First set of performers announced for 2011 LSMS

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Organizers for the Lowell Summer Music Series have revealed the first set of performers for this year’s concert series, all of whom are past Grammy Award winners. Led by a two-night stand from the Indigo Girls, Johnny Lang, The Punch Brothers and Mavis Staples are all scheduled to perform at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell this summer. Tickets for each of the shows are now on sale through the official Lowell Summer Music Series website.

The Indigo Girls will perform a pair of shows at the Lowell Summer Music Series on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are no strangers to Lowell, having played the series two of the past three years. Last year. the released a live album, Staring Down the Brilliant Dream, comprised of the most memorable moments of their 2006-2009 shows. Included on the album was “Watershed”, which was recorded at Boarding House Park. Tickets for the shows are $27 in advance or $35 on the day of the concert.

Jonny Lang will rock Boarding House Park on Saturday, June 23. The guitar virtuoso’s most recent release was his 2009 live album, Live At The Ryman. Last year, he could be found on several albums as a special guest. Lang collaborated with Carlos Santana on Santana’s new album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time for the track “I Ain’t Superstitious”. He also appeared on Cyndi Lauper’ Memphis Blues album (“Crossroads” and “How Blue Can You Get”) and Lee Ritenour’s Sting Theory album (“Why I Sing the Blues”). Tickets for the show are $28 in advance or $35 on the day of the concert.

The Punch Brothers, a band led by Chris Thile of Nickel Creek fame (and a Grammy Award winner), are touring in support of the highly acclaimed sophomore release, Antifogmatic. A deluxe edition of the album comes with a bonus five-song EP All Of This Is True and a seven-song live DVD Live from the Lower East Side: It’s p-Bingo Night!. The band is also the focus of the Mark Meatto-directed documentary “How to Grow A Band”, which is scheduled for release sometime this summer. Get a taste of the film by watching the trailer here. Tickets for the show are $21 in advance or $25 on the day of the concert.

Mavis Staples, who is currently on tour with Billy Bragg, will play Lowell on Friday, August 19. The legendary soul singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is touring in support of her latest album, 2010’s You Are Not Alone. Produced by fellow Chicagoan Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone just won the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album. Tickets for the show are $28 in advance or $35 on the day of the concert.

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