2019 Great Waters Summer Season

The Lobbyists

The Lobbyists

The Lobbyists formed in 2012, and take their name from the lobby of The Flea Theater, where the group first started playing and writing music together. Drawing on folk, roots, and a host of other influences, the band has been noted for their lush harmonies, “marvelous” songwriting (The New York Times), and “impressive musicianship” (Entertainment Weekly). The New Yorker calls their music “terrific,” and The Village Voice lauds them as “undeniably talented.”

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'Considering Matthew Shepard'

"Only in the love of us all" change is possible. This message of hope is present throughout Craig Hella Johnson's moving concert that tells the story of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay, 21-year-old Wyoming student.

This performance of 'Considering Matthew Shepard' features a chamber orchestra as well as the 30-voice master chorale. The lyrics include passages from Matt Shepard’s college journal, testimony spoken by his mother, and poetry related to the crime.

This special performance is made possible by Ashton & Company.

Under the Streetlamp

Under the Streetlamp

Under the Streetlamp delivers an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American Radio Songbook, bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite old time Rock ‘n’ Roll, Doo-Wop and Motown hits.

Founded by leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation JERSEY BOYS, Under the Streetlamp was formed as a musical celebration. Every performance they prove that retro never sounded so now!


The Hot Sardines

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, the Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

In the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom and more than 150 tour dates from Chicago to London, and have released two albums on Universal Music Classics to critical raves and a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally.

Quality is timeless.
Just ask The Hot Sardines.

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Chris Thomas King

Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1979 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb.

King played the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson along side George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000),” captivating audiences the world over. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable. 

A Note from Our Board Chair

Claudia Shilo

We have an exciting lineup for the 2019 season designed just for YOU!  Please head over to our homepage to see what we have in store this summer … and mark your calendar.  Our new website is full of information about our events and it’s easier than ever to purchase tickets. You can buy a season package, several tickets at once, or just one.  It’s up to you.

Looking even further ahead … our 25th anniversary is coming up in 2020!  We have exciting things in store to celebrate this very special time for Great Waters as well.  Check in with us often to see our plans unfold.

The Great Waters Board, Executive Director, and staff are here to serve you and we all look forward to seeing you again this summer!   

Claudia Shilo

The Street Piano Project with Huggins Hospital

The brightly painted pianos of the Street Piano Project are a visible, and hands on way to engage our community in the joy of music. We have partnered with Huggins Hospital to share the message “Music Heals”

Huggins Hospital is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our community and that includes all aspects of health. Studies show that music can reduce anxiety, help with memory and help people recover from stroke or traumatic brain injury. Huggins Hospital provides music enrichment opportunities, including live music, to participants in the hospital’s Adult Day Program—a medical model program licensed by the state of NH and whose purpose is to help participants remain active and social as well as provide respite to caregivers. “Music helps them reminisce,” says ADP Coordinator Nelda Tobin, RN. “We help bring value to their lives – whether they suffer from social isolation, dementia or a type of impairment – and music truly helps us do that.”

The pianos will be placed throughout Wolfeboro to invite passersby to stop and play a few notes or a whole piece, at their leisure. Join Great Waters Music Festival and Huggins Hospital to spread a healing message through music on the streets of Wolfeboro this summer!

Never Miss a Beat!