Tracy Chapman is an American singer-songwriter, known for her hits "Fast Car" and "Give Me One Reason", along with other singles "Talkin"bout a Revolution", "Baby Can I Hold You", "Crossroads", "New Beginning", "Telling Stories". She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award–winning artist. Chapman was signed to Elektra Records by Bob Krasnow in 1987; the following year she released her critically acclaimed debut album Tracy Chapman, which became a multi-platinum worldwide hit. The album garnered Chapman six Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year, three of which she won, including Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her single "Fast Car", Best New Artist. Chapman released her second album Crossroads the following year, which garnered her an additional Grammy nomination. Since Chapman has experienced further success with six more studio albums, which include her multi-platinum fourth album New Beginning, for which she won a fourth Grammy Award, for Best Rock Song, for its lead single "Give Me One Reason".
Chapman's most recent release is Our Bright Future, in 2008. Chapman was born in Ohio, she was raised by her mother who bought her music-loving three-year-old daughter a ukulele despite having little money. Chapman began writing songs at age eight, she says. Raised as a Baptist, Chapman attended an Episcopal high school and was accepted into the program A Better Chance, which sponsors students at college preparatory high schools away from their home community, she graduated from Wooster School in Connecticut attended Tufts University, graduating with a B. A. degree in Anthropology and African studies. During college, Chapman began busking in Harvard Square and playing guitar in Club Passim, the Nameless Coffeehouse, other coffeehouses in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she made her major-stage debut as an opening act for women's music pioneer Linda Tillery at Boston's Strand Theater on May 3, 1985. Another Tufts student, Brian Koppelman, heard Chapman playing and brought her to the attention of his father, Charles Koppelman.
Koppelman, who ran SBK Publishing, signed Chapman in 1986. After Chapman graduated from Tufts in 1987, he helped her to sign a contract with Elektra Records. At Elektra, she released Tracy Chapman; the album was critically acclaimed, she began touring and building a fanbase. "Fast Car" began its rise on the US charts soon after she performed it at the televised Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in June 1988. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 167 on their 2010 list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time", it is the highest-ranking song both performed by a female performer. "Talkin"bout a Revolution", the follow-up, charted at number 75 and was followed by "Baby Can I Hold You", which peaked at number 48. The album sold well, going multi-platinum and winning three Grammy Awards, including an honor for Chapman as Best New Artist. In 1988, Chapman was a featured performer on the worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour. According to the VH1 website, "Her album helped usher in the era of political correctness—along with 10,000 Maniacs and R.
E. M. Chapman's liberal politics proved enormously influential on American college campuses in the late'80s."Her follow-up album Crossroads was less commercially successful, but still achieved platinum status. By 1992's Matters of the Heart, Chapman was playing to a devoted audience, her fourth album New Beginning proved successful, selling over three million copies in the U. S; the album included the hit single "Give Me One Reason", which won the 1997 Grammy for Best Rock Song and became Chapman's most successful single to date, peaking at Number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following a four-year hiatus, her fifth album, Telling Stories, was released in 2000, its hit single, "Telling Stories", received heavy airplay on European radio stations and on Adult Alternative and Hot AC stations in the United States. Chapman toured the US in 2003 in support of her sixth album, Let It Rain. To support her seventh studio album, Where You Live, Chapman toured major US cities in October and throughout Europe over the remainder of the year.
The "Where You Live" tour was extended into 2006. On June 5, 2006, she performed at the 5th Gala of Jazz in Lincoln Center, New York, in a session at the 2007 TED conference in Monterey, California. Chapman was commissioned by the American Conservatory Theater to compose music for its production of Athol Fugard's Blood Knot, a play on apartheid in South Africa, staged in early 2008. Atlantic Records released Our Bright Future. Chapman made a 26-date solo tour of Europe, she returned to tour Europe and selected North American cities during the summer of 2009. She was backed by Joe Gore on guitars, Patrick Warren on keyboards, Dawn Richardson on percussion. Chapman was appointed a member of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival U. S. Documentary jury. Chapman performed Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman in April 2015; the performance became a viral hit and was the focus of various news articles including some by Billboard and The Huffington Post.
