Free all-ages concert
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TURNERS FALLS, MA- On December 31, starting at 7 pm, the Shea Theater will present an all-ages concert and dance in celebration of New Year’s Eve, and the reopening of the Avenue A Bridge between Turners Falls and Gill. The event will be free of charge, thanks to a unique, co-operative effort between a group of local sponsoring businesses.

The evening starts at 7 pm with a young people’s show by the widely renowned performer Bill Shontz. Shontz was half of the immensely popular duo “Rosenshontz.” From “Teddy Bear Picnics,” to performances for President Bill Clinton at the White House, Shontz has brought his warm humor and deft musicality to a huge variety of audiences.

At 8 pm, trombonist extraordinaire Ed Byrne leads a jazz set accompanied by local favorites, the jazz ensemble Juke Joint Jazz. Byrne is a Grammy Award-winning trombonist, composer, arranger, educator, and author who has worked with a veritable “who’s who” of the jazz world’s leading musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Archie Shepp, Charles Mingus, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, and Mel Tormé, to name a few. Byrne also played at one of the very first events when the Shea Theater was renovated and reopened in the 1990s. Juke Joint Jazz is a five-piece, traditional jazz ensemble that plays melodic, crowd-pleasing favorites with a sophisticated snap and spark. Virtuoso clarinetist Shontz will join Byrne and Juke Joint Jazz for the jazz set.

At 10 pm, the celebration shifts gears to an all-ages dance party with Northampton-based funk/Afrobeat favorites, the 10-piece dance band Shokazoba. Infectious grooves, blazing four-horn arrangements, positive, uplifting lyrics, and a cheerful, party vibe make Shokazoba the perfect choice to help usher in the New Year. “Shokazoba blends jazz and old school funk with a West African beat that sets the foundation for a great community vibe,” says Bluebird Reviews. True to their community spirit, Shokazoba makes recordings of many of their live shows available free of charge at

For information contact, or Daniel Kasnitz at (802) 380-1369, email

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