street. All events are free and family friendly. You may wish to bring a chair or a blanket to spread out on the lawn. Metered parking is available on the streets and in the Village parking lots on Amherst, Ottawa and Beach Road.

Musical Magical Mondays

Monday nights combine music and magic featuring Lake George native Rich Ortiz, a guitarist whose mellow acoustics combine folk with a little funk. Master magician Jimmy Brown presents the magical portion of Monday’s shows. Brown performed for years as the magic act at Magic Forest and has proved to be a kid-friendly crowd pleaser. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Tribute Tuesdays

The Beatles tribute band Across the Pond will perform July 8, 15, 29 and Aug. 5 and 12. Local favorite Jonathan Newell will be joining the tribute, covering as Paul McCartney. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Lake George Arts Project Wednesday night concert series

The Lake George Arts Project brings top names to the Shepard Park amphitheatre every Wednesday evening through Aug. 27. The music genres vary to include, blues, bluegrass, jazz, funk, Cajun and rock. Visit the Arts Project website for a list of scheduled performers. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday night band and fireworks

The Lake George Community Band takes the stage in Shepard Park July 10, 17, 31 and Aug. 7 and 21. They will also perform Friday and Saturday July 18 and 19 for their annual Community Band Festival. The Thursday night concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are followed by fireworks over the lake. July 24 and Aug. 14 there are no concerts scheduled, but there are still fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Fridays at the Lake concert series

Improve Records will be hosting three Friday evening concerts. July 25 brings Rev Tor to the stage, Aug. 8, The Primate Fiasco is scheduled and Aug. 22 The Stone Revival Band will perform. Shows begin at 8 P.M.

Other Friday performances:

  • July 11 and Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. — Dead Ahead, a Grateful Dead tribute band
  • July 18 at 6 p.m. — Lake George Community Band Festival
  • Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. — Rick Redington & the Luv
  • Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. — 42nd Army Division Band
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