July 10--AMESBURY -- A variety of different musical styles will fill the downtown area this summer as the Amesbury Public Library holds its first summer concert series.
Over the next month or so, the library will host musical performances every Monday night on its front steps by the fountain. Library director Patty DiTullio said previous musical efforts have gone over well, so her goal is to expand the library's summer offerings and see if a concert series could become an annual event.
"We've done individual performances in the past and they've always been really popular," DiTullio said. "We wanted to do a series over the summer, so we're going to give it a try and offer some different types of music and see what people think."
The series is set to kick off this Monday with a performance by Baza, a quartet of bluesmen who borrow from the catalogs of classic Delta and Chicago style artists with an up-tempo, intergenerational style, DiTullio said.
Then on July 22, the library will welcome Too Human, a jazz band who draws from many of the great jazz standards within the Great American Songbook while sprinkling in many original songs as well.
"We had them two years ago," DiTullio said. "They performed here at the library and they were very popular, and people have been asking us to have them back."
On July 29, the library will host Grupo Fantasia, which is led by multi-instrumentalist Angel Wagner and specializes in a range of different styles of Latin and Caribbean music, including meringue, salsa, Latin jazz, cumbia, bachata and vallenato.
Finally, the series concludes on Aug. 5 with the Merrimac Hat Company, an Amesbury-based indie-folk band that uses instruments like the cello, harmonica and melodica. The Merrimac Hat Company's sound is influenced by popular artists like Bob Dylan, the Lumineers and the Avett Brothers, and the band performs both covers songs and original pieces.
One of the band's members, Logan Piercey, works for the library and DiTullio said the band performs all over the area and has developed a sizable local following.
"They're really popular," she said. "They performed for us during the summer previously at the gazebo."
The series is funded by the Amesbury Cultural Council and by the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library. All four performances will begin at 6:30 p.m., and in the event of rain, the performances will be moved to the Costello Transportation Center at 68 Elm St.
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