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Ben Parent, Hugh Birdsall and birthday girl Dana Takaki sing Thursday in the Hygienic Art Park

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If you pay attention to the meteorologists, Thursday's high temperature will be in the upper 80s with a humidity level that'll make you think you have Kate Moss' lungs. But that's okay. You LOVE The Day's "Live Lunch Break" concert series, in New London's lovely Hygienic Art Park, and would never think of missing it. 

Besides, the audience will be cool and comfy in the shade. It's the performers — an excellent gathering of Ben Parent, Hugh Birdsall and Dana Takaki — who'll be doing the sweating. The least you can do is applaud their fine performances with enthusiasm, and perhaps buy them a savory from Supreme Hot Dogs.

The show's at noon Thursday, and you can also purchase beer and wine in the park. Oh, and it's worth noting that Takaki is celebrating a special birthday this week. In that spirit, the music continues Saturday at Captain Scott's Lobster Dock. It's a full afternoon of tunes with Takaki, Birdsall and Parent along with The Rivergods, Old Dog New Trick, Ear Candy for the Soul, and Rocky and Zak.

— Rick Koster

Live Lunch Break, noon Thursday, Hygienic Art Park, 79 Bank St., New London; free;

Dana Takaki Birthday, 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Captain Scott's , 80 Hamilton St., New London; free; (860) 439-1741.



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