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Boston Summer Arts Weekend
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Boston Summer Arts Weekend - Friday, July 27, 2012
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COPLEY STAGE                   FRI  |  SAT  |  SUN         See all free events


The first day of the arts weekend starts off with a cross-genre, cross-generational look at the legacy of American music--blending a world of jazz and soul and bluegrass, old traditions and new directions. Alison Krauss protege and recent Berklee graduate, Sierra Hull, will play her new brand of bluegrass with her band Highway 111 and the legendary Del McCoury will bring over 50 years of American roots to the stage. The iconic Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas will also add to the rich heritage of American's homegrown music on display Friday.

After the music ends on the Copley Stage, continue your night with a Copley Club performance. Learn more about these exclusive ticketed events and buy tickets here.
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7:00 P.M. Sierra Hull & Highway 111

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Having been deemed a bluegrass prodigy at age 12, Sierra Hull graduated this past spring from Berklee College of Music, where she was the school's first-ever Presidential Scholar for bluegrass.
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(Shannon Brinkman )

7:45 P.M. Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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Formed as the house band for Preservation Hall in 1961, this New Orleans institution is still going strong over 50 years later, bringing its special breed of Bayou blues to new generations.
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(The Associated Press)

8:30 P.M. Del McCoury with
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

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Although Del McCoury has been credited with bringing bluegrass to the music forefront in the '90s, he's been an essential part of the American bluegrass scene for more than 50 years.
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(Rick Olivier)

9:15 P.M. Irma Thomas

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Irma Thomas, who is often called the Soul Queen of New Orleans, has been performing since she kicked off her career in 1958.
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About the event

From July 27-29, WGBH and The Boston Globe teamed up to create the first Summer Arts Weekend. Presented by Citizens Bank, this free weekend event brought a dynamic variety of arts to a stage in the heart of Boston at Copley Square. Learn more.

This site provides a recap of the weekend's great performances, the schedule of performances, and the list of arts deals running through fall 2012. Check back in early 2013 for information about next year's Summer Arts Weekend.

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