Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield on Weekends, Inc (WOW) has announced its seventh annual series of free summer concert series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2019

Contact: Jerry Tomasko, 1-413-875-5131
jerrytomasko@comcast.net

WESTFIELD, Mass. Westfield on Weekends, Inc (WOW) has announced its seventh annual series of free summer concert series, three Thursday evenings at Park Square, the city’s town green. All concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s roster includes performances by professional groups that reflect three distinctive styles of music.  The schedule includes Hitting the Note, an Allman Brothers tribute band on June 20; King Country, featuring Ray Guillemette Jr. on July 25; and WOW’s Wolf Pit Big Band with internationally acclaimed vocalist Samirah Evans on August 25.

“During Westfield’s 350th anniversary, we wished to spotlight the incredible talents of regional artists,” Gerry Tomasko, Chair of the MusicFest series explained. “Each of our concerts will be headlined by musicians, who have developed huge followings in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.”

Hitting the Note is well-known for their “on the money” renditions of Southern Rock, as performed by the Allman Brothers Band.  Formed by drummer/vocalist Jeff Turcotte, the band seeks to capture the experience of what it was like to attend a concert by the group during their heyday. Named after the twelfth and final album by the legendary group, they have appeared at numerous area venues, including the Wherehouse in Holyoke.

Band members span generations. They include Turcotte’s son Joel (Drums/Percussion); Bob Toriani (Keyboards/Vocals); Tom Doherty (Guitar/Vocals); Dan Girouard (Guitar); Zach Longhi (Bass); and John Makowski (Lead Vocals/Harp).

As headliners for the second concert, Ray Guillemette’s King Country has been singing the hits of everyone from Brad Paisley and Trace Adkins to the Zac Brown Band since 2011. Formed by Ray Guillemette Jr., a ten-time International Elvis Tribute Artist winner who has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Japan for over twenty years, the ensemble was a staple at the Wherehouse in Holyoke for several years and has headlined numerous concert series throughout Massachusetts.

The Wolf Pit Big Band with Samirah Evans will feature seventeen of the area’s most talented musicians, as assembled for Westfield on Weekends by saxophonist Ed Orgill, who is also a Professor of Jazz Studies at Westfield State.

A popular New Orleans performer for nearly two decades, Samirah Evans has made New England her home since Hurricane Katrina. With tours of Europe, South America and Asia to her credit, her resume also includes performances with such legendary performers as James Brown, B.B. King, Dr. John and Terence Blanchard.

MusicFest concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy beer, wine and beverages, as well a variety of foods provided by area food vendors.

“Come early and have dinner on the green, ending with strawberry shortcake provided by Church of the Atonement’s Strawberry Festival,” Tomasko suggested.

MusicFest Westfield 2019 is produced by Westfield on Weekends with the assistance of the City of Westfield and sponsorship of Westfield G & E and Whip City Fiber, Tavern Restaurant, Commercial Distributing, Co., ESBank and Westfield Electroplating. In-kind assistance has been provided by Westfield State University and the Westfield New Group.

For more information on the performers and the series visit www.westfieldonweekends.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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