The Songs of Summer


By Maria Allen

Break out the beach blankets and folding chairs and put on your dancing shoes because summer concert season has finally arrived on the South Shore. From rousing rock group performances to dynamic orchestral under the stars, you can find all sorts of high-quality outdoor music events going on at this time of year. Here are a few local gigs worth marking on your calendar.


With scenic views of Plymouth Harbor and just steps away from Plymouth Rock, Plymouth’s free waterfront concerts attract large crowds of tourists and locals alike. The events are presented by Project Arts, a local nonprofit founded to promote all forms of musical and/or artistic expression. Come early to get a prime seat in front of the wooden gazebo-style stage that hosts a wide range of local and touring acts. Concerts are free and start at 6:30 p.m. Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 79 Water St., Plymouth.

June 29: The Stompers

July 6: Soul City

July 13: Hey Nineteen

July 16 and 17: Project Arts Harborfest
(on two stages) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

July 20: Irish Night with Inchicore and The Lindsays Band

July 27: Cheap Voova with Anne English

August 3: Entrain

August 10: The Little Compton Band

August 17: Steve Smith and the Nakeds

August 24: Oldies Night with The Reminisants

August 31: The Adam Ezra Band


Showcasing chamber music and solo instrumental performances, the 11th Annual Duxbury Music Festival offers audiences a rare opportunity to hear music performed by world-renowned musicians and aspiring young artists in intimate concerts settings as well as at larger family-friendly events in the beautiful bayside village of Duxbury. The festival program is presented by South Shore Conservatory and it includes faculty performances, student recitals and festival competitions. Tickets can be purchased on the festival website. 781-934-2731.

July 17: Seaside Festival Opening Concert – A tented lawn concert at a private waterfront home, followed by a reception. 6:30 p.m., $60 per person

July 19: Billy Joel: The Piano Man Cabaret Concert – Duxbury Music Festival and South Shore Conservatory faculty in concert with seating at café tables, snacks and a cash bar. 6:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 842 Tremont Street, Duxbury. Tickets $50 per person

July 21: Faculty Barn Concert – Duxbury Music Festival faculty will play at a private home, followed by a reception.6:30 p.m., Tickets $125 per person

July 22: Motown on the Green – Concert takes place on the Duxbury town green and lawn chairs are welcome. 7 p.m., Washington Street, Duxbury. Tickets $15 adults, $5 children under 18, $50 family maximum.

July 23: Rhythm & Blues on The Green – Performance by In The House on the Duxbury town green with buffet dinner. 6:30 – 10:30 p.m., Washington Street, Duxbury. Tickets $90 per person, tables of eight for $720.


July 24: Family Fest – National Award winner Beethoven’s Wig in concert along with SSC movement, music and arts faculty with activities, food and more. 10:30 a.m., Duxbury town green, Washington Street, Duxbury.$10 adults, $5 children under 12, $30 family maximum

July 24: Sunday in The Park – DMF faculty and students in free concert of chamber repertoire. Lawn chairs welcome; lobster roll, sandwich and wine concessions. 5 p.m., Duxbury town green, Washington Street, Duxbury. Free admission.

July 29: Faculty Concert – Duxbury Music Festival faculty in concert at a private home, followed by reception. 6:30 p.m., $125 per person

July 27: Faculty Jazz Concert – Duxbury Music Festival faculty in concert and Snug Harbor Wine tasting. 7:30 p.m., South Shore Conservatory’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury $35 per person

July 31: Winners Concert – Winners of DMF solo and chamber competitions in concert and Snug Harbor Wine tasting and post-concert “farewell” reception. 7 p.m., South Shore Conservatory’s Ellison Center for the Arts, 64 St. George Street, Duxbury, $50 per person


What started in 2013 as a 10 year anniversary party for the popular Marshfield surf and skate shop Levitate, has blossomed into one of the premiere music festivals in New England. Organized by Levitate owner Dan Hassett, his wife, Jessica, and their friend, Sarah Gammon, the festival is hosted at the Marshfield Fairgrounds and features multiple performance stages.

