Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

Mr Fox 160

Guest Presentation
Friday, April 29, 8 PM
Presented by Mr. Fox and Poison Peach Productions

What Time Is It Mr. Fox?

Neo-cabaret band What Time Is It Mr. Fox? perform songs from their upcoming album.  Fronted by the supple, soulful voic of 3rian King and Rockport’s own Nathan Cohen on strings and brass, Mr. Fox delivers its special brand of steampunk soul and baroque pop with cinematic violin, upright base, piano, melodica, artful drums, and jazz trumpet.  Learn More


waifs 160 new

Thursday, May 5, 8 PM

The Waifs

Opening Act: Ruby Boots
Heroes in their native Australia, the veteran folk rockers known as The Waifs have made significant progress carving out an audience in the U.S. It’s easy to see why as their infectious, harmony-drenched country-folk makes quite an impression no matter what side of the world you’re living. Learn more


Choro das 3 160

Thursday, May 12, 7 PM

Choro das 3

A Rockport Music Education & Outreach Program
A Brazilian group playing traditional choro music, Choro das 3 have made it their mission to revive the choro tradition in Brazil and spread its distinctive sound around the globe. With a style that shares a similar feel to New Orleans jazz, ragtime and even bluegrass, Choro das 3 brings a lively and musically sophisticated sound to all their performances.  Free, no tickets required.  LEARN MORE ABOUT EDUCATION EVENTS


 Ottmar Liebert 160 alt

Sunday, May 15, 5 PM

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra

A guitarist and composer of incredible depth and range, Ottmar Liebert has become one of the most commercially successful instrumentalists working today. His addictive nuevo flamenco style borrows from jazz, new age and pan-Latin styles to create an infectious hybrid. Learn More


Magic-Shun 160

Guest Presentation
Saturday, May 21, 8 PM
Presented by M.E. Productions

Magic Dick & Shun Ng with Ruby Rose Fox

Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player of Boston’s legendary J. Geils Band has recently partnered up with guitar and vocal sensation, Shun Ng, to create one of the most dynamic musical acts to come out of Boston in a long time. The music is soulful blues, rockin’ yet thoughtful and performed by arguably two of the top musicians at their respective instruments.  Ruby Rose Fox, winner of Best Female Vocalist at the 2014 Boston Music Awards, opens the show. Learn More


 Aztec & Dart combined 160

Summer at Rockport
Saturday, July 2, 8 PM

Aztec Two Step & Jon Pousette-Dart

Two of the most beloved folk rock acts of the 70’s join forces for a dynamic double bill! Aztec Two Step, the acoustic duo of Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, that gave us pop chestnuts like “Baking” and “The Persecution and Restoration of Dean Moriarty” joins Jon Pousette-Dart, well-known for his time leading the popular Pousette-Dart Band in the 70’s and for his more recent solo acoustic efforts, bring an evening not to be missed. Learn More


Ladysmith 160

Summer at Rockport
Tuesday, July 5, 8 PM

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

For more than a half century, the world has been blessed with the hauntingly beautiful voices of South Africa’s iconic singing group, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The Zulu-based ensemble is known for its distinct style of a cappella singing which combines powerful vocals with intricate harmonies and dynamic coordinated dance moves. Learn More


1964 The Tribute 160

Summer at Rockport
Thursday, July 14, 8 PM

1964: The Tribute

Since the early 80’s, “1964”…The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with what Rolling Stone magazine has called the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.”  “1964” …The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Learn More


Dianne Reeves 160

Summer at Rockport
Friday, July 15, 8 PM

Dianne Reeves

Deftly mingling jazz with shades of pop, worldbeat and R&B, the five-time Grammy-winning vocalist has built an impressive 25-year career dominating the charts and leading the genre into new, exciting directions.  The elegant singer possesses a timeless, buttery alto that often conjures the spirit of Sarah Vaughan, but Reeves’ interpretive skills and powerfully emotive delivery illustrate her own particular artistry. Learn More


 Badi-Frank-Vinny 160

Summer at Rockport
Sunday, July 17, 5 PM

Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo with Badi Assad

A guitar lover’s dream come true! Three of the world’s finest guitarists converge for a six-string summit featuring the swinging tandem of Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, as well as the spirited samba of Brazilian star Badi Assad. Whether infusing new life into a beloved jazz standard or exploring the rhythmic possibilities of tropicalia, these three giants of the guitar will no doubt discover new, genre-defying musical avenues. Learn More


Colvin & Earle combined 160

Summer at Rockport
Tuesday, July 19, 8 PM

Colvin & Earle

Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle have united to record their self-titled debut, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces.  The evening promises to be a rich and inspiring musical experience as the pair share the stage performing songs from their new album and extensive catalogues as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.  Learn More


Paula Cole 160

Summer at Rockport
Saturday, July 23, 8 PM

Paula Cole

Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always returns to her hometown for a memorable night of smash hits like “I Don’t Want to Wait” and “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” as well as tunes from her most recent record, 7, in which Cole compares to “a soft, soulful album made in the 1960’s.” Learn More


Housejacks collage 160 replacement

Summer at Rockport
Sunday, July 24, 5 PM

The House Jacks

Taking pop vocal music into bold new directions, The House Jacks are definitely not your grandfather’s a cappella group. Self-described as a “rock band without instruments,” The House Jacks put a modern, visceral spin on the genre, infusing their powerful vocals and precision harmonies with large dose of energy and attitude.  Learn More


Corea-McBride-Blade Trio 160

Summer at Rockport
Monday, July 25, 8 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 8 PM

Chick Corea Trio

Chick Corea’s newest trio features the 20-time Grammy-winning pianist in the company of a stellar rhythm tandem: the incomparable bassist/composer Christian McBride and drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade. All three musicians, each with a distinct and powerful musical personality, lead their own high profile bands and projects, making this a special musical event that shouldn’t be missed. Learn More


Booker T 160

Summer at Rockport
Thursday, July 28, 8 PM

Booker T. Jones

One of the godfathers and architects of soul music, organist Booker T. Jones stands as a true American musical icon. As keyboardist for the Stax Records house band, Jones played on and helped arrange countless seminal recordings of legends like Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Albert King and others. He also had enormous success with his own band, Booker T. and the MG’s, scoring 60’s soul-funk hits like the classic “Green Onions.” Learn More


Lizz Wright 160 alt

Summer at Rockport
Friday, July 29, 8 PM

Lizz Wright

A vocalist of uncommon talent and spirit who slides effortlessly between jazz, R&B, gospel, blues and folk, Lizz Wright has built a career centered on her smoky, supple voice and an earthy/ethereal style. Whether singing a beloved jazz standard, a reinterpreted modern pop classic or one of her dynamic originals, Wright’s artistry remains wholly and uniquely her own.  Learn More


Arlo Guthrie 160 alt

Summer at Rockport
Saturday, July 30, 8 PM
Sunday, July 31, 5 PM

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie’s folk pedigree is without peer and his music a symbol of a generation of civil justice and activism. Son to America’s most beloved singer/writer/philosopher Woodie Guthrie, Arlo’s career exploded with hits like “Alice’s Restaurant,” “City of New Orleans,” and the counterculture song he made famous at Woodstock, “Coming into Los Angeles.” Learn More


Tom Rush 160

Summer at Rockport
Thursday, August 4, 8 PM
Friday, August 5, 8 PM

Tom Rush

A true Rockport Music tradition, folk legend Tom Rush brings his easy baritone and nimble finger-picking to the Shalin Liu Performance Center.  His wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 60’s urban folk revival with beloved songs like “No Regrets” and “Galveston Flood.” Learn More



Summer at Rockport
Saturday, August 6, 8 PM

“The Acoustic Living Room”
Songs and Stories with Kathy Mattea

featuring Bill Cooley
Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits. Learn More


James Hunter 160

Summer at Rockport
Wednesday, August 10, 8 PM

James Hunter Six

A rhythm and blues singer of uncommon vitality and chops, James Hunter’s buoyant spirit and magnetic stage charisma demolishes labels like “throwback” and “retro.” The newest member of the famed Daptone Records family, the James Hunter Six remain one of the hottest soul acts in the world.  Learn More


terence 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 11, 8 PM

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective

Known equally for his composing as his trumpet playing, Terence Blanchard has forged an incredibly successful career shaped by a dizzyingly restless musical spirit. The five-time Grammy winner is known to many for his frequent  collaborations with filmmaker Spike Lee, but the New Orleans native still has an affinity for the post-bop for which he became known in the early 80’s. Now known as an elder statesman, his style has only broadened, encompassing elements of electronic fusion, Latin and modern R&B.  Learn More



Rockport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 12, 8 PM

Harold Lopez-Nussa

Following in the footsteps of greats like Chucho Valdes and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, young Cuban pianist Harold López-Nussa has exploded onto the Latin jazz scene with an inventive, swinging Afro-Cuban style and jaw-dropping ability. The Havana-born pianist and composer has created a sound that is unencumbered by genre boundaries, forging a unique blend that folds classical, jazz and pan-Latin rhythms together for a rich hybrid. Learn More


Dr Lonnie Smith 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 13, 8 PM

Dr. Lonnie Smith

A hero of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Lonnie Smith has been treading the fine line between pulsing soul jazz and greasy funk for nearly half a century. This year, after a 45 year hiatus, he returned to the iconic Blue Note label with an acclaimed recording entitled Evolution featuring sax great Joe Lovano. It’s clear the highly charismatic organist has lost none of his funky mystical swagger.  Learn More


Thinkin Big 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 14, 2 PM

Jazz Rising Stars: Thinkin’ Big

An 18-piece big band made up of graduates and students of the Berklee School of Music and New England Conservatory, Thinkin’ Big is bringing new life to big band music.  With three CD’s released, the band performs music from Sinatra to big band arrangements to funk. Learn More


Ravi Coltrane 160 alt

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 14, 7 PM

Ravi Coltrane

The genetically-blessed post-bop saxophonist has forged his own unique creative voice that manages to both honor the brilliance of his parents (John and Alice Coltrane) and venture into new and exciting musical paths. In his over 20 year career, the Grammy-nominated artist has released six acclaimed records, the most recent being 2012’s Joe Lovano-produced Spirit Fiction. Learn More


Buckwheat Zydeco

Summer at Rockport
Friday, August 19, 8 PM

Buckwheat Zydeco

Largely responsible for popularizing zydeco music and exporting it from Southwest Louisiana to the rest of the world, Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural Jr.) remains the music’s preeminent ambassador. His music is adored the world over with such memorable releases as Lay Your Burden Down and On a Night Like This. Learn More


Livingston Taylor 160 red chair

Summer at Rockport
Thursday, August 25, 8 PM
Friday, August 26, 8 PM

Livingston Taylor

From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing  hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.   His vast musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres, including folk, pop, gospel and jazz.  Learn More


Wynton 160

Summer Gala 2016
Saturday, August 27, 6 PM

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

A nine-time Grammy Award winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient, jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performs with his world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JOLC). A true statesman of jazz, Musical Director Wynton Marsalis will lead his JOLC in an unforgettable evening of jazz with arrangements from Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. Following the Gala concert, guests will enjoy a gourmet cocktail reception and 3-course dinner under a beautiful tent at Millbrook Meadow.  This is Rockport Music’s annual fundraising gala event.  Learn More


Kingston Trio 160 new

Summer at Rockport
Sunday, August 28, 5 PM

The Kingston Trio

Known for their role in the folk revival of the early 60’s, their iconic takes on traditional folk classics like “Tom Dooley” and for their trademark three-part harmonies, The Kingston Trio returns to Rockport for an unforgettable evening of vintage folk classics.  Featuring the talents of George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty, the Trio will perform beloved hits like “M.T.A,” “Worried Man,” “Greenback Dollar” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” Learn More


Ani_DiFranco 160 alt

Summer at Rockport
Thursday, September 1, 8 PM
Friday, September 2, 8 PM

Ani Difranco

In a career spanning 25 years, Ani DiFranco has completely refashioned the folk genre, infusing the style with an independent DIY punk ethos and energy that left a swath of followers in her impressive wake. Her most recent album, Allergic to Water, reveals a sound that has grown even more textured and full, with R&B and funk influences gleaned from her adopted home of New Orleans. Learn More