Mystix Unplugged, Danielle Miraglia at Maudslay on Saturday Big Band tribute to Sinatra on Sunday

Maudslay Arts Center (MAC) Summer Concert Series has something for every musical taste from Big Band to jazz, from opera to bluegrass, from country to the Great American Songbook, and it’s all right here in your own backyard – Maudslay State Park.

Come Saturday evening for intimate acoustic-based music with The Mystix Unplugged and Danielle Miraglia and then swing on Sunday afternoon to tunes of the Hal McIntyre Big Band with their musical tribute to Frank Sinatra.

After a planned hiatus for band members to reboot their creative energies and explore other projects, The Mystix are performing as The Mystix Unplugged, a quartet headed by band leaders Joe Lilly and Bobby Keyes, with an emphasis on their own songwriting.

Don’t miss The Mystix Unplugged as they return in an intimate acoustic-based format, featuring their notable musicianship and soulful, spirited and lighthearted performance style.

Opening for The Mystix Unplugged is Boston singer/songwriter-guitarist Danielle Miraglia. Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips.

Come back on Sunday afternoon to swing along with “Frank Sinatra.” Under the direction of Don Pentleton, the Hal McIntyre 14-piece Orchestra with vocalist Steve Marvin will bring the sound of the Hal McIntyre Big Band to life with their musical tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Hal McIntyre was one of the founding members of The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Billed as “The Band America Loves,” his original McIntyre Orchestra debuted at the Glen Island Casino in New Rochelle NY in 1941. During the war years the group played overseas for US troops.  McIntyre continued leading the orchestra well into the 1950s, including an appearance backing the Mills Brothers on their 1952 chart-topper “Glow Worm.”

After his death in 1959, Don Pentleton continued the band with permission from the McIntyre family. A veteran Big Band drummer, Pentleton performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Guy Lombardo Orchestra, Skitch Henderson, Ella Fitzgerald and comedians Phyllis Diller, Pat Cooper, Frankie Fontaine, and George Jessel.

MAC continues its 26th Anniversary season with returning MAC favorites Amanda Carr, Hillyer Festival Orchestra, Liz Frame & the Kickers, Don Campbell Band, Bobby Keyes Trio, and Donna Byrne.

New this year is Danielle Miraglia. On July 21, Miraglia will perform solo opening for The Mystix Unplugged and on Aug. 19, she will perform with her band Danielle M and The Glory Junkies.

Whether you’re sitting under the stars on a moonlit evening, or lounging on a blanket on a Sunday afternoon, the Maudslay Arts Center Summer Concert Series provides the perfect setting for your entertainment pleasure.

Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. and include: The Mystix Unplugged with opening act Danielle Miraglia on July 21, Amanda Carr on July 28, Hillyer Festival Orchestra on Aug. 11, Don Campbell Band on Aug. 18, and Bobby Keyes Trio on Aug. 25.

Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. and include: The Hal McIntyre Big Band on July 22, Liz Frame & the Kickers on Aug. 12, Danielle M and The Glory Junkies on Aug. 19, and jazz vocalist Donna Byrne on Aug. 26.

MAC is a popular cultural and entertainment destination that has served tens of thousands of patrons since its founding 26 years ago in 1992. Situated in a picturesque corner of the 442-acre Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, MAC is best known for its outstanding summer concert series. However, from mid-May through mid-October, it is also a popular setting for special events such as weddings, corporate functions, educational activities, reunions, and more.

Since its beginning, MAC continues to operate through the effort of volunteers. All costs are offset by gate receipts, rentals for special occasions, and donations from patrons and businesses. No tax dollars are involved. As you enjoy this beautiful mini-Tanglewood, become part of our vision. MAC welcomes your financial support, your gift of time or expertise to maintain the buildings.

Maudslay Arts Center is located at 95 Curzon Mill Road, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport MA 01950. The concerts are held rain or shine, moving to the indoor performance hall adjacent to the patio when weather dictates.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, which can be casual or as elaborate as a gourmet meal with tablecloth and flowers and whatever suits the patron’s fancy. Delicious desserts such as seasonal cobblers, brownies, and Hodgie’s ice cream, and cold beverages may be purchased during intermission, all served by dedicated MAC volunteers, who continue to make this non-profit series happen.

Saturday performances start at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 6 p.m. Patio seating (tables and chairs) is $30. Groups of four or more are $25 each. Lawn seating (bring your own chairs or blankets) also is $25. Children 12 and under are free.

Sunday performances start at 2 p.m. with gates opening at 1 p.m. General admission is $20 with open seating on the patio and lawn. Tables and chairs are provided on the patio. Special group rates may be arranged by calling 978-499-0050. Children 12 and under are free.

For the complete summer schedule, to purchase tickets online, or for further information about the performers, visit the MAC website www.maudslayartscenter.org. Tickets also may be purchased at the gate (cash or check only) or by calling (978) 499-0050. There is no reserved seating. Gift certificates also are available.

The series is supported by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, dedicated MAC volunteers and patrons, and the staff of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The Saturday evening performances are funded in part by The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank.

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