Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

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Friday, May 25, 8 PM

Naturally 7

Taking a cappella music into the 21st century, Naturally 7 have reinvented vocal music with their distinct style of “vocal play.“ Naturally 7 aren’t simply a band without instruments, they are a band that becomes the instruments, expertly mimicking the staggering diversity of sounds and tones of a full band with just their voices. Learn More

Saturday, May 26, 8 PM

Raul Malo

Opening Act: Monica Rizzio
As leader and frontman for alt country superheroes The Mavericks, vocalist Raul Malo created a legion of fans reveling in his expressive, silky baritone. On his own, Malo embraces more sounds, infusing his wide-range love of blues, jazz, American Songbook, and vintage rock and roll with Latin jazz. What remains constant is that powerfully emotive voice and charismatic presence.  Learn More

June 1-September 30

Summer at Rockport

Jazz | Folk | Pop
7th Annual Rockport Jazz Festival

Welcome to the 2018 Summer at Rockport season featuring the best in jazz, folk, and pop music!  This year’s summer brings such icons as Gordon Lightfoot and Arlo Guthrie, as well as jazz vocal legends like Dianne Reeves and Jane Monheit.  The Summer will also see debuts by such artists as Jake Shimabukuro, Riders in the Sky and the Quebe Sisters.  The Rockport Jazz Festival brings critically-acclaimed jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, hard-bop swing pianist Monty Alexander, and much more. We hope you enjoy the music all summer long at the Shalin Liu Performance Center! Learn More

Thank you to our Summer at Rockport Corporate Partner!

Friday, June 1, 8 PM

Lee Ritenour

The celebrated guitarist known by fans as “Captain Fingers” makes his Rockport debut, bringing his virtuosic fretwork as well as his signature blend of jazz, funk, world and pop.  The Grammy-winning six-string ace has been blowing minds since the late 60’s, first as a dynamite session player, and then as a solo artist with over 30 records including guitar classics like Captain Fingers, Portrait, and This Is Love. Learn more

Saturday, June 2, 6 PM

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band brings that renowned New Orleans joie de vivre to Rockport with an exhilarating concert followed by a French Quarter-inspired reception and dinner across the street. Join Rockport Music in this tremendous evening of music making and fun. Learn More

 (concert only tickets)

Thursday, June 7, 8 PM

The Rad Trads

Brooklyn-based The Rad Trads are a rollicking, horn-fueled quintet mashing together Americana, rhythm & blues and indie rock for a unique and infectious hybrid sound.  Whether ripping through some New Orleans styled funk, a rockabilly-charged burner, or a bluesy howl, The Rad Trads make a joyous and impressive racket. Learn more 

Friday, June 8, 8 PM

John Sebastian

A folk rock icon, John Sebastian had a massive impact on pop music, leading his band The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Summer in the City” “Do You Believe in Magic”) as well as making a legendary spontaneous appearance at Woodstock. His subsequent solo career includes several acclaimed records and a smash #1 hit single, “Welcome Back,” the theme song to the beloved sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. Learn more 

Saturday, June 9, 5 PM

Ronan Tynan

Known both for his membership of the massively successful trio The Irish Tenors as well as his acclaimed solo career, Ronan Tynan remains one of the most charismatic vocalists touring today. Whether singing operatic arias, beloved sacred hymns or dynamic interpretations of popular music, Tynan delivers a concert overflowing with emotion and raw power.   Learn more 

Monday, June 11, 8 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 8 PM

Gordon Lightfoot

In Concert: “The Legend Lives On”
The iconic Canadian troubadour has left quite a mark. Having written some of the most beloved songs in the folk canon, including classics like “Early Morning Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me,” as well as 70’s pop hits like “Sundown” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Lightfoot is acknowledged as one of the greatest songwriters of the modern era.  Learn more

Monday, July 2, 8 PM

Riders in the Sky

The venerable musical cowboys have been delivering their particular brand of comedic country & western music for close to 40 years and are still going strong. Following in the mighty footsteps of icons like Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers, Riders in the Sky will bring their expert musicianship and comic sensibility for a family friendly July 4th hoedown! Learn more

Monday, July 9, 8 PM

The Subdudes

A fixture in New Orleans for the last 30 years, The Subdudes combine Americana, country soul, folk and rock and roll for an intoxicated blend of passionate, joyous roots music.  They’ve developed a cult following around the country based on a unique sound that included funky infectious rhythms and soulful boisterous vocal harmonies. The Subdudes are touring off their acclaimed all-acoustic 11th record 4 on the Floor. Learn more

