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2021 Live/Virtual Music
Editors’ Choice

Shalin Liu


The musical offerings are one reason to take in a show at the Shalin Liu Performance Center. Each year’s schedule includes a combination of classical, rock, jazz, and folk artists like Rockport native Paula Cole, folk icon Arlo Guthrie, and jazz great Wynton Marsalis. But, as the new normal takes hold, visiting the stunning venue—with its soaring wood-beamed ceilings and sweeping harbor views—is an equally good reason to grab tickets to one of this summer’s planned musical festivals.

37 Main St., Rockport, 978-546-7391,

Readers’ Choice

The Cabot


Built as a luxury movie theater more than 100 years ago, the refurbished Cabot today is an unparalleled spot to watch live music in an architecturally striking venue. Lineups generally include nostalgic favorites, contemporary singer-songwriters, and acclaimed children’s performers.

286 Cabot St., Beverly, 978-927-3100,

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