Nikki Hill Review (9/25 performance)

Once again the Narrows showcased a little known, hot young band that we will all be hearing more from soon. Nikki Hill and her band played high energy rock-n-roll, drawing from a full garden of R&B roots: Etta James meets AC/DC, delivered with a Jerry Lee Lewis drive. Though from North Carolina, guitarist Matt Hill sounds more Duane Eddy than Duane Allman influenced as his guitar rang out a clean, largely unaffected Telly sound with power and sweetness. Ed Strohsahl on bass (is that Paul Simonon?) and Joe Myer on drums, provided all the extra rhythm and fill  needed for a raw and energetic night of unadorned R&B, led by Nikki Hill’s sweet and sassy vocals. They are on their way. Catch them soon.

Sonny Landreth

Eric Clapton called him ‘his favorite musician’ Sonny is a guitar god of the highest order. With his own unique slide technique and tone, Sonny soars through the galaxy while being deeply rooted in the bayou’s of Louisiana. Not to be missed.

Shemekia Copeland

At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, 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), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, the singer was presented with Taylor’s crown on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and officially given the honor as the new ‘Queen of the Blues’ by Taylor’s daughter, Cookie. ‘I’ve had success in my career, and I’m happy with that,’ she says. ‘But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to continue to grow. In order for an artist to grow ‘ and for a genre to grow ‘ you have to do new things. I’m extremely proud to say I’m a blues singer, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I’m capable of singing, or that’s the only style of music I’m capable of making.

2nd Annual Kids-a-Palooza

Following up on the widely successful Block-a-Palooza, People Incorporated and the Narrows Center for the Arts are partnering once again to present the 2nd Annual Kids-a-Palooza on Sunday, September 28th from 1-5 pm. Six different organizations will be showcasing their venues presenting an afternoon of fun and educational activities for the whole family. The event will showcase the downtown area and the great organizations that help make Fall River a great city. Two lucky participants who visit all venues and have their Kids-a-Palooza map stamped will have the chance to win either an iPad or Xbox! Activities List at the various venues: People Incorporated – 4 South Main Street Finger print art project, a project with toddlers creating their own apple trees, obstacle course, Play Dough station, storytelling with props and puppets and many other fun and educational activities Toe Jam Puppet Band perform 3:30-4:30 Greater Fall River RE-CREATION – 72 Bank Street Kickboxing demo-Fitness Fusion, boxing demo-Striking Beauties, DJ by Matt Oliveira, bike safety by Julianne Kelly, Free bike helmets (limited quantity) from BMC HealthNet, face painting by Wendy Garf-Lipp Fall River Public Library – 104 North Main Street Supervisor of Children’s Services, David Mello, will be on the front lawn of the Library to share some of his favorite children’s stories with puppets, song and plenty of audience participation! Families are welcome to bring a blanket to spread out to sit back and enjoy the fun. Rua-Dumont-Audet Insurance Agency – 155 North Main Street Fall River Fire Department Smoke House, face painting, coloring and free popcorn Fall River YMCA – 199 North Main Street (Open until 4 on that day) YMCA will offer the opportunity for families to jump in the pool for open swim, climb the rock wall, play games in the gym (such as minute to win it) and participate in craft activities Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River – 441 North Main Street The CMGFR will have a fun filled afternoon with Laughing Yoga and Music with children’s author Joanie Woodward, Bubble master Peter Belanger. The Narrows Center for the Arts will be presenting African drumming with Issa Coulibaly and company at the CMGFR from 2:00-3:00. Youth Musical Theater Corp. will perform for 3 to 4:00pm. Outdoor fun for Kids will include Arts and Crafts, Science Fun, snow cones and popcorn.

SOLD OUT Richard Thompson

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards and the prestigious Ivor Novello. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60’s, Richard Thompson and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock. By the age of 21 he left the band to pursue his own career, followed by a decade long musical partnership with his then-wife Linda, to over 30 years as a highly successful solo artist. A wide range of musicians have recorded Thompson’s music including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Don Henley and many others. Thompson’s massive body of work includes over 40 albums, many Grammy nominations, as well as numerous soundtracks, including Werner Hertzog’s Grizzy Man. His most recent CD, Electric, was produced by the great Nashville musician Buddy Miller (Band of Joy, Patty Griffin.). Electric continues to receive positive praise with Rolling Stone declaring, ”the excellence is undeniable.’ VIP PACKAGE (Available only July 21, 2014 ‘ August 4, 2014) ‘ Includes one First Row Reserved seat ‘ Exclusive meet & greet with Richard Thompson ‘ Personal photograph with Richard Thompson ‘ One autographed lyric print ‘ One ‘Acoustic Classics’ CD (to be provided on the night of the show) + A digital download of ‘Acoustic Classics’ CD (zip file emailed to buyer) $175 CD / TICKET BUNDLE ‘ Includes one General Admission ticket ‘ One ‘Acoustic Classics’ CD (to be provided on the night of the show) + A digital download of ‘Acoustic Classics’ CD (Zip file emailed to buyer) $87.50 GENERAL ADMISSION ticket (On sale Friday – July 25, 2014) $75

Jesse Burdick and the Grand Republic | Chasing Blue and Acousticana

In a world beset by worries and woes, the need for plain and honest music is more evident than ever before. Music that tells a story, gets you moving and moved, and above all is one large group of friends playing it wherever and whenever they can…which is why Jesse Burdick and his Grand Republic are forming up to facilitate that need! Jesse was born in 1982 in the greatest little city in the world: Providence, RI and developed a love of acoustic music at a very early age, which then transcended into a lifelong passion. At the age of 13 Jesse was exposed to bluegrass music, first learning fiddle, then guitar and then on to his ultimate form of expression, the five string banjo. This musical journey has led him to perform with such great stage artists as Pete Seeger, Country Joe MacDonald, Chakulla, The String Fingers Band, Big River Stomp, Lizzie James and the Greystone Rail, and of late Vudu Sister with whom he enjoyed a spectacular performance at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival as part of the Low Anthem’s Newport Homegrown. Chasing Blue Formed in the fall of ’08 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound. Chasing Blue released their first full-length album, Low Valley, in November 2012 and it has been receiving many positive reviews.

Dayna Kurtz Band – Friends of the Narrows Event

Dayna is a remarkable singer songwriter. She has a voice that is equally at home singing blues, jazz, folk etc. Critic James Reed of the Boston Globe wrote in a review of Beautiful Yesterday, that ‘there’s no logical reason why singer-songwriter Dayna Kurtz is not a full-blown star.’ I couldn’t agree more.