Nice Rendition: Cheryl Wheeler’s Lyrics in Calligraphy (Narrows Cafe Gallery)

Sixty artists have visually interpreted the lyrics of seventy three Cheryl Wheeler songs for the book Nice Rendition: Cheryl Wheeler’s Lyrics in Calligraphy. Cheryl’s striking lyrics come to life through the pens of these talented artists, whose work will astound you not only in their breadth of imagery but also in their depth of intensity. Selected original artwork from the book is presented by publishers Carole Marsh and Aimee Michaels and will be on display in the Narrows Caf?? Gallery. Books are available for purchase at the Narrows.

Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings Presents Yulegrass

Join legendary string pioneer Darol Anger and the Republic of Strings for a luminous evening of Yulegrass and holiday music, good cheer and wassail. Performing with Darol that night will be fellow New England virtuosos Lauren Rioux on five string violin and Joe Walsh on mandolin, the phenomenal New York cellist Mike Block, and west coast guitar star Scott Law. Republic of Strings will create a memorable musical journey into the heart of the season, performing both old favorites and novel winter music. Harmony and good fellowship will abound

Marshall Crenshaw

Over 25 years since breaking through to critical and commercial acclaim with his 1982 self-titled debut and its infectious, era-defining pop hit ‘Someday, Someway,’ Marshall Crenshaw creates an incredible new chapter in his career with his 429 Records debut Jaggedland. Crenshaw’s first studio recording in more than six years is his most musically dynamic and lyrically intimate collection yet. Classic Crenshaw attributes including an indelible sense of melody and tuneful essence combine to create a rich warmth and intimacy on every song of Jaggedland. The recording has a powerful vibe of immediacy thanks to Crenshaw’s warm vocals and riveting guitar work. He takes the production to its highest levels working with a roster of well known musical heroes and veteran producers. Crenshaw first recorded two tracks in Upstate New York with Stewart Lerman (The Roches, Dar Williams), the melancholy ‘Sunday Blues’ and the fiery rocker ‘Someone Told Me.’ Crenshaw did seven of the tracks at Sage and Sound Studios in Los Angeles with producer/engineer Jerry Boys (REM, Richard Thompson, Buena Vista Social Club), who had been his ‘wish list’ since he heard the Mambo Sinuendo album Boys engineered for Ry Cooder and Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban in 2003. Highlights of these West Coast sessions are ‘Passing Through,’ the hopeful ‘Eventually’ and the powerful ‘Long Hard Road.’ The album title Jaggedland is a term Crenshaw says best describes the current state of his brain and consciousness. Simply put, the 12 songs are musical observations about the human experience, mortality, the state of the world and of course, love as viewed through the inimitable Crenshaw perspective. The sessions involved key contributions from legendary drummer Jim Keltner (whose credits include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Brian Wilson and Joni Mitchell); guitarists Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant) and the MC5’s Wayne Kramer as well as legendary vibraphonist, Emil Richards (Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Frank Sinatra).

Sine Nomine: Rebirth: Choral Masterworks of the Renaissance

Sine Nomine, Southern New England’s Early Music Choral Ensemble is an auditioned chamber choir based in Fall River, MA. Now in its 17th season, these twenty-two voices perform music from the Middle Ages through the 21st-century, with a special emphasis on a cappella repertoire. Sine Nomine has collaborated with the Boston Camerata, Newport Baroque, Providence College, and was featured at the 2005 Organ Historical Society National Convention. The group draws its members from across southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Savor the lush choral polyphony of the Renaissance! Enjoy Allegri’s long-treasured Miserere Mei, Deus, along with singer-selected masterworks by Byrd, Tallis, Morley, Palestrina, Gibbons, Vittoria, and more. This concert will showcase the diverse talents of our members by featuring many small ensemble arrangements, giving the audience a more intimate experience of some of its favorite music.

SOLD OUT Jimmie Vaughn and the Tilt- A Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton

Jimmie Vaughan is far more than just one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player Magazine notes, ‘He is a virtual deity–a living legend.’ After all, Vaughan provides a vital link between contemporary music and its proud heritage, as well as being a longtime avatar of retro cool. Since releasing his first solo album in 1994, he has set the standard for quality modern roots music. Throughout his career, Vaughan has earned the esteem of his legendary guitar-playing heroes and superstar peers along with successive generations of young players. His musical ethos and personal style have had an impact on contemporary culture, from spearheading the current blues revival with The Fabulous Thunderbirds to his longtime, innate fashion sense of slicked-back hair and sharp vintage threads (now seen throughout the pages of contemporary fashion journals) to becoming a premier designer of classic custom cars. But for Jimmie Vaughan, none of it is part of a crusade or a career plan. It’s just his natural way of living his life and pursuing the interests that have captivated Vaughan since his youth.

