Narrows Blues Brunch with Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish

This is the 2nd time around for this event. We sold out the last time and expect to do the same again We 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 October 17 at 3 pm. The brunch will be an all you can eat buffet with Fresh Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes with warm maple syrup, Baked Virginia Ham, 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 Mary’s and Beer and Wine. Johnny Hoy and the Bluefish are one the region’s premier blues bands. They take a soulful approach to the blues with an expansive catalog the runs the gamut from Sinatra to Tom Waits to straight up blues.

Greg Abate Quartet | Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group

Greg Abate resides in Rhode Island, but spends very little time there. He tours, performs to sold-out crowds, and records all over the world. The list of bandmates on his CDs reads like a ‘who’s who’ of jazz masters, including pianists Kenny Barron and the late James Williams, saxophonists Phil Woods, Richie Cole and the late Benny Carter, and trumpeter Claudio Roditi. His latest band is a dream trio of jazz giants based in the Boston area including pianist Tim Ray, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Mark Walker Following the death of longtime jazz innovator and icon John Coltrane, his longtime drummer Elvin Jones tapped the teenage Dave Liebman for Elvin’s first band and recording. Liebman also toured and recorded with Miles Davis shortly after the seminal Bitches Brew sessions. He has over 200 CDs as a leader, and appears on 500 more. After maintaining his own solid band for over 20 years, Liebman has launched a new group, ‘Expansions,’ with his breakthrough ‘Samsara’ CD on Whaling City Sound. Never one to rest on his laurels or the music in his significant past, Liebman remains a spiritual and musical leader for younger and older musicians who want to forge their own paths rather than follow. Rounding out Expansions are newcomers and veterans alike: saxophonist Matt Vashlishan, pianist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz. The excitement will be tangible and the evening historic: a chance to see two saxophone veterans and their latest bands, both of whom have never sounded stronger or have been more committed to their art than they are today.

A Collaborative Journey

Visitors to the gallery are invited on a journey to share an experience and exploration of how a collaboration, between 27 participating individuals from People Incorporated with various abilities and Artist Vania Noverca Viveiros, has achieved an impassioned purpose and celestial peace.

Inspired by Impressionist Artist Claude Monet and his painting Water Lilies, the group has created a collaborative body of work. They have embarked on a journey that has allowed them to recognize and grasp their senses, expose their inner selves and express their every emotion, whether it be a joyous moment conveyed through a hue of color or a harbored suffering released with every stroke of the brush as it strikes the canvas. They have surrendered all, enabling them to illuminate their very souls.

The Narrows is pleased to present this extraordinary body of work and celebrates the accomplishment of the group as a whole and the individual artists in their expressionistic painting.

We too, like the Water Lily or Lotus flower, can emerge from the depths of the muddy waters; blossom with grace, create colorful reflections, but we must shed our deciduous petals in order to bloom again.

Reception will be held on Tuesday, August 12th from 5 – 7 pm. Admission is free. The public is cordially invited.

The Tubes

The San Francisco based band, The Tubes, was known for its live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography and wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. Their hits include: ‘Don’t Touch Me There,’ ‘Young and Rich,’ ‘White Punks on Dope,’ ‘Prime Time,’ ‘Don’t Want To Wait Anymore,’ ‘Talk to Ya Later,’ ‘She’s a Beauty,’ ‘Tip of My Tongue,’ ‘The Monkey Time,’ ‘Piece by Piece’ and many more.

SOLD OUT Tommy Emmanuel

Two-time GRAMMY nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. With a professional career spanning five decades, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. His unusual talent and life are common lore in Australia: born into a musical family, Tommy got his first guitar at age 4 and was taught by his mother. He quickly learned by ear, with no formal instruction, and has never read music. By age 6 he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers). By the age of 10, young Tommy had already played his way across Australia. Chet Atkins honored Tommy with the title of ‘Certified Guitar Player’ for his contribution to guitar music, a very rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world. After an amazing performance with his brother Phil at the Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, the world wanted to know who this mysterious Australian guitar virtuoso was.

Sweetback Sisters

Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. ‘We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,’ explains Bode. ‘Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.’

Nikki Hill

Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree’this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her. Hill and her band (who Nikki deems ‘The Pirate Crew) are climbing to the top of the roots music scene step by step and leaving jaws on the floor along the way. With a no-filter energy, they take all the flavors of American roots music and deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock and roll again! Nikki’s gritty and raw voice with Stax soul dynamics, driving rhythm guitar from Matt Hill, and a tight rhythm section provided by Ed Strohsahl and Joe Meyer come together and make a sound that just sounds like the truth. Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical roots began while singing in gospel choirs at church as a child. A stint living in nearby college town Chapel Hill introduced her to many different styles of music and the awareness of music (and more importantly, unique and non-mainstream music) as a possible career. After pairing up with her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill, they have made an unstoppable team and have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses!

Stephane Wrembel and His Band

One could call Stephane Wrembel a nomad, a gypsy, a world Traveler, for the music he plays and his lifestyle are expressions of the gypsy way of life. Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, home of impressionism and Django Reinhardt’s music. Wrembel was classically trained in a music conservatory starting at age four. Stephane’s life took a decisive turn in his late teens when he first discovered the music of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsies. He spent the next ten years of his life learning, playing, and expanding on this musical tradition. This hard work gave Wrembel the technique, but the time spent playing around the campfires and trailers of the Gypsies gave him the soul – both necessary ingredients for him to master his art form. Stephane’s education continued at the Berklee School of Music where after studying contemporary jazz and world music he graduated summa cum-laude. Soon after he moved to New York City to live and continue his career. Like New York, Stephane is always in motion, always searching and never stopping in his quest for a new sound… ‘A REVELATION’ -David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine ‘One the greatest guitar players I’ve ever seen …and I don’t say that lightly.’ -Josh Baron, Relix Magazine

Liz Longley

In the short time since her graduation from Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music, singer-songwriter Liz Longley has assembled an impressive resume. While best known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks voice, Liz has steadily developed a reputation as an accomplished songwriter, crafting intimately personal portraits through her music. In the past two years, Liz has taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition. New England named her the 2011 Female Performer of the Year, the Washington Post declared that Liz is ‘destined for a larger audience’ and Dig Boston called her ‘a rising acoustic sensation.’ Even John Mayer is a fan, calling her music ‘gorgeous, simply gorgeous.’