Stephen Stills and Judy Collins portrait by Anna Webber in Los Angeles this past December.Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.
Stephen Stills and Judy Collins portrait by Anna Webber in Los Angeles this past December.

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LOWELL -- Music icons Stephen Stills and Judy Collins will play at Boarding House Park on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. for the Lowell Summer Music Series' 28th season.

The announcement was made Wednesday morning by the Lowell National Historical Park.

Stills is, of course, a former member of Buffalo Springfield and a member of the on-again/off-again Crosby, Stills & Nash. Judy Collins, who played the Lowell Summer Music Series in 2006, is a legend in her own right. She's perhaps best known for her 1970s singles "Amazing Grace" and "Send in the Clowns," but she also happens to be Stills' ex-girlfriend (from several decades ago) and the inspiration behind the Crosby, Stills & Nash classic "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

Stephen Stills performs with The Rides last June in Berkeley, California. WIKIPEDIA PHOTO
Stephen Stills performs with The Rides last June in Berkeley, California. WIKIPEDIA PHOTO
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stills meeting Collins, and they decided to mark the occasion with a joint, one-time summer tour. It's the first time Stills and Collins have ever been on stage together. They'll be pulling songs from their respective catalogs as well as debut songs from their upcoming album, due out this summer. Throughout the evening, they'll sprinkle stories from their careers and relationship.

"We are excited. Stephen Stills, and Judy Collins as well, they are icons," said John Marciano, director of the Lowell Summer Music Series. "We are super excited to have them here as a duo. It's a huge win for us and a major feather in the cap of the Lowell Summer Music Series.


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Judy Collins performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards last month in Los Angeles. PHOTO BY MATT SAYLES/INVISION/AP
Judy Collins performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards last month in Los Angeles. PHOTO BY MATT SAYLES/INVISION/AP
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Marciano described Collins as one of those "pin drop" artists who captivate an audience so well that not a peep can be heard from the crowd.

"It was one of those shows where you could stand up on the sidewalk and just hear her voice just emanate over the whole park in this crystal clear, beautiful tone that she has," said Peter Aucella, the assistant superintendent of the Lowell National Historical Park.

Aucella said Stills is commonly known for his singing, but was notably ranked number 28 in Rolling Stones Magazine list for the top 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Stills was the first to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for two different bands in one night, Marciano said.

"You're going to hear it both," Marciano said.

Trombone Shorty is playing Boarding House Park on Saturday, June 10. COURTESY PHOTO
Trombone Shorty is playing Boarding House Park on Saturday, June 10. COURTESY PHOTO
"We've got a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a folklore princess in Judy Collins."

Graham Nash, also a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former member of Crosby, Stills & Nash, is scheduled to perform at a different show this season as well. An announcement will be made next week for more details, but tickets will go on sale Thursday, March 9.

"It's a big deal and we're very happy that the Lowell Summer Music Series brand is big enough, is accepted enough right now that they want to come here," Marciano said.

Should be a one-of-a-kind evening and a highlight in the 2017 schedule. Although Aucella and Marciano agree Stills and Collins will be an incredible event, they said the entire season will be giant.

Tickets for Stills and Collins, which went on sale today at 9 a.m., are $54 in advance and $154 for premium seating.

The park also announced Wednesday that Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will return to Boarding House Park for the third time in four years on Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, which go on sale Friday, March 10, at 9 a.m., are $39 in advance and $139 for premium seating.

Trombone Shorty played Boarding House Park in 2014 and 2015, and those in attendance at the Red Hot Chili Peppers shows last month at TD Garden, may have seen Trombone Shorty, who was the opening act for the concerts. 

You may remember Trombone Shorty's two-hour-plus concert in 2014 that turned the Boarding House Park courtyard into a dance party where everyone, from toddlers to seniors, was dancing in the aisles and out of their lawn chairs.

The New Orleans native began his career as a bandleader at the age of 6, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. Orleans Avenue is a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band that has toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil.

Tickets to Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue as well as Stephen Stills and Judy Collins will be available at www.lowellsummermusic.org.

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