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Nov
22
Fri
Suzanne Vega with Poez the Poet @ me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


SUZANNE VEGA
This special evening will include Suzanne solo and will also feature Poez the Poet, an extraordinary spoken word artist.
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”

Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. In short, Suzanne Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful, and as creative and musical now, as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 20 years ago.

Suzanne was born in Santa Monica, CA, but grew up in Spanish Harlem and the Upper West Side of New York City. She was influenced by her mother, a computer systems analyst and her stepfather, the Puerto Rican writer Egardo Vega Yunque. There was a heady mix of multicultural music playing at home: Motown, bossa nova, jazz and folk. At age 11 she picked up a guitar and as a teenager she started to write songs.

Suzanne studied dance at the High School for the Performing Arts and later attended Barnard College where she majored in English Literature. It was in 1979 when Suzanne attended a concert by Lou Reed and began to find her true artistic voice and distinctive vision for contemporary folk. Receptionist by day, Suzanne was hanging out at the Greenwich Village Songwriter’s Exchange by night. Soon she was playing iconic venues like The Bottom Line and Folk City. The word was out and audiences were catching on.

At first, record companies saw little prospect of commercial success. Suzanne’s demo tape was rejected by every major record company — and twice by the very label that eventually signed her: A&M Records. Her self-titled debut album was finally released in 1985, co-produced by Steve Addabbo and Lenny Kaye, the former guitarist for Patti Smith. The skeptical executives at A&M were expecting to sell 30,000 LPs. 1,000,000 records later, it was clear that Suzanne’s voice was resonating around the world. “Marlene on the Wall” was a surprise hit in the U.K and Rolling Stone eventually included the record in their “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980s.” 1987’s follow up, Solitude Standing, again co-produced by Addabbo and Kaye, elevated her to star status. The album hit #2 in the UK and #11 in the States, was nominated for three Grammys including Record of the Year, and went platinum. “Luka” is a song that has entered the cultural vernacular; certainly the only hit song ever written from the perspective of an abused boy.

The opening song on Solitude Standing was a strange little a cappella piece, “Tom’s Diner” about a non-descript restaurant near Columbia University uptown. Without Suzanne’s permission, it was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo DNA and bootlegged as “Oh Susanne.” Suddenly her voice on this obscure tune was showing up in the most unlikely setting of all: the club. Suzanne permitted an official release of the remix of “Tom’s Diner” under its original title, which reached #5 on the Billboard pop chart and went gold. In 1991 a compilation, Tom’s Album, brought together the remix and other unsolicited versions of the song. Meanwhile, Karlheinz Brandenburg, the German computer programmer, was busy developing the technology that would come to be known as the MP3. He found that Vega’s voice was the perfect template with which to test the purity of the audio compression that he was aiming to perfect. Thus Suzanne earned the nickname “The Mother of the MP3.”

Suzanne co-produced the follow-up album with Anton Sanko, 1990’s Days Of Open Hand, which won a Grammy for Best Album Package. The album also featured a string arrangement by minimalist composer Philip Glass. Years earlier she had penned lyrics for his song cycle “Songs From Liquid Days.” Continuing to battle preconceptions, she teamed with producer Mitchell Froom for 1992’s 99.9F. The album’s sound instigated descriptions such as “industrial folk” and “techno-folk.” Certified gold, 99.9F won a New York Music Award as Best Rock Album. Suzanne’s neo-folk style has ushered in a new female, acoustic, folk-pop singer-songwriter movement that would include the likes of Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, and Indigo Girls. In 1997, Suzanne joined Sarah McLachlan on her Lilith Fair tour, which celebrated the female voice in rock and pop. She was one of the few artists invited back every year. Suzanne was also the host of the public radio series “American Mavericks,” thirteen hour-long programs featuring the histories and the music of the iconoclastic, contemporary classical composers who revolutionized the possibilities of new music. The show won the Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

