Wednesday, July 16
At 7 p.m.
Boston City Hall Plaza, 33 Congress St, Boston, MA 02109
R&B, funk, and soul music legends Tavares kick off the 42nd annual Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series on City Hall Plaza July 16 at 7 p.m.
The series is presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with title sponsor Bank of America. Additional support is provided by media sponsor the Boston Herald and night sponsor Michael Francis Cahill Fund/City of Boston.
Hailing from New Bedford, MA, the Tavares brothers – Arthur (“Pooch”), Antone (“Chubby”), Feliciano (“Butch”), and Perry Lee (“Tiny”) – grew up in a close-knit and musical household of ten children. In 1964 they made their first professional appearance at the Blue Flame in Onset and as they continued to perform in small clubs in the New Bedford-Boston-New York area both their reputation and their audience grew.
After stints as the Del Rios and the Turnpikes, the group turned to their family name Tavares while on a tour of Italy in 1971. The Italians had a difficult time with Turnpikes, so the brothers decided to use their family name and became known from that point forward as Tavares. After the tour they returned to the States and were brought to the attention of Capitol Records.
Their first album “Check It Out” lodged in the R&B Top 20, hit the pop charts, and contained the group’s first hit single in its title track. This began a run of gold and platinum albums and singles including their hit “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and their appearance on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack with “More Than a Woman.” Tavares will be performing these and other classics on the City Hall Plaza stage July 16.
The series continues on July 23 with Beatlejuice, New England’s preeminent tribute to the Beatles, for a night of some of the most memorable rock and roll ever recorded. On August 6 City Hall Plaza favorite Stardust returns for the Decades of Dance Party featuring dance floor hits from the 1960s through today. The series closes August 20 with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Thomas performing such Drifters classics as “Dance with Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and more.
For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment, or go to www.cityofboston.gov/parks.