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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 11:10 am, Tue Jul 31, 2012.

When summer grows long and our ideas for amusement short, we love options like Chandler Center for the Arts’ free summer concert series.

For little to no coinage (sometimes we like to say “thanks” with a donation), we’ve got an effortless evening out in the cool air-conditioning of a genuine performing arts venue. Away from the TV, Internet, smart phone and video games, we’re free to connect and share an experience with whatever friends or relatives we’ve asked along.

The series begins Friday, July 27, with a show by Come Back Buddy, a three-piece band that specializes in feel-good music of the 1950s and ’60s. They even dress the part in white sport coats, poodle skirts and saddle shoes.

With upbeat performances known for getting toddlers to seniors moving to the music, we’re circling it as our easy-pleasing outing for the week.

And there’s more to come. Concerts scheduled for the waning Fridays of summer include country music trio Firefly on Aug. 3, the Sun Lakes Big Band featuring Joe Carroccio on Aug. 17, Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project on Aug. 24, and Territorial Brass on Sept. 21.

Firefly has opened for LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd, Steve Wariner, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band and Carrie Underwood. Chartrand has been likened to songwriters Ray LaMontagne and Ben Harper.

DETAILS >> 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is first come, first served. Free, but donations are accepted. (480) 782-2680 or

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