Tavares @ City Hall Plaza August 12




R&B, funk, and soul music legends Tavares bring the 2015 Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series on City Hall Plaza to a rousing close on August 12 at 7 p.m.



The series is presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with title sponsor Eastern Bank.  Additional support is provided by media sponsor the Boston Herald and night sponsors AARP, Mass Retirees Association, and the Michael Francis Cahill Fund/City of Boston.  Celebrating 43 years as Boston’s longest-running free outdoor concert series, these performances bring great entertainment to this unique venue located in the heart of the city.



Hailing from New Bedford, the Tavares brothers – Arthur (“Pooch”), Antone (“Chubby”), Feliciano (“Butch”), and Perry Lee (“Tiny”) – grew up in a close-knit and musical household of ten children.  In 1964 they made their first professional appearance at the Blue Flame in Onset and as they continued to perform in small clubs in the New Bedford-Boston-New York area both their reputation and their audience grew.


After stints as the Del Rios and the Turnpikes, the group turned to their family name Tavares while on a tour of Italy in 1971.  The Italians had a difficult time with Turnpikes, so the brothers decided to use their family name and became known from that point forward as Tavares.  After the tour they returned to the States and were brought to the attention of Capitol Records.



Their first album “Check It Out” lodged in the R&B Top 20, hit the pop charts, and contained the group’s first hit single in its title track.  This began a run of gold and platinum albums and singles including their hit “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” and their appearance on the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack with “More Than a Woman.”  Tavares will be performing these and other classics on the City Hall Plaza stage August 12.



For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visitwww.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment, or go to www.cityofboston.gov/parks.

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