Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

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Friday, March 6, 8 PM

Justin Townes Earle

In the last five years, Justin Townes Earle has emerged as a genre-busting acclaimed singer-songwriter, infusing country, blues, folk and indie rock into his vintage Americana sound. As the son of beloved country folk rabble-rouser Steve Earle, Justin had large musical shoes to fill, but after five critically-adored records and an ever-growing legion of fans, it’s safe to say he’s done that. Learn more

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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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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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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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Marc Cohn 160
GUEST PRESENTATION

Wednesday, April 15
Concert: 7 PM | VIP Reception 5:30 PM
Landmark School Presents

Marc Cohn

‘Making Waves Spring Celebration and Concert’ will bring together Landmark families from across the country and around the world to benefit the students of our school. Cohn is well known for his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut disc, which yielded such classics in their own right as “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird,” and the lovely “True Companion.”  Learn more

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Sunday, April 19, 5 PM

Taj Mahal Trio

A bonafide blues and rock legend, the inimitable Taj Mahal has been instrumental in preserving and shaping American roots music. With his booming baritone, nimble finger-picking guitar playing and pioneering fusion of blues with disparate world and folk styles, the iconic artist has earned himself a place amongst the titans of American music. Learn more

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Hunter 160
GUEST PRESENTATION

Saturday, April 25, 8 PM
ME Productions Presents

James Hunter Six

With a soulful tenor that recalls a range of R&B giants from Sam Cooke to Bobby Bland, Hunter leads his band, the James Hunter Six, through strict tempos and lightning-quick switchbacks. His brand of blue-eyed soul has earned him two Billboard Blues #1’s, tours with Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison, Etta James, and Willie Nelson. Learn more

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GUEST PRESENTATION

Thursday, May 7, 8 PM
Friday, May 8, 8 PM
Randa Records Presents

Miranda Russell

Miranda Russell and her extraordinary band have delighted packed audiences at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for the past four years. A powerful and moving vocalist, Miranda’s performance centers on nuanced treatments of a wide range of favorites from Joni Mitchell to Cole Porter. She “will knock your socks off – should you be wearing any this close to the beach.” (The Boston Phoenix). Learn more

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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.