Dirty City

Dirty City is a multimedia art show displaying the works of Morton Middle School’s talented 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The show will consist of photography, fashion, and other assorted mediums that come together to raise awareness of litter in our city. Through the use of art, our students have been able to bring attention to the ever-growing problem with mixed mediums and their imagination Our students have joined in the community in taking ownership of the mess we’ve created, and are moving towards a cleaner, more beautiful city for their generation and future generations to come.

A reception will take place on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free.

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Guitar Army featuring Robben Ford, Lee Roy Parnell & Joe Robinson 4/23/16

This guitar playing extravaganza features three of the best guitar players in the world. Each artist will play their own set as well as final set featuring all three guitarists. hold onto to your seats, this will be a wild one. Robben Ford Robben played one of the best shows of 2014 at the Narrows and we expect more of the same. Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others. Lee Roy Parnell Lee Roy Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. An ace guitarist, as well as a distinctive singer, and hit songwriter, his music runs the gamut of diversity. Combining the influences of Blue-Eyed Soul, Delta Blues, Road House Rock, Southern Boogie, Texas Swing, and Gospel, Parnell’s sound defies conventional classification. He draws from a broad range of musical sources and combines them with seamless dexterity and, unlike many other hard-to-pigeonhole artists, Parnell has enjoyed a run of success on the country and blues charts. Joe Robinson Australian guitar virtuoso Joe Robinson has spent the last few years touring North America playing festivals and headlining clubs. Having also played China, Japan, Europe and Australia, Robinson has been able to define himself as a budding world visionary. He walks a tightrope between the instrumental music that’s put him in the spotlight and a unique fusion of rock, blues, jazz, and R&B that’s entirely his own.

SOLD OUT John Mayall 3/27/16

The Godfather of the British Blues scene. John had a keen eye for talent, wooing Clapton from the Yardbirds and discovering Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Literally hundreds of great bluesman have been a part of the Bluesbreakers and learned from the master himself. Nearly fifty years later, he still has one of the finest blues bands on the planet. He brings a big sack of blues classics and is bound to get the ‘ Room to Move.’

Garland Jeffreys 6/17/16

Forty years into his storied career, Garland Jeffreys is enjoying the kind of creative second wind most artists can only hope for the first time around, earning a swarm of critical accolades and experiencing his most prolific stretch in decades. ‘Truth Serum,’ his second album in two years, is a cri de c?ur, a stripped-down tone poem from an artist taking his rightful and hard-earned place in the musical pantheon. Growing up biracial in the outer boroughs lent Jeffreys a unique perspective, and his explorations of race, prejudice, and love earned him a reputation as a socially conscious urban poet with a keen eye for detail and immense lyrical power. He released a string of acclaimed albums and hit songs in the 1970’s and 1980’s, including ‘Wild In The Streets’ and ‘R.O.C.K.,’ collaborated with everyone from John Cale and Dr. John to Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins, and was one of the first Americans to record in Kingston, Jamaica. A testament to both the broad appeal and durability of his music, his songs have been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks and neo-folkies Vetiver alike.

Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band 8/6/16

Butch Trucks and The Freight Train was formed one year ago but is already receiving rave reviews for their fantastic live shows from their past three US tours. Join us on August 6th as they bring a very special line-up to Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River.

Founding drummer for The Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks is joined by Berry Oakley Jr. on bass and vocals. Berry’s Dad was the original founding bass player of The Allman Brothers Band and this union between Butch and Berry Jr. marks the first time in 45 years that an “Oakley” and a “Trucks” are performing together again on the same stage. Not only does Berry’s bass playing run in the vein as his Dad’s, but he also does it with his Dad’s famous, one of a kind Fender “Tractor” bass guitar that was used on all the early Allman Brothers Band albums and tours.

World renowned blues guitar slinger Damon Fowler brings his highly acclaimed guitar playing and vocals to the Freight Train stage as well. Damon has recently released his fifth full length album to the delight of worldwide audiences.

