MODERN SPIN: CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES IN AN HISTORIC MILL

The Fall River area in Massachusetts has been home to a large piece of the history of textiles in New England. This exhibition encompasses the history of the area and it’s connection to textiles – then and now.
The Narrows Center for the Arts is located near Fall River’s waterfront on the 3rd floor of what was once a warehouse for the American Printing Company. In the early 20th Century, APC was the largest producer of printed cloth in the world. The Narrows is excited to present a grand textile exhibition in our grand historic mill.
The art on display is a juried selection of textile work that compliments the rich history of textiles in New England with the dynamic expression of current textile design in one-of-a-kind handcrafted pieces.
MODERN SPIN: CONtemporary TEXTiles in an Historic Mill also showcases highlights of the history of textile manufacturing in the Fall River area including historical information about the industry, contributing jobs and economic growth to the area, and the people who came to work in the industry and how they contributed to the ‘fabric of America.’
We welcome the local community to experience a pride in their history and invite you to the adventure of seeing artists and craftspeople engaging in creative activities.

Guest Juror: Providence RI artist Jules of Heron Pond Studio
Jules creates relief prints. Her favorite method for printing her creations is on cloth. Her work with textiles has informed her of the immense depth and breadth of textile art – the mix of old methods and crafts still employed today by textile artists right along side the new methods supported by technology and fiber discoveries. Jules has maintained Heron Pond Studio since 1991 all the while producing art, teaching classes, and sharing space with visiting artists.

Participating Artists: Sara Bakken Suzi Ballenger Deborah Baronas Paula S. Becker JoAnn Borges Stoel Burrowes Laurie Carlson Steger Priscilla Carrion Janis Doucette Kendra J. Dowd Rhonda Fazio Daniela Frumuseanu Sandy Gregg Suzanne Housley-Noonan Manette Jungels Karen LeBlanc Salley Mavor Catherine Maxey Ann Baldwin May Joy McLaughlin Polly Moss Clara Narty Mary Ellen Nieders Julie Philibert Laura Saunders Kaiser Janice Smyth Joy Stocksdale Morgan Street Kristin Street Louise Wheatley Laima Whitty Marianne R. Williamson Agnieszka Woznicka Diane Wright Kerstin Zettmar

Image: ‘Crow Blanket’ by Louise Wheatley

Debra Mann Quintet | Tribute to Joni Mitchell 2/12/15

Debra Mann, jazz pianist and vocalist, has performed throughout the northeast corner of the US for 3 decades. She was deeply influenced early on by the music of Joni Mitchell, from the folk years through her exploration into jazz. Debra’s band features the mega talents of Dino Govoni (sax), Steve DeConti (guitar), Dave Zinno (bass), & Marty Richards (drums). Together they interpret the iconic music of Joni Mitchell through a jazz lens. Come join us in a great night of music as we celebrate this rare and highly gifted and influential artist.

SOLD OUT American Crossroads: David Bromberg, David Hidalgo & Larry Campbell 1/29/15

Three of America’s most admired musicians meet for an evening of musical diversity. David Bromberg ‘ The first to successfully meld blues, country, bluegrass, gospel, Dixieland jazz, folk and rock into a genre now known as Americana, David began his career in the mid sixties in the coffee houses of New York’s Greenwich Village. David became a session guitarist for Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr and others. In 1970 he performed an unannounced set at the Isle of Wight Festival for 400,000 receiving four encores. David subsequently signed with Columbia Records embarking on a career as bandleader and releasing over a dozen albums. David Hidalgo ‘ Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo co-founded the award-winning band Los Lobos in 1973. He has performed internationally with the group for over forty years and released twenty albums. Hidalgo is also well known for his high profile associations with Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon as well as his side projects, the Latin Playboys and Los Super Seven. Like Bromberg, Hidalgo effortlessly moves between genres. Comfortable in any setting and on virtually any instrument, he is a master of blues, rock and roll, Norteno, Tex-Mex, country, folk and r & b. Larry Campbell ‘ Larry is well known in musical circles, initially as the instrumental wizard behind Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour and later as the musical director and three-time Grammy-winning producer for Levon Helm. Campbell’s musical dexterity is legendary and won him a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. Larry stays busy producing albums for Garland Jefferies, the Steep Canyon Rangers, David Bromberg and Hot Tuna. He also appears with Phil Lesh and Friends, Hot Tuna and is recording and performing with his wife, singer Teresa Williams. This will be an unscripted evening of spontaneity, discovery and musical virtuosity by three American music masters.

Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens 3/22/15

First time Gospel Brunch same great food as our Blues Brunch. We will feature a scrumptious brunch provided by the excellent Pranzi Catering with a heavy dose of gospel music that will have you on your feet. A great way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. The event will be limited to 140 people with table seating for everyone. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sales will stop on Friday March 20 at 3 pm. The brunch will be an all you can eat buffet with Fresh Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes with warm maple syrup, Baked Virginia Ham, Breakfast Sausage, Chicken Francaise, Sweet Potatoes and Red Bliss Potatoes Home Fries, Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Bagels, Juice, Coffee and Tea. We will have a cash bar with Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s and Beer and Wine. In the six years since the release of their last full-length record, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens have toured extensively, playing main stages at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Pop, and The Ottawa Blues Festival. Though seasoned veterans, these last years of touring played a crucial role in the creation of the songs that would become the forthcoming album Cold World. With Gabriel Roth (Bosco Mann) at the helm, Naomi and company went into the studio (add date), and cut twelve inspired new songs live to eight-track tape. Though the music is most unapologetically gospel, most of the lyrics on the record would fall under what could be called ‘message songs.’ That is, music containing uplifting spiritual messages, reminiscent of the more inspirational moments of The Staple Singers or Curtis Mayfield. However, the relationship between gospel and soul music does not need to be discussed again here. It is as plainly and naturally inherent in these grooves as it is in the singer’s every word and motion. There is no one alive today that has a voice or spirit more capable of lifting an audience than Naomi Shelton. On this record, the grooves are pure Soul. ‘Sinner’ sits atop Side One as a dark welcome into the soulful stomping world of the Queens. They flow effortlessly from the Sunday stomp of ‘Get Up, Child’ to the country-twinged swagger of ‘One Day’ and ‘I Earned Mine’; from the river’s edge lilt of ‘Everybody Knows’ and ‘I Don’t Know’ to the energetic boogie of ‘Thank You Lord’, ‘It’s A Cold, Cold World’, and ‘Bound for the Promised Land’. At the heart and soul of the band’s sound lie Naomi’s raw, gritty vocals, commanding attention with every heart-wrenching syllable. Veteran Queens Edna Johnson and Bobbie Jean Gant ‘ who have been singing with Naomi for the better part of 20 years ‘ joined rookie Queen Angel McKenzie ‘ who joined the group in the winter of 2013 ‘ to provide perfect answers to Naomi’s calls. The band, whose ages range from 17 to 82, is led by Brother Cliff Driver with a musical pedigree that includes working with legends Baby Washington, Little Willie John, King Curtis, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, and Solomon Burke. On bass guitar is the infamous Fred Thomas, who spent the better part of his musical career backing up The Godfather of Soul himself, Mr. James Brown ‘ in the eponymous JB’s. Rounding out the group are Jimmy Hill, who played alongside Wilson Pickett in the late 60’s, guitar whiz Max Shrager, who at the tender age of 17 composed two of the album’s tracks, and Mikey Post on drums, who spends his 9-to-5’s helping run the business at Daptone HQ. Doors 10:30 Show 11:00

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers 3/26/15

I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,’ says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro. ‘The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds. It’s an exciting time.’ Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, The Devil You Know, Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career. The Devil You Know, recorded in the Bay Area with his fiery new band The Painkillers and produced by Castro and Bonnie Hayes, is a contemporary blues tour-de-force. The album is an untamed, high-energy set of 13 songs, including nine written or co-written by Castro. ‘For the new album I challenged myself to add different sounds and new rhythms to my style while remaining true to my roots. I wrote using ideas for songs and ideas for sounds together in a way I’d never done before,’ explains Castro, ‘using drum rhythms to drive the lyrics.’ The tracks’melodic and biting, energetic and fun’are brought to life with sonic authority by bassist Randy McDonald (from the original Tommy Castro Band), keyboardist James Pace and original Painkillers drummer Byron Cage.

