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Archived Brown Bag concerts

The Brown Bag Concert Series crossed the 30 year mark in 2014! Mechanics Hall is proud to provide quality performances free to the general public! We partner with WICN 90.5FM, New England's Jazz+ public radio station to offer Fall and Spring Series of free noontime concerts.

Every concert begins at noon and ends promptly at 1:00 pm. Bring your own "brown bag" lunch or purchase one at the Hall while they last!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Yoko Miwa Trio
Critically acclaimed pianist Yoko Miwa "displays unpretentious melodies, elegant phrasing, and the lyrical sensibility of a jazz poet... she's a remarkably fluent mainstream player with a graceful touch ..." - Jazzize. Miwa's credits include Marian McPartland & Friends at Dizzy's Lincoln Center concert, Arturo Sandoval, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lynne Carrington, John Lockwood, and Johnathan Blake and lots more. She is a JVC Victor Entertainment recording artist.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Vuelo - A Crocodile River Music Ensemble
Ron Murray & Vuelo is a bossa-flamenco jazz quartet with African overtones. Ron is a master of the Brazilian-style 7-string guitar, has studied classical, flamenco and jazz with the best in the world, and is a Whaling City Sound recording artist. Vuelo repertoire ranges from Brazilian and Latin classics to American standards, along with some original compositions. Performers include Thierno Camara, bassist, from Senegal; Tanzanian Antoinette Mutuyimana, percussion and vocals; and Zach Combs, percussion.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Ball in the House
Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6, while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams, five member veteran vocal band, Ball in the House, will move audiences. Notching up 200+ performances annually, credits include The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, Kool & the Gang, KC & The Sunshine Band, Jessica Simpson and Smokey Robinson.


WPI (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) has recognized the historical significance of the 30+ years of the Brown Bag Concert Series. WPI has documented the series history in its Jazz History Database. The database includes information from 1989 - 2008.

"Studio 3", a half-hour music and interview television program featuring some of the best jazz groups in New England and beyond, was taped between 1993 and 2000 before live audiences in the studios of WGMC-TV3 or on location, including Brown Bag concerts at Mechanics Hall. All shows were produced and hosted by jazz vocalist Toni Ballard, with production support from Greater Media Cable, and aired from 1993 to 2003 on WGMC-TV3. The WPI Jazz History Database includes Studio 3 videos.