In 1996, Vega returned with the similarly audacious Nine Objects Of Desire, also produced by Mitchell Froom, who by then was her husband. “Woman On The Tier (I’ll See You Through)” was released on the “Dead Man Walking” soundtrack. Over the years, she has also been heard on the soundtracks to “Pretty In Pink” (“Left Of Center” with Joe Jackson) and “The Truth About Cats & Dogs,” and contributed to such diverse projects as the Disney compilation Stay Awake, Grateful Dead tribute Deadicated, Leonard Cohen tribute Tower Of Song, and Pavarotti & Friends. In 1999, “The Passionate Eye: The Collected Writings Of Suzanne Vega,” a volume of poems, lyrics, essays and journalistic pieces, was published by Spike/Avon Books. In 2001, she returned to her acoustic roots for her first new album in five years, the critics’ favorite Songs In Red And Gray.

In 2007, Suzanne released Beauty & Crime on Blue Note Records, a deeply personal reflection of her native New York City in the wake of the loss of her brother Tim and the tragedy of 9/11. But the record is not a sad one, per se, as her love for the city shines through as both its subject and its setting. In it, Suzanne mixes the past and present, the public with the private, and familiar sounds with the utterly new, just like the city itself. “Anniversary,” which concludes Beauty & Crime, is an understated evocation of that time in the fall of 2002, when New Yorkers first commemorated the Twin Towers tragedy and when Suzanne recalls her brother’s passing. It’s more inspiration than elegy, though: “Make time for all your possibilities,” Vega sings at the end in that beautiful, hushed voice. “They live on every street.” Produced by the Scotsman, Jimmy Hogarth and featuring songs such as “New York is a Woman” and “Ludlow Street,” Beauty & Crime is that rare album by an artist in her third decade; an album that is as original and startling as her first. Beauty & Crime won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

In 2006, she became the first major recording artist to perform live in avatar form within the virtual world Second Life. She has dedicated much of her time and energy to charitable causes, notably Amnesty International, Casa Alianza, and the Save Darfur Coalition. Suzanne has a daughter, Ruby, by first husband Mitchell Froom. Ruby, like Suzanne before her, attends the High School for the Performing Arts. Suzanne is married to lawyer/poet Paul Mills, who proposed to her originally in 1983. Suzanne accepted his proposal on Christmas Day 2005, twenty-two years later.

Suzanne Vega is an artist that continues to surprise. In 2011 in New York City she premiered “Carson McCullers Talks About Love,” an original play written and performed by Ms. Vega with songs she wrote with Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”). A pioneer among singer-songwriters. Suzanne has also embarked on a project to re-imagine her own songbook in a stripped down and intimate manner, creating four new thematic albums that will be released over the course of 2010-2012 called the Close-Up series.

Ms. Vega continues to tour constantly, having just played dates with artists as diverse as Moby and Bob Dylan.

POEZ THE POET

Years before there was slam poetry, spoken word poetry, performance poetry, slam poetry, there was Poez, making a name for himself, and originating this branch of the dramatic arts. A voice musician a young man with a flow of words like a river like a jazz instrument. In July 1979, this is how the New York Daily News (Ernest Leogrande) described Poez (Paul Mills) early in his career as the worlds first spoken-word poet-performer, which began in 1976. There was no one else like him because from 1976-1982, the notion of a poet who placed the emphasis, when writing and presenting his poetry, on live performance, rather than the printed page, was revolutionary and the rest of the poetry world was slow to catch on. As the NEW YORK TIMES put it simply, he was a spoken-word pioneer, his performance a sonic fantasia. A consistently interesting performer with an unclassifiable act, agreed THE STAGE of London. Plays his voice as a violinist moves the bow across the strings beyond the writing, beyond the performing, to a personal portrayal that is a virtual song THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY (Diane Umansky, July 29, 1981). Une presence vocale etonnant et imprevu, were the words used in July, 1982 by LE FIGARO of Paris, Incroyable et extraordinaire les mots deviennent soudaine rythme et musique gushed LE QUOTIDIENNE, also of Paris, about his concert engagement at Le Theatre du Rond-Point on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, when Patrice Regniers RUSH Dance Company joined him in the live performance of his original work, Spontaneous Combustion. And back in New York: the obvious relish that only a creator can bring to his own poetry punching, pulsating lines BACKSTAGE (Jennie Schulman, August 13, 1982).

