Tonight: Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue

Critically acclaimed Boston area songwriter and singer Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue will be featured in the garden of the Hyde Park Branch Library tonight.  Joined by Andy Hollinger on guitars and mandola and Gerry Bellegarde on bass, the group will be performing Americana and contemporary folk music.  Hyde Park’s own Mr. Curt will sing 3 numbers to open tonight’s concert.

Thea Hopkins has made several recordings and has performed at leading venues such as Passim and Johnny D’s – and most recently at the Hyde Park Farmers’ Market last Saturday.  Her composition “Jesus is on the Wire” was featured on two recent Peter, Paul, and Mary albums and in the PBS documentary on their career.

It’s a beautiful summer day!  Join us in the garden at 6:30 this evening (Thursday, August 4) for Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue.

Concert Series Half Done!

A large crowd attended last Thursday’s concert featuring Bob McCloskey and the rest of the JP Jazz Collective, and enjoyed their cool renderings of blue note jazz.  The HP Friends’ Summer Concerts in the Garden series is at its halfway mark, so don’t miss out on the rest of the concerts!

The remaining Thursday evening concerts start at 6:30pm, and will be an eclectic line up with

  • Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue offering American/Contemporary Folk on August 4;
  • Bird Mancini performing Acoustic Pop Rock on August 11;
  • Tony Cibotti singing tunes from the American song book on August 18; and
  • Tanya Maggi and David Russell performing Classical string pieces on viola and cello on August 25.

In case of inclement weather or extreme heat, performances will be offered indoors in the branch library’s Menino Hall.  We look forward to seeing you in August!

Ralph Rosen Returns July 21 in the Garden

Ralph Rosen returns to the Hyde Park Branch Library on Thursday, July 21, for the third in this summer’s Concerts in the Garden Series.  Ralph had organized the trio that provided background and dance music at the Bookmark Ball in April.  On Thursday at 6:30, he will be joined by pianist Hey Rim Jeon for a program entitled Eclectic Harmonica Music.

Both Ralph and Hey Rim are on the staff at Berklee College of Music.  Ralph, who will play harmonica, manages the Media Center and the Library there and conducts clinics, while Hey Rim is a professor specializing in harmony and piano.  Both have performed extensively throughout New York and New England, and Hey Rim has also played in Japan and Korea.  Each is also featured on multiple recordings.

Bring your friends to enjoy their music at this free concert from 6:30 to 7:30.  Cool drinks and light refreshments will also be provided.

Concert and Anniversary Celebration

Attendees enjoyed a wonderful concert by Hyde Park resident Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive yesterday.  Daniel introduced the band’s Jazz and Latin Jazz renditions with interesting history and information on each piece, as well as a commemoration of a dear Hyde Park neighbor who passed away recently.

Prior to the concert, the 30th Anniversary of the Friends was celebrated with a beautiful cake from Hyde Park’s own The Pastry Chef.  Attendees included 2 of the group’s founders, John Thomson and Bob Smith, as well as a number of Friends Board members past and present.  Friends President Kathy Adams and former Branch Librarian Barbara Wicker spoke briefly about the history of the Hyde Park Friends.  Barbara and current Branch Librarian Mary Margaret Pitts cut the cake, and Friends members distributed pieces to all attendees as the music commenced.  Councilman Rob Consalvo arrived and thanked the audience for its support of the Friends and the branch library.

In Concert: Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive Celebrate the Friends’ 30th Anniversary on July 14 at 6 p.m.

Garden festivities begin early on Thursday, July 14, as the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch celebrate 30 years service to the Library with an anniversary cake (made by Hyde Park’s The Pastry Chef) followed by a concert by Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive.  Mayor Menino and Councilman Consalvo expect to attend.

Jazz and Latin jazz will be the featured music for the evening. Daniel says that he views jazz as a communal experience with the combo members contributing original pieces. His instruments include all saxophones and flutes. A professor at Berklee for 17 years, he has also played and taught in Mexico and Japan. In addition, he ran the Brookline programs Jazz in the Sanctuary for 10 years.  His extensive discography includes recordings made by his 12 year old group, the New World Jazz Composers Octet.

Playing acoustic bass will be Keala Kaumeheiwa, an original member of the NWJCO.  A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first class, he is one of the most sought-after bassists on the Boston music circuit.  The pianist will be Berklee professor Gilson Schachnik.  A native of Brazil, he has played and recorded extensively and leads the Gilson Schachnik Group.  Guitarist John Baboian is a frequent participant in the Capetown Jazz Festival in South Africa.  He leads the John Baboian Quartet and the BeBop Guitars, and has composed and arranged for television and radio.  Drummer Brooke Sofferman rounds out the Collective Directive for this performance.  Much in demand as a sideman, he is also a composer and has made multiple recordings.

2011 Concerts in the Garden

Jazz at the LibrarySummer has arrived at last bringing with it the Concerts in the Garden for a sixth season at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Thursday nights in July and August. The series titled “From Hyde Park to Hyde Park: the Gift of Music” features at least one Hyde Park resident in each concert.  The free concerts are from 6:30 to 7:30 in the garden (entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street); in the event of rain, the performance moves to Menino Hall in the library.

A wide range of musical genres are represented in the schedule.   Kicking off the season on July 7 will be the HP3 with Jeff Todd playing “funky rock and roll.”   During the 8 weeks, you can also enjoy traditional jazz and blues, country folk, harmonica music, acoustic pop rock, the great American songbook, and a classical strings concert.

Thursday, July 14 will be a special day as the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, the sponsors of this series, will celebrate its 30th anniversary.  The festivities will begin early that night, and Mayor Menino will join us to cut the anniversary cake made by Hyde Park’s The Pastry Chef.  The 6:30 concert features Berklee professor and Fairmount Hill resident Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive, a quartet playing jazz and Latin jazz.

Free 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.  Check out the schedule below and add the garden concerts to your Thursday schedule, July 7 through August 25!

July 7     HP3 with Jeff Todd  (Funky Rock and Roll)

July 14  Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive (Jazz and Latin Jazz)

July 21  Ralph Rosen’s Harmonic Expressions (Eclectic Harmonica Music)

July 28  JP Jazz Collective  (Traditional Jazz and Blues)

August 4  Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue   (American/Contemporary Folk)

August 11  Bird Mancini  (Acoustic Pop Rock)

August 18  Tony Cibotti  (American Song Book)

August 25  Tanya Maggi and David Russell (Classical Strings)

Check back here every week for bios of our performers.  See you in the Library Garden!