To Celebrate 1/1/11, we have assembled four great musicians, each with thier own unique stylings that cross the fok/blues genres. Come out and celebrate the New Year with this great cast of performers. All for just $10 Curtis Prince just released a great new record Wishing for Rhymes. It features strong songwritng and intricate guitar riffs. It’s got a littlePeter Case and a lot of soul. Louie Leeman has played the Narrows numerous times both solo and with his band. He’s a soulful singer, passionate guitarist with a boatload of great tunes and a quick wit. Mark T Small is another Narrows vet. He plays scintillating acoustic blues on both Nashville Steel and acoustic guitar. Mark’s quite the showman and always delivers a great set of blues Jeremy Lyons just opened for Ian Hunter at the Narrows. Originally from New Orleans, Jeremy mixes old tyme standards and his own originals creating a swampy blend of acoustic blues
It’s a Mardi Gras party featuring the King of Zydeco. American musical legend Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural Jr.’along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco’is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. 2010 marks Buckwheat Zydeco’s 30th anniversary, and Buckwheat is celebrating with the release of his new CD (and Alligator Records debut), Lay Your Burden Down. The New York Times says, ‘Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics’propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.’
Moonalice is a band of hippie musicians from California with no label, no manager, no publicist, no problems, and lots of fans. With John Molo on drums, Barry Sless on lead guitar, Pete Sears on keyboards and bass, Ann McNamee on keyboards, and Chubby Wombat on guitar and bass, Moonalice is committed to taking the business out of music. Moonalice invented Twittercast concerts, which are free broadcasts to fans over social networks. The band’s eponymous first album was produced by T Bone Burnett. Its second album, ‘Free,’ is available only over the web and only for free. The first single from that album, ‘It’s 4:20 Somewhere,’ has been downloaded more than 450,000 times. Moonalice grew up with Elvis and practices freedom of speech every day.
As Carbon Leaf approaches their 20th year of award-winning recording and touring, the band enters 2011 with more creative designs to independently produce a steady stream of new music. With nine albums under their belt, Carbon Leaf will release a live CD and DVD in early 2011, a full length CD slated for the Fall, and multiple songs and EPs throughout the year. The Richmond, Virginia-based group began as an independent band in 1992, then signed on with Vanguard Records for a three album stint in 2004. Along the way, Carbon Leaf scored hit singles at both AAA and Hot AC Radio with ‘Life Less Ordinary’ and ‘The Boxer,’ placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award, and recorded the music for Universal’s Curious George II soundtrack in 2010.
Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since it’s inception. Entrain has jammed with the likes of singer/songwriter James Taylor, Grateful Dead Alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley. But Entrain’s goal is not just to be the biggest and the best, says founding member Tom Major, ‘We wanna create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces and bodies moving. You can’t beat that feeling.
New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Having celebrated their 27th anniversary in 2010, the Rhode Island-based ensemble Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon’s music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River. Past tributes include three straight Boston Music Award nominations for Outstanding Celtic Act and a Governor’s Tourism Award. Pendragon was voted Rhode Island’s Best Celtic Act in the 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 AND 2005 Motif Magazine’s Best Music Poll.
Testament features drawings by Joseph Moniz and paintings by Kris Ludwig who both investigate the human spirit and its ability to adapt to the internal and external events that affect each of our lives. Moniz’s realist nudes offer a reaction to the events of 9/11 through both the expressive nature of the female nude and the use of metaphoric paper forms. Ludwig approaches the idea of a psychological space through the medium of still life paintings. The inanimate forms in these paintings personify the internal self. In their own unique way, the artists analyze the themes of memory, loss, damage, and introspection, and attempt to make sense of the chaos which unfolds around us.
Kris Ludwig is an oil painter who works largely in the genre of still life. His subjects are generally everyday or mundane objects that strive to be something more than their often overlooked existence. Kris received is MFA at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and he is an adjunct faculty member at Springfield College. See more of his work at www.krisludwig.com
Joseph Moniz is a figurative artist working in oil and drawings on paper. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His work has been recognized in exhibitions and in private collections nationally and internationally. His work is represented by Gallery Antonia in Chatham, MA. He is a part-time lecturer at UMass Dartmouth. His work can be viewed at www.josephmonizfineart
Image: Kris Ludwig, ‘Persuasion,’ oil on wood, 20′ x 20′