On November 20, 2015, Chapman released Greatest Hits, consisting of 18 tracks including the live version of "Stand by Me", the album is Chapman's first global compilation release. In October 2018, Chapman sued the rapper Nicki Minaj over copyright
Dorothy Snowden "Dar" Williams is an American singer-songwriter specializing in pop folk. Hendrik Hertzberg of The New Yorker has described Williams as "one of America’s best singer-songwriters."She is a frequent performer at folk festivals and has toured with such artists as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, The Nields, Shawn Colvin, Joan Baez, Catie Curtis. Williams was born in Mount Kisco, New York, grew up in Chappaqua with two older sisters and Julie, her nickname "Dar" originated due to a mispronunciation of "Dorothy" by one of Williams's sisters. In a 2008 interview with WUKY radio, Dar said her parents wanted to name her Darcy, after the character in Pride and Prejudice, that they intentionally called her "Dar-Dar", which she shortened to "Dar" in school. In interviews, she has described her parents as "liberal and loving" people who early on encouraged a career in songwriting. Williams wrote her first song two years later. However, she was more interested in drama at the time, majored in theater and religion at Wesleyan University.
Williams moved in 1990 to further explore a career in theater. She worked for a year as stage manager of the Opera Company of Boston, but on the side began to write songs, record demo tapes, take voice lessons with Jeannie Deva. Deva encouraged her to try performing at coffeehouses, but her early years performing were made difficult by the intimidating nature of the Boston folk music scene, as well as her own battle with stage fright. In 1990, Dar recorded her first album, "I Have No History" produced by Jeannie Deva and engineered by Rob Lehmann at Oak Grove Studios in Malden, Massachusetts. One year in 1991, Dar recorded her second album, "All My Heroes Are Dead" produced by Jeannie Deva and engineered by Huck Bennert, most of, recorded at Wellspring Sound in Newton, MA; this album included Dar's song: "Mark Rothko Song." The original recording production of this song was included in her third album "The Honesty Room." In 1993 Williams moved to Massachusetts. Early in Williams's music career, she opened for Joan Baez, who would make her well known by recording some of her songs.
Her growing popularity has since relied on community coffeehouses, public radio, an extensive fan base on the Internet. Williams recorded The Honesty Room, under her own label, Burning Field Music. Guest artists included Max Cohen and Gideon Freudmann; the album was distributed by Chicago-based Waterbug Records. Williams soon secured a licensing-and-distribution deal for Burning Field with Razor and Tie, in 1995 reissued the album on that label, with two re-recorded bonus tracks; the record went on to become one of the top-selling independent folk albums of the year. 1996's Mortal City licensed and distributed with Razor and Tie, received substantial notice due to the fact that it coincided with her tour with Baez. The album again featured guest appearances by the Nields sisters and Freudmann, as well as noted folk artists John Prine, Cliff Eberhardt and Lucy Kaplansky. With that success, Razor & Tie re-released The Honesty Room. By the time of her third release, End of The Summer, Williams' career had gathered substantial momentum, the album did remarkably well, given its genre and independent label status.
In 1998, Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky formed the group Cry Cry Cry as a way to pay homage to some of their favorite folk artists. The band released an eponymous album of covers and toured from 1998 to 2000. In June 2017, Cry Cry Cry reunited for the first time to play at the Clearwater Festival in New York, she has since released six more studio albums on the Razor & Tie label, Many Great Companions, In the Time of Gods, as well as two live albums. Williams has lent her talent and support to various causes, founding the Snowden Environmental Trust and taking part in many benefit concerts, she performed in a show at Alcatraz with Baez and the Indigo Girls, to benefit the prisoner-rights group Bread and Roses. As someone who has toured a great deal of the time and had trouble finding suitable dining on the road, Williams was inspired to write and publish a directory of natural food stores and restaurants called The Tofu Tollbooth in 1994. In 1998 Williams co-authored a second edition with Elizabeth Zipern.
