The McLean Community Center’s “Summer Sunday Concerts in the Park” series begins on Sunday, June 27 at 5 p.m. at McLean Central Park with the evocative roots rock of local favorites Last Train Home.

Over its nine-year existence, Last Train Home has evolved from a five-piece part-time band in Washington to what critic Peter Cooper of the Nashville Tennessean calls “one of the country’s most formidable roots-rock bands.” And while roots-rock is the core of Last Train Home’s sound, don’t overlook the country, swing, bluegrass, folk, mariachi, pop, punk, and Tin Pan Alley influences you’ll find if you give this band a listen.

Upcoming concers include:

July 11: Frontiers: The Journey Tribute - “Don’t Stop Believing!” Frontiers is the nation’s only full-time touring tribute to 1980s mega-group Journey. Frontiers features vocalist Jeremey Hunsicker, who was briefly tapped as a replacement vocalist for Journey in 2007, and was a contributing songwriter on Journey’s platinum-selling “Revelation” CD.

July 18: Afro Bop Alliance. This is an exciting Latin-Jazz septet from Annapolis, which performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. These talented musicians always thrill audiences with their infectious polyrhythmic grooves, harmonic colorings, and improvisational flights.

July 25: Difficult Run Jazz Band. The difficult Run Jazz Band has been performing in the Washington area for more than 25 years. The ensemble includes many of the area’s top musicians, dedicated to preserving the sounds of the Swing Era, while presenting the unique, high-energy style embodied in contemporary Big Band jazz.

The series is presented in cooperation with the Fairfax County Park Authority, Supervisor John Foust, New Dominion Women’s Club and the Alden Theatre.

For more information, see the Web site at www.mcleancenter.org.

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