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Jazz star Jane Monheit to open CityBlock; Willie Nile, FAT among acts at summer concert series
Music fans needn’t look any further than opening night of this year’s CityBlock Summer Concert Series to see that change is in the air.
Jazz star Jane Monheit opens up the series on Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m., kicking off a summer that will feature everything from blues to classic rock, zydeco, and a touch of 80s glam.
The free concert series will also feature a revamped stage set-up, with the performance taking place at the Bridge Street end of Stearns Square to create a natural “concert hall” effect. All of the shows will take place at Stearns Square, except for the Aug. 27 closer at Court Square.
The summer event, produced by the Springfield Business Improvement District, has a first-ever series sponsor with MassMutual giving its support.
The Grammy-nominated Monheit is one of the true stars of the genre and will start her summer tour this weekend with performances at New York City’s famed Lincoln Center. Her 2013 release “The Heart of the Matter” features her interpretation of The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers / The Long and Winding Road.”
For those perhaps looking to get a little closer to the Beatles’ legacy than Monheit’s tribute, Denny Laine of Wings will perform “Band on the Run,” on Aug. 6. An original member of Moody Blues, Laine went on to form Wings with Paul McCartney in 1971 and performed with the Beatle until the band broke up in 1981.
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