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ZUMIX kicks off summer with Seaport Festival, concert series

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 23, 2011 03:26 PM

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The upcoming holiday weekend will mark the real beginning of summer for many families, and for East Boston residents, it marks the beginning of a series of summer programming from ZUMIX.

Unity and Togetherness is the theme of the 16th annual ZUMIX Seaport Festival at Piers Park on July 3, where the nonprofit arts group will offer music, games, prizes, and activities for children and adults. East Boston’s classic rock and soul band Smokin’ Joe and the Henchmen will perform upbeat favorites form the 1960s and ’70s, and the teenage musicians of the ZUMIX Jazz Allstars will play from their repertoire of classic vocal and instrumental jazz.

“Invite your friends, family, if ... you want some downtime with some good music,” ZUMIX instructor Corey DePina said at a recent meeting of the Eagle Hill Civic Association. “It’s appropriate for all ages. We’ll have face-painting and games for the young ones; we’ll have music and other stuff for the old folks.”

The festival kicks off ZUMIX’s Summer Concert Series, which includes concerts each week until the end of August. Each Sunday, there will be a concert at Piers Park from 6 – 8 p.m., with performers including Cruzamente, Al Natale, The Jump Off, and The Squeezebox Stompers.

Each Tuesday will find a show from 6 – 8 p.m. at Bremen Street Park, where performers will include the Leo Colon Quartet, Lovewhip, Alastair Moock and the Rowdy Roots, Code 51, and Viva Viva.

These events are free and open to all, thanks to the financial support of the Boston Cultural Council, East Boston Foundation, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, Massachusetts Port Authority, and Piers PAC Committee.

Founded 20 years ago in East Boston, ZUMIX provides music and theater programs to city youth ages 7 – 18 to provide positive outlets for self-expression and build cross-cultural bridges within this diverse community. For more information visit http://www.zumix.org or call (617) 568-9777.

Email Jeremy C. Fox at jeremycfox@gmail.com.

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Bremen Street Park will be the site of free concerts hosted by ZUMIX each Tuesday night from July 5 to August 30.

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