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ABOUT TOWN: Imagine John Lennon Coming to Stoughton

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JOHN LENNON COMING TO STOUGHTON? On Saturday, Sept. 15, Dennis Stephen will perform his one-man show, "Imagine – a John Lennon Tribute" at .

Dennis Stephen is a seasoned rock and pop music performer, guitarist, vocalist, and former Geffen Records recording artist.  Known for his work with the Boston-based bands Stardust and Stratosphere in the late-1970's and 80's, Stephen ventured out nationwide, and has opened for major recording artists, such as The Cars, Aerosmith, Dire Straits, J.Geils Band, Pretenders, and others.

In his John Lennon tribute show, Dennis Stephen bears an uncanny resemblance to the legendary John Lennon, while singing and playing guitar in dozens of timeless Beatles and Lennon hits.  Songs in the show include, "She Loves You," "Twist and Shout," "Ticket to Ride," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Revolution," as well as memorable songs from Lennon’s solo career such as "Imagine," "Woman," and "Stand by Me."

Dennis Stephen told About Town via Facebook, "My goal is to accurately represent and replicate John Lennon’s contribution to every song as he did in live concerts, on TV shows, and in the original recordings we so fondly remember.  Looking and sounding like him is extremely important. I want the audience to feel that John Lennon is right in front of them, playing and singing their favorite songs just for them." 

He added, "I grew up in listening to Beatles music. It was the soundtrack of my childhood.  So channeling a music legend and genius such as John Lennon becomes a satisfying and enjoyable experience for me."

In order to recreate the classic sound and look of John Lennon and the Beatles, Stephen performs in vintage Beatles-era attire, and uses the same model musical instruments used by Lennon, such as the modified Rickenbacker 325 and Epiphone Casino guitars, and Vox amps.

Admission is free. The show starts at 8 p.m. The Last Shot is located at 559 Washington Street, on Rt. 138 in Stoughton. For more information, call the Last Shot at 781-344-8900.

For more on Dennis, including video and audio clips of his work, and photos, visit Dennis Stephen's website at www.LennonShow.com or contact Dennis directly at Info@LennonShow.com.

"Imagine – a John Lennon Tribute" is a unique, live musical performance, paying homage to the Beatles and John Lennon.  In the show, Dennis Stephen performs vocal and guitar parts in the character, style, look and sound of John Lennon.  Stephen is currently touring throughout New England, and will play nationwide in 2013.

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NEARBY ART EXHIBIT:  Mass Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Gallery, "Interplay: Merging Light and Texture in Unexpected Ways," will feature an upcoming exhibit with the art work of three amazing artists: Diane Chester-Demicco, Laurie Simko and Jesse Thomas who present fresh insights in nature with bold and powerful artistic deftness through the mediums of oil paint, puddingstone recast and photography.

Vibrant colors, rough edges, and distinguishing forms invoke the imagination and create wondrous movement as light and texture are fused together in this exhibit. It provides a visual feast of nature’s bounty. 

There will be an Opening Reception and Gallery Talk, Thursday, September 20, from 6-8 p.m.  The exhibit will run Sept. 13 – Nov. 19. The Gallery is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moose Hill Sanctuary is located at 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon, MA. Visit www.massaudubon.org or call 781-784-5691 for details.

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FAMED FOLK DUO TO PERFORM: Canton's Open Book Coffeehouse will begin its eighth consecutive season of showcasing live, acoustic music on Saturday, Sept. 15, with the famed singer/songwriter duo Hungrytown.

This folk duo creates traditional folk music that's beautifully crafted, with arresting harmonies and expert musicianship. The Open Book Coffeehouse is at the community room of the Canton Public Library at 786 Washington Street, only 10 minutes away from the Stoughton town line.

Hungrytown, which is the musical and married duo of Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, have been making music full time since swapping their midtown New York cubicles for the hills of New England in 2004.  Since then, the couple has been touring extensively, and has released two CDs, the self-titled Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011), both of which receive high critical acclaim and much airplay in North America, Europe and Australia.

Enjoy the relaxing, warm atmosphere of friendly people, good music, hot coffee and homebaked goodies. Admission to the Coffeehouse is $10 per person, with a special admission price of $5 for students.  It's made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Parking is to the left when facing the library from Washington Street. Enter by the "Special Events" door to the left of the columns, midway into the parking area. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the music starts at 7:30 p.m..  For more information, visit the Open Book Coffeehouse website at http://town.canton.ma.us/library/coffeehouse send an email to openbookcoffeehouse@verizon.net or call 781-828-6606.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to U.S. Senator , a Massachusetts Republican. He turns 53. 

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