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Brown Bag Concert Series

The Brown Bag Concerts are produced by WICN 90.5 FM AND Mechanics Hall.

Brown Bag Concerts started out as free organ recitals as a way for Mechanics Hall to thank the community for the dollars it donated to restore the Hall's world-famous Hook Organ. WICN realized that Mechanics Hall was getting great audiences and tried a noon time series of its own....another great success. The following year they decided to become partners...Mechanics Hall provides the stage, the staff, and the tech support including sound; WICN programs and books the talent and broadcasts the performances live on 90.5 FM and streaming at Mechanics Hall and WICN share promotional responsibilities.


Wednesdays at Noon
Free Admission

Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608; 508-752-5608
Broadcast live on WICN 90.5 FM and streaming at

November 8, 2017 - Nativa, Berklee College of Music

Nativa is a sonic journey that merges the rhythms from the Andean mountains in Colombia with pop and world music sounds. Nativa's music honors the indigenous cultures all over the American continent. A native of Colombia, Naty Hernandez is a singer-songwriter who plays bass and guitar.


November 15, 2017 - Michael Dutra and the Strictly Sinatra Band

Michael Dutra performs his tribute to Frank Sinatra all over the U.S.ÑLas Vegas to Miami to Boston, in supper clubs, dinner theater, performing arts centers and private events. Dutra has been hailed one of the finest interpreters of Sinatra sound in the world. "His sound is velour to SinatraÕs velvet ..." according to Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe.


November 22, 2017 - Sivan Arbel

Sivan Arbel, a young Israeli singer, arranger and composer arrived at the New York City Jazz scene in November 2014 and has not looked back since. Making her mark in the NYC jazz scene, she first performed in Israel and then in Dublin, formulating her septet and distinctive sound. Broken Lines is her new album release.


November 29, 2017 - All That (Holiday) Jazz! with WPI Big Band & Hook Organ

The WPI Big Band directed by Rich Falco, together with Organist Lucia 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.


December 6, 2017 - 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. Also performing - Navy Band Northeast, a 35-musician ensemble based on board NAVSTA Newport and one of 11 official U.S. Navy bands worldwide.



Past Concerts:

Brown Bag Concert Series Spring 2017

Brown Bag Concert Series Fall 2016

Brown Bag Concert Series Spring 2016

Brown Bag Concert Series Fall 2015

Brown Bag Concert Series Spring 2015

Brown Bag Concert Series Fall 2014

Brown Bag Concert Series: Spring 2014

Brown Bag Concert Series: Fall 2013

Brown Bag Concert Series: Spring 2013

Brown Bag Concert Series: Fall 2012

Brown Bag Concert Series: Spring 2012

Brown Bag Concert Series: Fall 2011



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.


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