Monday, May 23, 2016

It's Time to Play Favorites! Scout’s Honored 2016 - Nominate notloB Now!

Over the past nine years, notloB Music has presented concerts in many venues in Boston, Cambridge, Watertown and Arlington, but we have found a welcoming and pleasant home at Arts at the Armory in Somerville. By the end of June we will have presented eighteen concerts in its intimate cafe:

September 23, 2015 Dick Hensold
October 1, 2015 Mari Black World Band
October 24, 2015 Roy Williams, Eddie Barbash and Sam Reider play The Human Hands Songbook
October 28, 2015 Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
November 3, 2015 Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons w/very special guests Elijah Wald and Sandrine Sheon 
November 25, 2015 Julian Pinelli, Ethan Setiawan, and Noah Harrington
December 7, 2015 The Freewheel Trio & Bronwyn Keith-Hynes and Matt Witler 
December 9, 2015 Wrong is Right and Morgan Weidinger and friends
March 23, 2016 OctoPladd
March 26, 2016 Floyds Row
April 23, 2016 The Gather Rounders
April 27, 2016 Unauthorized Personnel
May 25, 2016 Emily Haviland Baker and Friends
May 28, 2016 Fódhla
June 11, 2016 The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio 
June 13, 2016 Mari Black and the World Fiddle Ensemble
June 22, 2016 Caroline Cotter supported by Wendy Cody
June 29, 2016 Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko



Until June 5, the Somerville Scout is collecting nominations for your Somerville favorites.
notloB Music would be honored if you were to give us your nomination. 

Please enter "notloB Music" in the "Best Music Venue" category.

Thank you in advance!

Scout’s Honored 2016—Nominate Now!
scout's honored
Heather Schmidt of Union Square Donuts, 2015 winner for “Best Sweet Tooth Satisfier.” Photo by Emily Cassel.

Now through June 5, we’re asking you to shout out the best of the best in Somerville.

The barber who makes sure you never have a bad hair day, the gym that keeps you fit, your go-to restaurant in each neighborhood—we know you know the coolest people and top places in the city. This is your chance to give them the credit they deserve.

Make your voice heard with the 2016 Scout’s Honored Awards.

Fine print: You can cast your vote once each week (and yes, we’ll check) through June 5. Finalists will be announced in our July/August print edition.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Emy Phelps and Darol Anger in Concert to Benefit Lexington Community Farm, 5/22

Lexington Community Farm Benefit Concert
Featuring Emy Phelps & Darol Anger and Friends 
Sunday May 22, 2016 at 3 pm
Lexington First Parish Church 
7 Harrington Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

Support Lexington Community Farm to the sound of live music served up by legendary fiddler and multi-instrument master Darol Anger, standout vocalist and guitarist Emy Phelps, and friends. Feast your ears and help Lexington Community Farm grow.

Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others. Emy Phelps is a remarkable vocalist/guitarist, songwriter, music educator, and recording artist, and currently a member of the Furies. 



Here is a sample of what is in store.

This video was shot at a notloB Music concert in JP.
"Darol Anger (fiddle), Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin) and Emy Phelps (guitar) perform the classic fiddle tune "Cherokee Shuffle." For more information on this tune and its roots, visit http://secondcousincurly.com. This recording is from an April 2012 concert at the Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, MA. Thanks to Jeff Boudreau and notloB Concerts for making this event happen. More on notloB at http://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic".

Opening the evening is Fiddlin’ Quinn and His Big Folks Band. "A prodigy on the fiddle, Quinn has been playing, singing and wowing audiences since the age of 5."






