Summit Beach Musical Memories

Summit Beach is gone forever, but we still have the memories and the music.

Joseph Rubin and His Orchestra will perform a tribute to Akron’s Lost Amusement Park during a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 in the Main Library’s Downtown Auditorium at 60 S. High St.

“Sentimental Journey: Musical Memories of Summit Beach Park” will offer some of the big band sounds of the resort town that operated from 1917 to 1958. The world’s biggest bands, including Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw, have performed at the Wisteria Ballroom in its heyday.

Rubin, a Canton native, is the founder and director of American Musical Productions, a nonprofit group that specializes in recreating American music from 1890 to 1949 in a historically accurate way. The 16-piece orchestra includes vocalist Heidi Swinford.

The concert will feature arrangements by Portsmouth bandleader Clyde McCoy, who performed four times at Summit Beach Park from 1937 to 1946 and made nine other appearances at local venues including the Akron Palace Theater .

Akron audiences can expect to hear such classics as “Stompin’ At The Savoy”, “When You’re Smiling”, “Stardust”, “Opus No. 1”, “Sentimental Journey”, “Begin the Beguine” and more.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and will last two hours with a 15-minute intermission. Registration is not compulsory. Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. at the High and Market parking deck next to the Main Library.

For more information, visit https://www.akronlibrary.org or call 330-643-9030.

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