Williams authored a book, released on September 5, 2017, entitled What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musicians Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities – One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, & Open-Mike Night at a Time, that focuses in part on rebuilding smaller cities and larger towns in America. On May 4, 2002, she married an old friend from college, their son, Stephen Gray Robinson, was born on April 24, 2004. In addition, they have an adopted daughter named Taya, born in Ethiopia, she resides in Cold Spring, New York. Williams writes from personal experience, many of her songs are based on people she grew up with, she doesn't force herself to write, an approach she learned in college when she decided that whatever she could do at any given time was enough. She prides herself on having songs. Williams wants her music to be an "efficient career," something, she strives to accomplish this by "continuously court your muse.
Michelle McAdorey is a Canadian singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario. She was a member of the 1990s band Crash Vegas, she performed and recorded as a solo artist. MxAdorey was born in Toronto, she is the niece of Canadian television personality Bob McAdorey. In the early 1980s, McAdorey lived in the UK, where she was a backup singer for Kirsty MacColl. While there, she joined a new wave band called "Corect Spelling". Although the band received widespread exposure for their debut single "Love Me Today", produced by Midge Ure, the band broke up after receiving poor support from their label. McAdorey moved back to Toronto, where she wrote songs with Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor, appeared in the video for Blue Rodeo's hit single "Try". McAdorey and Keelor formed the band Crash Vegas; the songs she had written with Keelor were included in Red Earth. Crash Vegas went on to release two more albums, Stone in 1993, for which McAdorey was the main songwriter, Aurora in 1995. Crash Vegas disbanded in 1996.
In 2000, McAdorey released Whirl. The same year, she appeared on King Cobb Steelie's fourth album, Mayday, co-writing and lending her vocals to the title track. In 2003 McAdorey released; the two had played together for years and this recording was a document of their live playing to date. In 2013 McAdorey released a single on Peterborough label Seventh Fire as part of a limited edition 7" vinyl club, her latest solo album, Into Her Future, was released on October 30, 2015 via DWR, was a longlisted nominee for the 2016 Polaris Music Prize. The album appeared on the!earshot National Top 50 Chart in December that year. Michelle McAdorey
Xfinity Center (Mansfield, Massachusetts)
The Xfinity Center is an outdoor amphitheatre located in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The venue opened during the summer of 1986 with a capacity of 12,000, it was expanded after 2000 to 19,900. The season for the venue is from mid May until late September. In 2010, it was named Top Grossing Amphitheater by Billboard; the venue was proposed by Don Law, John E. Drew and Sherman Wolf in 1985; the suggested site was in Brookline, Massachusetts. At that time, the venue was planned to be a performing arts center, consisting of concert hall and black box theater. After conducting research, Law concluded the New England region was in desperate need of an outdoors venue; the performing arts center was converted into an amphitheatre. The site was moved to Mansfield to create a regional venue, being within 40 miles of Providence, Boston and Cape Cod; the venue opened June 1986 as the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts. It was one of the busiest venues in New England, hosting nearly 80 concerts per season.
Over the years, additional amphitheaters were added to the region. The Xfinity Theatre in Hartford and the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston brought competition to the area, bringing the venue to an average of 36 events per season. In 1998, the owner of venue, Don Law Company, was sold to SFX Entertainment and naming rights were sold to Tweeter Home Entertainment a year with the venue now becoming the "Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts"; when the electronics retailer faced bankruptcy in 2007, multi-media organization Comcast bought naming rights, with the venue becoming the Comcast Center in 2008. The company renamed the venue "Xfinity Center" in 2014, to correspond with its current product branding. Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts Comcast Center Xfinity Center Aerosmith - performed here 24 times. Avenged Sevenfold - have played this venue three times, including their first American performance following the death of their drummer The Rev at the Mayhem Festival, with Mike Portnoy playing drums Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band - Portions of Buffett Live: Tuesdays, Saturdays in 1999 and encores in 2008 were recorded here, as well as the Live in Mansfield, MA Soundboard album in 2003.
Depeche Mode - performed here five times. The Fray - Part of The Fray's music video "All At Once" was filmed here. Gin Blossoms - Part of their video "As Long as It Matters" was filmed here during River Fest 1996. Korn - Family Values 2006 DVD was filmed here. Spice Girls - performed on July 8,1998 as part of their Spiceworld Tour. Nickelback - Part of their music video "Rockstar" was filmed here. Pearl Jam - 11 times, including the July 11, 2003 show, the longest show the band has played Phish - A track from 1994's A Live One was recorded here, on the same night they performed their complete Gamehendge saga. Phish performed at the venue 17 times between 1992 and 2016. Rush - Two songs from their June 23, 1997 concert, including a full-length performance of "2112", are featured on the live album Different Stages; the Smiths - Thirteen songs from their August 5, 1986 concert are featured on the 2017 re-release of their LP The Queen is Dead. Stone Sour - Family Values 2006 DVD was filmed here. James Taylor - once for four consecutive dates The Who - The DVD The Who: Live in Boston was filmed here in September 2002.
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Shawn Colvin is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While Colvin has been a solo recording artist for nearly 30 years, she is best known for her 1997 Grammy-winning song, "Sunny Came Home". Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, spent her youth in Carbondale and London, Canada, she is the second of four children. She learned to play guitar at the age of 10 and grew up listening to her father's collection of music, which included artists such as Pete Seeger and the Kingston Trio. Colvin moved to Austin, Texas in the mid 1970s and joined a Western swing band called the Dixie Diesels, she entered "the folk circuit in Illinois and Berkeley", California before straining her vocal cords and taking a sabbatical at the age of 24. Colvin relocated to New York City, joining the Buddy Miller Band in 1980 and became involved in the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village. While participating in off-Broadway shows such as Pump Boys and Dinettes she was featured in Fast Folk magazine, in 1987, producer Steve Addabbo hired her to sing backup vocals on the song "Luka" by Suzanne Vega.
After touring with Vega, Colvin signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and released her debut album Steady On in 1989. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Colvin's second album Fat City was released in 1992 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording, her song "I Don't Know Why" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Female Pop Vocal category. In 1993 she moved back to Austin and in 1994 released the album Cover Girl. In 1995 Colvin released her album Live 88 a collection of live recordings from 1988. In 1996, Colvin released her album A Few Small Repairs and in 1997 the success of her single "Sunny Came Home" catapulted her into the mainstream after spending four weeks at the number one spot on the Adult Contemporary chart; the song won the 1998 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year. Colvin released the album Holiday Songs and Lullabies in 1998 and in 2001 released another album called Whole New You. In 2004, she released. In 2006, Colvin left Columbia Records and released a 15-song album called These Four Walls on her new label, Nonesuch Records, which featured contributions by Patti Griffin and Teddy Thompson.
In 2009 she released Live, recorded at the jazz club Yoshi's in San Francisco, California. Colvin's eighth studio album, All Fall Down, was released in 2012 and was produced by Buddy Miller at his home studio in Nashville, Tennessee; the album featured guest appearances by Alison Krauss and Jakob Dylan. Colvin published her memoir Diamond in the Rough in 2012. In 2016 she recorded an album with Steve Earle called and Earle. A Few Small Repairs was reissued in 2017, including its first pressing on vinyl, for its twentieth anniversary. Colvin has made vocal contributions to songs by James Taylor, Béla Fleck, Edwin McCain, Shawn Mullins and Elliott Murphy and collaborated with Sting on the song "One Day She'll Love Me". Colvin voiced Rachel Jordan, Ned Flanders' love interest after Maude is killed, in the Simpsons episode "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily" on February 13th, 2000. and lent her vocals to Mary Chapin Carpenter's 1992 recordings, "The Hard Way" and "Come On Come On". Colvin has been married twice, first to Simon Tassano in 1993 whom she divorced in 1995, to photographer Mario Erwin, whom she married in 1997 and divorced in 2002.
