Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2011 (Mostly) Northeast Folk/Roots/Old-time/Bluegrass/Cajun/Celtic Festivals

The frost will soon be on the pumpkins, it's time to look ahead to the 2011 Folk/Roots/Old-time/Bluegrass/Cajun/Celtic music festivals presented in the northeastern USA and maritime Canada.  And once again the members of NEFolknRoots will be doing their part to keep accurate information available in one database.  This is a collective effort, your input is welcome.

From their websites or official communications, we have some information about a dozen or so festivals.  For those festivals the start and end dates are in the first two columns.  But for dozens more (with "??" in their date fields) we need that and much more.  If you have missing and needed information, or if you notice incorrect information, please send an email to NorthEastFolknRoots-owner@yahoogroups.com

As more information becomes available the database will be edited and messages corresponding to the number in that column will be posted to the group.

Bloggers and anyone else wishing to share:  notloB Music Blog and NEFolknRoots freely shares this information, but we would appreciate your citing the source.

What we know as of October 26:

Start v End Festival URL Genre City State Performers NorthEastFolknRoots Discussion # Comments
02/18/11 02/20/11 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival http://www.bbu.org/jvhome.htm Bluegrass Framingham MA 10799 The Boston Bluegrass Union presents top-notch bluegrass entertainment on Presidents' Day weekend in Framingham, Massachusetts. This annual indoor festival includes Main Stage national and regional bluegrass acts, a regional Showcase Stage, workshops and education programs for all ages, and round-the-clock picking.
06/18/11 06/19/11 Old-Time Fiddlers' Gathering http://www.eARTS.org Old-Time Watkins Glen State Park NY
06/23/11 06/26/11 Jennybrook Bluegrass Festival http://www.jennybrookfestival.com/ Bluegrass Tunbridge VT http://www.jennybrookfestival.com/2011lineup.htm
07/14/11 07/17/11 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival http://www.greyfoxbluegrass.com Bluegrass, old time Oak Hill NY
07/22/11 07/24/11 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival http://www.falconridgefolk.com/ Contemporary singer-songwriter, pop, rock, traditional. Hillsdale NY Greg Brown, SOC http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NorthEastFolknRoots/message/10932
07/29/11 07/31/11 Lowell Folk Festival http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/ Traditional & ethnic folk Lowell MA 10/25: "Planning has begun for LFF number 25. It's early, but this festival never sleeps. Our partners are determined to make July 29-31, 2011 the baddest party this city has seen! Keep the beat."
09/02/11 09/04/11 Rhythm and Roots Festival http://rhythmandroots.com Cajun, Zydeco, Blues Charlestown RI "New England's hottest festival of roots music and dance!"
01/??/11 01/??/11 NORTHERN ROOTS Traditional Music Festival http://www.bmcvt.org/northernroots Traditional American Brattleboro VT http://www.bmcvt.org/northernroots/musicians
01/??/11 01/??/11 BCMFest http://bcmfest.com Celtic Cambridge & Medford MA http://bcmfest.com/performers.html BCMFest is the musician-run, winter music festival which celebrates the Boston area's rich heritage of Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton music and Dance.
02/??/11 02/??/11 The Flurry http://danceflurry.org/ Traditional dance Saratoga NY A Weekend Festival For Dancers & Music Lovers Of All Ages! Dances - Performances - Singing - Instrument Workshops Concerts - Jamming - Crafts...And More! Over 600 performers in eight venues. Over 250 events for all ages! Contact: festival@danceflurry.org
02/??/11 02/??/11 New England Americana Festival http://www.newenglandamericanafestival.com Americana Boston MA The New England Americana Festival is a music festival celebrating a long tradition of deep rooted American folk music....
03/??/11 03/??/11 International Folk Music Festival http://www.berklee.edu/ Folk, World Boston MA
