Tuesday, March 31, 2009



APRIL, 2009

"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, Notlob is keeping the folk tradition alive."

~ Jack Hardy

Notlob Concerts are 100% volunteer run and not for profit. After production expenses, all patron donations go to the artists.

We hope you find the entire concert series special, we strive to bring you the best. Spring marks a turning point:

  • A new “string grass” series featuring young musicians, in Arlington,
  • A new house concert series in Malden,
  • A new “small” series in an historic house (sound familiar?) in Newton,
  • A folk legend at a new venue in Somerville.

Separate reminders sent about one week before each concert will contain information about the featured and opening artists; you can learn more about all by visiting their websites. But two concerts being announced here today are worthy of special mention.

  • Folk legend “Spider” John Koerner (he taught Bob Dylan some fundamentals in Minnesota) will be in concert in a new venue in Somerville on Friday, June 5. Elizabeth Butters opens.

  • Voted “most wanted to return” to the 2009 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival are emerging artists (and Boston’s own) Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers and (recent transplant from Austin to the Berkshires) Abi Tapia! Due to last year’s tornado, Falcon Ridge is not sponsoring the “most wanted” tour, but Notlob is doing its part to keep the tradition alive! This concert is produced with Anne Saunders’ approval. This is one of just two “FRFF most wanted” concerts to be produced before the festival (the other is in New York).

In this edition

  1. Next concert
  2. April through August concerts! / Advance tickets / Reservations
  3. Volunteers needed
  4. Other traditional folk, folk revival, roots, bluegrass, blues and Celtic concert recommendations
  5. New partnership with “Not Your Average Folk”
  6. Housekeeping

1. Next concert – Broken Blossoms & Folk Arts Quartet, Saturday, April 11, 2009 @ the Park Avenue Congregational Church, 55 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights.

Directions, Parking, Public Transportation & Handicap Access

Suggested minimum donation is $15.00 at the door & $10 for seniors and students with ID. Regular patron admission is just $12.50 if a reservation to notlobreservations@comcast.net is made at least 24 hours prior to the concert.

More information about Broken Blossoms and Folk Arts Quartet will be sent a week or so before the concert.

2. April through August concerts!

Date & Time



Suggested Donation

Saturday, April 11, 8:00pm


Broken Blossoms &

The Folk Arts Quartet

$15 @ door

$12.50 adv res

$10 seniors & students

Saturday, April 25, 8:00pm


The Bowmans


Saturday, May 9, 8:00pm


Joy Kills Sorrow &

The Boston Boys

$15 @ door

$12.50 adv res

$10 seniors & students

Saturday, May 16, 7:30pm


Kitchen Celtic ceilidh, Sean Smith, Doug Lamay & Katie McNally

$10 door,

$7.50 adv res, seniors & students

Saturday, May 23, 8:00pm


Falcon Ridge 2008 "Most Wanted" winners Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers & Abi Tapia

$15 @ door

$12.50 adv res

$10 seniors & students

Friday, June 5, 8:00pm


"Spider" John Koerner, Elizabeth Butters opens

$15.00 door

$12.50 adv res

$10 seniors & students

Friday, June 19, 8:00pm


Brendan Hogan

$10 door,

$7.50 adv res, seniors & students

Saturday, July 11, 7:30pm


Mary Lou Ferrante & US Sam

$10 door,

$7.50 adv res, seniors & students

Saturday, August 15, 7:30pm


Tim Mason & Tom Begich

$10 door,

$7.50 adv res, seniors & students

Venue Key:

  • UCG = Unity Church of God, 6 William Street (corner of College Ave.), Somerville
  • JH = Jackson Homestead, 527 Washington St., Newton
  • PA = Park Avene Congregational Church, 55 Paul Revere Road, Arlington Heights
  • CH = Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville
  • PHCM = Private house concert in Malden. By invitation only. If interested, send inquiry to the reservations address.

RESERVATIONS. Reservations for any concert can be made by sending an email at least 24 hours before concert time to notlobreservations@comcast.net.

Tickets for the Park Avenue Congregational Church concerts are available at The Music Emporium, 165 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Request you pay the full “suggested donation” amount.

3. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. A call to future patrons of the PACC (Arlington) venue. Concerts in the parish hall will require additional volunteers for room set-up/take down. And for all concerts a house photographer is needed. If you are interested, please read the volunteer policy ~ http://notlobmusic.googlepages.com/volunteering ~ and send a message via the email address listed there. Benefits await.


We believe the wider information about quality concerts is spread, the larger the folk/roots/Celtic/blues/bluegrass community will become. This is especially important as the world, national and local economies sour. Spread the word, support local live music and build the community. We wish there were one unified, uncensored music calendar, but until it exists, this is our contribution.

