Back in the early 1960s, Roy learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer, Reverend Gary Davis, who was thrust into the national spotlight when Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded his song ‘If I Had My Way.’ After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own. Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who by the way was the ‘Pink’ in Pink Floyd. Pink’s stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on… In his travels, Book Binder has run across quite a cast of characters, including three peg-legged dancers, and a 90 year old classic blues singer with a sparkling smile, who was known as, ‘Diamond Teeth’ Mary (Bessie Smith’s half sister). All of these characters have become a part of a ‘Roy Book Binder show’ which is a hilarious educational experience not to be missed!
Adrian Belew will bring his amazing Power Trio to the Narrows where the audience will get a rare chance to see him in an intimate setting. Few people in the music world are as diverse — and busy — as Belew. The vocalist/multi-instrumentalist is a solo artist, a longtime member of King Crimson and The Bears, and a prolific producer and special guest on others’ recordings such as The Talking Heads, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon, and most recently Nine Inch Nails. He is equally comfortable with progressive rock/avant-garde rock, pop, jazz, new wave, electronica, industrial and much more. Although Belew’s guitar work is legendary, songwriting may very well be his greatest talent, and never has it been brought to a live setting better than now with Julie & Eric Slick on bass and drums respectively. The trio, who have been touring internationally together since July of 2006, recorded their live show for the album Side Four, which was released on November 20, 2007. This show, which is being sponsored by Limelight Magazine, features songs from Belew’s many solo albums, spirited improvisation, King Crimson favorites, and special solo moments by Belew. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com or call 508-493-9777.
HOOD is a blend of graffiti, abstract expressionism, street art and photography representing living in the ‘hood’, acting like a ‘hood’, and covering the head with a ‘hood’.
HOOD will be on exhibition in the Narrows Gallery June 20 – August 15, 2009.
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 25th 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. featuring DJ DICK G spinning todays hottest hip hop tracks AND a special guest performance by THEO. The opening reception is a free event.
Narrows Gallery is located in the Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA. Gallery Hours are Wednesday ‘ Saturday, noon ‘ 5:00 and by appointment. Admission is free during regular Gallery Hours. All concert ticket-holders are welcome to view the exhibition on performance night.
Rene Gagnon / Artist Statement
I’ve always been considered a creative individual, but my first real devotion to the arts revealed itself during the mid-eighties when my thirst for creation exploded after seeing graffiti art emanate from the streets of New York City. The enormity of the works and the care free expression of color displayed a means by which I could gain the attention that every teen is so desperately seeking. This rebellious idea of searching for your identity through the use of markers and spray paint fueled my desire to follow in the footsteps of a graffiti artist. Twenty years later, I find myself back where I began.
I find myself at a point in life where I am beginning to see through the spray paint haze. I now realize that an artist’s work should represent their soul. So, through the use of urban media techniques mastered as a teenager and a new found love for creating public art, I am attempting to bridge the gap between urban graffiti/street art and contemporary abstract expressionism.
In almost every city graffiti and street art is present in many forms. Some artists choose the permanency of spray painted tags, throw-ups, and stenciled imagery, while others opt for the immediacy and aging characteristics of stickers and paste ups. Often times, these artists’ of the street will battle with each other for visibility on the same surfaces. Over time, the multiple transformations of these surfaces reveal an abstract maze of color and composition that I see as an opportunity. The opportunity to create something much greater than what meets the eye.
My vision is to recreate this battle between graffiti and street artists’ in my studio work. By mixing my past graffiti experience with the street art style installations I do today, I am able to fuel my attack on the canvas. As feelings are evoked from the written words and the often emotionally charged imagery I leave on the streets a physical manifestation builds to a point of overflow. Ultimately unleashing itself in a furor of uninhibited energy, where time and place become nonexistent. It is in the vitality that my artistic soul reveals itself and dances its way into a flurry of whirling paint and exploding spray paint cans.
The music of GANDALF MURPHY AND THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS has been variously described as ‘hillbilly-Floyd,’ ‘folk-pop,’ ‘alt-country, roots-rock,’ and ‘surreal Americana;’ a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, and a lot of fun.
Although he needs no introduction, we’ll go ahead and give him one anyway. Ralph was born in Dickenson County, Virginia, where he still resides when he’s not on the road. After 55 years in the business, he’s still the best banjo picker and tenor singer in bluegrass music. As a recording artist, he has performed on more than 170 albums, tapes, and CDs. He’s also written many songs himself and with his brother, the late Carter Stanley. Ralph’s played throughout the United States and in many foreign lands, too, including several tours of Japan. In addition to the many honors Ralph has received as a bluegrass musician, including membership on the Grand Ole Opry. He also has one of the finest bands on the bluegrass circuit.
One of the forefathers of the alt-country movement, great guitar player, and killer songwriter. On this trip he will be joined by a fabulous cast of players; Nina Gerber, Cindy Casdollar, Christy McWilson, Amy Farris, Laurie Lewis, Sarah Brown, Lisa Pankratz. Some guys have all the luck.
Jonathan Richman has been writing songs, making records and performing live for most of his life, winning fans and making friends around the world with his guileless honesty and playfully catchy compositions. He’s revered by countless fellow artists, and has built a remarkably loyal international audience through his tireless touring. His deceptively straightforward songs embody timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor, untainted by cynicism or transient notions of hipness.
British blues legends still going strong. Kim Simmonds is one of the best guitarists in the world. He’s got a crack band and rips through classics like ‘Tell Mama’ Hellbound Train’ etc with fury and technique.
Blues and Harp fans unite for this one of a kind event. The Blowout features 4 amazing harp players. Each bring their own distinctive sound to their instrument. This will be a party.