Lowell’s music scene is growing and attracting new entertainment to several venues around the city. Venues like the Hearing Room, The Tsongas Center, Lowell Memorial Auditorium, and Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall, are all hosting exciting talent this fall.
The Tsongas Center kicks things off with The Alchemy Tour, an electro dance music event featuring some of EDM’s biggest artists. The show, scheduled for Thursday September 19th, features artists NGHTMRE, Slander, Seven Lions, The Glitch Mob, Svdden Death, and Huxley Annel. The following day brings Californian DJ and award winning EDM artist, ILLENIUM for his Ascend tour continuing the theme of electronic dance music. The music, dance, and lights will reinvigorate and excite EDM fans.
The Tsongas Center keeps the energy high by following up The Alchemy Tour with Grammy award-winning Rap artist Young Thug and Billboard-topping Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) on October 4th. Young Thug, born in Atlanta, Georgia is known for a unique vocal style that makes him stand out from the rest of the field, creating original songs to become one of the biggest mainstream artists today. MGK started his career early, releasing his first mixtape when he was sixteen; he hit the US Billboard top 200 charts in 2012 with his album Lace Up. This collaboration of Georgia native Young Thug and Houston born MGK, features special guest teenage rapper YBN Nahmir from Alabama.
On November 19th, Bob Dylan & His Band takes the stage at the Tsongas Center. No introduction is needed for this artist; Dylan has achieved numerous Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award, and even a Nobel Prize in Literature. Known for his work in the rock, blues, folk, and country genres, Dylan returns for his first concert in Lowell since 2013. This concert will be great for a wide range of music lovers and concert goers.
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium also hosts some upcoming events, beginning with music icon Amy Grant who brings three decades of iconic pop on October 18th. Tony Bennet follows on October 26th with his tour, My Heart, and in November, Dark Star Orchestra presents its critically acclaimed Grateful Dead set list re-creation show on the 16th, meant to reach Deadheads both young and old by offering their own versions of the Dead’s discography.
Other venues around Lowell also have live music during September and October. Venues like the Zorba Music Hall and The Hearing Room will host several nights of music for those looking to escape the big crowds to experience local names in music. Olympia’s Zorba Music Hall hosts Moondance, a Van Morrison tribute band, on Saturday September 21st, The Hearing Room’s Jazz Jam unfolds on Sunday September 22nd featuring pianists John McCarron, and lastly the middle of October also marks the two-day The Town and The City music festival. This massive two day festival features 51 bands and artists ranging indie rock, to soul music, held at several venues throughout Lowell, for a wide festival experience. The festival begins Friday October 18th, and concludes the following day on Saturday the 19th.
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Utopian Park Hydro Sculpture
Artist Nancy Selvage has completed her newest project, Hydro, located in the Hamilton Canal Innovation District’s Utopian Park. The sculpture is meant to be interactive and interpretative while providing a place to sit for those wanting to examine the spaces around them. The sculpture flows and swirls, creating artistic archways meant to relax the viewer and “welcome them.” Hydro is sure to attract lots of attention from local artists and Lowllians with a interest in unique public art.
Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race and Lowell Irish Festival
September winds down with two big events this Saturday, September 21st. The 4th annual Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race combines art and engineering in a race through downtown and along the Merrimack River. Human-powered sculptures compete on roads and through mud and water, inspiring artists and engineers while promoting physical activity, the arts, and STEM fields.
Also on Saturday, the Lowell Memorial Auditorium hosts the Lowell Irish Festival, featuring local Irish music, dance, food, and craft beer. Several bands will perform including Joshua Tree, The Gobshites, Irish Whispa, and the Young Dubliners. Historical photos, items, and documents representing Lowell’s Irish community will be on display. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy this festival!