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Dover enjoys concert on common

By Lauren Schiavone
Hometown Weekly Staff

Dover music-lovers celebrated the new month of August by attending Dover’s Concert on the Common Tuesday evening, August 2, as the powerful musicians known as Group Therapy joined the common for an evening of feel-good music.

Bassist George Moore (center stage) shows some flair.

Group Therapy’s smooth instrumental blend, propulsive drum lines and a relaxed folksy tone were crystal-clear from their opening cover, “Midnight in Harlem”; Dave Weden, a Dover native, introduced himself with a solid guitar solo on the Tedeschi Trucks Band tune. Each member of Group Therapy is multitalented -- they alternate lead vocals, play percussion, and jump in on the horn section -- making for an especially fun watch.

Meanwhile, Dover residents and passers-by reclined in folding camping chairs while children got their sugar fix from a local shaved ice truck parked nearby.

Laurie Young, lead singer and part-time percussionist, encouraged a sing-along on “Here Comes the Sun”. She also introduced original music, drawing from experiences of small-town life and recalling detailed moments with rhythmic grace. 

A full horns section blows the audience away.

The band received applause and support when Young got vulnerable singing about her father, a WWII veteran. She quoted him: “Look into your community. If you can’t control what’s happening [in the world], you can control what’s happening here [in your heart].”

Thanks to the coordination of the Parks and Recreation department, there was plenty of talent on display on a beautiful evening in town. 

Catch Group Therapy’s next gig and more at bandgrouptherapy.com.

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