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Concerts @ Crocker Park

The 2017 Performing Arts program for
Concerts @ Crocker Park is complete.
It looks like another fantastic year. 

It’s time for you to get ready for another exciting program of free of music for the whole family to enjoy, whether you’re dancing or just listening

Our 52nd Performing Arts Program features 15+ acts over four days and nights. As always, we thank the Town of Marblehead for the opportunity to present our program in the beautiful natural concert venue that is Crocker Park and to you, for your generous support of the Festival all these 52 years!  For a printable refrigerator copy of the 2017 Concerts @ Crocker Park short program click here

Please note: Many Artists will be offering their CD’s and Merchandise for sale. We invite you to take home the music and products of your favorite performers. Visit the Crocker Park Gazebo for purchases.

Rain Location*:  We’re going for it at Crocker Park! If it rains—we’ll be trying to get the show in. When the rain stops, listen for the music and then come join us!

*Sunday, July 2 (only) Rain Location: Unitarian Church 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead, MA.  – check back here on the Festival web that afternoon for details.

    Chairperson: Brian Wheeler
    Committee: Angela Masciale, Gale Argentine, Abby & Jamie Wheeler, Satia Hoff

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52nd Program – Concerts @ Crocker Park

Local Artists Showcase: On Saturday, Sunday & Tuesday afternoons beginning at noon, the Performing Arts Committee features local artists on the big stage at Crocker Park. We encourage you to stop by and support these emerging artists.

Saturday July 1

     Local Artist Showcase

12:00pm – 12:25pm
Subpar Alt Rock

Subpar is an alternative rock band from the North Shore. The band consists of Noel Rudloff on guitar and vocals, Adam Lynch on bass, and Troy Welling on drums with Jake Abrams sitting in on guitar. Come check out their debut performance on the big stage at Crocker Park!

12:30pm – 1:30pm
Boston School Of Rock Its Only Rock n Roll (But I Like It!)  www.schoolofrock.com

The Boston School of Rock in Watertown, MA teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Directed by Joe Pessia, the Show Team represents some of the finest students the school has to offer. Members are accepted by audition only and are given some of the most challenging music they can handle. 

The Boston Show Team is: Matt Martin guitar & vocal, Mena Lemos guitar, Jack McHaffey bass & vocals, Jacob Siegel Zeserson bass, keys/drums, Kevin Damon Cronmiller drums, Solomon Rosenthal drums & vocals, Sebastian Keppler drums

Caroline Keppler vocals, Kamryn Hog vocals, Amelia Allison vocals, Aidan Devine keys/bass & Doug Appleman keys/vocals & guitar.

We know you’ll agree – These Kids Rock!

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Eric Colville Band – Folk/Rock/Pop                                                      ericcoville.com

Eric Colville is an award-winning folk-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist with songs placed on network television including ABC’s “All My Children.” and PBS “Roadtrip Nation.” Eric has previously performed at the 30A Songwriting Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival alongside many well-known songwriters including John Oates (Hall & Oates) Jeff Black, Shawn Mullins, Sam Bush, Gary Louris (Jayhawks), and Jeffrey Steele. He is currently working on his third album to be released this year.

Today the Eric Colville Band includes Eric on electric guitar and vocals, Matt Gershun on drums, Brooks McPhail on bass and acoustic guitar with Julian Colville on vocal and keyboards.

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Mad Yonder – Pop/Folk/Hip-Hop/Rap                                                 madyonder.com

Mad Yonder is a group of Boston-based folk-hoppers playing the Hub’s favorite clubs, including sold out affairs at Middle East Downstairs and Hard Rock Cafe. Mad Yonder features dual front vocals, guitar & piano riffs and shifts, along with violin, trumpet, and a thunderous rhythm section including; Tim Short on keyboards & lead vocals, Keanu Burke as MC & lead vocals. Claire Ghost on violin, guitar, mandolin and backing vocals, Drew Wesley on lead guitar, Alex Leiva on trumpet, Pat Pingeton on bass, PJ Holiday on drums, octopad and percussion. Expanding their audience through New England and beyond, all of the elements blend perfectly in the band’s debut EP The Land Between, available now on all major streaming platforms. Catch them Opening our Concerts @ Crocker Park series and all over New England this summer! 

