Presented at the historic Loring-Greenough House,
FEATURE – CHRIS MERENDA
Chris follows brother Mike and sister-in-law Ruthy Ungar Merenda, who appeared at Notlob Parlor Concerts in June, 2007. Just like family!
Chris Merenda got his start in the music business in 1993 as a drummer/vocalist in
CO-FEATURE – ADAM SWEENEY
Adam is a Notlob Parlor Concert veteran, having participated in the August, 2007 Dave Carter Tribute.
"Adam Sweeney is a promsing young folksinger... he combines intricate acoustic guitar hooks with powerful lyric storytelling."
--Passim, January 2007
"Drawing comparisons to Dave Carter and Gillian Welch, as well as folk revival poets like Paul Simon and Cat Stevens."
--Northeast Performer, November 2006
"Adam Sweeney is one of the more talented young west coast songwriters."
"Adam Sweeney's sincere songwriting mixes impressionistic imagery, religious iconography and the kind of strikingly personal observations that seem lifted from a letter to a friend. That lyrical blend is delivered through appealing melodies and expressive singing, with a hint of grain to it that sometimes suggests a violin bow drawn tenderly over his vocal cords."
--Willamette Week (
"A true folksinger... he weaves his words together telling stories of the times."
--The Southeast Examiner (
"Great voice! Powerful, provocative."
Adam Sweeney cut his teeth as a songwriter in
Now based out of
The album features nine original songs by Sweeney and opens with a rollicking cover of Trevor Reichman's "Doomsday Sunday Sermon", performed with the Primate Fiasco Dixieland band. It also features "Long Road", a duet written for and performed with Adam's own folk heroine Tracy Grammer.
The songs wind their way from the local church to the local bar, seamlessly fusing themes of faith and doubt, darkness and light, chosen sinners and runaway saints.
Sweeney released a self-recorded debut album "Places & Names" in 2004, after he was voted "Best Songwriter" at a Portland Songwriter Association showcase.
He performs regularly throughout the Northwest and
Artists: CHRIS MERENDA & ADAM SWEENEY
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2008
Suggested minimum donation: $12.50
Notlob website: http://notlobmusic.googlepages.com
Artist information: http://www.myspace.com/notlobparlorconcerts
Reservations: As seating is limited to 40, reservations are recommended. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Reservations expire 15 minutes before concert time, when unclaimed seats will be released to walk-ins.
Venue & accessibility: 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. Handicap accessible; please call 617-524-3158 for more information. Please do not call the venue for any other reason. Directions: http://www.lghouse.org/information.htm
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 lotS located behind Blanchard’s liquors, one block away and the Mellon bank, two blocks 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
Coffee, tea, water and pastries are available for a donation.