Beautiful Decay: Photographs by Laura Barboza and Amelia Dupont

Advanced Placement Studio Art students Laura Barboza and Amelia Dupont, both from Somerset Berkley Regional High School, exhibit photos with the shared themes of growth and decay, and beauty and destruction. Laura Barboza’s series of photos document details of the hidden beauty of abandoned structures. Amelia Dupont’s works, taken in a more natural setting, evoke the ideas of renewal and journey. Both photo sets record place and time, texture and light. Artists’ Reception will take place on Saturday, March 29th from Noon – 2:00 p.m. Admission is free. The public is cordially invited. Image: (L) Laura Barboza ‘Untitled’ (R) Amelia Dupont ‘Untitled’

Jay Farrar (of Son Volt)

As a founder of alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, as a solo artist, and as the leader of Son Volt, Jay Farrar’s work often seeks out the ghosts of America’s discordant or forgotten past, converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future. Most recently, Farrar has added One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Music From Kerouac’s Big Sur (F-Stop/Atlantic), a collaboration project with Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, to his long list of critically acclaimed albums. For many years, Farrar’s songwriting has been inspired and influenced by Kerouac’s compositional style. He called upon this inspiration when writing the songs for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone by pulling passages directly from the Kerouac’s Big Sur and putting them to music with Gibbard. These songs were then used in the documentary about Kerouac of the same name.

Janiva Magness

Janiva Magness’ new album Original stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism of Magness’ two-and-a-half octave range, buoyed by arrangements that effortlessly blend traditional sounds with edgy experimentation. Magness had much to overcome in making this adventurous album. Since 2010 she’s endured the dissolution of a 17-year marriage, the deaths of eight friends and relatives including her foster mother, and an operation for a serious neck injury that could have ended her accolade-filled career. But Original finds the Los Angeles-based artist undefeated ‘ turning in her finest recorded vocal performances, co-writing a majority of tracks for the first time and testing herself by taking risks along with her production foil Dave Darling, whose credits include Glen Campbell, Brian Setzer, M??tley Cr?┬Če’s Nikki Sixx and Stray Cats, and whose instincts compelled Magness to tap her deepest creative powers and led the songs to sonically unpredictable places. ‘I always want to push myself,’ she explains, ‘but this album demanded a high level of vulnerability to tell the absolute truth in every song, holding nothing back. It was frightening, at times, to be so raw in public. Dave drove me and even tricked me when he needed to. This is also an album that couldn’t be made with another record company, because we needed to be able to go wherever we wanted musically to tell its stories.’ Since the release of her debut album More Than Live in 1992, Magness has relentlessly pursued her craft to become one of the most beloved figures in the blues and roots world, reaching a larger and more diverse audience with each succeeding album and developing a reputation as a live entertainer that’s made her a staple of summer festivals. Her collaborations with Darling, in particular, have greatly expanded her fan base as well as her stylistic command. And she has lent her singular voice to the cause of foster care activism, becoming a spokesperson for Casey Family Programs’ National Foster Care Month and an Ambassador for Foster Care Alumni of America.

SOLD OUT Funky White Honkies

For over 30 years, the Funky Whites have been the areas top party band. They invade the Narrows for big dance party. The tables and chairs will be removed for a large dance floor and a good time will be had by all.

Slaid Cleaves

Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter’s Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves’ seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with faded jeans and a worn six-string for a good idea. ‘Slaid’s a craftsman,’ says Terri Hendrix, who sings harmony on ‘Texas Love Song.’ ‘He goes about his songs like a woodworker.’ Accordingly, Cleaves’ earthy narratives stand oak strong. ‘Men go off to war for a hundred reasons/But they all come home with the same demons,’ he sings on the album’s title track. ‘Some you can keep at bay for a while/Some will pin you to the floor/You’ve been home for a couple of years now, buddy/But you’re still fighting the war.’ Few writers frame bruised souls as clearly. Fewer still deliver a punch with such striking immediacy. Cleaves delivers equal measures of hope and resignation throughout this 2013 release as life lessons slide subtly through side doors. ‘Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs,’ says Cleaves, who built an unlikely success story from scratch after moving to Austin, Texas, from Maine two decades ago. ‘This time around I thought, I’m just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff, a gospel song, a Texas pride song.”

