Tuesday, December 25, 2007




Saturday, January 19, 2008

$12.50 at the door + $1 preservation fee, $2.50 discount for members of the JP Tuesday Club, seniors, students and the general public making a reservation before 12/21 midnight. Payment by cash at the door.

Doors 7:00pm. Concert 7:30pm.

The Notlob Parlor Concerts presents the best local and touring roots, Americana, newgrass, traditional and contemporary folk and blues artists at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. Built in 1760, the venue listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for acoustic music. Past artists include Bob Franke, The Rowan Brothers, Geoff Bartley, Christine Thompson, Dennis Brennan, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Kristin Andraessen (Uncle Earl), Mike and Ruthy Ungar Merenda (the Mammals), Pat Wictor, Jud Caswell, Sharon Lewis, Brian Webb and many others. Visit the series’ website at http://notlobmusic.googlepages.com




Jon Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who's been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style - combining improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Shain's latest CD, Army Jacket Winter (produced by Jon along with Jackson Hall and Scottsburg Jonze, released in May 2007) is quickly garnering the best reviews of his career. Shain's musical partners include FJ Ventre on upright bass and vocals, and John Currie on dobro and guitar, and Bill Newton on harmonica.

Attending Duke University in the late 80s, Shain was a student of American history with a dedicated interested in southern musical traditions. This led him to a gig with piedmont blues legend Richard "Big Boy" Henry. After a short apprenticeship in the blues world, Shain cut his touring teeth from 1989-1998 founding the Chapel Hill, NC folk-rock group, Flyin' Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. While sharing stages with luminaries such as David Grisman, Tony Rice Unit, Hot Tuna, Leon Russell, Dave Matthews Band, and the Dixie Dregs, the band released four CDs and played clubs, schools, and festivals up and down the East Coast, building a legion of fans.

After his band's breakup, Shain went solo, returning to his roots in the folk and blues circuit. He released Brand New Lifetime in 1999 to positive reviews and solid airplay in the US and abroad. Spring 2001 brought the release of Fools and Fine Ladies, which garnered reviews from papers such as the Washington Post to national magazines like Relix and No Depression. 2003 saw the release of Shain's acclaimed album, No Tag, No Tail Light. The CD was produced in Boston, MA by Dave Mattacks and Tom Dube, and marked a watershed in production values, performance, and writing, eventually winning great reviews in Sing Out!, No Depression, Relix, The Boston Phoenix, and meriting a full page article in Dirty Linen. The critically acclaimed follow-up, Home Before Long, was also produced by Mattacks and Dube and released in spring of 2005.

In addition to festival slots and headlining club dates, Shain has performed shows recently with Little Feat, John Hammond, Keb' Mo', NRBQ, N. Mississippi All-Stars, Ian Anderson, and many other greats.

When Shain is not recording or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting, blues guitar, and "jamming". Whether in the one-on-one atmosphere of the teaching studio or onstage sharing a song with a roomful of strangers, Jon Shain is a natural communicator, keeping students and fans coming back for more.




Robin O'Herin is a Berkshires -based, acoustic blues and gospel musician with a hint of Appalachian mountain music. She plays bottleneck and fingerstyle guitar and mountain dulcimer.

Robin specializes in historically rich, often interactive concerts that include original and traditional American music, for schools, libraries and small listening rooms. Her concerts are warm, affirming experiences she shares with the audience.

Robin was a finalist in the 2006 Memphis Blues Challenge. She played in the Tropea Blues Festival in Trope Italy in September '06. She was the headlining act in the Resophonic Blues Festival in Pilzen, CZ. in '05. She opened for the Doobie Brothers in Pittsfield, MA. and for Vance Gilbert and Michael Powers in Sept 04. Her arrangement of "Old Country Rock" and her original "Everhopeful" were used in the soundtrack for the PBS "2005 Roadtrip Nations" Series (episode 4).

She has served as song leader in several churches and led a traditional gospel choir.
Robin has performed Appalachian gospel, blues and original music throughout New England in churches, coffee houses and festivals. She has been a song leader in several churches and formed a gospel choir which performed traditional gospel music. Growing up in the Sixties, she was probably the only kid in her neighborhood listening to such legendary blues artists as Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Blind Willie Johnson and Lightning Hopkins, among others. Her father still has boxes of his old 78s stored in his garage (someday they will be hers). Her mother liked folk music, especially Joan Baez and Pete Seeger, but she liked them all--blues, folk and gospel.

