Lineup set for Boston Summer Arts Weekend

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The Boston Globe and WGBH are teaming up once again to host the 2nd annual Boston Globe/WGBH Summer Arts Weekend. Presented by Citizens Bank, the 2013 event will celebrate and promote Boston’s arts community with a free festival on Copley Square in the Back Bay from July 26 to 28, along with a series of ticketed performances. Among the many highlights will be performances from Dr. John, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Alison Krauss.

Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will headline Friday’s opening concert at Copley Square. Noe Socha, a guitar and harmonica blues artist and student at Berklee College of Music will open the evening’s performance and will be followed by the bluegrass band Della Mae.

Saturday will celebrate music of the world. The day will feature performances from Carlos Nunez, a Galician bagpipe player from Galicia, Spain, Ukelele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Grammy-Award winning Beninoise singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo, and Brooklyn-based Bhangra band Red Baraat.

Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history, will close out the festival in Copley Square on Sunday. Also scheduled to perform are Handel & Haydn Society and the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, who will perform with Carlos Nunez.

Once the main stage at Copley Square darkens, the music will continue with a series of ticketed “After Dark” performances on Friday and Saturday. Organizers are promising a “relaxed and intimate cocktail party setting”, where attendees will be treated to short-form, intimate performances from the artists who were featured earlier that day on the main stage. The nights will feature both acoustic and plugged in-performances with unique collaborations by the artists and special guests expected. Friday’s performances will take place at the Grand Ballroom of the Fairmont Copley, while Saturday’s will take place at the American Ballroom of The Westin Copley.

On Sunday, Boston Summer Arts Weekend will kick off its final day with a “Baroque Brunch” featuring a live performance from Boston’s own Handel & Haydn Society. The event, which takes place at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, features a full gourmet brunch in addition to the performance.

Tickets for the Boston Summer Arts Weekend’s “After Dark” events are available for $65 per night, while tickets for the “Baroque Brunch” are available for $75. All tickets can be purchased online at www.bostonsummerarts.com.

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