Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Promise is Hope, Opening with Rachel Marie, Open Mic… NEW LOCATION at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY

 Saturday, October 13, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Promise is Hope, Opening with Rachel Marie, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

 Promise is Hope: “A match made in heaven” may be fanciful, but the blended musicality of Ashley and Eric L’Esperance comes close to validating this old saying. The pair first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap and a year and a half later they were married and released their debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going. Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters whose sound is shaped by tastes of folk, acoustic and pop. The duo’s sophomore album, Every Seed Must Die, is a stunning collection of tracks that are a testament to the trials of the human spirit. After an album release show at the historic Club Passim on June 10th, the L’Esperances will be performing select shows around New England and the mid-Atlantic in promotion of the new record.

 

Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. An endearingly quirky stage presence as honest as her songs keeps audiences charmed.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 – The Peter Parcek Trio’s ‘Bob Dylan Blues Tribute’ Concert

The Peter Parcek Trio’s ‘Bob Dylan Blues Tribute’, Saturday November 3, 2018, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3504934

Peter will be joined with his band, the Peter Parcek Trio and special guests Danielle Miraglia, Brendon Hogan, Satoru Nakagawa, Jonathan LaMaster and Joel Latulippe and more to be announced.  The Peter Parcek Trio consists of Peter, Marco Giovino (who has previously performed with Robert Plant) and Joe Klompus (also with Letters to Cleo).

Peter Parcek‘s live shows & recordings are powered by his daring, incendiary, and soulful electric guitar and a singing style that, like his original songs, fuses the vitality of today with echoes of the Delta, mountains and prairies where the greatest American music was born.  The heart of Peter’s playing, singing & writing is rooted in the Blues, both ancient & modern.

Parcek possesses an unparalleled ability to blend influences that embrace roots, folk, country, rockabilly, surf, jazz and gypsy music into his own distinctly original hybrid.  And overall his fluid, expressive playing simply leaves jaws dropped to the ground.

Parcek‘s musical story, however, begins on the stages of ’60s London, where his early bands were contemporaries of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and groups featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Peter Green.  The young guitarist watched and learned well, finding a path that’s led him through an evolution all his own. It’s taken him through smoky dives where he’s played for a dozen patrons and onto huge stages where he’s played for 100,000. And over the years Parcek’s opened for a smorgasbord of prestigious artists including the Grateful Dead, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, the Holmes Brothers, Koko Taylor, Robben Ford, Son Seals, Johnny Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Roomful of Blues and many, many more.

Today Parcek is possessed of the artistry and originality to become a legend in his own right.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Lisa Bastoni, Opening with Chuck Vermette, Open Mic… NEW LOCATION at FIRST PARISH DUXBURY

 Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Coffeehouse Featuring Lisa Bastoni, Opening with Chuck Vermette, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

Following a 10-year break from music, a career change and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with a new CD-‘The Wishing Hour’ (2017). It debuted as the #1 most played album on WUMB. Bastoni busked in Cambridge in her early days and recommends new songwriters to also try it! Lisa has showcased at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA), Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song “Rabbit Hole” was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. Lisa Bastoni is “Americana of the highest order…along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin” (Maverick-UK).

Chuck Vermette’s music simply can’t be categorized within the narrow confines of commercial genres (and he bristles when asked to do so). Chuck combines 60s Folk Rock and Dylanesque lyrics with intricate melodies and arrangements born from his formal training in voice, guitar and orchestration. Add a touch of social commentary and self-deprecating humor, and you have a musical experience that’s both entertaining and evocative.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, January 5, 2019 – The Bill Motte Concert

The Bill Motte Concert, Saturday January 5, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613159

Well known on the South Shore and Boston coffeehouse scene, singer-songwriter Bill Motte’s songs reflect a life well lived, with his personal experiences and far-ranging travels deeply felt in many of his tunes. Bill’s CD releases “Thinking of You” (2013) and “Memphis Rain” (2012), recorded at the Record Company in Boston, reveal the depth of his insightful songs. Hailed by one of his fans during a performance as “the best singer-songwriter on the South Shore”, Bill has shown himself to be a literate and astute observer of human interactions. The wry commentary in his precisely chosen lyrics and engaging performance leaves listeners really feeling the emotions evoked in the stories he weaves in his songs. Skillfully accompanying himself on guitar, when Bill’s song is sung, you feel as if you’ve known everyone who is part of his tale. With Bill’s passion for songwriting in a league of its own, there are few artists who can tell life’s stories so vividly. Recent area appearances include The River Club, Cantab Lounge, The Red Parrot, and the Blue Moon Coffeehouse. Bill will be joined by Jim Palana, a prolific local songwriter and guitarist who has produced several CDs chronicling his views on life and the people who live it.

Saturday, January 19, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Crowes Pasture, Opening with Deb Todd Wheeler, Open Mic

 Saturday, January 19, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Crowes Pasture, Opening with Deb Todd Wheeler, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

Crowes Pasture is the acoustic duo of Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. Based in Boston, the duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions. Performing on guitar and banjo, the duo draws inspiration from both traditional folk storytellers like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well as icons of vocal harmony like the Carter Family and Simon & Garfunkel. Their music invites comparisons with the likes of The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, The Milk Carton Kids and Ian & Sylvia.

In October 2017, Crowes Pasture had the #3 Song and #7 Album on the National Folk DJ Charts.

