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Out to Lunch

Out to Lunch

The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition are excited to announce the Out to Lunch Festival and Farmers' Market series will feature 3 weeks of live performances, crafters, food vendors and farmers, Thursdays August 18, September 1 and September 8 on the historic Worcester Common Oval. The festival will take place on those dates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This summer marks the 12 year celebration of the wildly popular festival series which has grown from a single event featuring a handful of vendors into a multi-week local extravaganza including sensational talent, delicious food, handmade crafts and more!

Performance Lineup - 2022

August 18

Image of East Coast Soul

Headlining Act: East Coast Soul describes themselves as "more than a band. We are a collective of Boston, New York and New England's finest musicians. We are a boutique collective of elite ensembles, each based on the same core repertoire and performance style, but inspired by the unique energy of their musicians and vocalists".

Intermission Act: Crocodile River Music brings a fully interactive and participatory workshop in West African Dance and Music. Students will learn and practice steps from traditional West African dances, while listening to live musical accompaniment provided by members of the CRM team. This high-energy experience is engaging and educational for students of all ages, backgrounds and capabilities.

September 1

Image of Whitney Doucet and the Moonshine Band

Headlining Act: Serving up the best mix of top 40 country and pop music in Central MA, Whitney Doucet and the Moonshine Band combine country, blues and rock to create an unforgettable repertoire. The group tours around Central Massachusetts year-round and frequents Worcester mainstages often. Combining expert musical talent with robust vocals, Whitney Doucet and the Moonshine Band isn't your everyday country band.

Intermission Act: Winner of Panama's Batalla de las Estrellas (2010), singer-songwriter Brenda Lau sings Canto/Mando-pop and Latin music originals with pianist Santiago Gaeano. Brenda teaches songwriting and voice at Pakachoag Music School and is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music.

September 8

Image of the Band the Alchemystics

Headlining Act: Fueled by their passion to explore beyond the edges of traditional musical boundaries and with their diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds, The Alchemystics blend reggae, politically infused hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound. The result is modern-day roots music with global appeal - an alchemy of ancient musical traditions; intricate, intelligent wordplay; elementally raw soul; irresistible hooks; deep, driving rhythms; and old-school vocal harmonies - fired by the Alchemystic's unique blend of intensity, passion and sheer artistic chemistry into a powerful, contemporary and unmistakable sound.

Intermission Act: Nfuh is a predominantly men's socio-cultural group from Mbumland in North West Cameroon. It originally played the role of village defense and protection. Today, its role has shifted to the preservation of the cultural heritage of the Mbum people. Through the Nfuh Dance Group, this culture is celebrated and uplifted.

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The 12th annual Out to Lunch Festival and Farmers' Market series is produced by the City of Worcester in partnership with the Worcester Cultural Coalition.

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