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35th Annual Pops Concert and Fireworks Event Presented by Arts Jubilee

Experience Arts Jubilee’s annual family favorite traditional outdoor pops concert on Thursday, July 27th at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore. This year’s concert will feature The Seacoast Wind Ensemble, a 50-piece symphonic band performing pops favorites, light classics, and some familiar Americana. Fireworks will follow the concert, presented by Atlas Pyrotechnics.

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The Seacoast Wind Ensemble

This is a family friendly event with convenience parking and indoor restrooms. Food and beverages are available for purchase on the Deck at Zip’s Pub, guests are welcome to pack a picnic lunch. Guests are asked to bring their own seating and to keep alcoholic beverages at home, please. Remember, this is a family event!

Headline performances will begin at 7pm, but guests may enjoy an early “warm-up” performance at 6pm featuring local and professional musicians.

This event has family friendly admission. Adult tickets are $12, seniors (65 & up) are $10, students are $5, and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets and payment will be received at the gate.

For more information on Valley events http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org

 

About Arts Jubilee 

Arts Jubilee is a non-profit cultural arts organization in the Mount Washington Valley with a mission to bring unique arts performances to New Hampshire. Since 1983, Arts Jubilee has been bringing exciting, world-class musical entertainment to the residents and visitors of the Mt. Washington Valley.

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Arts Jubilee Announces 2017 Summer Concerts and Fundraising Event

North Conway – With summer fast approaching, Arts Jubilee is gearing up for its 35th year of bringing world-class, live music performances to the Mount Washington Valley.

arts jubilee.jpgArts Jubilee is staging a 5-week summer concert series at Cranmore Mountain, which will run weekly on Thursday nights from July 13th through August 10th. This year’s lineup includes the return of some fan favorites, as well as some renowned first-timers. The Beach Bums will usher in the sound of summer as they pay tribute to the Beach Boys on July 13th, followed by Celtic-rockers Ceili Rain on July 20th. The Sousa-style Seacoast Wind Ensemble will perform a traditional Pops Concert, featuring a fireworks show, on July 27th. On August 3rd the Highwaymen Tribute will perform the music of the country music supergroup made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. The eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based Entrain will perform the final summer concert on August 10th.

The public is invited to celebrate this milestone season and help fund these outdoor, family-friendly concerts at Flatbread Pizza Company on Tuesday, June 20th from 4-9 pm. Flatbread is generously donating a portion of all pizza revenue to benefit the 2017 season. Arts Jubilee counts on the generosity of its community in order to offer these shows. Fundraisers such as the one coming up on June 20th is just one way to support the cause.

Concert admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Season passes for two will be available at a discount ($95 for a $120 value) at the Flatbread Fundraiser, as well as a fun game offering free tickets to the Arts Jubilee concerts.  For more information on the upcoming season visit www.mwvevents.com.

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.

ARTS JUBILEE ANNOUNCES 33rd  SUMMER CONCERT SEASON

High energy, world-class performers presenting a wide range of entertainment from Celtic Rock  to the Blues,  70s Rock & Roll to classics of Frank Sinatra and blues-calypso-zydeco-pop-rock-jazz-and a ton of drums describes the 5-week summer concert series planned for July and August this summer by Arts Jubilee, hosted at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway.

After months of planning, the Arts Jubilee 2015 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 truly excited to present our concerts for five consecutive Thursday nights this summer beginning July 16th.”

Arts Jubilee starts off on July 16th with Ceili Rain starring Bob Halligan, Jr! Well-known and loved in the valley, CEILI RAIN is an original, innovative blend of pop-rock music with a dash of Celtic/Irish flavor and a subtle, but sincere, uplifting/joyful message. The band is led by front man, Bob Halligan Jr. As a songwriter, Bob Halligan, Jr., has had over 140 songs recorded by well-known rock artists. “Ceili” ~ a Gaelic (Irish) word that means “party” with live musicians, dancing, all ages FUN and will feature a traditional favorite, Jeanne Limmer dancers. Kicking off the Season’s early concerts at 6 PM will be the dedicated musicians of the Mt Washington Valley Band under the baton of Russell Gage.

The series continues on July 23rd  when Arts Jubilee pays tribute to the EAGLES presented by 7 Bridges Band The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles said to have ‘chronicled America in the high-flying Seventies’. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period.  The early concert at 6 PM features “Chasing Asia” – formerly known as Rek’lis.

Mid-way through the season on July 30th, is the valley Arts Jubilee tradition: the Annual Pops Concert. This year’s concert by the Capital Jazz Orchestra  presents a Frank Sinatra Centennial Salute. The first, and possibly the greatest  American musical superstar, Frank  Sinatra was inarguably one of the  most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th century. This centennial salute to the musical legacy of the Chairman of the Board features top notch guest vocalist CJ Poole and the Capital Jazz Orchestra, Clayton “Skip” Poole, Music Director.

