Ah, summer — and the outdoor music season is in full swing.
Besides the acclaimed Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell, the region has other options for al fresco tunes fans.
Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra presents its popular free Summer Pops Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7 at Shedd Park Pavilion, 435 Rogers St., Lowell. The program of patriotic and pops tunes features music from West Side Story, Hamilton, The Sound of Music, Jurassic Park and Lord of the Dance, plus "Fanfare for the Common Man," an Armed Forces Salute and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Bring beach chairs and a picnic for concert enjoyment and stay for a meet and greet with Thomas Kociela, the orchestra's new music director. Free, but donations appreciated. Visit www.lowellphilharmonic.org.
Chelmsford Community Band continues its 47- year history of free outdoor performances on Chelmsford Common on Tuesday nights. The programs include big band favorites, show tunes and toe-tapping marches. The band is comprised of 60 adult volunteer musicians, divided between a concert band and a jazz ensemble. Ensemble performances are July 9, 16 and August 6; the band will perform July 23, 30 and August 13. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. If it rains, follow the music indoors to the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road. For info, follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Fruitlands Museum in Harvard is the setting for summer concerts by the Concord Band in July and other performers in August. Upcoming programs are America Strong on July 4; Spectacular Broadway! July 11; Strike Up the 'Bands, July 18; A Summer Retrospective, July 25; The Love Dogs, August 1 and Vibra Tropical, August 8. Gates open at 5 p.m. and concerts begin at 7:15 p.m. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics or purchase food from vendors. BYOB welcome on lawn. Admission $15/car for members; $20/car for nonmembers; walk-ins, bicycles and motorcycles $5 for members; $10 nonmembers. Visit https;//fruitlands.thetrustees.org/events.
Worcester's Hanover Theatre transforms the area behind the theatre into an outdoor, picnic-style concert venue for Jazz at Sunset, featuring Dwight & Nicole, an American indie-soul band, on Friday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Picnics welcome or purchase dinner at on-site food trucks. Cash bars for beer and wine purchases. Alcohol may not be brought in and must be purchased at event. $20 general admission or $140 for VIP stage-front tables that seat four people at www.thehanovertheatre.org/dwightnicole or call 877-571-7469.
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