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‘Nimbus 9’ At The Barnstead Parade Grounds, N.H., On Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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1/
Country Mile‘ at Wolfeboro July 21, 2013.
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Beatles Tribute Band ‘All Together Now
>>in Wolfeboro
 July 14, 2013.

3/ ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ in Wolfeboro  July 7, 2013.


The wide open space of the Barnstead Parade Grounds on Saturday night. We were  in the last 'row' to speak -- the one behind what is hwon here.

The wide open space of the Barnstead Parade Grounds on Saturday night. We were in the last ‘row’ to speak — the one behind what is shown here. Click to ENLARGE.


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As far as we know, Greg Neveu, the Music Teacher from Barnestead Elementary School (BES), plays with Nimbus 9 — though it is hard to confirm this since their Website is, atypically, coy about the full names of the band members, albeit the list headed by a ‘Greg’. So we think it is one and the same. We saw Greg and a school recital at Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, a couple of years ago and were very impressed. A very gifted and driven young man. So when we heard that he played for a group, viz. Nimbus 9, we had gone and listened to them, in Barnstead, at this very same venue, maybe two years ago.

This Saturday Deanna saw that Nimbus 9 was playing again in Barnstead.

As you all know we had been going to Cate Park, Wolfeboro, for the last 3 Saturday evenings for the concerts — and had had much success. We were going to be spending much of the day in Wolfeboro that Saturday with the British Car Rally but decided that we would go to Barnstead in the evening.

Since the Cate Park concerts start at 7 pm I had just assumed that this was the de rigeur time for Summertime concerts in the Lake Region. I was wrong. Barnstead starts at 6 pm. So we missed the first fifteen minutes. Sorry.

Cate Park, July b20, 2013 for ‘Country Mile’.

Parking wasn’t an issue. We pulled in, rather close to a tree, right on the edge of the Park.

You would have to say that there wasn’t as many people as we had seen, regularly, at Cate. Maybe, at best, a third of what was there for ‘Country Mile’ last Saturday.

The atmosphere and dynamics of the two venues are also so different. Like chalk and cheese. Cate Park is a much smaller, intimate park. The Barnstead Parade Grounds, in comparison, is huge and wide open.

At Cate Park everybody (or pretty close to everybody) sits on folding chairs neatly arrayed in neat, orderly, properly space, concentric semi-circles. It is very staid, even bordering on British. Though a few people (though not always the same) dance that is about the extent of the ambulatory activity. Teenagers, vendors and raffle ticket sellers are conspicuous by their absence. Not so in Barnstead. Barnstead is more of a Summer evening in the park — with some group playing music in the background. As Deanna’s panorama above clearly depicts the seated audience is sparse and widely spaced. Much of the space by the bandstand is occupied by youngsters and some adults hula hooping, playing frisbee and soccer. Lots of kids. There was a fundraiser for Prospect Mountain High School. Lots of kids walking around selling popcorn, soda and raffle tickets. Lots of people having picnics.

In this midst Nimbus 9 played.

They definitely were OK. They are a contemporary cover band. The Top 40 is what they claimed, though they did a very good rendering of one of my favorite songs, and what I still think as my theme song, ‘The Joker’. I don’t think it has been in the top 40 in 30 years.

The acoustics of the open spaces is not that conducive to a band. There is really nothing to reverberate the sound. So the sound system was a bit challenged. I guess it was meant for indoor concerts. Trying to project sound across this park was asking a lot from it — and it ‘showed’. The high end was getting distorted. That bothered Deanna. Around 7:30 she asked whether I wanted to leave. I don’t like doing that. So we stayed till the end.

No doubt all the folks there had a good time. Nimbus 9 is uncomplicated. Straightforward. Very workmanlike. They belted out their repertoire. They had a local bass player, soon off to join the Marines, come on stage and play with them. That was a nice touch.

We will be in Wolfeboro next Saturday. Huggins Fair. We might, with luck, hear the music from Cate. Not sure whether we will make it to Cate. We stay till the bitter end at the Fair — which means close to 9 pm.