8:00pm – 10:30pm
Jen Kearney – Soul/Funk/R&B/Latin/Jazz                                          jenkearney.com

Boston born Jen Kearney has spent some time seasoning her particular musical style and flavor.  As a child she spent a great deal of time listening to any and all music she could and taught herself to play the piano and guitar by ear. After a brief time studying music in college, Jen began writing songs and singing.  She started frequenting open mic nights and broke into the local music scene.

Jen has recorded and released six full self-produced studio albums and has done session work on many other projects.  She has toured locally and nationally as a solo act and with a full band.  She has played shows supporting such acts as: Los Lobos, Daryl Hall, Mavis Staples, John Mayall, the Bluesbreakers and Derek Trucks Band.

Her latest album, “Age of Blame” is truly an amalgam of musical styles ranging from soul, R&B and funk- to rock, latin and jazz, while maintaining a singer/songwriter’s attention to lyrics and has met critical acclaim in Boston and beyond.  She is currently at work on material for the next album.

“Jen Kearney is a gifted singer who can belt out a song with the best of them. She puts a refreshing new spin on funk music, showing flashes of funk’s horn-drenched heyday in the ’70s, but also modernizing it with thoughtfully conceived lyrics that surround the fun with a lot of stately maturity. Her new album further includes top-notch balladry and a touch of Latin excitement. And the climactic song ‘Sanctuary in Sabotage’ is simply mesmerizing.” Steve Morse (Billboard, Rolling Stone).

Tonight’s lineup is Jen on keys and lead vocals, Domenic Volpe Davis on bass, Peter MacLean on drums, Yahuba Garcia Torres on percussion and backing vocals, Alex Lee Clark on trumpet, Brian Thomas on trombone and Jason Yost on guitar.

Sunday July 2

 Local Artist Showcase

12:00pm – 1:30pm
Young Performers Club – “All You Got Tour” – various    youngperformersclub.com

The “All You Got Tour” is a 21 and under showcase with a powerful mix of top performers covering a diverse mix of music genres. The tour is traveling throughout the Northeast from June-December 2017. This Crocker Park tour stop will include four bands and two solo artists, many of which are award-winning musicians.  Today’s Tour Line Up Includes: Catching Arrows – A pop/rock band of 12-14 year olds from all over the North Shore featuring; Shivani Srikanth on keys and vocals, Zoe Ritchie on lead vocal, Cullum Twiss on drums, Pearce Deal on lead guitar, Camille Merendail on keys and backup vocals, Kevin Becker on bass, Ava Gaudin on backup vocals.

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Adam Stickler Band – Pop/Rock                                                        adamsickler.com

Adam Sickler is a youthful explorer who brings an honest, feel-good vibe to a world of music that craves authenticity. Over the course of time, Adam has developed a blend of charming wordplay, a passion for self-exploration and what many liken to, as a close connection with our instinctive traits. These qualities have all gained enough momentum to break through into Adam’s musical career and his continuing efforts in the community.

To summarize Adams success thus far, he debuted with a single that broke the Top 75 on BDS and was played on numerous radio stations nationwide. Adam has sold and streamed music worldwide in almost 40 countries, from the Netherlands to Hong Kong to Azerbaijan. People from every culture are relating to this new musical sensation.

Adam has also performed throughout the East Coast at venues large and small including; Six Flags New England.

Inspired by great songwriters from old school Paul Simon and James Taylor to modern-day singer-songwriters Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer, Adam brings a unique mélange with an occasional reminder from a few of these legends. Furthermore, his attendance at the Berklee College of Music, while studying under renowned instructors such as Guy Van Duser and Scarlet Keys, provided him with some of the complex inner workings of guitars and the human voice.

Now at 25, Adam plays a full range of instruments, including the guitar and bass, harmonica, drums, clarinet, saxophone, and piano. With this level of understanding and control, the intricacies within his composition style, Adams fun perspective and colorful arrangements will leave you yearning for more and follow Adam to see what the future holds…

Today’s performance has Adam on vocal and guitar, Matt Salvo on drums, Mike Cordon on bass and Julian Rundlett on keyboards.

6:00pm – 6:30pm
Jasmin Atabekyan – Classical                           facebook.com/Pianist-Jasmin-Atabekyan

Ms. Atabekyan has a PhD in piano performance from Yerevan State Conservatory, Armenia, where she studied with Professors Zemfira Barsegyan and Anait Nersisyan. She also studied with Professor Yuri Hayrapetyan at Moscow State Conservatory. Her teaching career spans well over 20 years which includes a professorship at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, Greece and the Drama Municipal Conservatory, Greece.

