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Hundreds of outdoor concerts take place throughout Massachusetts in the summer and fall. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 19th century, when each city and town had its own brass band that proudly played in the gazebo on the town square, for holidays and special occasions.

Today you’ll hear music in the town squares, on lake shores, ocean’s edge, in museum and hotel courtyards, or in the middle of the city shopping districts.

The series listed below largely feature jazz, world or blues. Check individual web sites listed for fuller details and updated information.


2012 SCHEDULE

Boston

Berklee Greenway Sessions
July 6, 13, 27
August 10, 17, 24
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Milk and Atlantic Ave, Boston
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee Lunch Sessions at Atlantic Wharf
July 5, 12, 19, 26
berklee.edu/events/summer

WUMB and Berklee Fox Point Music Series
August 5, 12, 19, 26
Atlantic Avenue and Congress
Street, Waterfront District
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee Lunch Sessions at Prudential Center
July 3, 10, 17, 24,31
Prudential Center
Boston Back Bay
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee Music Fest
July 21, August 21
Georges Island
Boston Harbor
berklee.edu/events/summer

Berklee at Spectacle Island
July 8, 27; August 5, 19;
September 2 (Sundays)
Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor
berklee.edu/events/summer

Blues Barge
July 5 - August 30
(Thursdays)
Boston Harbor Hotel
Boston Waterfront
bhh.com

Concerts in the Courtyard
July 11 - August 29
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave
Boston
mfa.org

Concerts in the Courtyard
July 20 - August 17
(Fridays)
Boston Public Library
Copley Square, Boston
BPL.org

Downtown Boston Live Concert Series
July & August
Summer Street, Readers
Park, Shoppers Park and
Post Office Square
bostonbid.org/events/calendar.php

Elma Lewis Summer Performing Arts Series
July 10, 17, 24, 31
(Tuesdays)
Franklin Park Playstead
Dorchester
franklinparkcoalition.org

Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee at the ICA
July 12, 19, 26; August 2,
9, 16, 23, 30
Institute of
Contemporary Art
Boston Waterfront
icaboston.org

Harvard Longwood Campus Presents Berklee
July 11, 18, 25; August 1,
15, 22, 29; September 5
Huntington Avenue, Boston
berklee.edu/events/summer

Roxbury Heritage State Park
August 11;
September 22
183 Roxbury Street,
Roxbury
mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/rxhp.htm

Tito Puente Latin Music Series
July 5, August 9
O’Day Park/ South End
July 19
Blackstone Park/ South End
July 12
Mozart Park/ Jamaica Plain
July 26
Greenway/East Boston
July 26
Sheehy Park/ Mission Hill
berklee.edu/events/summer


Cambridge/Somerville

Courtyard Series: Berklee at Regattabar
July 16, 23, 30; August 6,
13, 20, 27 (Mondays)
Charles Hotel
Cambridge
berklee.edu/events/summer

Kendall Square Concert Series/Berklee
July 5, 12, 19, 26;
August 2, 9, 16, 23;
September 6
Cambridge
berklee.edu/events/summer


North of Boston

Lowell Summer Music Series
July 14, August 3, 4
Lowellsummermusic.org

Marblehead Jazz Festival
July 7, 21, August 4, 18
(Saturdays)
Marblehead
marbleheadjazz.org 

Newburyport Summer Concert Series
July 13, 20, 27
(Saturdays and Sundays)
Maudslay Arts Center
Newburyport
maudslayartscenter.org

Rockport Music Summer Series
July 8, 20, 27, 29;
August 21
Shalin Liu Performance
Center
Rockport
rockportmusic.org

Salem Jazz & Soul Festival / Berklee Summer Series
July 14, August 11
(Saturdays)
Derby Square, Salem
salemjazzsoul.org

Berklee Plaza Jazz
July 5, 19, August 2, 16,
September 6, 20
Wakefield Library


Central Mass

Jazz at Sunset Series
July 8, 15, 22, 29
(Fridays)
Ecotarium Museum
Worcester
EcoTarium.org


Cape Cod & Islands

Arts Foundation of Cape Cod Summer Music Series
June 7 - August 10
Jazz in eight
Cape Cod towns.
artsfoundation.org

Cape Cod Jazz Festival
July 3 - August 29
Wequasset Resort & Golf
Club, Chatham
wequassett.com/jazz

Provincetown Jazz Series
July 11, 18, 25; August
1, 8, 13, 22, 23, 29, 30;
September 5
Provincetown Art Association
& Museum
paam.org


South Shore

Plymouth Waterfront Concert Series
June 30 - September 1
Pilgrim Memorial Park
Plymouth
projectarts.com


Western Mass

Bang on a Can Music Festival
July 13 - 30
(Mondays through
Saturdays)
Williamstown
massmoca.org

   
   
   
 
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