Hammerhead Horns at the Millbrook Library: Exciting times provided by MAG
The Hammerhead Horns were the attraction at the MAG sponsored concert at the Millbrook Library on Saturday, Feb. 25. The snow didn’t seem to keep anyone away, as every seat was filled, some people were standing, and extra seats were brought in. 
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Hammerhead Horns at the Millbrook Library: Exciting times provided by MAG

MILLBROOK —  The Millbrook Arts Group (MAG) has been supporting various programs in Millbrook for about 30 years, many in partnership with Millbrook Library. MAG’s benefactors in Millbrook include the Dyson Foundation and the Tribute Garden.

Bob Button, one of the MAG board members, was thrilled to be talking about the Hammerhead Horns, a group that plays often at MAG venues.

Button moved to Millbrook three years ago, as his wife, Regina, is originally from Millbrook. He spends much time in the capital area for business, but makes sure Millbrook is well supported with programs sponsored by MAG.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Millbrook Library resounded with the vibrant music of the Hammerhead Horns, playing ballads, blues and featuring powerful vocals. This second concert in the Winter 2023 Concert Series sponsored by MAG ran from 5 to 7 p.m., with a complimentary reception at 4:30 p.m. for those wishing to sample some traditional New Orleans taste treats.

Chance Bushman joined in the festivities, illuminating the relationship between this music genre and “tapping,” the eloquent joining of beat and tap dancing. The Hammerhead Horns made sure the library fairly rocked with a New Orleans/Mardi Gras beat!

The first winter concert at the library was a Pete Seeger night, from Seeger’s “American Ballads” book. The response was overwhelming, bringing in well over the usual audience.

The third and final concert is another evening especially recommended by Button; “Janice Pendarvis: A Career Retrospective and Concert Demonstration,” to be held at the Millbrook Library on Saturday, March 25, at 5 p.m. Pendarvis has worked with artists such as Talking Heads, Sting, Roberta Flack, David Bowie and many others, so a look back at the career of this singer-songwriter might be like taking a stroll through the annals of modern music.

All MAG concerts are free, and have been a mainstay of entertainment for going on three generations of Millbrook citizens. MAG is a big part of the Village community, and it looks forward to being so for many years to come.

Big things are expected from the Bennett Park renovation, and hopefully a new and better bandshell will be one of them, something Button is also looking forward to. Enjoy the Pendarvis concert in March, then set your sights on the summer concerts starting in June, thanks to MAG’s generosity.

For more information about MAG or to donate, go to www.millbrookartsgroup.org.

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