The Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s Citywide Concert Series comes to Dorchester Park on Thursday, August 3 with a performance by Sweet Tooth and the Sugarbabies.
The seven-person band— made up of students from Berklee College of Music— will play a mix of popular music ranging from Motown to today’s radio hits on a ParkARTS stage set up on the Adams Street “bowl” side of the park.
“Just come ready to dance and have a great time,” said Eric Jalajas, 24, the lead guitarist and band manager of the Sugarbabies.
After spending plenty of time in wedding ballrooms and convention centers, the Sugarbabies are looking forward to the outdoor show in a neighborhood setting.
“A lot of the performances we do have to be a certain way,” said Jon Behar, 24, the manager of the Sugarbabies. “Everyone in the band is looking forward to doing this [performance in Dorchester], seeing as it will be more relaxed and interactive.”
Behar noted that performing in the band allows the students to hone their crafts and discern what path they want their careers to move towards.
“We’re looking forward to playing a gig in what can be considered the communal backyard of our city,” Jalajas said.
The ParkARTS Series, which launched July 10 and concludes on August 8 with a performance in Charlestown, brings free, live entertainment to green spaces around the city for all residents to enjoy.
Ryan Woods, 33, the Director of External Affairs for Boston’s Parks and Recreation, sees the series as akin to a traveling roadshow.
“It’s a great way to celebrate our summers in the city,” he said. “And a great opportunity to bring the community together.”
Along with the band, he noted, the Boston Water Commission will be on site to have trucks where residents can fill up their water bottles and enjoy the hour-and-a-half concert, which begins at 7 p.m.