I’m in the promised land,’ says proud American immigrant and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Anders Osborne. The Swedish-born, longtime New Orleans resident is among the most original and visionary musicians performing today. In a city overflowing with stellar artists, bands and performers, Osborne is one of the Big Easy’s favorite musical heroes. His Alligator Records debut, American Patchwork, is a moving collection of soul-baring rock, blues and ballads. Many of the songs on American Patchwork deal with healing and redemption, spirituality and acceptance. It is about rebuilding what has been destroyed, not only a ravaged city, but also a hollow man. Often compared to Townes Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison, Osborne is an exceptional and singular talent. Paste Magazine says, ‘Osborne has an impossibly great, soulful voice and the songs to match.’ Living Blues adds, ‘Osborne is a songwriter of enormous depth and an incredibly passionate musician.’ Live, Osborne is a force to behold. His wildly energetic, physical live performances find him ripping notes out of his guitar, forcing out riveting steel-on-steel slide solos, pouring his entire soul into his vocals. His ability to ignite an audience is legendary. Past gigs include repeated appearances at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, stops at Bonnaroo, The High Sierra Festival, The Telluride Blues Festival, The Hollowbaloo Music & Arts Festival in Honolulu, The Voice Of The Wetlands and even an appearance at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He has toured North America and Europe extensively, and has performed with The Meters, Randy Newman, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal and Little Feat among many others.
Grammy-winning guitarist and composer Bill Frisell touring behind the release of Beautiful Dreamers – a stunning recording consisting of original compositions and striking reinterpretations performed along with the unique talents of Eyvind Kang (viola) and Rudy Royston (drums). Produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend and recorded at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, Beautiful Dreamers captures the musical magic that’s inhabited the performances of this particular ensemble since they first played live together as a trio in 2008. Frisell, a consummate artist who’s garnered respect and acclaim throughout his long career, considers this to be a particularly special project. Bill Frisell’s artistry is legendary and he’s made an indelible imprint on American music. His passionate, versatile talent transcends genres while pushing musical boundaries. He’s worked comfortably within the realms of jazz, rock, progressive folk, Americana, blues and classical playing with his own hand-picked ensembles or collaborating with stellar musical peers such as Paul Motian, McCoy Tyner, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams and Loudon Wainwright III to name a few. With Beautiful Dreamers, Bill Frisell has created one of his most personal musical statements working with Kang and Royston who engage him in seamless and stimulating musical dialogue. Says Frisell: ‘I’m so fortunate having the chance to play music with Eyvind and Rudy and having an audience willing to go along for the latest adventure. I’m the luckiest guy in the world being surrounded by all these folks who have so much faith and trust in the music, helping me to make my dreams come true.’
Joey Carroll is a Boston favorite who has been described as a cross between George Carlin and Dennis Miller. His no holds barred style has earned him a spot at the Montreal Comedy Festival and on Comedy Central’s Pulp Comics. Carroll is a regular working in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and cruise ships. Carroll’s ‘set up and punch’ style keeps crowds on their toes as he discusses politics, growing up in Boston, and ‘his Uncle Chuck.’ For the past five years, Carroll has toured the Middle East war zones entertaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries where US servicemen and women are serving. Jack Lynch, is a veteran of the Boston comedy scene who has toured all over the United States and parts of Canada, entertaining crowds with his earthy style, great impressions, and sarcastic view of the world. Lynch has performed at all the major Boston venues as well as The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, The Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, The Improv in Miami Beach, The Punchline in Atlanta, Georgia, the Comedy Works in Montreal, Canada, as well as many colleges up and down the East Coast. Lynch has been seen on Comedy Central. Jack has shared the stage with comedy legends such as Lenny Clarke, Stephen Wright and Damon Wayons to name a few. Joe Holden is a regular at the Comedy Connections in both Boston and Providence. His rapid-fire style in which he talks about life experiences and outrageously funny premises has audiences roaring. Holden has shared the stage with some of the top names in the business and is one of the fastest rising stars in the industry.
Ian McLagan is a genuine, dyed-in-the-wool rock’n’roller. In fact, his smiling visage ‘ he was, after all, a member of the Small Faces and the Faces ‘ would serve as an ideal illustration in the proverbial Dictionary of What Is Truly Cool. The man known to his many mates and even more fans and admirers as ‘Mac’ is the sort who shrugs off such puffery. And then he just carries on creating splendid and genuine rock’n’roll with his Bump Band as well as musically aid and abet a marquee line-up of truly blue ribbon talent that he has toured and recorded with: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, David Lindley, Paul Westerberg, Billy Bragg and Patty Griffin, to name some but hardly all of the notables that McLagan has worked with over his four-plus decade career. He has also etched his distinctive musical talents onto the playlist of rock’n’roll history co-writing such Faces hits as Cindy Incidentally, You’re So Rude and Three Button Hand Me Down. His Wurlitzer electric piano is heard on everything from Stay With Me by the Faces to the smash hit Miss You by The Rolling Stones, and Mac’s trademark Hammond B-3 organ is featured on the Small Faces classic Itchycoo Park and Rod Stewart’s Maggie May and You Wear It Well. Since he cut his debut solo album, Troublemaker, in 1979 ‘ with two Rolling Stones (Keith Richards and Ron Wood) and a Beatle (Ringo Starr) among the players ‘ McLagan has been making music in his own right that carries on the British rock tradition that he helped establish with the Small Faces and Faces
My two sons are the most beautiful creatures in the world!’ ‘ Teresa Spampinato Bronx, New York Was she biased? Who’s to say. But one thing’s for sure – Teresa’s boys are sharing their toys and playing nicely together. Joey Spampinato is a founding member of the legendarily diverse, critically acclaimed and much-loved NRBQ, the only band to appear at the Berlin Jazz Festival, the New York Folk Festival and the Grand Ole Opry in the same year. Some twenty-five or so years after NRBQ’s formation, Joey had the distinct pleasure of welcoming his brother Johnny into the band. During Johnny’s tenure, NRBQ continued to make great music in the studio and in concert while also becoming the first band to appear on ‘The Simpsons’ in both live and animated form. Now, Joey and Johnny turn a page and do what they always knew was their destiny: to write, record and perform music together as The Spampinato Brothers. They are joined by Aaron Spade on guitar and Jay Cournoyer on drums.
*Note: Tonight’s show is now an evening with THE SLIP. The weather has Nathan Moore stuck in the Shenandoah Mountains and Marco Benevento grounded in San Francisco. But the SHOW will go on!!! Side project of The Slip featuring singer/songwriter Nathan Moore and Marco Benevento. This electro/folk ensemble mixes Americana/blues/folk and rock into an intoxicating musical stew. Great chops, songs and lotsa attitude
A Narrows favorite, Eilen sings like an angel. She has a killer band and her most recent disc ‘Sea of Tears is a real gem. One of the finest Americana bands on the scene.