Barnstar! C’mon!

WHAT? C’MON! Lively, funny, occasionally erudite and musically uninhibited, BARNSTAR! swung bluegrass on the Narrows stage Friday night that stretched from Bill Munroe to Mumford and Sons with its own elegance and exuberance. Old timey acoustic instrumentation with (in a good way) hellatious harmonies spun tales of death despair and destruction- and that was just one song that played like a Stephen King novel set in Barnstable. Rollicking reprises of classics like Cowgirl in The Sand (has Neil heard this yet?) and Stay With Me (Rod’s should have been this good) were mixed in among some sad, some sweet, and many raucous tunes all sung with conviction, humor and harmony. Continue reading

Nikki Hill and The Neal McCarthy Problem 8/14/15

Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree’this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. Hill and her band (who Nikki deems ‘The Pirate Crew’) are climbing to the top of the roots music scene step by step and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. With a no-filter energy, they take all the flavors of American roots music and deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock and roll again! Nikki’s gritty and raw voice with Stax soul dynamics, driving rhythm guitar from Matt Hill, and a tight rhythm section provided by Ed Strohsahl and Joe Meyer come together and make a sound that just sounds like the truth. Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical roots began while singing in gospel choirs at church as a child. A stint living in nearby college town Chapel Hill introduced her to many different styles of music and the awareness of music (and more importantly, unique and non-mainstream music) as a possible career. After pairing up with her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill, they have made an unstoppable team and have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses! Neal McCarthy has been rocking New England for close to 25 years. He mixes blues/soul and straight out rock and roll into his own musical vision. He is a sensitive soul who feels the music and brings audiences into his world. He has opened many shows at the Narrows, usually solo. This is a chance to see him with a full band.

A Mid-Summer Night of Comedy featuring Frank Santorelli and Guests 8/20/15

Presented by the Angie Dolan Memorial Foundation Frank is an Italian-American who is best known for playing the recurring role of ‘Georgie the Bartender’ in The Sopranos. He is also well known for his star role in The Godfathers of Comedy. Frank has starred in numerous movies, including: No Reservations, Meet the Parents, and Crooked Lines. Frank’s passion has always been comedy. He has headlined at some of the world’s most famous comedy clubs including Comic Strip, Catch a Rising Star, Comedy Cellar and Carolines on Broadway in New York, Hilarities 4th Street Theatre in Cleveland, and Laugh Factory and The Improv in Los Angeles. Other guests scheduled to appear are comedians Dan Boulger and Alvin David. Dan Boulger launched his career by winning the Boston Comedy Festival in 2006. He since has gone on to appear on shows such as Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, The BBC, and the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. Alvin David will be hosting the event. Alvin is a local comedian based out of Boston. His high-energy comedy always makes him a pleasure to watch. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Angie Dolan Memorial Foundation. For more information go to: facebook.com/admemorialfund

A Celebration of Creativity

The Narrows Center is pleased to present an exhibition of artwork created by People Incorporated consumers who are attending weekly workshops at the Narrows under the tutelage of studio artist, Tony Henriques. We celebrate the participants learned skills in creative thinking, artistic style, use of color, and execution from thought to paper. The workshops are educational and enjoyable and the Narrows is proud to be partnering in this important project. Creating artwork gives participants the freedom to explore and experiment and to put into motion new skills that are beneficial in and out of the classroom environment. People Incorporated, a local human service agency serving the Southcoast community, provides unique opportunities to people with life challenges. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, June 11th at 11:00 a.m. Refreshments will be served. The public is cordially invited.

Ronnie Earl’s Music Speaks for Itself

Review by Olivia Mello, Narrows Staff

Ronnie Earl filled the venue Saturday night; making it the second sold out show of the weekend following King’s X.

I was fortunate enough to meet Ronnie before the performance and found him to be a quiet, very gracious person. It was amazing to watch him transform into a more extroverted blues man once he had a guitar in his hand. Seeing him in his element made me realize how lucky some people are to find their niche in life and how liberating the pursuit of that passion can be. Continue reading

The Slide Brothers 7/11/15

The Slide Brothers are Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent–the greatest living musicians who embody the Sacred Steel tradition. The joyous music these legendary artists create extends far beyond scared steel to encompass blues, rock and soul all celebrated with a sound that is uniquely their own. Despite its role in church services, this dynamic, high energy music had never been heard outside of church. As a new century dawned, rumors of an extraordinary new form of slide guitar began to attract interest among blues fans who long favored the electrified sound of slide guitar masters such as Elmore James and Duane Allman. Where the music of Muddy Waters or the Allman Brothers showcased traditional six string slide guitar, critics and fans alike were jolted by the an even more potent brand of slide guitar being performed on pedal steel instruments. As the center core of the Sacred Steel movement was its artistic purity. Ted Beard, Calvin Cooke, Aubrey Ghent and other pedal steel icons within the church had fostered a rich, uniquely American art form unspoiled by commercialism. Robert Randolph has become the most successful artist to emerge from the Sacred Steel tradition. Randolph was trained as a pedal steel guitarist in the House of God Church and his dynamic use of the instrument has earned him international acclaim. Randolph’s mission is to share the extraordinary talents of these legendary masters with audiences throughout the world. Together with Co-Producer John McDermott, Randolph has readied the group’s debut album for release by Concord Records.