Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

Grace Kelly

Thursday, July 31, 8 PM

Grace Kelly

Though only 21, 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. Learn more

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Liz Longley

Friday, August 1, 8 PM

Liz Longley

Opening Act: Barnaby Bright

A young singer-songwriter of startling maturity, Philadelphia native Liz Longley has catapulted into the folk-pop consciousness. The recent Berklee School of Music grad possesses both a honeyed voice that immediately demands attention, and a melodic sensibility that just can’t be taught. Learn more

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Sunday, August 3, 5 PM

Hot Club of San Francisco

Inspired by the original Hot Club de France that featured gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt and iconic swing violinist Stephane Grappelli, Hot Club of San Francisco pays sparkling tribute to pre-war gypsy jazz.  Anchored by guitarist/bandleader Paul Mehling, Hot Club of San Francisco are vanguards of the ongoing gypsy swing revival. Learn More

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Thursday, August 7, 8 PM

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

Boundary-defying postmodern jazz trio The Bad Plus joins forces with the immensely charismatic two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman for an unforgettable evening of musical exploration.  While coming from distinct and wholly unique musical backgrounds, both bring a similarly fearless approach to jazz.  Learn More

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Friday, August 8, 8 PM

Anthony de Mare
Liaisons: Re-imagining Sondheim from the Piano

Anthony de Mare is widely recognized as one of the world’s most versatile pianists.  His performance in the Liaisons project was hailed by The New York Times as “dynamic and stylish.”  The project showcases Sondheim’s genius with solo piano compositions by 36 different contemporary composers of his most famous works. Learn More

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Martin Sexton

Saturday, August 9, 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, his earnest songwriting, quirky stylistic shape-shifting and seemingly boundless vocal range has created a legion of devoted fans across the country, and the world. Learn more

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Women Of Will

Sunday, August 10, 3 PM (Part I) & 7 PM (Part II)

Tina Packer’s Women of Will

Equal parts performance and masterclass, Women of Will is the remarkable summation of Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Tina Packer’s 40-plus years spent investigating all things Shakespeare. Women of Will fuses riveting scenes with trenchant analysis and discussion to flesh out themes of love, loss, freedom, control, violence and power through the heroines of Shakespeare’s text. Dinner between performances is available on the third floor Reception Hall.  In order to purchase both performances at a 10% discount as well as dinner between performances, click Learn more

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL

Wednesday, August 13, 8 PM

Ali Jackson

A drummer of unique versatility with a deeply passionate style, Ali Jackson honors the revered roots of jazz drumming while also carrying the tradition into new progressive directions. Jackson has been the rhythmic backbone of the acclaimed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for eight years. Learn More

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Thursday, August 14, 8 PM

Cyrille Aimée

Winner of the Montreux and Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competitions, the dynamic young Cyrille Aimée brings an exotic, highly rhythmic-based approach to jazz singing, incorporating a Gallic gypsy swing with hints of salsa and samba into well-worn standards and original compositions. Learn More

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Friday, August 15, 8 PM

Donal Fox: Mashups in Afro Blue

A former Guggenheim fellow, composer/pianist Donal Fox expertly fuses jazz, classical and Afro-Cuban rhythms. His intricate compositions and dizzying improvisations could recall Thelonious Monk one moment and Bach the next while creating his own wholly unique approach to music. Learn More

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 16, 8 PM

Kenny Barron Trio

One of the most sought-after pianists of the post-bop era, Kenny Barron has played on literally hundreds of jazz recordings, many being some of the genre’s most iconic and beloved. His unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with his elegant playing, sensitive melodies and infectious rhythms is what inspired The Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.” Learn More

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 17, 2 PM

Swing Xing! with
Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Vinny Raniola

Swing Xing! Three Generations of Swing Guitar, showcases three of the top swing guitarists in the world including swing guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli.  All hailing from different generations, this esteemed guitar trio combines the expert musicianship and precision of swing guitar with the whimsical flair of vaudeville.  Learn More

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ROCKPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 17, 7 PM

Christian McBride

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, McBride’s massive technical and compositional skills have launched him into the rarified air of bonafide jazz masters. Learn More

