As we will be flipping the calendar soon to August, it means that is it almost time for one of the most proud traditions that Lowell continues on with, The Lowell Summer Music Series.
For those not aware, The Lowell Summer Music Series is a self-sustaining not-for profit music series, presented by Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Festival Foundation Always held at Boarding House Park, it aims to provide an intimate feeling in an outdoor setting. With little to no musical genre restrictions, past artists include Cake, B52s, Ziggy Marley and so many more.
Here’s the upcoming schedule so you can get familiar with who’s coming to visit:
AUGUST 2ND – BLUE OYSTER CULT
“For over four decades, Blue Oyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. Blue Oyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it’s one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and BOC was listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.”
“Matt Kearney is an American musician from Eugene, Oregon, now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kearney has received critical acclaim and widespread recognition for his Columbia Records debut, Nothing Left to Lose. So far, he has a total of 5 top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 Chart. Released May 4th, CRAZYTALK also marks Kearney’s first project as an independent artist. A major-label veteran whose previous albums were issued by Columbia and Republic, Kearney felt the need to create his fifth album with complete freedom. CRAZYTALK has some deep house influences, some African samples, some tropical sounds, and a lot of electronics – things that wouldn’t normally be found in a singer/songwriter record – juxtaposed with some classic songs.”
“Gavin DeGraw is a multi-platinum selling singer, performer and songwriter. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over 1 million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” Since then he has been consistently touring around the world, including sold out dates with the legendary Billy Joel. Gavin released his fifth studio album Something Worth Saving in 2016 featuring singles “She Sets the City On Fire” and “Making Love With The Radio On.””
“The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other, which has allowed it to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world. When The English Beat (known simply as The Beat in their native England) rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of massive social and political unrest and economic and musical upheaval. The original band consisted of singer-songwriter Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Band leader Dave Wakeling never felt constrained by the movement. Dave has always viewed ska as a springboard, not a straight jacket. Indeed, the band’s sound continued to evolve over their first three studio albums, through the General Public era (a band formed by Dave with Ranking Roger, the toaster from The Beat) — its best known song in the US was “Tenderness” — and has continued it’s evolution with their 2016 English Beat album “Here We Go Love, the band’s first new album since 1982’s Special Beat Service.”
“The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded in his field, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists. The Beach Boys have continued to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. In 2013, their Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified triple platinum with over three million in sales and climbing), and its companion The Warmth of the Sun marked a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that again rocked the world.”
AUGUST 16th – CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: QUEEN’S A NIGHT AT THE OPERA
“Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live takes the greatest albums and recreates them live on stage – note for note, cut for cut, using the best musicians. “Think of it as a recital,” says Martin, “these albums are historic and stand the test of time.” Forgoing costumes and impersonations, Classic Albums Live has found success in concentrating solely on the music. “We don’t dress up or wear any sort of costume. We just stand there and play. All of our energy is put into the music. We want the performance to sound exactly like the album,” says Martin. Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” was a game changer for rock’n’roll. If you grew up in the 70’s, this album was everywhere and unlike anything else. All of a sudden, long haired rockers were singing along to operatic songs with soaring arrangements, a far cry from Foghat!”
“Grammy-winners Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey carry on the proud tradition of the 1960s iconic folk-singing trio Peter, Paul & Mary. Peter and Paul continue to perform as a duo, singing many of the group’s classic hits, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Puff (The Magic Dragon),” “I Dig Rock & Roll Music,” and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” No American folk group lasted longer or amassed a more loyal following than Peter, Paul and Mary; indeed, few groups of any genre have logged more years (45) or miles (countless) in direct, yearly touring; spreading the message and engaging the next (now four) generations.”
“Celebrating 30 years as a band, Toad the Wet Sprocket is still making music and touring with the same spirit of unwavering independence that started it all over three decades ago. 2019 marks two important milestones for Toad. One is the 25th Anniversary of their Platinum album Dulcinea, originally released in 1994, which featured the hits “Fall Down” and “Somethings Always Wrong”. The second is the 30th Anniversary of the band’s very first album Bread & Circus, which was re-released commercially in 1989.”
“The genre-defying Mavericks are declaring their independence and stepping out on their own with Brand New Day, the first studio album released on Mono Mundo Recordings, the label they founded in 2016. Brand New Day is the follow-up to the widely praised albums Mono (2015) and In Time (2013). “This is the first studio record on our own label, and it is an important component in the band’s history,” Malo says, “but the real goal was just to make a great record.” Free and truly independent for the first time in their career, the Mavericks were able to write and record without watching the clock. The process began in 2015 with a session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where the band cut two new songs by Malo and songwriting partner Alan Miller. Further writing and studio dates continued in Nashville amid a busy touring schedule over the course of the next year.”
“THE FOOLS – Great music, performed by talented musicians, with a hefty helping of comedy comes together in a unique charm that has been lighting up smiles for years. With extensive touring, radio and video success and millions of records sold, The Fools maintain their legendary status. Their best known songs include: “It’s a Night for Beautiful Girls,” “Psycho Chicken,” “Life Sucks…Then You Die,” “She Makes Me Feel Big,” “Doo Wah Diddy,” and “World Dance Party.”
THE STOMPERS – The Legendary Stompers have long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for more than four decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans. The Stompers played their first live show in 1977. Their music appears in the John Sayles film, “Return Of The Secaucus Seven,” the cult classic, “Fraternity Vacation” and Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2”. Their radio hits include, “Never Tell An Angel”, “American Fun”, “Coast to Coast”, “Rock, Jump and Holler”, “Eastside Girl” and “One Heart For Sale”. The Stompers mission has always been to lift the spirt, shake the body and spread the mighty jubilation that is rock n roll. Keeping that tradition alive and kicking for four decades, the band continues to deliver the whole barn burnin’ roof raisin’ foot stompin’ rock n roll church to sellout audiences everywhere!!”