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Our Mission

Our Mission

The Belleville Roots Music Series has three important missions:

  1. To bring a variety of high quality Roots Music to the Newburyport area for all to enjoy. 

    Our concerts showcase music from a cappella to zydeco including many genres in between such as blues, bluegrass, Cajun, Celtic, country folk, gospel, Irish, jazz and world music.

  2. To raise funds to restore and maintain the historic 1867 Belleville Meetinghouse and adjacent Fiske Chapel complex at 300 High Street in Newburyport. 

    We hope that the Meetinghouse and the nearby complex will continue to serve as gathering places for years to come.

  3. To build community through music. stated boldly in the tag line to our logo.

Our Venue

Our Venue

Belleville Roots provides a fun, relaxed and welcoming environment for performer and audience alike where musicians can connect to those who appreciate their work. Join us!

Belleville Roots proudly brings Grammy-nominated, nationally- and internationally-known roots musicians to our community. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Belleville Roots depends upon the generosity of both the local business community and individuals to help us bring these artists to Newburyport and to keep ticket prices affordable for all. Your tax-deductible sponsorship or contributions will help ensure that we are able to continue this tradition of excellence. We welcome your support, no matter how large or small!

For more information about our sponsorship levels, email us at or click here. Please mail your tax-deductible donation to: Belleville Roots Music Series, 300 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950. Thank you!

About our Venues

Belleville Roots uses two performance spaces for its concerts, the historic 1867 Meetinghouse and the smaller, more intimate Stage Room in the adjacent Fiske Chapel complex. Both venues are part of Belleville Congregational Church at 300 High Street in Newburyport. The Meetinghouse provides seating for 500 on its main and balcony levels. The smaller Stage Room has a capacity of 250 for dances (limited seating available) or 175 for seated concerts.


Both performance venues are wheelchair accessible, as are the restrooms adjacent to the Stage Room.

Food and Drink

Before the show, during the show and during intermission, we offer: soda, bottled water, coffee, tea, warm apple cider, pre-packaged snacks and freshly-baked items compliments of Belleville Church hospitality (donations greatly appreciated and benefit the church). For some of our concerts, wine and beer will be available for purchase (subject to change) and benefits Belleville Roots.


All seating is on a first-come basis; there is no reserved seating. For special accommodations, please email us in advance at


There is FREE on-street parking available on High Street and Chapel Street. Please be kind to our neighbors and do not block driveways. The entrance is handicap-accessible via a ramp off high street. For special accommodations, please contact us in advance at

The Belleville Roots Music Series
Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Joe Carper
Ann Federowicz
Donna Wilson Irwin
Ken Irwin
Shawna Kelley
Patsy Nelson
Lisë Reid
Garry Roy
Marcia Shoemaker
Paul Swindlehurst
Ross Varney

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