Mechanics Hall

Many Thanks to our Partner WICN Public Radio!!

Photos from past
Brown Bag Concerts
Fall 2014
NE Conservatory Symphonic Winds and Concert Choir with Navy Band Northeast

Fall 2013
Sarah McKenzie Quartet
Giacomo Gates
The Soul Band

Archived Brown Bag concerts


The Brown Bag Concert Series has crossed over the 30 Year mark! 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 9 free noontime concerts annually.

Spring 2015
Brown Bag Concerts are produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN Public Radio. Concerts begin at noon and admission is free. Bring your own lunch or purchase one at the Hall while they last. Brown Bag Concerts are broadcast on 90.5FM and stream live on whenever possible. Programs are subject to change without notice. Swipe your WOO card at the Box Office and collect two points.

March 25
Blue Honey
A seasoned regional band brought together by love of the Blues, Blue Honey has twin gun slinger guitars, a sultry female voice, a soulful sax, and a hard hitting rhythm section. This Brown Bag will be rockin' the Blues, Root's Rock, Funk, Soul, and more! Bring your dancing shoes! Blue Honey musicians are Elayne Fikucki, vocals; Kevin Williams, guitar, vocals; James Bennett, saxophone; Austin, drums; Fred D, bass; and Darren Pino, guitar.

April 1
Jeff Colella
Jeff Colella is one of LA's busiest and best jazz pianists. Jeff performs in concert as a solo artist and with his trio, he is an accompanist, recording artist, arranger, clinician and teacher. For nearly 2 decades, Jeff was pianist for the legendary Lou Rawls. He has performed with Jazz Tap Ensemble, Jack Jones, Diane Schuur, Gregory Hines, Dolly Parton and many more. This is a do-not-miss Brown Bag!

April 8
New Black Eagle Jazz Band
The band has delighted audiences all over the world with their huge and eclectic repertoire of jazz from the 1920's and 30's. The group has a mature mastery of this great American music - from Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton to early Duke Ellington to Cole Porter; from blues to rags to popular songs of the era. The New Black Eagles regard themselves as "Keepers of the Flame."


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.