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June 11, 2013

What's new? A mural to be painted as part of Arts Fest

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“Main Streets supports public arts like this,” Wolsey said. “We want to have public art downtown for everybody to enjoy.”

The new musical performers this year include the talented Beverly High School Jazz Sextet, which is led by Adam Costa and will include students Mikey Cookson on trumpet, Ryan Noss on trombone, Alex Walsh on keyboards, Liam Beaudoin on bass, Alex D’Alfonso on drums and Owen Bolas with effects/samples.

This talented group plays everything from jazz standards to avant-garde fusion. The latter style will feature the digital manipulations and electronic textures provided by Bolas.

Another new note will be provided by Kirsten and Dave, who play a variety of styles that include acoustic pop, country, acoustic blues and folk/bluegrass. They each play a variety of instruments and blend their voices with sweet harmonies in a mix of cover tunes and original songs.

Kirsten and Dave have been playing together since 2002, which means they have learned how to make pleasing sounds, and these earned them a spot as finalists on the 2007 season of “Community Auditions.” They also played at Fridays on the Square, a music series sponsored by Beverly Main Streets, and were “well-liked,” Wolsey said.

Finally, singer/songwriter Michael Maloney, a young college student, will make an appearance. He blends alternative and classic soft/pop rock into a unique style and recently donated the proceeds from his recording of an original song, “Back to Boston,” to One Fund Boston to help victims of the Marathon bombings.

Maloney, who was treated for a hip condition at Children’s Hospital, also recorded a song, “Maybe This Christmas,” that raised $1,430 for the hospital over the last two winters.

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