Mechanics Hall

Many Thanks to our Partner WICN Public Radio!!

Brown Bag Concert Photos
Spring 2016
» Cassandre McKinley
» Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo
» United States Navy Concert Band

Fall 2015
» Alea
» Ken Clark Organ Trio
» Chorobop
» Greg Abate

Spring 2015
» 3 Sudacas
» Blue Honey
» Jeff Colella
» New Black Eagle Jazz Band

Fall 2014
» Michelle Willson

» New England Conservatory Symphonic Winds and Concert Choir with US Navy Band Northeast

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 2016 Brown Bag Concerts

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Jeremy Alvarez Quartet
A Jimmy Lyons Scholarship music performance student at Berklee College of Music, trumpeter Alvarez is a native Californian who has played with the great Arturo Sandoval and was lead trumpet in the Arturo Sandoval Institute All-Star Band. He is a Louis Armstrong Jazz Award winner and has collected Outstanding Musician awards from the Riverside City College Jazz Festival and Irvine Jazz Festival. Part of the 2015 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, he played with Wynton Marsalis at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
U.S. Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors
America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Matt Savage with guest Mark Zaleski
Matt Savage is only 24 years old but his fifteen-year professional career as a jazz musician, bandleader, composer and teacher is impressive. He is also a Brown Bag veteran. His new album, "Matt Savage: Piano Voyages" was released in October. Savage has toured worldwide at Jazz Festivals and has performed at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Scullers, and many other highly regarded jazz venues. Boylston native and Brown Bag veteran Mark Zaleski is an internationally touring musician who has distinguished himself as a dynamic soloist, multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He has performed with Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Ian Anderson, Connie Francis, Mahmoud Ahmed, Joan Rivers and Jethro Tull!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
All That (Holiday) Jazz!
The WPI Big Band directed by Rich Falco, together with Organist Lucia Clemente Falco, will treat us to a powerful mix of jazz with a twist! A Worcester Organ Concert presented in partnership with the Worcester Chapter AGO.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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 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.


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.