Boston Summer Arts Weekend
various Sat, Jul 26 - Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Venue: Copley Square
560 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116
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Presented by Citizens Bank, the 2013 Boston Summer Arts Weekend will feature a free festival on Copley Square, special offers around the city, and a series of ticketed unique performances. With music ranging from classical and jazz to Latin, bluegrass and soul, dramatic theater and dance, Summer Arts Weekend will showcase Boston's thriving arts community by bringing local and national artists to the city for a variety of performances. Blues and jazz icon Dr. John as well as the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz BandÃƒï¿½ will headline Friday's opening concert at Copley Square. Noe Socha, a guitar and harmonica blues artist and student at Berklee College of Music will open the evening's performance and will be followed bythe bluegrass band Della Mae. Saturday will celebrate music of the world. The day will feature performances from Carlos Nunez, a Galician bagpipe player from the Celtic region of Spain, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Grammy-Award winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and Brooklyn-based Bhangra band Red Baraat. Saturday will also showcase performers with a Boston connection in a special Boston Before Dark Session Americana event. Sunday will feature a performance from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra with Carlos Nunez before the festival closes with a full set from Alison Krauss. Krauss, who has released 14 albums, has helped spur a renewed interest in bluegrass music in the U.S. She has been nominated for 41 Grammy awards and has won 27, making her the most awarded living recipient. She performed with Brad Paisley on the single Whiskey Lullaby, winning the CMA award for Best Musical Event and Best Music Video of the year. Her 2007 album Raising Sand, in which she collaborated with Robert Plant, was RIAA-certified platinum and won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album, and Record of the Year.