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Unique (and musical) Volunteer Opportunity

   Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Farmers Market logoAttention anyone interested in music or planning events!

The Chelmsford Farmer's Market is looking for one or more volunteers to serve as Music Director, to bring music and entertainment to the Thursday afternoon Farmer's Markets in Chelmsford center.

A shade tent, small sound system (the size of a suitcase and very light), and microphone are available; the volunteer(s) will be in charge of lining up the musical talent and setting up the equipment.

Volunteers will coordinate with the Open Space Stewards, so if you are interested or have any questions, please call Phil Stanway at (978) 273-1474.

More Volunteer Opportunities
By the way, this and many other volunteer opportunities are listed at ChelmsfordVolunteers.org - check it out for opportunities to help out and contribute to the organizations that serve the Chelmsford area.

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World Wide Wednesdays 2010 Concert Series

   Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Music NotesCatch "World Wide Wednesdays @ Chelmsford," at the MacKay Library in North Chelmsford (directions). Concerts run from 6:30 until about 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays from July 7th through August 11th.

This summer's lineup is:

Jul 7 - DownEast Ceilidh - Cape Breton Band
Jul 14 - Branches Steel Band - back by popular demand!
Jul 21 - VoloVolo de Boston - bringing the music of Haiti to Chelmsford
Jul 28 - The Zhao Zhimin School of Music - traditional Chinese folk music
Aug 4 - Wildest Dreams - blending elements of Afro-pop, reggae, calypso, and funky soul
Aug 11 - Grupo Fantasia - Merengue, Salsa, Reggae, Mariachi, Cuban and Latin jazz

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a lunch and don't forget your dancing shoes! For more information, or venue change due to weather, visit our website.

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New Ska CDs

   Thursday, August 7th, 2008 - by: Chris Kupec, Assistant Director

If you had the opportunity to see The Skatalites play at this year's Lowell Folk Festival, then you know that ska is great, upbeat party music. The library has an excellent collection of ska, and we've just expanded our offerings with the following titles (record labels are in parentheses):

Blazing Horns / Tenor in Roots by Tommy McCook (Blood & Fire Limited)
Saxophonist Tommy McCook, who died in 1998, was one of the founders of the Skatalites. This disc actually combines two LP's from different periods in McCook's career. He is backed up by the famous session duo of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare on many of the tracks.

Alpha Boys' School: Music in Education (Trojan)
An interesting compilation of tracks by musicians who attended the school in Kingston, Jamaica, including Don Drummond, Lester Sterling (who is still in the present incarnation of The Skatalites), Rico Rodriguez, and Tommy McCook. The first few cuts are mainstream jazz, while the majority of the selections are ska.

Studio One Scorcher (Soul Jazz)
Downbeat the Ruler: Killer Instrumentals from Studio One (Heartbeat)
Two very good compilations of ska and reggae. The sound quality on Downbeat the Ruler is surprisingly clean. Be sure to tie down your sub-woofers; the bass is thundering.

Trojan Rude Boy Box Set (Trojan)
Trojan Skinhead Reggae Box Set (Trojan)
More of the inexpensive 3-disc compilations that Trojan is famous for. Rude boy and skinhead reggae were offshoots of ska. Rude boy is considered a form of rocksteady, while skinhead reggae, as its name implies, grew out of the British working-class sometime between the Mods (think Quadrophenia) and punk. The late 70's saw a revival of sorts with the British bands, Madness, The Selecter, and The Specials. Nowadays, most of us think of skinheads as right-wing xenophobes, but that isn't always the case. See Wikipedia's entry on skinheads for more information.

For more ska and rocksteady, try these discs:

This Is Ska! (Music Club)
This Is Ska Too! (Music Club)
Trojan Ska Box Set (Trojan)
Trojan Rocksteady Box Set (Trojan)

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