Friday July, 27 through Sunday July, 29 the inaugural Boston Globe WGBH Summer
Arts weekend will showcase Boston’s thriving arts community by bringing local
and national artists to the city for a variety of free performances. Grammy
Award winning singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, indie folk band Low Anthem and
family-favorite Dan Zanes & Friends will highlight the inaugural Boston
Globe WGBHSummer Arts Weekend. Classical
trumpeter Alison Balsom and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra are also on tap to
play. The weekend event beginning Friday, July 27 and running through Sunday,
July 29 will celebrate the arts with a free festival on Copley square in the
Back Bay, and will include special offers around the city, and a series of
ticketed unique performances. Sumer Arts Weekend is presented by Citizens Bank.
classical, jazz, bluegrass and soul music, along with dramatic theater and
street performers, the three-day festival will showcase Boston’s thriving arts
community by bringing local and national artists to the city for a variety of
Suzanne Vega is celebrating the 25th
anniversary of her critically-acclaimed album “Solitude Standing.” The album
featured the hits Tom’s Diner and Luka and went to No. 11 on the Billboard
chart. Throughout her performance on Saturday, July 27, Vega will be joined by
special surprise guests coming together to celebrate the album’s anniversary.
Friday, July 27, the weekend kicks off with a look at the legacy of American
music. Sierra Hull & Highway 111, led by Hull, a recent graduate of Berklee College of
Music, will fill the Copley Square stage with her new brand of bluegrass.
Legendary Del McCoury will
bring more than 50 years of American roots music to the stage. With the iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as the Soul Queen of New
Orleans, Irma Thomas, the rich heritage
of this country’s homegrown music will be on grand display.
will celebrate diversity, as the Copley Square Stage comes alive with rock and
roll, Latin, classical, folk and special performances for the family. Popular
children’s music performers Dan Zanes
& Friends is scheduled to play, along with Poncho Sanchez, who will
showcase a fusion of Latin, jazz, and blues. Suzanne Vega will perform songs
from Solitude Standing and indie folk band Low Anthem along with the new New
Orleans sound of Soul Rebels will
rock the stage late into the evening.
will be dedicated to some unique classical music performances. A baroque brunch will be held at the Fairmont
Copley Plaza. The emerging piano duo Anderson
& Roe will show attendees how classical can be funky and fun and
classically-trained musicians Igudesman
& Joo, fresh off a performance at Carnegie Hall, will take it a step
further. The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will bring a local and international
flair to the stage with British trumpeter Alison
Balsom performing alongside.
In addition to the free events in Copley Square, a series
of performances will take place in the After Hours Festival Club which will
come alive after performances on the Copley Square stage end. These ticketed
events will be held at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, bringing together festival
artists for short-form intimate performances that will allow for unique
collaborations between artists. More information about the After-Hours
Festival Club will be available soon.
Local arts organizations will offer discounts and unique
programming for the public, all of them featured in a special guide. The guide
will be distributed in The Boston Sunday Globe and the Worcester Telegram &
Gazette and online at WGBH.org.