Monday, September 22, 2008

Concert at Forbes Library October 4

Free outdoor concert at Forbes Library

Saturday, October 4, 2 PM

(rain date, October 11)

Forbes Library
Hosmer Gallery
Downtown Sounds
Friends of Forbes
Events Calendar
Concert Flyer
Forbes Library and the Hosmer Art Gallery are delighted to invite our community to a free outdoor concert by two contemporary local bands! Bring your friends and a blanket or lawn chair to 20 West Street in downtown Northampton on Saturday, October 4 at 2 PM (rain date, October 11).

The Novels

Formed in the summer of 2006, The Novels is comprised of four rather literary, book smart gentlemen who bring that "hey guys, let's GO!" attitude and spirit to their music. In response, their fans tend to smile. And dance. Often described as some sort of modern breed of "Anglophile power-pop", they draw comparison to beat groups of the 1960's including the Kinks and the Who and the janglier side of the Velvet Underground. The Novels and their previous and current side projects (Party Wolf, Bourgeois Heroes, Sitting Next to Brian and Runner & the Thermodynamics) have played throughout the United States and Canada. Their debut full-length album, "We're Very Paper Cliché," will be released later this fall. In the midst of all this music, Jason, one of the group's singers and guitar players, has been been checking out books to patrons and answering reference questions for the past nine years (almost a third of these years at the Forbes Library). For more information, please visit

School for the Dead

School for the Dead loves libraries. Their drummer, Brian, even spends his days delivering books all over Western Massachusetts. The music of School for the Dead is clear and literate with a focus on lyrics and message as well as melody and catchiness. Members of the band have been part of Northampton's rich music scene for many, many years. They've played in every venue in the area, as well as spots all over the country, and have been involved in dozens of albums. School for the Dead, lead by Henning Ohlenbusch, has just completed their second full-length CD entitled "A Telephone Built For Two". You can learn more and follow along with the band at
The Living Rockumentary, their six-year-old comprehensive blog.
The performers will be using a sound system generously loaned by Downtown Sounds. The Friends of Forbes Library will provide refreshments for sale. Metered parking is available in the Forbes Library lot. On weekends, parking is free in the Smith College garage on West Street-- just avoid the green-lined spaces.

Forbes Library
20 West Street
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

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