04/??/11 04/??/11 New England Folk Festival http://www.neffa.org/ Traditional folk and dance Mansfield MA http://www.neffa.org/grid/perfs/index.html
04/??/11 04/??/11 Brown University Folk Festival http://brownfolkfest.org/ Folk Providence RI http://brownfolkfest.org/music/ The Brown University Folk Festival seeks to bring together the Brown, RISD, and Providence folk music communities through a day of music and lightheartedness. Get excited for our superb musical acts, workshops, evening contra dance, craft and food vendors, and T-shirts.
04/??/11 04/??/11 Spring Dulcimer Festival http://home.comcast.net/~lfassman/dulcimerfestival.html Traditional folk Cambridge MA
05/??/11 05/??/11 RI Folk Festival http://fosteringarts.org/ Traditional Folk Foster RI
05/??/11 05/??/11 Bayou n' Boogie Festival Cajun & Zydeco Rehoboth MA
05/??/11 05/??/11 North Shore Folk Festival http://www.northshorefolkfestival.com/ traditional folk Salem MA
05/??/11 05/??/11 Wake up the Earth Festival http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org World Jamaica Plain MA Wake Up the Earth Festival in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts is an annual festival held on the 1st Saturday of May. The festival brings together community across Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and other areas of Boston, celebrating diversity, springtime, world music and culture, youth music and culture, popular theatre, puppetry, local food and artisan vendors, non-profits around the community and so much more! ...
05/??/11 05/??/11 Spring Gulch Folk Festival http://springgulch.com/folkfestival.cfm Contemporary folk, singer-songwriter, bluegrass New Holland PA http://springgulch.com/folkfestival.cfm
05/??/11 05/??/11 Black Creek Fiddlers' Reunion http://www.oldsongs.org/blackcreek/index.shtml Old-time Altamont NY
05/??/11 05/??/11 Brooklyn Folk Fest http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112825022081158 Old-time music, blues, pre-blues, jug band music, New Orleans jazz, folk style songwriting, Greek, African and Mexican folk music Brooklyn NY
06/??/11 06/??/11 Roots on the River Festival http://www.rootsontheriver.com Roots, Americana Bellows Falls VT
06/??/11 06/??/11 Strawberry Park Bluegrass Festival http://www.strawberrypark.net/bluegrass-festival/ Bluegrass folk & singer-songwriter pop Preston CT
06/??/11 06/??/11 Great Hudson River Revival (Clearwater) Festival http://www.clearwater.org/festival Folk, blues, roots Croton-on-Hudson NY
06/??/11 06/??/11 The festival formerly known as the "Boston Folk Festival" http://www.bostonfolkfestival.org/ Folk, singer-songwriter, pop. Boston MA Do a google search, this results: "Nine stages of live folk music including singer-songwriter, blues, bluegrass, traditional, and folk/rock. The Festival includes a dance stage, ..." Really? caveat emptor
06/??/11 06/??/11 Strawberry Park Cajun/ Zydeco Festival http://www.strawberrypark.net/cajun-zydeco-festival/ Cajun & Zydeco Preston CT
06/??/11 06/??/11 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival http://www.blisteredfingers.com/ Bluegrass Litchfield ME
06/??/11 06/??/11 Old Songs Music Festival http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/index.html Folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance Altamont NY "We are not what one might call a "singer-songwriter festival"..."
06/??/11 06/??/11 CAMBRIDGE RIVER FESTIVAL http://www.cambridgema.gov/CAC/Community/river.cfm jazz, folk, Latin and world music Cambridge MA Rain or Shine A FREE one-day celebration of the arts along the banks of the Charles River...
06/??/11 06/??/11 The Americana Folk Festival http://www.site.americanafolkfestival.org Traditional folk Bryn Athyn PA
06/??/11 06/??/11 San Francisco Free Folk Festival http://www.sffolkfest.org/2010/index.html Folk, World San Francisco CA
06/??/11 06/??/11 Worcester Irish Music Festival http://www.worcesteririshmusicfestival.com/main/main.html Celtic Worcester MA
06/??/11 06/??/11 Westford Roots, Rhythm & Blues Festival www.westford-bluesfest.ticketleap.com Blues, rock Westford MA
06/??/11 06/??/11 Sea Music Festival http://www.mysticseaport.org Traditional Folk Mystic CT
06/??/11 06/??/11 Mountain Jam http://mountainjam.com Roots, rock, bluegrass Hunter NY
