SUMMER AT ROCKPORT 2018
Rockport Music’s Summer at Rockport brings the world’s best of folk, pop, jazz and world music. Fill your summer with music at the Shalin Liu Performance Center!
Saturday, May 5, 8 PM
ROCKPORT FOLK SUMMIT
Pushing the Boundaries
featuring The Suitcase Junket & Twisted Pine
The Rockport Folk Summit returns with a showcase featuring two of the most buzz-worthy roots acts on the East Coast. The Suitcase Junket (Matt Lorenz) is a one man force of nature employing percussive found sounds into his propulsive folk sound. Twisted Pine recently emerged as a four piece that has upended the string band tradition with forays into jazz, funk and pop. (on-sale now!)
Thursday, May 17, 8 PM
JESSE COLIN YOUNG
One of the leading lights of the 60’s “flower power” movement, singer-songwriter Jesse Colin Young remains a vibrant musical force. Most known for his 1969 smash hit “Get Together,” Young has forged a long-sustaining career built on his soaring tenor, infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. (on-sale now!)
Friday, May 18, 8 PM
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’s platinum-selling A Few Small Repairs in 1997 with its breakthrough single “Sunny Came Home” won Colvin two Grammys and millions of new admirers. (on-sale now!)
Friday, May 25, 8 PM
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. (on-sale now!)
“To call them an a cappella group would be a gross understatement”– Boston Globe
Saturday, May 26, 8 PM
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. (on-sale March 30)
Friday, June 1, 8 PM
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 for the likes of Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, and the Bee Gees, and then as a solo artist with over 30 records including guitar classics like Captain Fingers, Portrait, and This Is Love. (on-sale now!)
Thursday, June 7, 8 PM
Brooklyn-based 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. (on-sale now!)
Friday, June 8, 8 PM
A folk rock icon, John Sebastian helped fuel the 60’s flower power movement, 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. (on-sale now!)
Saturday, June 9, 5 PM
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. (on-sale now!)
Monday, June 11, 8 PM
Tuesday, June 12, 8 PM
In Concert: “The Legend Lives On”
The iconic Canadian troubadour has left quite a mark, inspiring thousands of aspiring songwriters to follow in his rather enormous footsteps. 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” among countless others, Lightfoot is acknowledged as one of the greatest songwriters of the modern era.
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 weekend hoedown!
Monday, July 9, 8 PM
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.
Monday, July 16, 8 PM
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.
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.
Saturday, July 21, 8 PM
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.
“They project a cannonball of stage presence, and man can they play.” – Jimmy Buffett
Sunday, July 22, 5 PM
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.
Thursday, July 26, 8 PM
Friday, July 27, 8 PM
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.
Saturday, July 28, 8 PM
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” “Hootenanny Saturday Night,” and “Greenfields,” turned The Brothers Four into one of the leading lights of the early 60’s folk revival. Founding member Bob Flick remains with quartet, and is joined by longtime member Mark Pearson (since 1969), Mike McCoy and Karl Olsen.
Sunday, July 29, 7 PM
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. A three-time Grammy nominee, her latest release Joy Comes Back once again features her expressive rootsy blues mix. Whether it be blues, folk, gospel or soul, she manages to infuse her own indomitable spirit into all of her songs.
Tuesday, July 31, 8 PM
Reinventing the ukulele into an instrument of seemingly boundless capabilities, Hawaii native Jake Shimabukoru 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 (“Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Hallelujah”) as well as his own thrilling compositions. Tickets: $72, $66, $50
“buoyant musicianship and brisk proficiency”- New York Times
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.
Wednesday, August 15, 8 PM
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.
Thursday, August 16, 8 PM
Friday, August 17, 8 PM
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.
Sunday, August 19, 7 PM
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, Michael Jackson 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.”
Friday, August 24, 8 PM
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, was released by her own Emerald City Records, and Jane showcases the warmth and joy of Ella’s music.
“a voice of phenomenal beauty” –The New York Times
Sunday, August 26, 5 PM
CELTIC ROOTS & BRANCHES
With Brian O’Donovan
For over three decades, Brian O’Donovan has hosted A Celtic Sojourn on WGBH which explores traditional and contemporary music from around the Celtic world. Like Brian’s live concert events A Christmas Celtic Sojourn and his St. Patrick’s Day series, this new program features 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.
Thursday, August 30, 8 PM
Friday, August 31, 8 PM
with Matt Nakoa
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, residing in the heart of the folk canon. He joins with young singer-songwriter Matt Nakoa whose performances have been hailed as “intimate and genuine, soulful and bittersweet…”
Sunday, September 16, 5 PM
JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET WITH 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. It’s a match made in jazz heaven you won’t want to miss.
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.
Friday, September 28, 8 PM
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.
“Tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies.” The Boston Globe
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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
August 4-12, 2018
The Rockport Jazz Festival celebrates the hottest jazz musicians performing today!
Saturday, August 4, 8 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.
“López-Nussa’s single-note grace is akin to Herbie Hancock’s, and his two-fisted attacks are as joyous as Chick Corea’s.” – DownBeat
Thursday, August 9, 8 PM
Though only 25, 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. Her newest record, Trying to Figure It Out, finds the saxophonist embracing her dynamic singing voice as well as an affinity for infectious R&B.
“Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling.”– Wynton Marsalis
Friday, August 10, 8 PM
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.
“The stand-out jazz male vocalist of our time”– New York Times
Saturday, August 11, 8 PM
MONTY ALEXANDER TRIO
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.
“An old-school road warrior who still loves to rock the house with hard swing and deep island grooves.” – JazzTimes
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.
“the tenor titan for our times”– AllMusic Guide
Thank you to our Jazz Festival Corporate Partners!