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July 4th Weekend Music – Hold the John Philip Sousa

[fa icon="calendar"] Jun 29, 2017 4:34:39 PM / by Mary Lhowe

Mary Lhowe


You would love to enjoy some live music this holiday weekend, but you’re not keen on the usual patriotic fare, e.g., John Philip Sousa, Stars & Stripes Forever, lots of crashing kettledrums. No problem! Find all kinds of music at indoor and outdoor venues this weekend. For example:

Connecticut on July 1 -- Lionel Richie performs at the Grand Theater at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct, on July 1. Enjoy the glitz of a world-class casino / resort before and after the show.

Connecticut on July 1 -- The Russ Becker/Stephen Roane Duo celebrates the music of jazz masters Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with a free concert in Clinton, CT, on July 1.

Massachusetts on July 1 and 4 -- The honky-tonk ambiance of Salisbury Beach, on the northern shore of Massachusetts, is perfect for rockin’ fun music by the B Street Bonbers on July 1 and Joppa Flatts on July 4.

Massachusetts on July 1 -- The Brentano String Quartet performs in the glorious setting of the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA, on July 1. A giant window behind the stage overlooks the ocean – marvelous.

Massachusetts on July 2 -- Marcia Ball brings in New Orleans-inspired Southern boogie and roadhouse blues to Payomet Performing Arts Center in North Truro, on Cape Cod, MA, on July 2.

Massachusetts on July 4 – Across the Pond, a Beatles tribute band, performant on the lawn at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, on July 4. Bring blankets, chairs, and picnic meals.

Maine on July 3 -- Part of the international chamber music festival hosted by Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, the Rolston String Quartet performs composer R. Murray Schafer’s natural soundscapes. Then, violist Dimitri Murrath offers offers glimpses of Beethoven’s later style.

New Hampshire on July 1-- The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers  and Hot Tuna bring Americana roots/rock and psychedelic rock to the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, NH, on July 1. Tight sound by legendary musicians.

New Hampshire on July 2 -- The Pavilion in Gilford also presents Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald on July 2. Scaggs’s career dates back to the late 1960s with the Steve Miller Band. Michael McDonald’s voice is one of the most emotional instruments of our times.

New Hampshire on July 1 – Tuckerman Brewing Co in Conway, the White Mountains of NH welcomes you to taste is unique beers and enjoy music by the Rustic Overtones on July 1. Kids are welcome.

Rhode Island on July  1 -- Steve Smith and the Nakeds at Independence Park in Bristol, RI. The brass-heavy rhythm & blues powerhouse has toured in the U.S. and Canada for 40 years.

Mary Lhowe

Written by Mary Lhowe