Boston is bursting at the seams with exciting summer events, but none will be as imaginative as Boston Summer Arts Weekend 2013! WGBH and the Boston Globe collaborate to deliver a free three day outdoor festival full of special offers and a tapestry of live music performances to Copley Square! Summer Arts Weekend combines local and national artists that range from jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk and Broadway music.
The festival will kick off with Blues guitar and harmonica player Noe Socha, is a Berklee student who has performed in many music festival venues. The Italian native will open the Boston Summer Arts Weekend on Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m.
Della Mae follows Noe to keep the festivities going! This all-female acoustic bluegrass group is made up of singer Celia Woodsmith, guitarist Courtney Hartman, bass player Shelby Means, mandolinist Jenny Lyn Gardner, and the award-winning fiddle champion Kimber Ludiker. Allow them to tell you a few stories through song.
Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Dr. John and the Night Trippers bring New Orleans to Boston with his funky R&B and jazz sound.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, hailing from the French quarter of New Orleans, appeared on ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’ has toured all over the world, and won the National Metal of the Arts. Their albums range from ‘A Creole Christmas’ to ‘Song for my Fathers.’
The Summer Arts Weekend continues with family entertainment on Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m. Singer-songwriter Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys will take the stage with catchy tunes sure to bring an audience to its feet!
Amazing feats will be performed when ‘The Airborne Comedians’ take the stage at 12:30 p.m. From unicycles to snowball juggling, duo Dan Foley and Joel Harris deliver delightful surprises!
Children’s band Ben Rudnick and Friends play, Hawaii-native Jake Shimabukuro strums the ukulele, and Boston-based group ‘Session Americana’ performs with friends are just a few of the highlights of the day. Saturday, July 27 is packed with a variety of music for the whole family and the fun continues until 10 p.m.
WGBH and the Boston Globe’s Summer Arts Festival present its grand finale on Sunday, July 28. The New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble will perform a broad range of Jewish traditional music such as folksong, Yiddish, and Middle Eastern music. Also taking the stage is the Boston Conservatory Broadway revue, performing a selection of beloved songs from award-winning Broadway productions. Other performances include The Boston Landmarks Orchestra, who is currently performing their summer series at the Hatch Shell, and award-winning Bluegrass singer-songwriter and musician Alison Krauss bring the festival to its final applause.
For more information, visit www.summerartsweekend.com. Bring the family for a weekend and enjoy free entertainment at Copley Square!