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PAGE 8 POST-GAZE'n'E, JUNE 16, 2017 17. 2017 TH END FESTIVAl. PADRE PIO PROCESSION June 25 Procession Only- Hanover & Prince Sts. 2 pm MADONNA DELLE GRAZIE July 9 Procession Only- Hanover & Prince Sts. 2 pm ST. JOSEPH July 30 Procession Only- St. Joseph's Society 465 Hanover SL I pm AUGUST ST. AGRIPPINA August Childrens Procession 3, 4, 5, 6 Hanover & Battery Streets Sunday Procession 12 noon MADONNA DELLA CAVA Hanover & Battery Streets Sunday Procession August 11, 12, 13 I pm MADONNA del SOCCORSO August 17, 18, 19, 20 North, Fleet & Lewis Streets (Fisherman's Feast) Sunday Procession 1 pm ST. LUCY Feast & Procession - Thacher, Endicott & N. August 24 Margin Streets 5 pm ST. ANTHONY August 25, 26, 27 Thacher, Endicott & N. Margin Streets Sunday Procession 12 pm SEPTEMBER ..... ST. ROSALIA di PALERMO September 10 Procession Only - North Square I pm MORE ITALIAN FESTIVALS i Gloucester, MA ST. PETER'S FIESTA June 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 Gloucester Harbor Sunday Procession 12 noon Malden, MA SAINT ROCCO Pearl Street Sunday Procession August 11, 12, 13 I pm Lawrence, MA FEAST OF THE THREE SAINTS September 1,2, 3 Saints Alfio, Filadelfo and C/r/no Common & Union Streets, Lawrence Sunday Procession 3 pm Cambridge Festival SS COSMAS AND DAMIAN September 9, 10 Warren and Cambridge Streets, Cambridge Sunday Procession 1 pm ALBANO F. PONTE,CEP Financial and Estate Planning Email afponte Phone 617-320-0022 MICHAEL F. NOBILE, CPCU mnobile @ nobileinsu BOSTON MEDFORD 30 Prince Street 39 Salem Street Boston, MA 02113 Medford, MA 02155 (617) 523-6766 (781) 395-4200 Fax (617) 523-0078 Fax (781) 391-8493 Miles and Miles of Texas Asleep at the Wheel Swings in Burlington Presented by The Burlington Community Concert Series Burlington High School, Fogelberg Performing Arts Center Asleep at the Wheel Western Swing was alive and welt at the Burlington High School on Friday night as Asleep at the Wheel took the stage. From the opening notes of "Cherokee Maiden," the near capacity crowd knew they were in for a special night of music. Led by Ray Benson, who is going into his 48a year of performing, the group focused mainly on their specialty, the music of Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. Mr. Benson was in fine form, but he wasn't alone. The eight-piece band was an array of solid talent, all of whom made it look easy. The band moved from "Miles and Miles of Texas" right into the classic "Route 66" where Katie Shore got to show us that her amazing talent on the fiddle is indeed matched by her wonderful voice. She was also terrific on "I'm An Old Cowhand," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," and "I Hear You TaUdn'," and teamed up with Benson for the Johnny Cash classic "Big River." Katie Shore wasn't the only fiddle player on the stage. She was joined by Dennis Ludlker, who was a Texas State Fiddle Champion. Ludiker also played mandolin. ("The biggest little instrument in the world") I believe I saw smoke, coming from the instruments when Shore and Ludiker tore into "The Tiger Rag." Mr. Ludiker can reign as champ for as long as he wants to in my book. At one point, I thought Dave Sanger's arms were going to fly off as he hit the drums and State of Texas shaped cymbal. Steel guitarist Eddie Rivers never disappoints. His solo on the classic "Teardrop" was just beautiful. Rivers also broke out on sax for the onomatopoeic "Choo Choo Ch'Boogie," which featured Connor Forsyth on keyboard showing us a fine way to play a Steinway. Benson took time out to remember Guy Clark, who passed away in 2016, by singing his beautiful "Dublin Blues." It Ray Benson was a touching moment made more so by such a lovely song. Of course, it would not have been a Texas Playboy night without "San Antonio Rose" and "Faded Love." Eddie Rivers told me whenever he is feeling low, he listens to "San Antonio Rose." It certainly is great medicine. Over the years, band members have changed, and somehow Benson is always able to recruit new and amazing talent. Old hands Benson, Rivers, and Sanger have to enjoy having the new energy that Shore, Forsyth, Ludiker, Josh Hoag (bass), and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) bring to the group. While Sanger and Reynolds sat towards the back of the stage, their presence was right in the forefront. These guys are good. No AATW concert is compete without Benson's very special version of "Hotrod Lincoln" complete with sound effects and Benson's juggling. It is such tim. Years ago, a friend and former member of the band told me Benson was born to perform. I think of how true that comment was every time I see him. The concert closed out with the audience on its feet having a blast. "House of Blue Lights," one of my favorites, was followed by an encore that included "Big Balls in Cow Town" and, fittingly, the old Roy Rogers song "Happy Trails to You" with the crowd singing along. One final tune was the "Texas Playboy's Theme." There was no danger of anyone falling asleep at the wheel after this concert. I'm sure toes are still tapping. I know mine are. KITCHEN & BATH MASONRY REMODELING CONSTRUCTION Construction Services, LLC * DEMOLITION Remodeling & Design . FENCES & Bostonianc onstructionservic es. c om Licensed & Insured Bostonianc onstructionServic e s@gmaii.c om