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


, a 77-year tradition, will feature the Army


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."


For updates go

, or call 788-3620.

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


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


June 30 -- "Celebrate America!"

July 7 -- "All That Jazz"

July 14 -- 338th Army Band from





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


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 --


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