Harrisburg Young Professionals Announce Artists & Dates for Free Concert Series


HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 26, 2017) – Italian Lake Park at 3rd & Division Sts. in Uptown Harrisburg, once again serves as the location for the Italian Lake Concert Series, organized by Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP). The premier event of HYP’s Arts & International Committee, this marks the 6th year that HYP has offered the community free concerts performed by regional artists.

“The concert series has attracted many fantastic acts over the years and has brought many neighbors, families and friends together for beautiful summer evenings,” says Meron Yemane, HYP Board Member and former HYP President. Visitors to the event can enjoy not only the free live music, but the sculptures and gardens of the public Italian Lake Park. The series is held the 2nd Sunday of each month in June, July and August, and is free and open to the entire community.

The concert series kicks off on Sunday, June 11 featuring The Jayplayers. This central-Pennsylvania group is an Americana/Roots Rock act, based around the songwriting of Keeley McCue and Chris Weidensaul. Their songwriting is described as unassumingly authentic, acquired from a shared, unconscious viewpoint. To sample their music and learn more, visit their website:

Next up, on Sunday, July 9, is Ginger Coyle. She belongs to a lineage that stretches from Carole King through Fiona Apple, vocalists who borrow confidently from a soul music vocabulary while working mainstream pop territory. She is known to say, “If I’m gonna make pop music…It’s gonna be my kind of pop music.” Her songs include “Sundays” in collaboration with Michele Lynn and the recently released “Rise Up.” To learn more about Ginger Coyle, visit her website:

The final event of the series will be held on Sunday, August 13 with the music of Mark DeRose and the Dreadnought Brigade. They are identified as a rootsy, soulful, rock n roll band from Lancaster, Pa. The band includes members Mark DeRose (guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist), Ryan Shenk (backup vocalist, brass, guitarist), Frank Portario (backup vocalist, bassist) and Blake Hillard (drummer). To sample their music and learn more about their collaboration, visit

All events begin at 6 PM. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair, snacks, and join us in enjoying these artists. HYP representatives will be on site to assist event-goers and introduce the artists.

The Italian Lake Concert Series is made possible through the generous support of HYP Partners: Dauphin County, M&T Bank, and TheBurg.

To learn more about the Italian Lake Series, visit

Harrisburg Young Professionals – Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work and play. We are part of a movement that is breathing new life into urban areas and lessening the negative impact of suburban sprawl. We also work to prevent the migration of educated young people to larger cities (often referred to as “brain drain”) and to encourage those who have left to return to the Central Pennsylvania region.

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