Monday, July 16, 8 PM

Jim Messina

A singer-songwriter whose infectious hits graced the Billboard Charts for much of the 70’s, Jim Messina helped usher in the soft rock era. As a founding member of both the country rock supergroup Poco and the pop juggernaut Loggins & Messina (“Danny’s Song,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance”), the veteran troubadour has already made his sizable mark on rock and roll, and he’s still going strong. Learn more

Thursday, July 19, 8 PM

Enter the Haggis

The Celtic rock juggernaut known as Enter the Haggis has enjoyed a meteoric rise on the strength of its high octane bagpipe/fiddle-fueled live shows and infectious anthemic songwriting.  The Toronto-based quintet have been delighting audiences (“Haggis Heads”) for more than 20 years and recently released an acclaimed EP Empty Arms. Learn more

Saturday, July 21, 8 PM

Quebe Sisters

An acclaimed Texas fiddle trio, the Quebe Sisters delve deep into Western Swing and traditional country with gorgeous three part sibling harmonies. After winning several solo and group fiddling competitions as children, the Quebes have matured into dynamic performers and artists with a distinct Americana style all their own. Learn more

Sunday, July 22, 5 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

Thursday, July 26, 8 PM
Friday, July 27, 8 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.” Guthrie performs songs from over 25 albums–playing piano, guitar, harmonica, and a dozen other instruments. Learn more

Saturday, July 28, 8 PM

Brothers Four

Still going strong after more than half a century, The Brothers Four continue to thrill audiences with their pristing harmonies and classic folk sound. The quartet’s many hits, including favorites like “Try to Remember” and “Greenfields,” turned The Brothers Four into one of the leading lights of the early 60’s folk revival. Learn more

Sunday, July 29, 7 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. Foster traverses the whole spectrum of roots music with ease. Whether it be blues, folk, gospel or soul, she manages to infuse her own indomitable spirit into all of her songs. Learn More

Tuesday, July 31, 8 PM

Jake Shimabukuro

Reinventing the ukulele into an instrument of seemingly boundless capabilities, Hawaii native Jake Shimabukuro fuses his deft fingerpicking technique into a unique style that includes elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. The virtuoso will be making his Rockport debut for a concert sure to include his jaw-dropping interpretations of pop classics as well as his own thrilling compositions. Learn more

Friday, August 3, 8 PM

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

With a deep soul backbone augmented by jazz, rhythm & blues and rock ’n’ roll, the Seattle trio — Delvon Lamarr on B-3 organ, Jimmy James on guitar and David McGraw on drums — evokes a classic instrumental sound with a fresh, virtuosic sensibility all its own on debut LP Close But No Cigar. Learn more

Thank you to our Jazz Festival Corporate Partners!


Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 4, 8 PM

Harold López-Nussa

JazzChat, 7 PM
A Cuban pianist and composer who artfully blends jazz, classical and Afro-Latin rhythms, Harold López-Nussa returns to Rockport armed with a new 4 star rated record, El Viaje. 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. Learn more

Rockport Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 9, 8 PM

Grace Kelly

JazzChat, 7 PM

Singer, saxophonist, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay HumanGrace Kelly’s 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. Learn more

Rockport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 10, 8 PM

Kurt Elling

With his effortless buttery baritone, technical virtuosity and boundless musical curiosity, Kurt Elling has stood out as one of the most critically acclaimed jazz vocalists of the past twenty years. Come hear the innovative Grammy-winning singer perform a concert of exquisitely arranged, boldly reinterpreted jazz and pop standards. Learn more

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 11, 8 PM

Monty Alexander

with JJ Shakur (bass) and Jason Brown (drums)
JazzChat, 7 PM

Mashing together hard bop swing with the Caribbean one-drop rhythms of his native Jamaica, pianist Monty Alexander has carved his own prominent and infectious place in the jazz landscape. For more than fifty years, Alexander has explored the boundaries of jazz and reggae, creating a hybrid that embraces both traditions while creating something wholly unique and vibrant. Learn more

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 12, 7 PM

Joe Lovano Quartet

With one foot rooted in classic bebop and the other in innovative modal expression, the Grammy-winning saxophone giant continues to leave a massive imprint on the jazz world. Lovano stands as one of the world’s greatest jazz artists, his gorgeous tone and pulsing creativity undimmed after thirty years in the jazz spotlight. Learn more

Thank you to our Summer at Rockport Corporate Partner!

