Bettye LaVette

Bettye ripped up the Narrows last time through. Impassioned vocals writhing and prancing the stage like a panther. One of the best shows we have ever hosted. We are honored and estatic for her return performance.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR SEASON PASS RAFFLE WINNERS!

First prize – two tickets to every concert at the Narrows from July 19, 2014 through July 18, 2015 – goes to Jim Ricci.

Second prize – two tickets and a reserved table to three concerts – goes to Steve Prario.

Third prize – four tickets and a reserved table to one concert – goes to Sarah Edick.

Congratulations to our three winners and Thank You to everyone who supported the Narrows in purchasing a ticket.

Dayna Kurtz

Dayna is a remarkable singer songwriter. She has a voice that is equally at home singing blues, jazz, folk etc. Critic James Reed of the Boston Globe wrote in a review of Beautiful Yesterday that ‘there’s no logical reason why singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star.’ I couldn’t agree more. A self-proclaimed ‘failed scholar and modern-day hobo,’ 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short-circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid (August 19th / Little Hi! Records) that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country and blues to capture her unique and personal vision. Hoping to escape the dead ends that befell her hometown, colloquially dubbed a stop on ‘heroin highway,’ Rose found her way out via a full ride to a small liberal arts college, where she failed as a scholar, barely scraping by to graduation. Next came a stint as a failed hippie, working on and leaving an organic farm. She then bought a vintage sports car to travel the country, but it quickly broke down. On the plus side, Rose got a job at a cider distillery, where she got to taste apple brandy and applejack all day…Followed by a stint stocking shelves and sweeping floors at a grocery store for a boss who eventually fired her.

Jerry Douglas

Dobro master and 13-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. In addition to being widely recognized as the foremost master of the dobro, Jerry Douglas is a freewheeling, forward-thinking recording artist whose output incorporates elements of bluegrass, country, rock, jazz, blues and Celtic into his distinctive musical vision. Called ‘dobro’s matchless contemporary master,’ by The New York Times, thirteen-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas is one of the most innovative recording artists in music, both as a solo artist and member of groundbreaking bands including J.D. Crowe & the New South, the Country Gentlemen, Boone Creek, and Strength In Numbers. Douglas’ distinctive sound graces more than 1500 albums, including discs released by Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs, and Ray Charles, among many others. Since 1998, he’s been a key member of ‘Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas,’ touring extensively and co-producing and playing on a series of platinum albums. He has produced albums for Krauss, the Del McCoury Band, Maura O’Connell, and Jesse Winchester and is co-Music Director of the acclaimed BBC TV series Transatlantic Sessions, and his latest solo album Traveler features guest appearances by such notable friends as Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, and Eric Clapton, among others.

Savoy Brown

The Kings of British boogie blues. Kim Simmonds is still ripping it up with their best line-up in years.

Raw Oyster Cult featuring members of the Radiators, Papa Grows Funk and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes

New Orleans is known for its legendary supergroups. The latest and one of the greatest ever is Raw Oyster Cult, featuring members of the Radiators, Papa Grows Funk and Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes. Radiators frontman and guitarist Dave Malone and PGF’s founder John Gros give the band two of New Orleans’ most distinctive lead vocalists, and Gros adds his monster Hammond B-3 organ playing to the mix. Former Rads Camile Baudoin on guitar and vocals and drummer Frank Bua, Jr. round out this amazing line-up. Bassist/vocalist Dave Pomerleau juggles his schedule with Johnny Sketch to be able to play with both bands. Raw Oyster Cult was put together by Malone to provide an outlet to continue performing the classic Rads tunes that so many fans miss hearing. They also plan to write originals, put a different spin on favorite older songs and work up brand new tunes written or co-written by Ed Volker, the Rads’ prolific songwriter. ‘It’s great rethinking Rads songs,’ says Malone, ‘tweaking arrangements and even adding vocal harmonies, something the Rads were not really known for. We’re all really enjoying playing together and can’t wait to see what new tunes emerge.’ One thing is for sure: A Raw Oyster Cult show makes a joyful noise!

Landscape x 2

The paintings and works on paper by artists Elynn Kroger and Kathy Soles share the landscape as their subject. Combining organic and inorganic elements, images of place and memory develop from a dialog between dense accumulations of paint and drawing materials resulting in luminous spaces. Top: ‘Shoals II’ Kathy Soles Oil on canvas 16′ x 20′ Bottom: ‘Peach Trees’ Elynn Kroger Acrylic on canvas 30′ x 40′

Annual Art Exhibition: Meadowridge Academy

Meadowridge Academy’s annual art exhibit highlights student work across a variety of mediums ‘ including photography, ceramics, sculpture and drawing. Meadowridge Academy’s art program is committed to engaging students through personal interests, strengthening skills and developing new skills. We are very excited to display our students’ hard work for the first time outside of the school community. Opening reception Saturday, June 14th from 1 – 3 pm. Admission is free. The public is cordially invited. Image: ‘Life’

Greg Brown

For over 30 years, Greg has been at the forefront of the singer songwriter movement. He’s an American treasure melding blues, folk, and jazz into his own unique sound. He’s still at the top of his game with his stunning new release ‘Hymns to What is Left.’

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Sold out venues. Screaming crowds. Her name in lights. Joanne Shaw Taylor never anticipated any of that at the start. Back then, she was just an ordinary black country schoolgirl, bored with the disposable pop she heard on late nineties radio, rifling her father’s record collection for sunken treasure, and falling for albums by SRV, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. ‘Guitars were lying around the house,’ recalls Joanne. At 13, she’d picked up her first electric and practiced every minute. At 14, she defied her teachers to play The Marquee and Ronnie Scott’s, and began to overcome insecurity about her voice. ‘I never set out to be a singer,’ she modestly told Classic Rock. ‘I’ve always had a deep voice. I think it came from my influences as a kid. When I was singing to records, I was listening to Albert Collins and Freddie King. When I was a teenager, I became a big rock fan: Glenn Hughes, Skin, Doug Pinnick. I wouldn’t get far on The X Factor.’ Since then, it’s gone stratospheric, with Joanne breaking into the notoriously hard-to-crack US market, beating the stereotypes of her age and gender, and being watched by 17 million viewers as she played an angel-winged solo during Annie Lennox’s set at the 2012 Diamond Jubilee Concert. That same summer gave us Almost Always Never ‘ a bar-raising third album that found Joanne dodging expectations, writing the songs her muse dictated, and diving in at the deep end with just her talent to keep her afloat.