The Early Concert at 6 PM presents a return performance from the Valley’s own, Dennis and Davey. And this is the time when Arts Jubilee will be acknowledging the celebration of Conway’s 250th complete with fireworks.

We’ll be hosting “the blues” on August 6th when Roy Prescott of WMWV 93.5’s Blues Summit, hosts Sugar Ray and The Bluetones — a storied blues ensemble that has backed Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Joe Turner, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton and JB Hutto —  marking their 35th anniversary with a new album. The hard-swinging band fully absorbed the lessons learned from Chicago blues masters, making them one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions. The Early Concert at 6 PM will feature “Cat Heaven”, a new and unique approach to a variety of jazz tunes by a collective of young musicians, all studying at a high and intense level to create music that is innovative and creatively expressive.

The concert series will end with Entrain on August 13th bringing infectious rhythms and upbeat good time music straight from Martha’s Vineyard to the outdoor stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. Entrain is the quintessential blues-calypso-zydeco-pop-rock-jazz-and a ton of drums band featuring band leader and drummer, Tom Major and is returning to Arts Jubilee by popular demand this summer. The valley’s own blues band:  Mo’ Blues will be featured at the Early Concert at 6 PM.

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 an early concert performance highlighting some of the area’s best musicians 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 – but no alcohol, please.  Provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs.  Admission is family friendly requesting an affordable charge to help defray expenses for the series.  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.

ARTS JUBILEE ANNOUNCES 32nd SUMMER CONCERT SEASON

High energy, world-class performers presenting a wide range of entertainment DSC_0409symphony longshotfrom the Beatles to the Blues,  and Americana-folk hits from the 60’s to classics of Hollywood and the movies describes the 5-week summer concert series planned for July and August this summer by Arts Jubilee, hosted at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway.

After months of planning, the Arts Jubilee 2014 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 truly excited to present our concerts for five consecutive Thursday nights this summer beginning July 17th.”

Arts Jubilee starts off on July 17th with the Beatlemania Stage Show starring Ceili Rain’s Bob Halligan, Jr as Paul McCartney!  See and hear all the phases of the fabulous foursome: from the early Ed Sullivan days – -to Abbey Road – and beyond! This colorful and nostalgia packed show will be hosted by one of WMWV 93.5’s most noted voices of the valley, Mark Johnson.

Kicking off the Season’s early concerts at 6 PM will be the dedicated musicians of the  Mt Washington Valley Band under the baton of Russell Gage.

The series continues on July 24th when Don Campbell & his Band pay tribute to Dan Fogelberg.

Country/ Folk/Rock Singer/Songwriter Don Campbell and band celebrate the Music of Dan Fogelberg – a multi-platinum selling artist, with hits : “Leader of the Band”, “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne” and others. Dan remains a huge influence and musical hero of Don’s who pays tribute on his CD: “Kites to Fly”. Also appearing with Don will be special guest, Tom Dyhrberg, performing Gordon Lightfoot favorites.  The early concert at 6 PM features “Chasing Asia” – formerly known as Rek’lis.

Mid-way through the season on July 31st, Jonathan Edwards Trio takes the Arts Jubilee stage. Barefoot and tanned, Jonathan Edwards has never looked and sounded better and of course he is known for his big hits, like “Sunshine” and “Shanty”. You may have missed him at his sell-out performance at Stone Mountain Arts Center in May, but you can enjoy him on this last Thursday in July! “. . .an unforgettable roller-coaster ride which combines  his remarkable singing, storytelling, and wit”.. — Martha’s Vineyard Times.  The Early Concert at 6 PM presents a return performance by  “Junco!”

Our Traditional Pops Concert is on August 7th with the New England Society Orchestra presenting Music of Hollywood and the Movies followed by FIREWORKS!  We’re putting a new twist on our 32-year traditional pops concert with the lush sounds of the Capital Jazz Orchestra complimented by the romance of a string section under the leadership of our long-time pops concert friend, Clayton Poole.  The Early Concert at 6 PM continues the tradition of presenting long-time friends of Arts Jubilee and the valley’s own Celtic sounds of Dennis & Davey.

The concert series will end with Roomful of Blues on August 14th.  The great Count Basie called them: ‘the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.’ Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card. The jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues & R&B performance will be hosted by WMWV 93.5 fm’s own Roy Prescott of The Blues Summit.

The valley’s own blues band:  Mo’ Blues will be featured at the Early Concert at 6 PM.