She gave birth to daughter Caledonia in July 1998. Colvin resides in Texas. Steady On Fat City Cover Girl A Few Small Repairs Holiday Songs and Lullabies Whole New You These Four Walls Shawn Colvin Live All Fall Down Uncovered Colvin and Earle with Steve Earle The Starlighter Music In High Places - Live In Bora Bora Polaroids: A Video Collection Official website
Susanna Lee Hoffs is an American vocalist and actress. She is best known as a co-founder of The Bangles. Hoffs was born in California, to a Jewish family, she is the daughter of film director/writer/producer Tamar Ruth and Joshua Allen Hoffs, a psychoanalyst. Her mother played Beatles music for Hoffs when she was a child, she began playing the guitar in her teens. Hoffs attended Palisades High School in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, graduating in 1976. While in college she worked as a production assistant and made her acting debut in the 1978 film Stony Island. In 1980, Hoffs graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in art; when she entered Berkeley, she was a fan of classic rock bands. While a student at Berkeley, she attended the final Sex Pistols show at Winterland Ballroom and a Patti Smith concert. Exposure to punk rock changed her career goal from a dancer to musician in a band, she joined Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson in what would become the pop music group The Bangles.
Inspired by The Ramones and other punk bands, Hoffs founded The Bangs with Debbi Peterson and Vicki Peterson. After recording their first album, the night before it was pressed, they learned of a legal claim by an East Coast boy band requiring a sudden change of name; the Bangles' first recorded release was a self-titled EP in 1982 on the Faulty Products Label. The Bangles released their first full album All Over the Place in 1984 on Columbia Records, they had a moderate hit with the single "Hero Takes a Fall", but their commercial breakthrough came with the album Different Light in 1986, which produced the hit singles "Manic Monday", "If She Knew What She Wants", "Walk Like an Egyptian". In 1986, Hoffs co-wrote "I Need a Disguise" for the album Belinda for Belinda Carlisle, from the all-girl group The Go-Go's. With increasing fame, Hoffs appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, the Rickenbacker guitar company issued a Susanna Hoffs model of the 350, which she customized herself. In 1987, Hoffs starred in the film The Allnighter, directed by her mother Tamar Simon Hoffs, featured Joan Cusack and Pam Grier.
The film was critically panned, failed at the box office. Hoffs said: "It wasn't a great movie but the whole experience of it was great."The Bangles released their third album Everything in 1988. The first single, co-written by Hoffs, "In Your Room" became a top 10 hit. Everything produced their biggest-selling single "Eternal Flame", co-written and sung by Hoffs as well. In the BBC programme "I'm in a Girl Group" Hoffs revealed she sang the studio recording of the song naked due to the producer Davitt Sigerson pranking her by telling her Olivia Newton John had done the same thing, he told Hoffs he had been lying the whole time. The Bangles disbanded in 1989 but in the late 1990s, Hoffs contacted the other members of The Bangles with the hope of reuniting, they recorded the single "Get the Girl" for the second Austin Powers movie in 1999. Subsequently, they announced their decision to reunite full-time in 2000, their fourth album, Doll Revolution, was released in 2003. Hoffs released a solo album, When You're a Boy, in 1991, which spawned a U.
S Top 40 hit with "My Side of the Bed." In the UK the single landed at #44, for only 4 weeks on chart, the album landed decently in Europe. Hoffs recorded another album in 1993-94, prior to leaving Columbia Records. In 1996, Hoffs released Susanna Hoffs. Although it received much praise in the media and yielded a minor US hit and a UK hit at #33 for 2 weeks with a cover of the Lightning Seeds single "All I Want", it still was not a big commercial success. Hoffs recorded a cover of "The Look of Love" for the soundtrack of the first Austin Powers movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and a cover of the song "Alfie" for the soundtrack of the third Austin Powers in Goldmember, she recorded a cover of the Oingo Boingo song "We Close Our Eyes" for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer soundtrack. She is responsible for the song "Now and Then", from the 1995 film of the same name. Hoffs contributed a song to the film Red Roses and Petrol titled "The Water is Wide." The song is available on the film's soundtrack.
In February 2009, Hoffs appeared on stage at the Key Club in Los Angeles, singing with thenewno2, the "post-Bristol" psychedelic blues band led by Dhani Harrison. In December 2011, Hoffs provided an original song for use in promoting Visit South Walton, the tourism promotion agency for Walton County, Florida; the song, "This is the Place", will be used in advertising and marketing the popular coastal area that comprises fifteen beach communities. Hoffs self-released her third solo album of new material called Someday via Vanguard Records on July 17, 2012; the set is influenced by the music of the 1960s. American Songwriter gave Someday a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars and described it as "easily and undeniably Hoffs’ most definitive musical statement to date." Hoffs is mentioned. Robbie Fulks wrote about her in "That Bangle Girl," which appears on his album The Very Best of Robbie Fulks. Hoffs donated her vocal talent to the end credits song from the film, A Dog Named Gucci, in the song One Voice, which features the talents of Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case, Brian May and Kathryn Calder.