Ms. Jasmin Atabekyan was born in Armenia from Greek and Armenian parents.  She with her husband and their two children recently moved to New England where she plans to devote her time becoming a productive member of the musical and cultural fabric of the region.

We are very excited to have this world class pianist, and now Marblehead resident, at our very own world class venue!

Performing with Jasmin tonight is her daughter and violinist, Emily Gasparyan.

Fifteen year old violinist Emily was born in Yerevan, Armenia. At the age of five she moved to Greece with her family where she began her violin lessons with Marina Shelkova at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki.

Emily took part in multiple concerts and won several prizes in violin competitions in Greece, including Rafina Violin Competition (First Prize), Voreiou Ellados Competition (First Prize), Orpheous Soloists String Competition ( First Prize), Anatolia College Summer Academy Competition ( First Prize). Among the prizes from the competitions in Europe are: Young Talents with Orchestra competition in Milan and the Energy for Life competition in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Gasparyan moved to Boston, USA, in 2015 where she continued her musical education at the New England Conservatory with professor Andrew Taylor. She took part in several competitions in Boston and New York. Some of them were very successful: Totenberg String Competition, Newton, Little Mozart Competition in Carnegie Hall, New York, Brockton Symphony Competition, Brockton. Emily has participated in various festivals and summer camps in Greece and Austria and had lessons with Yuri Bashmet, Alexander Trostyansky among others.

She has appeared as a soloist with Barlassina Symphony Orchestra in Italy, the European Youth Orchestra in Austria and Switzerland, Thessaloniki Youth Symphony in Greece and Salem Philharmonic Orchestra in USA. Recently, Emily moved to Greece where she studies at the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki with Andreas Papanikolaou.

6:45pm – 8:15pm
Hillyer Orchestra – Standards & Music of The Movies               hillyerorchestra.com    
   Feat. Emily Gasparyan & Alison Broadbent Trick

Dr. Dirk Hillyer is a highly recognized figure on Boston’s North Shore who also performs nationally as musician/conductor/horn player/mentor. Varied experiences from the classical genre to “pops” music of Broadway and Film has led to Mr. Hillyer’s current activity as conductor for Disney’s DISNEY-IN-CONCERT national tour. Mr. Hillyer has conducted the Austin Symphony and members of the Dallas symphony in the Disney extravaganza.

The Hillyer Festival Orchestra (HFO) is locally in the limelight with 150 performances so far. The annual July 4th concert in Salem attracts 30,000 people! Additionally, this orchestra, comprised of some of the best pops players in the Boston area, played Boston’s Hatch Shell on the Esplanade five years in a row.

Hillyer has conducted his orchestra for 18 years and local pops orchestras for the last 20 years but also maintains a vital interest in playing in concerts, pit-orchestras, and shows backing up world-class artists including Luciano Pavarotti and Frederica von Stade, under batons of William Steinberg, Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, and Michael Tilson Thomas; And in popular genres with Todd Rundgren (Music Director), Maynard Ferguson (at Berklee), Arturo Sandoval, Carol Channing, Bobby Vinton, Anthony Newley, Shirley Jones and Joanne Worley. A tenured member of the Boston Lyric Opera, he has performed over 400 opera performances under the batons of Keith Lockhart and David Angus, among others.

Jazz and Rock play a significant part in Dirk’s make up also: he performs and has recorded with the Jazz Composers Alliance at Berklee College of Music, was Musical Director for Todd Rundgren’s “Healing” tour (2010-11), and has recently performed the 2013 Prague Jazz Fest that toured throughout the Czech Republic and southern Germany. In 2015, Hillyer has taken the baton for DISNEY-IN-CONCERT engagements featuring all the classics, including “Frozen”. Academically, Hillyer holds a PhD from Tufts University with two additional degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music.

Tonight’s Hillyer Festival Orchestra includes:

Soloist:  Emily Gasparyan Atabekyan

Vocalist:  Alison Broadbent Trick is a talented, experienced solo performer, voice & piano teacher whose life, love, and travels have brought her to live in the United States. A British citizen, Alison was trained by internationally renowned Joseph Ward OBE and Britain’s beloved Mollie Petrie. Alison is a Voice Graduate of England’s prestigious Royal Northern College of Music and a Music postgraduate of Bath Spa University College. She qualified to teach piano at the tender age of 15 and is an Associate of the National College of Music, London.

