Coming Soon to Rockport, MA


 

Johnny A

Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm

One of the most revered guitarists working the scene today, Boston’s own Johnny A. has created a decade-spanning career built on his virtuosic playing, compositional fortitude and distinctive style. On top of putting out his acclaimed new record, Driven, Johnny was just recently asked to play lead guitar in the legendary blues rock supergroup of The Yardbirds.

 

Ballroom Thieves

Sunday, May 19 at 8:00pm

The Ballroom Thieves return to Rockport on the heels of their most recent release, the 2018 EP Paper Crown, which finds the trio mining immense melodies and hypnotic hooks from personal stories.

 

Pat Metheny

Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00pm

Thursday, May 23 at 8:00pm

The iconic jazz guitarist, winner of 20 Grammy Awards and the youngest member of the prestigious DownBeat Hall of Fame, makes his Rockport debut in a solo performance.

 

Glenn Crytzer- The Savoy Seven

Saturday, June 1 at 8:00 PM

Glenn Crytzer and the Savoy Seven bring their “vintage American jazz” to Rockport for their Shalin Liu Performance Center debut! Their superlative musicianship and unbridled swing is fueled by each musician's genuine love for playing pre-war jazz, bringing to life the music of this bygone age with stunning authenticity.

 

Bobby McFerrin

Sunday, June 2 at 5:00 PM

with Ranky Tanky
The iconic Grammy-winning vocal virtuoso comes to Rockport for the first time! McFerrin's diversity and range are incomparable. Drawing on all genres, demonstrating matchless improvisational skills and an ability to create new vocabularies on the fly, he never fails to dazzle.

 

Christian McBride & Tip City

Friday, June 7 at 8:00 PM

One of the most exciting jazz artists of the modern era, bassist Christian McBride has redefined both his instrument and the perceived boundaries of jazz itself. Unafraid to dip his toes into R&B, funk, pop, fusion or big band, McBride’s massive technical and compositional skills have launched him into the rarified air of bonafide jazz masters.

 

Mountain Man

Saturday, June 8 at 8:00 PM

Road to Newport
The acclaimed vocal-based indie-folk trio (Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig) make their Rockport debut, touring on the strength of their lauded sophomore record Magic Ship. 

 

Martin Sexton

Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 PM

Owning one of the most powerful and dynamic voices in American popular music, Martin Sexton straddles the worlds of folk, soul, country, and rock and roll with ease. For the last 25 years, his earnest songwriting, quirky stylistic shape-shifting and seemingly boundless vocal range has created a legion of devoted fans across the country, and the world.

 

Sierra Hull

Sunday, July 21 at 7:00 PM

An exceptionally gifted mandolin player as well as a rapidly emerging singer-songwriter, Sierra Hull has taken the bluegrass and country world by storm. Considered one of the leading lights of roots music, her recently released Weighted Mind only confirms her gigantic talent and appeal. 

 

Paula Cole

Friday, July 25 at 8:00 PM

Always giving special concerts in her hometown of Rockport, MA, Paula will unveil songs from her forthcoming, new album (due for release in September 2019!).

 

Paula Cole

Saturday, July 26 at 8:00 PM

Always giving special concerts in her hometown of Rockport, MA, Paula will unveil songs from her forthcoming, new album (due for release in September 2019!).

 

Quebe Sisters

Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 PM

An acclaimed Texas fiddle trio, the Quebe Sisters delve deep into Western Swing and traditional country with gorgeous three part sibling harmonies. After winning several solo and group fiddling competitions as children, the Quebes have matured into dynamic performers and artists with a distinct Americana style all their own.

 

Ronan Tynan

Sunday, July 28 at 5:00 PM

Irish tenor, recording artist, physician, and champion disabled athlete, Ronan Tynan moves audiences like few others can. His stirring performances and personal story of triumph have brought him international fame. 

 

An Evening with Natalie Merchant

Tuesday, July 30 at 8:00 PM

A revered singer-songwriter and musical icon of the 90’s known for her time fronting 10,000 Maniacs (“These Are Days,” “Trouble Me”) as well as her subsequent multi-platinum solo career (“Carnival,” “Jealousy”), Natalie Merchant makes her long-awaited first appearance in Rockport. She’s touring off the release of her 10 CD box set The Natalie Merchant Collection.

 

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Thursday, August 1 at 8:00 PM

“The king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. They are touring off their newest record, Echo in the Valley.

 

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Friday, August 2 at 8:00 PM


“The king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. They are touring off their newest record, Echo in the Valley.

Summer Gala Event: Matthew Morrison


Saturday, August 3 at 5:30 PM

An Evening of Broadway, American Songbook, and more
Rockport Music’s Summer Gala features Broadway and TV star Matthew Morrison, who became a megastar as Mr. Schuester on the Golden Globe Award-winning TV show GLEE.  Currently a Broadway star in Finding Neverland, he will perform an evening Broadway favorites, American Songbook, and other gems at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Following the performance, guests will enjoy a celebratory evening of cocktails and dinner under the stars at the beautiful Millbrook Meadow.



