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June 12, 2014

Enjoy 13th season of Concerts on the Common

LONDONDERRY — Concerts on the Common enters its 13th season this summer. Featured artists and bands range from local groups to regional performers to nationally known acts.

The concerts are held on the Town Common on Wednesday evenings. They are all from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Different local groups offer concessions at the concerts and there is an ice cream truck every time.

If it is raining, the concert still goes on, but moves to the Matthew Thornton gym or the Londonderry High School cafeteria. Both schools are just north of the Common on Mammoth Road. Park in the appropriate school’s parking lot and come in the school’s front entrance.

June 11:The Jandee Lee Porter Band performed last year. This is a high-energy modern country band. It’s original music that is heartfelt and honest. This is a remarkable six-piece band comprised of guitars, bass, drums, pedal steel and a powerful female lead singer.

They have opened for the Zac Brown Band, Reba McIntyre, Jo Dee Messina, Leeann Rimes, and Kellie Pickler. The band has produced three CDs in four years and is currently working on their fourth album. The bad weather location is the Matthew Thornton gym.

June 18: Malabar, a seven-piece band, began as Malabar Mambo in New York City in 2004. The original concept was to play funky and soulful world music that kept people moving. The name Malabar refers to the tropical, multicultural southwest coast of India, which is also the land of band leader Rho’s heritage.

Since Malabar moved to the Boston area, the band has enjoyed residencies at the well-known Middle East Corner in Cambridge, and Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen in Boston. This is going to be one reggae, soul, Latin, and world music-infused night of funky music. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

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