06/??/11 06/??/11 Michael Arnone's Annual Crawfish Fest www.crawfishfest.com Funk, New Orleans R&B, Delta Blues, Brass, Cajun and Zydeco Sussex County NJ www.crawfishfest.com
06/??/11 06/??/11 Smithsonian Folklife Festival http://www.festival.si.edu Folk Washington DC
06/??/11 06/??/11 THE ADIRONDACK BLUEGRASS LEAGUE ROUNDUP http://www.adirondackbluegrassleague.com Bluegrass Galway NY
06/??/11 06/??/11 GREEN ROOTS FESTIVAL http://bikesnotbombs.org/ Folk, world Jamaica Plain MA Free!
06/??/11 06/??/11 GrayMist Fiddle Fest http://www.graymistfiddlefest.com/ traditional, bluegrass, Celtic and old-time Groveton NH
06/??/11 06/??/11 Unity Music Festival http://www.unity-music-festival.com/ World, blues Worfordsburg PA
06/??/11 06/??/11 Board-a-Palooza http://boardwalk.westacton.net/bapAbout.html Old-time and folk Acton MA
06/??/11 06/??/11 New England Fiddle Contest http://www.fiddlefest.org/ Old-time Manchester CT
06/??/11 06/??/11 Festival of Small Halls http://www.smallhalls.com/ Celtic Charlottetown PEI
07/??/11 07/??/11 Solarfest http://www.solarfest.org Folk, jam, focus on VT musicians. Tinmouth VT
07/??/11 07/??/11 New Bedford Summerfest http://www.newbedfordsummerfest.com/ Contemporary folk, Celtic, pop. New Bedford MA
07/??/11 07/??/11 Champlain Valley Folk Festival http://www.cvfest.org/ "Honoring Traditional Music and Dance in the Champlain Valley" Burlington VT
07/??/11 07/??/11 Newport Folk Festival http://www.folkfestival50.com/index.html Traditional & revival, roots, singer-songwriter, pop. Newport RI
07/??/11 07/??/11 Gathering of the Vibes Music and Arts Festival http://www.gatheringofthevibes.com/Home Singer-songwriter, bluegrass, psychodelic, soul, rock, reggae. Bridgeport CT
07/??/11 07/??/11 Ossipee Valley Music Festival http://www.ossipeevalley.com Bluegrass, old-time South Hiram ME
07/??/11 07/??/11 Norwich Family Bluegrass Festival http://www.norwichfamily traditional bluegrass Norwich NY
07/??/11 07/??/11 Basin Bluegrass Festival http://www.brandon.org/bluegrass Bluegrass Brandon VT
07/??/11 07/??/11 Sidmouth Folk Week http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/index.html Traditional English folk. Sidmouth UK
07/??/11 07/??/11 The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival http://www.woodyguthrie.com Folk revival, old-time, singer-songwriter. Okemah OK The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is held annually in mid-July to commemorate the life and music of Woody Guthrie. The festival is held on the weekend closest to July 14 - the date of Guthrie's birth - in Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma.
07/??/11 07/??/11 Riverhead Blues and Music Festival http://www.riverblues.org/ Blues, zydeco Peconic River Front, Riverhead NY
07/??/11 07/??/11 The Cape Cod Rhythm and Roots Festival http://www.capecodrhythmandrootsfestival.com/ Roots Cotuit MA
07/??/11 07/??/11 Blackstone River Theatre Celtic Festival http://www.riverfolk.org/brtcf/index.html Celtic Cumberland RI Not presented in 2009, 2010.
07/??/11 07/??/11 Catskills Irish Arts Week http://www.irishvillageusa.com/catskills-irish-arts-week Celtic East Durham NY same weekend as grey fox
07/??/11 07/??/11 Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival http://www.baevents.com/pauliesnolabluesandjazzfestival/index.html Blues, Cajun & Funk Worcester MA
07/??/11 07/??/11 Sacred World Interdependence Day Festival World Petersham MA
07/??/11 07/??/11 Green River Festival http://greenriverfestival.com/ American roots, blues, gospel, rock and roll, funk, soul, pop, jazz, rap and country Greenfield MA same weekend as grey fox
07/??/11 07/??/11 Atlantic Fiddlers' Jamboree http://www.atlanticfiddlersjamboree.com Celtic PEI
07/??/11 07/??/11 HARRY SMITH FROLIC http://www.sacrasoft.com/HarrySmith/ Old-time Greenfield MA
07/??/11 07/??/11 NOFO Rock & Folk Fest http://www.noforockandfolkfest.com Rock and folk Cutchogue NY
07/??/11 07/??/11 Plymouth Harbor Folk Festival http://www.projectarts.com/schedulefolkfest.html Singer-songwriter, pop. Plymouth MA
07/??/11 07/??/11 Grafton Music Festival www.GraftonMusicFestival.com World, Americana, classical. Grafton VT
07/??/11 07/??/11 Prescott Park Arts Festival http://www.prescottpark.org/folkfest.cfm Folk, singer-writer Portsmouth NH
08/??/11 08/??/11 Podunk Bluegrass Festival http://www.podunkbluegrass.net/ Bluegrass E. Hartford CT
08/??/11 08/??/11 Wachusett Valley Folk Festival http://www.wachusettmusic.com/ Singer-songwriter, pop folk, comedy. Westminster Ma
08/??/11 08/??/11 Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival http://www.blisteredfingers.com/ Bluegrass Litchfield ME
08/??/11 08/??/11 LIMM Seafood Craft & Music Festival http://www.limaritime.org Sea Shanty West Sayville NY
08/??/11 08/??/11 Hickory Fest Bluegrass Music Festival http://www.hickoryfest.com/ Bluegrass, string band, old-time Wellsboro PA
08/??/11 08/??/11 Saddleback Mountain Bluegrass Festival http://www.saddlebackmaine.com/winter/bluegrass-festival.php Bluegrass Saddleback ME
08/??/11 08/??/11 Appalacian String Band Music Festival (Clifftop) http://www.wvculture.org/stringband/index.html Old-time Clifftop W. Va.
08/??/11 08/??/11 Vermont Festival of the Arts http://www.vermontartfest.com Folkarts Various VT
08/??/11 08/??/11 The Tweed River Festival http://tweedrivermusicfestival.com Roots Stockbridge VT
08/??/11 08/??/11 Boston GreenFest Envrionment Boston MA
08/??/11 08/??/11 Philadelphia Folk Festival http://www.pfs.org/PFF.php Folk, pop, singer-songweriter, rock Harleysville PA
08/??/11 08/??/11 Annual Essex Music Festival http://www.essexmusicfestival.com/ Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, Celtic, Ragtime, Cajun/Zydeco and Americana Roots music. Essex MA
08/??/11 08/??/11 Vermont Long Trail Festival http://www.longtrailfestivalvt.com/ Roots Rutland VT
09/??/11 09/??/11 Bennington Irish Music Festival http://benningtonirishmusicfestival.com/ Irish Bennington VT http://benningtonirishmusicfestival.com/ 10657 Musical acts will perform a unique blend of musical styles and genres, including standard Irish jigs, reels and ballads, folk, world, classic Celtic as well as the more contemporary Irish rock.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Newport Waterfront Irish Festival http://www.newportwaterfrontevents.com/newport-waterfront-irish-festival/overview-newport-waterfront-irish-festival.htm Irish Newport RI 10658
09/??/11 09/??/11 ICONS Celtic Canton MA Last large festival was 2008. Small unpublicized concert on festival grounds 2010.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Providence Sustainability Festival http://www.apeiron.org/psf2010/pslf2010index.html folk, pop, singer-songwriter Providence RI 9878 9/10: There will be no 2010 Fall festival, Apeiron is considering next Spring.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Stone Soup Folk Festival (part of Pawtucket Arts Festival) http://pawtucketartsfestival.org/events/September/11/2010/stone-soup and http://pawtucketartsfestival.org/events/September/12/2010/stone-soup various Pawtucket RI Double Decker Dance Band, Anne's Cordial, Gnomes, Maria Sangiolo, Gypsy Romantiques, Forever Young 10688
09/??/11 09/??/11 NH Fish & Lobster Festival (aka Fishtival) http://www.prescottpark.org/fish.cfm Portsmouth NH 10721 Celebrating 400 years of Local Seafood in a delicious and fun fashion! Join us for the 2nd Annual Fishtival and enjoy GAMES, LIVE MUSIC, FISHING BOAT TOURS, CHEF COOK-OFF, FOUL-WEATHER GEAR FISH RELAY RACE, TRAP BUILDING, FISH PRINTING and (so much) MORE! Free Admission $4 seafood tastings from 14 Restaurants Don't miss this popular event like none other. Visit www.prescottpark.org for more information.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Bristol Rhythm and Roots http://www.bristolrhythm.com/# Roots, old-time, bluegrass Bristol VA/NC http://www.bristolrhythm.com/artist.php n/a
09/??/11 09/??/11 New Hampshire Highland Games http://www.nhscot.org/ Scottish Loon Mountain, Lincoln NH Alasdair & Natalie Haas over 60 clans & societies, Massed Bands, Sheepdog Trials, Celtic World Music Concerts, New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship, Scottish Athletics, National Highland Dance Competition, Solo Piping & Drumming, Scottish Harp & other instrument competitions
