Every year since December, 2004, Jake Armerding, Mark Erelli & Lori McKenna have performed a special annual concert, ‘Under The Covers,’ at Club Passim in Harvard Square. In only a few special circumstances, have the trio brought the show on the road to venues outside Boston. ‘Under The Covers’ brings this trio of artists–most widely known as original songwriters–together to perform and evening of other people’s songs. ‘We try to spice it up a bit and choose songs that folks might not associate with ‘singer/songwriters,” says Mark. When you come to this show you’re just as likely to hear an interpretation of Michael Jackson as you are Jackson Browne, and don’t be surprised if you hear Howard Jones’s 80’s classic ‘No One Is To Blame’ rubbing shoulders with Duke Ellington’s ‘Mood Indigo.’ Anything goes, and the spontaneity is enhanced by us all being onstage the whole time, chiming in on fiddle, mandolin, guitar or harmonies. Also joining the trio is virtuoso bassist Zack Hickman (Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band).
The Kings of British boogie blues. Kim Simmonds is still ripping it up with their best line-up in years.
Long time Narrows favorites. They brilliantly mix superb harmonies and deft instrumentation with a fresh take on Americana. They have a great new record ‘Neon Blue Bird’ which maybe thier best work yet.
Born and raised in the suburban town of Swansea, Massachusetts, I have watched this small, south coast landscape change over the past 25 years. For the last three years, I have been documenting these transformations through the use of photography. From bridge construction and repair, to the loss of green space; from the rise of strip-mall sprawl, to the abandonment of these very same buildings, I have used my camera as a means of documenting the permutations of our particular space. Most recently, I’ve been intrigued’like many people in its shadow’by the new Brayton Point Cooling Towers. Like an industrial Gargantua and Pantagruel, these towers appeared and now loom over the landscape, infuriating some, amazing others, but indelibly making their mark on our consciousness.
Driving through any of the small towns surrounding Somerset’s Brayton Point, the impact of the 500 foot twin towers is readily noticeable; in many ways, they have altered each neighborhood, each ball park, each kitchen window, each shoreline and front-lawn. In a certain light, it is fascinating to see how these blinking gray towers have brought the landscape together, while disfiguring it at the same time. From Fall River to Providence, Rhode Island and beyond, the towers are visible, and their dominance upon our small town landscape is easily seen in symbolic terms: a stolid, industrial reminder of the excesses of big business, our continued separation from the natural beauty of the land, and the precarious relationship between the individual and the apparatus of society.
Artist’s Reception will take place on Sunday, August 14 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Admission is free. The public is cordially invited.
A Narrows fave, who seamlessly mixes blues and soul for a dynamic and original sound. Seth posses a powerful voice, smooth guitar playing and smoking band. He ripped it up at the 2009 Arts Fest. Check out the buzz.
The Three Visions exhibition highlights the interpretations of three artists, Tiago Finato, Matt Miller and George Mitchell Jr. and how they see life through their portraiture, still-life and landscape works.
Tiago Finato, an internationally recognized artist is the president and artist in residence of the Greater Fall River Art Association. He says, ‘After working many years in a variety of art forms, I realized that my greatest satisfaction came from my portrait and still-life work. Choosing to focus on these subjects was a big decision, which has allowed me to concentrate on and refine the skills required to capture the essence of these subjects’.
Matt Miller is a native of Buffalo, NY. Matt’s artwork has been heavily influenced by the work of David Leffel and through the training sessions he has had with Mr. Leffel. Matt strives to bring his subjects to life using an ‘abstract realism’ style of painting. He has ‘an abundance of paintings in his head all clamoring to get out.’ He primarily paints portraits and figure studies from live models and whenever possible still-lifes in his studio. He has said, ‘I get utterly lost in learning the subtleties of skin, eyes, expression, and emotion. I want to bring the model ‘to life’. I want you to feel their hearts beat, get lost in what they are thinking, and simply revel in the beauty of the human spirit.’
George Mitchell Jr. was born in the small town of Wadley, Georgia. George is primarily self-taught. He has been interested in art since a very young age and has won many awards since 1985. After experimenting with many mediums, George has always returned to painting in oil employing multiple layers in his work in order to create the depth of color and light he desires in his paintings. George’s work has been described as having a soft presence with a story book air about it, with good use of soft forms and textures.
The artists invite you to join them for a wonderful time at their reception on Sunday, July 10th from 4-7pm. Admission to the reception is free as is entrance to the Narrows Gallery during regular gallery hours Wednesday thru Saturday, Noon ‘ 5:00 pm.
She and her band of cohorts are back for thier annual Post Thanksgiving blowout. should be a great night of rawk and roll.
This is a Cd release party for Eric’s new cd ‘West County Drifter’. Eric is one souful cat who really knows how to bring the party. A Narrows fave.
It’s rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It’s even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music. As the San Francisco Gate recently posited about the Hawaiian musician: ‘The sounds the boyish 33-year old wrings from his ukulele’are unlike anything else in the history of the instrument.’ Yes, the ukulele. In the hands of Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. On an album like his new ‘Peace Love Ukulele,’ Jake and his ‘uke’ effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that’s both technically masterful and emotionally powerful’and utterly unique in the music world. For Shimabukuro, his life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing the instrument at the
He’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, co-founder of the legendary group Traffic and an accomplished solo artist. Dave is also one killer guitar player.