The annual Belfast Summer Nights series will open Thursday, June 23 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the downtown corner of High and Main streets. For more information, call 322-7123.

The opening band is The Hips featuring Michelle Kelly and Jen DeJoy on vocals; Jason Wilcox on bass; Chris Grigsby on guitar; Tom Fowler on mandolin and sax; Ted Yoder on drum kit; and Wes Reddick on other percussion.

The seven piece dance band plays an eclectic mix of upbeat rock and covers from the 1980s to contemporary music. The Hips also perform original tunes, and their blend of harmony and energy make listeners want to get up and dance.

Belfast Summer Nights concerts are free, although donations to the ongoing series are appreciated. Lawn chairs, picnic suppers and dancing shoes are encouraged.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to