Annual live music series returns to Montague Center

  • Corky and Ken play the first “Music on the Common” session Wednesday night, which was moved inside the First Congregational Church of Montague due the threat of rain. The music series continues through July 28. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Corky and Ken play the first “Music on the Common” session Wednesday night, which was moved inside the First Congregational Church of Montague due the threat of rain. The music series continues through July 28. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 7/8/2021 4:04:07 PM

MONTAGUE CENTER — Fans of live music can expect a performance each Wednesday this month as part of the “Music on the Common” series sponsored by the First Congregational Church of Montague.

Music on the Common features an array of Montague-area talent. A set of “easy listening music” by Corky and Ken opened the series on July 7 at 6 p.m, with weekly performances by other groups happening at the same time each Wednesday for the rest of July. The concerts are held outdoors on the church’s front lawn during good weather and inside the church on rainy evenings, as was the case this week.

Peg Bridges, a member of the church and publicist for Music on the Common, said that for at least seven years, the series has been a valued part of regional tradition.

“There’s always been a crowd of people,” Bridges said. “People come from Greenfield, Sunderland, Deerfield, definitely Turners Falls.”

Even during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridges said, Music on the Common found a way to bring the community a good show. Last summer, the church hosted the event outdoors on the lawn, a rare public festivity at the time.

“Maybe we’ll have a larger attendance,” Bridges said, optimistic about the potential for a greater audience now that health safety regulations are less strict.

The significance of this tradition to the area is strengthened by the acts’ familiarity with the community. The performers are not only predominantly from town, but most are returning acts who have participated in Music on the Common in prior years. Some of whom, such as Becky and John (who headline the July 21 show), have even played at Montague church services.

Bridges said that while the church values this continuity, organizers are also enthused by the prospect of fresh faces.

“We always welcome new talent,” she said. “If you want to play, let us know.”

Her desire to be inclusive extends to those who might be interested in attending.

“All are welcome,” Bridges said. “Come one, come all.”

In addition to live music, there will also be Red Sox ticket and lottery tree raffles with drawings on July 28, the final show date.

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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