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Alison Krauss to anchor weekend lineup

Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss will close out this year's Boston Summer Arts Weekend. (Tina Hagerling) Grammy Award-winner Alison Krauss will close out this year's Boston Summer Arts Weekend.

BOSTON - Grammy Award-winner and bluegrass sensation Alison Krauss has been added to the lineup of the second-annual Boston Summer Arts Weekend. Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history, will close out the festival on Sunday, July 28 in Copley Square.

Krauss, who has released 14 albums, has helped spur a renewed interest in bluegrass music in the U.S. She has been nominated for 41 Grammy awards and has won 27, making her the most awarded living recipient. She performed with Brad Paisley on the single Whiskey Lullaby, winning the CMA award for Best Musical Event and Best Music Video of the year. Her 2007 album Raising Sand, in which she collaborated with Robert Plant, was RIAA-certified platinum and won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, and Record of the Year.

In addition to Krauss's performance, the 2013 Boston Summer Arts Weekend--presented by Citizens Bank--will showcase the city's thriving arts community by bringing local and national artists to the city for a variety of performances across all genres, including classical, jazz, Latin, bluegrass, soul, dramatic theater, and dance.

Blues and jazz icon Dr. John as well as the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline Friday's opening concert at Copley Square. Noe Socha, a guitar and harmonica blues artist and student at Berklee College of Music, will open the evening's performance, which will also feature the bluegrass band Della Mae.

Saturday's free events schedule will celebrate music of the world with performances from Carlos Nunez, a Galician bagpipe player from the Celtic region of Spain, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Grammy-Award winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and Brooklyn-based Bhangra band Red Baraat.

Sunday will feature a performance from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra with Carlos Nunez before the festival closes with a full set from Alison Krauss.

In addition to the free music festival in Copley Square, the weekend will also feature special offers around the city as well as a series of ticketed unique performances.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Mark your calendars. From July 26-27, WGBH, The Boston Globe, and Citizens Bank are bringing Summer Arts Weekend back to Boston.

This free weekend event will again feature a dynamic variety of musical artists from across the classical, jazz, blues, folk, and Americana worlds as well as a number of new arts, food and cultural programs. Check back often for more details.