Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Texas Campfire Tapes an opening set by DC duo TBA, followed by a solo performance of songs from The Texas Campfire Tapes, then an ensemble preview from the current work in progress, Indelible Women. The second half is led by audience requests for narratives drawn from Michelle’s oeuvre, (songs that make good ‘campfire stories,’ as well as a dialogue about the history of the Texas Campfire Tapes.) A brief segment to follow will focus on advocacy of arts education in public schools and for the finale, a ensemble presentation of a few short, sharp audience favorites.
CJ Chenier and his band definitely know how to throw a party. Hard driving zydeco that will have the whole place dancing. New Orleans invades the Narrows on a hot August night.
A Grammy award winner with the mega hit Walking in Memphis. Marc has become one of the finest singer songwriters of his generation He is a terrific piano player with a rich unmistakable voice.
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. He was a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the most in-demand instructor in the galaxy of stars who teach at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he and his wife operate in picturesque Southeastern Ohio. We are thrilled to be hosting this rock and roll legend on our 10th anniversary weekend.
Imagine blending the sounds of Mardi Gras funk, soft rock, and reggae so seemingly it defies category. Now shrink that idea into a seven-piece ensemble, add a hip hop sensibility plus a hundred years of New Orleans jazz tradition, and you get the Louisiana sound known as the Soul Rebels. This shrewd crew of college trained multi-instrumentalists are forcing listeners to ‘Let Your Mind Be Free’ as they ‘Work It Out’ on the dance floor. Their music is utterly uplifting and hardcore, leaving fans with a myriad of intrinsic sounds and songs to enjoy. The Soul Rebels were destined for success. After parading around the streets of New Orleans in the tradition of the second line and jazz funerals, the Soul Rebels began their professional debut with the famed Neville Brothers in New Orleans at the hot spot Tipitina’s! The Soul Rebels rocked so hard and so strong, they continued opening for the Neville Brothers and beyond. The bands hard funk groove has landed them gigs as an opening act for: Bootsy Collins, A Tribe Called Quest, Better than Ezra, Counting Crows, Green Day, Olympia Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Roy Hargrove, James Brown, Allen Toussaint, Lionel Hampton, Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, The Fugees, Digital Underground, The Roots, Brand New Heavies, The Gap Band, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page and many more. Soul Rebels is headlining the 2011 Hoop City Jazz Festival on July 8 in Springfield, MA. They also just played the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and totally killed it. And they are playing the 2011 Montreal Jazz Festival for the second year in a row. They were huge hit the festival invited them back.
Don’t miss this all star collection of blues greats led by the incomparable Tommy Castro. This ensemble came of age out of the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruises which Tommy has been deemed an Honorary Captain. This is a rare opportunity to catch these great artists ripping it up on the same stage for one magical night of music.
Nineteen students from the Artisanry Department BFA and Certificate degree programs, College of Visual & Performing Arts, UMass Dartmouth will be exhibiting their senior work at the Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA April 28-May 23, 2011. The exhibit will incorporate works from the department’s three areas of concentration, Textile Design/Fiber Arts, Ceramics and Jewelry/Metals. Sarah Arnold, Jewelry/Metals Justin Brown, Jewelry/Metals Shauna Cahill, Ceramics Kayla Duarte, Jewelry/Metals Danielle Dumont, Jewelry/Metals Ellisha Fitzpatrick, Textile Design/Fiber Arts Allison Geremia, Jewelry/Metals Allison Glick, Ceramics Hannah Houbre, Jewelry/Metals Alexandra King, Textile Design/Fiber Arts Stephanie Lentz, Textile Design/Fiber Arts Danielle Lourie, Jewelry/Metals Christopher Mehegan, Jewelry/Metals Candice Milionis, Textile Design/Fiber Arts Angelina Musto, Ceramics Lori Russi, Textile Design/Fiber Arts Alicen Soli, Textile Design/Fiber Arts Roland St. Pierre, Jewelry/Metals Courtney Steacie, Ceramics
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.’
Carl Palmer is perhaps best known as a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) and Asia. He is also one of the most respected drummers in rock and roll history. As part of his North American tour, Palmer will serve up an evening of classic ELP music in a show that will last nearly two hours. Joining Mr. Palmer onstage will be guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Simon Fitzpatrick.This promises to be one of the most musically compelling live shows of 2011.
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.