Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

Della Mae 160

Friday, September 4, 8 PM

Della Mae

Forging a vibrant and wholly distinct path in today’s bluegrass circuit, Della Mae has quickly become one of the most sought after roots music ensembles in the country. The all-female bluegrass supergroup from Nashville (via Boston) blend tradition with a boundary-defying sound, able to recall vintage string band sounds while folding in elements of rock, soul, folk and country. Learn more

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Judy Collins 160

Friday, September 11, 8 PM
Saturday, September 12, 8 PM

Judy Collins

Opening Act: Marina Evans
A folk music icon who blew Rockport audience members away two years ago with her classically elegant voice and extensive repertoire.  Learn more

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Sunday, September 13, 7 PM

Shawn Colvin

Opening Act: Kali Stoddard-Imari
An immensely talented and widely respected singer-songwriter, Shawn Colvin has carved an immovable place for herself amongst the pantheon of contemporary folk music. In a career spanning more than three decades, Colvin has developed a devoted and loyal fanbase on the strength of her highly personal and emotive lyrical style combined with a knack for infectious melodies and pop hooks. Learn more

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GUEST PRESENTATION

Friday, September 18, 8 PM
ME Productions Presents

Claudette “Bluz Queen” King
With James Montgomery

His Daughter Celebrates his Legacy
The Thrill Is Gone… but the music lives on!  
Join us as we celebrate the life and music of one of blues’ all time greats: B.B. King. The night will feature musicians who knew B.B. King well and performed alongside him, including his own daughter, Claudette. LEARN MORE

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Joan Armatrading 160

Wednesday, September 23, 8 PM

Joan Armatrading

Opening Act: Melissa Ferrick
A genuine star in Britain for all of her career, singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has steadily built a powerful fanbase on this side of the Atlantic, anchored by her distinctive, dynamic voice and uncanny ability to shift seamlessly between folk, rock, new wave, blues, jazz and funk.  Learn more

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Marshall Crenshaw 160

Friday, October 9, 8 PM

Marshall Crenshaw

A guitar pop craftsman of the highest order, Marshall Crenshaw has been churning out ridiculously catchy rock and roll tunes since the early 80s. Hits like “Someday, Someway” and “Cynical Girl” launched the singer-songwriter into the pantheon of power pop luminaries, and with the release of an acclaimed EP just last May, it’s clear Crenshaw’s melodic gifts haven’t dimmed. Learn More

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Renaissance_160 from London

Thursday, October 22, 8 PM

Renaissance

Renaissance is a band with a rich history unique unto themselves as progressive rock pioneers who rose from the ashes of the seminal UK rock band, The Yardbirds. Their career has spanned forty plus years spearheaded by the 5 octave voice of Annie Haslam and the masterful songwriting skills of Michael Dunford.  Learn More

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Friday, October 23, 8 PM

Spyro Gyra

One of the most beloved fusion bands in the world, Spyro Gyra continues to find the sweet spot between jazz, funk, and new age music. The multiple Grammy winning quintet hasn’t lost any of its swagger more than 40 years after their founding.  Learn More

Tickets on sale September 1.

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Guest Presentation

Sunday, October 25, 2 PM
A Benefit for the Cape Ann Symphony

Chelsea Berry

Acclaimed singer Chelsea Berry will perform a solo concert of original vocals to benefit the Cape Ann Symphony. Her exciting performance in the folk/pop/rock genre promises to be compelling and energetic. Learn more

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Peter Wolf 160
Guest Presentation

Friday, October 30, 8 PM

ME Productions presents

Peter Wolf

Former singer/frontman of the multi-platinum rock and roll juggernaut known as the J. Geils Band, Peter Wolf has enjoyed a stellar solo career.  An evening with Wolf takes you on an eclectic musical journey interwoven with his spellbinding stories.  Learn more

Tickets on sale August 27.

