Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

October 22, 2013

Out & About

An up-tempo Jumpin’ Juba ready to rock library

Jumpin’ Juba, a blues and roots-rock music group, performs Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St., Andover, as part of the Friends of Memorial Hall Library’s 2013-2014 concert series.

Jumpin’ Juba mixes blues from Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans with rootsy rock and roll, jazz and Latin beats. Steve Hurl’s guitar playing draws from some of the great acoustic blues finger-pickers and from string benders of the 1950s. Bruce Ward’s piano work recalls such greats as Prof. Longhair and Albert Ammons, while drummer Brian Flan knocks out a solid beat.

“Slap Happy” is the group’s second CD of upbeat, varied blues/roots tunes.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit www.mhl.org or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32. For more on Jumpin’ Juba, visit www.stevehurl.com or www.reverbnation.com/jumpinjuba.

Music and more for Andona Society fall fundraiser

Musician and comedian Jim Plunkett, a staple of Boston nightlife for decades, headlines the Andona Society’s fall fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Hillview Country Club in North Reading.

Plunkett, who calls himself the man of simple songs, has been performing in the New England area for decades and is known for getting audiences singing some of their favorite hits.

The event will include a silent auction for such items as signed sports memorabilia, weekend stays, gift cards, gift baskets and more, plus a raffle. This year’s event will also include table sponsors and a coupon book for discounts to businesses in the Andovers and North Reading.

For more than 50 years, the volunteer, nonprofit Andona Society has been raising thousands of dollars with the support of local businesses and residents to enhance educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs offered to young people in Andover.

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