High energy, world-class performers presenting a wide range of entertainment from Celtic- Irish music to traditional brass band to the Blues, and music of the 80’s and classics from Broadway describes the 5-week summer concert series planned for July and August this summer by Arts Jubilee, hosted at Cranmore Mountain,
After months of planning, the Arts Jubilee 2013 schedule reflects the goal of providing a wide range of upbeat entertainment to suit a variety of tastes. “No matter what your specific musical tastes may be, these concerts will be fun for everyone and continue to be family-friendly in every way,” stated Cindy Russell, Executive Director for the non-profit music series. “We have a special theme for each of the five concerts and we’re really excited to present our concerts for five consecutive
Thursday nights this summer.”
Arts Jubilee starts off on July 11th with “Ceili Rain”, a Celtic/Irish/Pop/Rock band popular with valley residents and visitors since they were introduced here in 1999! Described by bandleader, Bob Halligan, Jr., the ensemble melds hard-driving rock guitar licks with traditional Celtic sounds and instruments such as button accordion, tin whistle, fiddle and bagpipes. Ceili Rain makes music that is, as Halligan puts it, “Celtic music for a pop/rock palate.” The early “warm-up” concert features
Bobby Sheehan and JUNCO.
The series continues on July 18th with a celebration featuring the Patriot Brass, the first and only professional brass group dedicated to serving Veterans and Military Families. Plans include recognition of Cranmore’s 75th anniversary and the famous connection with the 10th Mountain Division. Military personnel and families with a military ID will be admitted at no charge as the evening will be devoted to showing appreciation to the great service to our country given by our military. It will be an up-beat and happy occasion to show our gratitude and enjoy a real old-fashioned brass band concert. The show will open with Conway’s Kennett High School Drum Line!
Mid-way through the season on July 25th, another celebration will take place observing the 20th anniversary of “The Blues Summit” a popular local radio program of the same name created by Mark Johnson and carried on by Roy Prescott at WMWV 93.5. Roy and Mark will host the live concert featuring Blues performers Doug Deming, Dennis Gruenling and the Jewel Tones. Characterized as “Swing Blues”, the two are noted performers in their own right. Gruenling is a spectacular harmonica player and Doug is equally at home playing straight ahead on the solid body guitar, or swinging on the big jazz box. But together, “Like World Champions…Dennis Gruenling and Doug Deming are even better when they come together as one of the most prolific duos on today’s contemporary American Blues scene.” states Music News Nashville. The valley’s own blues band, “Mo Blues” will open the night.
Music that has stood the test of time will take the spotlight on August 1st as the Don Campbell Band presents a tribute to Dan Fogelberg. Often compared to the sounds of Fogelberg, Don Campbell is an adult contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer-songwriter and artist, based out of New England. The band has been celebrating the release of their new CD in Fogelberg’s honor, “Kites to Fly”. Whatever the age, most people will recognize such Fogelberg hits as “Leader of the Band” and “Longer”. Also appearing on stage with Don will be special guest, Tom Dyhrberg, performing Gordon Lightfoot favorites.
Opening for the evening will be local band, Rek’lis.
As is the tradition, the concert series will end with a “symphony pops” style performance on August 8th. Returning to the stage will be Clayton Poole and the New England Wind Symphony, but this year they will be presenting an all-Broadway show! Broadway Classics will feature hits from over 20 Broadway shows with vocals by Patty Barkas. Patty has performed, recorded and toured globally and she enjoys re-creating the classic vocal jazz interpretations of the swing era as well as the fabulous iconic music of Broadway. The evening will be hosted by the valley’s own theatrical celebrity, George Cleveland and will open with the vocal/instrumental duo,
Dennis & Davey – whose music is known throughout the area as the next best thing to visiting the Emerald Isle.
Arts Jubilee’s outdoor festival concerts are found at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire. Headline concerts begin at 7:00 PM and a ‘warm up’ performance begins at 6 PM. Beverages and food available on the Deck at Zip’s Pub with a full view of the stage. Picnic suppers are permitted, and please provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs. Admission is family friendly requesting a small charge to help defray expenses for the series. Adults are $10, Seniors: $8 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.