Summers Past…2012

The summer of 2012 was our eleventh season of concerts! We have a fun line up from acapella to some wonderful singer/songwriters, some oldies, really rockin’ bands…wonderful and wow!

We would like to thank the season’s sponsors for enabling us to put on the concerts for Londonderry. We sincerely appreciate it!

Londonderry Freezer Warehouse
Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
Londonderry Administrative Employees Association (L.A.E.A.)
Mark Oswald, Realtor
Corporate Cost Control
Market Basket
Londonderry Women’s Club
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
Countryside Florist

If you missed a concert, or would like to “re-live” a few songs, you can check out our 2012 concert photos here and our 2012 concert videos here. Enjoy, and see you at a concert!

4-June – Londonderry High Music Showcase featuring Jazz Lab, Rock Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Groups

We always start out the concert season right –  and that means with our own jazz bands! This is the last concert for the Seniors in the band, and it is always a wonderful evening. This year, for the first time, we are including a performance by the new LHS Rock Orchestra. This is a show that you don’t want to miss!

The Londonderry Relay for Life team will have information about their mission and upcoming events at the concert. You can learn more here about their upcoming relay, and you can view this flyer about a tasty fundraiser they are holding at Mack’s Apples on Saturday, June 11. Please stop by their table at the concert to help support their work!

Special Night! The LHS Math Team will be manning a concessions stand and offering lots to eat, so bring your appetites!


13-June – Not Too Sharp

Not Too Sharp is an all-male a cappella group from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. Begun in 2002, the group performs popular modern music. Fall Out Boy’s track “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and classic rock like The Eagles’ “Hotel California” appear with songs like Spoon’s “The Underdog” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Gone”. A unique arrangement of The Doobie Brothers’ “Black Water” also demonstrated the group’s venturous nature.

Live, the group continues to sport a varietous repertoire and their trademark upbeat humor. Their concerts are super-popular at UNH, and we are sure to enjoy a fun and entertaining evening!

2011 group photo


20-June – 60’s Invasion


‘60s Invasion is a show band featuring music of the 1960’s. You will listen to tributes of Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan or Roy Orbison in costume. They play music and trivia from television shows of the sixties, and will take us through the four seasons as they play hits from the sixties that had connection with the seasons; fall, winter, spring and summer. We’ll all get a fun lesson in the history of rock, from its roots to the ’60’s. Join us for a special night of “really groovy music”!


27-June – Amber Rubarth

Amber Rubarth has become a fixture in New York’s indie scene, named #1 Best of NYC Songwriter by Deli Magazine last year and grand prize winner of NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Contest.

Her fourth album, A Common Case of Disappearing, produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones), highlights her raw, vulnerable voice against a driving band. The album debuted at #13 on iTunes Songwriter charts and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz.

Over the past 7 years Amber has toured Europe, Japan and the US, including recent appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Atrium. We are fortunate to have Amber performing at Concerts On The Common – please join us for what will be a very special evening!


04-July – NO CONCERT


11-July – The Off Season Band

Some local talent will be performing tonight. The Off Season Band is a local group of guys that really know how to rock! They are a classic rock band, with emphasis on 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music. A fun night for the whole family!


18-July – Jamie Lynn Hart Band

Boston based artist Jamie Lynn Hart creates a seamless blend of rock and pop that backs up her powerhouse belt and infectious melodies. With her captivating voice, poetic lyrics and mastered musicianship, she creates a commanding sound reminiscent of KT Tunstall and Paula Cole. Her rocking band provides a solid foundation for her retro-soul and pop melodies, and backs off for the intimate acoustic ballads. Her latest CD, Anticipate, was produced by Zach McNees (Coldplay, Bjork, The Gregory Brothers). This will be a rocking evening of music, both originals and covers!


25-July – The 123’s

Chris Robinson brings his band for an evening of folk inspired alt-pop rock. This LHS (and now Keene State) alum is no stranger to COTC, as we have enjoyed his performances over the years in various musical groups. We know that we are in for a real treat this evening!


1-August – Merrily James and Band

Merrily performed for us last year, and we enjoyed the show so much that we asked her to come back again! We look forward to a fun night of her exceptional sound!

Merrily grew up in Seattle, where she learned to sing by touring with the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and later formed her own 7-piece funk band called “The Bucket of Soul.” At age 17 she was picked up by “Showtime at the Apollo” and had the audience singing along with her to Aretha Franklin on the national TV series hosted by Sinbad.
A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Merrily has performed for Linda Ronstadt and Smokey Robinson and has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Don Was, and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). She was selected as the sole performer for Google’s Grand Opening Celebration (Cambridge) in 2008 and has been featured with the New York Songwriters Circle.


8-August – Ken Yates and Brian Dunne

For our last show of 2012, we welcome recording artists Ken Yates and Brian Dunne. Both are gifted singer-songwriters, with excellent resumes and strong followings.

Brian Dunne was part of Boston’s music scene for many years before moving to New York City. His pop/rock style is widely influenced by Sam Cooke, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen. A simplicity and devotion to his music making craft is what makes Brian’s music so authentic and addicting.

Brian Dunne2



“Ken Yates’ music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air… he proves the future is in very good shape” – Livingston Taylor

Ken went to Berklee School of Music, and, writes songs that are…well, as John Mayer puts it, “Want to hear a great song? (I mean a REALLY great song?)”. Ken’s performance is not to be missed!


Come for an evening of great music and a show the whole family can enjoy!


Online Calendar! Add the Concerts On The Common performer schedule (above) to your Google Calendar,  or just see the schedule in calendar format. When you click on this button,  a calendar window will come up. Add individual concerts to your Google calendar,  or all of them at once:

COTC Google Calendar

See you there!