Keyboard master, Bruce Katz, who has appeared on over 72 albums, joins The Freight Train directly from his recent touring duties with The Gregg Allman Band. Rounding out the band is the young and very talented Heather Gillis, whose vocals, guitar playing, and performance tie together this amazing representation of the past, present and future of Roots Rock and the Blues.

All aboard for Butch Trucks and The Freight Train!

George Winston 10/25/16

George Winston grew up mainly in Montana, and also spent his later formative years in Mississippi and Florida. 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 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. His main influences currently are the New Orleans R&B pianists Professor Longhair, James Booker,and Henry Butler. Since 1972 George has released thirteen solo piano albums, and his latest releases are Love Will Come -The Music Of Vince Guaraldi Vol 2 (2010), and Gulf Coast Blues & Impressions 2 ‘ A Louisiana Wetlands Benefit (2012). His next solo piano album, Spring Carousel ‘ A Cancer Research Benefit, will be released in 2016.

A Determined Line

A Determined Line brings together five artists whose diverse mediums, methods of working and artistic output mesh and complement to create a synergistic exhibition. Representing drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation, artists Heather Bentz, Alyn Carlson, Teresa Cole, Isabel Mattia, and Alia Pialtos share their conceptual interpretation and representation of line. Whether it be drawn, scraped, manufactured or a thought process, line is inherent in their work.

A Determined Line further expands this notion, and represents the artists’ ability to bring clarity to what is often hidden inside’the behind-the-scenes thinking that occurs during making. It speaks to what’s thought about and considered and then becomes part of the work in the process. This hidden aspect requires push, an emotional, unseen and intangible ability to see an idea through to completion. While the materials and end result are the physical manifestation of the process, content is embedded within.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 16th from Noon – 3:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited. Admission is free.

Images, Top row L – R:
Pull Alia Pialtos
Aqua-fontis Alyn Carlson
Scribble No. 2 Heather Bentz

Images, Second  row L – R:
Columns of Nuisance Teresa Cole
Obsess Regress Isabel Mattia

Michele L’Heureux: All Who Wander

“The traveler is the journey. What we see is not what we see but who we are.”

― Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Inspired by a recent seven-month sabbatical in Lisbon, Portugal and by a multitude of travels across the Atlantic Ocean and throughout the continental United States, multimedia artist Michele L’Heureux ponders what it means to be a wanderer and what can be learned—or, more importantly, what cannot—by leaving one’s comfort zone to explore other places.

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Leo Kottke 3/12/16

One of the finest guitar players in the world. Leo has a very dry sense of humor, great stories and impeccable musicianship. This makes for one inspiring night of music.

Nellie McKay 3/25/16

The New Yorker has warily described McKay as ‘funny and touching, ceaselessly clever and scarily talented.’ Since her last album, besides eating potato chips, scratching her ass, and watching reruns of Mister Ed, Nellie has indulged an extended run in the award-winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats and written three acclaimed musical biographies – I Want to Live!, the story of Barbara Graham, third woman executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin, Silent Spring: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature, an exploration of environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, and her latest, A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times. Nellie has previously released five full-length albums, including Pretty Little Head, Obligatory Villagers and Normal as Blueberry Pie (‘among the killer overhauls of American standards’ – The New York Times). She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in the Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera and performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, as well as writing original music for the Rob Reiner film Rumor Has It and contributing to the Emmy-winning documentary, Gasland. Nellie’s music has been heard on the TV shows Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS and Nurse Jackie, and she has appeared on numerous TV shows including The Late Show with David Letterman (with the Brooklyn Philharmonic). In 2010, the Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet of Obligatory Villagers and Nellie contributed the forward to the 20th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat, by Carol J. Adams. Her writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review. A recipient of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate for feminism, civil rights and other deeply felt progressive ideals. She is currently part of the campaign to get horse-drawn carriages off the streets of New York City.