Wednesdays, ongoing ~ Avi and Celia’s "The Front Room Sessions", (Notl0b alum’s, by way of the Rowan Brothers). Wednesday nights at the Burren, Davis Square, Somerville.

Friday, April 3 ~ Grammy Award-winner and Blues Hall-of-Famer James Cotton w/ Lil Stevie & the Westsiders @ The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. More info/tickets.

Saturday, April 4 ~ Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks w/ Ellsworth and Hicks (OK, not folk/roots, but allow us a guilty pleasure). @ The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. More info/tickets.

Sunday, April 5 ~ MUSICIAN STIMULUS TOUR ~ Laura Cortese (Notlob alumna, by way of Lissa Schneckenburger, stay tuned for more details about both in the May newsletter) brings her 2009 MUSICIAN STIMULUS Tour to Club Passim in Cambridge. Following the show Laura will host her 6 month old game show Spell or Dare at 10pm as an after party for her show. As Laura tells it, “You shouldn’t need a swanky job or 5 figure salary to enjoy it.” Laura hopes her tour will inspire down and out CEO’s to join the pink slip brigade and become musicians.

Friday, April 10, 8:00 PM ~ The Eilen Jewell Band w/ Brendan Hogan (both Notlob alum’s) @ The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley. More info/tickets.

Friday April 17, 2009 8:00 PM ~ Teddy Thompson with special guest Joyce Andersen at The Newburyport City Hall Auditorium, 60 Pleasant Street, Newburyport, MA. Richard & Linda's legacy continues. One of the country's most important emerging artists in a solo, acoustic evening in this intimate 19th centrury theatre. Tickets.

Saturday, May 2 ~ The Krueger Brothers @ Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Monty Tech, Fitchburg, MA. Virtuosity...Innovation...Humor…Performances are exciting, calming, entertaining and spontaneous, reflecting their sheer joy in playing music. Info/tickets (tell them Notlob sent you).

Ongoing ~ Bob Franke songwriting workshops. Bob is offering intensive songwriting workshops, which will be held right at his cottage on the lake in Peabody, MA. If you are interested, and either live in the Boston area, or are willing to travel there, please contact Bob at 978-535-3331, or e-mail him at bob@bobfranke.com for more details and dates.

(Insider tip - these and other “under the radar” concert suggestions can regularly be found in the NorthEastFolknRoots Database and Calendar. Your active participation is most welcome).

5. Not Your Average Folk

NotYourAverageFolk.com is proud to partner with the Notlob Concert Series to bring their amazing events to more folk and acoustic music fans. Not Your Average Folk is an online folk and acoustic music events magazine. Visit NotYourAverageFolk.com to see a full list of all shows happening in the Boston Area, read articles about upcoming artists and events, and support local music. To get a weekly concert calendar in your email and free music CLICK HERE to join our email list! If you are fan you get lots of free perks and if you are a venue or musician you can great exposure! Stop by NotYourAverageFolk.com and join our email list!

6. Housekeeping.

The fine print. Notlob Parlor Concerts presents the best local and touring roots, Americana, newgrass, traditional and contemporary folk and blues artists at several venues around the greater Boston area. Past artists include the Sacred Shakers, The Folk Brothers (David Massengill and Jack Hardy), Peggy Seeger, Geoff Bartley, Mary McCaslin, Bob Franke, The Rowan Brothers, Christine Thompson Lively, 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. Concerts in your home can be arranged.

Reservations / information. Send email to notlobreservations@comcast.net

at least 24 hours prior to the concert. More information about the concert series can be found at the Notlob website: http://notlobmusic.googlepages.com

Mailing list & street team: http://www.reverbnation.com/notlob

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

Volunteering / Street team. This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. Concerts would not be possible without volunteer assistance. All interested in helping can read the Volunteer Policy at http://groups.google.com/group/notlobmusic/web/volunteer-policy

“Guerilla” publicity builds community by spreading the word to family, friends and neighbors. Posting flyers in your neighborhood music shops, book stores, coffee shops and workplace is appreciated. To register, go to http://www.reverbnation.com/notlob, then send an email to notlobreservations@comcast.net requesting printer-ready files. Be a regular guerilla and you’ll receive a nice reward.

Admission is by donation. A suggested minimum donation (varies by concert), with discount to those making reservations and students and seniors, is requested. Your donations cover rent, sound system rental, sound engineer, publicity and other production expenses. 100% of the balance goes to the artists (many of whom travel many miles).

Photography, video recording, & sound recording. No still, video or sound recording is permitted without permission of the artist and the house. If you would like to share photos of past concerts, email the pictures and/or web link to notlobreservations@comcast.net

Refreshments. Coffee, soft drinks and water are available. No outside food or beverages, please.

Keep your lamp trimmed and burning!
Jeff Boudreau

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