Earlier much earlier at least one poet historically engaged in the dramatic performance of memorized poetry. Scholars dispute his actual existence, but he remains a predominant figure in the etiology of Western myth and literature. Homer, reputed offspring of a river and a nymph, comes to us in the form of a troubadour poet, regaling audiences at religious festivals in ancient Greece, with rhyming narratives compiled today as The Iliad and The Odyssey circa 7th Century B.C. The blind Homers poetry would have to have been recorded by others, and in this fashion come down to us. After Homer, it seems that publication so dominated poetry that even a poet intent on dramatic performance of his works, Vachel Lindsay, in the early 1900s, was foremost an artist of publication. This remains the convention in the 1920s with the poets of the Harlem Renaissance; and the Beats in the 1950s, as well as the later Nuyorican Poets, in the 1970s, who, while they collaborated with musicians in readings, and even improvised poetry, continued to regard the printed, published poem as the poetic product of greatest importance. Criticism of the published poem or poetry book was the only measure of a poets value. Review of a poem’s unaccompanied theatrical performance, by the poet, who has learned the poem and prepared it for dramatic presentation, if it ever took place, was still of no moment.

The concept of a poet-performer who writes poetry for dramatic, theatrical performance from memory, by the poet him- or herself, began for writer-actor Paul Mills in 1973, following a trip to India where he came in contact with the work of classical vocalists, the Dagar Brothers, in New Delhi. Earlier, Brilliant in both his roles a fine sense of poetry had been the judgment of Boston After Dark critic Peter Filichia, when, in 1969, Mills appeared in the T.S. Eliot poetic drama, Murder in the Cathedral at Boston University. Later, as Poez, he applied his skills and experience as writer, actor and musician to invent the poet-performer he believed would bring a new kind of poetry and performance to the world stage, beginning in 1975, in the Boston-Cambridge area. Taking his cue from that renowned singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan (whose stage name was adopted from Dylan Thomas), he began by learning standards and performing them. That is, he memorized and developed dramatic performances for the poems he had grown up with, and believed would work best in live performance, by Poe, Coleridge, Frost, Yeats, Eliot, Dickinson, Blake, Keats, Thomas, Whitman, and others, and offered them to the public in the form of a Poetry Menu. Learning classic poetry, and living by its performance, he believed, would teach him how best to write original poetry for performance.

By 1976, Bostons NIGHTFALL magazine was telling its readers to Tear up your Playbill and leave it in the aisle someone finally taken Bostons usually dull theater scene by storm and turned it upside down. He’s Poez, and practically overnight he’s established himself as the Hubs most innovative, alive performer.

Ultimately, he found and created audiences for dramatic poetry, performed from memory, in the streets, parks, cafes, clubs, and theatres of Boston, New York, San Francisco, London, and Paris, sharing the bill in live, radio, and television programs with such performers as William Burroughs, Mose Allison, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, The Roche Sisters, Suzanne Vega, Richard Hell, Steve Forbert, and Shawn Colvin in New York at CBGBs, The Bottom Line, The Bitter End, Kenny’s Castaways, Folk City, Trude Hellers, The Ginger Man, The Pyramid Club, and Charles Ludlams Ridiculous Theater, on television and FM radio broadcasts. Two of New Yorks nationally-known poets, veterans of the spoken word scene, more recently offered the following impressions on Whatever Happened to Poez?, an About.com web page dedicated to the groundbreaking artist: The first performance poet I had ever seen, decades before anyone coined a phrase like spoken word. He didn’t so much stalk the stage as swoop at it. More than twenty years have passed, and this poet holds his own clear space in the amazement of my memory. Jackie Sheeler, author of The Memory Factory, curator of the Pink Pony West readings at the Greenwich Village Cornelia Street Cafe, and director of one of the premier online guides to spoken word poetry. A rogue poet, lone wolf, his own mission. He really got to me. Brilliant iconoclastic savvy bitter. Bob Holman, producer of the PBS series United States of Poetry, author of A Couple of Ways of Doing Something, and founder of the Lower East Sides Bowery Poetry Club.

