Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

Paula Cole 160

Thursday, July 30, 8 PM
Friday, July 31, 8 PM

Paula Cole

Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always manages to return 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, Raven.  Learn more

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Lisa Fischer 160 alt

Sunday, August 2, 5 PM

Ms. Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton

Opening Act: Julie Dougherty
After years of performing with The Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, Sting, Chris Botti, and countless other superstars, Lisa Fischer is widely considered to be one of the most powerful vocalists on the planet, but may not be a household name to some. This is changing–Lisa has begun to return to the front of the stage, leading her small combo through an intoxicating blend of soul, jazz, blues, and pop  Learn more

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Rich Robinson 160

Thursday, August 6, 8 PM

Rich Robinson

Opening Act: The Dubious Brothers
A founding member of The Black Crowes, guitarist Rich Robinson has entered into a remarkably successful solo career that stands confidently independent of his previous, multi-platinum selling band.  Learn more

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Kingston Trio 160 new

Friday, August 7, 8 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.  Learn more

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Saturday, August 8, 8 PM

Pousette-Dart Band

Armed with a smooth, earthy tenor and a gift for melodic pop hooks, Jon Pousette-Dart has become a beloved regional fixture in the Northeast, both for his time leading the popular Pousette-Dart Band in the 70’s and for his more recent solo acoustic efforts.  Learn more

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Rickie Lee Jones 160 new official

Tuesday, August 11, 8 PM

Rickie Lee Jones

Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz, and pop since the late 70’s, Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her sparkling debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization, an aesthetic she continues with her soon-to-be-released record, The Other Side of Desire. Learn more

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AJ Croce 160

Wednesday, August 12, 8 PM

A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce has crafted a successful career as a talented pop singer-songwriter who doubles as a remarkable blues/stride pianist.  As the son of legendary folk rock artist Jim Croce, A.J. inherited his dad’s warm baritone and melodic gifts, but his boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano skills have helped him get recognized on his own considerable artistic merits.  Learn more

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Mikarimba 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 13, 8 PM
Jazz Chat, 7 PM

Mikarimba

Mika Stoltzman, marimba | Steve Gadd, drums | Shin Sakaino, bass | John Tropea, guitar | Duke Gadd, drums | Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

A trailblazing jazz supergroup featuring the ebullient Mika Stoltzman on marimba, the great Steve Gadd on drums, clarinet master Richard Stoltzman, and bassist Shin Sakaino, Mikarimba has built its reputation with a focus on deep, pulsing grooves and infectious arrangements. Learn more

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Alicia Olatuja 160 new

Rockport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 14, 8 PM
Jazz Chat, 7 PM

Alicia Olatuja

A dazzling young singer just now entering the height of her powers, Alicia Olatuja has quickly rocketed into the public consciousness on the strength of her wondrously supple voice and dynamic live presence. Olatuja flirts with jazz, soul, gospel and world music, but has discovered a sound that is entirely her own, bursting with warmth and spontaneity.  Learn more

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Joey Alexander 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 15, 3 PM

Joey Alexander Trio

Opening Act: Alexa Tarantino Jazz Quintet
A jazz piano prodigy from the island of Bali, Joey Alexander has the chops and unteachable swing of a seasoned musician far beyond his 11 years of age. The minute Alexander sits down and begins to play, however, the surprise and wonder of his youth gets quickly overshadowed by the mature soulfulness of his natural-born artistry. Learn more

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Sean Jones 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 15, 8 PM
Jazz Chat, 7 PM

Sean Jones Quartet

A thrilling hard bop trumpeter and composer, Sean Jones expertly balances technical virtuosity with the music of his gospel-embedded upbringing.  Jones, who served as the lead trumpet for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra until 2010, stands out from the horn-blowing pack with his bright, muscular tone and impeccable sense of swing.  Learn more

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Julian Lage 160x150

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 16, 2 PM
Jazz Chat, 1 PM

Julian Lage Trio

Julian Lage is a virtuoso guitarist and composer who roams freely between jazz, classical and folk styles. At age 28 he is already considered to be one of the most exciting and dynamic guitarists on the scene today, both as a leader and with a coterie of high-profile collaborators like David Grisman, Nels Cline, Gary Burton, Béla Fleck, Joshua Bell and others.  Learn more

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Anat Cohen 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 16, 7 PM
Jazz Chat, 6 PM

Anat Cohen Quartet

Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” from both the Jazz Journalists Association and DownBeat Magazine for several years running, Anat Cohen completely redefines the possibilities of her chosen instrument, working Brazilian choro, klezmer, and even electronica influences into her intoxicating brand of progressive jazz. Learn more

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Chris Smither 160

Wednesday, August 19, 8 PM

Chris Smither

One of the most revered folk/blues stylists of the last fifty years, Chris Smither has left a vibrant, lasting impression on the roots music world. Armed with a warm, gravelly baritone, deft fingerpicking and a stable of wry, often heartbreaking songs, Smither remains as affecting and dynamic as he did when he burst onto the scene over 40 years ago.   Learn more

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Howie Day 160

Thursday, August 20, 8 PM

Howie Day

Opening Act: Anna Rose
Hailing from Bangor, Maine, singer-songwriter Howie Day helped lead the surge of male-centric folk pop that dominated the airwaves in the early to mid 2000’s. Alongside peers like John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, Day rocketed up the pop charts with hits like “Collide” and “She Says.”  Learn more

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Fraser Haas 160

Friday, August 21, 8 PM

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas have emerged as one of the most acclaimed purveyors of traditional Celtic music playing today. Fraser, a two-time Scottish National Fiddle Champion and esteemed long-time veteran of the traditional Celtic music scene, has been called “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced” (Scots Magazine).  Learn more

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Livingston Taylor 160

Saturday, August 22, 8 PM
Sunday, August 23, 5 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.   Learn more

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Guy 160

Thursday, August 27, 8 PM

Tales of a Forgotten Kingdom 
by the Guy Mendilow Ensemble

After releasing several folk/world records on his own, Guy Mendilow handpicked this multicultural sextet and it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic world music ensembles working today.   Learn more

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Tom Rush 160

Friday, August 28, 8 PM
Saturday, August 29, 8 PM

Tom Rush

In what has become a delightful, much-anticipated Rockport tradition, folk legend Tom Rush returns to the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Rush’s easy, world-weary baritone and nimble finger-picking combined with his wry, poignant songwriting made him a star of the 60’s urban folk revival.  Learn more

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Cape Ann Big Band 160

Sunday, August 30, 7 PM

Cape Ann Big Band

This diverse 17-piece big band entertains and delights audiences with danceable music infused with jazz, swing, New Orleans street bands, soul, and rock n’ roll that will bring you back in time.  Learn more

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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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claudette king 160
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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purcell 160
Guest Presentation

Sunday, September 20, 3 PM
The Henry Purcell Society of Boston presents

The Incidental Theater Music of Henry Purcell

In the last five years of his life, Henry Purcell wrote incidental music for more than forty plays. In the first concert of its second season, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston will feature the instrumental suites from Abdelazer and Old Bachelor, with vocal music from The Fairy Queen, The Maid’s Last Prayer, Oedipus and witty gems from other plays. Don’t miss this exciting performance! 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 alt

Thursday, October 22, 8 PM

Renaissance

A pioneering British progressive rock band injecting classical and folk music elements into its sophisticated and heady sound, Renaissance has developed a devoted cult audience since its founding nearly 40 years ago. Learn More

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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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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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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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Madelein Peyroux 160 alt

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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Christmas Celtic 160alt

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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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.