This Saturday, July 27, 2013, Cate Park, Wolfeboro, N.H., Free Concert Is: ‘Windham Concert Band’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1/
Country Mile‘ at Wolfeboro July 21, 2013.
2/ 
Beatles Tribute Band ‘All Together Now
>>in Wolfeboro
 July 14, 2013.

3/ ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ in Wolfeboro  July 7, 2013.


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A change of pace, a change of style after the last 3, very successful, concerts at Cate Park — in picturebook weather.

I guess this is really the traditional music for a bandstand in the park venue.

It should be fine. It should gel nicely with the demographics of Wolfeboro, the oldest Summer resort in the U.S.A (and the location of the ‘Mittens‘ 79th home). [I haven’t seen him at any of the concerts. I guess he has live entertainment in his compound.]

If the weather is kind we might go. 

‘Country Mile’ Regaling The Lucky Folks In Wolfeboro, N.H., Cate Park On July 20, 2013, Sure Did Go The ‘Extra Mile’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1/
Country Mile‘ at Wolfeboro July 16, 2013.
2/ 
Beatles Tribute Band ‘All Together Now‘ in Wolfeboro July 14, 2013.
3/ ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ in Wolfeboro  July 7, 2013.


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Lets not beat around the bush. They, viz. the ‘Country Mile‘, were good. Probably very good, or very close to that. We were impressed.

Last week, with the Beatles Tribute Band both Deanna and I thought that they were just ‘OK’. Yesterday, June 20, 2013, there was no equivocation. We both thought, very quickly at that, that these folks were good.

They were uncomplicated, very straightforward and ‘workmen’ like — though they had a very hard working female fiddler. They didn’t spend too much time or energy with chatter, banter or trying to parlay with the crowd. They just got on with playing good music for 100 minutes — which is probably what they were contracted to do; 7 to 9 pm with a 20 minute intermission.

They had a compelling, non-stop twangy, very country, rhythm and a pulsating beat. The drummer was good. They had a 5-string bass. That might have made a difference. The lead guitarist sure did his job, very ably.

They didn’t have any original songs. They are a cover band – and don’t make any bones about it. I can see why they are so heavily booked. I would gladly go see them again.

We all lucked out with the weather again. Three Saturdays in a row. It looked a bit iffy even at 6 pm. Deanna checked the radar. There were thunderstorms all around us. I was still willing to take a chance. It is not like we are driving to Dartmouth. If it got rained out we get back in the Kia and come home. But, it was glorious again.

There were, at any given time, at least 3 folks doing what looked like pretty decent line dancing. They loved it and they did put on a good show.

Not as many people as in the prior two weeks. It could have been the weather. It could have been the genre of music. But those that were there sure appeared to have a good time and we were indeed given a good show.

Thank YOU, Wolfeboro — again. Looking forward to next Saturday. 

This Saturday’s, viz. July 20, 2013, FREE ‘Band At The Stand’ In Wolfeboro, NH Will Be ‘Country Mile’.

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Anura Guruge


Related Posts:
1/ 
Beatles Tribute Band ‘All
>>Together Now‘ in Wolfeboro
>>July 14, 2013.

2/ ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ in Wolfeboro
>>July 7, 2013.



I had never heard of them but I looked them up last night. Seems pretty decent. Appears to have been around for a long time and winning awards a decade ago.

Impressive list of gigs.

They have a rather higgledy piggledy Web page which is very much a stream of consciousness with a jumble of unmatched fonts and colors — the embedded links buried among the spurious detritus.  They really could do with an upgraded, semi-professional Website. I was also surprised that I could not find any ‘current’ video clips on YouTube. I eventually, having scrolled past it many times, eventually found some music clips on their Web page. They appear to do quite a few cover songs. I checked out ‘Chicken Fried’ since I am familiar with the Zak Brown original. They sound good. Authentic. A good structured Website with videos could do wonders for these guys — but given their apparent popularity they probably are doing just fine.

So this will be the 3rd concert this year. The last two, as chronicled in the above links, were good, one better than the other. The weather has been incredibly kind. So I am hoping we get three in a row. We plan to attend if we can. We have a few other things to do that day and it is going to be an early start for us.

But, I wanted to make sure that I gave you all a heads up on this upcoming event. Enjoy.