Arts Jubilee Final Concert Features Entrain and Celebrates Conway’s 250th

The final Arts Jubilee concert on Thursday, August 13 will live up to the term “Grand Finale” as three featured performances plus fireworks is planned, offering a 4-for-1 night to Arts Jubilee fans. “It will be a fun, family-friendly evening with special musical treats for everyone,” said Cindy Russell, Executive Director of Arts Jubilee. “Every part of the evening is going to be top live entertainment and we need to let everyone know not to miss one minute!”

Leading off the evening at 6 PM will be the “Mo’ Blues Band” playing crowd thumpin’, dance funkin’ motown, swing and blues. Launching the evening will be local band members Kristen Corrigan – vocals/percussion, Gus Guvelis – rhythm guitar/vocals, Mike Pickering – bass guitar,

Bruce Kimball- Saxaphone and Jason Sportum – percussion. Their performance is becoming a tradition at Arts Jubilee and we are grateful for their contribution.

Celebrating Conway’s 250th – postponed from July 30th, will be Valley favorites, Dennis O’Neil and Davey Armstrong who have serenaded Arts Jubilee audiences for decades! Dennis and Davey perform their beautiful Celtic/folk music throughout the New England area and Arts Jubilee is privileged to count them among their long-time friends. This year, they have fulfilled a request to compose an original song commemorating Conway’s 250th and will be performing the debut with special guests George Weiss on piano and Taylor Whiteside on fiddle when they take the stage at 7 PM.

At 7:30 PM, the well-known Martha’s Vineyard band, Entrain, will step into the spotlight.  The up-beat 7-piece band is praised widely for their positive lyrics and for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles – from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk – often within the same song.  “The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we’ve got that…. anything goes, everything goes,” explains the band’s leader, Tom Major, who was a longtime touring percussionist for rock ’n’ roll icon Bo Diddley.   “The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!”  Entrain’s music appeals to a diverse audience from kids to grandparents.

“We want to create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces and bodies moving. You can’t beat that feeling. At the same time if we can help to make peace and love cool again… great! There’s enough negativity in the world, let’s spread a little joy around and watch how infectious it can be.”  said Major. Arts Jubilee welcomes Entrain back for the third time because we know how much our audiences enjoy their music.

Partnering with Arts Jubilee to present an extra special spectacular fireworks show is Atlas Pyrovision of Jaffrey, the only fireworks sponsor known to Arts Jubilee in all 33 years. Technnician, Jim Bennett promises a few extra bursts in recognition of Conway’s 250th celebration.

Arts Jubilee’s outdoor festival concerts are found at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire.  Beverages and food available on the Deck at Zip’s Pub with a full view of the stage.  Picnic suppers are permitted – no alcohol, please.   Provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs.  Admission is family friendly.  Adults are $10, Seniors: $8, Students are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.  Arts Jubilee is a non-profit organization with support from area corporate sponsors, private donations, and grants.  Our host sponsor, Cranmore Mountain provides ample free parking, indoor restrooms, and beautiful mountain views in a natural amphitheater setting.  For additional information go to MWVEvents.com or call 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.

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