Her solo performances include Handel’s Messiah in Wells Cathedral, Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor in Clifton Cathedral, Bristol, guest appearances with the University of the West of England Choir and Orchestra and numerous solo engagements with choral societies including Chew Valley Choral Society and The Phoenix Choir. She has toured Scandinavia with Radio Manchester Chorale, singing in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Tonight she will be performing three arias with the HFO.

Violins: Alan Hawryluk, Katharina Radlberger, Susanne Powers, Jacob Litoff, Joan Eaton, Sarah Skinner, Linda Scenna, Judy Takata. Viola: Joseph Simcox. Cello: Cheryl Campbell & Cynthia Forbes, Bass: Dave Matayabas & Lello Molinari. Flute: Emily Roos & Susan Jackson. Oboe: Sharon Phipps, Clarinet: Bill Kirkley & Monuca Duncan. Bassoon: Terry Meyers, Horn: James Mosher, Nan Foley &  Megan Riccio. Trumpet: Jeff Hoefler & Roy Procops. Trombone: Mike Strauss & Neal Melley, Drums: Richard Fish, Timpani: Abe Finch, Mallets: Jabari Tovar. Synth: Joe Stroup

 Dusk – 10:30pm

Marblehead Festival of Arts Film Festival     www.marbleheadfestival.org/film-festival     

These films have been chosen to promote the unique qualities and subtleties of filmmaking as an art form. Parents should review the lineup to decide if these films are age appropriate subject matter for their children. For program details see the Festival web site.

Monday July 3

6:00pm – 7:30pm                                                                              fourpiecesuitband.com
Four Piece Suit Ft. Ben Knight – Bebop/Funk/Jazz/R&B/Soul/Rockabilly        

Four Piece Suit is “a highball of sea-foam-soaked guitar and squalling tenor sax, shaken—not stirred—with surf tangos, Battista-era mambos, beach blanket boppers, spy music, crime jazz, and movie themes.” The predominantly instrumental group brings humor, romance and a pulsing rhythm to the category-defying range musical styles they reinvent. Heard on soundtracks for Sex and the City and Dexter, Four Piece Suit puts on a sizzling live show. Truly beyond category, their eclectic instrumental, sometimes jazz, sometimes rock style, brings forth a unique blend of long forgotten musical influences and often suggests a certain film noir feeling.

Four Piece Suit is: Milt Reder on guitar, John Aruda on sax, Dean Cassell on bass and Seth Pappas on drums.

Joining 4PS tonight is Ben Knight, the ball of fire keyboard & vocalist, sizzling on the scene and tearing up every venue he plays!                                     benknightlife.com

8:00pm – 10:30pm
Sarah & The Wild Versatile – Sizzling Hot Soul/R&B/Funk            wildversatile.com

Formed in 2015, Sarah and the Wild Versatile are a fresh addition to the Boston music scene; teaming their long-standing performance experience and wide range of musical expertise with unique instrumental ingenuity and lyrical prowess.  Ranging from blues to synth rock, folk to soul and most everything in between, Sarah and the Wild Versatile have been performing at high profile venues throughout New England including; Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Salem Pride Festival and Downtown Music Fall Fest in NH. 

Sarah & The Wild Versatile are Sarah Seminski on vocals, Eric Reardon on guitar, Derek Dupuis on keys and vocals, Derek Hayden on drums and vocals, Steve Burke on bass. Tonight the lineup also includes; Eric Schindler on sax, Scott Aruda on trumpet and Jeff Galindo on trombone. They’ve have shared the stage with Grammy award winners and top national acts. Their much anticipated debut full length album “Fall into Grace” is getting tremendous reviews and available tonight at the Gazebo. This is a band you’ll love from the first note you hear and we’re thrilled they’re kickin it with us in Crocker…Dancing shoes are a “must bring” to see, hear and experience this awesome band!!

