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Music is Back!

By Bella Caggiano
A quintessential New England summer evening; music on a picturesque town common. Norwood has this event more than covered, thanks to its charming communal venue and to the many volunteers who bring music to town for all to enjoy. In total, there are three concerts held on the Norwood Town Common throughout the summer: Concerts on the Common, Carillon Concerts, and Summerfest. 


Should any Norwood resident know or meet a Norwood Concert Committee Member, thanking them should be a must:

Bob Donnelly, Chair
Olga Abdallah
Paul Eysie
Lisa O’Leary
Patricia Schick
Kevin Broderick
Lee Leach
Dorothy Prevoir
Dave Tuttle
Tony Mazzucco
Michael Rosen
Jeanne Vatour
There are three evenings, each with a unique style and repertoire to embrace and introduce all venues of music for all ages. 
Sunday Concerts on the Common
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Concerts on the Common is marking its 30th season at the Walter J. Dempsey Memorial Bandstand on the town common. Every Sunday evening throughout the summer, residents bring folding chairs and blankets and listen to period music, from marches, to swing, to jazz. July 7: Compaq Big Band
July 14: Westwood Swing Band
July 21: Sharon Concert Band
July 28: Roy Scott Big Band
August 4: Portrait in Jazz
August 11: NHS Swing Band August 25: Dan Gabel and the Abletones

Monday Carillon Concerts
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Open carillon tower tours following the concerts
Rain or Shine
The Carillon Concerts on the Common have returned for its 39th year! The carillon, Norwood’s hidden instrumental gem, is a 50-bell instrument located in the Memorial Municipal Building (Town Hall) tower. The carillon was a gift to the town by Walter F. Tilton, at the time of the building’s original construction in 1928.

July 4: Lee Leach & Margaret Angelini (special time-2:30 p.m.)
July 8: Margaret Pan
July 15: Andrea McCrady
July 22: John Widmann
July 29: Dvid Hunsberger
August 5: Jess Ip
August 12: Jennifer Herrmann
August 19: John Whiteside

Wednesday Summerfest concerts
6:30-8:30 p.m.
These groups often provide sounds from different musical eras or cultures and have the audience on their feet dancing, or at least tapping their feet and bobbing their heads, to familiar music, past and present.

July 10: Round House
July 17: JD, Billy and Ken
July 24: Boston’s Erin Og
July 31: Hipshot Band
August 7: PanNeubean Steel
August 14: Stoptime Revue
August 21: Slapback
August 28: Back in Time

It’s not just music, however, that people enjoy at the concerts, at Sunday Concerts on the Common and Summerfest on Wednesdays, raffle prizes are given out to the audience from these generous, local businesses:
Acapulcos Boston Beef Boston Tavern
Brookside Café
Café Fresh Bagel Castle Island Brewing
Chelala Jewelers
Conrad’s Restaurant Cove by Dune
D&G deli Dominos Feisty Greek
Furlong’s Candies Hometown Arcade Honey Dew
Imperial Perfumery
Irish Brewing Jack N Joes
Keegan’s Jewelers Launch Lewis’s
Lustra Cleaners
Mina’s Café Murph’s Place
Napper Tandy’s
Olde Colonial Café Orange Leaf
Pizza Palace Simple Sweets/Mizuya Smokehouse BBQ
Shop & Shop Straightstitch Taso’s Café
Vico Ristorante
99 Restaurant & Pub

Lastly, none of the concerts would be available without the generous donations from its sponsors:
Gold Batons
Castle Island Brewing Company
CMI Property/David Spiegel
Dianne Shalbey/Rojo Company, Inc.
Delite and Edward Sweeney
Norwood Record
The Herb Chambers Charitable Foundation
Silver Batons
Ai3 Architects LLC
Bank of Canton
Dedham Savings
Norwood Women’s Community Committee
Bronze Batons
Dempsey Insurance
Four Points by Sheraton
OneLocal Bank
Poirier Service Crop.
Gerry Dodge and Sharon Cartier
Myer Dana and Sons
Norwood Democratic Town Committee
Norwood Engineering
Norwood Police Association
Norwood Post 2452 VFW
Morwood Rotary Club
Norwood Space Center
Robert Donnelly/Michelle St. Pierre
Roche Bros. Supermarkets
Rockland Trust

Find more information about individual concerts, visit the Town of Norwood website,, click on Residents, click on Holidays and Community Events,  or Norwood’s Facebook page at, Facebook page @TownofNorwoodMA, or visit each band’s personal website.