Adults: $31, Students: $15
All proceeds will support the education and food access programs of Lexington Community Farm.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Fódhla, Presented by notloB Music 5/28 in Somerville


Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 PM

  • Arts at the Armory
    191 Highland Ave, Ste 1-C, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143
  • Find Tickets
    Tickets Available
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    After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo CDs, Portland, ME based flute player Nicole Rabata and Boston based fiddler Ellery Klein decided a group together was long overdue. With the addition of Bethany Waickman on guitar, the trio found a sound rooted in the traditional Irish music Ellery and Nicole honed during years abroad in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Ennis ... as well as the depths of Nicole’s virtuosic classical music career, Ellery’s Americana sounds and Bethany’s soft-spoken, yet driving, guitar playing. Fódhla have been well received at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Fest, the Maine Celtic Celebration and Boston’s BCMFest. Their debut recording “Notes from Mill Pond” was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland, ME.

    Irish fiddler Ellery Klein brings a style steeped in traditional Irish sounds and seasoned with American fiddle styles. She toured with Billboard-charting Irish music group Gaelic Storm from 2003-2007 and was a founding member of Irish all-female ensemble Long Time Courting. In 2015, she was invited to be a featured soloist with Duluth, MN’s Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, performing Nickitas Demos’Double Concerto for Celtic and Bluegrass Fiddler. She holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music from the University of Limerick.

    Irish flutist Nicole Rabata is highly regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has toured America and Europe. In 2014, she spent two months in India where she performed and taught music at the Gandhi Ashram School in the Himalayas. She spent four years in the west of Ireland where she immersed herself in the music and was influenced by the playing of many great musicians. Her playing is featured on the feature film 'The Heavenly Angle' along with Natalie MacMaster. She is on the faculty at Colby College and 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Maine.

    Guitarist Bethany Waickman grew up in musical family in upstate, NY and started playing the piano at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar. Bethany formed the contra dance trio, Anadama, with Amelia Mason and Emily Troll while working at Pinewoods in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers throughout the northeast. Bethany started performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band in Dec. of 2008, and can be seen with Lissa on tours throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

    ABOUT THE CAFE
    You can arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine.
    Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
    MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line, or take either the 88 or 90 bus from Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) via the 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
    Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks from the Somerville Community Path.
    Handicap accessible.

    ABOUT NOTLOB MUSIC
    Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
    mail list - http://tinyurl.com/notlobmail
    website - https://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic/
    facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
    eventbrite(tickets) - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/notlob-music-6730833315

Monday, May 2, 2016

Emily Haviland Baker and Friends, Presented by notloB Music

Emily Haviland Baker and Friends, Presented by notloB Music

As with all of notloB's 4th Wednesday concerts at the Armory, admission is free, donation ($5-10pp) is appreciated. Reservations can be made here.

  • Emily Haviland Baker is a locally-grown, up-and-coming performer & music therapist in the Greater-Boston area. She was raised in the Essex County in Massachusetts, and was born into a family of musicians. With her parent's being a classical pianist and a classical trumpet-player, and her Aunt being a professional violinist in New York City, Emily also chose to play the violin at the age of five. She started with the Suzuki method and moved onto a more vigorous path of studying viola at New England Conservatory Preparatory School from 2002 - 2006. There she studied with Gillian Rogel in her final year, and was in Benjamin Zander's Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for her last two. (Some of her other accomplishments during this time: In 2005, Emily received first chair in Massachusetts All-States Orchestra, and also went on a 3 week-long tour of Brazil and Venezuela in 2005 with NEC's YPO.) Emily studied classical viola for one final year in from 2006-2007 with New England Conservatory's James Buswell. 

  • After a life-evaluation at the age of 18, Emily decided to step away from music and two years later, entered the corporate-world in an administrative role. Her final two and-a-half years were served as the Administrative Assistant to the SVP of Product at Sperry, a men's & women's footwear brand. Another life evaluation was due after year five in the corporate-gig, which is when Emily decided to return to music, newly inspired by the folk and bluegrass scene. After receiving a scholarship to Berklee College of Music and shortly after becoming a full-time student again, she realized that not only was performing in her future, but so was serving her community, and that would be through the channel of music therapy. 

