Third Annual Battle Of The Bands Set For June 22 At Payson Park


Photo: Last year’s winning band, Belmont’s own Free Shipping. Belmont Savings Bank will be sponsoring the upcoming third annual Battle of the Bands on Wednesday June 22 at Payson Park. Middle school and high school bands from local communities are able to compete to be Battle of the Bands Champions. The annual event opens the Payson Park Music […]

Strike Up The Summer Band: Belmont’s Once-A-Year Musical Get-Together


Photo: On stage with the Belmont Summer Community Band. “You’re playing great,” said Arto Asadoorian as he directs a collection of amateurs and students in a hurry-up rehearsal of an overture from the Disney movie, “Frozen.”  Yet the drummer has yet to get a feel for the piece, which Asadoorian found a bit amusing. “What, am I […]

Battle of the Bands A Knockout Opener for Payson Park Music Festival


Photo: Will Goldsmith (right) of “The Nutrition Facts” at Payson Park Music Festival’s Battle of the Bands. Will Goldsmith, the guitarist for the rock trio “The Nutrition Facts” (“The name is subject to change” he said) is bouncing around the stage like a pro during his band’s set during the Battle of the Bands at the […]

Payson Park Music Festival Celebrates Quarter Century with Battling Bands

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Photo: 2014 Battle of the Bands (Belmont Media Center screenshot) (This article was sent as a Letter to the Editor from Tommasina Olson, the festival’s founder) Dear editor: This year Payson Park Music Festival celebrates 25 years of summer concert music. When we first began we were one of 2 Summer Concerts Series in all the […]

James Brown and The Blues Dogs at Payson Park

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James Brown Jr. will be joining The Blues Dogs at the penultimate concert of the 2014 Payson Park Music Festival tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 20 beginning around 6:30 p.m. The Blues Dogs, which is a perennial visitor to the Festival, “is a collection of Boston mutts that all love to play the blues,” according to its website. “That stuff […]

Day Late, 4 Guys in Tuxes to Perform Thursday Evening at Payson Park


More a rain delay than a rainout, the concert by 4 Guys in Tuxes at the Payson Park Music Festival only had to be held back 24 hours wait as the lads will hold their performance this evening, Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the Payson Park Playground at the corner of Payson Road and […]

Musical Summer Sweet: Belmont Community Band Premiers at Payson Park


What began earlier this year as the hope of a summer diversion for Belmont musicians succeeded beyond the modest expectations of its leader as the Belmont Summer Community Band performed its inaugural concert at a special performance of the Payson Park Music Festival on Thursday, July 31. With only three rehearsals scheduled before its first-ever […]

The New Community Band Premiers at Payson Park Thursday

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The first-ever concert by Belmont’s new town band will take place at a special free event at the Payson Park Music Festival beginning at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, July 31. Led by Arto Asadoorian, the Belmont Community Summer Band consists of wind and percussion players ages 14 to “too old to ask,” said Asadoorian. The band members – which has a […]

It Sounds Like the Beatles in Payson Park this Evening

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You will think that you’re at Suffolk Downs 48 years ago at tonight’s concert at the Payson Park Music Festival as the “best New England” Beatles tribute band, 4EverFab (shouldn’t that be “4EVAFab”?) comes to play in Belmont beginning just after 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 30. “Featuring brilliant lead vocals, precise three-part harmonies and outstanding musicianship, […]

U2 Tribute Band at Payson Park Music Festival

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Joshua Tree, one of the premier U2 tribute band, makes their annual trek to play Belmont’s Payson Park Music Festival tonight, Wednesday, July 23 at approximately 6:45 p.m.  Joshua Tree “has gone to great lengths to reproduce the distinct sound of one of the world’s most popular rock bands,” and are dedicated to the entire U2 songbook, including early fan […]