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Summer Fun: Sounds of Summer in Central Park

Community Guide: Alden Theatre presents first of four free summer concerts.

Upcoming Concerts

* Sunday, July 11, 5 p.m. - Frontiers: The Journey Tribute, "Don't Stop Believing!" Frontiers vocalist Jeremey Hunsicker was briefly tapped as a replacement vocalist for Journey in 2007.

* Sunday, July 18, 5 p.m. - Afro Bop Alliance, The Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz septet.

* Sunday, July 25, 5 p.m. - Difficult Run Jazz Band. DRJB is dedicated to preserving the sounds of the Swing Era, while presenting the unique, high-energy style embodied in contemporary Big Band jazz.

"It’s a nice way to spend a late Sunday."

— Mark Hurley, Arlington resident

<bt>Fans braved the heat on June 27 to watch Last Train Home perform in McLean Central Park as part of Alden Theatre’s free Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park series.

The group, a roots-rock band that began in Washington, D.C. in 1997, is the first of four regional bands featured this summer in the four-part concert series.

Nicole Arthur of Arlington, who attended the concert with her two daughters, is a friend of band front man Eric Brace from their days as coworkers at The Washington Post. She described herself as a "longtime fan of the band" and enjoyed watching the performance with her children.

"It’s a great family event," Arthur said. "We’re having fun."

Another fan of Last Train Home, Kirsten Huber of McLean, came with her family to enjoy the music despite the summer heat.

"We’re fans of the band," Huber said. "It was fun until the sun came out," she joked.

Rose Staley of Alexandria found out about the concert on the Alden Theatre website after seeing another performance through Alden. She decided to check out the Summer Concerts in the Park and was not disappointed.

"Music and the arts is very important," Staley said. "This is fantastic."

Mia Petree of Arlington said she and her daughter are "big fans" of the band. Petree has seen them perform nearby at venues like Wolf Trap and was excited to hear they would be in McLean at a free concert series.

"To have them in a free concert in the park is great," Petree said. "It’s fun to get out. I would definitely come back to see some of the other bands."

Mark Hurley of Arlington came to the concert with his family because he is a fan of Last Train Home, but he also said he would consider coming back for the other concerts in the series.

"Seeing the line-up, it would be a nice thing to come back to," Hurley said. "It’s a nice way to spend a late Sunday."