09/??/11 09/??/11 Irish Cultural Center Festival http://www.irishculture.org Irish Canton MA http://www.irishculture.org/IrishCulturalCentre/CalendarEvents/ListEvents.aspx
09/??/11 09/??/11 Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival http://www.newenglandfolknetwork.org/pmff/index.html Sea shanty, traditional folk, story telling Portsmouth NH http://www.newenglandfolknetwork.org/pmff/performers.html 10757 Since the autumn of 2000, the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival has been held annually in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We celebrate our local and national heritage of seafaring and maritime trades by taking nautical songs and music to the pubs, cafés, churches and streets of this seacoast town. The festival is held on the last weekend in September, with free music in the streets all afternoon Sunday. Our eleventh annual festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Working Waterfront Festival http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/ Sea Shanty New Bedford MA http://www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org/performers/ 9190 Join us in New Bedford, America's largest commercial fishing port, to learn about the men and women who harvest the North Atlantic. Walk the decks of a scalloper, dine on fresh seafood, mend a fishing net and watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration. Experience the workings of the industry which brings seafood from the ocean to your plate.
09/??/11 labor day Bread and Roses Festival http://www.breadandroses.net/ Folk Revival Lawrence MA Over 25+ consecutive years, the Bread & Roses Heritage Committee has celebrated Lawrence's ethnic diversity and labor history by organizing an annual Festival on Labor Day in order to honor the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Joe Davies Folk Festival http://www.soulehomestead.org/jdff.html Folk, singer-songwriter, pop. Middleborough MA http://www.soulehomestead.org/jdff.html 9795
09/??/11 09/??/11 Open Road Music & Arts Festival http://www.openroadfestival.com Eclectic Worcester MA Open Road is Worcester’s first sustainable and earth-friendly music and arts festival. The festival will take place September 4th, 2010 at Institute Park. On top of the great live music, there will be an eclectic variety of cuisine, many local artists and vendors, family-friendly activities and much more. Live music kicks off at 11:00 am and will proceed until 6:00 pm.
09/??/11 labor day CDS/FAC Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods http://www.facone.org/programs/program/labordaypw.htm Traditional Plymouth MA
09/??/11 09/??/11 Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo http://www.ctfolk.com/ctff/index.html folk-based pop New Haven CT http://www.ctfolk.com 10058
09/??/11 09/??/11 Turtle Hill Folk Festival http://www.goldenlink.org/festival.html Folk, singer-songwriter. Rush NY http://www.goldenlink.org/festival.html 10128 Got folk? Spend the weekend or just a portion of our friendly, intimate, and fun annual mid-September event. Family-oriented, with evening concerts, jams, workshops, campfire singing, dancing and more. Learn more at www.goldenlink.org.
09/??/11 09/??/11 Hudson Valley Green Festival http://www.hudsonvalleygreenfestival.com/ Roots, Americana Staatsburgh NY The Hudson Valley Green Festival is a one-day music, alternative energy, food & beverage festival that will bring more awareness to the Hudson Valley, improving out quality of life through a greener, eco-minded approach to sustainable living.
09/??/11 09/??/11 North Branch Bluegrass Festival http://www.nbbluegrass.com/index.html Bluegrass Bridgewater Corners VT http://www.nbbluegrass.com/index.html 10375 "Your Staycation Destination For Labor Day Weekend Every Year"
09/??/11 09/??/11 39th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival http://www.delawarevalleybluegrass.org/ Bluegrass Woodstown NJ http://www.delawarevalleybluegrass.org/ 10643
10/??/11 10/??/11 Taunton River Folk Festival http://www.tauntonfest.org/ Traditional and revival folk and blues. Taunton MA ? Defunct? Was not presented in either 2009 or 2010

