by Alex Lloyd Gross
July 17, 2022
Many townships in the region have outdoor amphitheaters. Often these venues are used for local bands, talent shows and marching band competitions. All are good uses and can attract small to medium crowds of up to a hundred people. In Bristol Township, Bucks County, they have launched a summer concert series which attracts national artists.
The first shows licked the season last weekend. The Commodores and Russell Tompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics with special guest Eddie Holman play shows on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a great place to bring a lawn chair, sit back and relax while you catch a show. These shows are not free. You need to purchase a ticket, which can be purchased here or at the door. If you wait to buy one at the door, the show may be sold out.
Parking is free. The Commodores drew a very nice crowd of about 800 people, officials said. Every song was played that people wanted to hear. The show started at 8:00 p.m. and ended at 9:30 p.m. The following evening Russell Tompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics performed and Eddie Holman opened the show. At 76, he can still sing a song.
The shows will have an MC, his name is IMD. He moves the show forward with humor, between acts. “I was invited to go to Germantown, said no thanks, not this year, maybe 2025,” he handed out two sets of tickets for Herman’s Hermits, which will take place September 9 and 10, 2022. Anyone can pitch in when free stuff is advertised. It’s another when you have to earn it. That’s what IMD did. The first woman to break out insect repellent won the tickets. He found his winner, took the spray, used it, returned it and then distributed the tickets.
The New Stylistics put on a great show. With Russell Tompkins from the area, it was a special show. The band did most of the songs that made them famous. With about a dozen top 10 singles from the 1970s, choosing a set list isn’t easy.
Go to the website listed above to see upcoming shows. The Indigo Girls will be there this summer. The series is sponsored by William Penn Bank. and ran in conjunction with the Bristol Riverside Theatre.