FOD Fest

FODfest is an annual concert tour honoring the life & ideals of the late Wall St. Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who lost his life to terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. In addition to being a journalist, Danny was a talented musician who played a variety of instruments including fiddle & mandolin, and was a classically trained violinist. Wherever he lived, Danny was actively involved in the local music scene, and wherever he traveled, he sought out local jam sessions. FOD is an acronym for Friends of Danny and the concert tour features many of the musicians who played in bands or jammed with Danny while he was alive, as well as many who never knew him but connect with his story. FODfest is a unique performance format: part song-swap, part jam session, part concert. Most of the participating musicians are meeting for the first time on stage. Artists scheduled to appear: Aidan O’Brien, Austin & Elliot Chuck Melchin, Casey Desmond, Chad Hollister, Chris Merenda Keli Mercadante, Nik Rael, Sam Weiser (2008-2009 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin Recipient), SONiA of Disappearfear,Todd Giudice, Todd Mack

Justin Townes Earle

He’s Steve Earle’s son, but is making a name for himself on the circuit. Check out his myspace page and give a listen: Of course his middle name is a tribute to Townes Van Zandt.

Richard Shindell

Although he seems to have lightened up a bit in recent years (maybe it was the move to South America), this guy’s songs seem to be a cross between poetry and prayer. If you listen, really listen to lyrics, this show is for you.

Kevin Montgomery

This part of Kevin’s 50 days in 50 States tour. True is Kevin Montgomery’s newest album release, featuring Paul Griffith (John Prine, Carlene Carter) on drums, Shawn Byrne on guitar (writer of the title track) and Danny White on bass. Recorded in White’s 16 Ton recording studios on Music Row in Nashville, the album showed a new departure with the extensive use of strings, expertly scored and performed by Chris Carmichael (fans will be familiar with his work on Cherokee City on the 2:30am album from 2003). True follows the typical Montgomery mix of rockers and sensitive, heart-rending ballads, undoubtedley the most poignant of these is Nothing, dedicated to the memory of Kevin’s daughter.

Marshall Crenshaw

Best known for his ‘Someday, Someway,’ Marshall Crenshaw writes and plays songs with a sweetness and wistfulness that may remind the listener of Buddy Holly (whom he portrayed in the movie La Bamba). He’s well known in this area, since he’s performed in these parts many times.

Karla Bonoff

She had one of the top performances at the Narrows in 2007. Yeah, yeah, her songs have been performed by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, but she’s fab in concert. Damn, get to the show.

FUNDRAISER for the Benefit of Jeff Olsen and Family

Featuring tributes to Jeff’s music by MATT OLSON & FRIENDS performing the FolksTogether album ‘Pilgrims’ and a Special appearance by FolksTogether with Fred Wilkes & Matt Olson sitting in for Jeff plus Many other guests & surprises As most of you know, Jeff has been fighting Legionnaire’s Disease and is still in the hospital. The worst is over, but his recovery will be a long and hard one. We need to gather around the Olsons during this trying time and come together to raise both their spirits and the funds necessary to see them through this ordeal.

Eilen Jewell Band

Eilen (pronounced eee-lin) has got that old-timey, lazy, sexy home-on-the-range voice which she matches with terrific songs. And her band gives her a country-kick that has made her a favorite of folk radio DJs across the country.

Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

She sings with an unrivaled power and passion, has written outstanding cowpunk songs, and manages to unearth obscure gems from the likes of Canned Heat and Dolly Parton. She’s originally from Taunton, but these days the world is her home as she tours across the country and across the ocean.