In 1995 he left New York to practice law as a civil rights and criminal defense trial lawyer in Los Angeles, concentrating on police misconduct homicide and street artist and activist First Amendment cases, while directing L.A. Police Watch. In 2006, he married singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega and returned to New York City.

Since then he has collaborated with Gene Pritskers Composers Concordance of New York City; jazz composer and fine artist Mark Kostabi; musicians Paul Nowinski (bass), William Galison (harmonica), Rick Shields (violin), and Jenavieve Varga (violin), accompanying himself on keyboards and developing yet another poetry performance format, the spoken-word singer-songwriter, performing in New York at such venues as the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Bitter End, Le Poisson Rouge, The Cutting Room, St. Annes Warehouse, St. Marks Poetry Project, and the Bowery Poetry Club; in New York, Prague, and London. He has also collaborated on award-winning films with Joeann Calabrese screened at festivals in New York, London, and Berlin and available on Amazon Prime Video. He has released one book of collected writings, The Poetry Dollars, published by Bowery Books, and three CD albums, The Monotone, Sleep With A Genius and Stay Loose And Fake It!, available on iTunes and Spotify.

Paul L. Mills is a graduate of Columbia University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major in Literature-Writing from the legendary Columbia Writing Program, and in French Literature, winning the Lily Palmer French Prize.

Nov
23
Sat
Matt Borello @ Javawocky Coffeehouse, Brockton MA
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov
24
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Nov
25
Mon
Tonight’s Feature John Shockey – Mini Set by Brenda Asis @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Nov
30
Sat
Duke Levine & The Super Sweet Sounds of The 70s @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse, Worcester MA
Nov 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Reggie Harris & Pat Wictor house concert 11/30 @ Once in a Blue Moon Concerts, Billerica MA
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm

Once in a Blue Moon Concerts is delighted to host Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor in the warm and welcoming comfort of Meg’s home on Saturday, November 30th. What a great way to round out your Thanksgiving weekend!

Only $35 (to $40, if you’re so inclined for this double bill) for a wonderful evening of food, music and friends.

Where:  Billerica/Burlington line (exact address sent with your RSVP). Easily accessible from all major highways.

Time:  Doors open at 5:30 for dinner served at 6PM, Concert doors open 7:15 for 7:30 start.

Cost: $15 for full, home cooked meal, hosted by Events By Meg. $20-25 suggested donation for Reggie and Pat (Support touring musicians! Give generously!)  HOLD YOUR RESERVATION with a $15 payment via PayPal or check to Events By Meg (Please confirm PayPal details before sending).

Menu: Since you’ll be all turkey’d-out (LOL), we’re going with Vegetarian Lasagna (one gluten free one); Garlic Bread; Baby Spinach Salad w/dried cranberries, walnuts, feta; Sauteed Fresh Vegetables.

Bring: An appetizer or dessert to share at intermission; BYOBeverage!!! Wine, beer, soda, sparkling water… whatever you like! Coffee & tea provided at intermission.

 

Duke Levine & The Super Sweet Sounds of The 70s @ John Henry's Hammer Coffeehouse, Worcester MA
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Susan Cattaneo and The Big Loud Band with openers Renée and Joe @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Nov 30 @ 7:30 pm
Susan Cattaneo and The Big Loud Band with openers Renée and Joe @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $15. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $18 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $36 for families.

Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most appreciated singer-songwriters. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country.  Susan’s latest album The Hammer and The Heart charted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and yielded a #1 song on folk radio and a top 10 album of 2017.  Susan has also been teaching songwriting at the Berklee College of Music for over 15 years.  She performed all over New England with Western Mass trio The Boxcar Lilies.  Susan’s all-star band will consist of Renée Dupuis on keyboards and vocals, Jamie Walker on guitar and vocals, Richard Gates on bass, and Andrew Jones on drums.

Renée and Joe are a duo that features strong vocals, lush harmonies, imaginative arrangements, and collaborative songwriting stemming from the folk, rock, and blues idioms. Renée Dupuis and Joe Cardoza are both highly regarded musicians who are in demand for live appearances and studio recordings, and Renée is also a regular member of Susan Cattaneo’s band.

Dec
1
Sun
Pub Carol Sing – free! @ Doyle's Cafe
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Start your holiday season with Boston’s favorite Christmas tradition – the annual Pub Carol Sing!

in the back room at Doyle’s Cafe
Jamaica Plain, MA
Sponsored by the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston and The West Gallery Quire.

Come and sing Carols from the Sheffield, West Gallery, and Sacred Harp traditions (as well as some standard favorites), led by Bruce Randall of The West Gallery Quire, with special guests, The Paper Bag Mummers, providing merriment and mayhem!

Suitable for all voices and melodic instruments. Music will be available.

Free! (but we will pass the hat for the waitress)

Contact Bruce Randall (melismata@hotmail.com) for more information.

Reggie Harris and Pat Wictor @ Lakeview Houseconcert Series, Sharon MA
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reggie and Pat are favorites of the local folk circuit. They don’t play together that often, it will be a special show.

Potluck at 1PM, show at 2PM. $25 suggested donation but pay what you can afford. RSVP for address.

Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Dec
7
Sat
Genna & Jesse and Andy & Judy (split bill) @ Off the Common Coffeehouse, Bridgewater MA
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Rough & Tumble @ New Revival Coffeehouse, Stow MA
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
The Rough & Tumble @ New Revival Coffeehouse, Stow MA

The Rough & Tumble are as easy to detect as a stray dog on your doorstep– and as difficult to send home.  The dumpster-folk, thriftstore-Americana duo, consisting of Mallory Graham & Scott Tyler, have been hobbling around the country in their 16 camper since 2015, when their Nashville landlord left them without heat during an ice storm for 12 days.  Then she tried to hike the rent.  Enough was enough, and The Rough & Tumble gave their 30 days notice at their jobs and their lease, sold most of what they owned, and hopped into their shoddily built camper, in spite of the lot salesman’s advice.  They picked up a couple of actual strays along the way– two 100lb dogs, Puddle & Magpie Mae– and have been making themselves at home in living rooms, bars, theaters, and festivals across the country.  They’ve been recognized as a Feature Showcase Artist at 2018 SERFA, and a 2018 honorable mention for the Listening Room Network.

Even at their start in 2011, The Rough & Tumble are collectors.  Trinkets, instruments, stories shoved in cupholders, and scraps of paper sticking out of old books they never planned to read, the duo couldnt resist filling their pockets with tiny things that may be useful down the road.  Until they hit the road. Limited in space, The Rough & Tumble are a new kind of collector: songwriting with illustration, and arranging each song with a menagerie of instruments, ranging from acoustic guitars to mailbox snares to a banjulele.  “Their Americana music is restorative, their performance highly entertaining, their orchestra of unusual instruments intriguing, and jokes and stories are worthy of an HBO special.” (Linda Bolton, Cozy Cabin House Concerts).

