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.