Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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terence 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 11, 8 PM

Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective

JazzChat at 7 PM
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

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HaroldLopez-Nussa

Rockport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 12, 8 PM

Harold Lopez-Nussa

JazzChat at 7 PM
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

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Dr Lonnie Smith 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 13, 8 PM

Dr. Lonnie Smith

JazzChat at 7 PM
A hero of the Hammond B-3 organ and 2017 NEA Jazz Master, 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

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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

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Ravi Coltrane 160 alt

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 14, 7 PM

Ravi Coltrane

JazzChat at 6 PM
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

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Johnny A. 160

Summer at Rockport
Thursday, August 18, 8 PM

Johnny A. with Davy Knowles

One of the most revered guitarists working the scene today, Boston’s own Johnny A. has created a decade-spanning career built on his virtuosic playing, compositional fortitude and distinctive style. Learn more

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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

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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

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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

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Ani_DiFranco 160 alt

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

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Ruthie Foster 160

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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John Waite 160

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

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Tom-Paxton 160

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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Mehmet 160

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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Crystal Bowersox 160

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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Nina Ott 160

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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Sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank and Cape Ann Savings Trust & Financial Services 

pasadena Roof 160 alt

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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Grace kelly 160

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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Cheryl Wheeler 160

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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Capitol Steps 160

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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Sierra Hull 160 alt

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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Felix Cavaliere 160

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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Cape Ann Big Band 160

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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back bay ringers 160

Sunday, December 11, 3 PM

Back Bay Ringers

Back Bay Ringers is an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Boston, Massachusetts. 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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Christmas Celtic Sojourn 160

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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Beantown Swing Orchestra 160

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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Gary Burton 160

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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Caladh Nua 160

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

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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

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Foghorn Stringband 160

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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Storm Large 160

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

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