Harold Lopez Nussa 160

Sunday, November 1, 5 PM

Harold López-Nussa

Cuba boasts a long history of birthing dynamite Latin jazz pianists, and now another has emerged. Introducing Harold López-Nussa, a young pianist and composer with an inventive, swinging Afro-Cuban style and jaw-dropping ability. Following in the footsteps of greats like Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, López-Nussa is unencumbered by genre boundaries, forging a unique sound that folds classical, jazz and pan-Latin rhythms together for a rich hybrid. Learn more

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Natalie MacMaster 160

Tuesday, November 3, 8 PM

 Visions of Cape Breton and Beyond: A Celtic Family Celebration
by Natalie MacMaster

No single artist has done more for popularizing Cape Breton fiddle music than Natalie MacMaster. A dynamic and enchanting performer as well as a prolific composer, MacMaster has been recording and touring for more than three decades, earning multiple awards and certified Gold records along the way. Learn More

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Jeff Austin 160

Saturday, November 7, 8 PM

Jeff Austin Band

After several years with the Yonder Mountain String Band, mandolinist Jeff Austin is now touring with his own band. Celebrated for his fleet fingers and penchant for with songs ranging from tender folk ballads to driving country-rock, Austin released is debut solo album with Yep Roc Records, The Simple Truth, in 2015. Learn more

Tickets on sale September 1.

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Capitol Steps 160

Sunday, November 8, 5 PM

Capitol Steps

Political satire gets a musical makeover with the uproarious comedy troupe Capitol Steps.  Adapting familiar pop hits to skewer both sides of the political spectrum, the Capitol Steps revel in sardonic songs, side-splitting puns and over-the-top impersonations. No one is safe. Learn More

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Acoustic Alchemy 160

Friday, November 13, 8 PM

Acoustic Alchemy

The U.K.-based instrumental powerhouse have been torchbearers for acoustic new age music for the last 30 years, and they don’t seem to be slowing down. Whether playing smooth jazz, pan-Latin music, Caribbean rhythms or pop, the guitar-fronted septet of Acoustic Alchemy always manages to create a distinct sound that is wholly their own. Learn More

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Friday, November 20, 8 PM

Madeleine Peyroux: Keep Me in Your Heart for a While

A jazz singer with a distinct voice and impressive songwriting skills, Madeleine Peyroux has been enchanting audiences with her unique Parisian-flavored talents for almost two decades. With a voice that often recalls the great Billie Holiday, Peyroux has managed to find her own path, developing a broad repertoire that mixes pre-war blues and jazz standards, contemporary classics (Bob Dylan, Serge Gainsbourg, Elliott Smith) with her own strong compositions. Learn More

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Jimmy Webb 160

Sunday, November 22, 5 PM

Jimmy Webb & Karla Bonoff

In a concert showcasing two of the most successful pop songwriters of the modern era, the legendary Jimmy Webb (“Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” and “MacArthur Park”) teams up with Karla Bonoff (“Home” and “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me”) for a night of pop classics written by the original composers. Learn More

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Cape Ann Big Band 160

Saturday, December 5, 3 & 8 PM

Cape Ann Big Band

Enjoy the holidays with Cape Ann’s own 17-piece big band performing holiday favorites, old and new, infused with a bit of jazz, swing, and rock n’ roll.  Learn more

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Tuesday, December 15, 4:30 & 8 PM

WGBH Presents

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

with Brian O’Donovan
Celebrate the holidays with Rockport Music! Brian O’Donovan’s acclaimed Celtic holiday show returns this year with a festive program featuring a stellar line-up of singers, musicians, and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition and traditional Irish cheer. Learn More

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THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER 2015

Sunday, December 20, 3 & 7 PM

The Manhattan Transfer

One of the most celebrated vocal pop groups of the contemporary age, The Manhattan Transfer has enchanted audiences for more than 40 years with their pristine harmonies, sophisticated arrangements and jazz/doo-wop hybrid style. Learn More

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Taj Mahal 160

Saturday, February 13, 8 PM

Taj Mahal

A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music. With his booming baritone, nimble finger-picking guitar playing and pioneering fusion of blues with disparate world and folk styles, the iconic artist has earned himself a place amongst the titans of American music.  Learn More

Tickets on sale September 1.

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Danu-160

Thursday, March 3, 8 PM

Danú

One of Ireland’s most cherished Irish folk bands and among the leaders of the new traditionalist movement in Celtic music, Danú has been thrilling audiences with their instrumental virtuosity and powerfully emotive ballads for close to 20 years. Learn More

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Hot Club 160

Saturday, April 9, 8 PM

Hot Club of San Francisco: Postcards from Gypsy Land

One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephanie Grappeli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own. Learn More

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Community Concerts

Please click here to view the many exciting and diverse community concerts and events presented by Rockport Music throughout the year, including the new Community Connections series featuring dynamic ensembles performing school residencies in addition to their concert.