BOSTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boston Globe, WGBH and Citizens Bank are teaming up again to host the 3rd annual Boston Summer Arts Weekend. Grammy-Award winners Los Lobos and Arturo Sandoval will headline the festival, designed to celebrate and promote Boston's arts community. The free outdoor festival will take place on Copley Square in the Back Bay on July 26-27 and will also feature special offers from arts organizations around the city, a series of Arts Walks and Talks and a Baroque Brunch featuring the Handel and Haydn Society.
Multi-Grammy Award winners Los Lobos will bring their hybrid of traditional Mexican folk music and American rock and roll to Boston Summer Arts weekend on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Music on the main stage starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. They'll be joined by the Soul Rebels, an eight-piece New Orleans based brass ensemble that brings soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop music into one performance. Canadian guitarist and Juno award winner Jesse Cook will showcase the talent that makes him one of today's most influential guitarists in world music, and the dancers and musicians of The StepCrew are expected to exhilarate the audience with their versions of Ottawa Valley stepdance, Irish stepdance and Tap. Early in the day, the stage in Copley Square will be the perfect destination for the entire family, with performances from local favorites Steve Songs, The Gizmo Guys and Debbie and Friends.
On Sunday, the day begins with the annual Baroque Brunch at the Fairmont Copley Plaza featuring a performance from the Handel and Hayden Society. Music on the main stage in Copley Square begins at 1 p.m. Performances will include a contemporary dance review from The Boston Conservatory, Cuban jazz trumpeter and Grammy award winner Arturo Sandoval and The Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Additional performers are expected to be announced soon.
"For more than 60 years, WGBH has connected the community with greater Boston's vibrant arts scene," said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. "Boston Summer Arts Weekend, with a diverse line-up of local, national, well-known and up-and-coming artists, is a fun, energetic event that showcases everything there is to love about summers in Boston."
In the week leading up to Boston Summer Arts Weekend, WGBH, The Boston Globe and Citizens Bank will extend the programming, featuring a series of Boston Summer Arts Weekend Walks & Talks. This will include a Newbury Street gallery tour and art auction, as well as exclusive talks with artists and authors at venues across Boston. More information on the Walks & Talks will be available soon at www.BostonSummerArts.com
"For the third year in a row, the arts will come to life in Copley Square," said Mike Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Globe. "Artistic performances have a way of bringing people together and in the month of July, there will be incredible opportunities for residents and visitors alike to experience what the city has to offer. We are delighted to be working with WGBH and Citizens Bank to bring this celebration to Boston."
Local arts organizations will offer discounts and unique programming for the public, all of them featured in a special guide. All arts and entertainment organizations are invited to list their events in the guide and on the Summer Arts Weekend website free of charge. The guide will be distributed in The Boston Sunday Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and will be available online at WGBH.org. To submit a listing, please visit www.BostonSummerArts.com.
"Boston Summer Arts Weekend is an amazing opportunity to showcase the rich and diverse culture of the city, and we are excited to be a part of it," said Robert Matthews, Vice Chairman of Citizens Bank. "The collaboration with The Boston Globe and WGBH is a great example of how local companies can come together to help enliven and enrich the community where we live and work."
Summer Arts Weekend is presented by Citizens Bank. Other supporting sponsors to date include The Lincoln Motor Company and The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be tailored for both small and large arts organizations. For more information about becoming a sponsor of Summer Arts Weekend, contact Ted Petersen at Ted.Petersen@globe.com. For more information, visit www.bostonsummerarts.com.
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Citizens Bank is a division of RBS Citizens, N.A., operating its seven-state branch network in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. It has 252 branches and 754 ATMs in Massachusetts. RBS Citizens, N.A., is a subsidiary of RBS Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a $122 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and through its subsidiaries has approximately 1,400 branches, over 3,500 ATMs and more than 18,000 colleagues. It operates a branch network in 12 states and has non-branch retail and commercial offices in more than 30 states. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont; and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. RBSCFG is owned by RBS (the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). RBSCFG's website is citizensbank.com
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