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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!
Spring 2018 Brown Bag Concerts

March 14, 2018
The Kevin Harris Project
NY based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music with the unmistakable influences of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba. Yes, you read that right! "Harris tiptoes & pirouettes across a relaxed set of ballads and lightly soulful grooves, he possesses a spare style and a gentle touch." - Jazz Times

March 21, 2018
Boston Brass!
For 31 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Performing exciting classical arrangements to burning jazz standards, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment captivating all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. The philosophy of Boston Brass is to provide audiences with a wide selection of musical styles in unique arrangements, provided in a friendly and fun atmosphere.

March 28, 2018
Klezwoods melds the spirit of traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and east coast attitude!
"The klezmer crowd will love this, as will anyone with a fondness for the dark, other worldly singalong melodies and tricky rhythms of Eastern Europe." -
"Klezwoods mixes klezmer and Balkan music with a funky jazzy groove that makes for an utterly unique circus of sound." - Boston Metro

April 4, 2018
Jim Porcella
Jazz vocalist Jim Porcella serves up the iconic tunes of Sinatra, the Rat Pack, and Duke Ellington and is just as much at ease with the retro-swing of Louis Prima, Cab Calloway and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The ultimate entertainer, Jim delivers American Songbook greats and leaves you wanting more!


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.