Summer 2014 Concerts on the Lawn at the Crane
Thursdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
July 10: Asylum Quartet 
Lauded for “nonstop virtuoso skills” (Times Herald-Record, New York), the Asylum Quartet plays everything from lush classical works, minimalism, and modernism to indie rock, world music, and klezmer. The four classically-trained saxophonists met as graduate students at the The Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut in 2011. The quartet received the Grand Prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, Massachusetts, becoming the first saxophone quartet to receive this honor.
With a mission of engaging and captivating diverse audiences, the Asylum Quartet performs in New York City subway stations under the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program, and in Hartford Public Schools as Arts Providers for Hartford Performs. The quartet has been a featured guest on WNPR's Where We Live with John Dankosky, and on WWUH's The 20th Century Limited with Larry Bilansky.
July 17: Jumpin' Juba 
Get down with Steve Hurl's rootsy-bluesy side, inspired by many flavors of American blues music. New Orleans swamp-rock, classic boogie-woogie, folk, Memphis rock & roll, and a playful use of everything from calypso to country are stirred into the band's blue stew. Bruce alternately pounds and glides over the piano keys. He's been playing blues and boogie piano for over 3 decades. His musical heroes include Prof. Longhair, Otis Spann and Jimmy Yancey. Steve bends the guitar strings a little harder and sings with a little more pepper than your average folkie.
In early 2004, the band released its first studio-recorded CD, Bumpity Bump, a diverse collection of original blues and roots-rock tunes (along with a couple of traditional blues numbers). They kept a live feel throughout, because much of it was actually recorded in real time. Editing was kept to a minimum, and none of that "pitch correction" software was used on the vocals.
July 24: Krisanthi Pappas
Jazz and Swing Vocalist Krisanthi Pappas and her band, will present a lively concert of jazz and swing standards made popular by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall, Michael Buble and the like. Krisanthi has been compared to Diana Krall and Norah Jones by Jazz Times Magazine. Also a Billboard® award winning composer and lyricist, her original songs have been featured in ABC television’s “One Life To Live”, NBC’s “Parenthood” and “Passions”, FOX's "The Mindy Project", as well as in the films "Green River" and “Tying The Not”.
Krisanthi and her band have received rave reviews for her shows at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, Foxwoods Resort and Casino, Company Theatre in Norwell, Footlighters Theatre in Walpole, The Orpheum Theatre in Foxboro as well as at and many other venues. Krisanthi has recorded five CDs and performs full-time throughout New England and New York City, having opened for Branford Marsalis, Chuck Mangione and many others. Her voice and music have received high accolades from Jazz Times Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, Cabaret Scenes New York, Cabaret Hotline, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, Cadence Magazine, and many radio personalities nationwide.
July 31: Acousticana 
The name says it all: Acousticana plays American roots music on acoustic instruments. Bluegrass, Tex-Mex, folk, country, gospel, Cajun—it’s all here, tastefully informed by soul, blues, rock, pop, world music, and other contemporary influences. Great music has always been about creating new and original expressions, not simply repeating the voices of the past as perfectly as possible. That’s what they do - take from the old and make something new. New music with an old feel. Add a healthy dose of originals, an impressive array of acoustic instruments, and a commitment to creative arrangements and vivid performances, and you get a musical gumbo guaranteed to please.
Acousticana is: Ellen Breen, Attleboro, MA (guitar, vocals); James Butrym, Worcester, MA (guitar, mandolin, vocals); Rob Dross, Somerville, MA (bass); Stroker, Arlington, MA (accordion, vocals); and Andy Solberg, Attleboro, MA (mandolin, fiddle, vocals).
More Music From Library Performers
Look here for a list of CDs and concert DVDs  of artists who have performed at the Crane. Borrow them from the library and relive a performance you enjoyed or catch one that you missed!