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Summer Music in the Monadnock Region for 2021

Summer in the Monadnock Region – Imagine: soft grass tickling your legs as you stretch out on your picnic blanket and your soul fills with the swell of classical, folk, rock, choral (pick your favorite) music as you sip your (insert favorite beverage here)!

Of course there are always lots of outdoor activities to enjoy during the summer, but did you know there are also plenty of music series and events as well? Grab your gear, pack some food and enjoy getting out in person again!

A poster for the Peterborough Folk Music Society's Summer line up. Six bands are featured with images to accompany them and details
The Peterborough Folk Music summer line up!

Peterborough Folk Music is back in swing with their summer series as they celebrate their 25th anniversary, with a great lineup of musicians coming to the region! Their concerts will take place indoors at a venue in Harrisville, the folks at PFM have gone above and beyond to provide their loved concerts as safely as possible. You can find dates and info on each concert at their site here.

A white poster for ElectricEarth Concert's summer series. It lists the dates of the upcoming performances while images of some of the musicians are above
A whole bunch of great music is coming from ElectricEarth!

ElectricEarth Concerts offer all kinds of listening opportunities with their summer lineup: Opening the season June 17 with a video event, then moving to in-person with two types of tickets to choose from where you can either bring a blanket or a chair to sit outside and enjoy the concert, or socially distanced indoors with the musicians. See their lineup and locations on their site here.

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Cathedral of the Pines offers beautiful views to accompany the musicians playing.

Monadnock Music’s summer lineup is a great way to enjoy an outdoor concert in various beautiful locations such as Cathedral of the Pines, historic Hancock, and more. There’s also special events like 17th century Rome music in a Salon style concert and Listen & Lunch in Depot Square! Check out their schedule here.

A room with recording devices focus on a musician playing a cello.
Enjoy Apple Hill’s Summer series this year virtually!

Apple Hill Chamber music has prepared a full schedule with their virtual summer series lineup. Enjoy their string quartet from the comfort of your home on Tuesday evenings once a week all summer long. To see their schedule and donate, head over to their site here.

A stage with lights shine on a full band as they perform
Enjoy live music while safe with Northlands this year!

Last year Northlands provided a drive-in live music experience over the summer. This year they’re back, and instead of spending the concert in your car you can experience a true live outdoor concert at ease with how they’ve organized their summer series with social distancing at the forefront of their concerts. To see their lineup and buy tickets, head over to their site here.

A special at home event: Every August, The MacDowell Colony hosts their Medal Day to honor a creative member as well as open up their studios for folks to visit and learn about the artists there. This year however they are doing things a little differently. The 2021 recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal is Rosanne Cash. MacDowell will be airing their Medal Day ceremony, including a performance by Ms. Cash, interviews and more, on PBS for folks to enjoy! If you have never been to a MacDowell Medal Day before, or it’s been a while since your last visit, be sure to catch their first-ever televised ceremony on August 8th! Learn more here.

A shot of a pathway from a foot bridge to the right shows musicians performing under a tent while listeners sit on a bench nearby
Music in Depot Park is a local favorite!

Many of our small communities offer ongoing concert series in their downtown. Peterborough offers Music in Depot Park, The Nelson and Temple Town Bands play throughout the region, and many a summer eve will be spent on a classic town green listening to music swell from the gazebo.

Adding music entertainment to many other fun activities in the area you can  easily turn a visit to the region into a few days’ worth of excitement. Making the Jack Daniels Motor Inn your base of operations is the finishing touch to a great Monadnock Region Summer get-away!

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