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The Recorder – Annual Live Music Series Returns to Montague Center

Posted: 07/08/2021 16:04:07

MONTAGUE CENTER — Live music fans can expect a performance every Wednesday this month as part of the “Music on the Common” series sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Montague.

Music on the Common showcases an array of talent from the Montague area. A set of “easy-listening music” by Corky and Ken opened the series on July 7 at 6 p.m., with weekly performances by other groups taking place at the same time every Wednesday for the rest of July. The concerts take place outside on the church lawn in good weather and inside the church on rainy evenings, as was the case this week.

Peg Bridges, a church member and publicist for Music on the Common, said that for at least seven years, the series has been an integral part of regional tradition.

“There’s always been a crowd of people,” Bridges said. “People come from Greenfield, Sunderland, Deerfield, definitely Turners Falls.”

Even during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridges said, Music on the Common found a way to give the community a good show. Last summer, the church hosted the outdoor event on the lawn, a rare public celebration at the time.

“Maybe we’ll get more attendance,” said Bridges, optimistic about the potential for bigger audiences now that health safety regulations are less stringent.

The importance of this tradition for the region is reinforced by the familiarity of the acts with the community. The performers are not only primarily from the city, but most are returning artists who have participated in Music on the Common in previous years. Some of them, like Becky and John (who headline the July 21 show), have even performed at Montague’s church services.

Bridges said while the church values ​​this continuity, organizers are also excited about the prospect of new faces.

“We always welcome new talent,” she said. “If you want to play, let us know.”

His desire to be inclusive extends to those who might be interested in attending.

“All are welcome,” Bridges said. “Everyone come.”

In addition to live music, there will also be Red Sox tickets and lottery tree raffles with drawings on July 28, the show’s final date.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or [email protected]