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 an early concert performance highlighting some of the best area musicians 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 – but no alcohol, please.  Provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs.  Admission is family friendly requesting an affordable charge to help defray expenses for the series.  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 http://www.mwvevents.com/  or call 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.

Arts Jubilee Continues the 31st Summer Concert Season

Don Campbell alone B&WArts Jubilee begins the month of August with the first of two remaining concerts in the 31st summer concert season, presenting high energy, world-class performers performing a wide range of entertainment hosted at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway.

Music that has stood the test of time will take the spotlight on Thursday, August 1st as the Don Campbell Band presents a tribute to Dan Fogelberg. Don Campbell is an adult contemporary/country crossover and folk-rock singer-songwriter whose uniquely clear and well-delivered presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride. Often compared to the sounds of Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, and Chris Isaak, Don and his ensembles are 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”. The double disc album tribute is named Kites To Fly Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg. Campbell has said that these treasured songs were like kites he had to fly, things to be put up there and given space to breathe and fly. Also appearing on stage with Don will be special guest, Tom Dyhrberg, performing Gordon Lightfoot favorites.

Opening for the evening at 6 PM will be local band, Rek’lis.  Started in 2009, Rek’lis over the years has evolved from a few friends playing around having a good time into a band that has gained notoriety as one of the Valley’s well known groups. Starting off in the après music scene, Rek’lis has played at numerous venues throughout the area. With over 60 years combined experience they are known to please the crowd with an eclectic mix of 80’s, punk rock and new wave tunes. Rek’lis appeared in an opening concert for Arts Jubilee in 2012 and their good vibes and an endless amount of energy will get the evening off to a great beginning.  The Don Campbell Band will take the stage at 7 PM.

In keeping with 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.

Arts Jubilee Salutes Military With Special Concert

artsHonoring our military is the theme of the Arts  Jubilee concert scheduled for Thursday, July 18th at Cranmore Mountain Resort featuring The Patriot Brass Ensemble, America’s premier brass group dedicated to serving veterans.  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 and enjoying a real old-fashioned brass band concert in the bargain.  The show will open with Conway’s Kennett High School Drum Line! Local author and columnist, Tom Eastman, will be on hand for a book signing of his recent The History of Cranmore Mountain” which covers the last 75 years of skiing at Cranmore.

The Patriot Brass Ensemble is the first and only professional brass group dedicated to serving Veterans and Military Families. In 2004 the group first performed in Ridgefield, NJ, after local resident and founder Steven Behnke spoke to the town and secured funding to construct a special military oriented ensemble which far surpassed all expectations. “We had Veterans walking up to us telling us this was the best ceremony they had ever been to. That feeling was amazing”, says Steven. Little did he know, this would become his life’s work. The Patriot Brass Ensemble strives to return the humanity to the Veterans who have sacrificed so much serving our county with their full devotion and honor.

Arts Jubilee is fortunate to be able to feature the expanded version of the Ensemble from the usual 5-person quintet to a 14 piece brass band presenting such favorites as Grand Old Flag, Battle Hymn of the Republic, a Sousa medley, George M. Cohan tunes, and of course a Salute to the Armed Forces honoring each branch of the military.  Arts Jubilee coordinator Cindy Russell has been assisted in planning for this event by Ray S. Gilmore, MPA, RN CPT (Ret) U.S. Army and Derrick J. Mead SSG, USA.

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.  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.

Arts Jubilee Opens Summer Concert Season

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Arts Jubilee is celebrating its 31st summer of concerts with a variety of music, from Celtic rock to blues, big band brass and symphony pops, all outdoors at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway.

The Thursday night Arts Jubilee series begins July 11 with the return of local Celtic rock favorites, Ceili Rain for a “Night of Heavenly Partiness” and Celtic tunes. Pronounced “Kay-Lee,” this band plays rousing folk-pop tunes with an Irish and inspirational twist. Each and every time they play in the valley makes for an uplifting night of danceable rock.  Special guests will be the Jeanne Limmer Dancers performing their own choreography of a Ceili Rain hit:  “Peace has Broken Out”.

 

Ceili Rain’s unique musical style is a combination of traditional hard-driving rock drum / guitar back up and solos with traditional Celtic- inspired melodies, rhythms, drums, syncopated music, sounds, all made by Celtic instruments such as button accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, and bagpipes.   As song writer and lead vocalist, Bob Halligan puts it: the basic mission of the band is family-friendly and “our music celebrates life… These songs are written to be inclusive and inviting.  Anyone who wants some joy out of life is apt to like them.” Concert-goers will want to come early and get their favorite spot to see and hear Ceili Rain when they take the stage at 7 PM.

