WGBH News and Media Relations


June 11, 2015

Family Favorites Karen K & the Jitterbugs, Zak Morgan and the Funny Farmers and The Remarkable Renaldo Sign on for 4th Annual Boston Globe WGBH Summer Arts Weekend, Presented by Citizens Bank

Costumed Characters, Interactive Activities Make the Event a Perfect Destination for the Whole Family 

Boston, MA (June 11, 2015) – From July 25-26, Boston Summer Arts Weekend takes over Copley Square to showcase Boston's thriving arts community by bringing local and national artists to the city for a variety of performances.  On Saturday morning, July 25, the main stage will come alive with family musicians, performing a range of music guaranteed to have people of all ages tapping their toes and dancing to the beat. With costumed characters from Curious George and Arthur, a Curious George temporary tattoo station, and much more, Boston Summer Arts Weekend will become a destination for the entire family.

The morning begins at 11 am with Karen K & the Jitterbugs, one of the most buzzed about bands for families and kids on the East Coast.  Karen K & the Jitterbugs have received multiple national awards, including a Parents Choice Fun Stuff Award and Best KidVid of 2014 for their smash hit video (I Woke Up in a) Fire Truck.  

Karen K & the Jitterbugs will be followed by the Remarkable Renaldo, a circus clown who came to life at the Big Apple Circus more than 20 years ago.  Remarkable Renaldo speaks his own language but those with child-like hearts completely understand it. His big claim-to-fame is his skill with the "Renaldorang", as well as juggling, plate spinning, and hat tricks.

Finally, Zak Morgan and the Funny Farmers will take the stage.  This Grammy-nominated band combines humor and musical talent to deliver a unique brand of children's music and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike.

Presented by Citizens Bank, Boston Summer Arts Weekend will also feature special offers from arts organizations around the city and a series of Arts Walks and Talks throughout the week leading up to the festival.  

From New Orleans jazz to blues, family acts and Americana, there is something for everyone at this year’s event. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, winners of the Grammy Award for Best Americana Album of the Year in 2014 for Old Yellow Moon, will headline the festival on Saturday.  They’ll be joined on the lineup by New Orleans’ own Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well as Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award winner Bettye LaVette and Boston’s own Federator N°1.

Blue Man Group will hold the final round for their 2nd annual Boston Drum-Off on the main stage on Saturday, seeking to identify the most creative, most innovative and most insanely talented drummers in Greater Boston. 

Two of the winning choral groups from WGBH's original local TV series, Sing That Thing!, also will perform during the weekend. Voted the best of the Small Group Adult category, Fermata Town is a group of college grads who use vocal percussion and complex background harmonies to create their own unique arrangements of pop music.  Winner of the Large Group Adult category, the Merrimack Valley Chorus is a group of 57 women who marched into the finale with their signatures eye-catching dresses and mastery of the barbershop genre.  

On Sunday, The Handel and Haydn Society will celebrate their Bicentennial as part of Boston Summer Arts Weekend.  They’ll perform Beethoven’s epic Symphony No. 9 (“Ode to Joy”) in the heart of Copley Square, sponsored by The Boston Foundation. Celtic fiddle player Natalie MacMaster will follow, and a performance by Aaron Neville will close the festival.

In the week leading up to the festival, WGBH, The Boston Globe and Citizens Bank will extend the programming, featuring a series of Boston Summer Arts Weekend Walks & Talks. These events will include a Newbury Street gallery tour featuring generously donated pieces of art and other works by local artists.  Arts Walk attendees will have a chance to meet some of these artists and an opportunity to purchase select donated pieces to support WGBH. There will also be exclusive talks with artists at venues across Boston. More information on the Walks & Talks will be available soon at www.BostonSummerArts.com

Boston Summer Arts Weekend is presented by Citizens Bank.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be tailored for both small and large organizations.  For more information about becoming a sponsor of Boston Summer Arts Weekend, contact Ted Petersen at Ted.Petersen@globe.com. For more information, visit www.BostonSummerArts.com.

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About WGBH
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About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest financial institutions, with $136.5 billion in assets as of March 31, 2015. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Citizens offers a broad range of retail and commercial banking products and services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, large corporations and institutions. In Consumer Banking, Citizens helps its retail customers “bank better” with mobile and online banking, a 24/7 customer contact center and the convenience of approximately 3,200 ATMs and approximately 1,200 Citizens Bank branches in 11 states in the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions. Citizens also provides mortgage lending, auto lending, student lending and commercial banking services in select markets nationwide. In Commercial Banking, Citizens offers corporate, institutional and not-for-profit clients a full range of wholesale banking products and services including lending and deposits, capital markets, treasury services, foreign exchange and interest hedging, leasing and asset finance, specialty finance and trade finance. Citizens operates through its subsidiaries Citizens Bank, N.A., and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. Additional information about Citizens and its full line of products and services can be found at www.citizensbank.com.







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