The Navels performed rock songs from the 1960s to today on Wednesday evening at the Huntington Green in Shelton.

The crowd spread out on the lawn with blankets and lawn chairs and listened to the music as darkness began to fall. People sang and danced, and youngsters threw footballs and played other games, while tunes they know well were played from in front of the gazebo.

“We always come,” Gus Ruggiero of Shelton said the weekly concert series.

“We love them,” said Kim Sullivan of Shelton, attending with her two young children. “It’s great that Shelton does this. We look forward to it every year.”

The free Music Under the Stars outdoor concerts are sponsored by the Shelton Parks and Recreation Department  with the help of private sponsors.

Band wants interactive audience

The Navels specialize in cover songs from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s as well as hits from today.

This includes classic rock, disco, and Motown, such as ballads by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow and The Go Go's.

The band plays the type of music designed to encourage people to dance and sing along.

“We encourage people to ‘join us’ on stage,” states The Navels website (thenavels.com).

“Whether it is singing background vocals, playing tambourine, banging on the congas, playing the guitar or drums….you’re in the band. It’s rock band, Guitar Hero and karaoke on steroids," according to the website.

Upcoming shows

The Music Under the Stars concerts are free to the public on the Huntington Green. They take place on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m.

People should call 203-331-4120 in case of inclement weather.  If canceled, they usually will take place the following evening (Thursday).

People are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic food.  Food items also are sold by vendors and nearby businesses.

Remaining performances in the concert series are:

July 17

Gunsmoke

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July 24

The Glamour Girls

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July 31

The Barons

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Aug. 7

The Highland Rovers

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Aug. 14

Lynn Lewis and Friends 

(children’s show from 5:45-6:45)

Fools on the Hill 

(main performance)

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Aug. 21

Midnight Rodeo

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Aug. 28

Little Big Band

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