Muddy Waters Tribute with The Nighthawks and Bob Margolin 10/23/15

Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin is a Blues guitar player and singer, carrying on the deep Chicago Blues style and creating his original music today. His shows are known for deep Blues, a wide variety of Blues-based styles, and a friendly good time for his audiences. From 1973-1980, Bob played guitar in the band of Chicago Blues legend Muddy Waters, touring worldwide and recording, and learning to play Muddy’s powerful music directly from him. He appears beside Muddy with The Band in the 1978 legendary music film The Last Waltz. In 1980, Bob started his own band. He has won Blues Music Awards for Guitar in 2005 and 2008. The Nighthawks sought not so much to reinvent rock and roll, but simply to have it reinvent itself by taking the original ingredients and following’if somewhat loosely’the original recipe. And like good cooks, the individual personalities involved ultimately affected the outcome. The band was over 10 years old and had baffled the mainstream industry before the term ‘roots rock’ was coined to explain the likes of West Coasters like Los Lobos and The Blasters. By then, the affiliation with many of the living blues greats seemed to brand The Nighthawks a ‘blues band,’ despite the fact that they played with Carl Perkins as well as Muddy Waters. This will be a great night of Blues celebrating the great Muddy Waters.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage 10/20/15

Nels Cline is a major force as a guitarist and improviser, ever since he debuted on record in 1978 and as a leader in 1988. Named by Rolling Stone as one of 20 ‘new guitar gods’ and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time, Cline has gained his widest fame as a member of acclaimed rock band Wilco since 2004. He’s known for a certain cranked-up experimental mayhem, the kind sometimes heard from his extraordinary trio the Nels Cline Singers, which released the well-received MACROSCOPE on Mack Avenue earlier in 2014. But throughout his career, Cline has undertaken projects, sometimes acoustic or semi-acoustic duos, highlighting an intimate and reflective approach that’s just as central to his artistry. With ROOM, Cline returns to Mack Avenue, creating a world of melodic beauty but also hard sonic edges and technical brilliance in the company of Julian Lage. At just 26, Lage has taken the world of jazz guitar by storm. The New York Times hails the ‘disarming spirit of generosity’ in Lage’s music and notes the young guitarist’s ‘roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music.’ In addition to his work with Mark O’Connor, the late Jim Hall, Anthony Wilson and a great many others, Lage leads his own groundbreaking groups as documented on the albums Gladwell and Sounding Point (the latter earning Lage a Grammy nomination). In a 2013 Q&A with JazzTimes, Lage described the Cline-Lage duo sound as ‘200 percent power,’ and that’s exactly what comes through on ROOM: an inspired collection of originals and collaborative pieces that run the full range from intricately composed and complex to free and spontaneous. Cline builds on the strength of his previous duo work with the likes of Vinny Golia, Zeena Parkins, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Carla Bozulich, Marc Ribot and not least of all the late West Coast bassist Eric Von Essen, to which the gorgeous dual-acoustic showcase ‘Whispers from Eve’ is dedicated. Lage, for his part, has worked in duo settings with David Grisman, Martin Taylor, John Abercrombie, Taylor Eigsti and others. Cline and Lage remain on acoustic guitars to end ROOM with ‘Calder,’ a reference to the visionary sculptor Alexander Calder. ‘I have a Calder mobile that my mom sent me years ago when I moved back east,’ Lage says. ‘It hangs in my apartment and I just love it. So though I wrote the tune first and the title came later, I felt like the presence of the mobile fit the mode of the piece well.’ On ROOM one hears two guitar masters who span the generations, comfortable in every conceivable role, meeting the daunting challenges of these compositions while giving themselves over to the moment. In the JazzTimes Q&A, Cline credited the duo for revitalizing his playing overall: ‘I was burned out on touring, burned out on myself’. And when Julian and I started playing together it kicked my ass hard. At the same time it inspired me and refreshed my soul.’ Lage replied, ‘Likewise.’

SOLD OUT Funky White Honkies 1/2/15

For over 30 years, the Funky Whites have been the areas top party band. They invade the Narrows for big dance party. The tables and chairs will be removed for a large dance floor and a good time will be had by all.

