BBB Aug 14 2009 Marlowe Park


The Jack Marlowe Park Summer Concert Series concluded with its final concert on Friday, August 14th, featuring The Bedford Big Band. This concert was sponsored by Reading Cooperative Bank.

Professor Harp, otherwise known as Hugh Homes, was born and raised in Boston.  He was a Rock 'n Roll drummer until 1969 when a combination of two things happened; the Boston Blues revival and witnessing a performance by George Allen "Harmonica" Smith.  The combination of these two events turned him into a blues harp player, otherwise known as the harmonica.

A lucky crowd got quite a show last Friday night with the second Jack Marlowe Park Concert performer Southern Rail. The concert, sponsored by Michael de la Maza, drew a crowd of over 150 music enthusiasts to hear some great original and proven favorite bluegrass tunes.

The great weather helped Southern Rail make an extraordinary debut in Woburn. The Band, made up of banjo, 6-string guitar, bass cello, and mandolin players all joined together in riveting harmonies to produce vocals everyone enjoyed. Southern Rail’s reputation for strong material, heart-stopping harmonies, and infectious good humor got the crowd laughing and clapping to the beat throughout the two hour concert.




The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series continues with its third concert on Friday, July 25, featuring The Bedford Big Band. The concert runs from 7-9 p.m. in Citizens Park, located on Main Street (Route 38) across from the Common. This concert is sponsored by Artisan Music Studios.

The Bedford Big Band has a repertoire spanning yesterday's classics to some of today’s best pop songs. Their tunes come from the classic big band composers such as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Count Basie and Bennie Goodman, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Stan Kenton. This Bedford-based band brings to the stage snappy instrumentals, sultry vocals and fun vocal quartets.

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series continued with its second concert last Friday with ska band Beat Soup. The concert was sponsored by Michael de la Maza. The weather was perfect for an outdoors performance, and a large crowd of all ages gathered to see the show.

Audience members were treated to Beat Soup’s ska-influenced stylings that included both instrumental dance pieces and vocal numbers. Playing originals and covers, the 8-piece dance band from Boston featured a classic sax/trombone/trumpet horn section as well as guitar, keyboard and drums. As the sun set, audience members of all ages got up to dance to the lively beats.

This is the sixth year that the Citizens Park Summer Concert Series will entertain Woburn residents. The concerts are a great way to enjoy summer nights with your fellow community members, and at the great location also a chance to shop and have dinner in Woburn Center.

The next Concert will be on July 25th, featuring The Bedford Big Band. For a full schedule including dates, band line-up, and sponsors please click here.

Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to Citizens Park to enjoy free concerts every other Friday throughout the summer. With generous support from local businesses, the Concert Series is free to the public.

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series is coordinated by Social Capital Inc. (SCI), Woburn Residents’ Environmental Network (WREN) (, and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority.