Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

Thank you to the generous ongoing support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  We also thank our 2016-17 Season Corporate Partners for their generous support!
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Summer at Rockport
Thursday, September 1, 8 PM
Friday, September 2, 8 PM

Ani Difranco

Opening Act: Chastity Brown
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

Due to the volume level of this concert, please note that the window may be closed  for acoustical reasons during the performance.


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Guest Presentation
Sunday, September 4, 6 PM

Angkor Dance Troupe

Presented by the Integrated Heritage Project
The Integrated Heritage Project (IHP) is hosting its inaugural Summer Gala event Celebrating Our Heritage: Past, Present, and Future with a performance by the Angkor Dance Troupe followed by a reception with music by the Beantown Swing Orchestra. Funds raised will support the launch of IHP’s pilot program in Cambodia in 2017 and the creation of local education programs. Learn more


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Guest Presentation
Saturday, September 10
Reception, 6:30 PM | Concert, 8 PM

Songs for the Angels

Presented by PAARI in Honor of National Recovery Month
During National Recovery Month, the Police Assisted Addiction & Recovery Initiative (PAARI) is hosting a benefit concert featuring Cape Ann’s favorite singer/songwriters including singer/songwriters Fly Amero, Allen Estes, Marina Evans, and Willie Alexander, and introducing opener Quentin Callewaert. Learn more



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Friday, September 16, 8 PM

Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster is a genuine force of nature. Owning a powerfully expressive voice and an innate gift for writing inspirational gospel-folk anthems, the Texan singer-songwriter has been thrilling audiences since the late 90’s. Whether it be blues, folk, gospel or soul, she manages to infuse her own indomitable spirit into all of her songs. Learn more


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Sunday, September 18, 5 PM

John Waite and the Axemen

Owning one of the most recognizable voices of the 80’s, singer-songwriter John Waite has made quite a mark on pop music, charting memorable smash hits like “Missing You” and “When I See You Smile” among many others. An exclusive Meet and Greet for concert-goers before the show is also available. Learn More

Due to the volume level of this concert, please note that the window may be closed  for acoustical reasons during the performance.



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Friday, September 30, 8 PM

Tom Paxton

One of the most revered folk artists of the 60’s, Tom Paxton continues to delight and inspire music lovers with his wry and heartfelt songs that capture the American spirit. His rich catalog of songs, including classics like “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Bottle of Wine,” helped lay the foundation for the folk boom of the 1960’s. Learn more



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Guest Presentation
Friday, October 7, 8 PM

The Weight: Performing Songs of The Band

Presented by M.E. Productions
This is the real deal. Legitimate long time members of The Band, Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante along with Marty Grebb (Bonnie Raitt, The Fabulous Rhinestones) Albert Rodgers and Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm Band ) revisit the radio hits and deep tracks from one of America’s most loved and revered musical institutions. Learn more



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Sunday, October 9, 5 PM

Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext?
featuring Dave Liebman & Tiger Okoshi

Acclaimed bandleader/composer Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol returns to Rockport, bringing two giants of jazz, saxophonist David Liebman and trumpeter Tiger Okoshi, along with his genre-busting big band ensemble Whatsnext? For a unique and highly engaging concert featuring modern swing compositions with intriguing Turkish influences. Learn more


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Friday, October 14, 8 PM

Crystal Bowersox

While best known as a beloved American Idol finalist, Crystal Bowersox has since proven to be more than simply a gifted singer with soul and dreadlocks. She’s blossomed into a widely respected and strikingly independent artist and songwriter. VIP Meet & Greet, $50 (does not include concert) Learn More


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Thursday, October 20, 8 PM

COMMUNITY CONCERT: Nina Ott Jazz Quintet

Part of Education & Outreach program
Nina Ott has earned the reputation as an amazingly versatile and comprehensive player that can move between styles while retaining her own unique identity. Her skills as a composer won her a grant from RI Council for the Arts. She has recently completed her second recording as a leader made at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. LEARN MORE


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Saturday, October 22, 8 PM

Pasadena Roof Orchestra

An acclaimed British-based big band ensemble that focuses on vintage swing and jazz from the 1920’s and 30’s, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra will be making its Rockport debut. Learn more


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Sunday, October 23, 5 PM

California Guitar Trio

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the boundary-defying California Guitar Trio (CGT) mix virtuosity with charisma and showmanship to create a listening experience unlike any other. Despite genre-surfing from rock to classical to jazz to world music, CGT manage to create a singular style and sound that is uniquely their own. Learn more


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Friday, November 4, 8 PM

Grace Kelly

Though only 23, jazz wunderkind Grace Kelly has already hit more creative and commercial milestones than most established veterans. The Los Angeles by-way-of-Brookline saxophonist has created a sound and style heady enough to satisfy hard-core jazz fans while also providing enough pop and groove flair to appeal to a wider audience. Learn more


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Saturday, November 5, 8 PM

Cheryl Wheeler

Known as much for her comic sensibility and storytelling as her potent, emotional songs and rich voice, Cheryl Wheeler has created a stridently devoted fanbase over a lengthy, highly successful folk career. Learn more


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Guest Presentation
Saturday, November 12, Concert 8 PM, Reception 5:30 PM

An Evening of Limitless Hopes and Dreams Gala
Featuring Joan Osborne in Concert

Presented by The Educational Foundation of Rockport

The Educational Foundation for Rockport (EFR) is celebrating 20 years of supporting the hopes and dreams of Rockport’s public school community with a gala concert featuring singer/songwriter Joan Osborne.  Learn more


Reception tickets must be purchased separately. Click here.

