Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

Mary Chapin Carpenter 160

Friday, November 21, 8 PM
Saturday, November 22, 8 PM

Mary Chapin Carpenter

with special guest Tift Merritt

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this fall. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Learn more

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the weight live 160
Guest Presentation
Presented by M.E. Productions

Saturday, November 29, 8 PM

The Weight: Performing Songs of The Band

This is the real deal. Featuring legitimate long time members of The Band, Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante, along with Marty Grebb (Bonnie Raitt, The Fabulous Rhinestones) Byron Isaacs and Brian Mitchell (Levon Helm Band), The Weight revisits the radio hits and deep tracks from one of America’s most loved and revered musical institutions.  Learn More

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Jane monheit- 160

Saturday, December 6, 8 PM

Jane Monheit: Hello Bluebird- Celebrating the Music of Judy Garland

A vocalist balancing remarkable virtuosity with innate interpretative skills, Jane Monheit has quickly ascended to the world’s top echelon of jazz singers. The native New Yorker covers vast musical ground, putting her own unique touch on beloved jazz standards, classic torch songs and contemporary pop. Learn more

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Cape Ann Big Band 160

Sunday, December 7, 3 & 7 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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John Hammond 160
Guest Presentation
Presented by M.E. Productions

Friday, December 12, 8 PM

John Hammond

with special guest Amy Black

You would be hard pressed to find a more universally revered acoustic blues musician working the scene today than John Hammond. Since the mid-1960’s the New York City-raised guitarist and singer has thrilled audiences with his trademark howl and masterful picking.  Learn More

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ChristmasCeltic 160

Monday, December 15, 4:30 & 8 PM

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

Celebrate the holidays with Rockport Music! Brian O’Donovan’s acclaimed Celtic holiday show returns this year with a festive program featuring a stellar line-up of singers, musicians and dancers steeped in Celtic tradition and traditional Irish cheer.  Learn more

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Paula Poundstone 160

Friday, January 2, 8 PM

Paula Poundstone

A beloved comic who thrives on spontaneity and improvisation, Paula Poundstone has been performing stand-up comedy for over 25 years, fine-tuning her craft over the years to become of the truly great humorists of our time.  Learn more

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Sarah & Johnny 160

Sunday, January 25, 5 PM

Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion

A folk rock duo drawing from a musically-rich gene pool, Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion combine the down-home campfire strumming of Woody and Arlo with a modern pop/indie rock sensibility, all anchored by their lush, intimate harmonies. Learn more

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hidalgo 160
Guest Presentation
Presented by M.E. Productions

Friday, January 30, 8 PM

American Crossroads: David Bromberg, David Hidalgo & Larry Campbell

Three of America’s most admired musicians meet for an evening of musical diversity. David Bromberg pioneered the skillful blending of several genres into what is now known as Americana. David Hidalgo is the co-founder of acclaimed Los Lobos. Larry Campbell is renowned for his work with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm among many others.  This will be an unscripted evening of spontaneity, discovery and musical virtuosity by three American music masters.  Learn more

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Amy Helm 160 alt

Saturday, February 7, 8 PM

Amy Helm

A dynamic singer and talented songwriter blessed with legendary rock and roll blood (her dad is the late great Levon Helm, her mother is songwriter Libby Titus), Amy Helm infuses her particular brand of Americana with heavy doses of gospel, folk and country.  Learn more

 

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Mavis Staples 160

Friday, February 20, 8 PM

Mavis Staples

Opening Act: Dwight and Nicole

A veritable titan of both gospel and R&B, Mavis Staples has been tiptoeing the boundary between the spiritual and the secular for more than 60 years. And she isn’t slowing down. Learn more

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Travis Tritt denim 160

Sunday, February 22, 5 PM

Travis Tritt- solo acoustic

As one of the leading lights of country music throughout the 90’s, Travis Tritt stood out among the pack with a style that borrowed as much from southern rock as it did the Grand Ole Opry. Of course his trademark long hair and conspicuously absent cowboy hat aided in making Tritt one of the most recognizable country music stars of the last 25 years. His impressive string of multi-platinum albums and Top Ten singles didn’t hurt either. Learn more

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Friday, February 27, 8 PM

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

As the preeminent Cajun band in the world, BeauSoleil has been generously exporting the rich musical traditions of Southwestern Louisiana for close to forty years. After almost singlehandedly reviving Cajun music in the 70’s, they began incorporating various folk and world music traditions into their sound, creating a musical hybrid unlike any in the world.  Learn more

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billy childs 160

Saturday, March 7, 8 PM

Billy Childs All-Star Quartet

A tremendous jazz pianist with a seemingly boundless curiosity and adventurous spirit, Billy Childs plays and composes in a unique style that borrows heavily from the classical world, but still manages to be wholly his own. Learn more

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HotClubofCowtown 160

Sunday, March 8, 5 PM

Hot Club of Cowtown

Expertly combining the dusty stomp of Western swing with hot gypsy jazz, the Austin-based trio has crafted a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries. Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have been conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and jazz manouche legend Django Reinhardt for close to fifteen years and show no sign of slowing down. Learn more

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Danu-160

Tuesday, March 10, 8 PM

Danú

One of Ireland’s most cherished Irish folk bands and among the leaders of the new traditionalist movement in Celtic music, Danú has been thrilling audiences with their instrumental virtuosity and powerfully emotive ballads for close to 20 years. Learn more

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Leo Kottke 160

Saturday, March 14, 8 PM

Leo Kottke

A two-time Grammy nominee, legendary acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke is known for his signature fingerpicking style drawing from blues, jazz and folk music and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies.  Widely recognized as a master of his instrument, he has collaborated on records with legends such as John Fahey, Chet Atkins and Lyle Lovett, and is a frequent guest on radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion.  Learn more

 

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Maceo 160

Sunday, March 15, 5 PM

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker stands among the legends of funk, forging the first half of his stellar career as a sideman for the genre’s forefathers James Brown and George Clinton.  From being an essential voice in Brown’s horn section to helping steer George Clinton and Parliament’s Mothership Connection to platinum status, his soulful saxophone playing and vocals are firmly rooted in funk music history.  Learn more

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Nitty Gritty 160

Thursday, March 26, 8 PM

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

One of the first bands to blend rock and roll with country, the pioneering Nitty Gritty Dirt Band have crafted a musical legacy that has spawned an entire genre of music,  influencing a generation  of country-rock bands in its over 45 year history.  Learn more

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Edwin Mccain 160 alt

Friday, May 15, 8 PM

Edwin McCain

Known for his earnest, heart-on sleeve balladry, folk pop songwriter Edwin McCain has enjoyed a lengthy career since the mid 90’s, mostly due to the success of his smash hit single “I’ll Be” and a relentless touring schedule.  Learn more

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Melanie 160

Friday, July 17, 8 PM

Melanie

(Re-scheduled from September 27)

A singer-songwriter known for her surprise starring role at Woodstock and her subsequent #1 hit “Brand New Key,” Melanie has remained an iconic voice for the “summer of love” generation. Learn more

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Community Concerts

Please click here to view the many exciting and diverse community concerts and events presented by Rockport Music throughout the year, including the new Community Connections series featuring dynamic ensembles performing school residencies in addition to their concert.