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Lowell Summer Music Series returns this weekend

LOWELL – You know the saying, “What a difference a day makes!” but consider the difference 1,100 days make.

That’s the time between the start of the 2019 Lowell Summer Music Series season and this year’s lineup, which kicks off this Saturday with a concert by The Mavericks.

The three plus years in between are a microcosm of where we are as a society.

The 2020 series never happened, a victim of the pandemic. The 2021 series did happen, but it was a shortened 12-show schedule that premiered on the last day of July and ran until mid-September.

This year’s lineup is a full 16-show series that runs from Father’s Day Eve through Labor Day weekend. And, as usual, this year’s Lowell Summer Music Series features all varieties of music, from Tex-Mex to Gaelic, classic rock to bluegrass, French to folk, rock to rockabilly.

The big sellers are the Indigo Girls, which are expected to sell out, as well as the first two shows in this year’s lineup, The Mavericks and Gaelic Storm. Organizers expect other big sellers to be Amos Lee, KALEO and classic rock icon Graham Nash.

Here is an overview of the Lowell Summer Music Series 2022 lineup:

The Mavericks, Saturday, June 18

$49 in advance, $59 day of show, $149 for premium seating

The eclectic rock and country band returns to Boarding House Park to showcase their unique blend of tex-mex, Cuban bolero, rhythm and blues, blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll. Founded in Miami in 1989, they rose to chart success and critical acclaim in the 90s. A decade-long hiatus began in 2003 before the group reunited in 2012. Now, a decade later , the Mavericks are on tour behind their first all-Spanish album, “En Espanol”. Although the entire album will be in Spanish, the tour will also feature the band in English.

Gaelic Storm, Friday June 24

$34 in advance, $44 day of show, $134 for premium seating

Postponed since June 20, 2020, as we first entered the pandemic, Gaelic Storm will return to Boarding House Park two years later with a vengeance. With over two decades and 2,000 shows under their belt, Gaelic Storm is a true Celtic powerhouse. And if the Celtics win the NBA title this week, it will be hard to escape the moment.

Jukebox by Max Weinberg, Friday July 8

$39 in advance, $49 day of show, $139 for premium seating

Max Weinberg is of course known as the drummer for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He is also known for being Conan O’Brien’s bandleader for many years during his NBC days. This show will feature the unique hook that the audience can shout out the names of classic rock songs and their band will play them on the spot.

Medium White Band, Friday July 15

$45 in advance, $55 day of show, $145 for premium seating

Perhaps best known for their 1970s hits “Pick Up the Pieces” and “Cut the Cake”, Average White Band has been a staple of party bands for nearly half a century. They’re funky, jazzy, lively, and just having a good time. It’s going to be a fun Friday night at Boarding House Park.

Bela Fleck, Saturday July 16

$49 in advance, $59 day of show, $149 for premium seating

Perhaps the world’s first banjo player, Bela Fleck’s musical career dates back to the early 1960s. While watching the classic TV show “The Beverly Hillbillies”, Fleck heard the bluegrass sound of Flatt & Scruggs and became banjo addict. Six decades later, Fleck is one of the most respected musicians, having won 14 Grammy Awards and 30 Grammy nominations. He’s been nominated in more different categories than any instrumentalist in Grammy history.

The Great Kings, Friday July 22

$39 in advance, $49 day of show, $139 for premium seating

This show features one of the hottest tours in the country, whose live musical success includes a much-loved show at The Shubert in March. The High Kings are at the forefront of Irish folk groups whose audiences have included President Barack Obama.

Graham Nash, Thursday, August 4

$49 in advance, $59 day of show, $149 for premium seating

A founding member of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, Graham Nash is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a two-time Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee for his work with CSN and as a solo artist. You can’t tell the story of the past half-century of rock ‘n’ roll without mentioning Graham Nash, whose return to Boarding House Park is a highlight of this year’s lineup.

Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac Rumors, Friday, August 5

$34 in advance, $44 day of show, $84 for premium seating

Back at Boarding House Park, Classic Albums Live features musicians performing a classic rock album in its entirety. This year’s offering features one of the best-selling albums of all time, whose songs include the monster hits ‘Go Your Own Way’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘You Make Loving Fun. as well as the classics “The Chain” and “Gold Dust Woman”.