 

The show opens at 6 p.m. with a performance by JUNCO, a Maine-based, independent band that emerged in 2011 when guitarist/vocalist Bobby Sheehan decided to bring life to some songs he had been working on. Bobby has since teamed up with drummer Alex Ouellette, bassist Kelsey Sheehan, and oboist Dan Stackhouse. Together they create a musical style rooted in the sounds of indie-rock and folk.  Junco’s feel-good, high-energy live shows are full of passion, foot-stomping, and improvisation.

 

The 5-part concert series continues on July 18th with the Patriot Brass, followed on July 25th with a 20th anniversary celebration of WMWV’s “Blues Summit” hosted by Roy Prescott and featuring Dennis Gruenling, Doug Heming and the Jewel Tones.  On August 1st the Don Campbell Band will perform featuring music from Don’s newest CD paying homage to Dan Fogelberg.  The finale concert is August 8th with Clayton Poole and the New England Wind Symphony and vocalist Patty Barcas, presenting Broadway Classics, hosted by our own theatrical celebrity, George Cleveland. As always, this traditional Arts Jubilee symphony concert will end with “Stars and Stripes Forever” followed by fireworks by Atlas!

 

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.  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.

Arts Jubilee Announces 31st Summer Concert Season

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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,
North Conway.

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.

Arts Jubilee is Celebrating its 30th Season!

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photo courtesy of Jamie Gemitti

Arts Jubilee is celebrating its 30th season this summer with a 5-concert series bringing a wide variety of world-class music performances to the outdoor stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. Concerts from big band to alternative rock to symphony pops on five Thursday nights in July and August are designed for families and will appeal to everyone from grandparents to grandchildren.

The three concerts in July begin on Thursday, July 12th with a welcome return of the Freese Brothers Big Band also celebrating their 30th season with their program of Big Band and Swing classics, as well as top tunes of every decade since the Big Bands were the rage in the 1940’s.  Returning to perform for their enthusiastic audience on July 19th, Entrainbrings infectious rhythms and upbeat good time music straight from Martha’s Vineyard.  This upbeat night of high energy music is sure to be enjoyed by all ages!  James Andrews, the contemporary “Louie Armstrong” of New Orleans will return to the Arts Jubilee stage on July 26th backed up by Brent LaCasce & Mike Sakash and band. The audience will see why James has earned the nickname of the present day “Satchmo” of New Orleans when he and his trumpet take the stage, along with vocalist Karen Gant to bring all sorts of jazz to the Arts Jubilee stage ~ in a funky Mardi Gras style celebration!!

The two shows scheduled for August begin with an evening of great contemporary music on August 2nd, presented by our “newest/oldest partner”, WMWV Radio as they present an evening of alternative rock featuring a British quintet named “Scars on 45” as well as the Jason Spooner Trio and and a great local band in a musical present to the valley!  The grand finale of the 2012 summer series will be the traditional Symphony Pops Concert featuring the New England Wind Symphony with Fireworks! Our Symphony Pops Concert is truly a musical classic – a gem – set in the framework of the scenic slopes at Cranmore.  It’s the area’s most popular outdoor concert and has been enjoyed by kids to great-grandparents since 1983.

This schedule represents the very best of Arts Jubilee, said Cindy Russell, Executive Director, and every concert will have an appeal for all ages.  “Our more mature audience members will even enjoy the music of “Scars on 45”, she said, and cautions not to be confused by the name for this acoustic group from England.  “It is a reference to getting scratches on the old 45 RPM records!  Remember those?”

In addition to Cranmore’s continued support as Host Sponsor, Arts Jubilee is indebted to the generous corporate contributions from Season and Major sponsors including White Mountain Oil & Propane, Coca Cola of Northern New England, Bank of New Hampshire (formerly Laconia Savings Bank,) The Seasons, Ragged Mountain Equipment, Comfort Inn & Suites, Eastern Slope Inn Resort, Golden Gables Inn, Gamwell, Caputo & Siek & Co.,  Mt. Washington Auto Road, North Conway Rotary, Northway Bank, M&M Assurance, TD Bank, and Shaw’s Supermarket.  Atlas Fireworks Company has supported Arts Jubilee’s symphony concert for 30 years as well.  The remaining funds needed to support the concert series are borne by private donations, grants, and the purchase of wrist bands at the gate by concert goers.

The Thursday evening concerts present a ‘warm-up’ performance by local musicians at 6 PM and the featured concert at 7 PM.  Audiences should bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs.  Enjoy food at the Barbecue on the Deck presented by Cranmore’s food & beverage staff or bring your own picnic supper.  This year’s family friendly admission continues with no change in price.  Each of the five concerts is $10 for adults, $ 8 for Seniors – 65 and up.  Kids 12 and under will continue to be free.  For more information about Arts Jubilee’s Summer Concerts, including directions to Cranmore, go to:  http://www.mwvevents.com .  Or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.