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Sundays at 4 pm, June 6 - September 26 @ the Eliot Schoolyard 


The Eliot Schoolyard Concert Series presents 15 free outdoor concerts in the schoolyard, from June 6 through September 26, 2021 (excluding holiday weekends). Come hear a rich selection of Boston's incredible musicians, from jazz to hip hop, harp to steel drum, presented by three local music curators: Hoopla ProductionsOompa/The Record Co., and Brian Friedland

Enjoy live music, outdoors in a creative, vibrant space that is safe and socially distanced. State and city public health guidelines will be enforced. Concertgoers need to bring their own seating, and groups will sit six feet apart. No dogs, please. The concerts are FREE; your suggested donation of $10 will help cover the costs. Registration Required. 

The series is presented by the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts, which inspires lifelong learning in craft and creativity for all, both in Boston’s schools and community centers and at its Jamaica Plain schoolhouse. The concerts are a departure for the Eliot School, which ordinarily focuses on craft and visual arts. Executive Director Abigail Norman says, “Live music outdoors brings people together in ways that transcend the troubles of the moment. We are proud to make this joy available after a year of such intense isolation.” 

The series’ lead sponsors are Sazama Real Estate and Kevin Cradock Builders, two community-minded local companies. Additional sponsors are Polkadog Bakery and East Boston Savings Bank



June 6: Man on Land (jazz trio, album premiere)
Jazz trio Brian Friedland (keyboard), Greg Loughman (bass), Austin McMahon (drums) celebrate the release of their new album, "Songs of Hope," a collectively produced suite composed “in hopes of a more just and equitable world.”  

June 13: Notebook P / Miranda Rae ('R&B Artist of the Year' 2020!)
Singer/songwriter Notebook P has been nominated for Boston Music Awards’ ‘R&B Artist of the Year,” an honor Miranda Rae won in 2020. Notebook P’s catalog includes the EP, “I Made This, For You”, with producer Humbeats, debuting with The Museum TV’s newest performance platform, “The Window Seat.” Miranda Rae debuted her “Excuse My Baggage” EP in 2019. “Thinkin Bout You” became the top single from the project, and dubbed a classic.

June 20: The Thaddeus Hogarth/John Baboian Duo (chromatic harmonica & guitar)
Thaddeus Hogarth and John Baboian delight with a selection of  American songbook standards and original jazz, R&B and blues: Baboian on guitar/vocals and Hogarth on chromatic harmonica/vocals. Both teach at Berklee College of Music, and it’s a rare treat to hear them perform together.

June 27: Charles Overton & Brian Friedland (jazz harp & piano)
Charles Overton has broken ground by bringing harp to jazz. He’s played at Tanglewood, the Berlin Philharmonic and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and was the first harpist at Berklee’s Global Jazz Institute, where he studied with Terri-Lynn Carrington and Danilo Perez. He’s joined by composer Brian Friedland on piano.

July 11: 40 Million Feet (Nepalese sarangi & acoustic guitar)
On a sunny day in October 2017, Shyam Nepali was walking along the Charles River and noticed Charlie Giargiari playing guitar on a bench by a waterfall. Shyam quickly ran home and got his Nepalese sarangi for an impromptu improvisational jam. And so began 40 Million Feet. 40 Million Feet is the approximate distance from Boston to Kathmandu, Nepal. NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts said, “The blend between the unlikely pair of instruments is something magical, effortlessly capturing the essence of two different music worlds.”

July 18: Eduardo Project (Grammy Award-winning Venezuelan fusion)
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Considered “one of the iconic harpists of this new age,” Eduardo Betancourt is a Grammy-award winning Venezuelan composer and multi-instrumentalist with 30 years of experience in traditional and fusion Venezuelan music. Nominated at the Pepsi Music Awards for “Best Artist,” “Best Song,” and “Best Album,” he has recorded with renowned international artists such as: Simon Diaz, Oscar D León, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Danny Rivera, Luis Salinas, Jorge Celedón, and others. He's joined here by Kevin Guerrero and Ali Tovar on bass.

July 25: Josh Rosen, Giuseppe Paradiso & Brian Friedland (jazz: 2 keyboards + percussion)
Three jazz musicians known for their improvisation and composing combine two keyboards and polyrhythmic percussion. It's a rare moment to hear two keyboards tangle and twist together under the hands of world-traveled masters, Brian Friedland and Josh Rosen, embroidered by Giuseppi Paradiso on drums.

August 1: DJ WhySham (Your Community DJ)
2x ‘DJ of The Year’ Boston Music Awards nominee, DJ WhySham is an activist, and an on-air personality for SparkFMOnline Radio. Her background in criminal justice and community outreach has led her to merge her artistry as a DJ with efforts for positive changes in Boston's disenfranchised communities. She believes in bringing music, hardship, and pain together while creating a release for collective trauma.

August 8: Tempo Rhythm & Steel (Afro-Caribbean percussion)
Tempo Rhythm & Steel brings together percussionists from Trinidad and Tobago, playing Afro-Caribbean Afro rhythms with spoken words and messages of peace and unity, using handmade indigenous instruments from Africa, Asia, Trinidad and anything that can create a sound.

August 15: David Eure & Brian Friedland (jazz violin & piano)
Composer/pianist Brian Friedland joins virtuoso violinist David Eure. Eure brings high energy and joy as he bridges classical, jazz, African, and Latin American cultural roots. He has performed with jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Wayne Newton, Yasko Kubota, Cecil McBee, George Russell, Jr. and many others.

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August 22: Alec Hutson / Naomi Westwater (soul/funk/folk/indie/pop vocals and more)Two songwriters take the stage. Alec Hutson's songs have been called “warm” and “richly devastating.” Naomi Westwater’s have are “striking, eclectic, beautiful, and unlike what you may have heard before” – “packed to capacity with emotion, power, and soul.” This is the closing event for a weekend of music, JP Porchfest, produced by Dunamis Boston. Check their schedule for music all weekend at the Eliot Schoolyard and elsewhere.

August 29: Miranda Rae & Shane Dylan (R&B/hip hop vocals & keys)
Miranda Rae wowed us earlier this summer with her powerful, rich voice and soulful take on R&B classics. She’s joined here by Shane Dylan, known in Boston’s indie music scene for his keyboard grooves and lyrics that balance emotions with the artist’s struggle for integrity.

September 12: Household Items / Olson Pingrey Duo (multi-genre comedic music / jazz sax & trombone)
Household Items is an ever-expanding collection of music that examines the realities of everyday life. Literally. It’s a joyous comedy of lyrics from tea labels, snack packages, and instruction manuals, expressed through eclectic musical styles, from Irish jigs to Gospel anthems. Kathy Olson (baritone sax) and Randy Pingrey (trombone) follow with a mix of originals and inventive arrangements of jazz standards.

September 19: Dzidzor / Prateek (Ghanaian & American folk & blues)
Performance poet Dzidzor says, “I think of myself as a storyteller whose responsibility is to alarm the power/abundance we have in the midst of our own bodies.” Her poetry is a form of music rife with rhythm and emotion. Prateek’s “elegant songcraft and luminous voice capture the ear and heart.” (Boston Globe)

September 26: Tarciso Alves (Brazilian folk from Pernambuco)
Singer/songwriter Tarciso Alves specializes in Forró, a Northeastern Brazilian folk genre. He grew up in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, steeped in the region's traditions of music, folk dancing, and spoken-word poetry.