Citizens Bank, The Boston Globe, and WGBH team up to make summer in the city even hotter with the 2nd annual Summer Arts Weekend. This year, in addition to bringing in local and national acts, the festivities celebrate Boston's resilience in the face of tragedy. In the words of the organizers: "The term Boston Strong is not just a slogan. It represents the spirit and strength of a community that reaches out, neighbor to neighbor. We have never been prouder to call ourselves Bostonians."
All are invited to the following free performances in Copley Square, Boston:
Friday, July 26:
7 p.m., Italian blues artist Noe Socha
7:20 p.m., all-female bluegrass quintet Della Mae
8:20 p.m., Grammy winner Dr. John and the Nite Trippers
9:20 p.m., from New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Saturday, July 27:
11 a.m., music for families with Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
12:30 p.m., family entertainment with the Airborne Comedians
2 p.m., award-winning family entertainer Ben Rudnick & Friends
3:30 p.m., ukulele wunderkind Jake Shimabukuro
5 p.m., piper Carlos Nunez and friends
6:15 p.m., world music with Red Baraat
8 p.m., Boston's own Session Americana and guests
9:30 p.m., Grammy-winning vocalist Angelique Kidjo
Sunday, July 28:
1 p.m., New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble
1:40 p.m., Boston Conservatory Broadway Revue
2:45 p.m., Boston Landmarks Orchestra
4:30 p.m., 27-time Grammy-winning bluegrass/country singer-songwriter Alison Krauss
The weekend also features ticketed events which offer the opportunity to see the artists in a more intimate setting.
Friday After Dark features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John and the Nite Trippers and Della Mae. July 26, 10:30 p.m. $65. Fairmont Copley, Grand Ballroom, 138 St. James Ave., Boston. Purchase tickets here.
Saturday After Dark features Angelique Kidjo, Red Baraat, Carlos Nunez, Session Americana, Ryan Montbleau, and others. July 27, 10:30 p.m. $65. Westin Copley Ballroom, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston. Purchase tickets here.
Baroque Brunch features the Handel and Haydn Society, harpsichordist Ian Watson, soprano Teresa Wakim, and Baroque in Boston host Laura Carlo. July 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $75. Fairmont Copley, Grand Ballroom, 138 St. James Ave., Boston. Purchase tickets here.
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