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Monday, December 9, 2013
Inman Square Berklee / NEC music series closes 2014 with bluegrass
The 7th and 8th concerts in the brother Lord Geoffrey Presents series of rising Berklee and NEC talent at Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street (Inman Square) Cambridge are this and next Wednesday. Bring your instrument for the after-concert pickin' party. The venue is BYOB (21+).
Composer, improviser, and performer Jacob Means enjoys experimenting with new sounds while still maintaining a relationship with traditional folk music. A versatile musician, Jacob has traveled around the world performing in a variety of settings, including an a cappela ensemble in Shanghai, China, and a bluegrass band at the International Folk Festival in Slovakia. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance at the University of Wyoming, Jacob is now pursuing his passion, the mandolin, in the Contemporary Improvisation program at New England Conservatory in Boston, where he has created the Honors Ensemble experimental folk band Bethe. continued
High Rock Mountain plays mainly traditional bluegrass, with an emphasis on broken-hearted love songs and murder ballads featuring two- and three-part harmonies, with some originals and ripping instrumentals thrown in. The band met at the beginning of the 2012 Fall semester at Berklee College of Music through the Bluegrass ensemble arrangement - not that long ago - but they feel like they've been playing together for years. High Rock Mountain is delighted to take the musical heritage with which they have been blessed and bring it to those both familiar and new to Bluegrass, spreading awareness of this great music and expanding the Bluegrass community. continued
The series will continue in 2014 watch the Lord Geoffrey website or Facebook page for news.