CONWAY — Arts Jubilee kicks off the 2014 summer outdoor concert series this Thursday, July 17, with the official Beatlemania Stage Show.
The five-concert series continues to be hosted by Cranmore Mountain Resort on Thursday evenings through Aug. 14. Opening the season, Arts Jubilee fans will experience the music, magic and memories of the Beatles.
Featuring an all-star cast of talented musicians, this is a family-friendly event, appropriate for audiences of all ages, bringing all generations together to celebrate the timeless music of the Beatles. Seasoned Arts Jubilee audiences will recognize Bob Halligan Jr, lead performer of Ceili Rain, in another role — that of Paul McCartney. The special concert master of ceremonies will be local radio show host, Mark Johnson of WMWV 93.5 FM.
Performing all the popular Beatles songs ranging from She Loves You to Yellow Submarine to Revolution, the show spans the entire story of the Beatles. The cast members appear in full authentic Ed Sullivan suits, silk Sgt. Pepper uniforms and Abbey Road-styled apparel. The production features two hours of Beatles music, all performed live on stage with authentic instruments.
The early opening concert for the evening will be the Mounts Washington Valley Band, a traditional, New England community band under the direction of Russell Gage. This enthusiastic group of local musicians perform throughout the summer on Tuesday nights at the North Conway gazebo and has agreed to appear at Arts Jubilee and help launch the 2014 season.
The Arts Jubilee concert series continues each Thursday evening presenting a wide range of musical performances including A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg by the Don Campbell Band with special guest, Tom Dyhrberg; the Jonathan Edwards Trio; the New England Society Orchestra presenting Music of Hollywood and the Movies, followed by fireworks; and ending with Roomful of Blues presenting the best in blues and jazz.
Arts Jubilee's outdoor festival concerts take place at the base of the north slope at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway. Headline concerts begin at 7 p.m., and a "warm-up" performance begins at 6. Beverages and food are available on the deck at Zip's Pub with a full view of the stage. Picnic suppers are permitted (no alcohol, please). Provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs. Admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 students; and free for kids 12 and under.
Arts Jubilee is a non-profit organization with support from area corporate sponsors, private donations and grants. Host sponsor, Cranmore Mountain, provides ample free parking, indoor restrooms and mountain views in a natural amphitheater setting. For more information go to MWVEvents.com or call 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.