Abington Art Center brings back summer concert series in July

ABINGTON, PA – Joe Montone’s goal is to bring communities together through live music.

He has been doing this for Doylestown and surrounding areas for over 12 years.

Now the Bucks County music lover is crossing the county line and bringing his vision to Abington Township in eastern Montgomery County.

In July, Montone, 32, will help produce the Abington Art Center’s annual Summer Concert Series, featuring a lineup of local artists to host during the warmer months with a live musical event at the Alverthorpe Manor.

“My intention with producing concerts has always been to build community through live music,” Montone told Patch in a recent interview.

Montone was the producer of Distance Picnic On Pine, a concert series in Doylestown, Bucks County, which began in July 2020, shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its goal was to create a “series of very safe, socially distanced outdoor concerts,” Montone said.

The event ended up being a success, and two years later Montone ended up connecting with the folks at the Abington Art Center, who said they liked what he was doing in Doylestown and hoped he could bring the same brand of local music to Abington.

The concert series, which will take place every Thursday throughout July, is now seeking sponsorship opportunities in the months leading up to the program’s launch.

“Being a sponsor of this concert series means playing a leadership role in bringing artistic experiences to our wider community,” Rosalie Guzofsky, executive director of the Abington Art Center, said in a statement.

The Art Center says there are different levels of sponsorship and each level highlights sponsors in different ways and can even be tailored to the promotional needs of neighbors and local businesses.

Spaces will also be available for local artists, artisans and food vendors who wish to be part of the concert series.

Montone, who also serves as the sponsorship and marketing coordinator for the concert series, said one of his goals with the music was to create a “soundtrack of unity.”

“What we intend to present is an extension of the passion and energy of a summer night,” he said.

Montone, a guy from Bucks County, said he didn’t even know the Abington Arts Center existed until he hooked up with the organization.

He said he heard about the center when he met Ashara Shapiro, who is the arts center’s events manager.

Shapiro said she liked what Montone had done with the Doylestown picnic event, and she wanted him to bring his expertise to the Abington concert series, according to Montone.

As for those scheduled to perform during the series, the lineup itself is still being worked out.

Anyone interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities or who would like additional general information about the concert series can visit the Abington Arts Center website.