John Scofield


Sunday, August 4 at 5:00 PM

Featuring Steve Swallow and Bill Stewart
One of the most influential and stylistically adventurous jazz guitarists of the modern era, John Scofield brings his trio for an intimate evening of jaw-dropping six string virtuosity. The multiple Grammy Award-winning guitarist, who draws from equally from blues, funk, rock and R&B just as much as post-bop jazz, is fresh off his acclaimed latest release Combo 66.

 

Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

Wednesday, August 7 at 8:00 PM

Trinidadian jazz trumpeter and percussionist Etienne Charles, recent winner of a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship Award, brings the jubilant Afro-Caribbean sounds of Carnival to the Shalin Liu Performance Center! Blending jazz with the spirit of his creole heritage and the myriad traditions of the American South (especially New Orleans), Charles has created a singular, infectious hybrid.

 

Kat Edmonson

Thursday, August 8 at 8:00 PM

A delightfully quirky and wholly original jazz singer, Edmonson fuses vintage Brill Building pop with 60’s lounge, and a hefty dose of sophisticated, timeless sounding originals for a style that is uniquely her own. The Texas native is touring off her critically-adored new record Old Fashioned Gal.

 

Aaron Diehl

Friday, August 9 at 8:00 PM

An acclaimed pianist equally at home with straight ahead jazz and classical music, Diehl creates a sophisticated urbane soundscape that has critics like the New York Times lauding his “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” Recent projects have found the pianist running the gamut from Gershwin to Philip Glass, and from Jelly Roll Morton to Mozart, keeping delighted audiences on their toes.

 

Hot Sardines

Saturday, August 10 at 8:00 PM

Performing a particularly jubilant take on the “hot jazz” style of the early 20th century (think Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, etc.), New York City’s Hot Sardines make their Rockport debut! Fronted by the sweet and sassy vocals of Elizabeth Bougerol, and bandleader/pianist Evan Palazzo, the Hot Sardines are redefining vintage swing for the new age.

 

Ulysses Owens Jr.

Sunday, August 11 at 2:00 PM

An artist “who takes a backseat to no one” (The New York Times), Ulysses Owens, Jr. is one of today’s premier drummers, as well as a producer, composer, educator, and entrepreneur. Admired for his sensitive, fiery and complex playing, he has earned two Grammy’s for recordings with Kurt Elling and Christian McBride.

 

Jack DeJohnette-Coltrane-Garrison Trio

Sunday, August 11 at 8:00 PM

One of the most heralded drummers in the history of jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. DeJohnette brought Ravi Coltrane and Matthew Garrison together to perform the music of John Coltrane, this Trio explores open improvisation in addition to their own compositions. 

 

MIPSO

Wednesday, August 14 at 8:00 PM

The North Carolina string band fuses traditional mountain music with shades of modern pop songwriting and impeccable harmonies for a powerful and compelling original sound. They’ll be making their Rockport debut touring in support of their latest release, Edges Run.

 

Darrell Scott

Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 PM

One of Nashville’s most beloved songwriters, Darrell Scott’s tunes have been covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks (”Long Time Gone”), Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw among many others. Though lauded for his songwriting, Scott’s a powerful and soulful singer in his own right.

 

Ben Wendel Seasons Band

Friday, August 16 at 8:00 PM

A Grammy nominated and award-winning saxophonist, bassoonist, and composer, Ben Wendel has received both critical acclaim for his cotemporary takes on projects like “The Seasons,” inspired by Tchaikovsky’s work. He is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody and has received multiple awards and accolades as a composer.

 

Jim Brickman

Sunday, August 18 at 7:00 PM

A tremendously talented Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist, Jim Brickman has created an ever-growing, devoted fanbase on the strength of beloved, platinum-selling hits like “Angel Eyes” and “Valentine (with Martina McBride).

 

Della Mae

Sunday, September 1 at 7:00 PM

Forging a vibrant and wholly distinct path in today’s bluegrass circuit, Della Mae has quickly become one of the most sought after roots music ensembles in the country. The all-female bluegrass supergroup from Nashville (via Boston) blend tradition with a boundary-defying sound, able to recall vintage string band sounds while folding in elements of rock, soul, folk and country.

 

1964: The Tribute


Friday, September 6 at 8:00 PM


Since the early 80’s, “1964”…The Tribute has been thrilling audiences all over the globe with what Rolling Stone Magazine has called the “Best Beatles Tribute on Earth.”  “1964” …The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world.

 

 

Shalin Liu Performance Center

Our go-to venue in Rockport is the Shalin Liu Performance Center located at 37 Main Street, which has an 334 person capacity.