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Editorial: Music, art, food: Yes, stuff happens in Concord

This weekend, there’s a party in the park and music on the water. The Granite State Music Festival will take over Kiwanis Riverfront Park for the second time on Saturday and Sunday. Twenty-four bands will play, many of them well-known and most of them homegrown.

To the surprise of many who have driven Loudon Road for years, there’s a beautiful park hidden behind the Everett Arena. Its broad, tree-shaded lawn stretches along the river, making it a perfect venue for the festival, which will, for the weekend, also be the home of the Concord Arts Market.

The events are proof yet again that Concord has outgrown its image as a place where little happens and all the laughs are in the Legislature.

Each day of the festival offers a lot of live music for 20 bucks, so come on down and bring the family.

Arnie’s and TrueBrew Barista will offer food and drink, and, thanks to the success as measured by a maximum of conviviality and absence of problems at Market Days, there will be a beer tent operated by New Hampshire Distributors.

Parking is abundant and free. The weather report is excellent; the musicians itching to entertain. Check out the lineup at granitestate and search online to sample the bands.

And if this sounds like an ad, in a way it is. It’s a plug for the festival and for Concord as a city where better and better things keep happening.

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