    Now, Emily is in her fifth semester at Berklee College of Music, dual-majoring in Music Therapy & Violin Performance with a Minor in American Roots Studies. There, she is studying with famous performers like Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh, Dr. David Wallace, Dave Hollander, Tony Trischka, and Casey Driessen. Emily has performed at an array of different venues, ranging from halls such as New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall and Boston's infamous Symphony Hall, to venues like the Cantab Lounge & Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and The Red Room in Boston. Emily's expected graduation date is May 2017 and hopes to receive her MT-BC license later that year.

    ABOUT THE CAFE
    You can arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine.
    Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
    MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line, or take either the 88 or 90 bus from Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) via the 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
    Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks from the Somerville Community Path.
    Handicap accessible.

    ABOUT NOTLOB MUSIC

    Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
    Opt in to our mail list - http://tinyurl.com/notlobmail
    Bookmark our website - https://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic/
    "Like" our Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
    Bookmark our eventbrite page (tickets or reservations - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/notlob-music-6730833315

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fully Fund MCC's $17 Million Budget

A timely message from Anita Walker, Massachusetts Cultural Council Executive Director.
Please take a moment to contact your representative or senator. Tell them you not only want the amount cut restoured you support FULLY FUNDING the "
$17 million that we have built into our five-year plan."





Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to take a moment to reach out to you as we reach the midpoint of the process that will deliver an FY17 budget to the MCC.

I know that there is a good deal of anxiety and disappointment at where we stand right now. It may feel like your advocacy efforts are not effective.

But in fact, your vigorous advocacy convinced more than 100 legislators to sign on to an amendment to increase the House FY17 appropriation. The number in the House as a result moved from $10 million to $12 million.

That is not as much as we asked for, and it is less than the budget we have this year.But we are just in the middle of the process. Now we must take our efforts to the Senate and work hard to pull that number up to the $17 million that we have built into our five-year plan.

We have many friends in the House who stand by us every year and who truly appreciate the work that you do. The energy they put into fighting for the MCC, and many other issues for which they are responsible, is not always reflected in every outcome.

As we continue through state budget process it is important that we continue to share stories of success and impact with our legislators and help them make the case on our behalf.

Let's keep our eye on the prize as we head to the Senate. Always thank our allies for their sincere efforts. And let's unleash our enthusiasm on our Senate allies in pursuit of a restored budget for the MCC and an appropriate investment for the arts and culture in Massachusetts.

Sincerely,
Anita Walker

Anita Walker
Executive Director
Massachusetts Cultural Council 



Thursday, April 21, 2016

“Voices from the Mountain” in Lexington April 29 and May 1



Appalachian Show Comes to Lexington

“Voices from the Mountain”


In Good Company invites you to explore the roots of American traditional music through songs, dances and stories that have been preserved for generations. 


“Voices from the Mountain” will take you on a musical journey following Olive Dame Campbell as she travels in 1907 to a North Carolina mountain community, and collects their songs for generations to follow to love and share.

The show, written by Chris Jorie and Revels’ Artistic Director Patrick Swanson with music direction by Dan Ryan and stage direction by Jonathan Carpenter, is full of the stories, dances, and songs of Appalachia.  This production is ideal for ages 7 and above, and includes a multi-generational cast of adults and children.

IN GOOD COMPANY is a musical theater troupe with a mission of bringing stories about American history alive on the community stage and in schools. Many cast members were formally with The Revels Repertory Company.

TWO PERFORMANCES!
First Parish Unitarian Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA
• April 29, 8:00pm •
• May 1, 4:00pm •

Admission: $20 (adults), $16 (children under 12).  
To order tickets, visit http://mountain.bpt.me/

For more information, including video clips, visit http://new.ingoodcompanytheater.org/
Phone: 781-412-4642



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Berklee String Quartet "Unauthorized Personnel" at the Somerville Armory, 4/27/16






notloB Music and Darol Anger have a long history of progressive string quartet collaboration, the tradition continues! Unauthorized Personnel is a Berklee contemporary string quartet, coached by a pioneer of contemporary fiddle, Darol Anger. Bringing together some of the greatest players in Berklee’s string department, Unauthorized Personnel specializes in the music of the great Turtle Island String Quartet. The group started in January of this year, and have been sawing the strings ever since. This concert will mark the ensemble's public debut!


