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THE HILLIES ARE ALIVE With the Sound of Music – Free Music in Haverhill

Keith Muise

Keith Muise & the Telestrators on Bradford Common Friday Night

The Heartbeat of Haverhill perched its lawn chair on Bradford Common Friday night to listen to Keith Muise & the Telestrators (and Mr. Shorty Hill) for the season opening Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series concert. This venue is perfect for performers, puppies, pizza and picnics.

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There must have been 300 neighbors enjoying the music and each other at this picturesque setting.  No vendors are allowed with one exception – Ruth and her husband purchase and sell pizza and grilled items with proceeds going to the church that sponsors the event.  There is no hype, no religious recruitment, no junk food hawkers or trinket sellers. It is a concert series sponsored by local businesses for the benefit of community building, and the promotion of music. It’s very low keyed with performers graciously supporting (by reducing fees) this labor of love in honor of the Haverhill blues musician and artist who produces the event – Paul Prue.

Mom and child dancing

Mom and child dancing

As we wended our way through the park paths to collect a few pictures, we encountered Haverhill Cultural Council members who pointed out that Haverhill is a free music Mecca, especially in the summer time.  We learned of ongoing music opportunities six days a week, many of which are family friendly and free!! (NOTE: Chit Chat Lounge may not be family friendly but it opens its windows and fills Washington Street with live music on weekend nights, and that just gives us the coolest downtown.)

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Based on the schedule below, you’ll be able to get your toes in shape this summer by tapping to some fantastic beats.


  • Jazz is jumping at the Chit Chat lounge from 6pm-10pm
  • Sunday Blues jam w/ Peter Chase and the Still Breathing band. Archie’s Little River Ale House  27 Lafayette Sq. Starts at 6pm. UPDATE: Starts up again Sun, Sept 1, 2013; 6 pm-10pm
  • Starting August 11th on the outside deck at the Tap Restaurant every Sunday from 6 to 8pm. The ACOUSTIC TRAVELERS ROAD SHOW. Paul Prue invites one special guest musician or singer to sit in with him for 3 Sundays. Then he invites another guest for 3 weeks and another. After 9 weeks he brings everyone back together for a show upstairs at the Tap in the Lime light lounge. We will be playing a lot of acoustic classic rock,some blues, going back to his 70’s and 80’s song lists.


  • A good day to read a book since The Heartbeat of Haverhill was unable to find a regular gig on this day.



DSC_0604 Patriotic patrons



Bradford Common Concert Schedule

Bradford Common Concert Schedule

  • Bradford Common Outdoor Music Series through August 23. Show starts at 6pm.. (July 19 features American Idol favorite Liz Bills). The series is produced by local stained glass artist and musician Paul Prue
  • Live band on the main  floor and acoustic music in the Wine & Martini bar at the Chit Chat


Opening Day Farmers Market Musicians

Opening Day Farmers Market Musicians



AUGUST 11 (Rain Date August 25) – The 2013 Veterans Blues Benefit Concert is basically a blues festival that runs all day from 2pm-8pm  outdoors at Amvets Post 145, 576 Primrose Street. Okay this one event isn’t free (but it pretty nearly is) and it may only be a onetime event but it is for such a great cause – helping local veteran’s associations  – that we are compelled to include it here. Plus the cost of admission is a very small, $4 per person over 12 years of age. Kids younger than 12 get in free.  The event is sponsored by the City of Haverhill with proceeds directly supporting the local men and women who protect our country. Call 978.374.9807 for information or to make a donation.

DSC_0596 Band from crowd


©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell

7 comments on “THE HILLIES ARE ALIVE With the Sound of Music – Free Music in Haverhill

  1. Shawna Kelley
    July 13, 2013

    Thanks, what a great set of music listings!

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      August 14, 2013

      Hi Shawna – Thanks again for your comment here…BTW I have a group of friends ready to try out the Paint and Wine Lounge maybe in Sept.

  2. Brain4Rent/THoH
    July 13, 2013

    If you know of any additional ongoing music programs, please fill me know in by adding a comment on this blog. And if you’re so inclined, share the blog, and click “follow” so you never miss good news from Haverhill. Thank you for reading.

  3. Rick Campbell
    July 14, 2013

    Sunday Blues jam w/ Peter Chase and the Still Breathing band. Archie’s Little River Ale House 27 Lafayette Sq. Starts at 6pm.

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      July 14, 2013

      That sounds like a good one, Rick, thanks for adding it

    • John Smith
      August 14, 2013

      Archie’s canceled the Blues Jam for August but it starts up again Sun, Sept 1, 2013; 6 pm-10pm.

      • Brain4Rent/THoH
        August 14, 2013

        Thanks John Smith for the update…corrections have been made to the listing. Keep me posted on any music comings and goings, I’ll have to start a new post mid September for free fall music options.

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