Bette Smith

Thursday, July 20, 2023
7:30 pm–9:30 pm
Norma Jean Calderwood Courtyard (EX05)
Ticket Required

Doors open at 6 pm, music starts at 7:30 pm.

Add to Calendar 2023-07-20 19:30:00 2023-07-20 21:30:00 Bette Smith 07/20/2023 7:30pm Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115, USA Museum of Fine Arts, Boston America/New_York public

Singer Bette Smith traces elements of her music to her childhood in Brooklyn, where she heard gospel in church and soul on street corners. Combining these influences with rock and roll, Smith’s 2017 album Jetlagger was a breakout success, earning rave reviews from American Songwriter, Billboard, and the New York Times. Her latest album, The Good, the Bad, and the Bette, has been called “a stompin’ good time” by NPR’s All Things Considered and landed on legendary critic Jim DeRogatis’s list of 2020’s best albums.

Smith, who in recent years has toured with Drive-By Truckers and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and performed across the United States and Europe, brings her life-affirming fusion of soul, blues, and rock to the MFA to kick off another season of Concerts in the Courtyard.

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Wheelchair accessible

Ticket Information

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975 ($6 processing fee applies); to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies

Event Policies

Courtyard seating is limited; low lawn chairs (3 feet or under when unfolded) and/or blankets are recommended. Outside food and beverages and tall chairs are not permitted. All bags are subject to inspection by Museum staff.

For more information about what you can bring and inclement weather, please see Concerts in the Courtyard Policies.

Dining Options

À la Carte

Fresh seasonal meals, cheese and fruit boxes, and grab-and-go items (chips, candy, fruit, cookies)—plus beer, wine, and soft drinks—are available for purchase beginning when doors open.

À la Carte Menu

Meals To Go

Order at New American Café for pickup at the concert.

Meals To Go Menu




The Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard is supported by Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld.