Wednesday, January 28, 2015

East Coast Debut of The Onlies (Seattle, Wa) April 17 in Cambridge

When a young band is recommended by the likes of Darol Anger, Brittany HaasTristan Clairridge and Kristin Andreassen (notloBBers all), one listens...and responds...and books. The Onlies are Sami Braman (fiddle, vocals, guitar), Riley Calcagno, and Leo Shannon (both of whom sing and play fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo). All three are only children (hence 'The Onlies"). They've played gigs up and down the West Coast, and have been featured performers at Northwest Folklife, theBerkeley Oldtime Music Convention, and the The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

Presented by notloB Music, who once again gives the discerning public the opportunity to be able to say "I saw them when."

The Onlies play original and traditional fiddle-driven music, with Celtic, old-time American, and Canadian roots. Members Leo Shannon, Riley Calcagno, and Sami Braman are Garfield High School (Seattle) juniors who’ve literally played together since they were two years old. Singing and playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and piano, they have developed a strong fan base throughout the Pacific Northwest, performing concerts, dances, restaurants, and pubs from Port Townsend to Ojai, CA,,,,and now to Cambridge, MA.
Sound Off! 2014 - Photo by Malayka Gormally -
Photo: The Onlies in EMP Sound Off! 2014 by Malayka Gormally  –
Admission by free-will offering, $5-10+ suggested. 
Reservations are highly recommended.

notloB Music presents... The Onlies
Friday, April 17, 2015.
Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss, a benefit for the Old Schwamb Mill

notloB Music presents... 
Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss

notloB veterans many times over, it will present Brittany and Nic not once, but TWICE!

On Saturday, January 17 notloB will end its 6-year hiatus from the 
Park Avenue Congregational Church, returning to the acoustically-alive wooden hall, where in 2008 it presented several concerts, including The Folk Arts QuartetThe Boston BoysJoy Kills Sorrow and Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers.The concert will be a benefit for the Old Schwamb Mill.

Then on Sunday, January 18 Brittany and Nic will be presented a second time, at Carriage House of Violins' beautiful and intimate (just 50 seats) performance space.


YouTube Video

Nic Gareiss and Brittany Haas at Shasta 2009

California-born Brittany Haas is widely regarded as one of the most influential fiddlers of her generation. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide, and came to her unique sound through the old-time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger. A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol's Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University (and minoring in music performance, composing with professor Dan Trueman) and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (her cellist sister), Abigail Washburn, and The Waybacks. She played her fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award-winning CD, "The Crow," and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others. Currently residing in Nashville, she is the co-leader of the Brittany Haas/Dan Trueman band who released their debut record "CrissCross" in 2011. She also plays in a fiddle duo with Lauren Rioux, an all-girl indie old-time band called The Fundies, "4tet" with Cleek Schrey (hardanger fiddle/pump organ), Jordan Tice (guitar) and Nic Gareiss (percussive dance), a trio with Jordan Tice and Paul Kowert (bassist in the Punch Brothers), and a duo with Kai Welch.

"So here is a real roots musician in the most modern sense--Brittany Haas fiddles from a very deep and personal place, the way she feels it, the way she wants to hear it, with seemingly infinite facility, and a spirit that's simply uplifting." -- Bruce Molsky

"...a major fiddling talent has emerged." -- Mark O'Connor

"She can shove the whole room around with her fiddle." -- Danny Barnes

"A joy to listen to...” -- Alasdair Fraser

"There's no one I'd rather listen to play the violin than Brittany Haas – her playing just slays me." -- Matt Glaser

"Britt opens the window, gets out of the way, and the music floods through in a tide of joy." -- Darol Anger

Michigan-born dancer, musician, and dance researcher Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His choreographic work re-imagines movement as a musical activity, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions to weave together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has performed with many of the luminaries of contemporary traditional music and dance, including The Chieftains, The Gloaming, Darol Anger, Dervish, Buille, Liz Carroll, Genticorum, Bill Frisell, Yvon Mimeault, poet Aonghas MacNeacail, Step Afrika!, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Rhythm in Shoes, Bruce Molsky, Alasdair Fraser, and Martin Hayes. 

