Marty’s to host The Wailers Saturday

  • Marty's Driving Range in Mason will host its first concert of the summer featuring The Wailers on Saturday. Courtesy photo—

  • Above: Marty’s Driving Range in Mason will host its first concert of the summer featuring The Wailers on Saturday. Top: New Hampshire’s own Joe Sambo will open for The Wailers. Courtesy photos

  • The Wailers will headline Marty’s Driving Range’s first concert of the summer on Saturday. Courtesy photo

  • New Hampshire's own Joe Sambo will open for The Wailers on Saturday at Marty's Driving Range in Mason. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/30/2019 1:44:45 PM

Marty’s Driving Range is set to kick off its 2019 summer concerts with the biggest act ever to grace their stage.

The Wailers will headline Saturday’s event and owner Nicole Ruggiero is still in awe of the fact they got such a big name to make their way to Mason.

“I grew up listening to Bob Marley, so just the fact we have this opportunity is so exciting,” Ruggiero said. “It’s not too often you see a band like that in this area.”

She hopes to take five minutes to enjoy some of the show, but with a capacity of 1,000 in their outdoor venue space, Ruggiero knows it’s going to be a busy night.

Before The Wailers grace the stage, New Hampshire’s own Joe Sambo, and Congo Sanchez will serve as openers for the first night of music for the summer.

Ruggiero never really thought about trying to attract major musical groups like The Wailers to Marty’s, but after the success of last year’s close out concert featuring Bad Fish and Roots of Creation, she figured it was worth a shot to see if they could bring in a name that just about everyone knows.

“It gave us the push we needed to pursue bigger names,” Ruggiero said. “And the stars just aligned for them to come.”

Once they had The Wailers signed on, Ruggiero worked to find the right mix of opening acts to compliment the headliners.

Sambo released his first full length album in April and by early May he had the highest-ranking debut reggae album on Billboard.com, Ruggiero said. Congo Sanchez isn’t a local act, but Ruggiero said they have played Uplift, which Marty’s is hosting this year, in the past.

“People around this area really like them. They have a following around here,” Ruggiero said.

The Wailers is the first of four concert events at Marty's this year. Next up is Uplift Music Festival on July 27, followed by Pink Talking Fish on Aug. 31. The fourth and final concert in September will be announced in June.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $39 day of for general admission and all ages are welcome to enjoy the show.

Attendees can enjoy food from vendors on site and there will also be a beer and wine at the Tiki Bar available for ages 21 and over. Wormtown Brewery will be on hand with two of their IPAS as a special guest.

Ruggiero recommends getting tickets in advance because sales have increased over the last week, as well as carpooling.

For more information, visit thedrivingrange.net or facebook.com/pg/MartysDrivingRange/events or call 878-1324




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