Crowes Pasture evokes memories of classic folk duos like Ian & Sylvia, while simultaneously staking out creative new ground as part of the 21st century folk scene in New England.”
– Nick Noble, “The Folk Revival” on WICN (Worcester, MA)

Rock, folk and “angry emo” Deb Todd Wheeler, an award-winning visual artist, hosts live music events that welcome friends of all abilities to participate and share their voice. Deb is the founding member of the roving LENNYcollective, which has performed at the Iceland Airwaves Festival in Reykjavik, Rockwood Music Hall and Urban Stage in NYC, and the Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA. In a rare public appearance, Deb will play songs for you from her new album, Radio Silence. She has described her songwriting style as “angsty emo meets arty eclectic folk,” though collaborator Josh Margolis has disagreed, urging: “Just face it Deb, you write rock songs.” When asked to supply a quote from a reviewer about her music, Deb sent us the following from Pat Todd, Director of the 18-piece CT swing band Tuxedo Junction: “All my kids are geniuses.” If you are interested in attending LENNYcollective events, please join the mailing list at https://lennyfest.weebly.com.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 – Amy Black Concert

Amy Black Concert, Saturday February 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3613187

As a singer and songwriter, Amy Black is known for her authenticity and versatility. Her live performance, like her songwriting, spans from soft, tender and vulnerable…to fiery, dynamic and powerful.

Amy’s love of many classic forms of American music, including blues, country, soul, jazz, and rock n’ roll led her from Boston…to Nashville…to Muscle Shoals…and, most recently, to Memphis to record with members of the Hi rhythm section (Al Green’s backing band).

While always drawn to singers of soul, blues and gospel, it wasn’t until Amy began exploring her own southern soul roots for her third album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, that she knew her next project had to be made in the place where blues and soul converge (and where she herself was conceived); where Al Green, Otis Redding and so many others turned grit and groove into some of the world’s most beloved tunes. Black then hunted down several top musical architects to help her lay down the sound she wished to make — the sound of Memphis.

“Recording albums in Muscle Shoals and Memphis and then performing this music live for several years was an incredible experience. It brought out another side of me that I didn’t know was there and gave me the chance to put my guitar down and just dance and sing. There’s something very freeing about that,” say Amy.

Amy says, “This year, I’m moving away from revue show format and back to my original music. My set will include songs from all four of my albums, that together represent this exciting musical journey I’ve been on. What a ride it’s been… with more adventures to come.”

Saturday, March 2, 2019 – The Cold Chocolate Concert

Cold Chocolate Concert, Saturday March 2, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $18 Member, $20 Non-Member
Advance tix: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3618087

Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own. With tight three-part harmony and skillful musicianship, this trio from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original songs and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 – The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Concert

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams Concert, Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:00 pm
At the door: $26 Member, $28 Non-Member
Advance tix: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608242  

Called everything from ‘hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.” – Chronogram Magazine. A rootsy psychedelica that MAVERICK MAGAZINE calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana”, their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovians charm from the first note with thought provoking lyrics – creating intrigue and attraction for thinking audiences. Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following. The band is led by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK, and joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, etc), and Eric Puente (drums, percussion). They create a captivating vibe that feeds the soul.

INFLUENCES/SOUNDS LIKE: Waterboys, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Cracker, Wallflowers, Pink Floyd, The Decemberists, Incredible String Band, Cat Stevens

“The Slambovians’ live shows are a musical slam dunk.” – The Hartford Courant

Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Mark T Small, Opening with TBD, Open Mic

 Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Coffeehouse Featuring Mark T Small, Opening with TBD, Open Mic, 7:00 PM  

Cost $9 Members, $10 non-Members

 Mark T Small is an internationally recognized musician and entertainer who’s performed throughout the U.S. & Europe. He won Best Acoustic Blues Album in 2014 and his recordings have reached the top 20 on National Music Charts. Mark is an extraordinary accomplished guitarist; his playing has the razor edge and speed developed from years of flat-picking. The combination of his lightning fast bluegrass style with soulful blues are integral to Mark’s style today. He is equally adept at old- time to ragtime to boogie. Mark’s signature singing and foot-stomping Delta Blues with a Chicago blues slant and Honkytonk renditions spells a formidable, electrifying artist!

 

Opening act is TBD.

Open Mic – Open Mic before and after the break. Sign up at the door when we open at 6:30 PM.  No early sign-ups.  You must sign yourself up.  Four 8 minute slots before intermission and two 8 minute slots after intermission.  First come, first served until our slots are full.

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Ellis Paul’s Children’s Concert

Ellis Paul’s Children’s Concert, Saturday May 4, 2019, 3:00 pm
At the door: Adults $11 Member, $12 Non-Member, Children (ages 3 – 16) $9 Member, $10 Non-Member
Advance tix:  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3608282 

Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to.” – Nora Guthrie He’s become a staple at the Newport Folk Festival, played Carnegie hall, and venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris and London. In addition to his 19 albums released on the Rounder and Black Wolf record labels, his music has appeared on dozens of distinguished compilations. A Film/DVD entitled 3000 Miles — part concert film, part documentary, part instructional video — provides a further prospective on both the man and his music. He’s also released a pair of children’s albums, earning him honors from the Parent’s Choice Foundation for both. His latest, “The Hero In You” has been turned into a picture book, detailing the lives of great American heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Paul. Ellis’ literate, evocative and insightful writings are further showcased in a book of poetry and short stories entitled “Notes from the Road,” already in it’s third pressing. Happily, his music has been shared with a wider audience as well, through commercials, documentaries, TV shows and in the soundtracks of several blockbuster films, among them three by the Farrelly Brothers — “Hall Pass” (starring Owen Wilson and Alyssa Milano), “Me, Myself, & Irene” (starring Jim Carrey) and “Shallow Hal” (starring Jack Black and Gwyneth Paltrow). Peter Farrelly summed up the sentiments of all those who have come to know and appreciate Paul’s music by referring to him as “a national treasure.”

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