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Two free concert series at Fort Monroe will feature Slapwater, Army TRADOC Band

Many things will soon be changing at

Fort Monroe

, but for now, one will remain the same: the tradition of free, outdoor concerts on Thursday and Friday nights.

Music Under the Stars

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, a 77-year tradition, will feature the Army

TRADOC

Band and guests playing each Thursday night through Aug. 25. Concerts take place at Continental Park next to the Chamberlin Hotel. Music starts at 7 p.m.

"This will be our farewell season at Fort Monroe," said Staff Sgt. Anthony Reosti, a spokesman for the band. "It's hard because everyone loves Fort Monroe, it's such a pretty venue."

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For updates go

, or call 788-3620.

Here's a look at the band's plans for the season:

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June 9 -- 236th Army birthday and streamer ceremony  (82nd Airborne's All American Free Fall parachute team will float in starting at 6:40 p.m.)

June 16 -- "A Brass Menagerie"

June 23 -- "Spicin' Up the Gumbo" A night of Dixieland and

salsa

June 30 -- "Celebrate America!"

July 7 -- "All That Jazz"

July 14 -- 338th Army Band from

Whitehall

,

Ohio

.

July 21 -- 338th Army Band

July 28 -- "TRADOC on the March!"

Aug. 4 -- "Those Were The Days ..." Band alumni concert

Aug. 11 -- "Singer Songwriter" TRADOC Rock

Aug. 18 -- "Big Band Golden Era"

Aug. 25 -- "Overture 1812" Special start time 7:30 p.m., rain date Aug. 26

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Summerfest by the Bay

takes place Fridays 5 p.m. to midnight at Fort Monroe's beach, just behind the Bay Breeze Community Center, 490 Fenwick Road.

Beach chairs are recommended but coolers are not permitted. For updates, go

Here's the schedule:

June 10 --

Slapwater

June 17 -- Planet Full of Blues

June 24 -- 4IIC

July 1 -- Gator Allmond and Spice of Life

July 8 -- Jimmy Jones

July 15 -- L.F. Edwards

July 22 -- Tidewater Drive

July 29 -- Slapwater

Aug. 5 -- 4IIC

Aug. 12 -- Planet Full of Blues

Aug. 19 -- Just's Friends

Aug. 26 -- Retros

Sept. 2 -- Gator Allmond and Spice of Life

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