Complete Band Lineup for Four Corners Music Festival

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.)

AlmightyBuck

The Almighty Buck

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.

MarkBates

Mark Bates Acoustic

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.

Brittaney Brannock

Brittaney Brannock

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.

Brittaney also has a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, and her music is available for download in the iTunes Store.

HowieandJackie

Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky

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.

Greystone Brothers

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.)

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Alastair Moock

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.

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Enjoy Family Night with the Melrose Americans Tonight!

The City of Melrose will team up with its hometown team, the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League, on Thursday, July 16, for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Andre Chiefs. The Melrose Recreation Department will be offering free slush, face painting, games, entertainment, music, and more. Concessions will also be available during the game. First pitch will be at 7:30 p.m. with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 7:15 p.m.. All kids are encouraged to wear their t-ball/Little League shirts. More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at their website.

Four Corners Music Festival Artist Profile: Alastair Moock

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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.

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Children’s Concert at Cedar Park, Melrose
(Corner of W. Emerson and Cedar Park)
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Featuring:
Alastair Moock
PLUS
The Melrose Youth Musician Talent Showcase

Brittaney Brannock Returns to the Four Corners Music Festival!

Brittaney Brannock

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.

Brittaney also has a Facebook page and a YouTube channel, and her music is available for download in the iTunes Store.

Here are the Entertainers for the Summer Stroll!

The Pioneer Valley Pioneers

The Pioneer Valley Pioneers

Throughout the week, we are going to profile some of the talented performers who will take part in the Downtown Summer Stroll this Friday night, July 17, and the Four Corners Music Festival on Saturday, July 18, at both Cedar Park and Hesseltine Field. Both the Summer Stroll and the Four Corners are great opportunities to enjoy all our wonderful City has to offer, and I highly encourage everyone to make it a weekend of music and get to both events!

Let’s take a look at the fantastic entertainment lineup for the 3rd Annual Downtown Summer Stroll, which takes place this Friday, July 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Melrose. This event drew well over 1,000 residents to downtown Melrose last summer to eat, shop, and listen to some great music outdoors.

The Giovanni Moltoni Trio

Giovanni Moltoni

The Giovanni Moltoni Trio will return this year by popular demand to the Summer Stroll. They feature Giovanni Moltoni on guitar, Daniel Assis on Bass, and Mark Walker on Drums.

Their music style has been described this way: “Italian guitarist and Berklee Professor, Giovanni Moltoni and his crew ride a slow-burning, spooky groove, layering much texture and nuance along the way. Moltoni’s harmonically open guitar/synth arpeggios seem to ask their own questions, creating a stimulating, modern approach to jazz.” For more, check out their website, YouTube page, or Facebook page.

Pioneer Valley Pioneers

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The Pioneer Valley Pioneers will make their first appearance at the Summer Stroll this Friday, but they are no strangers to the Greater Boston music scene. The Pioneer Valley Pioneers play old-school country, with loads of duets, and songs from many generations all the way back to World War II. The band features Chris DeBarge, Lynnette Lenker, and Phil Lenker, and they are sure to bring the crowd to their feet this Friday! Check out their Facebook page for more information.

Illusionist Phil Smith

Phil Smith

Phil Smith is a master magician who has performed thousands of shows throughout New England. Phil has been combining expert slight of hand with juggling and comedy for many years to guarantee an unforgettable performance.

To see Phil in action and learn more, please visit his website.

Exhibit of Art by Debra Corbett Opens July 16 at the Hourglass

Debra Corbett

Enjoy Music in the Parks at the Four Corners Festival on July 18

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Keep the fun going after the Summer Stroll with our Four Corners Festival, featuring a variety of musicians at Cedar Park and Hesseltine Park.

Melrose Recreation Brings Fun to the Parks this Summer

Here are two Melrose Recreation Department drop-in programs for your children to enjoy this summer. For more information, check the Recreation Department web page, brochure, and registration page for youth activities.

Open Park Program at Melrose Common

Bring your children to the Melrose Common for our Free Open Park Program! All ages are welcome, but children under 10 cannot be left unsupervised. The program runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from now through August 7. Our Park Instructors will be available to play sports, organize games, run activities, and set up arts & crafts projects for all who are interested. Just show up and we will provide the fun. Bring your friends or come and meet new ones. It is our mission to get all Melrose kids outside and into our beautiful parks to play and socialize. (Program may close early if no participants are in the park.)

Please note: Supervision is very limited. A guardian must accompany any child under the age of 10, and must remain for the duration of participation.

Pizza Party Fridays

Every Friday our Parks Instructors will be running fun free events and activities at our parks. Play games, meet friends, and just go crazy!

We will be serving hot pizza from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. for $1 per slice as well as cold drinks for $1 each. Be sure to take advantage of the day and kick your weekend off right! See you between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please note we will be in a different park every Friday!

Dates & Locations for Pizza Party Fridays:

July 10: Gooch Park
July 17: Hesseltine Park
July 24: Volunteer Park (Warren St. Park)
July 31: Lincoln Park
Aug 7: Common Park

Enjoy the Summer Stroll on July 17

Summer Stroll

The Melrose Chamber of Commerce and the City of Melrose are pleased to announce the Third Summer Stroll: An Adult Evening on Main Street, on July 17th, 2015.

Main Street will be closed to vehicles from 6 to 9 p.m. and transformed into a two block walk way, spanning from Upham Street to Grove Street. There will be live musical performances by area musicians, and a local illusionist will entertain along Main Street. Restaurants will serve food and beverages on the sidewalk, while our local merchants will offer tastings, demos, specials, and sales within their stores.

The YMCA will also offer babysitting services that night. Registration is required for babysitting. For more information, please call the Y at 781-665-4360.

So take some time to stroll Main Street on July 17th and discover what makes Main Street Melrose so special. This is a rain or shine event!

The DCR Pool Is Open!

Now that summer is upon us, the DCR swimming pool on Tremont Street is open, and it will be open through August 23. Here’s the schedule:

Monday-Friday
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Learn to Swim
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Open Swim
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Family Swim

Saturday & Sunday
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Public/Family/Adult Lap Swim

And here’s the schedule and other information for all DCR pools.

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