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Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass on Tap for “Celebrate New Concord”

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Celebrate New Concord (CNC), the summer entertainment series now in its 13th year, has announced its 2013 schedule of performances.

National service club Ruritan will provide food at the shows in Village Park, and proceeds will benefit the New Concord Food Pantry.

“Ruritan has been with us for five years now, and we’re very happy to have them at the shows,” said CNC Chairman Rod Lang. “It adds a nice touch to the evening, and they’re helping the New Concord Food Pantry, which gives something back to the community.”

The CNC committee is made up of Lang as chairman, New Concord Mayor Greg Adams, Janice Hutchison, Robert Owen Jones and Jeff Harman. This summer, the group decided to switch things up a bit.

“We get so many requests to have these performers back, the CNC committee thought it would be a great idea to have a ‘best of’ season, and this lineup features some of the most popular groups we’ve ever hosted,” said Lang.  “It should be a great time for everyone.”

The 2013 schedule is as follows. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 4: The University of Akron Steel Drum Band Alumni Quartet

The quartet is CNC’s all-time most popular attraction, having entertained more than 1,000 audience members since their first appearance in 2007. The group plays a broad range of music, from pop songs to classical, on steel drums, bass and drums.

Tuesday, June 18: Dan Heidt

Dan Heidt will make a return appearance after his CNC premiere in 2011. Heidt is a vocalist and guitar player offering a wide range of pop music favorites and original music.

Friday, July 12: HB7

For more than two decades, HB7 has thrilled audiences with their tremendous talent and proven ability to entertain. Melding the essence of rock ‘n roll and pop favorites in the styles of Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Eagles, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Rolling Stones and other great bands, HB7 combines the best of rock and pop with keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and horns.

Tuesday, July 23: Northwest Territory

Northwest Territory returns to CNC with new music and new band members. The band has performed since 1989, covering bluegrass, country, folk, gospel and their own original material. Northwest Territory has performed at venues across the United States and in Canada, including bluegrass festivals, summer concert series, fairs and art centers. The band includes its founding member, Mike Gorrell, guitar, mandolin and vocals; Randall Boring, banjo and vocals; and Mary Kettering, an accomplished violin and fiddle player.

Tuesday, Aug. 6: Seven

Seven will present an evening of classic jazz instrumental and vocal selections. The group made its first CNC appearance as the Muskingum Jazz Group.

Tuesday, Aug. 20: The Jerry Weaver Good Time Jazz Band

The Jerry Weaver Good Time Jazz Band returns to CNC after a two-year absence. The Weaver group has been a part of CNC’s lineup since 2003, offering Dixieland and Ragtime music that is ideal for the entire family.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Except for the Friday, July 12 show at the New Concord Fireman’s Festival, performances will be held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in Village Park in downtown New Concord.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. Performances are held rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, performances will be moved into the firehouse at Village Park.

Celebrate New Concord is sponsored by the Village of New Concord and the New Concord Board of Trade and is made possible through the support of the individual and business members of the Celebrate New Concord Patronage program. For more information, call 740-826-6392 or visit the CNC’s Facebook page.