The stray folkies are as industrious as they are scrappy, releasing five EPs and two albums in their 8 years.  The Rough & Tumbles 2018 release We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didnt Know, brought the listener to the road and the road to their home, an album as cozy, comfortable and inviting as a well-worn couch. (Bill Kopp, Mountain Xpress).  This is in addition to their weekly livecast, a monthly blog, a Cook & Color Book, a food blog, 2018 SERFA Official Showcase Artist, and playing upwards of 150 shows a year.

Written during a time of doggedly trying despite the odds and a self-proclaimed year of honesty, The Rough & Tumble will release their new studio album Howling Back at the Wounded Dog on September 6, 2019.

Winterbloom @ Circle of Friends Coffeehouse
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Tickets $25

Doors open at 7:30; Shows start at 8:00. Handicap accessible. Go to www.circlefolk.org for more info.

Dec
8
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Dec
9
Mon
2nd Mondays – Stormy Monday Blues Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us for the Monthly Blues Jam at The Hearing Room. We have a house band to back people up as we get the Blues! Woody Carpinella, Roland Ochsenbein and Tim Fiehler make up the regular band with special guests upon occasion. Sign up is in person and first come first to perform. We usually have 3 song sets but move to 2 song sets is the players get too numerous. This is an amazing evening for players and audience members alike!

Tonight’s ROM-2019 Grand Finale Show Feature: Hatrack Gallagher with Mini Set by Lauren Murphy @ Roslindale Open Mike - The Boston School of English, Roslindale MA
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
13
Fri
Sharon Katz and The Peace Train @ Tremedal Concerts, Watertown MA
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Dec
14
Sat
Saturday, December 14, 2019 – All Open Mic and Holiday Cheer Party @ South Shore Folk Music Club, Duxbury MA
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

Tickets: $9 Member and Open Mic Performers, $10 Non-Member (register here or at the door)

All Open Mic Holiday Cheer Party – This is an exciting first!  In all our history, we have never had a Coffeehouse or Open Mic in December.  This year we’re having an All Open Mic and Holiday Cheer Party in December!  Get your holiday themed (or other) songs ready, and come on down!

This is your night to own our stage!  Sign ups start when we open the doors at 6:30 PM until we run out of 8 minute slots (plus a few overflow 5 minute slots).  No early sign ups, no sign ups by phone or internet; you must sign yourself up.

All performance types welcome, not just folk.

Share your talent!  Show us what you can do.  We book some of our openers and features from our Open Mics.

 

 

Brad Byrd, John Jerome, and Marina & Berna @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Brad Byrd, John Jerome, and Marina & Berna @ Old Sloop Coffeehouse, Rockport MA

Advance tickets are $10. Visit the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org, John Tarr Store in Rockport, or The Bookstore of Gloucester. The suggested contribution at the door is $12 for adults, $5 for those age 18 and under, and $24 for families.

Brad Byrd writes songs that occupy the rarely-explored middle ground between indie rock and alt-country. He’s a genre-spanning musician, carving out a diverse sound fueled by melody, detailed storytelling, and the instincts of a journeyman songwriter who began making Americana music long before the genre had a name. Byrd grew up in Massachusetts and lived in Rockport for a time, but now makes his home in Los Angeles.

Gloucester’s John Jerome blends rock, pop, country and a little hip-hop in a soulful and tasteful manner that is unique to him. Growing up, John was always sure that he wanted to be a performer, singing and mimicking artists such as the Beatles, Paul Simon and the Eagles. John continues to hone his craft and is always finding new approaches to songwriting and storytelling.

Marina Evans and Bernardo Baglioni are an international folk/Americana duo who divide their time between Marina’s native Rockport and Bernardo’s native Italy. Combining Marina’s strong, sultry vocals, effortless melodies, and unusual lyrics with the raw, gritty edge of Berna’s slide guitar, sweet mandolin stylings, and vocal harmonies, the duo’s sound has been refined over years spent together on the road, the stage, and in the studio.

