Concerts on the Quad

Concerts on the Quad performances take place at 6:30 on three summer Thursdays on Bates’ Historic Quad, at College Street and Campus Avenue. Admission to the series is free, and audience members are encouraged to bring picnics and chairs or blankets.

Taking place at 6:30 on the Coram Library porch on the Historic Quad, at College Street and Campus Avenue, these concerts are open to the public at no cost.

Audience members are encouraged to bring picnics and chairs or blankets. The rain site is the nearby Peter J. Gomes Chapel, also on the Quad at 275 College St. For more information, please call 207-753-6953.

Here’s the lineup:

July 16 ~ Dom Flemons
Flemons draws deeply from the rich American folk tradition — ragtime, early blues, Southern folk, spiritual, string and jug band music — and revives it for contemporary audiences. His work has been praised for its gritty, intimate style, which, as The Guardian writes, “sounds as if he’s sitting on the front porch enjoying himself.”

Flemons self-released his first solo recording, “Prospect Hill,” last summer. “Flemons’ talents are best-suited to intimate settings,” wrote Mark Segal Kemp in a review of the CD in Acoustic Guitar magazine, “where he can sit with his banjo, guitar and percussion, jam a little, tell stories and talk about the rich history of African-American folk traditions.” A co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, in 2005, Flemons started his solo career in 2013.


July 30 ~ Buckwheat Zydeco
Widely regarded as the biggest contemporary zydeco artist in the world, accordionist-keyboardist Buckwheat Zydeco has introduced this upbeat blend of blues and traditional Creole music to audiences far away from its birthplace in Lafayette, La.

His energetic style has revitalized zydeco by drawing from mainstream genres like rock and R&B. Zydeco released the first-ever major label zydeco album in 1987, Island Records’ “On A Night Like This,” and has issued more than two dozen recordings since. Over the course of Zydeco’s career, he has gigged with everyone from Eric Clapton (with whom Zydeco also recorded) and U2 to the Boston Pops.

August 13 ~ Stephanie Fogg Band
Hailing from Portland, Fogg is an experienced vocalist and an instructor at the Midcoast School of Music. Growing up listening to jazz and soul artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Etta James inspired Fogg’s love of singing from a young age.

Fogg has toured widely throughout New England. The Stephanie Fogg Band’s recent gigs have included performances of “Back to Black,” the second and final album by the late and lamented Amy Winehouse, in its entirety. Supporting Fogg are guitarist Mike Derosier, drummer Chris Marro, keyboardist Matt Fogg and saxophonists Anthony Marro and Jen Precopio.