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Summer Jazz, Folk, Pop

Summer at Rockport 2019

Jazz, Folk, Pop & World Music
May-September

This summer experience the best in jazz, folk and pop music in the intimate setting of the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Summer subscriptions are on sale now and single event tickets go on sale April 12. Purchase a subscription of 5 or more concerts during May-September (including the Rockport Chamber Music Festival) and save up to 15%! Visit our CALENDAR LISTING for all the upcoming events!

MAY

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 in a rare solo concert.  Still at the top of his game, Metheny continues to redefine the genre, constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.  LEARN MORE

JUNE

Saturday, June 1, 8 PM                                 
GLENN CRYTZER’S SAVOY SEVEN

Glenn Crytzer’S Savoy Seven bring their “vintage American jazz” to Rockport for their Shalin Liu Performance Center debut! Their superlative musicianship and unbridled swing is fueled by each musician’s genuine love for playing pre-war jazz, bringing to life the music of this bygone age with stunning authenticity.  LEARN MORE

Sunday, June 2, 5 PM
BOBBY MCFERRIN

with Ranky Tanky
The ten time Grammy-winning vocal virtuoso combines elements of jazz, classical, world and pop music to create his own wholly original and singular style. World-renowned for his hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” he’ll be bringing his jaw-dropping vocal flights, otherworldly improvisations and mix of re-imagined covers and original compositions. LEARN MORE

Friday, June 7, 8 PM                                      
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & TIP CITY

One of the most exciting jazz artists of the modern era, bassist Christian McBride has redefined both his instrument and the perceived boundaries of jazz itself, unafraid to dip his toes into R&B, funk, pop, fusion or big band. For this evening, McBride will bring his Tip City band, which includes pianist Emmet Cohen and guitarist Dan Wilson.  LEARN MORE

Saturday, June 8, 8 PM    
MOUNTAIN MAN
Opening Act: William Tyler
“Road to Newport”

The acclaimed vocal-based indie-folk trio (Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig) make their Rockport debut, touring on the strength of their lauded sophomore record Magic Ship. On stage the trio meld timeless, intimately sung melodies, beautifully spare yet inventive arrangements and a warm, joyous spirit for an unforgettable musical evening.  LEARN MORE

JULY

Friday, July 5, 8 PM
JENS LINDEMANN, trumpet
Matt Catingub, piano & vocals
Celebrating the 100th birthday of Nat King Cole

Hailed for his “golden timbre and virtuosic flair” (New York Times), Lindemann, a former member of the Canadian Brass, was recently named “International Brass Personality of the Year” (Brass Herald) and is currently a professor at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. LEARN MORE

Thursday, July 18, 8 PM
Friday, July 19, 8 PM
TOM RUSH
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 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

Saturday, July 20, 8 PM                
MARTIN SEXTON

Owning one of the most powerful and dynamic voices in American popular music, Martin Sexton straddles the worlds of folk, soul, country, and rock and roll with ease. For the last 25 years, he has created a cult following over the course of eleven records, his most recent being the acclaimed Mixtape of the Open RoadLEARN MORE

Sunday, July 21, 7 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. Considered one of the leading lights of roots music, her recently released Weighted Mind only confirms her gigantic talent and appeal. LEARN MORE

Thursday, July 25, 8 PM
Friday, July 26, 8 PM
PAULA COLE

Always giving special concerts in her hometown of Rockport, MA, Paula will unveil songs from her forthcoming, new album (due for release in September 2019!).  LEARN MORE

Saturday, July 27, 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 28, 5 PM
RONAN TYNAN

Irish tenor, recording artist, physician, and champion disabled athlete, Ronan Tynan moves audiences like few others can. His stirring performances and personal story of triumph have brought him international fame. LEARN MORE

Tuesday, July 30, 8 PM
A Summer Evening with
NATALIE MERCHANT

A unique opportunity to hear Natalie Merchant in an intimate, acoustic setting. LEARN MORE

AUGUST

Thursday, August 1, 8 PM
Friday, August 2, 8 PM
BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN

“The king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. They are touring off their newest record, Echo in the Valley. LEARN MORE

8th Annual
ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL

August 4-11, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 5 PM
JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO

Featuring Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart
One of the most influential and stylistically adventurous jazz guitarists of the modern era, John Scofield brings his trio for an intimate evening of jaw-dropping six string virtuosity. The multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist, who draws from equally from blues, funk, rock and R&B just as much as post-bop jazz, is fresh off his acclaimed latest release Combo 66. LEARN MORE

