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TOWNSEND — The next phase of the Townsend 275th Anniversary will kick off with a night-long concert of professional bands.

Next weekend, June 8-10, will be filled with performances, amusement rides, food and fireworks at the North Middlesex Regional High School.

Knowing the importance of starting the weekend off with a bang, the 275th Anniversary Committee hired Event Management Associates to produce a top-quality show on Friday night.

Looking at the bands currently committed to playing next Friday, it’s clear there will be a variety of noteworthy professional musicians.

* Trebek is a five-member rock band from Fitchburg, with elements of rock, R&B, reggae, punk, soul, metal, blues and jazz. Their self-titled debut album received “best CD” from the Worcester Music Awards in addition to three other awards for best live act, best rock act, and best male vocalist. Their music can be heard at

* Doubledge is a four-member rock band from Bronx, N.Y. Doubledge has performed since 2001 throughout the Northeast, Florida, Texas and other locations nationwide. Several of their songs can be heard at

* Chad Burdick is a professional acoustic country singer who originally grew up in Groton. He’s currently playing throughout the Northeast. His songs can be heard at

* Beyond Blue is a six-person band from Wells, Maine. Their music ranges from the sounds of jazz with trumpet and keyboard to elements of rock with multiple guitars, bass and a female lead singer. Their music can be found at

* Jericho Trumpet is a progressive, experimental rock band from the Worcester area who claim Tool, Radiohead, and Interpol as musical influences. Musical samples can be heard at

* Three Minute Heroes is a soul/ska band from North Wales, U.K. Their music can be heard at

* Double Vision is the comedy duo Linda and Jody Scalis, whose act involves balancing, juggling, synchronized pratfalls, illusions and audience participation.

The performances will begin at 3 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. on Friday.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3 for students, and will be available at the event.

During the performances, Fanelli Amusements will have rides and food outside.

It’s expected that some performers from Friday night will also perform the following day at 10 a.m. on multiple stages. The multistage performances, including local favorites Country Dave, who is playing all day, and the MacDonald Family at 1:30 p.m., will last until the U.S. Air Force Band performs at 6:30 p.m.

The culminating event will be a fireworks display sponsored by the Atwood Cuties around 8:30 p.m., with amusement rides continuing into the next day.

The entire weekend event has been in the works for months to help celebrate Townsend’s 275th Anniversary.

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