In 2011 Gareiss was commissioned by the Cork Opera House to create and perform two new solo percussive dance pieces to celebrate the 75th birthday of composer Steve Reich. In 2013, he served as community liaison for the Wheatland Music Organization's 40th Anniversary production 'Carry it on...', supervising a cast of 70 non-professional dancers from the state of Michigan. He received a Traditional Arts Commission from the Irish Arts Council to create a new duo fiddle and dance work with Caoimhín Ó Raghalliah. The resulting piece, MICE WILL PLAY had a sell-out run at the Project Arts Centre during the 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival. 

Gareiss has concertized in Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, England, Canada, and New Zealand and continues to tour and teach internationally, working with dance communities and presenting solo percussive dance choreography. Nic holds degrees in anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his MA in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick.

notloB Music Presents... Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss, a Benefit for the Old Schwamb Mill
Park Avenue Congregational Church
50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Doors 7:30pm
Concert 8:00pm
$20 VIP seats, 50% of the sales go to the Old Schwamb Mill
$15 regular 
$10 seniors and students
and, if not sold out, at the door 30 minutes before the concert begins.

Do you like Szechuan and/or Thai food? We have great news for you! Show your eventbrite ticket receipt for the 1/17 Park Ave Congregational Church concert to your server at Szechuan's Dumpling Chinese Restaurant, 1360 Mass Ave or Thai-E-Sarn Cuisine, 1377 Mass Ave in Arlington and get 10% off your dinner tab!

notloB Music Presents... Brittany Haas and Nic Gareiss
Carriage House Violins - of Johnson String Instrument 
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Doors 1:30pm
Concert 2:00pm
$20 First two rows (14 seats)
$15 regular 
$10 seniors and students (due to the small total size, we are limiting this to 15, first come first served)
and, if not sold out, at the door 30 minutes before the concert begins.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Podunk Pursues the Lumbersexual Crowd

Looking for a festival where "Wagon Wheel" is guaranteed to per performed in every stage set as well as in every campsite jam? Podunk Bluegrass Festival has gone LUMBERSEXUAL!

From its Facebook page:
"Announcing our new AMERICANA / ACOUSTIC STAGE at the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival. This stage will feature a variety of Connecticut based singer/songwriters, Americana, Folk and Acoustic Rock groups.
Check the link on our home page to read the full announcement!
Please help spread the word and show your support for these great Connecticut musicians. The festival runs August 6, 2015 – August 9, 2015. The Americana / Acoustic Stage will run August 6, 2015 – August 8, 2015.
Some of the features to the new stage:
Thursday August 6, 2015 – The On Deck Sound Studio Showcase
Quality microphones from Connecticut based Telefunken Elektroakustik
Professional sound by Connecticut recording studio, On Deck Sound Studio
All the fun that is the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival!"

Meet some of the "lumbersexual" acts booked so far?
The Americana / Acoustic Music Stage! 
Ebin-Rose Trio (Fri)
Five In The Chamber (Sat)
The Gail Wade Trio (Fri)
Goodnight Blue Moon (Fri)
Hannah Fair (Sat)Krizta Moon (Fri) 
Little Ugly (Sat)
The Meadows Brothers (Sat)
Milksop:Unsung (Sat)
Them Damn Hamiltons (Fri)
Tracy Walton (Fri) 
Tuesday Saints (Sat)

'mericana, love it or leave it!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

With the Winter/Spring season in the offing, notloB Music puts out a call for artists and patrons

Who Do YOU Wish to See in 2015?

At some point in early 2015, notloB will present its 150th concert. We could not do it without you, our patrons.That is why your recommendations who we ask to perform, and into which listening room space they will be booked, is valued. (If you are new to notloB and wish to learn more about the type of artists we present, please read "Artist Booking Policy" -

Who Do YOU Wish to See (and Where)?