Wednesday, August 7, 8 PM
ETIENNE CHARLES

Creole Soul
Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and percussionist Etienne Charles, recent winner of a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship Award, brings the jubilant Afro-Caribbean sounds of Carnival to the Shalin Liu Performance Center! Blending jazz with the spirit of his creole heritage and the myriad traditions of the American South (especially New Orleans), Charles has created a singular, infectious hybrid. LEARN MORE

Thursday, August 8, 8 PM
KAT EDMONSON

A delightfully quirky and wholly original jazz singer, Edmonson fuses vintage Brill Building pop with 60’s lounge, and a hefty dose of sophisticated, timeless sounding originals for a style that is uniquely her own. The Texas native is touring off her critically-adored new record Old Fashioned GalThe New York Times hails her singing as “fresh as a spring bouquet.”  LEARN MORE

Friday, August 9, 8 PM
AARON DIEHL

An acclaimed pianist equally at home with straight ahead jazz and classical music, Diehl creates a sophisticated urbane soundscape that has critics like the New York Times lauding his “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Recent projects have found the pianist running the gamut from Gershwin to Philip Glass, and from Jelly Roll Morton to Mozart.  LEARN MORE

Saturday, August 10, 8 PM
HOT SARDINES

New York City’s Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. LEARN MORE

Sunday, August 11, 2 PM
ULYSSES OWENS, JR.

An artist “who takes a backseat to no one” (The New York Times), Ulysses Owens, Jr. is one of today’s premier drummers, as well as a producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. Admired for his sensitive, fiery and complex playing, he has earned two Grammy’s for recordings with Kurt Elling and Christian McBride. LEARN MORE

Sunday, August 11, 8 PM
JACK DEJOHNETTE
Coltrane-Garrison

One of the most heralded drummers in the history of jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. DeJohnette brought Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison together to perform the music of John Coltrane, this Trio explores open improvisation in addition to their own compositions.  LEARN MORE

Wednesday, August 14, 8 PM
MIPSO

The North Carolina string band fuses traditional mountain music with shades of modern pop songwriting and impeccable harmonies for a powerful and compelling original sound. They’ll be making their Rockport debut touring in support of their latest release, Edges Run.  LEARN MORE

Thursday, August 15, 8 PM
DARRELL SCOTT

One of Nashville’s most beloved songwriters, Darrell Scott’s tunes have been covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks (”Long Time Gone”), Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw among many others. Though lauded for his songwriting, Scott’s a powerful and soulful singer in his own right.  LEARN MORE  

Friday, August 16, 8 PM
BEN WENDEL

A Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist, bassoonist, and composer, Ben Wendel has received both critical acclaim for his cotemporary takes on projects like “The Seasons,” inspired by Tchaikovsky’s work. He is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody and has received multiple awards and accolades as a composer. LEARN MORE

Sunday, August 18, 7 PM
JIM BRICKMAN

A tremendously talented Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist, Jim Brickman has created an ever-growing, devoted fanbase on the strength of beloved, platinum-selling hits like “Angel Eyes” and “Valentine (with Martina McBride). LEARN MORE

Thursday, August 22, 8 PM
MIKARIMBA

Mika Stoltzman, marimba | Richard Stoltzman, clarinet | Steve Gadd, drums | Eddie Gomez, bass | Duke Gadd, percussion
A trailblazing jazz supergroup featuring the ebullient Mika Stoltzman on marimba, the great Steve Gadd on drums, bass legend Eddie Gomez and clarinet master Richard Stoltzman, Mikarimba has built its reputation with a focus on deep, pulsing grooves and infectious arrangements. LEARN MORE

1ST ANNUAL
ROCKPORT CELTIC FESTIVAL
EXPLORING CELTIC ROOTS & BRANCHES

August 23-25
Featuring a wide variety of new and familiar musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers, the weekend will focus on the genre’s broad and vibrant range with a strong emphasis on crossover and collaborative work with musicians from other genres including classical, jazz, and American Traditional music. LEARN MORE

SEPTEMBER

Sunday, September 1, 7 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

Friday, September 6, 8 PM
1964: THE TRIBUTE

Since the early 80’s, “1964” The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with what Rolling Stone magazine has called the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.”  “1964” takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. LEARN MORE

Saturday, September 28, 8 PM
CHELSEA BERRY

Opening Act: Prateek Poddar
Chelsea Berry is a singer-songwriter with the edge, power, and finesse of legends. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” As a vocalist and performer, she evokes the style of artists such as Sheryl Crow, Eva Cassidy, KD Lang, and Melissa Etheridge.  LEARN MORE