Can the members of Girlyman read each other’s minds? Sometimes it seems so. Onstage they often finish one another’s sentences or burst into improvised three-part ditties so tight they seem rehearsed. Truth is, the Atlanta-based trio has had years to develop this rapport. Doris Muramatsu and Tylan Greenstein became best friends in second grade. The two met Nate Borofsky in college at a talent show, and since then they’ve been creating their own unique language of three-part harmony. Informed by 60s vocal groups like Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas and the Papas, and infused with years of classical and jazz training, Girlyman’s songs are a dance of melody and suspensions – an irresistible blend of acoustic, Americana, and rock The Village Voice calls ‘really good, really unexpected, and really different.’

Blues and Bluegrass for Haiti

This benefit features Back Eddy Bluegrass, Delta Generators, Jon Short, Red Hot Black Top and The Reunion Band. This will be a great afternoon of blues and bluegrass for a very worthy cause. 100% of all ticket sales will be going to Partners in Health, where 92% of money raised goes directly to the cause only 8% in administration. We are also asking everyone to bring a non- perishable food item to benefit Market Ministries in New Bedford.

SOLD OUT Eric Lindell

We have been waiting for the return of Mr. Lindell since he blew the crowd away at the 2008 Narrows Festival of the Arts. He’s a blue eyed soul singer from New Orleans with a killer band and great songs. His latest release Gulf Coast Highway is a mix of roots-rock, sinewy blues, swampy R&B and a hint of honky-tonk soul permeates each and every song, and have led critics to make comparisons to Van Morrison and Delbert McClinton.

SOLD OUT Buckwheat Zydeco

It’s a Mardi Gras party featuring the King of Zydeco. American musical legend Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural Jr.’along with his band, Buckwheat Zydeco’is the preeminent ambassador of Louisiana zydeco music. 2010 marks Buckwheat Zydeco’s 30th anniversary, and Buckwheat is celebrating with the release of his new CD (and Alligator Records debut), Lay Your Burden Down. The New York Times says, ‘Stanley ‘Buckwheat’ Dural leads one of the best bands in America. A down-home and high-powered celebration, meaty and muscular with a fine-tuned sense of dynamics’propulsive rhythms, incendiary performances.’

7 angles & views

An exhibit in fine art photography featuring the work of:
Stephan Brigidi ~ Karen Callan ~ Elaine Fisher ~ John Hames ~
Denny Moers ~ Sheila Oliveira ~ Marc St. Pierre

The Opening Reception is Sunday, May 17th from 2:00 – 5:00. The public is cordially invited to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

‘angles & views’
by Sheila Oliveira

Selecting the photographers for ‘angles & views’ began with the preview of Karen Callan’s portfolio ‘Window Treatments’ for the Narrows Gallery. Karen sees light and reflection to photograph ambiguities that result from unexpected combinations of visual elements. It was from this point the idea of a group photography exhibit began to emerge.

Over the years I have become acquainted with the work of the artists exhibiting in this show. I know both Marc St. Pierre and Elaine Fisher from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth. Both are art professors. They are photographers whose working process and concerns are different yet the genesis is photographic. Elaine Fisher’s prints are of urban fragments ‘ ‘depicting human isolation in harsh unyielding environments’. Marc St. Pierre’s uses pinhole photography to explore architectural forms and nature ‘ ‘the camera’s shapes are designed to challenge the image and modify it accordingly’. I have a longstanding admiration for both Elaine and Marc and asked them to participate in this exhibit.

Denny Moers, Stephan Brigidi and John Hames are Rhode Island based photographers who I was not personally acquainted with. Many years ago I had attended an exhibit at the Bell Gallery in Providence, RI and saw the work of Denny Moers. I was so impressed with the evocative nature of his prints that touch a familiar yet distant feeling. He combines his imagery with a darkroom process that creates ‘one of a kind’ prints. He uses various materials as substrates that add a unique quality and unpredictability to his photographic images.

Stephan Brigidi is another photographer whose work I have seen exhibited and admired. I visited Stephan’s studio in Bristol, RI to review work for this show. It was a difficult decision. Stephan has wonderful portfolios in silver prints, digital and Cibachrome. His work of the Venice ‘Carnevale’ is exhibited here. These are large, bold and colorful prints ‘‘I believe that Venice is its own source of light with a pulsating energy, which comes from the canals themselves’

John Hames is a photographer whom I contacted from his website and Gallery Z in Providence, RI. He also works in several processes and has a range of portfolios. When I met with him I was especially drawn to his work that is documentary. He uses the camera to record and translate ‘ ‘What drives my own work is simply this: I am interested in the subject matter itself, the real world as it exists, and the challenge that the fluidity of life demands upon the act of photography’‘ John brings a vision and interpretation to his work that transcends the pure documentation.

For this exhibit I decided upon a split portfolio of images. Most of the images describe two cities (New York and Fall River). The work expresses my interest on ‘marks and edifices’. The process is both silver print and digital media. The images capture the expression of human existence in cities and differs markedly from the extreme of New York and the starkness of the Fall River. I have also included several pieces created here in my studio at the Narrows.

Finally, it was my intention to put together a visually diverse exhibit that would bring to you a representation of the photographic medium from subject, to capture, to expression, to print. Hope you enjoy the exhibit. My thanks to Debra Charlebois, Director of Public Relations, Narrows Center for the Arts, for her support.

The 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. For more information: Website: / Email: / Phone: 508.324.1926

Narrows Festival of the Arts

This free one of a kind event features; Sonny Landreth, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles and The Wood Brothers. Other acts include;Jimmy Ryan Band, Eilen Jewell Band, Roots of Creation, Shipyard Wreck and Hiker. There will also be a great area for children.

Narrows Festival of the Arts

This free event is a one day showcase of what the Narrows does all yearlong. Fine Music, Fine Art, Fine Food, showcasing the Fall River waterfront. Two stages of music with Buckwheat Zydeco, Henry Butler and Leo Noncentelli Band, Slaid Cleaves, Cassandre McKinley on the main stage. Duncan Walters, Louie Leeman, Ryan Fitzsimmons, and Balval upstairs in the Narrows. We also have a fabulous interactive children’s stage featuring the Big Nazo Puppet show. Check the festival page for all the info.

7th Annual Narrows Festival of the Arts

Fine Art-Fine Music-Fine Food -2 stages of music featuring; The Holmes Brothers, Eric Lindell Band, Jim Lauderdale Trio, Carrie Rodriguez also Mark Small, Jeremy Wallace Trio, Andrea Belanger, Low Anthem. An interactive children’s area, fun for the whole family

SOLD OUT Shemekia Copeland

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While still in her 20s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal and John Mayer. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland’s shot at the eventual title of Queen of the Blues is pretty clear. By some standards, she may already be there. Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city ‘ street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.