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Sunday, November 13, 5 PM

The Capitol Steps

As the granddaddy of political satire, The Capitol Steps have been poking fun at the D.C. establishment for over 35 years. The veteran troupe have become masters at skewering both sides of the aisle, their repurposed covers of pop songs loaded with puns and outrageous one-liners. No one is safe! Learn more


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Friday, November 18, 8 PM

Sierra Hull

An exceptionally gifted mandolin player as well as a rapidly emerging singer-songwriter, Sierra Hull has taken the bluegrass and country world by storm. Only 22 years of age, Hull is already considered one of the leading lights of roots music, and her recently released Weighted Mind only confirms her gigantic talent and appeal. Learn more


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Saturday, November 26, 8 PM

Alternate Routes

A folk pop group with a penchant for writing infectious, emotionally-charged anthems, The Alternate Routes have spent the last decade touring and recording steadily until becoming one of the most beloved roots acts in the country.  Founders Tim Warren and Eric Donnelly are just now hitting their stride, bolstered by the massive success of their single “Nothing More.” Learn more


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Sunday, November 27, 5 PM

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

Best known as the singer and keyboardist for The Rascals (“Good Lovin’” and “Groovin’” among other hits), the legendary Felix Cavaliere makes his debut in Rockport. Learn More


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Saturday, December 3, 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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Sunday, December 4, 7 PM

O’Connor Band featuring Mark O’Connor

Presents An Appalachian Christmas

The Grammy award-winning fiddler and composer, known for his unique bluegrass-jazz-classical hybrid sound, brings his virtuosic family to Rockport for a yuletide-themed Appalachian Christmas concert, just in time for the holidays.  Learn more


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Sunday, December 11, 3 PM

Back Bay Ringers

Ring in the holidays with bells!  The Back Bay Ringers is an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Boston. Founded in 2003, BBR has quickly developed a reputation for excellence, regularly performing at such Boston-area landmarks as Faneuil Hall, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Prudential Center. Learn more


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Monday, December 12, 4 & 8 PM

WGBH presents

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Now in its second decade of concerts around New England, A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is again returning to Rockport.  Brian O’Donovan’s A Celtic Sojourn has thrilled radio audiences for twenty-nine years. For the last fifteen, the Christmas-time live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of this season. Learn more

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Wednesday, February 8, 7 PM

Beantown Swing Orchestra

Part of Education & Outreach program
The 18-piece big band performs music of the swing era with its characteristic and infectious swing beat, as well as Sinatra classics. The Orchestra’s mission is to bring big band music back into the mainstream for future generations to enjoy. Learn more


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Sunday, March 12, 5 PM

Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone

Acclaimed jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton and his longtime collaborator, pianist Makoto Ozone, make their Rockport debut with a much-anticipated duo outing. Burton, a seven time Grammy-winner, is a veritable jazz titan who, after more than 50 years of a life in music, remains remarkably relevant and vital. Learn more


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Saturday, March 18, 8 PM

Caladh Nua

A talented traditional folk quintet from Southern Ireland, Caladh Nua work in that sweet spot between youthful vibrancy and devoted traditionalism. The Irish upstarts have become one of the most in demand Celtic ensembles on the scene today, boasting five musicians with a veritable trove of awards between them. Learn more


SF Jazz Collective

Thursday, March 30, 8 PM

SFJAZZ Collective: The Music of Miles Davis

The SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star award-winning jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers/composers at work in jazz today. Each season the Collective focuses its repertoire on a different modern master, and this season the octet will be exploring the music of Miles Davis. Learn more


Friday, March 31, 8 PM

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

As the preeminent Cajun band in the world, BeauSoleil has been generously exporting the rich musical traditions of Southwestern Louisiana for close to forty years. After almost singlehandedly reviving Cajun music in the 70’s, they began incorporating various folk and world music traditions into their sound, creating a musical hybrid unlike any in the world. Learn more


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Wednesday, April 26, 8 PM

Foghorn Stringband

No band is more responsible for the dynamic resurgence in old time string band music than Foghorn Stringband. For more than a decade now, the foursome has led a renaissance of vintage acoustic roots music, their success built upon a foundation of jaw-dropping musicianship, joyful vocal harmonies and a knack for unearthing dusty, long-forgotten classics. Learn more


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Thursday, May 11, 8 PM

Storm Large (of Pink Martini)

Storm Large is an artist that scoffs at boundaries. She’s tried her hand (and excelled) as an actress, an author, a playwright, and of course, a vocalist. Known to many for her time singing with acclaimed lounge pop act Pink Martini, Large will be bringing her own band along with her dynamite musicality, charismatic stage presence and force of nature personality to Rockport for the first time. Learn more