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The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series continues with the second concert this Friday, July 11, featuring Beat Soup. 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 Michael de la Maza.

Together since the early 1990’s and a Boston Globe Pick of the Week, Beat Soup has been compared to Bim Skala Bim, Madness, Elvis Costello and The Specials. Their original music is inspired by British Invasion Pop, 2Tone Ska, and bands like Talking Heads and even The B52s! The 8–piece dance band features the classic sax-trombone-trumpet horn section on Caribbean and Rock Beats.

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 kicked off its sixth year Friday with Iyeoka Okoawo and The Funk Tribe. This first concert was sponsored by Woburn Mall/KGI Properties. Although showers had been in the forecast and rain fell, the sky cleared and the sun came out in time for the concert, and the weather was perfect for an outdoors performance.

Audience members were treated to Iyeoka and the Funk Tribe’s various styles of music and warm interaction with the crowd. The Boston-based band blended poetry with jazz, blues, gospel, and hip-hop, showcasing its members’ many talents throughout the evening, as well as encouraging audience members to dance.

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 11th, featuring the ska band Beat Soup. For a full schedule including dates, band line-up, and sponsors 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) (www.GoWREN.org), and the Woburn Redevelopment Authority.

The Citizens Park Summer Concert Series kicks off this Friday, June 20, with Iyeoka Okoawo and her band The Funk Tribe. The concert runs from 7:00-9:00 PM in Citizens Park, located on Main Street (Route 38) across from the Common. This concert is sponsored by Woburn Mall/KGI Properties.

Boston-based Nigerian-American performing artist and award winning poet Iyeoka Okoawo is at the forefront of creating a new artistic genre that gracefully interweaves spoken word poetry with jazz, blues, gospel and neo-soul influenced song.

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.

For a full schedule including dates, band line-up, and sponsors, please click here.

At our next CoffeeHouse we will have as our featured perfomer, Michael "Warrior" Bonds.

Michael "Warrior" Bonds has performed his unique brand of spoken word actionist poetry and co-facilitated workshops nationally. He won international acclaim in Europe, performing and facilitating workshops at the Air Lift Project in Zurich, Switzerland in 2005. He also recorded a new album in Geneva, Switzerland produced by DJ Goo for Synchrovision Records featuring Bryonn Bain, co-founder of the Blackout Arts Collective.

His CD "Gunz, Poems & Rosez" is on sale in Zurich at 6 Pack Records, Crazy Beat, and other fine stores. His presence and poetry has been felt as far away as the UK and Africa.

He is a member of the Black Scribes Society, Poetry Joint.Com, and the Blackout Arts Collective, an affiliate of the New York Foundation of the Arts.

His words will grab you and respectfully hold the collective attention hostage, making certain you feel his experience, strength and hope.

This Woburn CoffeeHouse will take place on May 28th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m at the North Suburban YMCA. For more information, please click here.

Coffee for the Woburn CoffeeHouse is donated by the Starbuck's Coffee at 200 West Cummings Park.

If you would like to stay informed about upcoming Woburn Arts & Culture Today events click here, enter your email address, and from the list choose "Woburn Arts & Culture Today"!

The Woburn CoffeeHouse is made possible by the Woburn Arts/Culture Initiative with Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

Donna NagleTurn off the TV! Bring your kids to The Woburn CoffeeHouse Pajama Jam, Wednesday May 14th at 7:00 p.m.

Parents and kids are welcome to come sing and play along as Woburn resident Donna Nagle leads us in an evening of folk songs, popular songs, and other fun stuff. Better than a bedtime story, it is sure to be great fun for all!

This Woburn CoffeeHouse will take place on May 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m at the North Suburban YMCA. For more information, please click here.

Coffee for the Woburn CoffeeHouse is donated by the Starbuck's Coffee at 200 West Cummings Park.

If you would like to stay informed about upcoming Woburn Arts & Culture Today events click here, enter your email address, and from the list choose "Woburn Arts & Culture Today"!

The Woburn CoffeeHouse is made possible by the Woburn Arts/Culture Initiative with Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

At our next CoffeeHouse we will have as our featured perfomers, Kiki Breevlife, and Catch Wreck.

Kiki Breevlife
"God speaks through you, do not ignore Him" has been Kiki Breevlife's motto since the start of her Hip Hop journey. There is evidence of His Creative Force speaking especially through Kiki's music. Her aptly named alias describes exactly what she intends to do with her work: Breathe Life. Born in Brooklyn, NY at the threshold of her most influential genre of music, KiKi reminds her audience that she was born with "Hip Hop". Due to extreme poverty and an unsafe living environment as a teenager, Kiki Breevlife's mother relocated to Boston, MA in search of a better life. It was there that Kiki made use of her natural gift of lyricism and holds the title as Boston's most driven and influential female MC to date. KiKi Breevlife took the reigns on her own to begin performing at local open mics, entering and winning numerous freestyle battles along the city as well as in her hometown of New York City. She proves to be none short of an expressive artist with the ability to delve into the listener's soul and stir emotion. She presents diverse views of life, social issues, and personal experiences utilizing her incomparable voice. To hear some of Kiki's music, please visit her myspace page here.


Hailing from Boston Massachusetts and coming into being on the 24th of January in the year 1989, Catch Wreck grew up on the streets of Roxbury’s Egleston Square. In developing his music, Catch drew from his experiences, both good and bad, and aligned himself with the struggle faced by people of color. His music comes from the reality faced by its listeners and sheds light on what it means to not simply be a youth of color in the world today but also to be a voice of dissent in an industry of artists willing to place marketability before self-respect and integrity. To hear some of Catch Wreck's music, please visit his myspace page here.

This Woburn CoffeeHouse will take place on April 23rd from 7-9pm at the North Suburban YMCA. For more information, please click here.

Coffee for the Woburn CoffeeHouse is donated by the Starbuck's Coffee at 200 West Cummings Park.

If you would like to stay informed about upcoming Woburn Arts & Culture Today events click here, enter your email address, and from the list choose "Woburn Arts & Culture Today"!

The Woburn CoffeeHouse is made possible by the Woburn Arts/Culture Initiative with Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Clinic.

Community Social CapitalistsBOSTON--Today Mayor Tom McLaughlin joined Woburn-based Social Capital Inc. (SCI) to recognize five outstanding “Community Social Capitalists” at the SCI Social Capitalist Luncheon which drew over 200 business and community leaders. SCI also presented the 2008 SCI Idealist Award to Dain and Constance Perry of Charlestown.

A strong contingent of Woburn business and community leaders traveled to Boston for this new SCI luncheon event. Other Woburn elected officials joining Mayor McLaughlin were State Representative Jay Kaufman, City Council President Charlie Doherty and School Committee member Chris Kisiel. And Boys & Girls Club Executive Director was the lucky winner of a basketball signed by all of the members of this year’s Boston Celtics!

Danversbank, which has a branch in Woburn, was a major event sponsor and had a full table at the luncheon. Woburn Branch Manager Anne Denaro served on the Social Capitalist Luncheon Host Committee, and Danversbank Community Reinvestment Officer Kevin Noyes was recognized as a Community Social Capitalist.

“We were pleased to have so many join us from Woburn,” commented SCI President David Crowley. “As SCI expands across the state, the continued support here where we have our roots is much appreciated.”

Mayor McLaughlin was joined in presenting the Community Social Capitalist Awards by Nancy Stolberg, who was recently appointed by Governor Patrick to lead the Commonwealth Corps.