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July 24, 2012

Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concerts Continue in August

The annual Merchants Square Summer Breeze Concert Series continues in August with a lineup of military bands and ensembles. Four ensembles displaying a variety of talent from the USAF Heritage of America Band will entertain throughout the month. In addition, the U.S. Army TRADOC concert band will perform on Aug. 22. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.

  • USAF Heritage Brass Ensemble - From classical to jazz and popular music, from Bach to the Beatles, the quintet brings its brilliant brass sound to all music genres, providing a variety of music that’s as educational as it is exciting. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1.
  • USAF Heritage Ramblers Ensemble - Heritage Ramblers bring the New Orleans and Chicago styles of traditional jazz to life in each performance. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.
  • USAF Blue Aces Ensemble - The energetic productions of this 10-piece ensemble encompass a wide variety of musical styles. 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.
  • U.S. Army TRADOC Band - The Ft. Eustis-based Army concert band plays a mixture of old favorites and modern works. 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.
  • USAF Rhythm in Blue Ensemble - A versatile 13-piece ensemble performs a wide variety of jazz, blues and funk. 7–8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29.

    In addition to the concert, Merchants Square offers free entertainment for younger members of the audience beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Duke of Gloucester Street, between Williams-Sonoma and Talbots. Entertainment includes face painting, bubble making and clowns.

    All Summer Breeze concerts take place on Duke of Gloucester Street in Merchants Square and are free to the public.

    Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and their dancing shoes to the performances. Food and beverages, including carryout, are available from Merchants Square’s nine restaurants.

    Convenient concert night parking is available at the Prince George Street garage and the lot at the corner of South Henry and Francis Streets.

    The Summer Breeze Concert Series is sponsored by Merchants Square, the City of Williamsburg Department of Parks and Recreation, and Legacy Financial Group.

    For more information about weather-related cancellations, please see the Merchants Square website, www.merchantssquare.org, or call the events hotline on concert days at (757) 565-8889.

    All concerts are free, and are sponsored by Merchants Square, the City of Williamsburg and the Legacy Financial Group.

    Merchants Square, the shopping and dining district adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg’s renowned Historic Area, is home to more than 40 shops and restaurants. Built in 1935, Merchants Square is recognized as one of the first planned shopping malls in the United States. In 2005 Merchants Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places along with the Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Inn to make up the Merchants Square and Resort Historic District. Merchants Square properties are owned by Colonial Williamsburg with the majority leased to private business owners. Revenue from Colonial Williamsburg’s commercial property initiatives supports the educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational organization that oversees and operates the restored 18th-century town of Williamsburg. For more information on Merchants Square, visit www.merchantssquare.org.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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