Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
The 2nd Annual AMVESTS Blues Benefit Concert was August 11 and The Heartbeat of Haverhill (THoH) didn’t know what to expect when we headed out the door to the concert venue (AMVETS Post 147) on 576 Primrose Street, Haverhill, especially because the price was so inexpensive. $4 for admission to a 6-hour concert. Are you kidding me? I pay more for a Starbucks coffee that lasts a half an hour; I pay more than 3x that for a one and a half hour movie. So this ticket price would cover 30 minutes of a movie.
THoH arrived with expectations in check and almost immediately realized that anybody who missed this event was crazy. Five really great bands performed at this mostly blues concert. The Eddie Stellerman Show featured Big Band music, Paul Prue and the Rowdy Bar Blues Gang featured a super cool metal guitar, Keith Muise and the Telestrators mixed in some rock , Coupe DeVille got people dancing, and Still Breathin rounded out the day with some amazing harmonica and an original blues tunes that sounded so good, you’d think someone wrote it 60 years ago. THoH has photographic proof that this was one great concert…wailing guitars, foot stompin harmonica riffs, sweet vocals ranging from gravelly to harmony, and an appreciative happy footed crowd. VIEW SLIDE SHOW BELOW.
You cannot see this caliber of blues and this many bands for this price anywhere else that we found in the area. The New England Blues Festival (also supports the military) took place in July in Middleboro, MA (tickets $15). Tickets to a Marblehead coffee house performance with one performer is $22. Newburyport Blues Cruise tickets are $38. Check out prices and concerts in the Boston Blues Society Calendar http://www.bostonblues.com/cal.php.
Not only were the ticket prices affordable, but the food and beer tent were affordable as well. Hot dogs from Daly Dog $2, Beer $5, Whoopie Pies (multiple flavors) $2. Bottled water and soft drinks for $1. Plus there were indoor bathrooms, and raffle prizes with affordable tickets and many highly desirable prizes.
HELPFUL HINTS: The concert takes place on the parking lot behind the AmVet building so bring a chair, sunscreen, an umbrella or shade, plus a thick blanket for little kids to romp or nap upon IF they stop dancing, add a little bit of cash and you’re ready to roll and quite possibly win a raffle prize.
Most musicians stayed to watch the other bands play (some even performed with more than one band) offering fans an opportunity to express their appreciation for their participation and a chance to chat about music with some real pros.
This concert should go viral, and the prices could easily be ramped up, but the goal is to make an affordable family friendly event. So THOH intends to promote and endorse this event even more next year because where else can you be completely entertained at such a low cost and still support our military. We’re just sorry we missed that first performance – The Eddie Stellerman Show, so in 2014 be on time, be prepared to stay the duration and take advantage of all the music options we have here in Haverhill. Here’s a link to a prior post about free summer music in Haverhill http://wp.me/p3wgPC-6k.
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©2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell
Paul Prue – https://www.facebook.com/paul.prue.3?fref=ts
Boston Blues Society http://www.bostonblues.com/cal.php
THoH couldn’t find a link to Still Breathin. If you have one send it along so we can complete the resource guide.