Forever Young 10/17/15

Forever Young is: * John Amitrano ‘ acoustic & electric bass, vocals * Amy Bedard ‘ violin, vocals, guitar, keyboard * Mark Cutler ‘ electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, mandolin * Leo Dumas ‘ drums, percussion and vocals * John Fuzek ‘ 6 &12 string acoustic guitars, vocals, keyboard, 6-string banjo * Dan Lilley ‘ electric & acoustic guitars, vocals, harmonica * Pete Vendettuoli ‘ electric & acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, keyboard, vocals All of the musicians performing in Forever Young are staples of the Rhode Island music scene and veterans of many national and regional tours. In addition, they are all fans and have been influenced by the music of Neil Young. Drawing on the 40+ year career of Neil Young; the show highlights many of Young’s popular songs and a few of the more obscure numbers. The show is presented with the full eight -piece band doing both the acoustic and electric songs that Neil Young is famous for. The show is reminiscent of the ‘Four Way Street’ live album recorded by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and of Neil Young with his many back-up bands.

The Acoustic Living Room’ Songs and Stories with Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley 10/15/15

Calling Me Home is Kathy’s new release on Sugar Hill Records, co-produced with multi-Grammy-winner Gary Paczosa. It’s a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia, and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center. Kathy has gathered songs and stories of bravery, pride and grief that further define and describe the life and times of her home place. 2008’s Grammy nominated COAL was her first step to discovering this vast and rich genre of music that producer Marty Stuart allowed was ‘in her blood,’ taking her back to the lore of family stories and to her place and her people. Kathy’s concerts present her new and most recent material alongside her Top 20 radio hits: from the signature ballad ‘Where’ve You Been?’ to the bluesy ‘455 Rocket’ to the iconic ‘Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.’ Long known as an impeccable songcatcher, her 17 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards.

Paula Cole 10/10/15

Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. In April, she released her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel’s ‘Secret World Live’ tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger (Imago Records). With Raven, Paula returns to her Harbinger-styled, storytelling roots. Her songs ‘Life Goes On’ and ‘Eloise’ tell the tales of family, heartache, love; ‘Sorrow-on-the-Hudson’ paints the image of the river as Self; mighty, yet lonely. The anthemic ‘Strong Beautiful Woman’ is Cole’s mantra for mothers, partners and daughters. Fear and the danger of losing one’s voice in ‘Scream’ resolves in finding her voice through the cathartic writing and singing, not unlike Cole’s personal journey. Longing, sex, fantasy and feminism are all themes evoked in Raven. Paula has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few.

The Seldom Scene 10/9/15

Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week’but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera. The Seldom Scene have performed at the White House many times, and continue to tour year-round. The Seldom Scene are founding member Ben Eldridge (banjo), Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals).

Legends of Music: Images from the Golden Age of Rock

Richard McCaffrey was a US Army Photographer in 1964-65. After graduating from Franklin Institute of Boston in 1967, he worked as a commercial photographer in Providence. He opened his own photography studio in 1969 and was successful with several major regional clients including Speidel Watchbands, Bostitch Staplers, Hasbro and Texas Instruments. In 1971 he founded an early alternative newspaper in RI called ‘The Point’ which covered the local and national cultural issues of the time. A significant part of the paper was devoted to art and music, which inspired the start of Richard’s career as a photographer in the music industry. Richard moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 1974. During the 1970’s & 80’s he free-lanced for magazines including Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar Player and many other publications. He was Chief Photographer for BAM (Bay Area Music – The California Music Magazine) from 1975 to 1986 and also worked with concert promoters, bands and record companies. From 1980 thru 1987 he was co-founder and board member of ‘Eye Gallery’ a non-profit photo gallery, community lab and studio in the Mission District of San Francisco and was Board Chairman from 1982-84. Richard returned to Rhode Island in 1991 where he became the staff photographer for The Providence Phoenix until 2014. He is currently a contributor to Motif Magazine and Go Local Prov. Richard McCaffrey has co-authored two photographic books on the music industry and several on other subjects. He is represented by Getty Images and his photographs appear in numerous local, national and international books, publications and on several albums and CD’s. Richard McCaffrey lives in Providence, Rhode Island. An artist reception will take place on Saturday, September 19th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Admission is free. The public is cordially invited.