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June 12, 2014

The Lookout: Bipedal concert tour makes Rowley stop

The Massachusetts Walking Tour will make its way to the Rowley Public Library on Wednesday.

Since 2010, co-founders Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards have organized an annual nonprofit bipedal concert tour of the state in support of arts and culture. The musicians walk the Bay Circuit Trail with their instruments and camping gear, stopping along the way to perform.

Each free community concert collaborates with local artists, musicians, educational programs, trail managers and land trust groups to highlight both artistic diversity and recreational land use.

The Rowley concert will be held at 6 p.m. at the library, 141 Main St.

Visitors to the library can also check out an exhibit of Suzanne Korn’s folk art, which is on display through the end of the month.

Korn has been researching and writing about early New England wall stenciling for more than 13 years. She has more recently become a student of the Rufus Porter School of Landscape Painting, a methodology dating to the 1800s for painting folk art landscapes.

For more information on library events, call 978-948-2850.

Summer concerts in West Newbury

The annual West Newbury Community Bandstand Concert Series kicks off next Thursday, June 19, with “An Evening with Johnny Girouard & Friends.”

A coffeehouse atmosphere will be created in the Town Annex, and the band and special guests will perform a medley of musical history from the last 50 years.

Upcoming shows include the Merrimack Valley Concert Band on June 26 and Aug. 21, The Feel Good Be Bads on July 3, Thomas Machine Works Band on July 10, Nick Goumas Quartet on July 17, The Marquis’ on July 24, The SpaceHeaters on July 31, Rock my Soul on Aug. 7, and Plum Island Pans on Aug. 14.

The free concerts are held Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8 at the bandstand behind 381 Main St. In the case of rain, shows are moved into the Town Annex.

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