May 25, 2022

“August Nights at Harkness”

The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band headlines the Aug. 4 Bring Our Music Back concert at Harkness.

Bring Our Music Back, Inc., in collaboration with Kitchings Productions, presents “August Nights at Harkness . . . Music the Way it Was.”  The concerts at Harkness Memorial State Park in  Waterford are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 4, with performances by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and Thursday, Aug. 12, with “the one and only Tommy Dorsey Orchestra”, under the direction of Buddy Morrow, the Gentleman’s King of Big Band Swing.

The Sugarfoot Youth Band

On Aug. 4, Tosh Sheridan will open the concert from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and the Sugarfoot Youth Jazz Band (pictured above) will perform from 7 to 7:45 p.m. before the Preservation Hall Jazz Band comes on at 8 p.m.

Both concerts are being held from 6 to 10 p.m.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for traditional picnicking.  The Bee and Thistle Inn of Old Lyme will sponsor the Best Picnic awards.

Old Lyme residents Frank Bombaci, Sr., President of Bring Our Music Back, Inc., and Ken Kitchings of Kitchings Productions are working with the community to bring music back to Harkness Memorial Park the way it was in the beginning … in their words, “simple, professionally produced, wonderful mid-week music, all about family, friends and community enjoying the beauty of al fresco music in one of Connecticut’s state treasures, Harkness Memorial State Park.”

The goal of “August Nights at Harkness” is to stage a community-involved event for the whole family to enjoy while picnicking in the park on a summers night.  Both concerts open with a youth music performance.

Bring Our Music Back, Inc is a pending non-profit 501c3 (application submitted 3/10) organization dedicated to the enrichment of life and healing through music in support of aspiring musicians, programs and services within our communities.  The initiative of their concerts is to give burgeoning talent a voice and venue with national recording artists while providing a platform to raise funds to give back to music initiatives within the community.  This is Music with Purpose.

The 2010 “August Nights at Harkness” beneficiaries include The Isaac School, New London High School music scholarship awards, The Yellow Bus Fund of the Lyman Allyn Museum, and Bring Our Music Back, Inc community music initiatives of the organization.

Concert tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door and ticket packages for both concerts are $37.  Children under 12 are free with an adult.  All Military are free with ID.  Group sales rates are available  for 15 or more.

To purchase tickets, visit, call 860-434-1882 or stop by The Bowerbird or The Hideaway in Old Lyme.