Winter Potpourri with Peter Lehndoff at Linden Tree @ Linden Tree Coffeehouse, Wakefield MA
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

$5 min. donation, with Winter Coats, hats, and gloves collection for Mission of Deeds

Linden Tree’s Winter Potpourri,  Concert featuring the World of Folk & Acoustic Music

SAT. DEC.  14, 2019 at 7:30pm (note early start time!)  

Hosted by Kirsten Manville

Feature Performer: Peter Lehndorff,winner of last year’s Potpourri.

$5 minimum donation, with coat, hat, glove collection for Mission of Deeds.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse continues its 35th year of acoustic music concerts on Dec. 14th at 7:30 pm. Join us for Winter Potpourri, 2019 an evening of discovering new talent!  Eight local singer/songwriters will play two songs each, and one or more of these folks will be chosen to perform during next year’s season. Audience input will play a big part in the decision making process, so please come help us make this choice, while enjoying new music and new faces.

What is folk music these days?  It can be traditional or contemporary with roots in bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, and blues. Our contestants will provide a range of music in the genre we call Folk. Performing in this year’s potpourri are Bill Anderson, Mark Bishop Evans, John Ferullo, Kathleen Healy, Roberta Lamb, Rick Drost, Toast & Jam, and Wild Maple.  Samples of their music can be found on their web and faacebook pages.

The evening will again be hosted by Wakefield singer/songwriter Kirsten Manville who will perform a few favorite songs from her album, Some People Sing and introduce a few new ones.   Kirsten creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries – deceptively simple lyrics that paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. Kirsten is a refreshing, straightforward folk-rock, country-singer-songwriter with stage presence audiences love.

Entertainment will include a 25-minute set by one of last year’s winners, Peter Lehndorff.  He writes folk and jazz songs about everyday life. Peter is now mixing his humorous observations with the serious; the romantic with the eccentric. There are stories about cars; what he eats; and the places he has lived. His car-related songs have been on NPR’s CAR TALK radio show.  Besides winning last year’s Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s Winter Potpourri, Lehndorff has been a finalist in the Boston Acoustic Underground competition. The Springfield Union wrote about his performance, “intelligent lyrical vignettes of everyday life and the comical trappings of suburbia, delivered with an acute sense of comedic timing.”

Bill Anderson is a former resident of Wakefield, Bill Anderson has been playing music all of his life, in bands and orchestras around the world! Trained as a classical oboist at the New England Conservatory as well as Boston University, Ten years ago to achieve his ambition of performing the songs he’d always written, as a singer/song writer, he attended song writing conferences around the US and workshopped with artists from John Gorka to Livingston Taylor to Kathy Mattea, constantly striving to put the truth and heart of the subject in his lyrics. His style is often described as telling a story, giving the listener a clear, mental picture of events and emotions common to us all.

Julie Charland is one-half of the duo Toast and Jam. She is playing solo this evening and writes and performs original bluegrass, modern folk, Americana, swing, and more.  Toast ad Jam’s first (all original) CD, “Ten Slices”, was released in 2009. Their second full length CD, “Heaven Knows” was released in 2015 and now working on a third album.

Rick Drost writes and sings songs with depth and heart, songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, and poetry. His songs treat life from varied angles – Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; recent influences include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who covers Drost’s song “Turning the World” in live performances. Drost’s latest  CD “Turning the World” continues to get airplay from Europe across America to New Zealand.  Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events around the country.

Mark Bishop Evans grew up in southern California where his major musical influences outside of church were Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Paul Simon, the Beach Boys and pretty much any folk, folk rock or beach music. Listening and playing the folk and protest music of the 60’s inspired him to begin writing his own songs. Mark has a way with words and melodies, bringing them together in pleasant and poignant combinations that make you want to tap your feet and sing along. His music is an intriguing blend of Folk, folk rock and ballads, lyrically rich in emotional content and melodically comfortable like a favorite jacket, like a close friend you want to sing along with. Mark relocated north of Boston, Massachusetts in the early 90’s and today considers himself and “Noreasta”.