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Happy Birthday, Rounder!

Ken Irwin (left), Marian Leighton Levy, and Bill Nowlin

Tomorrow, October 22 will be 40 years since the release of the first two Rounder Records albums, Rounder 0001 George Pegram and Rounder 0002, The Spark Gap Wonder Boys.  It wasn't until 1971 that we released our first bluegrass album, 0003 Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys' "One Morning in May."

It really DOESN'T seem like "only yesterday", but it doesn't seem nearly that long ago. Bill and Marian and I all pretty much expected we'd be teachers some day, and - in a sense - we have been involved in teaching of sorts, helping to try to get attention for a wide variety of minority-taste music (but pleased to see several of our "roots music" artists succeeding on larger stages as the years have passed.) At the same time, we've been long time students, learning from everyone we could.  We've become part of a great community which includes incredible artists, fans, managers, agents, talent buyers, media people and so many more.

It's been almost exactly six months since we joined the Concord Music Group, and it's been a very good experience. There's always some trepidation regarding the unknown but Concord's reputation preceded it and we really have found the people at Concord to be good allies as we confront these rapidly-changing times.

We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you and the greater bluegrass community for your support of bluegrass and other roots musics over the years.

Year 41 starts on Saturday.


The Rounders

The message above was posted by Ken Irwin to the Boston Bluegrass Union's listserve.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Songs of Imagined Migrations ~ The Guy Mendilow Band's Ladino Project

notloB Folk Concerts


Songs of Imagined Migrations ~ 
The Guy Mendilow Band's Ladino Project

Date and Time
Friday, November 5 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

LocationUnity Church of God
6 William St.
Somerville, MA

Presented By

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notloB Folk Concerts presents this special homecoming concert at the end of the band's fall 2010 tour. This is the Boston debut of this program.

The Guy Mendilow Band performs centuries-old music from Jewish communities from places such as Smyrna, Salonica, Jerusalem and Sarajevo, sung in the Judeo-Spanish Ladino. Stories of sailors seduced by sirens at sea, murder, intrigue, fantastic dreams and the treachery of kings and qu...eens abound in these colourful canticas. Led by Israeli performer Guy Mendilow, the group makes this ancient music relevant to modern audiences by recasting it through the multicultural lens drawn from the places Mendilow and his musicians have called home, from Israel and Brazil to the United States. The result is a dynamic blend of Sephardi tempered with Brazilian street beats and blues in vibrant musical storytelling awash with warm vocal harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms.

“This isn’t for quirky ears, it’s for jaded ears that need to be shaken awake with something substantially different that keeps the interest on the beam throughout. Delightfully different, even when it seems like it might be familiar. ” —Midwest Record

$18 at the door; $15 if reservation is made at least 24 hours in advance to notlobreservations at gmail dot com

Guy Mendilow Band ~ http://www.guymendilow.com/
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Fairy Tales Can Come True

Reposted with permission.

