George Wein, Festivals Guru, Has Died At 95

George T. Wein
October 3, 1925 – September 13, 2021

“Impresario, promoter, pianist, art collector and philanthropist George T. Wein, co-founder and creator of the Newport Jazz Festival® and the Newport Folk Festival®, who for seven decades, was the most influential presenter of music around the globe, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was 95. 
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George Wein (Photo Credit: Nina Westervelt)
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Reimagining The Band’s Stage Fright at 50!

I know I am dating myself when I say that The Band was one of the bands I followed closely when I was in my teens. While Stage Fright may not be the album that many people choose as their favorite, it was (as the press release below states) a trendsetting album that contains many songs fans think of as quintessentially The Band.

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Great Southern Soul/Rock Was In Da House!

The Lowell Summer Music Series hosted JJ Grey & Mofro several nights ago for a joy-filled return engagement, seven years almost to the day since the band’s debut appearance at the Series!

JJ GREY
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Six Days of Unfettered Joy

While I’m not sure I have fully processed the six days that was Newport Folk Presents Folk On, I do know that the joy that I and every one of the 6,000 or so attendees felt was palpable and immeasurable.

2021 Newport Folk Presents, FOLK ON! | Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI |  July 23 to July 28

This was not the Newport Folk Festival as we know it, which is why the name was changed for this year. What was the same was the vibe – although the vibe may have been even more intensely joyous than in the past because of the pandemic.

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Another Show Added To Lowell Summer Music Series Schedule

On Friday, July 30th, join us for an evening of live music by Classic Albums Live, presenting The Eagles’ Hotel California note for note, cut for cut, followed by many of the Eagles’ greatest hits!

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Three Shows Added To Lowell Summer Music Series Schedule

On Saturday, August 28, catch Ivor Novello Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated music legend Richard Thompson. Then on Saturday, September 4, Lowell Summer Music favorite Rhiannon Giddens returns. Finally, on Friday, September 17, don’t miss feminist icon and Grammy-winner Ani DiFranco.

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Live Music Is Returning To Lowell

It’s been a very long 14 months for all of us, not only lovers of live music. We are excited to announce that the Lowell Summer Music Series will be able to present a season of live music this summer. Based on current federal guidelines, they are not sure when Boarding House Park will be cleared to host full-capacity events. The intention is to host all events at Boarding House Park if it is permitted, but they have secured Lowell Memorial Auditorium as a back-up location to ensure there will be live music in downtown Lowell this summer! 

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Sad News For Live Music Fans

Us fans of live music have been hit almost every day with sad news regarding the effect of coronavirus on live cultural events. Many have affected me deeply – the cancelation of the 2020 Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals, the 2020 Green River Festival, and the 2020 Rhythm and Roots Festival in Rhode Island. The news I share today is hitting me hard, even though I expected the announcement.

I first went to a concert at the Lowell Summer Music Series in 2003 although I had been to the Lowell Folk Festival a number of times before then. Everything about the Series warmed my heart. I will miss the music and camaraderie, but I will see you all there in 2021!

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Woofa Goofa Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers Return To The Lowell Summer Music Series

An artist who has wowed very large crowds at the Lowell Summer Music Series, Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers, return to wow us again on June 26th! I’ve seen them quite a few times (as well as members of the Midnight Travelers individually) and the shows are off the charts – very high energy with great music.

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Another Crowd Favorite Returns To Lowell Summer Music Series

Another crowd favorite, Gaelic Storm, is returning to the Lowell Summer Music Series on June 20th! I’ve seen them a few times and they never fail to put on a lively show full of excellent music.

 

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