We are only two days away from the Second Annual Four Corners Music Festival. Here is a complete look at each of the bands who are set to perform this Saturday, July 18, at Hesseltine Field from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. In addition to these acts, we have an acoustic side stage that will feature over a dozen talented Melrose residents who will perform in between sets of the bands.
We hope to see many families at the morning concert from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Cedar Park, featuring the great Alastair Moock along with an extremely talented selection of youth performers. Each child who comes to this performance will receive maracas and cymbals to play along. We will also have face painters on hand to get everyone in a festive mood!
Our Hesseltine concert will also be very family friendly as there will be Recreation Department staff on hand with games and face painting for kids. You don’t want to miss the three amazing food trucks who will be serving food for the duration of the festival: Saigon Alley, The Chowda Heads, and Gogi on the Block!
Hesseltine Field Music Lineup (4 p.m.-8 p.m.)
The Almighty Buck is the music of singer, guitarist and songwriter Tim Ko. (short for Tim Kochanski), former main songwriter and leader for one of New England’s most adored bands of the 90s, Cotton Mouth. Erik Von Doetsch (lead guitar), Leah Ferjulian (bass), and Jeff Woods (drums) round out the band’s refreshing combination of alt-country, roots rock, Americana, and alternative music. The Almighty Buck is now on tour in support of their new EP, “So Long,” released in April of 2015 and following their 2003 LP “Horse and Rider.” The EP was recorded and produced by Tim Ko. and mixed and mastered by Joel Plante, who is credited as the only assistant engineer at Das Boot Recordings, the studio of James Guthrie, who mixed and/or mastered nearly every Pink Floyd and Floyd-related release since 1978. It features Tim Ko. (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Jeff Dudziak (bass), Josh Fleischmann (drums), Bethany Brooks (vocals), and New England favorites Michael Dion of Hot Day at the Zoo (harmonica) and Jen Kearney of Jen Kearney and The Lost Onion (piano, organ). Listen and stream at The Almighty Buck and check out their Facebook page.
New Melrose resident Mark Bates is the singer/guitarist/frontman for Boston-based bands Catapult and The Cola War Vets. He is an audience-engaging performer, often filling the time between songs with comedic banter. Mark’s energetic singing and edgy songwriting have earned him the title “Elvis Costello of Somerville.” His songs move from rocking to melancholy and back again without missing a beat. With emotional, draining lyrics centered on the loss of love, friendships, and life, and music that pulls your heart right out of your chest, you will be left exhausted and drained, and you’ll love it. Check out his website (above) and his Facebook page.
We are extremely excited to welcome back again to the Four Corners Music Festival Melrose native Brittaney Brannock. Brittaney has been writing and performing music as long as she can remember. She loves to reach people through music, and she loves the thrill of doing a great show, plus the challenge and permanence of writing a great song. She recently won first prize in the Music Cares and Grammy Foundation’s Teens Make Music Songwriting Contest with her song, “What I’ll Never Get.” You can read more about Brittaney and her musical journey in this Melrose Free Press article, and you can hear the award-winning song and some of Brannock’s other original compositions on her website—and then come see her in person at the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday at the Horace Mann School from 4-8 p.m.
Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky, longtime performers on the New England acoustic music scene, play funny original songs (suitable for all ages) as well as well-known covers. It’s a very lively show with great musicianship and tight harmonies.
One of Melrose’s newest fun rocking BBQ bands, the Greystone Brothers play classic and alternative rock plus original music. The band consists of a rotating cast of local musicians, all out to have a good time with their fans!
Cedar Park Concert (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)
Alastair Moock is a 2014 Grammy Nominee, Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner, and three-time National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Gold Award Winner. A Melrose resident with a huge local following and long one of Boston’s premier folk artists, Alastair turned his attention to family music after the birth of his twin daughters in 2006. The New York Times calls him “a Tom Waits for kids” and The Boston Globe declares that, “in the footsteps of [Pete] Seeger and [Woody] Guthrie, Alastair Moock makes real kids music that parents can actually enjoy.” Moock and Friends’ live shows are rowdy, rootsy, singin’ and dancin’ fun for the whole family!
On June 19, Moock released a new album: All Kinds of You and Me. The project was largely inspired by Marlo Thomas’s landmark 1972 album Free To Be… You and Me. For that groundbreaking release, Thomas gathered musical friends to celebrate individuality, tolerance, and changing cultural ideas about gender roles. Moock’s new album builds on those themes, reflecting on gender, ethnicity, and identity today, as well as the evolving concept of family in America. Like Thomas, Moock gathered a number of special guests including producer Anand Nayak, Rani Arbo (Daisy Mayhem), Jennifer Kimball (The Story), Samirah Evans, Debbie Lan, and Mark Erelli.
Alastair will be headlining the Four Corners Concert at Cedar Park on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In addition to his music, the concert will showcase several talented youth musicians in Melrose. All kids attending the concert will get a free pair of maracas and cymbals to play along with the music!
Read and listen to more of Alastair’s great music at his website.