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Friday, August 22, 8 PM

The Kingston Trio

Known for their role in the folk revival of the early 60’s, their iconic takes on traditional folk classics like “Tom Dooley” and for their trademark three-part harmonies, The Kingston Trio returns to Rockport for an unforgettable evening of vintage folk classics.  Learn More

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Saturday, August 23, 8 PM
Sunday, August 24, 5 PM

Tom Rush

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.  Learn More

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Thursday, August 28, 8 PM
Friday, August 29, 8 PM

Paula Cole

Rockport’s own Paula Cole has won Grammy’s and played sold-out arenas, but always manages to return 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 record, Raven.  Learn More

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Saturday, August 30, 3 & 8 PM

Capitol Steps

Political satire gets a musical makeover with the uproarious comedy troupe Capitol Steps.  Adapting familiar pop hits to skewer both sides of the political spectrum, the Capitol Steps revel in sardonic songs, side-splitting puns and over-the-top impersonations. No one is safe. Learn More

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Cantrip 160

Friday, September 5, 8 PM

Cantrip

A trio injecting a youthful energy and flair to Scottish traditional music, Cantrip has quickly become one of the most admired Celtic acts working today. Expertly balancing tradition and innovation, the band infuses a modern sensibility to beloved chestnuts of the Scottish folk canon as well as their own impressive compositions. Learn more

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guest presentation
presented by m.e. productions

Friday, September 19, 8 PM

The Duke Robillard Band featuring James Montgomery

From his conception of Roomful of Blues in 1967 to his current band, jazz and blues guitarist Duke Robillard has been thrilling audiences worldwide for over three decades. Joining him is the consummate showman, harmonica master and perennial favorite James Montgomery. Expect an exciting evening of the blues brought to you by two of the men that forged the East Coast blues scene.  Learn More

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JoanOsborne 160

Thursday, September 25, 8 PM

Joan Osborne

Armed with her strong, sultry voice, Joan Osborne’s genre-crossing prowess has garnered accolades as a singer-songwriter, pop hitmaker, and rootsy soul singer for almost two decades. Since the release of her 1995 breakout album Relish and her hit song “One of Us” that catapulted her into super stardom status with seven Grammy nominations, Osborne has waded deeper into the world of blues and R&B, from which her love of singing began. Learn more

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Melanie 160

Saturday, September 27, 8 PM

Melanie

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. She comes to Rockport for the first time, armed with a batch of new material from last year’s Ever Since You Never Heard of MeLearn more

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Ryan Montbleau B&W 160

Friday, October 3, 8 PM

Ryan Montbleau

A Boston-based troubadour known for his soulful vocals and deft, bluesy fingerpicking guitar, Ryan Montbleau blends folk, soul, blues and rock together for a joyful hybrid of sound. Come hear an artist who appeals to both the heart and the hips, as his thoughtful, provocative songs come with an undeniable funky groove. Learn more

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ABBA 160

Wednesday, October 15, 8 PM

Arrival from Sweden-The Music of ABBA

Arrival from Sweden, the world’s most popular ABBA tribute show, magnificently replicates the infectious songs and Nordic pop pageantry of Sweden’s greatest musical export. Relive the sound, look and joyful celebration of ABBA, down to the crystalline harmonies and original outrageous costumes. Learn more

Tickets on sale August 1.

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Lucy Kaplansky 160

Saturday, November 1, 8 PM

The Pine Hill Project
Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell

with special guest Teresa Williams

Two of the folk community’s most beloved artists join forces for a double bill of folk/Americana, each bringing a unique perspective, personality and style that beautifully compliment the other. Kaplansky and Shindell are a folk match that should not be missed. Learn more

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Steep Canyon Rangers 160

Thursday, November 6, 8 PM

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers are a spirited bluegrass group that delves into folk, country and pop music, adding undeniable songwriting skills to go along with their instrumental prowess. While known to many for frequent collaborations with legendary comedian/banjo player Steve Martin, the North Carolina sextet’s music stands on its own. Learn more

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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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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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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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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

Tickets on sale August 1.

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