Maudslay Arts Center 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.
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. If the weather is wet, the concert barn adjacent to the patio provides a cozy setting with great acoustics.
This weekend MAC has something “old” and something new. “Old” favorite The Don Campbell Band returns on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. followed on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. by Danielle M & The Glory Junkies making their MAC debut.
The Don Campbell Band is an adult contemporary/country crossover and American rock ensemble whose uniquely clear and well-delivered presentation of music supports the story in the song and welcomes the audience on board for the ride. Based in New England, the band is fronted by lead singer and songwriter Don Campbell.
Campbell is a singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music is inspired by sources as diverse as the Celtic and Canadian Maritimes music of his family to Dan Fogelberg, Vince Gill, the Beatles and novelist, Stephen King. Writing in genres including adult contemporary, country, Celtic, Christmas, bluegrass, and rock, Campbell has released 12 CDs, most recently a two-disc, 23-song collection, “Kites To Fly: Celebrating The Music Of Dan Fogelberg.”
Danielle M & The Glory Junkies is led by Boston singer/songwriter-guitarist Danielle Miraglia. Their sound combines the blues rock vibe of The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin with Miraglia’s signature lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.
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. The music blends influences of some of Miraglia’s own musical heroes – The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin – along with her lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst. Miraglia was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
Saturday concerts begin at 7 p.m. and include Don Campbell Band on Aug. 18, and Bobby Keyes Trio on Aug. 25. Sunday afternoon performances begin at 2 p.m. and include 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. DCR ParksPass parking passes are available for most Massachusetts state parks, including Maudslay State Park. For further information, go to www.mass.gov/how-to/get-a-parking-pass-for-massachusetts-state-parks. Seniors who are Massachusetts residents can buy a lifetime pass for just $10.
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.