Criteria: Acoustic artists who perform Celtic, old-time, bluegrass or string band music and have either a national or local reputation good enough to fill 100-200 seats in a listening room environment.

Send recommendations via email to notlobreservations at gmail dot com (recommendations only, please - no artist applications - those must be done by the artist or their agent via method described in

notloB presents in not one, not two, not three, but FOUR venues

Davis Square Theater, 255 Elm Street, Somerville, surrounded by many restaurants and watering holes (we recommend Foundary and Saloon, which are in the same building), and convenient to the MBTA's red line and the Davis Square station. 
"The intimate, comfortable 150 seat venue has been updated with a brand new bar, PA system and theater lighting. Having played host to hundreds of productions from the worlds of comedy, music, theater, television, radio, political events and kids shows, we hope to continue to serve the community in the same fashion: by offering a wide array of programming to our discerning and diverse patrons. So whether you're seeking a live theatre production, raucous comedy or kickin' concert (even hosting a private event) - we hope you'll come to Davis Square and see what all the fuss is about." Due to Someville's liquor license laws, shows are 21+. Handicap accessible.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline,
conveniently located near restaurants and on the green line (C), between the Washington Square and Fairbanks stops, with plenty of on-street and public lot parking! The space is a seminar room that seats 100. "The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has been providing psychoanalytic training for 40 years. It is theonly regionally accredited, degree granting, independent psychoanalytic graduate school in the country offering Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis, Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Counseling, and Doctoral programs in Psychoanalysis. It is one of the few such institutes in the world. BGSP also offers a One–Year Program through its continuing education department. This program is designed to enrich the work of clinical practitioners and professionals who are employed in various disciplines.
Shows are open to all ages. Bringing your own couch is optional.
MBTA: "C" green line or 65 bus to Washington Square.
Handicap stair lift, but the restrooms are not.

Carriage House Violins of Johnson String Instruments,1039 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, near the intersection of Rt.9 and I-95/Rt. 128, a 15 minute walk from Eliot Street T station (Green line D (Riverside)). 
The space seats 50. 
"Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument is a full-service violin shop, offering a wide array of both fine antique instruments and modern instruments by today’s best makers. Owned by Adam Johnson, son of Johnson String Instrument founders Roger and Carol Johnson, Carriage House Violins and Johnson String Instrument make up the east coast’s largest, most comprehensive violin shop. Carriage House Violins was founded in 2005 by Christopher Reuning, of Reuning & Son Violins. In November 2013, Johnson String Instrument assumed ownership of Carriage House Violins, to better serve the growing customer base of both firms. The merger offered an expanded inventory of first-class instruments while retaining the high caliber of personalized service loyal Carriage House Violins customers have come to expect. Carriage House Violins offers every serious stringed instrument player a lifetime of opportunity, convenience, service and support."
Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: Riverside green line to Eliot, then walk about 3/4 mile (not recommended during the Winter months).
Handicap accessible

Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge. The space seats 35, served as the home of the former Lord Geoffrey Presents rising Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory rising talent series and continues that series.
"OUTPOST 186 is a new arts, media and performance space at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge. Outpost 186 hosts several ongoing series of experimental & improvised music performances, multi-media events, poetry readings and film, seven days a week, as well as periodic art exhibits. Open during scheduled shows or by appointment."
Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: several bus routes serve Inman Square, or take the red line to Central Square and walk 4 blocks.
The restroom is not handicap accessible.
Artists note - 2015 is wide open!

...and we are considering presenting the main Spring series in Arlington at a 175-seat handicap-accessible theater, just off Mass Ave (great bus service to Alewife, Porter and Davis Square stations) and lots of free off-street parking. This new venue will only come on line if there is adequate Arlington support, which is being gauged.

*...artists often ask for for gigs which we cannot always accommodate, here's where you come in. Have you ever thought about hosting a concert in your own home? That can be arranged. Email

Friday, December 5, 2014

Peace activist/singer-songwriter/folk poet TONY BIRD on WMBR's "What's Left"

Tune in to student/community radio WMBR this Friday 6-7pm to listen to a just-recorded interview by Chuck U. Rosina with peace activist/singer-songwriter/folk poet TONY BIRD.