Fairy Tales Can Come True

This post from Radio-Info.com should give pause — but it won’t — to those rabid musical directors at our “public” radio stations chasing after the fabled youth market with their programming of Triple-A tripe. In it, we learn of “The American Youth Study; Radio’s Future II,” a look along with Edison Research at where the kids really are going, not where the mindless mass of suits thinks they’re going. Among the findings of the study, which looks at “the 12-24 listeners as well as the 22-34 year olds (following up on the same group from the 2000 study)” is this astounding fact: “[T]ime spent with over-the-air radio is down from 2 hours and 43 minutes (reported in Edison’s year-2000 study) to 1 hour and 24 minutes.” A second significant finding: “[A] majority of listeners want a personality along with the music.”
Jeez, kinda makes you wonder what’s going to happen to all the glorious plans of those feckless leaders who sought to woo the young’uns while simultaneously throwing the fogeys under the bus. (Recall, if you will, that the average age of the listener to public radio is 54, with 90% of them over 35.) Yet the bean counters slaver over the latest listings from the Purple People Meter of Arbitron, laying out the big bucks to be tallied alongside their commercial counterparts worshipping at the totem of Triple A.
Additional information is posted here at the Edison website, including this gem: “Alternative Rock stations were selected by half as many listeners in 2010 as in 2000.”
Once upon a time, in a land far away, public radio was concerned with airing music not heard on a thousand other stations. KUT GM Stewart Vanderwilt once piously pronounced:
KUT is . . . a community for music lovers. From adult rock to folk, from blues to world music, KUT seeks out music that isn’t promoted, packaged, or hyped. Music you wouldn’t find without us. . . . KUT is a community of people like you — principled and independent, curious and intelligent. People who cherish their rights as individuals to think, speak and act for themselves. Citizens who get involved when they know that they can make a difference.
That went away when the grand visions of empire building — which included a tripling of the budget to countenance multiple HD channels, the “best and the brightest” high-dollar executives in the radio world to supplant the old guard, a new building, a massive local news presence (not to mention a PR campaign to convince the public they knew what they were doing) — put a crimp in the old budget. Time to get a new plan, and that meant scrabbling in the dirt with all the commercial vagabonds faced with hard times in the Magic Land of Radio.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

notloB Folk Concerts Presents TONY BIRD

notloB Parlour Concerts


Saturday, November 6 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

LocationLoring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

Presented By

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From southeast Africa, Tony Bird, a Malawi-born song man, is a complete original. With a mesmerizing intensity, his voice, vision, guitar style and persona are unique in all of folk music. Bird's African roots have produced a performer with a far-ranging repertoire that includes exotic travelogues from mountains with misty landscapes to desert and bushland filled with lions, birds, bushmen, mangoes, monkeys, sunsets and bicycles.... All this savannah-laden tropicana is interspersed with narrative tales of darkness and delight, topical and historical commentary, love songs, musical tone poems, rallying cries of inspiration and a whimsical sense of humor.

Bird's rich geographic and cultural background has spawned a music of diverse influences. Drawing from the southern African mbqanga and kwela rhythms, Afrikaans boeremusiek and even calypso, along with western traditions of folk, blues, country and rock, his music is an original amalgamation of all these styles, which he loosely describes as "African Folk-Rock." He creates the sound of a full band with his unique slapping, percussive guitar picking, a clicking mouth and an energetic stomping left foot. With a raw organic quality, his grainy voice breaks into growls, whispers and falsettos contrasted against sophisticated painterly lyrics.
Formerly exposed to the impact of modernity on the African landscape, Bird has an inherent indigenous and environmental thread running through his music. Not surprisingly, he has performed at various nature conservancies, including the Rachel Carson Institute where he was presented with an award. While some of his songs take audiences on exotic safaris into the African bushland, others are deep, humanistic journeys of the soul.

Bird had two early vinyl albums released on Columbia in the '70s, "Tony Bird" and "Tony Bird of Paradise." The latter garnered acclaim in a 1986 People Magazine critics' poll as one of the top 10 albums of all time. "Sorry Africa," his 1990 Philo/Rounder release, features fellow southern African musicians who have supported a line of African roots stars from Hugh Masekela to Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, as well as Paul Simon's South African-influenced "Graceland." Bird's release pre-dated Simon's by at least a decade.

Returning in 2003 after a six year hiatus due to hand problems, Bird will be releasing another CD which will feature the same wonderful musicians, including one song with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who became enamored of Tony's music when he toured with them in the '80s. In the early '90s, he also toured with South African stars, the late Simon Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens.

Growing up in the era of colonialism and Apartheid, Bird developed a sharp, conscious universal eye. That same urgency and relevance permeates the expanse of his new music, which now reflects his American experience as well as his worldly African roots.

