The weekly Saturday free concerts in start this week with local Altadena duo, Those Manning Bhoys.
The summer park series will open with an introduction from County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and Capt. John Benedict.
The weekly summer event runs through September 8 and is free to the public. There will be beer, wine, soft drinks and food from El Patron for sale at the concerts.
Below is some more about Saturday's opening act, Those Manning Bhoys, courtesy of Robert Klomburg of the Sheriff's Support Group of Altadena, which organizes the concerts:
Those Manning Bhoys; Altadena’s own. For the eighth consecutive year the brothers Mike and Sean Manning will be bringing their musical variety styling’s to the Amphitheatre at Farnsworth Park. This year’s show will be a slight departure from the strictly Irish moods of the past years.
The Manning family moved to Altadena in 1948. As the oldest and youngest of a family of eight, the brothers have decided to get a little more personal this year. As a couple of Baby-boomers living and working in Altadena, Mike and Sean want to give a little sense of what it was like to grow up and in a small house with 10 people. Their father Raymond, and their mother Sis, raised the boys and their six brothers and sisters in a strict working-class Irish Catholic household on Altadena’s West side, just below Farnsworth Park. This night will also mark the debut of Mike’s original song, “Altadena: A Boomer’s Story”
Joining the Brothers this year will be their close friend and fellow musician Billy Arcila, an instructor at Pasadena City College who will play his original classical guitar compositions. Also joining the Bhoys on stage will be a quintet from the Los Angeles Scottish Fiddler’s, who specialize in Cape Breton style fiddle musician upbeat and downhome style of music from the Scots who settled in that area of Nova Scotia. Accordingly, Sean and Mike will be debuting four Scottish folk songs including two well-known pieces by the Scottish poet Robert Burns.