Band of Heathens

Since emerging as a favorite new live band out of Austin TX in the late 2000’s, the Band of Heathens has toured relentlessly, building a devoted following and landing on some of the finest stages in music. Over three studio albums and hundreds of shows each year, they’ve evolved as a group and broadened their sound. The Band of Heathens has been honored as Best New Band at the Austin Music Awards, and has been nominated in various categories at the Americana Music Awards over the past few years. The Wall Street Journal’s Jim Fusilli called theirs the best set at South By Southwest 2009. And the rest of the press has been equally effusive: The Dallas Morning News calls them ‘a must-see show.’ Maverick magazine says they’re ‘magnificent.’ For The Chicago Tribune, the band felt ‘refreshingly different,’ and The New York Times called their show at Brooklyn’s Union Hall ‘hungry, unflagging and lean.’ The Band of Heathens continues to be distinguished by creative collaboration and their epic live shows, which have earned them a strong fan base of folks who appreciate improvisation and a good jam, but crave a great song. And while songwriting and vocal duties are chiefly handled by the guys at the front of the stage, they are decidedly a I’ve man band, benefitting from the equal input of all. It is truly a band that needs to evolve to survive, and the fans have rewarded that growth at every turn.

New York versus Boston Comedy Series

New York and Boston Rivalry has been around since this country was founded not just in sports, bootleggers and politics but also on the comedy front. With different styles each city has produced the best comics in the world. Boston has had amazing rapid fire comics as: Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Jay Leno, Louis C.K., Dane Cook, Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke, Conan O’Brien, Nick DiPaolo, Mario Cantone, Don Gavin, and the list continues. New York is the breeding ground for talent and most comics will spend time there if they want to become famous. New York born Comics include: Jackie Gleason, Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Andy Kaufman, Andrew Dice Clay, Adam Sandler, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Greg Giraldo, Woody Allen, Rosie O’Donnel, George Carlin, Al Frankin, Eddie Murphy and many more. Now, some of New York and Boston’s best Comedians are going to meet and face off @ The Narrows Center for the Arts! TEAM BOSTON – Mike Donovan Originally from South Boston, Mike attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He graduated from Career Academy School of Broadcasting in 1973 and was a top-40 DJ at WEKT-FM in Hammondsport NY in 1974-1975. Mike got his first stand-up comedy gig at Corning NY and became a full time stand-up comedian in 1978. Donovan is also a writer whose articles have been published in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Sports Collectors Digest. He has also worked as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, and was a radio talk show host on WTTK-FM Boston in 2008. Mike appears regularly at the Comedy Stops at the Sahara Las Vegas and the Tropicana Atlantic City. TEAM NEW YORK – Sean Lynch Sean has been on MTV, Spike TV, Firebrand TV, Comedy Central, Pilot for VH1 and has been seen at the premier comedy clubs in NYC that include Caroline’s, Broadway and the Underground Comedy Lounge. Don’t miss his hilarious stand up and characters on drinking, being Irish, friends, pop culture and everything else. —– Special Guest: Mike McDonald Mike has been seen on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central and has performed in 50 countries entertaining our troops with the USO. & Your Host : MARK RICCADONNA

Hayes Carll

Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. In a world of shallow and shallower, where it’s all groove and gloss, that might seem a hopeless proposition. Last year, ‘Another Like You, ‘Carll’s stereotypes attract duet of polar opposites, was American Songwriter’s #1 Song of 2011 – and KMAG YOYO was the Americana Music Association’s #1 Album, as well as making Best of Lists for Rolling Stone, SPIN and a New York Times Critics Choice. But more importantly than the critical acclaim is the way Carll connects with music lovers across genres lines. Playing rock clubs and honkytonks, Bonnaroo, Stones Fest, SXSW and NXNE, he and his band the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband’s lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider’s brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people. ‘I guess you could say I write degenerate love songs,’ Carll says. ‘That, and songs about people who’re wedged between not much and even less; people who see how hopeless it is and somehow make it work anyway. ‘And the best kind of irony, sometimes, is applying no irony and letting reality do the work.’

Ryan Montbleau

One of the finest young singer songwriters in New England. Ryan has been honing his craft onstage for over 10 years. He is a soulful and sensitive singer with funky guitars stylings and a bunch of great tunes.