The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announced last week that live music is back in the form of more than 30 outdoor concerts planned across more than a dozen Trustees’ properties this summer and fall.
Whether you’re into folk, jazz, Afropop, rock, or blues, you'll find your perfect blend of live music, outdoor scenery, and great vibes this summer with The Trustees. With pandemic restrictions eased, music lovers can’t wait to hear live music again and what better place to do so than on some of the most beautiful and special outdoor properties in the state? This year's concert lineup includes more than 30 fantastic performances across Massachusetts. Tickets from the Member presale were in very high demand over the last week, which means the general public should buy tickets immediately if they want to see these shows.
“Welcoming concertgoers back to our properties to hear live music is something we’ve been eagerly anticipating for more than a year,” said Kristen Swanberg, Managing Director of Engagement, Education & Visitor Analytics. “This lineup has something for everyone, and we’re so grateful to welcome music lovers back to our special places.”
Trustees’ summer concert highlights around the state include:
Castle Hill Picnic Concert Series (Ipswich)
Thursdays, July – September
Nonmembers: $35/car; Members: $25/car
Pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of live music on the magnificent Grand Allée of the Crane Estate. Stunning seaside scenery, newly restored gardens, and a bit of swing, disco, Motown, and more.
Stevens-Coolidge Concert Series (North Andover)
Fridays, July – August
Nonmembers: $20; Members: $12; Children 13 & Under: FREE
Transition into the weekend at these Friday night picnic concerts amidst Stevens-Coolidge's summer blooms and newly rejuvenated gardens. Eight concerts featuring different genres, from Americana and R&B to instrumental folk and rockabilly. Food and brewery vendors are on site each evening for all your picnicking needs.
Fruitlands Concert Series (Harvard)
Thursdays, July – August
Prices vary by artist
Although Dar Williams has already sold out, with acts like The Love Dogs and Twisted Pine, the rest of these tickets are going to be gone soon as well. Kick back to live music, a picnic of your choosing, and one of the best sunsets Massachusetts has to offer.
Blues at the Bradley Estate (Canton)
Fourth Thursday of every month, July – October
Adults: $25; Children: $10
New this year, Blues at Bradley serves up three acts curated by Peter 'Hi-fi' Ward, Boston-based guitarist songwriter of blues and Western swing. The concerts will feature Peter, his bands, and noted guest performers, including Sugar Ray Norcia.
Governor Hutchinson's Field (Milton)
Adults: $20; Children: $10
Celebrate summer with a family-friendly concert on the beautiful Hutchinson’s Field! Enjoy the music of awesome Boston-based Afropop band Kina Zore and bring a picnic or purchase food and drink from a local food truck.
deCordova's Summer Performance Series (Lincoln)
July 1st, 15th & 29th; August 5th
Adults: $35; Children: $10
Come to deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for a new Summer Performance Series that invites viewers to celebrate a wider range of cultures and perspectives in the context of community. The performances explore different traditions, histories and arts that inspires social justice.
Naumkeag at Night Concert Series (Stockbridge)
Third Thursday of every month, July – September
Adults: $15; Children: $5
The perfect end to a Berkshires summer day, with live music by some of the area’s most popular bands and Naumkeag’s stunning views providing a spectacular backdrop. Light refreshments will be offered in the outdoor snack shack or bring your own!
The complete list of all summer Trustees’ concerts can be found at thetrustees.org/concerts.
More about The Trustees
Founded by landscape architect Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees has, for 130 years, been a catalyst for important ideas, endeavors, and progress in Massachusetts. As a steward of distinctive and dynamic places of both historic and cultural value, The Trustees is the nation’s first preservation and conservation organization, and its landscapes and landmarks continue to inspire discussion, innovation, and action today as they did in the past. We are a nonprofit, supported by members, friends and donors and our 120 sites are destinations for residents, members, and visitors alike, welcoming millions of guests annually. thetrustees.org.