Saturday, January 26, 2008

2/9 Benefit Concert for Veterans for Peace & the Democracy Center

BOSTON-AREA MUSICIANS FOR PEACE is a coalition of artists and activists who donate their talents and time to raise public awareness and funds for local peace groups. We will produce at least one benefit concert every couple of months, and seek additional musicians and volunteers (especially if you can provide a venue).

For more information or if you are interested in getting aboard, contact me and join our myspace -

Our first event will be...

VFP, Smedley D. Butler Brigade, Boston

February 9, 7:30 pm-midnight

Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Harvard Sq.

Sliding scale, $5-15 donation suggested, nobody turned away.

Please bring a pot luck dish or beverage to share (no alcohol). Non-perishable food items and warm clothing will be accepted to donate to charity.

VFP STATEMENT OF PURPOSE We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace.

* To this end we will work, with others toward increasing public awareness of the costs of war;

* To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations;

* To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons;

* To seek justice for veterans and victims of war;

* To abolish war as an instrument of national policy;

* To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

Monday, January 7, 2008


It's hard to believe, but FOURTEEN concerts have been produced since June, 2007!
Thank you for supporting the series and live music in Boston!

  • Sometymes Why (Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still, Kristin Andraessen of Uncle Earl and Ruth Merenda of The Mammals)
  • Mike & Ruthy Merenda (of the Mammals) w/ Torey Adler
  • Sharon Lewis (Pooka) & Rose Polenzani
  • Danielle Miraglia & Tom Bianchi w/ Brendan Hogan
  • Dave Carter Tribute - Adam Sweeney, Eric McDonald, Beth DeSombre, Ryan FitzSimmons, Dana Price & Chris Thompson (Strangelings)
  • Geoff Bartley w/ Eliza Blue
  • Brian Webb
  • Dennis Brennan w/ Mary Lou Ferrante
  • Teresa Storch & Lenore
  • The Rowan Brothers w/ Eric McDonald
  • Kristin Cifelli w/ Carrie Cheron
  • Mare Wakefield & Dan Gonzalez
  • Jud Caswell & Pat Wictor
  • Bob Franke

I would like to thank the people and businesses who have helped make the series a success.

  • All the volunteers, especially Angie who has been at most of the concerts, who help set-up chairs, run for coffee, ice and pastries, collect payment, etc etc etc.
  • JP Licks and Sweet Finnish for donations of coffee and pastries.
  • The JP Tuesday Club, owners of the Loring-Greenough House.
  • Naomi Arenberg and Ron Paul of WGBH-fm, who graciously allowed three Notlob artists into their studios for on-air interviews.
  • All the musicians who have graced the Notlob stage (er…hearth).
  • An anonymous benefactor who helped defray costs when attendance was low.
  • And finally all who have supported the series by attending concerts.

Keeping in touch. There are several ways to stay informed of scheduled events:

Feedback. Have you attended a concert and wish to write a review for publication? Send it to and it will be uploaded to the website's "feedback" area. If you have a "Yelp" account, post directly to , and the same for "Going". Or send a letter to the arts editor of a Boston-area publication. Or blog it. Thank you for spreading word of this unique series.

Street team. "Guerilla" publicity spreads the word to family, friends and neighbors. Posting flyers in your neighborhood music shops, book stores, coffee shops and workplace is appreciated. Send an email and receive a printer-ready flyer file in return. Be a regular guerilla and you may receive a nice reward.

Volunteering. This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. Concerts would not be possible without volunteer assistance. All interested in helping can read the Volunteer Policy.

And now what you have been waiting for - the Winter series







January 19


Jon Shain w/ Robin O'Herin & special guest



February 9


Benefit concert for Veterans for Peace: Chuck Williams,

Beth DeSombre,

Pat Scanlon & Friends, Lenny Soloman Band, Michael Troy

February 16


Jason Myles Goss & Elana Arian



February 22




No dis-count

March 1


Ryan Fitzsimmons & Greg Klyma



March 15


Lissa Schneckenburger Band (Matt Heaton on guitar, and Corey DiMario on double bass)



March 22


Low Anthem &

The Accident That Led Me to the World



The February 9 benefit concert will be at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.

And at the time of this writing I cannot divulge the artists involved in the February 22 concert but there will be "at least one member" of a very famous string band that is booked to play Grey Fox 2008, "and friends". I guarantee it will be an evening to remember!

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning!

Jeff Boudreau

Notlob Parlor Concerts
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Artist Information


The fine print.

Notlob Music presents the best local and touring roots, Americana, newgrass, traditional blues and contemporary folk artists in unique and unusual settings. The venue is generally the historic Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. Built in 1760, it is 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. Concerts in your home can also be arranged.

Ticket price. The price is set to the lowest possible point that will insure a good community turn out, cover rent and other expenses and give the artists (many of whom travel many miles) a fair deal. Effective January 2008, for most shows, discounts will be given to all making reservations.

Reservations: Seating is limited to 40. Most past shows have sold out. Reservations are recommended and greatly appreciated and make running the series much more enjoyable for all! Reserve by sending an email. Include your name, number of seats and contact information. Email will be checked until midnight the night before the concert and you will receive a reply. Confirmed reservations will be held until 15 minutes before the concert; unclaimed reservations will be released to the general public, first come, first served. If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please send notice.

Handicap accessible: Call 617-524-3158 for more information.

Refreshments (coffee, teas, soda, water, pastries) are available for a donation. No outside food is allowed.

Parking: Parking is limited to 12 vehicles, first come, first served. The gates will be closed when the lot is full. There is a public parking lot behind Blanchard's liquors, one block away. If you require handicapped parking, please call the LG House caretaker the day of the show - 617-524-3158.

Public Transporation (MBTA): Take 39 bus from either Back Bay Station or Forest Hills Station to Monument stop, directly in front of the Loring-Greenough House, at the intersections of Centre and South Streets. Special needs or accommodations. If you require assistance please email Include your name, phone number and best time to call back. If you have questions about LG House, please call the caretaker at 617-524-3158.

Photography, video recording, sound recording. Still, non-flash photos are allowed. No video or sound recording is permitted without permission of the artist and the house.

Sponsors: Notlob Music is grateful to the following local businesses for their generous support.

761 Centre Street (practically across the street)
The most delicious pastries and gourmet coffee this side of Finland!

659 Centre Street (about 4 blocks away)
(617) 524-6740
How about a cool ice cream treat or a hot coffee