Tuesday, July 4

Local Artist Showcase

12:00pm – 1:30pm                                                                                   
Marblehead/Salem School of Music Student Showcase –  www.marbleheadmusic.com  

Marblehead & Salem School of Music owners Steve & Jennifer Spungin are wonderful Friends of the Festival and proud to present the rising stars of the North Shore, as well as esteemed faculty, performing some of today’s most popular music. These talented, young performers have honed their skill and auditioned for this performance through private lessons and extensive ensemble rehearsals. Ranging in age, they will captivate and excite you with their performance. Come see these wonderful young artists!

Today, Marblehead/Salem School of Music is proud to presents:

An Hour ’til Dawn – w/ Ellie Small on bass/vocals, Hannah Crowley on guitar/vocals and Maya Cueva on drums/vocals.

Kaya – w/ Camille Comstock on vocals/piano, Gabby Spungin on ukulele/vocals, Coe Weeder on guitar, John Sheridan on bass and Nate Geary on drums.

From the Quiet – w/ Jeanine Martinello on vocals, Alicia Stransky on piano and Kristy Twaalfhoven on guitar.

Nomenclature – w/ Camden Alexander on guitar/vocals, Gianni Rosato on bass, Griffen Collins on guitar/vocals and Gus Mulligan on drums.

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Cold Spring Harbor – Billy Joel Tribute                      coldspringharbortributeband.com

Cold Spring Harbor Billy Joel Tribute Band consists of a talented group of young musicians from coastal Massachusetts, who are making a name for themselves across New England and elsewhere. The band has played at various venues including the well-known Firehouse Theater, in Newburyport, MA to a sold out audience. 

CSH originated in 2013 with Benjamin Eramo, lead vocalist and pianist, and former guitarist, Andrew Pesaturo. in 2014, they added three added new members, Josh Heselton, drummer, Sean Godbout, percussion, and (now former) basist Lucas Connatser. Today, the band consists of Ben Eramo on piano and lead vocal, Josh Heselton on drums, Eddie Lynch on percussion, Jake Smith on guitar, Jazz Abbott on bass and Sam Losh on saxophone. CSH has performed at Newburyport Yankee Homecoming, The Byfield Community Arts Center, Hobbs House Community Center, and more Everyone in the Cold Spring Harbor group is a dedicated musician, whose goals are professionalism, playing music, and having fun while doing so.

We’re so excited to welcome these high school phenomes to Crocker…Come on down “just the way you are!”

Concerts @ Crocker Park July 4th Spectacular On Stage Fireworks!

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Adam Hanna Band – Pop/Folk                                                     adamhannamusic.com

Adam Hanna is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Boston.  Adam has been playing guitar, singing and performing for over 10 years.  Currently a junior at Providence College, Adam recently took time off from releasing music to develop his vocals, songwriting and performing abilities.  With the release of his new single “Wouldn’t That Be Something” in September of 2016, Adam took his music to the next level. Now he’s selling out shows, heard on radio, performing regularly and was featured at The Boston Fashion Awards.

Tonight it’s Adam on vocals and acoustic guitar, Cory Paza on electric guitar, BJ Knight on bass and Eric Anderson on drums.

8:00pm – 10:30pm*
Adam Ezra BandAmericana / Roots Rock                                  adamezra.com

Adam Ezra Group’s songwriting is making waves around the country. A tireless touring outfit, the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) played upwards of 200 shows in 2016, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. AEB is made up of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, Adam Ezra, Alex Martin on drums, Turtle on percussion, Corinna Smith on fiddle, Francis Hickey on bass and Josh Gold on keys. Together they are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base. It’s this dedication to fans that inspired the 2016 “Get Folked Concert Tour” in which Ezra ventured solo/acoustic to the homes of 30 fans in as many days and almost as many states to play house concerts throughout the entire month of January. This model will be been duplicated in 2017 to a larger demand of hosts.

Throughout the year, The Adam Ezra Group will be on the road across The United States, playing music from their next studio release, slated to drop within the next year. The album is written by Adam Ezra Group along with some heavy hitting well known writers like John Oats (Hall & Oats), and produced by their fans through their PledgeMusic Campaign. To learn more and be part of AEG’s next release, visit adamezra.com.

*W/Break for annual Harbor Illumination & Fireworks at dusk.

So there you have it…15+ acts over four nights and three days. Thanks to MFoA

President Joanne Smith, Board of Directors and Volunteers for sharing our vision.

And, thanks to you for your support in dollars and in spirit to make it all happen!


“Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. A magic beyond all we do here!”

― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Thanks Marblehead for giving us a forum to present 52 years of magical performances!


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