The 2016 musician lineup includes a long list of notable acts, including a couple bands with South Shore connections—namely, the band Stick Figure and the Grammy Award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band. Other groups that will take the stage this year include Rebelution, Los Lobos, Lettuce, Nahko + Medicine For The People, Twiddle, North Mississippi Allstars, Moon Taxi, The Movement and Ron Gallo. In addition to music, there are all sorts of family friendly activities that take place throughout the day, like face painting, a kids drum circle, games, temporary tattoos and more. Attendants will also be able to peruse items made by local artists and crafters and grab a bite to eat from 15 unique food trucks.

July 9: Levitate Music and Arts Festival. General admission is $65 and kids ages 4-12 are $15. Note: The festival is very popular and tickets often sell out in advance. 140 Main Street


Rather than performing on a stage, emerging artists set up their gear right on the lawn at the historic Hedge House in Plymouth, which is managed by the Plymouth Antiquarian Society. These coffeehouse-style performances are presented by Brewster Productions. All shows are free and performances start at 6 p.m. 126 Water Street, Plymouth,

Concert dates are July 16, August 13 and September 3. Confirmed artists include: Jake Hill, Eva Walsh, Matt York, Carlin Tripp and Steph Barrak (a full musical lineup was not available at the time this magazine went to print).


Backed by an open field and a split rail fence, the outdoor stage at Holmes Farm in the village of Manomet has a sense of rural romance about it. Barn Show events are co-presented by Brewster Productions and local singer-songwriter and farmer Hayley Sabella. Performers include up-and-coming original artists who play everything from folk and country to rock and roll. Gates open at 6 p.m. and shows start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12.  Holmes Farm, 127 Manomet Point Road, Plymouth.

July 23: Billington Sea, The Western Den and Jordan Renzi.

August 20: Dietrich Strause, Honeysuckle and The Meadows Brothers.

September 4: – The Novel Ideas, The Ladles and Eva Walsh.



Grab a bite to eat from Hingham Beer Works or Wahlburgers before heading over to the waterside amphitheater with your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy free outdoor concerts by regional acts and see the sun set behind the boats docked in the marina. Shows take place at The Launch at Hingham Shipyard, 18 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, 617-603-5462,

July 8: Fat City Band

July 15: The Experts

July 22: The Infractions

July 29: Moondance

August 5: American Idol Season 9 finalist Siobhan Magnus

August 12: Danny Seraphine, 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of the band Chicago.

August 19: Tim Brown and the Black Diamond Band

August 26: The Love Dogs


The largest, nonprofit community school for the arts in Massachusetts, South Shore Conservatory hosts summer concerts each summer at an outdoor amphitheater located at the school’s Hingham campus. Kicking off SSC’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the 2016 Summer Spotlight outdoor concert series includes the ever-popular Evenings Under the Stars performances as well as Wacky Wednesdays shows for families. Audience members claim spots on the
lawn to hear high-caliber musicians showcase their skills beneath a blanket of stars. Attendees are invited to have light hors d’oeuvres and drinks prior to the concerts and meet performers at pre-concert receptions. Concerts take place rain or shine. Evenings Under the Stars tickets are $25 for lawn, $40 pavilion and $20 for a pre-concert reception. Performances take place at the Jane Carr Amphitheater. One Conservatory Drive, Hingham, 781-749-7565.

July 9: Evenings Under the Stars Festival Orchestra presents “Let the Celebration Begin,” featuring conductor Nicholas Palmer and piano soloist Karen Ji.

July 16: A Celtic Sojourn: Roots and Branches Concert, featuring WGBH radio’s Brian O’Donovan

July 23: The Big Swing: The Music of the Swing Era

July 30: A Grand Night for Singing: The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein in Revue

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