Art, Entertainment, and Culture

Free Summer Concerts at the Condon Shell

The Chevalier Theatre Commission is pleased to present two free outdoor summer concerts at the Condon Shell located at 2501 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford.

On Thursday, July 27th, blues-rocker Julie Rhodes will take the stage with her band, fresh from a European tour promoting their new record, “Bound to Meet the Devil.” Julie Rhodes was crowned “New Artist of the Year” at the 2016 Boston Music Awards and the Boston Herald wrote, “Part of ‘Bound to Meet the Devil’s’ charms come from the production and the players, but Rhodes’ songwriting completes the spell. Her songs seem to rise from the ghosts of ’50s blues and ’60s soul greats.” She has been compared to blues legends Etta James, Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt.

On Thursday, August 24th, we welcome Boston favorites The Swinging Steaks. A five-man band out of Boston, the Swinging Steaks are among the originators of the current roots rock/ alt-country movement. Fueled by singer/songwriters Jamie Walker, Tim Giovanniello, and Jim Gambino the group’s material explores a rich diversity of musical Americana from full tilt rockers to mandolin-driven melodies and soulful ballads.The Steaks have appeared with John Fogerty, Hank Williams,Jr., the Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Poco, Los Lobos, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Paul Westerberg, The Band, Jason and the Scorchers among others and have toured extensively on their own.

Both performances are from 6:00-8:00 pm, and are free and open to the public. We encourage people to visit the Medford Farmer’s Market (also located at the Condon Shell) to get food or to bring their own picnic dinners. We also suggest bringing blankets and lawn chairs as there is no formal seating at the venue. There is a small parking lot at the shell as well as free parking on Winthrop St. nearby.

For more information about the shows, please visit the Chevalier Theatre website at

– Submitted by Laura Brereton

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