Outdoor concerts abound in August

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There's something so inherently summery about lounging outdoors in a lawn chair, soaking in the sounds of live music.

As summer wraps up, so do several summer concert series. But before that happens, plenty of chances still exist to enjoy music outdoors.

Summer Breeze

The Summer Breeze concert series in Merchant's Square closes its summer season with a month of performances from military bands. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

• Aug. 10: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Band

• Aug. 17: U.S. Air Force Blue Aces Pop Ensemble

• Aug. 24: U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass Ensemble

• Aug. 31: U.S. Army TRADOC Band

Military Band Concert Series

York County's Military Band Concert Series spans the month of August with free weekly concerts at Yorktown's Riverwalk Landing, next to the York River. Performances begin at 6:30 p.m.

• Aug. 9: U.S. Fleet Forces "Four Star Edition" Band

• Aug. 16: U.S. Air Force Heritage of American "Blue Aces"

• Aug. 23: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band "TRADOC Jazz Combo"

Sunset Serenades

Colonial Williamsburg will present live music every Friday in August and September at Chowning's Tavern Garden. Free and open to the public, the performances run from 8-11 p.m. Here's August's lineup of local musicians.

• Aug. 12: Take 757

• Aug. 19: The Hark

• Aug. 26: Roebuck

• Sept. 2: Willie Tintype

Yorktown Summer Concert Series

The Celebrate Yorktown Committee will wrap its summer concert series this month. Performances begin at 5 p.m. in Grace Episcopal Church's yard at 111 Church St., Yorktown.

• Aug. 7: Lana Puckett and Kim Person

• Aug. 14: Magic of Harmony Show Chorus

• Aug. 21: Runaway String Band

• Aug. 28: Poisoned Dwarf

Symphony under the Stars

The Virginia Symphony Orchestra's annual Symphony Under the Stars series will occur during Labor Day weekend. Conducted by Benjamin Rous, the concerts feature family-friendly selections, including John Williams' Suite from "Jaws" and John Stafford Smith's "Star Spangled Banner." The free concerts also feature "Rivers of the Chesapeake: The Elizabeth," by local composer James Hosay.

• 7:30 p.m., Sept. 1 at Lake Matoaka Amphitheatre, Williamsburg

• 7:30 p.m., Sept. 3 at Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown

Fourth Fridays

Presented by James City County, the final Fourth Fridays concert features a performance from Jesse Chong, a Virginia Beach-based musician, and his band. Chong's musical style is reminiscent of the likes of Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. Admission is free. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and music begins at 6:30 p.m., at Jamestown Beach Event Park, 2205 Jamestown Road.

Yorktown Music Jamboree

Presented by the Watermen's Museum, the Yorktown Music Jamboree features original and traditional folk music every Friday in August, showcased by a variety of performers. Performances begin at 6 p.m. at 309 Water St. along the York River. Tickets are $5.

More music

Don't forget about outdoor live music offerings from select local eateries and breweries, including Season's Restaurant, Virginia Beer Company, Berret's Taphouse Grill, Center Street Grill and The Corner Pocket.

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

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