You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Music review

Summer Arts show revels in diversity, dancing

The second annual Summer Arts Weekend turned Copley Square into a world dance party Saturday night, with pipers, drummers, horn players, and the sumptuous voice of headliner Angelique Kidjo transcending genre and ethnic boundaries.

Ukulele player Jake Shima-bukuro, Galician piper Carlos Nunez, Italian blues guitarist Noe Socha, the world-music mash-up troupe Red Baraat, Boston’s own Session Americana, and Benin’s Kidjo supplied more than eight hours of rhythm-rich music that at times had the audience lined hand-in-hand dancing around the park. Then there were times when the music held that same crowd in rapt attention, as when Berklee-trained Socha dug into Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages” or Barrence Whitfield tapped the emotional resonance of Merle Haggard’s “Irma Jackson” with Session Americana.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week