Thea Digiammerino

Music-Lovers Brave Heat for Outdoor Concert Series in New Britain

A blast of the 1970s filled Walnut Hill Park in New Britain as the band Vinyl Revolution jammed on stage on Monday.

The crowd soaked up the tunes, as most found a spot out of the sun with the temperature in the high 80s.

“Really nice. Nice little breeze. The sun is going down. We’re in shade” said Jeanette Voisine of Plainville.

“It’s nice that New Britain has Parks & Rec and something nice for us to come to,” said Deb Daversa of Berlin.

Earlier the beating sun sent people streaming to a splash pad on Willow Street. Monday afternoon temperatures hit the 90s. But it felt a lot worse.

“Oh my god, it’s horrible. Humid, hot and disgusting,” said Rich Lazicki of New Britain.

“I felt like I was going to pass out,” said Lilly Fargas of New Britain.

Kids and parents were finding relief with cool jets of water.

“It’s too hot to be in the house. It’s too nice to be stuck in the house. The kids love the water. I figure, take them to the splash pad,” said Crystal Torres of New Britain.

Back at the concert, the sounds of the 70s relaxed people and some people including Laurel Simpson packed refreshments to deal with the conditions.

“Pepperoni and muenster. We got a big bowl of fruit. And all the rest is water,” said Simpson.

Monday’s concert kicked off a summer series, with bands playing most Mondays and Wednesdays.

The music starts at 7 p.m. at Walnut Hill Park.

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