---- — 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.
June 25: Manchuka is an exciting 10-piece dance band consisting of a full rhythm section, a full horn section and two lead singers. The seasoned musicians in this group provide light jazz, big band swing and high energy dance music from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The diverse backgrounds of Manchuka bring together many influences from the past and blend them with a new and contemporary feel. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
There will not be a concert July 2.
July 9: The Evan Goodrow Band owns Motown, jazz, blues and dance influences that bleed out in both their songwriting formats and jamming abilities. It’s a lot of sound for three guys. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
July 16: Jon Abrams is known for performing as lead singer and pianist in the touring production of Broadway’s “Movin’ Out,” the musical featuring 26 Billy Joel songs. Jon and the Jon Abrams Band bring an authenticity to classic pop and rock. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
July 23: Blues Brothers Next Generation is a 10-piece band, including a horn section. Hear the fabulous Blues Brothers songs played the way they should be played. They arrive in the “Bluesmobile” and the fun doesn’t end there. This band both sounds great and is a blast to watch in concert. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
July 30: Recording artists Ken Yates and Brian Dunne return for the third summer. Dunne was part of Boston’s music scene for many years before moving to New York City. His pop/rock style is widely influenced by Sam Cooke, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen. A simplicity and devotion to his music-making craft are what makes his music so authentic. Yates went to Berklee School of Music and just came out with a new CD. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.
Aug. 6: Bruce Marshall Group and James Montgomery will wrap up the summer series. Marshall played last summer and the musicianship of the entire group was front and center. This is going to be another awesome evening of blues, R&B, rock and Southern boogie. Montgomery, well known at Londonderry’s Tupelo Music Hall and throughout New England as a true showman, will join the band. He has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. The bad weather location is the Londonderry High School cafeteria.