"The finest, most impressive folk poet in years"
- The Village Voice

"Brilliantly original songwriter Tony Bird... wonderfully fuses African and European folk styles into songs that are clever, fun, urgent."
- The Boston Globe

What's Left: "Political talk, music of all genres, art and culture, live interviews, and pre-recorded sounds, all interconnected by a radical vision."

88.1fm in the greater Boston area and streaming at
The program will be available via archive for two weeks thereafter.

See Tony in concert the following evening, Saturday, December 6 in Brookline. Details at

The concert is one of >250 events that comprise "City Awake Boston" ... A 10 day social impact festival is coming to Boston! From December 4- 13, City Awake will bring together more than 170 partner organizations to connect and celebrate Boston's dynamic social impact community. Featuring over 50 planned events including panels, presentations, and hands-on workshops, City Awake will showcase and strengthen the diverse and impactful work being done by Boston's impact sector. Learn more at

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

notloB Music is a CITY AWAKE partner

notloB Music is a CITY AWAKE partner, presenting social activist / poet / singer-songwriter TONY BIRD Saturday, December 6 in Brookline. 
City Awake 2014 kicks off tomorrow morning and then takes off running. We now have over 80 events on our calendar and more than 210 partner organizations for the inaugural edition of Boston's social impact festival.

Events in the next few days alone span from lunch discussions about public health in Boston to cocktails for clean water and "anti-networking parties." They cover jazz and open mic nights, holiday art markets, and a panel of Ashoka fellows talking about thinking big and changing systems. And, seriously, so much more. The diversity and quality proves what we've been saying since day one - that the social impact community in Boston has dynamism to celebrate.

And we're not the only ones getting excited: see yesterday's BostonInno article, "City Awake's 10-Day Social Impact Celebration Kicks Off Thursday." 
In addition to the other events you're attending, we want to highlight the  City Awake Expo on 12/6, where the City Awake community will come together to raise the profile of our vibrant community and imagine new collaborations. RSVP to attend!


See the Updated Festival Calendar

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Anti-Apartheid Activist Tony Bird in Concert 12/6 in Washington Square, Brookline

notloB Music presents Tony Bird
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis
1581 Beacon Street
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Satrurday, December 6
Doors 7:30
Concert 8:00

"The finest, most impressive folk poet in years"
- The Village Voice

"Brilliantly original songwriter Tony Bird... wonderfully fuses African and European folk styles into songs that are clever, fun, urgent." 
- The Boston Globe 

With his historically relevant song, "Sorry Africa," Tony Bird was one of the first white African folk singers to emerge out of the cauldron of southern Africa's apartheid, colonial and post-colonial era. This along with other topical African songs, including tributes to Nelson Mandela, would eventually lead to his performing at a Harvard University divestment concert against apartheid, where he was introduced by one of his folk heroes, the late Pete Seeger. 

Bird has resided in NYC since 1980 and has played the international folk circuit since the early '70s, including established folk festivals in England, Europe, Canada and the US. Originally pegged as a southern African folk singer upon his arrival to these shores, he has grown into a diverse and contemporary international songwriter of the times. Though Bird's recordings feature other musicians, he's just as, if not more compelling as a current solo artist. 

From the former British colony of Nyasaland, this Malawi-born song man is a complete original. With a mesmerizing intensity, his voice, vision, guitar style and persona are unique in all of folk music. Bird's African roots have produced a performer with a far-ranging repertoire that includes exotic travelogues from mountains with misty landscapes to desert and bushland filled with lions, birds, bushmen, mangoes, monkeys, sunsets and bicycles. All this savannah-laden tropicana is interspersed with narrative tales of darkness or delight, topical and historical commentary, love songs, musical tone poems, rallying cries of inspiration and a whimsical sense of humor. 