ABOUT THE MEMBERS

Avery Merritt (Violin) is a Boston based multi-style fiddle player. He has played fiddle since the age of four and plays bluegrass, jazz, and alternative styles. He has won a number of awards, including first place in both advanced fiddle and band categories at the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Competition, and was named an official California Arts Scholar at The CSSSA program at CalArts.There, he received a Governor's Medallion for The Arts, the highest distinction in California an arts student can receive. Avery has studied with musicians such as Jeremy Kittel, Darol Anger, Casey Driessen, Alex Hargreaves, and Mark O’Connor to name a few. He also works with NS Design as a demonstrating artist at various locations such as The NAMM Shows, IBMA, and has also performed at festivals such as Grey Fox and Freshgrass. Avery is a 3rd semester student at Berklee, currently studying under Jason Anick.
Avery’s Website - http://www.averymerritt.com/

Kailey Zercher (Violin) from Santa Fe, NM, started studying classical music at the age of nine, and had classes with many accomplished violinists such as members of the Santa Fe chamber orchestra Promusica, the Santa Fe Opera, grammy nominees and world-touring performers. She has been selected for many orchestras such as All-State New Mexico, a Switzerland-based, internationally touring orchestra called Crescendo and others. Kailey is now a seventh-semester student at Berklee College of Music, where she studies everything from jazz to rock. So far, she has studied privately with Mimi Rabson, Jason Anick, Rob Thomas, and Matt Glaser, and Darol Anger. She also plays and sings in a local folk-rock/jam band called The Womps, that is to release their EP by the end of the month.
Kailey’s music: The Womps - Eating Up My Soul https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KudbF8nTgnI

Parker Ousley (Cello) grew up on the desolate frozen tundra in Minnesota and began playing cello at age 5. Before coming to Boston, he studied classical cello with David Carter, Peter Howard, and Anna Clift. In high school he began venturing from the comforts of his classical home and joined the amateur folk band, Flute Platoon as a singer and cellist. After breaking from the Platoon, Parker began singing and playing as a solo act in the Twin Cities. When not performing with Unauthorized Personnel, he and his cello, Jeremy, can be found performing on their own, with American Housewife, or in the Twin Cities-based duo The Triplets. Parker is currently finishing his sophomore year at Berklee College of Music where he studies with Mike Block, Eugene Friesen, and Rob Thomas.

Jennifer Frantz (Viola) is from Beaver, PA. She started studying classical violin at the age of 5, and switched to viola at the age of 16. She is in her fourth semester at Berklee where she has been studying jazz and contemporary music as well as composition with David Wallace and Rob Thomas. In 2014, Jennifer was the winner of a concerto competition where she performed the Stamitz viola concerto, with the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Orchestra. She also had toured all over U.S. with the jazz group From the Four, and Extreme Strings Orchestra. She has participated in multiple international music festivals and is the assistant to the director of the CLAZZ music festival. Jennifer is known for her ability to hula-hoop while playing viola.

Admission to the Wednesday concert series is by free-will offering (45-10 suggested). Make your reservation at http://tinyurl.com/notlobtickets.

ABOUT THE CAFE

You can arrive as early as 6pm to enjoy the cafe's offerings, which include sandwiches/wraps, salads, coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine.
Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line, or take either the 88 or 90 bus from Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) via the 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks from the Somerville Community Path.
Handicap accessible.

ABOUT NOTLOB MUSIC
Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
mail list - http://tinyurl.com/notlobmail
website - https://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic/
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
eventbrite (tickets) - http://www.eventbrite.com/o/notlob-music-6730833315