Kelly Music for Life presents the fourth annual Haverford Spring Music and Arts Festival, sponsored by Acme Markets.
In addition to a full day of live music — which this year celebrates classic rock sounds with a selection of tribute bands — the festival features food selections from Havertown restaurants, pubs and bars. The entire Haverford Spring Fest grounds will be a beer and wine garden, so you can enjoy your favorite beverages while dancing to the music.
Local artisans will showcase their handmade artwork, jewelry and unique gifts, clothing and home goods (Remember, Mother’s Day and graduation gift time is coming).
Another attraction is the Kids Super Fun Zone — a one-price, all-you-can-play area of children’s activities.
I had fun at that last year. When is it?
Noon to 7 p.m. May 7 on Brookline Boulevard at Darby Road, Havertown.
There are some really good tribute bands out there. Who did they get?
Even The Haverford High School Jazz Combo is going to include a set of Steely Dan tracks.
Headlining will be The B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen), Jimmy and the Parrots (Jimmy Buffett), Past Master (Beatles tribute playing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” with horns and strings), Lower Wolves (R.E.M.) and Caress of Steel City (Rush).
All events will be streamed live on iRadioPhilly.
Wasn’t The B Street Band that one band that dropped out of playing an inauguration party for Trump in January?
Good memory. Defending that booking at first, The B Street Band ultimately decided that too many would consider it disrespectful to use Springsteen’s music to celebrate Donald Trump, of whom Springsteen remains an outspoken critic.
Past Master sounds pretty ambitious.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper” they brought in musical director Graham Alexander from the Broadway production of “Rain” in order to present the landmark album live on stage from beginning to end.
Is it free?A donation is requested at entrance to benefit local neighborhood initiatives and charitable groups.
Presenting organization Kelly Music for Life is a nonprofit that organizes fundraising events to benefit area groups and initiatives. To date the organization has contributed more than $10,000 to local music education programs, library programs, trail development, beautification, park improvements, food banks and more. It’s also turning Haverford Township into Delaware County’s live music mecca.
How so? Kelly Music for Life also organizes the Havertown Concert in the Park Summer Series and the Havertown Irish Festival. Their mission is to produce and promote music and arts events for the benefit of community. They’re working on opening the Kelly Music Center, a new, year-round, multi‐purpose arts space for both professional and community entertainment, as well as music education and development for young musicians, singers, writers and other students interested in developing their craft.
Where is that going to be?4-6 E. Eagle Road in the Oakmont section of Havertown. The information we got says it’s supposed to open some time this summer.
The Kelly Music Center will present professional performers, singer/songwriters, comedians and host special events for artisans, crafters and private functions. The viewing area will seat approximately 80 people.
Tom Kelly of Kelly Music for Life said in a prepared statement: “The building needs renovation. We want to raise $500,000 to create this space. To make this happen, we will need professional services, volunteers and trades to help us design and create the venue. We are looking for grants, donors and sponsors. We hope local businesses will conduct fundraising activities for us. The Kelly Music Center will create jobs and improve our streetscape. It will also elevate our arts and entertainment identity, creating another reason to make Haverford Township a destination.”
Interested contributors can contact Kelly at email@example.com.
Stay tuned at www.facebook.com/KellyMusicForLifeEvents, @KMFLEvents on Twitter and @kmflevents on Instagram.