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

BROWN BAG CONCERT SERIES
Fall 2015
Wednesdays at Noon
Free Admission
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.

November 11
ALEA
Alea is the stage name of Maria Alejandra Jimenez, an artist whose unique style of music fuses jazz, Latin, African, and Colombian folk sounds. A native of Barrancas, Colombia, she grew up surrounded by local indigenous communities, folklore, and cultural events like the Barranquilla Carnival. Alea is bringing her 5-piece ensemble based at Berklee College of Music.

November 18
KEN CLARK ORGAN TRIO
Swinging, driving jazz and R&B. Clark is a three-time winner as New England Blues Society Keyboardist of the Year. Michelle Willson will emcee and add some vocals to Clark's Hammond B3, Mike Mele on Guitar and Steve Chaggaris on Drums.

November 25
CHOROBOP
Eduardo Mercuri, mandolin/guitar; Flavio Lira, 7-string guitar/bass; and Anne 'Nêgah' Santos, percussion, created Chorobop in 2013. Born in different cities in Brazil, they found themselves sharing the same passion for the Choro genre. Their repertoire is based on the roots of Brazilian Choro, with a special twist of jazz, bebop and contemporary music. Original arrangements and different instrumental combinations make ChoroBop a unique sound experience.

December 2
NEC SYMPHONIC WINDS & CHAMBER SINGERS WITH NAVY BAND NORTHEAST
This annual holiday concert serves up the spirit of the season in a big way. Bill Drury and Erica Washburn from New England Conservatory conduct a broad repertoire and holiday cheer. The students will be joined by Navy Band Northeast, a 35-musician ensemble based on board NAVSTA Newport and one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide.

December 9
GREG ABATE QUARTET
Greg Abate is a quintessential jazz musician, a Grammy nominee, a brilliant saxophone player, a flutist, a composer, and an educator! Abate spends 150 days a year touring the globe. He has played with the Ray Charles Orchestra, Channel One, and the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra. Greg tours the U.S., Canada, and Europe.



BROWN BAG ARCHIVE

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.

» JAZZ HISTORY DATABASE