Bring your family and friends!

Sun., Jul 2

Wed., Jul 12

Wed., Jul 19

Wed., Jul 26

Wed., Aug 2

Wed., Aug 9

Wed., Aug 16

The Bordellos


SUNDAY, JULY 2 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM



Culled from various North Shore rock and roll acts, The Bordellos came together out of a mutual appreciation for outlaw country music. Beginning with Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and following it through to Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Whiskeytown, Son Volt, and Wilco. They embrace real country and the smoky, beer-soaked backrooms it came out of. This ain't your FM radio Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, and Brad Paisley country... this has a little dirt on it and still smells like the cigarettes and bourbon from the night before.



This first concert of the series is part of the Strawberry Festival on July 2.



WEDNESDAY, JULY 12 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

African World Fusion


MAMADOU is a world-class ensemble showcasing the original musical works of Senegalese luminary Mamadou Diop.

        Having shared the stage and collaborated with countless African greats including Baaba Maal, Mamadou Jimi Mbaye and Mbaye Dieye Faye in the Madison Band (formerly of Youssou Ndour), Thione Seck, Nicolas Menheim and Papa Seck in the band Africando, the Grand Soda Mama, and many others, Mamadou introduced his signature rhythm guitar sound around the world.

         Mamadou Diop has had opportunities to connect with influential giants including James Brown, the Jackson Five with Michael Jackson, Nelson Mandela - all personal inspirations for his art.

         Now, fronting his own award-winning band, he resides in the USA composing and performing new and amazing songs about peace, love, hope, family and friendship, bringing a positive vibe to our world.

Band members include:

• Mamadou Diop - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, lead percussion

• Adam Zampino - Keyboards and bass, backing vocals

• Michelle Cherie - Backing vocals, percussion

• Jacob Pardee - Lead guitar

• Joey Frechette - Lead percussion

• Erik Bistany - Bass

• Mitch Cohen - Drum kit


Grupo Fantasia


WEDNESDAY, JULY 19 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM



Angel Wagner, musical director of Grupo Fantasia, formed the group in 1993, with musicians from all around the world. Over the years, Fantasia has performed at the Calle Ocho festival in Miami, as well as touring extensively throughout the Northeast. His performances include a multitude of schools, universities, colleges, fundraisers, private functions and musical galas, allowing him to team up with the most exclusive event coordinators and party planners in New England.


Angel Wagner provides traditional island entertainment for all people and much of the music is performed on original, handmade indigenous  instruments. The Angel in 2006 extensive repertoire includes original and cover songs from the Caribbean and Latin America. Also represented are various Cuban, Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena, Colombian Cumbia, Mexican Mariachi, Calypso, Reggae and Salsa music.


Lois Lane & the Daily Planets


WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

R&B / Soul


"Lois Lane and the Daily Planets are a mainstay in the Boston area music scene. Specializing in classic rock, blues, rhythm and blues (R&B), funk, jazz, rock, soul, pop, and dance music, Lois Lane and the Daily Planets are sure to satisfy even the most demanding audiences! Lois Lane is a phenomenal singer and a natural entertainer and is known for getting and keeping the crowd on their feet dancing and laughing. Gifted with outstanding people skills, Lois reaches out and touches the heart of everyone from nine to ninety! You are guaranteed to have a great time listening, dancing and celebrating to this great entertainer and her band.


Band Members:


Lois Lane - Vocals

Cliff Goodman - Drums, Vocals

Lee Lundy - Bass

Peter Fedele - Guitar

Jayo Wharton - Saxophone, Vocals


Laura Orshaw and
The New Velvet Band


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM



Laura Orshaw is an exciting voice on today’s acoustic music scene. Fast-becoming one of today’s celebrated emerging artists, she is a multi-instrumentalist and compelling singer. Laura earns die-hard fans across the country with her energy and her earnest performance, playing and singing with joy and drive.


Laura Orshaw and the New Velvet Band's sound is driven by Laura's powerful vocal styling and weaves in the inventive instrumental talents of Tony Watt (guitar), Catherine "BB" Bowness (banjo), Matthew Witler (mandolin), and Alex Muri (upright bass). Individually, these players have taken the Boston-area bluegrass scene by storm, but as the New Velvet Band they have fused their musical aptitudes to craft a vibrant and mature sound in the wider bluegrass world.


The Navigators


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Funky Classic Rock


Our local band! It includes 4 Swampscott/Marblehead residents:  Whisky (drums) and Nancy Wolinski (vocals), Mike McClung (keyboard and vocals), and Robin Krivit (vocals), plus two more Boston-area musicians (Dick Burke (guitar) and Steve Shepherd (bass).  They have recently revamped their lineup and their repertoire, and now include a mix of jazz, rock, & funk, with covers of classic tunes by bands like Steely Dan,  Earth, Wind & Fire and the Beatles.  The kind of music that many of us grew up with and love!

Philip Alexander and the



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

An all-ages, kid-centric, rootsy rock ‘n’ roll show!


Acclaimed children’s musician Philip Alexander performs at schools, libraries and festivals throughout New England, with shows aimed at kids from 1 to 92. Original songs like Milo The Lighthouse Dog, On a Rocketship, and Pajamas in The Bahamas engage the imagination and get kids spinning, skipping and jumping up and down enough to encourage a good night's sleep! The set list is rounded out with classics such as The Lion Sleeps Tonight, This Land Is Your Land, and Jump Jim Joe. Featuring jazzy saxophone, sweet harmony back-ups and a rockin’ rhythm section, a WiLD THiNGs show is fun for all ages and easy on the ears!


Band members:


Philip Alexander Bereaud — lead vocals, guitar, ukulele, harmonica

Andrew Hickman — saxophones, flute, percussion

Michael McClung — bass

Mark “Whisky” Wolinski — drums

Joanna and Sophia Bereaud —back-up vocals

                                             The Swampscott By the Sea Summer Concert

                                             Series is a new annual summer tradition

                                             bringing together people of all ages to listen

                                             to great music and build community on

                                             Swampscott's beautiful Town Hall Lawn.


This year we have expanded to seven concerts, featuring diverse musical genres including classic rock, jazz, Latin, bluegrass, R&B,
and family-friendly kids' music. The concerts are free, thanks to our generous sponsors, and will appeal to people of all ages.


Bring your blankets, chairs, and a picnic dinner and join us for great music, good people and beautiful scenery.


Rain dates TBD

Swampscott Cultural Council

Swampscott Recreation Department

Sponsored by