KALEO, Friday August 12

$49 in advance, $59 day of show, $149 for premium seating

The Icelandic rockers recently sold the House of Blues in Boston in mid-April, demonstrating their growing stature as a live music touring force. Expect an interesting evening that organizers say will be a top-selling show this summer.

New England Film Orchestra, Saturday August 13

$34 in advance, $44 day of show, $84 for premium seating

Returning to Boarding House Park after its hugely successful 2021 show, the New England Film Orchestra performs film favorites such as ET, Batman, Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean for an exciting program of live music spanning decades of films.

Madeleine Peyroux, Saturday August 20

$39 in advance, $49 day of show, $139 for premium seating

Born in Athens, Georgia, Peyroux moved to Paris with her mother in 1987 after her parents divorced. She immersed herself in the Parisian music scene by listening to Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday and learning to play the guitar. She released her breakthrough album “Dreamland” in 1996, which sold 200,000 copies and drew comparisons to Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. She has been a tour de force over the past quarter century and is bringing her virtuosic talents to Lowell this summer.

Amos Lee, Friday, August 26

$55 in advance, $65 day of show, $155 for premium seating

The Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter is on tour behind his eighth album, “Dreamland,” which documents his real-life struggles with alienation, anxiety, loneliness and despair. His musical style blends folk, rock and soul that emerged from a career that began after graduating from the University of South Carolina. He worked as a schoolteacher and bartender while pursuing a musical career. His manager submitted a demo to Blue Note Records, which landed him a recording contract and an association with Norah Jones. He has been compared to John Prine, Bill Withers and Minnie Riperton.

Aoife O’Donovan & Hiss Golden Messenger, Saturday August 27

$39 in advance, $49 day of show, $139 for premium seating

O’Donovan is a Grammy Award-winning artist whose work earned her the following accolades from The New York Times, calling her “a singer with infallible instincts.” She’s touring behind her new album Age of Apathy, produced by Joe Henry (Bonnie Raitt, Rhiannon Giddens), which has been called “superb” by Rolling Stone and “draws on the propulsion of the first Joni Mitchell” by Pitchfork.

Hiss Golden Messenger follows up his Grammy-nominated album Terms of Surrender with his new album Quietly Blowing It. Songwriter MC Taylor draws inspiration from musical influences such as classic Southern soul and gospel, renegade country and spiritual jazz.

Indigo Girls, Sunday August 28

$49 in advance, $59 day of show, $149 for premium seating

One of the most popular acts in the history of the Lowell Summer Music Series, let alone the last few decades in general, this show is expected to sell out the nearly 2,000 capacity Boarding House Park. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have been delighting audiences with their folk rock styles since the mid-1980s. Their biggest hit was 1989’s “Closer to Fine,” which reached No. 52 on the Billboard pop charts, but they also scored with “Hammer and Nail”, “Galileo”, “Least Complicated” and “Shame on You” over the past few years. decades.

Twiddle, Thursday, September 1

Tickets for this show have been suspended until the band performs at the Northlands Music Festival in Swanzey, NH on June 25. At that time, tickets for Lowell’s show will resume. Jam band audiences typically buy tickets close to the show, so LSMS organizers still expect strong demand for Lowell’s show later this summer.

Sugar Ray and the Bluetones/Duke Robillard, Saturday September 3

$39 in advance, $49 day of show, $89 for premium seating

This show is the quintessential double blues project featuring two Rhode Island-based artists with long musical histories. Duke Robillard founded Roomful of Blues and has toured with The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.

For each show, all children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a ticket holder, courtesy of the Caisse populaire Jeanne D’Arc.

Season passes are currently available and give you access to all 16 shows for $540. It’s less than $34 per ticket, a 20% savings on the regular price. You also save on ticketing fees for individual shows.

Tickets are also transferable. You receive a ticket for each of the 16 shows by post. Can’t make it to a show? Share the ticket for this show with a friend for easy entry to the event.

Season passes are only available until the first concert on Saturday night, so be sure to order yours today.

For more information and to order tickets, visit lowellsummermusic.org.