Jazz, Pop, Folk & World


The 2018-19 Fall-Winter Season brings the best in jazz, folk, pop and world music.  The season features such exceptional jazz artists as Kenny Barron and Pat Metheny, as well as folk artists as Dougie MacLean and the BoDeans, as well as Celtic sensation Eileen Ivers and Mari Black.  Learn about all the wonderful concerts coming this season in the list below. 

Thank you to our 2018-19 Jazz, Folk, Pop Corporate Partners!


Thursday, April 18, 8 PM

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Largely responsible for helping launch the swing revival of the 90’s with their beloved platinum-selling classic Hot, the Squirrel Nut Zippers still bring that same infectious hybrid of supercharged gypsy swing and New Orleans jazz to their newest release, Beasts of Burgundy.  Learn more

Saturday, April 20, 8 PM

Kenny Barron

Honored by The National Endowment for the Arts as a 2010 Jazz Master, pianist Kenny Barron has an unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms. He returns to Rockport on the heels of his Blue Note Records debut Concentric Circles. Learn more

Friday, April 26, 8 PM

Lori McKenna

Opening Act: Mark Erelli
One of the most accomplished and revered songwriters working today (penning Grammy-winning hits for Tim McGraw and Little Big Town among others), Stoughton’s own Lori McKenna makes her Rockport debut on the heels of her acclaimed new country folk record The Tree. Learn more

Sunday, May 5, 7 PM                                      

Mari Black Trio

A genre-crossing fiddling sensation, Boston-based Mari Black has created a devoted following founded on the strength of her remarkable playing, infectious compositions and stylistic shapeshifting that covers everything from Scottish reels to jazz to klezmer to American string band music. Learn more

Guest Presentation
Friday, May 10, 7 PM

Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore

Presented by Chorus North Shore
The Honors Youth Choir of Chorus North Shore present their Spring Concert- “Sing Me a Song.” The choir is fully funded, allowing students, ages ten through high school, the opportunity to learn and perform choral masterworks and present extraordinary concerts.  The singers are selected by audition from communities throughout the North Shore. Learn more

Sunday, May 12, 5 PM                                      

Leo Kottke

Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11. Learn more

Friday, May 17, 8 PM

Rockport Folk Summit
Tarbox Ramblers & Jesse Dee

For this iteration of our biannual Rockport Folk Summit we are veering into the bluesier side of the roots spectrum, presenting the gritty hill country groove of the Tarbox Ramblers and the soulful sounds of Jesse Dee. Learn more

Saturday, May 18, 8 PM

Johnny A

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. On top of putting out his acclaimed new record, Driven, Johnny was just recently asked to play lead guitar in the legendary blues rock supergroup of The Yardbirds.  Learn more

Sunday, May 19, 5 PM * NEW TIME!!

Ballroom Thieves

The Ballroom Thieves return to Rockport on the heels of their most recent release, the 2018 EP Paper Crown, which finds the trio mining immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories.  Learn more

Wednesday, May 22, 8 PM
Thursday, May 23, 8 PM

Pat Metheny Solo

The iconic jazz guitarist, winner of 20 Grammy Awards and the youngest member of the prestigious DownBeat Hall of Fame, makes his Rockport debut.   Learn more

Guest Presentation
Friday, May 31, 8 PM

Jonathan Edwards & Cheryl Wheeler

Presented by ME Productions
The iconic jazz guitarist, winner of 20 Grammy Awards and the youngest member of the prestigious DownBeat Hall of Fame, makes his Rockport debut.  Learn more


Jazz | Folk | Pop
Rockport Jazz Festival

The 2019 Summer Season at the Shalin Liu Performance Center brings an incredible line-up of world-renowned jazz, folk and pop artists.  In addition to the incredible summer line-up of jazz and folk concerts, new this year, Rockport Music launches the Rockport Celtic Festival in late August, curated by WGBH’s Brian O’Donovan and Celtic harpist Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic Festival details to be announced in late April).  Learn about all the wonderful jazz and folk concerts coming this season HERE or visit our CALENDAR LISTING. This webpage will transition to announcements only. so for a full concert listing, please visit our the


In order to purchase Summer Subscriptions, please visit SUBSCRIPTIONS. Once since tickets begin, you can purchase individual concerts from the CALENDAR LISTING.  Purchase 5 or more concerts between May-September (including the Rockport Chamber Music Festival) and save up to 15%! For a full event listing