The first week of August sees three wildly varied performances coming to the Opera House stage in Boothbay Harbor. From classical to jazz and even a tribute to Lyle Lovett, there’s something for most everyone.

Seth Warner Courtesy photo

On Tuesday, Aug. 2, an ensemble from the Bowdoin International Music Festival brings an afternoon of classical music to the stage. While the festival organizers haven’t revealed the program, it promises to be a memorable afternoon for classical music fans. Unlike many Opera House events, this performance does not require tickets. It is a free concert with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. and the music beginning at 2 p.m.

Two days later, on Aug. 4, the musical mood in the house will change completely with the arrival of the Seth Warner Band and the Shrewsbury Horns. This nine-piece Portland-based group returns to the Opera House for an unforgettable summer evening of music spanning folk, country, blues, standards and Texas swing. The evening will feature a complete performance of Lyle Lovett’s 1987 record “Pontiac.” Joining Seth will be Andy Argondizza – guitar, Dan Beller-McKenna – pedal steel, Bess Jaqcues – piano, Matt Kennedey – saxophone, Marty Joyce – drums, David Thibodeau – bass, and special guests, The Shrewsbury Horns. Advance tickets are $20, with regular tickets at $25. The concert starts at 7:30 pm.

Novel Jazz Septet Courtesy photo

Wrapping up the week on Aug. 5, Barney Balch and the Novel Jazz Septet bring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn back to the Opera House. There will be room for a little dancing in the aisles. Advance tickets for this concert are also $20, with regular tickets at $25. The concert starts at 7:30 pm.

The Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave. is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday for advance purchase of discounted tickets. It can also be reached at (207) 633-5159. Online tickets and information are available at

Other upcoming performances include the spirited Celtic song and dance of Cherish the Ladies on July 28, and guitar virtuoso Shane Hennessy on July 30. The Opera House is nonprofit dedicated to bringing live music and performances to the Boothbay region throughout the year.

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