Cranmore Announces New Summer Concert Series

By AlpineZone News |
Jun 01 2009 - 09:44 AM

NORTH CONWAY, New Hampshire — Cranmore Mountain, in partnership with North Conway, NH radio station WMWV 93.5, today announced a new concert series to take place this summer at the North Conway resort. The Newcastle Brown Ale Summer Concert Series will feature Rustic Overtones on July 16, 2009 and deSoL on July 30, 2009.

The July 16th show features Portland-based Rustic Overtones. Formed in the early 90s, Rustic Overtones gained popularity with funky horn-infused jams and a rock solid, rock-ready style. In their years together, the band gained a passionate following with their high energy live set, tirelessly touring college campuses and local clubs up and down the east coast, sometimes playing close to 200 shows a year Their latest album, Light at the End, was released nationally by Velour Music Group in March 2008.

Opening band Audio Kickstand is a Mount Washington Valley favorite. They cite musical influences including reggae, funk, hip hop, rock, groove, or bluegrass.

July 30th headliners deSoL are the Asbury Park, NJ “rock band with the Latin soul” signed to Curb Records and touted as “up-and-comers” by Rolling Stone. This seamless blend of seven inspired musicians is a brotherhood whose heady, polyrhythmic mix of chanted melodies and mystical atmosphere embraces the contemporary edge of big modern rock hooks with flourishes of rap and hip-hop. deSoL’s vibrant and colorful live show – an infectious display that forces audience members out of their seats – has been pivotal in seeing the band earn praise in The New York Times, Boston Globe and New York Post.

Opening for deSoL is New York based Evan Watson, an up-and-coming singer-guitarist now working on his first album release. Watson cites influences including Eric Clapton, Allman Brothers and Ben Harper.

Both shows are all ages outdoor concerts at the base of Cranmore’s North Slope. All shows take place rain or shine. Tickets cost $5 per person, ages 12 and under free. Cranmore will also offer a variety of food and beverage offerings for concert-goers including summer favorites like beer, burgers, hot dogs, chicken cesar wraps, sodas and more.

The new concert dates are in addition to the annual Arts Jubilee Concerts which also take place Thursday nights at Cranmore.

“We were pleased to be able to expand our summer concert offerings this year, thanks to the efforts of our friends at WMWV and the support of Newcastle Brown Ale. Now visitors to North Conway can enjoy live music outside under the stars on the slopes of Cranmore nearly every Thursday night this summer. Best of all, we’ve been able to keep the cost low to make it affordable for families,” stated Cranmore General Manager, Ben Wilcox.

“WMWV has been working on the idea of bringing nationally recognized musical talent to ‘Valley’ for the last couple of years, and now with our great partners in Newcastle Brown Ale, and Cranmore we are proud to introduce this series,” said Greg Frizzell, Owner/General Manager of Mt. Washington Radio.

Complete Thursday night summer concert schedule at Cranmore:

July 9
Arts Jubilee Presents Livingston Taylor
7:30pm – $5 suggested donation (ages 12 and under free)

July 16
Rustic Overtones 7-9pm
with Audio Kickstand – 6-7pm
$5 per person (ages 12 and under free)
Newcastle Brown Ale Summer Concert Series, presented by WMWV

July 23
Arts Jubilee presents Symphony Pops with Fireworks
7:30pm – $5 suggested donation (ages 12 and under free)

July 30
deSoL 7-9pm
with Evan Watson 6-7pm
$5 per person (ages 12 and under free)
Newcastle Brown Ale Summer Concert Series, presented by WMWV

August 6
Arts Jubilee presents Big Band Jazz & Swing
7:30pm – $5 suggested donation (ages 12 and under free)

Cranmore is located in the heart of one of New England’s most popular summer vacation destinations, North Conway Village, New Hampshire. For more information, visit or call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI.