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First Summer Concert of the year a giant success







Peabody was out in full force for the first Summer Concert of the year last Sunday, featuring the group North Shore Acappella. It was a beautiful, steamy summer evening for the crooners, who are widely known up and down the North Shore and beyond for their stellar voices and easy, breezy tunes. The group, which is composed of singers Guy Chiapponi, Tommy Duarte, Jimmy Martin and Vinny Straccia, sung Sam Cooke, the Drifters, blues and bebop.

Lots of people of all ages laid out their lawn chairs on the Leather City Common (53 Lowell St.). Dogs rolled on the ground, beach balls flew in the air, kids did cartwheels and concertgoers tapped their feet and swayed to the music. Councillors Tom Gould and Ed Charest, School Committeeman Tom Rossignoll, and city employees Mary and Curt Bellavance were among those in attendance enjoying the concert.

The otherwise jubilant summer concert was punctuated by a somber moment as the group had to announce the passing of one of its members, Paul Lopes, the night before. The group made a remarkable tribute to Lopes, holding a moment of silence and singing with extra passion in honor of their bandmate.

“It’s a celebration of life,” Kathy, one of the concertgoers, said. Likewise, her friend called the performance “beautiful.”

One of Peabody’s many green spaces, the Leather City Common is yet another space that Peabodyites can enjoy downtown. It is a small park located just off of Lowell Street near the downtown area. The city also hosts similar events, like the Pop-Up Pub, nearby at the Courthouse Plaza in Peabody Square.

Assistant to the Mayor Mary Bellavance said that the success of the concert was in part due to her decision to have the Nex Mex Thing Restaurant and Ipswich Ale tap truck on-site. In previous years, the concert included the humble chips, soda, water and candy. Bellavance oversees much of the community events around the city, including the International Festival held every fall. “Our goal is always to get more people downtown,” Bellavance said.

The full list of concerts is available on the Peabody Cultural Collaborative website,

By Melanie Higgins

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