The Hippo


Oct 23, 2019








Chelsea Paolini of People Skills plays on the Bicentennial Square Homegrown Stage at a past Market Days event. Courtesy photo.

Concord Market Days music

All shows on the Homegrown Stage in Bicentennial Square other than the 10 p.m. shows at Penuche’s.
Thursday, June 23
2 p.m. Lucas Gallo
3 p.m. Joe Messineo
4 p.m. Supernothing
5 p.m. Trade
6 p.m. Dopamine
8 p.m. Trunk of Funk
Penuche’s Ale House
10 p.m. Dopamine
Friday, June 24
1 p.m Walker Smith
2 p.m. Anna Madsen
3 p.m. Lil’ Penny
4 p.m. Matt Poirer
5 p.m. Cold Engines
6 p.m. People Skills
8 p.m. Boogie on Alice
Penuche’s Ale House
10 p.m. Jatoba
Saturday, June 25
Noon Modern Fools
1 p.m. Feisty Pants
2 p.m. Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio
3 p.m. Laid to Dust
4 p.m. The 1-2-3s
5 p.m. Them in the Hive
6 p.m. The Dobros
8 p.m. The Hornitz
Penuche’s Ale House
10 p.m. The Grebes

Square to the cellar
Market Days go all night

By Michael Witthaus

 Concord’s vibrant original music scene is on display for three days at the Market Days Homegrown Stage in Bicentennial Square, along with talented guests who’ve found a welcoming home in the Capital City. David Shore’s Trunk o’ Funk headlines Thursday, June 23, with Boogie on Alice and The Hornitz, respectively, closing on the next two nights on the outdoor stage.

That won’t end the party, however, as action moves down to Penuche’s Ale House for sets from local favorites Dopamine (Thursday), Jatoba (Friday) and The Grebes (Saturday).  
The basement party at the popular club has been a mainstay since two Concord musicians, Lucas Gallo and Eric Reingold, took over booking the music a few years ago. 
True Brew Barista is an arts scene hub that’s usually open late, except for Market Days, when their patio becomes prime viewing real estate for music fans. 
“They shut down at 10 when the stage shuts down, so Penuche’s is a great place to have that after party,” Gallo said in a recent phone interview. 
Gallo and Reingold were bandmates in the now-defunct JamAntics, and both are inveterate local boosters. Back in 2009, their band launched an occasional series called JamAntics Presents as a recruiting tool for bringing out-of-town talent to the city. 
“That really got our community going,” Gallo said. “It’s not that I think we were responsible [but] it’s been really cool to see Concord embrace local music, and a lot of the venues have embraced it as well.”
It’s true; among the places doing live music that weren’t around in 2009 are True Brew (with doubled capacity to better accommodate shows) and New England College, which offers regular listening room events hosted by local artists including Tristan Omand, Rachel (Vogelzang) Burlock and Delanie Pickering. 
The Capitol Center for the Arts began turning its lobby into the Spotlight Cafe for occasional shows in 2010.
Still a musician in addition to his promotion efforts, Gallo will kick off Market Days’ Thursday performances at 2 p.m. with a solo set of originals and covers. He plays rarely these days, staying focused on his young family and work on a master’s degree. 
Reingold, on the other hand, is part of so many projects it’s easy to lose count. On Friday, he’ll play back-to-back sets with Cold Engines, a band he joined last fall, and People Skills, a Seacoast trio led by jaw-dropping guitarist Chelsea Paolini. 
“That’s what makes the music scene here so much fun,” Gallo said. “People are just so willing to be part of it and do those kinds of things, willing to play and have a good time. Everyone knows each other and you’re not running into strangers on stage, and it makes for a big party.”
Other highlights include Anna Madsen, riding the success of her first full-length album and a recent sold-out release show at Manchester’s Amoskeag Studio. She’ll play Friday at 2 p.m.
Mesmerizing songwriter Walker Smith will take the stage in the hour-long slot before Madsen.
And former JamAntics fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, leading his trio with a mix of traditional Irish  music and inventive folk jazz, will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
When asked to name a favorite performer or at least something he’s particularly looking forward to at this year’s event, Gallo politely demurs. 
“I am kind of biased; I love all three days,” he said. “It is such a fun, cool, community event.  If you asked Eric, he’d say the same thing. We love Bicentennial Square; it’s just so fun with the patio set up and the live music from early afternoon until after dark.”
He noted the volunteer spirit of the show, and the fact that none of the bands charge for their services beyond asking for space to sell merchandise. 
“They do a ton of that, though,” Gallo said. “One year, a band made over a thousand dollars selling CDs, T-shirts and other merch.”
Gallo singled out the team  behind the mixing boards at the Market Days Homegrown Stage for special praise. 
“I have to give some props and respect to Jason Lane and Headroom Sound Production,” he said. “They have just done a fantastic job and make it run as smooth as you can possibly ask for.” 

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