SUMMER IN THE PARKS MUSIC SERIES
June 23, July 21, August 18 from 7-8 pm.
Order some take out from one of our fine cafes, pubs and restaurants
Conducted by UMass Minuteman Marching Band Director, Tim Anderson!
Rain Location: TBD
DOWNTOWN BEATS THURSDAY CONCERT SERIES
JULY 20 – Mister G & In the Nick of Time
Headliner MISTER G is a Latin GRAMMY Award winner. He is a superstar in the children’s music world. A former indie rocker who was awarded the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Mister G (aka Ben Gundersheimer) tours internationally headlining major venues such as Austin City Limits, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Central Park SummerStage (New York City), Getty Museum (Los Angeles), Chicago Botanic Garden, The National Zoo (Washington, DC), The Hard Rock Cafe (Philadelphia), and Parque Chapultepec (Mexico City). We are lucky to have him living in western Massachusetts and happy to perform to our Amherst community.
IN THE NICK OF TIME
When was the last time the whole family agreed on something to listen to? With a generous blend of rock, pop, reggae, jazz and funk, Nick Deysher and In the Nick of Time delivers music for all, big and small. His clever lyrics and cheerful tunes will catch your ear and have you tapping your toes and singing along.
It’s rare to find music that delights children, parents and educators alike. Children enjoy the imagination and whimsy of Nick’s music that transports them to outer space in one song and then back in time 65 million years ago to stomp around with the dinosaurs in another. Parents love that Nick keeps their sensibilities in mind and draws upon influences of the Beatles, Bob Marley, and Paul Simon (just to name a few). Educators appreciate that In the Nick of Time’s music explores numbers, animals, seasons and foreign languages, but above all, makes learning fun.
Nick’s live performances are a high-energy celebration – kids of all ages are laughing, jumping and singing along. Deysher admits that he often gets tackled by the audience at the end of the performance. “Ultimately, I always felt like a big kid myself, and I just loved writing music for kids. I enjoy it so much and it’s very rewarding.”
July 27 – Court Etiquette and Colorway
Court Etiquette is an indie pop band from Northampton, MA. They perform original music.
Guitar/vocals: Gabe Brodeur
Guitar: Charlie Ryan
Bass: Isaac Bond
Drums: Chris Memphis
Keys/backing vocals: Mary Westfield
The Headliner is Colorway, a dynamic, original rock trio from Northampton, MA. The band
plays rootsy, pop-rock songs infused with inventive, energetic and melodic lead guitar. Though the easy way to describe the style of music is rootsy, pop-rock, don’t be fooled. The band can jam, and are convincing audiences far and wide that it’s possible to extend the boundaries of the traditional four minute song and still have it stuck in your head all day. Colorway is: F. Alex Johnson: vocals and guitar, Matt Clegg on bass, Riley Godleski on drums.
More about Colorway Here
August 3 – Old Flame and Mamma’s Marmalade
Old Flame opens the show. Old Flame is a shoegazy, bluesy, indie-garage rock born in Western-Mass. “Love this sound, retro and brand new all at the same time. Toes the line of vintage & psych rock. Addictively good.” -Ear To The Ground Music
Mamma’s Marmalade is a progressive bluegrass band from Amherst MA. They bring a fresh vibrancy to old traditions. Since their formation in the spring of 2014, the quintet has delved into the limitless capabilities of classic bluegrass instrumentation (banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and bass) and explored the parallels of acoustic music, ranging from the blues to old-time, from gypsy jazz to bluegrass. The authenticity of their music calls listeners back to a time when wooden instruments, analogue sound and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. With a deep respect for tradition, and an eye towards contemporary music, Mamma’s Marmalade brings an exciting new energy to the enduring narrative of American folk music.
You may have seen one of their spirited performances on stages at The Fresh Grass Festival, Joe Val Festival, The Iron Horse Music Hall and on many more stages throughout New York, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. Most recently they have returned to the studio to record their first full length album of original music, which will be available May 2017.
Mamma’s Marmalade is Rich Hennesy, Sean Davis, Lily Sexton, Mitch Bordage and Curtis Bordage.
August 10 – Shokazoba & The Alchemystics
Shokazoba performs top quality, high energy music designed to move your feet, energize your mind, and stimulate your soul. You will find them playing in theaters, underground clubs, on festival stages, at weddings, house parties, and wherever the cosmic tides take us. We aim to inspire greater human awareness by creating original, conscious, dance music with topically relevant lyrics.
“In a world where musicians seem content to follow established formulas it’s encouraging to find a band that can defy boundaries with skill & grace” — Lisa McIntyre, Performer Magazine
Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, the Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal – an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies – fired by the Alchemystic’s unique blend of intensity, passion, and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary, and unmistakable sound.