The Summer Garden Concert Series is back for a second season ... the very best in live and lively Sunday afternoon music brought to you by Mr. Sippy Productions! Bands from far and wide perform from a soundstage in the Great Lawn behind the Cafe at The Governor's Inn, an idyllic setting for a summer garden party in a shaded private garden. Have a seat at a table with parasol, or right up front by the band where you can bring your own garden chair or lawn blanket. Have fun with a Frisbee, Hacky-Sack or just enjoy some good, casual and inexpensive food and drink from the Cafe. The Inn's tents and canopies ensure all concerts will take place regardless of weather.
Performances run 3-6 pm each Sunday.
June 26 - New England Bluegrass Band
Critically acclaimed both in the U.S., Canada and Europe, the NEBgB has earned a place in history of bluegrass in a relatively short time. Recording and touring credits with the greats of bluegrass such as Don Stover, Tony Rice, J.D. Crowe and others. Recently featured at European World of Bluegrass Festivals in Switzerland and the Netherlands the band left standing room only audiences on their feet and are already in demand to return. Their first recording (2004) "Things In Life" received excellent reviews across the U.S. and overseas. Their 2004 CD release was called: "Bluegrass at it's Best!" Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine
July 10 - JJ Baron
You don't have to travel to the Newport Folk Festival to see budding genious; see what one of New England Shining stars says of JJ: "It's hard to believe someone so young could be so talented. JJ reminds me of myself 20 years ago. Except he has a lot more talent than I did. JJ's got the gift. He knows how to craft songs that give you the goose bumps, he plays a mean guitar, and he has a great attitude. In the next few years, the folk world will come to know JJ Baron, and I'll be saying, 'I told you so!'" - Slaid Cleaves
July 17 - Roll & Tumble
The BEST honkin' Country Blues Band on the planet! Mr Sippy hurts when this band plays; they are so funky and grooving you can't stop swaying, and will not want them to ever quit! Barrellhouse Piano, Wailin' harp, Killer Guitar and Drums, Vocals Soooo right! "A touch of dixie, a drop of blues, and what's left is all soul. This is one great little band." ABC's Prime Time Live.
July 24 - Fragment
Touring from the Republic of Czechoslovakia, Fragment made their Grand Ole Opry debut several years ago and continue to impress audiences throughout the world. Lead singer Jana Dolakova's captivating pure lead vocals and the band's award-winning instrumentalists makes for an incredible show. This is evidenced by their numerous awards including winning First Place European Bluegrass Music Association's band competition on May 22, 2004. Fragment will now represent the EBMA at the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass in Nashville
July 31 - The Racky Thomas Band
Winning Boston's prestigious Battle of the Blues Bands this group earned a trip to the International Blues Festival where they tore 'em up! Easily traversing styles from gritty acoustic~electric Chicago and Delta blues the band features National Guitar, Drums, Upright Bass and Weeping-Wailing harp riffs that are most entertaining. Their style continues to thrill audiences nationally. With a band that rally's with a vocal style that ranges from raw raunch to mournful and plaintive old style country blues ala Mississippi John Hurt and Taj Mahal. Anyone who see's this band will be impressed the incredible level of performance and showmanship.
August 7 - Cliff Murphy & the Massachusetts Trust
The former front man for one of New England's greatest country-rock-alternative band SAY ZUZU is now fronting this roots oriented alt-country band which, never fear, really rocks. Cliff is one of the finest song stylists for this genre and his songwriting paints a portrait that everyone can relate. As a band you can feel somewhere in between Hank Williams, Pure Prairie League and Neal Young's country Honky Tonkin' music. Regardless of how we describe them, they are in a league of their very own and we all benefit!!
August 14 - Cormac McCarthy and Friends
An emerging star of New England folk music, Cormac McCarthy is a brilliant New hampshire singer-songwriter whose songs are stories detailing wicked romances gone astray. "Top ten Concerts ... - Bob Dylan, Ani DeFranco, Cormac McCarthy ... Next time he comes within 100 miles, you must go hear him!" - -Seth Rogovoy, Boston Phoenix.
August 21 - King Memphis
King Memphis has played around the world for some of the more renowned roots music festivals and events such as The HEMSBY Rock N Roll Weekender in England, Green Bay's Rockin' 50's Festival in Wisconsin, The Rockabilly Ball in Seattle Washington as well as The James Dean Rockabilly Weekender in Indiana and most recently The Lowell Festival. Not only is King Memphis an ensemble on their own, but they have had the fortunate opportunity to work with some of roots music's forefathers such as Ronnie Dawson, Sonny West, Bill Kirchen and many more. With Vintage guitars and the upright slap bass, King Memphis delivers a hip shakin' beat that keeps fans dancing all night long. If King Memphis is playing, you can be sure that people will be on their feet, 'cause if it don't swing, they don't play it!
August 28 - John Troy Band
Our favorite bit of musical "insider trading" is finding a band that has so much talent and groove they shake unknowing audiences down to their souls. THIS is that band. These guys have recorded and toured with the biggest stars out there. Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Natalie Cole, Joe Cocker, the list goes on and on. If you like everything from right on Motown Soul to Old Style Rock-n-Roll, you MUST get down to hear and, inevitably sway or dance to this brilliant band. THEN you will be in on the secret and don't risk having to go to a minimum security detention center if you're caught.