She says, "I wore out my mother's Odetta records. My choices in music covered a wide spectrum. Leo Kottke and John Renbourne were my heroes. I found myself listening to and learning from a diversified group of musicians: everything from Phil Okes to the Staple Singers, Emmy Lou Harris to Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block to Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. I learned to sing by making up harmonies and singing along with the albums. I especially loved the raw power and emotion of bottleneck blues. In August of 2001, I fulfilled a dream and spent a week at Blues Guitar Camp in California (International Guitar Seminars), with guitar greats Bob Brozman, Woody Mann and John Renbourne, to name just a few of the awesome guitarists who were there. We studied all day and jammed all night. It’s never too late to go to camp."

The first CD, Red, White and Blues is filled with original music, gospel and country blues. It was recorded at SubStation, a subsidiary of SoulTube Music in Housatonic, MA, owned and run by musician, Robby Baier. It is available online and locally in the Berkshires.

The 2nd CD, The Road Home, is filled with traditional and Appalachian gospel music as well as holy blues. It is a CD filled with roots music. It was recorded at The Rotary Records in East Longmeadow, MA.

Plans for twomore CDs are currently under way.

There was a time growing up when my parents actually paid me not to sing, not that my singing wasn’t great, but it was just that I would never stop. I still have not stopped singing and in the words of the great gospel song, His Eye Is On The Sparrow: “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free.”

"I closed my eyes and thought I was in the Mississippi Delta"—fan at recent concert

MUSICAL RESUME: Professional acoustic blues and gospel singer since 2002. 2002 released "Red, White and Blues" CD, country blues, gospel and originals 2003 released "The Road Home" CD, holy blues 2003-2006 Taught songwriting at RockOn Band Camp, Pittsfield, MA 2003 and 2005 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist 2004 Opened for the Doobie Brothers, Pittsfield, MA 2005 Headline act for the World Resophonic Association’s “Resophonic Blues Festival” in the Czech Republic 2005 Licensed two songs to PBS for the soundtrack of the 2005 Roadtrip Nation DVD series (episodes 4 & 5) 2006 Memphis Blues Challenge finalist 2006 Tropea Blues Festival in Tropea, Italy 2006 Opened for Roy Bookbinder, Little Rock, AR 2007 Opened for Davis Coen, Bridgeport, CT 2007 Opened for Paul Geremia 2007 Black Potatoe Festival, NJ 2007 Plymouth Blues and Folk Festival 2007 Taunton River Folk Festival.








Date / time: Saturday, January 19, 2008. Doors 7:00pm, concert 7:30pm.

Price: $12.50 at the door, $11 with advanced reservation to notlobmusic@ gmail.com and to members of the JPTC, seniors and students with ID (cash at the door). Seating is limited to 40.

Website & artist information: http://notlobmusic.googlepages.com, http://www.myspace.com/notlobhouseconcerts

Venue & directions: Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, the large yellow house at the intersection of Centre and South Streets, across the street from the Civil War monument. http://www.lghouse.org/information.htm. Handicap accessible; please call 617-524-3158 for more information.

Parking: The Loring-Greenough House lot holds 12 cars, gates are closed when full. Parking is also available on the street and in the public lot located behind Blanchard’s liquors, one block away.

MBTA: Take #39 bus from either Back Bay Station or Forest Hills Station to the Monument stop, directly in front of the Loring-Greenough House, at the intersections of Centre and South Streets.

Dining: There are several fine restaurants on Centre Street within 2-3 blocks, with on street parking and a large public parking lot behind Blanchard’s. At Centre Street Caféhttp://www.centrestcafe.com/ - (669A Centre Street, 617-524-9217), show proof of your reservation and get 10% off. More information at http://groups.google.com/group/notlobmusic/web/centre-street-cafe-becomes-a-notlob-restaurant-partner

Coffee, tea, water and pastries are available for a donation.

Volunteers: This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. All interested in participating can read the volunteer policy at http://groups.google.com/group/notlobmusic/web/volunteer-policy/

Future concerts:






$ adv

$ door




Jason Myles Goss

& Elana Arian

(Contemporary Folk)

http://www.jasonmylesgoss.com/ http://www.elanaarian.com/






Ryan Fitzsimmons

& Greg Klyma

(Contemporary Folk)








Lissa Schneckenburger Band





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