Boston comes alive this summer with exciting, dynamic summer events, but none are as multifaceted as the annual and free Boston Summer Arts Weekend 2015! WGBH and the Boston Globe collaborate once again to deliver a free two-day outdoor festival full of special offers, a tapestry of award-winning music performances, and family fare on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 in Copley Square!
Summer Arts Weekend is packed with legendary artists such as Aaron Neville and Emmylou Harris as well as extraordinary local and national talent ranging from jazz, bluegrass, classical, folk, circus, comedy. Rain or shine, this free music festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Visit summerartsweekend.com for more information!
Enjoy family fare which includes the award-winning band, Karen K and the Jitterbugs. From the Big Apple Circus, ‘The Remarkable Renaldo’ shows off a number of skills including plate spinning and juggling! Fun for the entire family continues with Grammy award-nominated, comedic music from Zak Morgan and the Funny Farmers at 1:30 p.m.
The afternoon heats up with afrodance, the joyous sounds of New Orleans-style jazz, an uplifting, award-winning chorus, and the quirky as well as ever-popular Blue Man Group!
Boston-based Federator No1 joins the party with the heart thumping rhythms that have heightened weddings, club parties, and street events alike. They will take the stage at 3 p.m. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is taking its 35th year to the Boston Summer Arts Weekend with comedic style and New Orleans-style jazz at 4:45 p.m.
The famous Blue Man Group engages the crowd with its interactive, wild tactics! This time, it’s a drum-off competition. See who will reign supreme at 6 p.m.
Barbershop will never sound quite the same as the award-winning Merrimack Valley Chorus takes the stage with their unique music style, ‘Sweet Adeline.’ With over 50 members, The Merrimack Valley Chorus is the largest non-profit women’s music organization in the world. They do have openings for promising singers. Click here for more information!
Grammy award-nominated singer Bettye LaVette has been creating a wide array of music such as country, soul, gospel, and soul for over 50 years. Her new album is called, ‘Worthy.’ She will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.
The first day of the festival closes with a celebrated music artist that has dazzled audiences with her Grammy award-winning, soulful renditions. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell offer a grand finale to the first night of Boston Summer Arts Weekend at 9:45 p.m.
The Handel and Haydn Society is celebrating its bicentennial and will kick off the second day of Summer Arts Weekend on Sunday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. Renowned Cape Breton musician Natalie MacMaster and Platinum R&B artist Aaron Neville round out this amazing weekend!
For more information and to see Summer Arts Weekend’s full schedule, visit summerartsweekend.com. Leave the wallet at home and enjoy free, award-winning family entertainment in Boston!