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Trustees Host Fresh Air Tunes, a New Summer Concert Series at Crane Beach

Ipswich, MA  |  August 4, 2020

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Music lovers can enjoy socially-distanced, outdoor live music as The Trustees transforms the Crane Beach parking lot into a concert venue

IPSWICH, MA – August 4, 2020 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) today announces the creation of Fresh Air Tunes—a summer concert series taking place in the Crane Beach parking lot for three Sundays during the month of August.

“With live concerts as we’ve always known them not feasible right now due to COVID, we’re thrilled we can repurpose one of our signature properties to allow people to listen to live music in a safe way,” said Trustees Director of Signature Events Michael Rodriguez. “With 120 special places in outdoor settings across the Commonwealth, The Trustees is thinking outside the box to make some of our favorite experiences possible again.”

The concerts will take place on Sunday nights, with shows on Aug. 16, Aug. 23, and Aug. 30. Shows will be held in moderately inclement weather but extreme weather conditions like lightning will be cause for cancellation, which will be announced on social media. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the shows beginning at 8 p.m., and people are invited to either remain in their cars or set up chairs just outside their vehicle to watch the show.

The musical acts will be three bands that cover The Rolling Stones, reggae acts, and Journey, respectively. The cost is $40 per car for Trustees Members and $50 per car for nonmembers. Tickets are on sale now to the general public in advance of the first show on Aug. 16 and can be purchased online by visiting The Trustees’ Facebook events page at Nonmembers will also have an opportunity to simultaneously purchase Trustees memberships ($70) at checkout.

The concert schedule is:

  • Aug. 16: The Classic Stones Live: Featuring the Glimmer Twins
  • Aug. 23: Soul Rebel Project (reggae)
  • Aug. 30: The Great Escape—A Tribute to Journey

Bathrooms will be open and concessions will be sold at the Fireside Snack Shack. All visitors older than 2 will be required to wear masks when outside their cars and must practice social distancing by keeping a minimum of six feet away from other parties.

Visitors must show proof of purchase via a printed ticket or on a smartphone and vehicles without proof of purchase will not be allowed to enter.

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Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for more than 125 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 120 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually.