It’s that time of year when concertgoers across the nation travel miles to experience live music in outdoor settings of all sorts, but Hershey residents and visitors needn’t venture further than ChocolateTown Square to get their fix.
Music on Chocolate, an outdoor summer concert series held the second Saturday of every month from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, begins June 11 and runs through September 10. The season lineup features two acts per evening and draws from a diverse range of genres.
Rick Russell, who organizes the event, praised the acts set to perform, sharing that as a result of his collaboration with local artist Thom Bissey, “We’ve had the opportunity to bring some outstanding musical acts to the area.” Russell added that the music scene in the Central Pennsylvania area includes many artists, some of whom have toured on the regional or national level.
According to Russell, most acts originate within a 50-mile radius of Hershey and when choosing performers, “We placed a priority on local/regional acts and musical diversity.” As a result, throughout the concert season, listeners will hear everything from alternative country to rock to blues performances.
Music on Chocolate moves to a new venue for the second year. Russell anticipates attendees to be impressed by the talented groups gracing the stage in ChocolateTown Square.
Concertgoers will also be able to enjoy a Tröegs Beer Garden and other food and beverage options.
Check out some of the acts below, and mark your calendars to watch them perform!
Doing an eclectic mix of timeless classics from the worlds of Jazz, Blues and Pop, featuring the soaring vocals of Amy Shaffer and her band.
Celebrating ten years together, the Swaines’ passion for “beer-soaked flannel dirt rock” continues unchecked. With a sound loosely planted somewhere between rock and alternative country, the band draws influence from Neil Young, Jason Isbell, Wilco and the Old 97’s. A Swaines show is like your favorite boy band wandered into the Appalachians with a distortion pedal – except there’s a girl in the band and none of the boys can dance.
DeSoto Rust begins their second decade bringing original Americana and roots rock music to the Delaware Valley and beyond. With four albums and countless shows in the rear view mirror, the band has crafted a unique high-energy sound and has amassed a large catalogue of dynamic original material.
Up Pops The Devil
Up Pops the Devil is trying to save the world two guitar players at a time. “We love the sound of two guitars, drums and bass. Add to that a good melody and to us that’s what rock and roll is.” Four self-admitted music nerds who hang out so much they could finish each other sentences (and often do), Up Pops the Devil is a band with an immediately recognizable country, rhythm and blues influence. But the vibe is all their own as they take over the stage while still staying true to their strong beating rock n roll heart.
Nate Meyers and the Aces
Nate Myers and the Aces have been established in Central PA for nearly 15 years. They are professional, flexible, and easy to work with. Lead by vocalist Nate Myers and his harmonica, the band creates a loose, casual atmosphere in which everyone can relax and have a good time! Whether the audience prefers to sit back and listen or get up and “shake that thang,” there is something for everyone. Nate Myers is an excellent musician, songwriter, and performer – the consummate entertainer who keeps the audience’s attention throughout the entire performance. The wide variety of styles, energy and sincerity in his music allows him to fit into nearly any musical genre. On a typical evening, audiences can hear influences from many forms of American music – blues, funk, hip hop, rockabilly, country and improvisation. Nate Myers & the Aces take all these styles they love and weave them into a tapestry of their own.
Sweet Corn and Peanut
Sweet Corn & Peanut, a dynamic duo, compose music that speaks to the story of the human experience. “People want to feel connected to the music they are listening to. They want to feel like you’re singing about them, that they’re not alone.” Pulling inspiration from an eclectic background of music (from metal to delta blues), Sweet Corn & Peanut incorporate a multitude of musical genres into their music giving every type of listener something to love.
For more information, check out the Music on Chocolate page.
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