, Newburyport, MA


August 22, 2013

Summer songs on a summer's night

Some readers advised me that last month’s column made them sad and it wasn’t like my writing. So I decided to do something a little happier for August since we are getting near the end of summer.

As in the past three years, I have tried to go to West Newbury to see and hear the wonderful concerts that started back on June 30 and go through the end of August. As always, the Merrimack Valley Concert Band was the lead-off for the new season. I unfortunately missed that one but went to the following Quintessential Brass Band the next week.

July 11 was the Thomas Machine Works Band, a country/rock group that plays locally and for charities to raise money. Every year that’s the biggest turnout from the local people to hear this fabulous group. The second week of July was Bill Staines, a folksinger and songwriter. The past week was John Curtis, playing acoustic mixes of songs.

The first of August was a jazz group called the Usual Suspects. The mixture of different instruments and the lovely female soloist made a wonderful combination and very easy listening.

Aug. 22 will be the final concert of the summer. On Aug. 8, Brian Young from West Newbury and two of his friends and neighbors played together during the two-hour concert. On the 15th, the classic rock group Way to the River did their act. They too are a wonderful group. And last, but not least, the Merrimack Valley Concert Band will close off the season tonight with a medley of American variety songs.

Hot dogs and beverages are always available at a very reasonable cost and cooked and served by the West Newbury firefighters. All in all, it’s a great get-together with the audience and friends, neighbors and strangers that we get to meet every week.

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