Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 22, 2013

Out & About

The Andover Townsman

---- — 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 or call 978-623-8401, ext. 31 or 32. For more on Jumpin’ Juba, visit or

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.

Tickets for the concert are $25; light fare will be served and a cash bar will be available. The event is sponsored by Lannan Mazda of Lowell. For tickets or more information, visit

Ironstone Farm serving up benefit Bartender Night

An Andover restaurant owner is sharing his lounge for a night next week to help out Ironstone Farm, home to two local nonprofit organizations that provide therapeutic programs for children with special needs, veterans and others.

Brasserie 28 chef and owner Matthew Morello is opening his lounge at 2 Elm Square in downtown Andover for Ironstone Farm Bartender Night on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

Ironstone Farm supporters Steve “Cheeko” D’Urso and Patrick Leyne, both of Andover, will serve as bartenders, with 100 percent of their tips from serving libations courtesy of Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Inc. going to support the Andover organization’s programs.

Ironstone Farm Executive Director Deedee O’Brien said she appreciates Brasserie 28 is opening its doors to raise money for her organization’s kids.

The event is Brasserie 28’s last outdoor-seating event of the season. The evening will include live entertainment by musician Dan Sky, starting around 7:15 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be available.

Ironstone Farm at 450 Lowell St. (Route 133) provides therapy for individuals with a wide range of physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities from across Greater Boston, the North Shore and Merrimack Valley, and southern New Hampshire. For more information on the Bartending Night or Ironstone’s programs, call 978-475-4056.

Local actor in college’s ‘Les Mis’

Nicholas Kalantzakos of Andover, a theater arts major at Plymouth State University, will perform in the ensemble for Plymouth State University’s production of “Les Miserables” this weekend in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, N.H.

The show is being produced by the university’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 24 through 27. For more information, visit


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