Chautauqua Summer Music Series

Free admission to all events

Buzz Jones Big Band Wednesday, August 13th 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Buzz Jones Band Poster August 13 2014

Change of location from past years!

Buzz Jones Big BandListen

LocationDrayer Hall Porch, Dickinson College 80 South College Street, Carlisle, PA Walking directions: Enter on West High Street between South College Street and Mooreland Avenue, directly across from the Dickinson College Library.

The Buzz Jones Big Band, a sixteen member ensemble, is recognized as one of the very best of its genre in the Mid-Atlantic States. The band has traveled to Germany, France, and The Netherlands, appeared at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals, performed with John Pizzarelli, and opened for Tony Bennett, The Temptations, and Bob Newhart.

Past Events, 2014 Chautauqua Music Series

Father’s Day Blues Sunday, June 15th 2014, 4:00 PMBig-Boy-Little-Band

Mitch Ivanoff with Chad Bruce

Big Boy Little Band - Listen – Facebook

Anita Tuvin Schlecter Auditorium, Dickinson College 360 W. Louther Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 Walking directions: Enter on West Louther Street between North College Street and Cherry Street, behind Holland Union Building. Co-sponsored by the Charles Bruce Foundation

Bluegrass on the Grass

Saturday, July 12th 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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frank solivan and dirty kitchen

Schedule and Band Bios

Bosler Hall on the Academic Quad, Dickinson College 201 W. High St.. Carlisle, PA 17013 Walking directions: Enter on West High Street between North College and North West Streets.

Seating is open. Bike racks available throughout campus. The lawn can be accessed starting at 8:00am on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will sell food ranging from french fries to Thai food to wood-fired pizza, plus non-alcoholic drinks. Restrooms will be available. Dickinson College is a smoke-free campus. Festival is held rain or shine. Bring umbrellas and get ready for great music!

12:00 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass 12:45 p.m. Vickie Vaughn Band
1:30 p.m. The Bing Brothers Band Featuring Jake Krack
2:15 p.m. Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
3:00 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans
3:45 p.m. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
4:30 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass
5:15 p.m. Vickie Vaughn Band
6:00 p.m. The Bing Brothers Band Featuring Jake Krack
6:45 p.m. Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line
7:30 p.m. The Dismembered Tennesseans
8:15 p.m. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

July 2, 2014: The Sentinel, Bluegrass on the Grass to Feature Range of Music “The festival has grown to be a summer favorite of Central Pennsylvanians,” said organizer Davis Tracy. “This year will provide a range of American acoustic genres.” Read Article


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This series was initiated in the 1970’s at Dickinson College by Associate Deans Margaret Garrett and Susan Nichols with the objective of creating a summer musical arts series open to the public for the purpose of sharing music with residents of central Pennsylvania and cultivating and sustaining art forms. Initially, the musical offerings were orchestral. In the 1980’s the series expanded to include American Big Band Jazz, and in 1998 the Bluegrass Festival was started. This summer, the series features three specifically American musical genres: Blues, Bluegrass, and Jazz.

Contribute Today!

Bluegrass 2013_325A portion of the Chautauqua Music Series is supported by Dickinson College. We welcome the support of patrons who enjoy the music and share our goals of cultivating, sharing,and sustaining American Musical genres.

You may reach us by contacting the Series Director, Davis Tracy at his email address,