Tony Bird has been called "The Father of African Folk-Rock." Yet, he is even more. He's an inventive, passionate, theatrical performer who delivers the deeply moving and searching anthems of a mature poet. Some of these songs are extended odes to life that seem to draw from the wisdom of another time and place. It's not unusual for even small club audiences to respond with standing ovations to his altruistic, involving and engaging concerts. This rare bird of eloquent song will fly into your soul and the extraordinary experience of a Tony Bird concert is not to be missed.

"The finest, most impressive folk poet in years" -The Village Voice
Doors 7:30
Concert 8:00

Suggested donation $15 plus $1 Loring-Greenough House preservation fee. Reservation to notlobreservations at gmail dot com at least 24 hours in advance are recommended.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Uncle Earl w/ special guest Kellen Zakula, 10/7

Once in a blue moon notloB makes a concert recommendation. Thursday's moon over Cambridge will be blue.

with special guest Kellen Zakula.

Time - Thursday, October 7 · 8:30pm (doors 8:00pm).
Location - The Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, MA
Doors at 8pm. After-party/jam till 1am. Tix: $10 advance /$12 at the door. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/132399

Lizard's capacity is about 125. Be wise, buy your tickets today.


By skillfully complementing their deep roots in traditional American music with new ideas, songs, and arrangements, the “all g’Earl” stringband Uncle Earl has emerged as one of the leading lights in the ongoing old-time renaissance. Now entering the band’s tenth year, longtime Uncle Earl members KC Groves and Kristin Andreassen are leading a new formation of the band that has influenced a remarkable new generation of old-time musicians. This year Uncle Earl will feature some of the most accomplished and engaging musicians in the American stringband scene, including fiddler Stephanie Coleman, banjo players Paula Bradley, Cassandra Jenkins & Rachel Eddy, and Uncle Earl alum Bryn "Bass Lady" Davies.

Founded in 1999 by vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist KC Groves (mandolin, guitar, bass), Uncle Earl’s lineup evolved as the band’s musical boundaries expanded. Kristin Andreassen joined in 2003, contributing her perceptive original songs in addition to vocals, rhythm guitar, fiddle, ukulele, and clog dancing. Two self-released EPs lead to a contract with venerable folk label Rounder Records, for whom they recorded She Waits For Night with producer Dirk Powell and Waterloo, Tennessee, produced by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who called the album “definitely one of the most enjoyable productions that I have ever been involved with.” Their albums, combined with the group’s infectious live shows, garnered rave reviews from such influential media outlets as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mojo, No Depression, The New Yorker, and Relix. Waterloo, Tenessee was named Folk Alliance Album of the Year in 2007.

Able to draw from a vast range of experiences, talents, and perspectives, the newest edition of Uncle Earl is versatile and powerful. Andreassen says "Everyone who plays with Uncle Earl has an exciting career in music outside the band as well. We come together to play because it's fun to keep this connection with friends and with the traditional music that's inspired us."

In the fall of 2009, Uncle Earl was selected by the prestigious Columbia Artist Management Inc. agency as the headlining band for their month-long American Revival tour. In 2010, the g'Earls toured Australia (March), Germany (May), and will make some limited summer festival appearances in the United States.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

notloB Parlour Concerts Presents DAVID ROVICS

notloB Parlour Concerts


Wednesday, October 27 · 8:00pm - 10:00pm

LocationLoring-Greenough House
12 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA

Presented By

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David Rovics grew up in a family of classical musicians in Wilton, Connecticut, and became a fan of populist regimes early on. By the early 90's he was a full-time busker in the Boston subways and by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. These days David lives with his family in Portland, Oregon and tours regularly on four continents, playing for audiences large and small at cafes,... pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies.

David has shared the stage with a veritable of who's who of the left in two dozen countries, and has had his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera and other networks. His essays are published regularly on CounterPunch elsewhere, and the 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, he will make the revolution irresistible.


Doors 7:30
Concert 8:00

Suggested donation $12 at the door or just $10 if you make a reservation to notlobreservations at gmail dot com at least 24 hours in advance.

Next Loring-Greenough House parlor concert will be TONY BIRD on Saturday, November 6.

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