John Ferullo is a songwriter and open mike host from Massachusetts. with stories about regular people.  He performs his own songs and other folks songs all around New England. His music has been described as “about important things with his stories about seemingly small things”.   “johnferullo.com

Kathleen Healy is a hard-working musician & songwriter living on Cape Cod. She draws from her experience of living and raising a family near the beach for many of her songs. Some say saltwater runs through her veins. Kathleen writes from the heart and her honest lyrics and often  poignant subject matter lend themselves to the unique quality of her voice.  She admits to being a live music junkie but is currently not seeking treatment for her addiction.

Equally at home singing and playing in a quiet cafe or in front of a crowd, Roberta Lamb rocks to the beat of a variety of musical styles, from blues to rock, and Americana. She picked her first guitar as a child in Texas and took to singing folk songs, Spanish traditional tunes, and ballads. Roberta honed her vocal craft as a classical musician, exploring concert singing and opera in college and later in Vienna, Austria. Back home in the US she took time to raise a family in Massachusetts and she eventually found her way back to her first love: American music. Once her children were launched, she picked up the guitar and started playing and singing covers while practicing and listening to whatever music came her way. Strongly influenced by the vibrant local music community, she started writing originals and rebranded herself as a singer songwriter. She just recorded her first album of originals, Not Your Mama’s Blues, and performs across New England at a variety of venues from cafes, coffeehouses and restaurants to small concert stages, porchfests and farmers markets, singing and playing her heart out. Kenny Selcer will accompany Roberta.

Wild Maple is Gary Dolinsky on guitar and vocals, Trish DeCaprio on violin and vocals, and Steve Straight on acoustic bass and vocals.  The groups original songs are influenced by a variety of music genres: Americana/roots, blues, bluegrass, classic country, folk, Celtic, popular music of the past 60 years, and classical.  Music critics have praised Wild Maple’s “appealing and polished sound” with both male and female lead vocals and “sensational vocal harmonies.”  Recent performances include Club Passim in Cambridge, The Guilford Performing Arts Festival in Guilford, CT, and The Crane Estate in Ipswich. Wild Maple’s lively shows include a healthy dose of relaxed fun, humor and audience engagement.  www.wildmapleband.com

The show begins early at 7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00. Homemade baked goods and beverages are available. Tickets at the door are specially priced, just a $5 minimum donation for this show to introduce the World of Folk and Acoustic Music to area residents.

Clean and gently used condition coats, hats, and gloves will also be collected for Mission of Deeds Winter Coat Drive for men, women, and children in need.

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse is located in the social hall of Wakefield’s Unitarian Universalist Church,326 Main St. Wakefield.MA 01880 Information and Reservations:  781 246 2836.  www.LindenTreeCoffeehouse.org

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Dec
15
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!

Southern Rail @ Coffeehouse off the Square, Hingham MA
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

December 15, Sunday, 4 p.m. – Southern Rail –

This Appalachia-rooted, New England-based
bluegrass and gospel band has played at the Coffeehouse for many attentive, engaged audiences at Christmastime. Come for an afternoon of high-energy, exuberant fun, riveting harmonies, a touch of humor, and sparkling banjo and mandolin solos. Their gospel base with a bluegrass flavor brings the season to life.
http://www.southernrail.com/

Dec
20
Fri
3rd Fridays Bluegrass Jam at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Featuring but not limited to bluegrass. All ages and skill levels welcome. Hosted by Mark Abare.

Pass the hat event

Dec
22
Sun
Sunday Open Mic at The Hearing Room @ The Hearing Room, Lowell MA
Dec 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cartoon Mushroom Playing GuitarJoin us for an open mic in the round! We sit in a circle of chairs off stage as we each play one song in turn and continue around the circle. All levels are welcome! We also have either a group activity or feature each week at 3pm. Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with like-minded musicians!