Concerts On The Common, Where the Arts Come Alive

Here’s the good news: if you haven’t been to see one of the free “Concerts On The Common” shows this year, you’ve still got plenty of chances. The only bad news is that summer won’t last forever.

A few weeks ago, Concert On The Common moved to Londonderry High School due to threatening weather. New York’s Amber Rubarth was a treat. The enchanting entertainer had only recently played Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry and for her many fans, the added free show was a delight. Rubarth plays with a style that’s very heartfelt and she’s equally comfortable… and adept … with keyboards or guitar. Her interesting take on love lost, “Novocaine” from her recent CD “A Common Case of Disappearing” put the audience in a spell. Rubarth, who has played with the likes of Jason Mraz, has already gathered her share of critical acclaim and her star continues to rise.

Local artists spun their own version of enchantment outside, displaying artworks and fine craft. Londonderry Arts Council member Jason Williams also led an onsite art activity. It was “dueling canvases” as he and fellow artist Steve Sullivan splashed and swiped paint onto large canvases. Concert attendees also got in on the fun, including two little girls that loaded paintbrushes so heavily with paint they could hardly hold them up to the canvas!

Next to easels holding contemporary abstracts, Diane Vautier showed off her handiwork: a line of upcycled burlap bags. Her artful designs, labeled “Java Jayne” (so named for a favorite niece) are crafted from burlap coffee sacks re-purposed after local coffee roasters empty them of their precious cargo. The bags are emblazoned with coffee plantation markings from faraway places and the exotic labeling adds nicely to the look of the final product.

Artists that would like to display their work at the weekly concerts should contact Andy Mack Jr or visit the Londonderry Arts Council on Facebook for more information.

Be sure to watch this slideshow of a recent Concert on the Common!

Concerts On The Common took a week off for Independence Day. The weekly concerts, which run Wednesday nights 7-8:30, continue tonight, July 18th with the Jamie Lynn Hart Band. Shows are at the Londonderry Town Common, at the intersection of Mammoth and Pillsbury roads. In the event of inclement weather, the show moves to the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Images by Lauren Holahan.

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