Headliner Series (Fridays)

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At the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park

The Friday Night Headliner Concerts are the signature Series of the Festival, with average crowds ranging from 750 to 1,500 people per night.  Music lovers of all ages flock to Henry Law Park with picnic blankets, lawn chairs, friends and family to enjoy music in a setting that truly epitomizes the charm and sense of community found only in New England cities as vibrant and historic as Dover.  On the banks of the winding Cochecho River, and surrounded by 18th and 19th century mill structures of brick and granite, Henry Law Park boasts a gently rolling lawn, gigantic shade trees, pristine manicured gardens and walkways, and the beloved Rotary Arts Pavilion.

The 2017 lineup is as follows:

Friday, July 7th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by the City of Dover
Named after the peaceful and charming resort town at the end of Cape Cod, Wellfleet is committed to the ideal that music brings everyone together. Wellfleet’s sound teeters between the bluesy rock of J. Geils Band and the poppier vibe of Blues Traveler, with roots of The Band sprinkled in the mix.

Opener: Easy River at 6:00 PM

Friday, July 14th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics
Five guys who love to play music together. Over thirty years of playing for the best fans in the universe. We’ll get together in any combination that suits the room, the vibe, the crowd, or our fancy.  Solo, duo, and trio acoustic shows; hybrid or fully electric trios; electric four and five piece madness.

Opener: The BelAirs at 6:00 PM

Swing RocketSwingRocket
Friday, July 21st, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Urban Tree Service and The Residence at Silver Square
Swing Rocket is a 5 piece, family Swing Jazz Band from the Lakes Region in Bristol, NH. They perform Swing Jazz from the 30’s and 40’s, originals, blues and more.

Opener: Podunk Throwbacks at 6:00 PM

Kalifa & KolibaKalifa.Koliba
Friday, July 28th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored Dupont’s Service Center and Dos Amigos Burritos
Koliba blends the traditional music of West Africa with the contemporary sounds of America. Bringing together musicians from Africa and America, this Afro-pop band presents a unique blend of traditional and modern styles including West African Rhythms, Hi Life, Reggae, Ska, Zouk and more. Audiences don’t just attend performances of Koliba, they experience Koliba.

Opener: Dan Walker at 6:00 PM

Jah SpiritJahSpirit
Friday, August 4th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Since 1984, Jah Spirit’ music has sent a message of peace and freedom while celebrating social consciousness and universality among all peoples. Under the dynamic leadership of writer, composer, singer Ras Michael I, the group blends an African-Reggae beat with elements of calypso jazz, blues and rock. Ras Michael, a native of Trinidad, captivates his audiences with spellbinding lyrics and a stage presence that has been described as charismatic, highly energetic and spirited. Interaction between the audience and the musicians is a recognized trademark of Jah Spirit.

Opener: Kacie Grenon at 6:00 PM

Olivia FrancesOlivia Frances
Friday, August 11th, 7:00pm
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by DF Richard
The talented singer is known for her sunshine story pop music, think Jason Mraz meets Florence & the Machine. The blend of a 20-year-old’s sunny disposition with the wisdom of an old soul can be found in the folky pop-country musical creations of singer-songwriter Olivia Frances, Cincinnati native and winner of Best Pop Song of 2014 at the Ohio Music Awards. Olivia spent her gap year between high school and college in Nashville honing her distinctive sound by co-writing with notable songwriters such as Billy Lee (“The One” by Gary Allan), receiving attention from heavy-hitting music publishers such as Warner/Chappell Music. Olivia currently lives outside Boston and performs regularly on the East Coast to promote her newest album, Evergreen, which serves as a follow-up to her 2013 debut album Back to Happiness.

Opener: Joel Cage at 6:00 PM

Mellow YellowMellowYellow
Friday, August 18th, 7:00pm
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Dover
Mellow Yellow pays tribute to the 60’s and 70’s with truly authentic renditions of some of the genre’s greatest songs. While other tribute bands just play the music, Mellow Yellow goes the extra mile to capture all the hey-man-peace-and-love-grooviness of the songs that helped define a decade. With fanatic attention to detail, the members of Mellow Yellow do all they can to get inside the songs they perform. This attention to the essence of the music – as well as dazzling arrangements, outrageous costumes and groovy video visuals – results in not just a show, but a full-on, far-out experience of an era gone by. So c’mon down for a trip back in time! Those days may be over, but thanks to Mellow Yellow, the music — and the spirit — live on.

Opener: Zach Benton at 6:00 PM






One thought on “Headliner Series (Fridays)

  1. I really enjoy all these bands every summer. I look forward to this summer too! Sounds like a great lineup. I so appreciate what dover has to offer. Thank you all for the entertainment to come. I’ll be there cheering everybody on. see ya there.

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