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Jazz at Sunset 2011

If it's Friday, it's Jazz at Sunset!

The unique Jazz at Sunset outdoor concert series-- now in its 21st year-- is one of Central Massachusetts' most popular summer events, thanks to its casual atmosphere, multigenerational appeal, and dynamic range of nationally acclaimed performers and local legends. This June, the EcoTarium and WICN Public Radio kick off another spectacular six-show series on June 17.

Jazz at Sunset has something for everyone -- outdoor concert lovers, jazz fans, R&B rockers, big band fans, young and old. Concerts run weekly on Friday evenings through July 29. Due to the holiday, there will be no concert on the July 4 weekend.


June 17
The Love Dogs

Get your tails a-waggin as Jazz at Sunset kicks off in style! This hard blowing Boston septet has been wowing audiences and critics alike for more than 15 years with a combination of great musicianship and pure fun. Combining jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll into a signature powerhouse sound, this is one concert not to be missed.

June 24
Dan Gabel and the Abletones

Travel back in time with an 18-piece Big Band, led by trombonist Dan Gabel, recently returned from a world tour with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Fronted by female vocals and sporting a vintage look and a repertoire of more than 2,000 arrangements, the Abletones are the real deal - a Big Band that looks and sounds just like the 1930s and 1940s.

July 8
Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Aché

Grammy-nominated percussionist, composer and arranger, Bobby Sanabria, and his Quarteto Aché are undisputed virtuosos of Afro-Cuban jazz. Racing between bop and bolero to Cuban timba, and spicing it all up with rhythms from Puerto Rico,Brazil and the Caribbean, these musicians are redefining their genre.

July 15
The Worcester Jazz Orchestra

Hot jazz. Cool tunes. Sizzling performances. For more than 15 years, the Worcester Jazz Orchestra has amassed critical acclaim - and a local following - for their brand of Big Band sound. Featuring the music of your favorites: Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and more.

July 22
Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Mardi Gras arrives in Central Massachusetts! No one does traditional Southern Louisiana Creole roots music like these accordion-driven Zydeco masters - that's why our audience keeps clamoring to have them back. Come dancing with fast and furious beats, lively percussion, electric guitars, R&B influences and a trademark Caribbean lilt!

July 29
The Duke Robillard Band

It's a hot summer night for blues lovers with two-time Grammy nominee and Blues Music Awards veteran Duke Robillard and his band. One of the most respected guitarists on the planet, B.B. King calls Duke "one of the great players" and the critics say his latest CD is "a certified joy-bringer". Get ready for some honking, squawking, sax and guitar-driven blues.


$18 per person (includes museum admission), $15 for EcoTarium and WICN members. Free for children under 12. Reserved table seating for up to four people (includes concert and museum admission) is $90 per table, $80 for EcoTarium and WICN members.

Tickets and table seating may be purchased up to 4 p.m. on the Thursday before the show by calling (508) 929-2703 or online at Individual tickets are also available at the gate on Friday nights.


Concerts are held at the EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., rain or shine. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Concertgoers should bring lawn chairs; chairs are not provided. In threatening weather, concerts are held in a tent pavilion.

Light dinners, snacks, beverages and beer and wine by the glass are available for purchase. Massachusetts law prohibits patrons from bringing alcoholic beverages on site. Pets are prohibited on the EcoTarium grounds.


Major support for the series is provided by UniBank, Westboro Toyota and Living Earth. Additional support is provided by The Beechwood Hotel and Ceres Bistro; Bollus Lynch; Bicycle Alley; Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC; William F. Lynch Co., Inc.; Mercier Electric Company, Inc. and RCAPSolutions, Inc. Media support is provided by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

About the EcoTarium

EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The museum offers three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad. The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Parking is free. For more information, visit


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