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Mansfield is a town in Bristol County, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the town population is 23,184. Mansfield is in the south-southwest suburbs of Boston and is close to Providence, Rhode Island; the village of Mansfield Center is located in the town. The town is twinned with Mansfield in England. Mansfield was first settled in 1658 and was incorporated in 1775, it was named for 1st Earl of Mansfield, a pro-colonial member of the House of Lords. Mansfield is the home of one of the most popular in New England, it is the birthplace of Honey Dew Donuts, a regional New England chain of donut shops. The first Honey Dew was opened at 221 North Main Street on June 6, 1973. Benjamin E. Bates, an industrialist and philanthropist, the founder of Bates College was born in Mansfield in 1808. Stove and furnace manufacturer and innovator Gordon Chilson worked here. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 20.7 square miles, of which, 20.5 square miles of it is land and 0.3 square miles of it is water.
There are five conservation areas in the town. They are, from largest to smallest: the Great Woods Conservation Area, Maple Park Conservation Area, York Conservation Area, Marie Strese Conservation Area, Sweet Pond Conservation Area; the town is bisected by the Canoe and Wading Rivers, as well as many small brooks which are all part of the Taunton River Watershed. Mansfield's location is 28 miles south of Boston, 14 miles west of Brockton, 19 miles north of Providence, Rhode Island, it is bordered by Foxborough and Sharon to the north, Easton to the east, Norton to the south, North Attleborough and Attleboro to the west. The town's northern border is a portion of the northern border of Bristol County, its neighborhoods include East Mansfield, Ginty Corner, Mansfield Center, Purdy Corner and West Mansfield. As of the census of 2000, there were 22,414 people, 7,942 households, 5,861 families residing in the town; the population density was 1,095.4 inhabitants per square mile. There were 8,120 housing units at an average density of 396.8 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the town was 94.30% White, 2.18% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.93% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.43% from other races, 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.41% of the population. There were 7,942 households out of which 44.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.2% were married couples living together, 8.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 26.2% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.34. In the town, the population was spread out with 31.4% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males. The median income for a household in the town was $66,925, the median income for a family was $78,058.
Males had a median income of $52,416 versus $36,658 for females. The per capita income for the town was $27,441. About 3.0% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over. The town is governed by an open town meeting, is managed by a board of selectmen and town manager; the town has a police department located in the center of town, as well as two fire stations, near the town center and near West Mansfield. The Mansfield Public Library is located at Memorial Park, the post office is near the intersection of Routes 106 & 140. In addition to Memorial Park, the town has the Magna-Vista Recreation Area. On the state level, the town is represented in the State Senate as a portion of the Bristol and Norfolk district, including Dover, Mansfield, Norton, Rehoboth and Walpole, as well as parts of Attleboro and Sharon; the town is a part of three separate state representative districts, the First and Fourteenth Bristol and Eight Norfolk districts.
The town is patrolled by Troop H of the Massachusetts State Police, 3rd District. On the national level, the town is part of Massachusetts Congressional District 4, represented by Joseph P. Kennedy III; the state's senior Senator, elected in 2012, is Elizabeth Warren and the state's junior Senator, elected in 2013, is Ed Markey. Mansfield has its own school department consisting of five schools, governed by a superintendent of schools and a school committee. There are five schools serving various levels within the town: the Roland Green Preschool, the Everett W. Robinson Elementary School, the Jordan-Jackson Elementary School, the Harold L. Qualters Middle School, Mansfield High School. Mansfield's teams are nicknamed the Hornets, their colors are green and white. For many years in the 1980s and early 1990s, the school's marching band hosted the first event of the New England Scholastic Band Association's fall field show competition seaso