Lowell Summer Music Series announce first shows

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Organizers for the Lowell Summer Music Series have revealed the first set of performers for this year’s concert series. Michael McDonald, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Ryan Montbleau Band, Buddy Guy and Solas will all 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.

Michael McDonald will make his Lowell Summer Music Series debut on Saturday, July 13. The veteran singer recently released a brand new song called “La Marea”. It is the first of several new songs he is expected to release from recording sessions with guitarist Robben Ford. His last studio release was 2008’s Soul Speak. McDonald toured last year with friends Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs as The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue. Tickets for the show are on sale for $48 in advance or $60 on the day of.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s summer tour will include a stop at Boarding House Park in Lowell on Friday, July 19. The blues favorite is expected to release his sixth studio release and follow-up to 2011’s How I Go this year. Shepherd and his band began recording the album at the new Blade Studios in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana last fall. The album will be a collection of songs from Shepherd’s most significant early influences. Shepherd is co-producing the album with help from lifelong friend and world renowned drummer Brady Blade Jr., as well as his first producer Bill Pfordresher. Tickets for the show are on sale for $27 in advance or $35 on the day of.

Ryan Montbleau, a Peabody native, will rock Lowell with his band on Friday, August 2. The New England veterans continues to tour in support of his latest album, 2012’s For Higher. Produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman, the album was recorded at Fudge Studios in New Orleans with an all-star session band featuring George Porter Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on keys, Anders Osborne on guitar and Simon Lott on drums. Tickets for the show are on sale for $25 in advance or $30 on the day of.

Buddy Guy’s summer tour will include a stop in Lowell on Saturday, August 3. The blues virtuoso released a new live album, Live At Legends, at the end of 2012. The album captures his last live recordings from the original Legends blues club in Chicago. His last studio release, 2010’s Living Proof won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Tickets for the show are on sale for $44 in advance or $50 on the day of.

Solas will return to the Lowell Summer Music Series for a show at Boarding House Park on Saturday, August 31. Referred by many as the “quintessential Irish-American band”, Solas are gearing up for the release of their forthcoming album, Shamrock City, The band’s eleventh studio album tells the story of Butte, Montana, a mining town at the turn of the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of an Irish immigrant. The story will be brought to life on tour with an interactive multi-media stage show that features stories from and projected images of Butte.Tickets for the show are on sale for $29 in advance or $35 on the day of.

Boarding House Park is a general admission venue and children age 12 and under are admitted free. In the event of rain, shows will either move to the Cyrus Irish Auditorium at Lowell High School or to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. One new change to the Lowell Summer Music Series that is sure to please concertgoers is the elimination of all ticket fees. The price listed for all shows will be the final price of admission with no additional fees of any kind added at checkout.

Organizers for the non-profit Lowell Summer Music Series have also announced that the Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union will servce as the series’ premier sponsor after signing a three-year agreement earlier this year.

More shows will be added to the 2013 Lowell Summer Music Series over the next few months.

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