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Brown Bag Concert Series

The Brown Bag Concerts are produced by Mechanics Hall and WICN 90.5 FM. 2013/14 marks the 30th year of this great concert series!

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.

Upcoming Concert:

Brown Bag Concert Series Fall 2015

Past Concerts:

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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