Roots of Creation and The Breakfast

Bolstered by a sense of it’s own colorful history and urged onward by the promise of a fruitful future, Roots of Creation approaches it’s 4th year of full-time touring having evolved into a musical force of nature. With a hard-working ethic and an arsenal of upbeat, substantial songs, Roots of Creation have ascended to the top of their profession by putting their fans first and doing business with focus and respect. Writers, DJs, venue owners, and booking agents alike have joined ROC’s steadily growing army of fans in heaping praise upon the New Hampshire quartet, and not just for the music – the band has forged a unique connection with their listeners that provides concert attendees with a highly personal experience. They also walk the walk when it comes to social and environmental activism. Having raised money for many causes. The sound captured on their latest album, Live Vol. 1, is the result of years of absorbing diverse influences into their bedrock of ‘jam-meets-reggae.’ The latest style to work its way into the ROC sound comes courtesy in part of new bassist Chris Beam, whose background in electronic/trance music helped facilitate the band’s recent shift incorporating lengthier dance-driven explorations, which are still spiked with ROC’s own special dub/rock/reggae flavor. Beyond the amazing music contained within, and in keeping with their history of conscious efforts, the album’s packaging is 70% post-consumer product recycled cardboard.

Raul Malo of the Mavericks

Clearly, followers of Malo???¨?«s eclectic career ???¨?« both with the Mavericks and after ???¨?« know he???¨?«s always chafed at placing any confines on music. Or, as he laughingly confesses, ???¨?«If most people do what I???¨?«ve done in my career, they???¨?«d be driving a taxi by now.???¨?« However, a talent as mighty as Malo???¨?«s simply can???¨?«t be denied. His glorious voice has been rapturously described by The New York Times as ???¨?«exceptional???¨?« and The Wall Street Journal as ???¨?«exquisite.???¨?« Its crystal purity is simply unmatched by any other singer???¨?«s today.

Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are one of the top Swingin’ Jazz and blues bands in the world. The sultry chanteuse Lavay Smith evokes a sensuous era of Jazz queens and sexy pinups and adds a modern, feminist twist. No wonder Los Angeles Magazine chose her as one of the sexiest people around! Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times. Lavay Smith’s 7-piece band features some of the finest musicians in the world and is comprised of four horns (trumpet, trombone, alto saxophone and tenor saxophone), piano, bass and drums. Truly an all-star ensemble, Lavay’s musicians have performed or recorded with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Wytnon Marsalis, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, Erroll Garner, Charles Brown, Rosemary Clooney, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Rufus Thomas, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Sy Oliver, Esther Phillips and many more.

Commander Cody Band and Professor Louie and the Crowmatix

As always, the old Commander Cody himself is behind the piano, leading the musical mayhem and controlled chaos, and sporting his legendary antics and ability to spark up even the toughest crowds. Their 1974 album ‘Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas’ was named as one of Rolling Stones 100 Greatest of all times! They are the legends behind Hot Rod Lincoln. Today the Commander Cody Band is closely knit with the legendary George Frayne a.k.a. ‘The Commander’ (leader /keyboards/vocals), Steve Barbuto (drums/vocals), Rick Mullen (bass) and Mark Emerick on lead guitar and vocals. Frequent guest steel guitar appearances by Bobby Black, Professor Louie and the Crowmatix – The group came into existence preparing songs for Aaron Professor Louie Hurwitz’ studio productions for the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame group The Band. They are also the backing group for solo CD’s by Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. They started touring and recording their own music in 2001. They have six studio CD’s and two live recordings on The Woodstock Records label. Woodstock Records has just released Professor Louie & The Crowmatix latest CD, Whispering Pines. In spring 2008, they released As the Crow Flies. This CD has new originals and songs from their previous recordings which were most requested by fans and radio stations. The group continues to perform in concert at premier theaters, clubs & festivals, playing over 150 shows a year.