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 2018 lineup is as follows:

Harsh Armadillo
Friday, July 6th, 7:00 PMHarsh Armadillo
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by the City of Dover
Harsh Armadillo is a high-octane ear-candy outta Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They combine funk, jazz, and hip-hop roots to make original music that inspires minds and dance moves.
Opener: Ella Beth Vose at 6:00 PM

Timmy BrownTimmy Brown
Friday, July 13th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Portsmouth Regional Hospital
Timmy Brown, the 2017 and 2018 New England Country Music Male Vocalist of the Year, is a singer/songwriter/Nashville recording artist from Norton, Massachusetts, who has a definite style of his own. His infectious energy and talent have made him a local favorite, and he has grown an avid fan base around the New England area. Timmy recently made it to Top 70 on American Idol Reboot Season 1 on ABC.
Opener: Blue Heartache at 6:00 PM

Juke Joint FiveJuke Joint Five
Friday, July 20th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Sponsored by Access Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics
Juke Joint 5 is a tight-knit and busy Boston R&B band that continually wows audiences with their high energy show and dedication to early American rhythm and blues – not only performing JJ5 originals, but also a wide range of chestnuts and lesser-known gems. Juke Joint 5 is committed to preserving and sharing the deep American roots music that we love so dearly… They look forward to seeing you at a show – dancing, singing along, and getting a kick out of their road stories!
Opener: Skyfoot at 6:00 PM

Grupo FantasiaGrupo Fantasia
Friday, July 27th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored Dupont’s Service Center
Angel Wagner formed Grupo Fantasia in 1993 with musicians from his native Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries. Many years and many awards later, they continue to bring the very best in Latin music to New England and beyond.
Opener: Slack Tide Trio at 6:00 PM

Boston Baked BluesBoston Baked Blues
Friday, August 10th, 7:00pm
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by DF Richard
Boston Baked Blues, Boston’s iconic Blues band and many time winners of Boston Music Award- Best Blues Band are led by Vinny Serino renown harmonica player noted as one of America’s most influential harmonica players.  The band plays Chicago and Texas Blues and have performed at House of Blues, Boston MFA, First Nights in many cities and World Cup Soccer Games to represent American music.
Opener: Ruben Kincade Project at 6:00 PM

Friday, August 17th, 7:00pm
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Rotary Club of Dover
Representing Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi and currently living in Burlington, Vermont, A2VT synthesizes their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Their songs, performed in up to eight unique languages, reflect their journey from Africa to America, and celebrate the musical collision of two continents and the party that ensues!
Opener: Kacie Grenon at 6:00 PM

Mellow Yellow – RESCHEDULEDMellow Yellow
Friday, August 24th, 7:00 PM
Rotary Arts Pavilion
Sponsored by Mall at Fox Run
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.






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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