HANOVER, NH — The Hopkins Center for the Arts presents a series of free, all ages music performances and family friendly films this summer for its third year of Free ForAll. Since 2015, Free For All has been part of the Hop’s Community Venture Initiative (CVI) to increase the Upper Valley community’s engagement and access to Hop programming. In two years, approximately 7,700 community members have participated in concerts, films, dance classes and workshops through this initiative.
This year, Free For All events will take place on Wednesdays, concurrent with the popular Hanover Area Farmer’s Market. In July and August, three Wednesday evenings will feature concerts on the Dartmouth Green (the rain location is Spaulding Auditorium); and two Wednesdays will feature family-friendly films on the big screen in Spaulding Auditorium of the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
The concerts are by renowned zydeco, Cuban son and guarancha, and reggae bands, and the films are family classics.
July 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – Fresh from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Grammy-nominated Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band’s covers and originals promise a rockin’ zydeco set. From the Texas/Louisiana zydeco heartland, his infusion of Creole roots, pop, funk and jazz makes dancing a must.
July 19, 6:30 p.m. – “Back to the Future” (film): Strap into the DeLorean with Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) for Robert Zemeckis’s unrivaled timetraveling adventure, with 1.21 gigawatts worth of special effects and a rocking soundtrack. US, 1985, 116m
July 26, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – Direct from Cuba, Latin Grammy-winning Septeto Santiaguero revives that nation’s lithe, rhapsodic ‘40s and ‘50s dance music. Soaring vocals, a horn line and intoxicating percussion make the band’s son and guarancha music happy, hot and irresistible.
Aug. 9, 2017, 5:30 p.m. – Ghanaborn musician and activist Rocky Dawuni’s upbeat reggae anthems move feet and unite generations and cultures. From the FIFA World Cup to SXSW, his humanitarian advocacy is matched only by his electrifying performances.
Aug. 16, 6:30 p.m. – “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” (film): In this beloved classic musical, an apprentice witch (Angela Lansbury), three kids and a cynical conman (David Tomlinson) search for a magic spell, critical to defending Britain from the Nazis. D: Robert Stevenson, US, 1971, 117m