Mark your calendars for July 26-28 - The Boston Summer Arts Weekend returns! Before leaving WGBH, I was an active member of the marketing team for the Boston Globe WGBH Summer Arts Weekend, presented by Citizens Bank. Since joining Greenough in June, I’ve continued my involvement in this fantastic, free weekend event in Copley Square taking place at the end of the month. This year’s weekend 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. Carve out some time on your summer calendar and sample the wealth of arts and culture in this region! The weekend line-up
Kick off the weekend on Friday, July 26 by celebrating America's homegrown music genres. Friday night’s lineup features blues, bluegrass and jazz from up-and-coming acts like the Boston-based bluegrass group Della Mae as well as established acts like New Orleans’ famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Grammy Award winner Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, embodying the best of New Orleans’ jazz and blues heritage.
On Saturday, July 27, traverse the world without stepping foot out of Copley Square. Saturday’s lineup features unique international musicians like Angelique Kidjo as well as musicians like Red Baraat that are making inroads into new genre blends. Kid friendly performances include Boston-based singer-songwriter and children’s performer, Vanessa Trien, who with her Jumping Monkeys has become a local rock star among the young and young at heart. Ben Rudnick and Friends offer adventurous acoustic music and a lyrically humorous style that have won them fans of all ages. And, whatever music fans thought they knew about the ukulele is guaranteed to be turned on its head by the ukulele world’s wunderkind Jake Shimabukuro.
On Sunday, July 28, Copley Square welcomes NEC Jewish Music Ensemble who will introduce music lovers to a variety of music from across the Jewish traditions as well as the Boston Conservatory’s “triple threat” musical theater students in a special Broadway revue, highlighting songs and dancing from well-known productions. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will take listeners on a musical journey to Spain, featuring a collaborative performance with Carlos Nunez and his Galician pipes. On Sunday afternoon, Alison Krauss takes the stage. The American bluegrass-country singer-songwriter has won 27 Grammy Awards across her prolific career and had her work featured in major motion pictures like “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Cold Mountain.”
After Dark and Baroque Brunch events
The daytime events are free and open to the public, but there are also some special, ticketed After Dark events on Friday and Saturday nights, and a Sunday Baroque Brunch. These ticketed events offer attendees behind-the-scenes, up close performances by the days’ musicians. For tickets go to bostonsummerarts.com
And finally, if visual arts is your thing, kick off Boston Summer Arts Weekend 2013 a few days early with the new Summer Arts Walk. Stroll down Boston’s historic Newbury Street Wednesday night, July 24 for a night of art, music and refreshments, and get an in-person preview of select works from the WGBH Fine Art Auction. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, explore the collections at Boston’s most acclaimed galleries, and if you want, place a bid to bring a part of the Summer Arts Weekend home with you.
For more information about the Boston Globe WGBH Summer Arts Weekend, go to bostonsummerarts.com
The Greenough team hopes to see you there!