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Friday, April 17 - 8pm
DAVE HOUGHTON and FANCY TRASH
Fancy Trash works the line between rock and folk, blending a non-traditional sensibility with the tradition of acoustic instruments to make something unique. Folk for the Anti-folk. Don't let the acoustic instruments fool you, Fancy Trash is a rock band.
Friday, April 24 - 8pm
Ray Mason is often called the Godfather of the New England music scene. Godfathers are usually that cool uncle or friend of your parents who tells good stories and gives you advice on the things that matter. As the Godfather of the scene, Ray tells stories in his songs and has given more sage advice to young musicians than anyone can possibly imagine. Mentoring musicians is just another feather in the cap of Mason, who continues to be an icon to people who know music.
Hailing from Central Massachusetts, the quartet performs across the state and throughout the greater New England area. City of Four, in its present quartet configuration, recorded its first album in September 2010. The album showed off the styles and abilities of individual members of the band, as the record was made up entirely of jazz originals written by its members. Good chemistry between band members and a definite group sound were apparent from the tracks and audience feedback. City of Four Quartet was born.
With its members each bringing a bit from their musical past and present into the mix, City of Four recorded a jazz and funk demo to showcase the group's sound in 2011. With jazz performance and composition awards under their belts, all of the band's members are currently continuing their jazz and music education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The band's goal is to set their sights on the future and create as much new music as possible.
A new album of originals, and the group's first commercially released record, was released in September 2013. This self-titled CD features two award-winning compositions and is for sale through online distributors like CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon, as well as through the members of the band.
Friday, May 1 - 8pm
DAVE DERSHAM & DENNIS CARAHER
Dave was born in Eugene, Oregon, but spent his formative years in Amherst, MA and eventually attended Oberlin College. After a summer beneath the Tetons, teaching in the Black Hills, travel through Central America, and treks across southern Idaho, Dave finally came back east to join the Cambridge folk scene. He completed his first CD several years later.
As a result, Dave was selected as a finalist for both the Mountain Stage and Falcon Ridge emerging artists' competition. "The Burn of Summer" enjoyed regular airtime on Folk Radio's WUMB and Emerson College's WERS. Several years later, Dave returned to the Pioneer Valley, home of strong coffee, and strong women.
Friday, May 8 - 8pm
Info to come
Tuesday, May 12 - 8pm
JOSH ABRAMS / JAKE MEGINSKY
Bassist & composer joshua abrams has been in the thick of chicago's vibrant music scene for fifteen years, playing & recording as leader & sideman in projects across the genres. he co-founded the "back porch minimalist" band town & country (thrill jockey/box media) & with matana roberts & chad taylor the trio sticks & stones (thrill jockety/482 music). He has released four records under his own name as well as two under the moniker "reminder" that navigate the realms of jazz & improvisation, electro-acoustic composition, beatmaking, minimalism and field recordings (eremite/delmark/eastern developments/lucky kitchen).
He has appeared on over 50 recordings including records by fred anderson, hamid drake & bindu, bonny "prince" billy, nicole mitchell black earth ensemble and black earth strings, sam prekop, mike reed's loose assembly, ernest dawkins chicago 12, savath & savalis, prefuse 73, rhys chatham, rob mazurek, tortoise, the roots, edith frost, mia doi todd, matana roberts, diverse, joan of arc, lorren mazzacane connors, david grubbs, david boykin, chris conelly, & the cairo gang.
He has performed with roscoe mitchell, bill dixon, von freeman, fred anderson trio, john tchicai, the exploding star orchestra, henry grimes, axel dorner, fred lonberg-holm, peter evans, damo suzuki, wilbert de joode, jandek, walter wierbos, tony conrad, bobby broom, sean bergin, nate wooley, craig taborn, david stakenas, fred hopkins, rhys chatham, kurt rosenwinkel, neil michael hagerty, lin halliday, raymond strid, douglas ewart, toumani diabate, the chicago underground orchestra, ron dewar, baby d, kevin drumm, terry x, frederick lvunquist, the roots, jim o'rourke, kurt vonnegut, & earle brown. when in chicago he plays weekly with jeff parker and john herndon.
Friday, May 15 - 8pm
Info to come
Saturday, May 16 - 8pm
EPHEMERAL STRONG BAND / YES DEER
The Ephemeral Stringband draws from several branches of traditional American music including Oldtime Stringband music, Early country and bluegrass and Shape Note sacred hymns. They combine skillful instrumental playing with close harmony singing, creating a sound that grounded in the past, while creating new material to add to the living tradition of American music.
"...even when they kick into high gear, the old shape note hymns and simple trad tunes Molly Merrett, Maggie Shar, and friends interpret on their interchangeable banjos and fiddles are loving and gentle, like the sun-warmed sidewalks where I found them, perfect for a snowy day in New England by the fireside." ~Cover Lay Down
Saturday, May 23 - 8pm
FATHER, MISTY, nd the BIG ROCK, w/ LEXI WEEGE
'Father, Misty, and the Big Rock' is an acoustic duo hailing from Northampton, MA. Built on a foundation of aged harmonies, intermingled with a combination of singer-songwriter, blues, reggae, folk, and roots genres, our house is made of positive vibrations, chemistry, and the love of a life-long friendship. Enjoy.
Friday, May 29 - 8pm
ERIN DURANT / WES BUCKLEY
Brooklyn-via-New Orleans songwriter Erin Durant plays saloon-inflected songs on piano and guitar. She has shared bills with Kath Bloom, Colin Langenus, Ed Askew, Jonny Fritz, Devon Sproule and other great people.
Songwriter Wes Buckley loves the out of the ordinary and it shows. He also loves the hits and it shows. Songwriter Wes Buckley loves the every day tune that falls somewhere in between, that's what he's shooting for at this point. He has a number of records of original music and can be compared to 1929 through 1983 meets 1984. Big influences have always been jazz saxophonists and house cats.
Friday, June 13 - 8pm
GOODNIGHT BLUE MOON
Goodnight Blue Moon, from New Haven, Connecticut, writes pop songs on folk instruments. By combining 60’s vocal harmonies, traditional roots influences, and catchy orchestrated melodies, GNBM is what New England Americana sounds like. Having already shared the stage with folk heavy weights (Spirit Family Reunion, Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Frank Fairfield), they play high energy and dynamic sets that get an entirely packed room dancing and singing along.
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