Khalif Neville Trio opens arts festival

HUNTINGTON – The 11th annual Historic North Hall Arts Festival will open with the Khalif Neville Trio at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, on the Huntington Town Green.  In case of rain, all performances of the festival will be moved inside Stanton Hall.

The Khalif Neville Trio, comprising keyboardist and composer Khalif Neville, drummer Talyn Neville (sons of the late Charles Neville) and Jason Szafranski on guitar, blend traditional jazz forms with styles of funk, R&B and hip-hop drawn from a New Orleans groove.

The Wild Thyme Band follows on Aug. 15 with Celtic folk music, drawing from the rich repertoire of Irish, Scottish traditional and French Celtic music. On Aug. 29, the Old Country Road Band brings vintage country tunes dedicated to keeping the sound of “true” country music alive.

September concerts begin on Sept. 12, featuring the Bob Sparkman Trio. Bob Sparkman on clarinet, Jerry Noble on piano, and Kara Noble on electric bass take the audience on a journey through traditional jazz, swing and the American Songbook. The series ends on Sept. 19 with José González and Criollo Clásico playing blends of classical, folk, and contemporary Latin rhythms.

Virtual Music continues throughout at northhallhuntington.org.

The Huntington Town Common Green is at 24 Russell Road, at routes 20 and 112. The five-concert series is sponsored by Massachusetts Cultural Council and the arts councils of Chester, Cummington, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, Westhampton and Worthington.

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