Thursday, March 9, 2023

2023 Tanglewood Popular Artist Series - Now On Sale








"LENOX, MA - THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2023 – Boston Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 85th Tanglewood Summer Season, including the Popular Artist Series which kicks off on Thursday, June 22, 2023, with NPR’s oddly informative news quiz program Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! This summer the concert series returns, bringing some of the most engaging artists in pop and rock to perform at Tanglewood with seating in the Koussevitzky Music Shed and on the surrounding lawn.


The 2023 Tanglewood Popular Artists lineup includes Steve Miller Band with Very Special Guest Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers on Friday, June 23, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss with Special Guest JD McPherson on Sunday, July 2, the return of James Taylor on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, and Train with Special Guest Parmalee on Thursday, August 24.


“Tanglewood has long been renowned as a classical music venue; but since the 1960s, the Popular Artists Series has added to the breadth of musical offerings and the diversity of audiences visiting the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer home base in the Berkshires,” says Anthony Fogg, William I. Bernell Vice President, Artistic Planning. “Over the years, the Koussevitzky Music Shed has welcomed artists such as The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra; recent summers have included Sting, Brandi Carlisle, Van Morrison, Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, Bonnie Raitt, and Earth Wind and Fire, to name a few – and of course James Taylor’s annual performances have become a Tanglewood tradition. We are very excited about this year’s line-up, which includes the Tanglewood debut of Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.”


The Popular Artist series was born in 1968 when Tanglewood decided to expand its musical offerings with the creation of “Contemporary Trends” concerts – a precursor to today’s Popular Artist series. Originally conceived as an extension of the Festival of Contemporary Music by Gunther Schuller, the purpose of the series was to present performances by popular groups representing important trends in contemporary music outside the sphere of Western “classical” music. The first few years included performances by The Association, Chet Atkins, Chicago, Miles Davis, Modern Jazz Quartet, and Ravi Shankar.


Tickets are now on public sale and may be purchased through, by calling 888-266-1200, or by visiting the Symphony Hall Box Office in Boston. The Tanglewood Box Office will open March 9 through 11, 2023, 10am-3pm, to give local residents a chance to purchase tickets at their convenience.

Lawn discounts for 2023 Popular Artist Series for guests ages 2–17 (may be some restrictions)

Overall capacity for Popular Artist Series events is 18,000; the Lawn accommodates 13,000 and The Shed 5,000.


For information about accessible seats and other accommodations, call 617-638-9431 or email [email protected], or visit


2023 Tanglewood Popular Artist Series Schedule

All concerts will take place in The Shed at Tanglewood (Lenox/Stockbridge, MA)


Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!

June 22, 2023 at 8:00pm EDT

NPR’s oddly informative news quiz program returns to Tanglewood! Now in its 25th season, the Peabody Award-winning series offers a fast-paced, irreverent look at the week’s news, hosted by Peter Sagal along with Official Judge and Scorekeeper Bill Kurtis.


Steve Miller Band with Very Special Guest Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

June 23, 2023 at 7:00pm EDT


Robert Plant and Alison Krauss with Special Guest JD McPherson

July 2, 2023 at 7:30pm EDT

Please note: there is a 4-ticket limit per purchase for this event.


James Taylor

July 3, 2023 at 8:00pm EDT

July 4, 2023 at 8:00pm EDT

James Taylor and his All-Star Band celebrate the start of the Tanglewood season with two intimate and memorable performances.

Proceeds from the July 4 concert will be donated by Kim and James Taylor to Tanglewood.

Fireworks to follow the July 4 concert.

Please note: Tickets to this event went on sale in January and are currently sold out.


Train with Very Special Guest Parmalee

August 24, 2023 at 7:00pm EDT

Since their formation in 1994, multi-GRAMMY Award-winning, diamond-selling band Train has had 14 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, 12 albums on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and has sold more than 10 million albums and 30 million tracks worldwide."





Tanglewood, one of the country’s premier summer music festivals and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1937, is located in the Berkshire Hills of Lenox and Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Tanglewood is also the home of the Tanglewood Music Center, the acclaimed summer music academy founded by Serge Koussevitzky in 1940. The Tanglewood Learning Institute, housed in the new Linde Center for Music and Learning (2019), is the Festival’s newest programming, offering dynamic and leading-edge performances and events connecting patrons with musicians, artists, students, academics, and cultural leaders through wide-ranging activities. Tanglewood also presents an annual Popular Artist Series in the Koussevitzky Music Shed (1938) and recital and chamber music concerts in Ozawa Hall (1997). Tanglewood is a driver of more than $103 million in economic impact in the Berkshires each year, based on a 2018 third-party study by Stephen Sheppard, Professor of Economics at Williams College. 


Tanglewood Season Sponsors

The BSO is proud to welcome Genesis as the Official Vehicle of Tanglewood and Berkshire Health Systems as the Official Health System of Tanglewood.

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