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Thompson Performing Arts series open for summer

26 years of performances for Central Bucks


The 2021 Thompson Performing Arts Series featured the Central Bucks High School West Jazz Ensembles on opening night, June 9, after a year when the outdoor concerts could not be held.

The free weekly concerts in the C&N Amphitheater at Doylestown Central Park are resuming this year with the Midnight Rock Show taking the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. The group takes audiences back to the sounds of the 1970s.

Brought back by popular demand, the Sensational Soul Cruisers with their authentic Motown sound will have the audience off their chairs and dancing the night away. Also on the schedule, Big Chill adds energy and excitement to the Classic Rock favorites they perform. Also returning is a crowd favorite, Lights Out, with its Jersey Beach Boys show.

In an interactive performance, the Flying Ivories – who encourage the crowd to hoot, holler, and become part of the show that combines requests and a comedic flair. The Where’s Pete Band promises to deliver the right combination of music to get a party started and continue through the night. Little Red Roster brings the blues to Central Park with a high energy, crowd-pleasing performance.

Tribute bands include Laurel Canyon with a tribute to Crosby, Stills, and Nash. “Viva Las Vegas” is the Jesse Garron Elvis tribute.

Neil Delson, director of the Central Bucks jazz bands said, “It’s been such a challenging year, but we feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to play several outdoor performances this spring. Our favorite performances are always those in our own community, so we are especially excited to be a part of the Thompson Performing Arts Series and play at the C&N Amphitheater in Central Park. Our students have worked hard all year and are excited to share some great music with everyone.”

“We are very excited that our opening performance featured Director Delson’s state renowned CB West Jazz Band. Some perennial favorites will be returning, along with several brand-new performers that are sure to impress,” said Barbara Lyons, chairman of the Doylestown Township Board of Supervisors.

The Thompson Performing Arts Series always honors the local community and this year it will include performers such as Class Act, a band that consists of Central Bucks teachers and alumni that have every party song covered; and there’s the Cherry Lane Band, which includes CB West Jazz Band alumni. The Bucks County Choral Society is also in the lineup for 2021, highlighting Bucks County’s own: Sondheim & Hammerstein.

DART shuttle transportation will be available once again to and from all Wednesday evening concerts. Stops include: Acme Markets at Doylestown Shopping Center, Center Square Apartments, Bucks County Parking Garage, State Street and Main Street at Starbucks, Colonial Heritage Community and Grundy Hall.

Check for the bus schedule.

Up-to-date information will be posted at For additional information, call the Doylestown Township Administrative Offices at 215-348-9915.