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Ron D'Amico, Connelly Partners
For Immediate ReleaseMassachusetts Music Scene: Marching to a New Beat
Exploring Massachusetts Music Festivals/Events in 2011
BOSTON, February 17, 2011
- From well known festivals like Tanglewood and the Lowell Folk Festival, to newer options like Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has compiled a list of popular and unique music events that are taking place throughout 2011.
The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival has become a leading celebration of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. More than 80,000 visitors enjoy exceptional jazz and cultural food in Boston's historic and hip South End. Over 100 vendors will take part in 2011, securing Boston as a prominent influence on the jazz scene.
Low-key events include the Blues ‘n’ Brews festival in Westford that pairs regional craft breweries with top blues bands. Great eats like Oktoberfest food and a homebrew competition make this a quality day for locals and out-of-towners. Raffles and games take place throughout day while craft and vendor booths are also stationed at the festival selling local creations.
If you're looking for more musical festivals taking place in Massachusetts, go to massjazz.com
to check out events, festivals and nightclubs, as well as hotel packages, jazz brunches, classes and other resources.
Upcoming Music Festivals in Massachusetts
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival
The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is growing into a premier music festival on the North Shore, adding to the region’s creative economy through tourism, music and education. Last years family-friendly event featured two days of live music, music education classes, an arts and crafts fair, and a children’s play tent.
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square
Bluegrass on the Bogs
A non-traditional, acoustic festival, showcases some of the most talented musicians in the region. This weekend-long event provides outstanding music, workshops, children’s activities, local and organic food.
290 Glen Charlie Road
Rockport Chamber Music Festival
–June 9-July 17
Celebrating its 30th anniversary season, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival is featuring an exceptional roster of outstanding soloists and ensembles – all in the stunning acoustics of the Shalin Liu Performance Center
37 Main Street
Berkshire Choral Festival
The Berkshire Choral Festival was founded in 1982 with a unique purpose: to provide choral singers with the opportunity to rehearse and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors and with the help of a professional musical staff
245 North Undermountain Road
Aston Magna Festival
-June 16-July 9
Baroque and classical music performed on period instruments in three air-conditioned venues with convenient parking and full handicapped accessibility. Performances are held throughout June and July.
415 South Street
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival
-June 24-June 26
An intimate three-day celebration of music, comedy, art and community. Envisioned by Wilco and presented in collaboration with MASS MoCA, America’s largest center for contemporary art, this year’s festival boasts two headline concerts by Wilco, a comedy cabaret hosted by John Hodgman, the new Solid Ground tent site for nearby camping, a Euclid Records pop-up store, and a wide array of all-ages programming.
87 Marshall Street
Tanglewood Music Festival
The 2011 Tanglewood Music Festival, now in its 74th year as the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, opens with a world premiere performance by the Mark Morris Dance Group, and closes with the annual Labor Day Weekend Jazz Festival.
Between Lenox and Stockbridge
Lowell Folk Festival
The Lowell Folk Festival kicks-off with a parade and music on two performances stages: Dutton Street Dance Pavilion and Boarding House Park. On Saturday everything kicks off at noon with music, ethnic foods, crafts demonstrations and more throughout downtown Lowell.
67 Kirk Street
Provincetown Jazz Festival
The 7th Annual Provincetown Jazz Fesitval is held in the oldest continuous art colony in the United States and includes jazz musicians from the US, Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom.
Provincetown Town Hall
Blues N’ Brews Festival
Features live music from top blues bands with dozens of regional craft breweries. Raffles, games, homebrew demonstrations as well as craft and vendor booths makes for a great outdoor event at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Essex Music Festival
The 17th Annual Essex Music Festival in Essex, Massachusetts features a collection of the area’s finest acoustic performers in a family oriented venue. An eclectic mix of genres perform on two stages and include Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Celtic, Ragtime, Cajun/Zydeco and Americana Roots.
BeanTown Jazz Festival
Performers brewed up a big ol' pot of musical gumbo for the 10th anniversary Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. The festival brings together people from diverse communities throughout the city and region, and is a vital part of Boston’s culture.
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