George Winston 4/4/15

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. During this time, his favorite music was instrumental rock and instrumental R&B, including Floyd Cramer, the Ventures, Booker T & The MG’s, Jimmy Smith, and many more. Inspired by R&B, jazz, Blues and rock (especially the Doors), George began playing organ in 1967. In 1971 he switched to the acoustic piano after hearing recordings from the 1920s and the 1930s by the legendary stride pianists Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller and the late Teddy Wilson. In addition to working on stride piano, he also at this time came up with his own style of melodic instrumental music on solo piano, called folk piano. Since 1972 George has released thirteen solo piano albums. In 2001 George released REMEMBRANCE – A MEMORIAL BENEFIT, a seven song EP of piano, guitar and harmonica solos, to benefit those affected by 9/11. George is presently concentrating mainly on live performances, and most of the time he is touring playing solo piano concerts (the Summer Show or the Winter Show), solo guitar concerts, solo harmonica concerts, and solo piano dances (with R&B and slow dance songs). He is currently most inspired by the great New Orleans R&B pianists Henry Butler, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, and Jon Cleary, and he is also working on interpreting pieces on solo piano by his favorite composers, including Vince Guaraldi, Professor Longhair, and the Doors, as well as Sam Cooke, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Randy Newman, Curtis Mayfield, Laura Nyro, Al Kooper, Jimmy Wisner, Arthur Lee, Frank Zappa, Ralph Towner, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, Milt Jackson, John Hartford, Oliver Schroer, Taj Mahal, Henry Butler, James Booker, Jon Cleary, Philip Aaberg and others, to play at concerts, and at his solo piano dances.

Paul Bielatowicz and Simon Fitzpatrick

A roller coaster evening of classical showpieces and more! Guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick are two of the UK’s finest virtuosos. Aside from their own solo work, they have been members of legendary drummer Carl Palmer’s touring band for several years and have performed over 500 gigs in 30-plus countries around the world. Individually, they have also performed and toured with such musicians as Dream Theater, Neal Morse (of Spock’s Beard), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple), Kee Marcello (Europe) and Les Paul. For this special show, Bielatowicz and Fitzpatrick will take you on a roller coaster ride of the most challenging classical virtuoso showpieces ‘ all played as you’ve never heard them before! ABOUT PAUL BIELATOWICZ Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso guitar work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. He’s played, recorded and toured the world with the likes of Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia), Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) and Les Paul’to name just a few. His 2014 debut solo album, ‘Preludes & Etudes,’ saw him stripping the electric guitar back to basics, presenting it as a classical instrument ‘ no overdubs, effects or studio tricks: just a guitar, an old amp and raw virtuosity. ABOUT SIMON FITZPATRICK Simon Fitzpatrick has toured and recorded with Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), Carl Palmer (ELP, Asia), Joe Lynn-Turner (Rainbow, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen), Kee Marcello (Europe) and Michael Hill (B.B. King) among others. Not content with simply being in the background, Fitzpatrick has always tried to take bass guitar playing as far as possible. Using all six strings of his extended range instrument, he performs as a lead player, a soloist or polyphonic accompanist. He has recently released his debut solo bass guitar album, ‘Reflections,’ in which he uses his virtuoso technique to recreate a wide variety of pieces and styles, ranging from classical to classic rock, on one single instrument. You’ve never seen a bass guitar played like this before.

Marty Stuart review (12/5 performance)

With a voice (and hair) as big as the country music he brought from Mississippi to the shores of Mt Hope Bay, Marty Stuart enlivened the Narrows stage with a living and loving history of the long thread of Americana that draws from and bridges gospel, blues, folk, and hillbilly. With only two (outstanding) accompanists, Stuart’s country is elementally spare. Masterful on the mandolin, and a storyteller with under the big top showmanship, Stuart made “country” immediate and meaningful, reminding us that the music of mortal souls mirrors the human experience: it can be both profane and sacred.

The Ballroom Thieves

With a slow, deliberate build, the Ballroom Thieves make their presence known onstage immediately as the first chord is struck, transforming any size room, whether it be a large ballroom or a small club, into a remarkably intimate environment. Formed in 2011, the Ballroom Thieves take the sincere, narrative blueprint of folk music and infuse it with the attitude of rock, the soul of blues, and the sweat and fervor of a revival tent. That spirit makes its way into both their recorded music as well as their live performances, as Martin Earley (guitar, vocals), Devin Mauch (percussion, vocals), and Calin Peters (cello, vocals) attack their instruments and harmonies with the same energy onstage as in the studio. Garnering regional and national acclaim for both of their releases to date, 2012’s ‘The Devil And The Deep,’ and 2013’s self-titled EP, the Thieves have been branching out from their native Boston. Their energy, passion, and songwriting craft earning them national touring spots with established bands such as the Lone Bellow, Dispatch, Little Green Cars, the Wheeler Brothers, and Houndmouth.