New Season of Concerts in the Garden Starts Thursday, July 14

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The Friends are very proud to offer its annual summer music series featuring a different  local performing group each Thursday in the library garden through August 18.  The Savin Hillbillies will kick off the 2016 Concerts in the Garden series on Thursday, July 14, 6:30p.m-7:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved inside to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The full line-up:

Jul 14   Savin Hillbillies
Jul 21   Evenfall Quartet
Jul 28   Ron Goldman
Aug 4     Judy Pancoast
Aug 11   Patrice Monahan
Aug 18   Brad Hallen Trio

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and is also supported in part by Hyde Park Main Streets and the Boston Public Library.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

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Concerts in the Garden 10th Season Starts Thursday, July 9

music1The Friends are very proud to offer its 10th annual summer music series featuring a different  local performing group each Thursday in the library garden through August 20.   Blues guitarist Duke Robillard will kick off the 2015 Concerts in the Garden series on Thursday, July 9, 6:30p.m-7:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The rest of the season’s line up:

Jul 16   Savin Hillbillies
Jul 23   Brad Hallen Trio
Jul 30   d’Allegro
Aug 6    Patrice Monahan
Aug 13   Wayne Potash
Aug 20   Tony Cibotti

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

2013 Concerts in the Garden are On!

Hey, Music Lovers!

The Friends’ eighth season of Concerts in the Garden at the Hyde Park Branch Library are off to a great start last week with You and Yours, and this week with Mixed Emotions.  The remaining concerts will run July 25 through August 22, 2013, on Thursday nights between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.   The free concerts are held in the garden–entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street via library’s parking lot; in the event of rain or extreme heat, the performance moves to Menino Hall inside the library.

Scheduled performers for this 2013 season are:

  • July 25/ Ralph’s Music (Modern Jazz)
  • August 1 / Thea Hopkins (Folk Americana)
  • August 8 / Bright Moments  (Jazz Sextet)
  • August 15 /JA2 (Contemporary Jazz)
  • August 23 / Tony Cibotti  (American Song Book)

Light refreshments are available at each concert.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, and is supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Check back here every week during the season for bios of our performers.  See you in the Library Garden and Thanks! for supporting our summer concerts!

Concerts Return to Garden Thursday, July 11

music1The Friends’ eighth annual summer music series features a different  local performing group each Thursday in the library garden through August 22.   The acoustic duet “You and Yours”, with guitarist Dan Bowden and harmonica player Ralph Rosen, will kick off the 2013 Concerts in the Garden series on Thursday, July 11, at 6:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Both seasoned performers, Dan and Ralph developed their current partnership in 2012 with a clinic at Berklee College of Music demonstrating their extensive knowledge of blues and jazz styles.  Since then they have played country blues for a range of audiences, including local political figures and actress Glenn Close.

Dan Bowden, a well-known musician and music educator, plays guitar, electric slide guitar, and bottleneck guitar. He is a guitar professor at the Berklee College of music, an online course developer, and instructor for BerkleeMusic, and he has published guitar transcription and instructional books for Mel Bay Publications.  Dan’s first compact, No Better Time than Now, was released in June, 2011.

Ralph Rosen is active as a drummer, harmonica player, and composer.  Like Dan, he is steeped in the jazz and blues traditions, having played in both idioms on both instruments all over the world  He has played with many artists including Albert King, Bruce Katz , George Garzone, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  His two cd’s (featuring his own pieces) are So Taken (2001) and No Secrets (2004).

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Zili Misik in Concert

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photo by Ahn Dao Kolbe

The Friends are pleased to present 2012 Boston Music Awards nominee Zili Misik in concert in Menino Hall,  Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Originally formed to showcase Haitian music traditions, Zili Misik’s performances also incorporate African and South American influences.   This Boston-based all-female band creates a unique sound blending the musical rhythms and traditions it honors.  Come and partake of the melodic medley of the musics of Haiti, West Africa, Brazil, Cuba, and American spirituals, blues, jazz and neo soul!

This concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

2012 Concerts in the Garden Performers

Hey, Music Lovers!

The Friends’ seventh season of Concerts in the Garden at the Hyde Park Branch Library will run between July 12 and August 23, 2012, on Thursday nights between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.   The free concerts are held in the garden–entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street via library’s parking lot; in the event of rain or extreme heat, the performance moves to Menino Hall inside the library.

Scheduled performers for this 2012 season are:

  • July 12 / Creek River String Band (Blues)
  • July 19 / d’Allegro Duo (American songbook)
  • July 26 /  Tanya Maggi and David Russell (Classical Strings)
  • August 2 / Riverside Theater Works (Show tunes)
  • August 9 / JP Jazz Collective  (Jazz and Blues)
  • August 16 /Fox and Branch (Family Concert-American Folk Songs)
  • August 23 / Tony Cibotti  (American Song Book)

Light refreshments are available at each concert.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library in collaboration with Artists-at-Large and the Boston Public Library, and is supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

POP QUIZ:  Which Concerts in the Garden performer is pictured above?  The first 3 concert goers to let us know at the July 12/Creek River String Band concert will get their choice of 3 hardcovers from our book sale selections!

Check back here every week during the season for bios of our performers.  See you in the Library Garden and Thanks! for supporting our summer concerts!