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Lowell Summer Music Series Adds Three New Shows


Working feverishly to finalize its 2021 show lineup, organizers of the Lowell Summer Music Series have put three more concerts on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Richard Thompson, August 28 COURTESY OF LSMS

Richard Thompson arrives in town on Saturday August 28th. Rhiannon Giddens returns to Lowell on Saturday September 4. And, finally, on Friday, September 17, Grammy winner Ani DiFranco takes the stage.

Thompson, Giddens and DiFranco have all played at Boarding House Park before as part of the Lowell Summer Music Series, but they may be playing at a new venue this summer.

Based on current federal guidelines, Boarding House Park, which as part of Lowell National Historic Park is federally owned, is currently not permitted to host events at full capacity. Although the intent is to host all Lowell Summer Music Series events at Boarding House Park, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium will serve as the venue if Boarding House Park is not permitted to host the events.

Tickets to see Thompson are $40 in advance, $50 the day of the show, and $140 for premium seats.

Rhiannon Giddens, September 4 COURTESY OF LSMS

Tickets for Giddens are $46 in advance, $55 the day of the show, and $146 for premium seats.

Tickets for DiFranco are $39 in advance, $50 the day of the show and $139 for premium seats.

Get your tickets at or by calling 800-654-8774.

Here is the current schedule for the 2021 season:

Ani DeFranco, September 17. COURTESY OF LSMS

Colin Hay Band, Saturday August 7th.

JJ Gray & Mofro, Thursday August 12.

Tower of Power, Saturday August 14.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Friday, August 20.

Richard Thompson, Saturday August 28.

John Hiatt – Friday, September 3.

Rhiannon Giddens, Saturday September 4th.

Los Lobos, Thursday September 16.

Ani DiFranco, Friday, September 17.

Jake Shimabukuro – postponed, new date TBD.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and while DiFranco will include an opening act, most concerts will not have a 7:30 p.m. opening. There will be no food concessions this summer, but LSMS officials are encouraging spectators to come early and eat. downtown or maybe grab a bite after the show.

Gaelic Storm and Joss Stone, originally scheduled, have been postponed to the 2022 season, where they will take place on June 24 and June 25 respectively.

All tickets previously purchased for the postponed shows will be valid for the new performance date. Refunds for postponed shows will be available through June 30.

Although Colin Hay Band is listed as the opening show for the current season, LSMS officials tell The Sun that they are working to confirm a new concert to take place the previous weekend and would serve as a season opener.