Wednesday, August 15, 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

Thursday, August 16, 8 PM
Friday, August 17, 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 records—7 and Ballads.  Cole describes 7’s sound as “a soft, soulful album made in the 1960’s” and Ballads is a tribute to such greats as Billie Holiday to Bob Dylan. Learn more

Sunday, August 19, 7 PM

Larry Carlton

An immensely prolific Grammy-winning guitarist and composer that has mined the sonic sweet spot between smooth jazz, blues and funk since his emergence in the mid 70’s. After playing on hundreds of massively successful records by artists like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and others, as well as a stint with The Crusaders, Carlton made a name for himself as a solo act with smooth jazz hits like “Room 335” and “Sleepwalk.” Learn more

Friday, August 24, 8 PM

Jane Monheit

A vocalist with remarkable virtuosity and innate interpretative skills, Jane Monheit puts her own unique touch on beloved jazz standards, classic torch songs and contemporary pop. A two-time Grammy nominee and second place winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, Jane’s most recent album The Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald, Jane showcases the warmth and joy of Ella’s music. Learn more

Sunday, August 26, 5 PM

Celtic Roots & Branches

With Brian O’Donovan
For over three decades, Brian O’Donovan has been hosting A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH, a program exploring traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. He now brings to life Celtic Roots and Branches, a new concert special featuring a wide variety of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers in a special Celtic celebration that focuses on the genre’s broad and vibrant range. Learn More

Thursday, August 30, 8 PM
Friday, August 31, 8 PM

Tom Rush
with Matt Nokoa

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.  Rush’s timeless originals, including beloved songs like “No Regrets” and “Galveston Flood,” have become true classics. Learn more

Friday, September 7, 8 PM

Rickie Lee Jones

Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz and pop since the late 70’s with hits like “Chuck E.’s in Love,” Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization, an aesthetic she continues with her newest record, The Other Side of Desire. Learn more

Saturday, September 8, 7:30 PM

Crossing Customs: Immigrant Masters of Music & Dance

Presented by Mass Cultural Council
This evening’s showcase concert presents the excellence and diversity of music and dance traditions thriving in Massachusetts today. Come be welcomed by Asian lion dancers. Then be enthralled by artists who, having made Massachusetts home, enrich us all by sharing the traditional expressive cultures of Nepal, Greece, and Latin America.
More details coming soon!


Sunday, September 16, 5 PM

John Pizzarelli Quartet with Catherine Russell

“Billie and Blue Eyes”
Come hear a tribute to two of the world’s greatest interpreters of song as the dynamic duo of John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell take on classic tunes made immortal by Ol’ Blue Eyes and Lady Day.  The Billboard-charting, Grammy-winning artists will bring their considerable skill and style to Sinatra chestnuts like “Witchcraft” and “One More for My Baby,” as well as Holiday favorites such as “All of Me” and “God Bless the Child” among others. Learn More

Guest Presentation
Saturday, September 22, 8 PM

Roomful of Blues

Presented by M.E. Productions
For nearly half a century, Roomful of Blues has been delivering its signature blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump blues and R&B to euphoric audiences all over the world. With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.”   Learn more 

Sunday, September 23, 7 PM


A Nova Scotia foursome that has taken the Celtic world by storm, Còig makes its Rockport debut fresh off the heels of its acclaimed new record Rove. With twin fiddles, bouzouki/banjo/mandolin and piano, Còig delve into an array of traditional styles including propulsive Cape Breton jigs, swirling reels and haunting Maritimes ballads. Learn more

Friday, September 28, 8 PM

Red Molly

Known for their gorgeous three-part harmonies blending bluegrass with a touch of western swing, the Americana trio Red Molly brings audiences to their feet with crisp musicianship and warm, engaging stage presence. They return to the stage after a two year hiatus and have a treasure trove of stored up material to perform. Learn more

Saturday, October 27, 8 PM

The Lone Bellow

An Americana trio with soulful, harmony-soaked vocals and innate melodic gifts, The Lone Bellow makes its Rockport debut! The Nashville (by way of Brooklyn) group are touring on the back of their Dave Cobb-produced album Walk into a Storm. Learn more

Guest Presentation
Friday, November 16, 8 PM

Tinsley Ellis & Tommy Castro

Presented by M.E. Productions
Two forces of nature from the blues world play the same stage.  Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers will deliver an evening of high energy blues, rock, and soul music that is sure to lift your spirits.  Learn more