Mark your calendars. From July 25-26, 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.


The Boston Summer Arts Weekend main stage is packed with a diverse array of talented artists for 2015—and we're still adding more. Learn more about the artists below and check back for more details as we get closer to the event.

Plus, see what artists and musicians are performing on the Fountain Stage.

Saturday, July 25

11:00 a.m.

Karen K & The Jitterbugs


One of the most buzzed about bands for families and kids on the East Coast, Karen K & the Jitterbugs have received multiple national awards.

12:15 p.m.

The Remarkable Renaldo


Born in the Big Apple Circus 20 years ago, Remarkable Renaldo dazzles with skills, from juggling and plate spinning, as well as his signature devil stick and hat.

1:30 p.m.

Zak Morgan and the Funny Farmers


Grammy Award nominee Zak Morgan's unique brand of children's music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike.

3:00 p.m.

Federator N°1

Federator N°1 is a 12-piece afrobeat, afro-dance band, and a key instigator in Boston's musical movements.

4:45 p.m.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

An appetite for musicological adventure, a commitment to honor tradition while not being constrained by it, and a healthy sense of humor have brought the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to its 35th year of playing its own brand of New Orleans-style jazz.

6:00 p.m.

Blue Man Group Boston Drum-Off

Does one person have what it takes to drum as well as a member of the Blue Man Group? Find out during this one-of-a-kind drum-off.

7:30 p.m.

Merrimack Valley Chorus

The Merrimack Valley Chorus, based in Wilmington, Massachusetts, is an award-winning chorus that performs throughout the greater Boston area and southern New Hampshire. They are in genre known as “Sweet Adeline” or female equivalent of Barbershop.

8:15 p.m.

Bettye LaVette

The American singer-songwriter Bettye LaVette has been creating music since she was 16. Her unique style combines soul, funk, gospel, blues, rock n roll, and country.

9:45 p.m.

Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell

The 13-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris is beloved for her straightforward songwriting and expressive singing. She has collaborated with Rodney Crowell on two albums.

Sunday, July 26

12:30 p.m.

Handel + Haydn Society

Founded in Boston in 1815, the Handel + Haydn Society is considered America’s oldest continuously performing arts organization and will celebrate its Bicentennial in 2015.
If it rains, the performance will be held in the Church of the Covenant at 67 Newbury Street in Boston.

3:15 p.m.

Natalie MacMaster

Award-winning Cape Breton musician, Natalie MacMaster, began her fiddling career at 16. Her career now spans over three decades, 11 albums, and thousands of shows.

4:45 p.m.

Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville is an American R&B singer and musician with four Platinum-certified albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to #1 on Billboard's Adult contemporary chart.

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