Bird's rich geographic and cultural background has spawned a music of diverse influences. Drawing from the southern African mbaqanga and kwela rhythms, Afrikaans boeremusiek and even calypso, along with the folk, blues, country and rock of England and America, Tony's music is an original amalgamation of all these styles, which he loosely describes as "African Folk-Rock." He creates the sound of a full band with his unique slapping, percussive guitar picking, a clicking mouth and an energetic stomping left foot. With a raw organic quality, his grainy voice breaks into growls, whispers and falsettos contrasted against sophisticated painterly lyrics. 

Formerly exposed to the impact of modernity on the African landscape, Bird has an inherent indigenous and environmental thread running through his music. Not surprisingly, he has performed at various nature conservancies, including the Rachel Carson Institute where he was presented with an award. While some of his songs take audiences on exotic safaris into the African bushland, others are deep, humanistic journeys of the soul. 

Bird had two early vinyl albums released on Columbia in the '70s, "Tony Bird" and "Tony Bird of Paradise." The latter garnered acclaim in a 1986 People Magazine critics' poll as one of the top 10 albums of all time. "Sorry Africa," his 1990 Philo/Rounder release, features fellow southern African musicians who have supported a long line of African roots and world music stars from Hugh Masekela to Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, as well as Paul Simon's South African-influenced "Graceland." Bird's early releases pre-dated Simon's by at least a decade, Simon even calling Bird about South African musicians to use in the finishing of "Graceland." 

A new Tony Bird CD is in the works which will feature the above "name" South African musicians, including one song with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who became enamored of Tony's music when he toured with them in the '80s. In the early '90s, he also toured with South African stars, the late Simon Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens. After a six year hiatus due to hand problems, Bird returned to performing and touring in 2003. 

Tony Bird's artistic prowess has not gone unnoticed in other quarters of the established music world. Based in London in the mid '70s, he was initially signed for a brief period to Elton John's Rocket Records label. However, they soon shied away from his "uncategorizable" style and sound. Bird's talents have also been recognized and commented on by stars such as Bob Dylan and the late Bob Marley. When asked who he was listening to, during a WBAI radio interview in the late '70s in New York City, Marley replied that he'd been listening to this "white cat from Africa," Tony Bird, singing for his South African black brothers in their struggle against apartheid. Then in the mid '80s, when Bob Dylan came across his music, Bird was slated to be signed to the record label that Dylan was planning to start at the time. However, the label never came to fruition. It was also not surprising that Tony's musical and political roots would draw the attention of civil rights singer Odetta, who was supportive of his stance when he first came to the US. The two ended up billed together; this eventually led to his writing her a heartfelt tribute. 

Growing up in the era of colonialism and apartheid, Bird developed a sharp, conscious universal eye. That same urgency and relevance permeate the expanse of his new music, which now reflects his American and intercontinental experience as well as his African roots. Tony Bird has been called "The Father of African Folk-Rock," yet he is even more. He's an inventive, passionate, theatrical performer who delivers the deeply moving and searching anthems of a mature poet. Some of these songs are extended odes to life that seem to draw from the wisdom of another time and place. Altruistic, involving and engaging, his performances generate attentive enthusiasm even with small club audiences. This rare bird of eloquent song will fly into your soul and the extraordinary experience of a Tony Bird concert is not to be missed.

 Scott Alarik, who Pete Seeger called "one of the best folk writers in the country" will read from his book "Revival: A Folk Music Novel" and serve as the evening's emcee! 
Photography by Asia Kepka

Tickets on sale through 
Students and seniors - $15 - 
special price does not apply to premium seating
Premium (first two rows) - $25 
General admission (early bird through 11/20) - $17.50  - special price does not apply to premium seating
General admission after 11/20 - $20.
If not sold out, tickets will be sold at the door, first come-first served.

notloB Music is a City Awake Boston partner.
"A 10 day social impact festival is coming to Boston! From December 4- 13, City Awake will bring together more than 170 partner organizations to connect and celebrate Boston's dynamic social impact community. Featuring over 50 planned events including panels, presentations, and hands-on workshops, City Awake will showcase and strengthen the diverse and impactful work being done by Boston's impact sector. Learn more at"