Jazz, Pop, Folk & World

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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Colin Quinn 160

Saturday, May 16, 8 PM

Colin Quinn

A native of Brooklyn, comedian, writer and actor Colin Quinn is known for his sharp observational humor and high profile stints on Saturday Night Live and his own critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show Tough Crow with Colin Quinn Learn more

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GUEST PRESENTATION

Thursday, May 28, 5:30- 9:30 PM
Presented by Action Inc.

50 Years of Community Action Celebration

Greater Cape Ann’s Community Action Agency, ACTION INC., is turning 50 and wants you there to help celebrate its rich history of creating local programs for our neighbors in need. The evening includes a cocktail reception catered by Gloucester’s beloved Willow Rest restaurant, followed by a concert featuring American Idol Top Ten finalist Erika Van Pelt along with Gloucester’s own Dan King and other local musical artists. Learn more

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Solas 160

Saturday, May 30, 8 PM
New Show at 4 PM on sale April 28!

Solas

One of the finest, most respected traditional Celtic bands working today, Solas infuses Irish folk music with an undeniable energy and originality. In its over twenty year span, the beloved Irish-American ensemble has reinvigorated Celtic music on both sides of the Atlantic, releasing ten acclaimed records and touring the world several times over.  Learn more

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Sunday, July 5, 8 PM  New Time!

Pokey LaFarge

A young songwriter with an old soul, Pokey LaFarge is reinvigorating the music of the 20’s and 30’s, adding a fresh new voice and energy to ragtime blues, western swing and riverboat jazz.  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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Thursday, July 23, 8 PM
Friday, July 24, 8 PM

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

The dynamic married duo of Béla Fleck, who almost singlehandedly reinvented the banjo for the modern era, and clawhammer banjo player and singer Abigail Washburn, is a musical partnership that seamlessly blends innovation with tradition.    Learn more

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Paula Cole 160

Thursday, July 30, 8 PM
Friday, July 31, 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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Friday, August 7, 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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Rickie Lee Jones 160 new official

Tuesday, August 11, 8 PM

Rickie Lee Jones

Working in the sweet spot between folk, jazz and pop since the late 70’s, Rickie Lee Jones remains an artist of boundless curiosity with a sophisticated cool sensibility. Ever since her sparkling debut, Jones has created music that consistently defies easy categorization, an aesthetic she continues with her soon-to-be-released record, The Other Side of Desire. Learn more

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AJ Croce 160

Wednesday, August 12, 8 PM

A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce has crafted a successful career as a talented pop singer-songwriter who doubles as a remarkable blues/stride pianist.  As the son of legendary folk rock artist Jim Croce, A.J. inherited his dad’s warm baritone and melodic gifts, but his boogie-woogie and barrelhouse piano skills have helped him get recognized on his own considerable artistic merits.  Learn more

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Mikarimba 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Thursday, August 13, 8 PM

Mikarimba

Mika Stoltzman, marimba | Steve Gadd, drums | Eddie Gomez, bass | John Tropea, guitar | Duke Gadd, drums | Richard Stoltzman, clarinet

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

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Alicia Olatuja 160 new

Rockport Jazz Festival
Friday, August 14, 8 PM

Alicia Olatuja

A dazzling young singer just now entering the height of her powers, Alicia Olatuja has quickly rocketed into the public consciousness on the strength of her wondrously supple voice and dynamic live presence. Olatuja flirts with jazz, soul, gospel and world music, but has discovered a sound that is entirely her own, bursting with warmth and spontaneity.  Learn more

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Joey Alexander 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 15, 3 PM

Joey Alexander Trio

Opening Act: Alexa Tarantino Jazz Quintet
A jazz piano prodigy from the island of Bali, Joey Alexander has the chops and unteachable swing of a seasoned musician far beyond his 11 years of age. The minute Alexander sits down and begins to play, however, the surprise and wonder of his youth gets quickly overshadowed by the mature soulfulness of his natural-born artistry. Learn more

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Sean Jones 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Saturday, August 15, 8 PM

Sean Jones Quartet

A thrilling hard bop trumpeter and composer, Sean Jones expertly balances technical virtuosity with the music of his gospel-embedded upbringing.  Jones, who served as the lead trumpet for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra until 2010, stands out from the horn-blowing pack with his bright, muscular tone and impeccable sense of swing.  Learn more

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Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 16, 2 PM

Julian Lage Trio

Julian Lage is a virtuoso guitarist and composer who roams freely between jazz, classical and folk styles. At age 28 he is already considered to be one of the most exciting and dynamic guitarists on the scene today, both as a leader and with a coterie of high-profile collaborators like David Grisman, Nels Cline, Gary Burton, Béla Fleck, Joshua Bell and others.  Learn more

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Anat Cohen 160

Rockport Jazz Festival
Sunday, August 16, 7 PM

Anat Cohen Quartet

Voted “Clarinetist of the Year” from both the Jazz Journalists Association and DownBeat Magazine for several years running, Anat Cohen completely redefines the possibilities of her chosen instrument, working Brazilian choro, klezmer, and even electronica influences into her intoxicating brand of progressive jazz. Learn more

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Chris Smither 160

Wednesday, August 19, 8 PM

Chris Smither

One of the most revered folk/blues stylists of the last fifty years, Chris Smither has left a vibrant, lasting impression on the roots music world. Armed with a warm, gravelly baritone, deft fingerpicking and a stable of wry, often heartbreaking songs, Smither remains as affecting and dynamic as he did when he burst onto the scene over 40 years ago.   Learn more

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Howie Day 160

Thursday, August 20, 8 PM

Howie Day

Hailing from Bangor, Maine, singer-songwriter Howie Day helped lead the surge of male-centric folk pop that dominated the airwaves in the early to mid 2000’s. Alongside peers like John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, Day rocketed up the pop charts with hits like “Collide” and “She Says.”  Learn more

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Fraser Haas 160

Friday, August 21, 8 PM

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas have emerged as one of the most acclaimed purveyors of traditional Celtic music playing today. Fraser, a two-time Scottish National Fiddle Champion and esteemed long-time veteran of the traditional Celtic music scene, has been called “one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced” (Scots Magazine).  Learn more

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Livingston Taylor 160

Saturday, August 22, 8 PM
Sunday, August 23, 5 PM

Livingston Taylor

From upbeat storytelling to touching ballads, Livingston Taylor is known for his ability to take audiences on a musical journey, whether singing  hits “I’ll Come Running,” “I Will Be in Love with You” or other favorites.   Learn more

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Guy 160

Thursday, August 27, 8 PM

Guy Mendilow Ensemble

After releasing several folk/world records on his own, Guy Mendilow handpicked this multicultural sextet and it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most dynamic world music ensembles working today.   Learn more

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Tom Rush 160

Friday, August 28, 8 PM
Saturday, August 29, 8 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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Judy Collins 160

Friday, September 11, 8 PM
Saturday, September 12, 8 PM

Judy Collins

A folk music icon who blew Rockport audience members away two years ago with her classically elegant voice and extensive repertoire.  Learn more

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Joan Armatrading 160

Wednesday, September 23, 8 PM

Joan Armatrading

A genuine star in Britain for all of her career, singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has steadily built a powerful fanbase on this side of the Atlantic, anchored by her distinctive, dynamic voice and uncanny ability to shift seamlessly between folk, rock, new wave, blues, jazz and funk.  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.