This is event is a fundraiser for THE MASTERY SCHOOL OF INDEPENDENT LEARNING which opened its doors in September 2013 on Rock Street, in Fall River, MA. The school’s mission is best summed up in its motto: If students can’t learn the way we teach them, we must teach them the way they learn! BLACK CADILLAC TRIO is a welcome addition to the South Coast scene, featuring raw, stripped down music for the modern fan. Their roots are in classic blues, rock, and soul with a taste of country twang. A mix of eclectic covers and original songs like ‘Is it Real’ and ‘Feel It’ all of which have been well received by reviewers and local venues since their formation in mid-2013. THE KHOURYS are an exciting new group from Southeastern Massachusetts that have been raised in a family of singer/songwriters/musicians. A musical story that started four generations ago with their great grandparents singing has led to a legacy that is being played out today with their brand of Pop/Soul/Rock/and R&B. THE KHOURYS are currently working on their debut album. Listen to their song, ‘I’m Sorry’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwE8iS-8DtM&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Zoe is finding her niche, separating herself from more traditional country singers with her unique phrasing and poignant story-song writing, not to mention a pure, honest vocal delivery that has been compared to Iris and Emmylou. The result is a sound that has been referred to as ‘Soulful Country’ and ‘Cosmic Americana,’ a sound which is both timeless and strikingly original. Together with a new four-piece band, she’s recreating the old songs as well as arranging brand new tunes for an upcoming fourth release.
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others. Born in 1951 in Woodlake, California, and raised in Ukiah, Robben was the third of four sons in a musical family. Robben’s first chosen instrument was the saxophone, which he began to play at age ten and continued to play into his early twenties. He began to teach himself guitar at age thirteen upon hearing the two guitarists from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. In the late 1960’s, Ford frequented the Fillmore and Winterland auditoriums in San Francisco to see Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Albert King, B.B. King and all of the progenitors of blues. ‘It was an incredible time for electric guitar,’ Robben recalls. Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group released Bringing It Back Home in February, 2013, to critical acclaim both in the U.S., Europe and Japan. This album revisits and reshapes Ford’s musical roots, with studio accompaniment from Harvey Mason, Larry Goldings, David Piltch and Stephen Baxter. In March, 2014, Provogue will issue A Day In Nashville, a tour de force of live studio recording, accomplished literally, in just one day in Nashville. An important and essential component of Robben’s career is his commitment to teaching and passing on what he’s learned over the past 40 years to current and future musicians. His instructional videos and clinics over this time have culminated in a collaboration with TrueFire and the birth of the Robben Ford Guitar Dojo. The wealth of his expertise and creativity is generously presented in these state-of-the-art productions, and will be, for years to come.
Mini golf has long been a primary amusement for generations of people during the warmer months. Each member of this group of artists has created a unique version of a mini golf hole that is both beautiful and fun to play. Please join with them in an interactive experience that is appropriate for all ages, and remember the warmth of summers past while awaiting the return of the mini golf season to come. As you play the game, you will realize that amusements of all sorts can serve as the basis for art. Contrary to expectations, ‘art’ and ‘fun’ are words that can indeed occur together, describing an experience that is both enjoyable and educational.
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This first time Narrows event will feature a scrumptious brunch provided by the excellent Pranzi Catering with a heavy dose of smokin blues. A great way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. The event will be limited to 140 people with table seating for everyone. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sales will stop on Friday March 21 at 3 pm. The brunch will be an all you can eat buffet with Fresh Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs, Croissant French Toast, Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Chicken Francaise, Sweet Potatoes and Red Bliss Potatoes Home Fries, Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Bagels, Juice, Coffee and Tea. We will have a cash bar with Mimosa’s, Bloody Marys and Beer and Wine As a bandleader and composer, Stubbs has earned himself a reputation for penning soul-drenched Roots & Blues guitar instrumentals. His well-crafted songs are melodic and original; echoing the sounds of historic greats such as Booker T and the MGs, Earl Hooker, Lonnie Mack, and Freddie King. Blues guitarist Rick Holmstrom sums it up best: ‘The thing I like best about Matt Stubbs playing is that he leaves space. There are plenty of young blues guitarists who can play a whole lot of guitar, and Matt can hang with ’em all, but there are very few who understand that it’s important to let it breathe. I dig the economy and simplicity of Matt’s playing. He’s got an old soul.’ In addition to playing with The Charlie Musselwhite band, Stubbs has also toured and recorded with many top Blues and Soul acts such as Junior Watson, John Nemeth, Janiva Magness, Lynwood Slim, Brian Templeton and Sax Gordon. Dennis Brennan is soulful vocalist and harp player. With a whiskey soaked voice and a passion for the blues, Brennan can transform a room into a Delta roadhouse. This unique pairing of the Matt Stubbs Band with Dennis Brennan on vocals will surely please lovers of the blues.
Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music. In 2005, co-founders Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke created the concept of the Songs Around The World by uniting together musicians from many different countries and cultures to perform on the same track. Mark and a small crew traveled across 5 continents with a mobile recording studio and cameras with the vision of building a global family through the power of music. The first song released was a version of ‘Stand By Me,’ featuring over 35 musicians from 10 countries who had never met in person. Since then, this international version of ‘Stand By Me’ has been viewed over 100 million times online. Since the release of the first video, Playing For Change has sold over 550,000 units worldwide, topped the World Music Charts, and has had over 200 million online video views. The video for Maroon 5’s ‘Daylight’ topped the VH1 and MTV top video countdowns. Playing For Change has been featured in a diverse range of national print and TV media including NPR, Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, LA Times, and The New York Times. The band has also performed on The Colbert Report, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Conan (twice). In September of 2013, the Playing For Change Band performed the song ‘A Better Place’ at the United Nations after showing our video to a standing ovation of delegates and Presidents/Prime Ministers from around the world. They have also toured throughout 4 continents for over 150 performances, playing in massive arenas including theHollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, England’s Glastonbury Festival, Bourbon Street Festival in Brazil and Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia. The PFC band also toured as a support act for Robert Plant in 2013 throughout Australia and they will be hitting the road again in 2014. The Playing For Change Band includes: Grandpa Elliot of New Orleans, Louisiana (vocals, harmonica); Clarence Bekker of Amsterdam, Netherlands (vocals, acoustic guitar); Titi Tsira of Guguletu, South Africa (vocals); Tal Ben-Ari aka Tula of Tel Aviv, Israel (vocals); Jason Tamba of Matadi, Congo (vocals, guitar); Mermans Mosengo of Kinshasa, Congo (vocals); Keiko Komaki of Kagoshima, Japan (keyboards); Peter Bunetta of Los Angeles, California (drums); Louis Mhlanga of Zimbabwe (flying guitar); and Orbe Ortiz of Santiago de Cuba, Cuba (bass).
Back by popular demand! Paula Poundstone is one of the great stand-up comedians of our time. She can be heard as a frequent panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, ‘Wait Wait’Don’t Tell Me.’ She tours the country regularly, performing her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy. No performance is ever the same, but each is equally as funny. Be prepared to laugh out loud!
There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers. Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre and presentation, a resolute voice that weathers the emotional terrain of our lives, its celebrations and despairs, landmines and blindsides and upheavals and beckoning distractions, in search for ultimate release and the healing truth of honesty. Sometimes it takes the form of barely contained rage, the rock of punk amid kneeled feedback; sometimes it caresses and soothes, a whispery harmony riding the air of a nightclub room, removed from amplification, within the audience. His rise has been gradual, a steady incline rather than a quick ascendance, but it has deepened and burnished his music, made it closer to the bone, where it begins to break, deepening his insight and his ability to find that insight in performance. His tireless touring, and dogged determination to place one album after another, has taken him through many musical scenes, remaining the same persona within each, of an artist who doesn’t settle for the easy way out.
With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig-which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy-the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago. The virtuosic trio’s approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were ‘an end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s-string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz-and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.’ Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as ‘dirt-floor-dance electricity.’ If you ask the band, that is what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone’s music. It’s okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves.
Through the medium of photography, Kristen Pierson captures some of rock and roll’s most notable musicians performing live across North America. This exhibit allows the viewer to experience the fast pace of music photography by eliciting feelings that the viewer is immersed in that particular moment at a show. Among the musicians photographed are Aerosmith, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Mumford and Sons, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds, and many more.
About the artist:
Kristen Pierson is an internationally published music and portrait photographer specializing in concert photography and band portraits. Her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Rolling Stone, Kerrang! Magazine, and Limelight Magazine of New England. She is available for live music coverage, tour photography and band portraiture.
The opening reception is Saturday, February 8th from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited.