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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!

Fall 2017 Brown Bag Concerts

November 8, 2017
Nativa, Berklee College of Music
Nativa is a sonic journey that merges the rhythms from the Andean mountains in Colombia with pop and world music sounds. Nativa's music honors the indigenous cultures all over the American continent. A native of Colombia, Naty Hernandez is a singer-songwriter who plays bass and guitar.

November 15, 2017
Michael Dutra and the Strictly Sinatra Band
Michael Dutra performs his tribute to Frank Sinatra all over the U.S.—Las Vegas to Miami to Boston, in supper clubs, dinner theater, performing arts centers and private events. Dutra has been hailed one of the finest interpreters of Sinatra sound in the world. "His sound is velour to Sinatra’s velvet ..." according to Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe.

November 22, 2017
Sivan Arbel
Sivan Arbel, a young Israeli singer, arranger and composer arrived at the New York City Jazz scene in November 2014 and has not looked back since. Making her mark in the NYC jazz scene, she first performed in Israel and then in Dublin, formulating her septet and distinctive sound. Broken Lines is her new album release.

November 29, 2017
All That (Holiday) Jazz! with WPI Big Band & Hook Organ
The WPI Big Band directed by Rich Falco, together with Organists Lucia Falco, William Ness, and Will Sherwood, will treat us to a powerful mix of jazz with a twist! A Worcester Organ Concert presented in partnership with the Worcester Chapter AGO.

December 6, 2017
NEC Symphonic Winds & Chamber Singers with U.S. 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. Also performing - Navy Band Northeast, a 35-musician ensemble based on board NAVSTA Newport and one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide.


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.