Tuesday, April 29, 2014

27% arts cut house vote today

If you are an artist who receives grant money from a local cultural council, or an arts patron who attend MCC-supported events, you will want to heed MassCreative's advice.


Jeffrey --
The House will be voting TODAY on the proposed budget released earlier this month by the House Ways and Means Committee.
News reports suggest that lawmakers will vote on a measure that puts the budget for arts and culture at $8 million. This is a 27% cut from the current investment of $11.1 million and will surely result in reductions or outright elimination of arts and cultural programming in communities across the Commonwealth.
Please call your House Representative NOW (the vote is expected to happen at noon) urging him/her to support funding for the arts at $16 million. They can do this by fully supporting Rep. Cory Atkins’ amendment on the House floor to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $16 million. Find your House Representative's phone number here. You can search for your House Representative by town and zip here.
A super-majority of 113 House Representatives have already signed on to Rep. Atkins’ amendment #357. But ALL lawmakers need to hear from constituents TODAY. Call now to ask your House Representative to stand up for the creative community on the House floor by supporting Rep Atkins' amendment to fund the Massachusetts Cultural Council at $16 million.
Help spread the word to your colleagues, supporters, friends, and family:
Send an email to your colleagues and supporters. See our sample.
Post on social media. See our samples.
Check out our fact sheet to help make your case.
Keep up the good work,
Matt Wilson, MASSCreative

Monday, April 28, 2014

Let the Orgy Begin!

May 1-18, 2014
95.3fm and streaming at whrb.org

What is a WHRB Orgy®?
Legend has it that the WHRB Orgy® tradition began over sixty-five years ago, in the Spring of 1943. At that time, it is said that one Harvard student, then a staff member of WHRB, returned to the station after a particularly difficult exam and played all of Beethoven's nine symphonies consecutively to celebrate the end of a long, hard term of studying. The idea caught on, and soon the orgy concept was expanded to include live jazz, rock, hip-hop, blues, and even sports Orgies.
The Orgy® tradition lives on even today at WHRB. During the Reading and Exam Periods of Harvard College, WHRB presents marathon-style musical programs devoted to a single composer, performer, genre, or subject. The New York Times calls them “idealistic and interesting,” adding, “the WHRB Orgies represent a triumph of musical research, imagination, and passion.”

Friday, April 25, 2014

notloB News, May!

notloB News, May!

"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive." Jack Hardy 
Thanks to all who came to the The MollyTuttleTrio house concert in Watertown on April 19. This was the last at the venue, notloB is now homeless. If you own a home that can accommodate 30-35+ and are willing to host and/or if you are associated with a non-profit that would be willing to be a fiscal agent for benefit concerts, please email notlobreservations@gmail.com.
Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 8:00am

In memory of Pete and Woody, we're forming a team to raise funds to research and massacree HD (Huntington's Disease).
Info at www.garbagetrailwalk.org
To join the team of walkers or arrange ride sharing, please email notlobreservations@gmail.com
Share the Facebook event - https://www.facebook.com/events/620293748042667/
If you cannot attend the walk and wish to make a contribution, see how at http://www.garbagetrailwalk.org/GarbageTrailWalk/Sponsor_Forms.html#1 and designate "Team notloB"
More info at http://www.garbagetrailwalk.org/GarbageTrailWalk/Welcome.html
"Our 14th annual "Arlo Guthrie's Historic Garbage Trail" Walk to Massacree HD (Huntington's Disease) is a fun day riding in a VW Microbus to Theresa's Stockbridge Cafe where the 6.3 mile walk begins...not before having a delicious breakfast!
You will begin the walk by going to the "police officers" station and then on to the old town dump where you'll be entertained by the dump divas! Next you'll have some delicious ice cream & shrimp cocktail. Lastly you'll walk by Robby Baier's Soultube Studio & AmeriGas, ending at the Guthrie Center. At the center you will receive a free lunch, compliments of Laurel Lake Center for Health @ Rehabilitation and enjoy some live music :)
Registration begins at 8:30-9:45 at The Guthrie Center, walk begins at 10."

This is a fun day. It begins at Ray and Alice’s church with registration, then you’re put into VW microbuses for the trip to Theresa's Stockbridge Café (the original Alice’s restaurant) in Great Barrington for a great breakfast. The mostly downhill 6.3 mile walk back to the church is punctuated with rest stops where you’ll be treated to foods and antics associated with the epic album. Hope you’ll join us, in person or with a donation.


Lady Rogo (Lord Geoffrey Presents, 5/16, see below) will be Sue Edelman's live, in-studio guest Saturday, April 26. "Something About the Women is the longest-running women's music radio show in the United States and possibly the world! Founded in 1973, the show airs on WMFO 91.5 FM in Medford, MA and streams live on www.wmfo.org on Saturdays 11am-1pm. Something About the Women celebrates women artists across all musical genres and gives voice to the issues that are important to women and people who care about them."

"Crossing an old genre with a young fire.
She's sweet, she's rootsy, she's bluesy -
She's Lady Rogo."

Now through May
Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge

Lord Geoffrey Presents' 2014 series in Cambridge resumed in March, featuring rising young talent from the Berklee College of Music as well as established touring professional musicians. These concerts are presented at Outpost 186, 186-1/2 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, an art gallery with great site lines and acoustics -- not a bar where artists are forced to compete with loud conversations and blaring televisions, or a cramped listening room where patrons are packed into a tiny table.
Wednesday, May 14
Friday, May 16
Saturday, May 31
Thursday, June 05
Click here for complete information

Outpost 186 is BYOF/BYOB-friendly (21+ for adult beverages, please – IDs will be checked).

The following house concert west of Boston is not a notloB production.
email tesik@rcn.com for reservations.
Mari Black, fiddle
with Jake Charron, piano/guitar & Joe Magar, bass

Saturday, May 3rd
7 pm
$15 per person suggested donation
Join us for an intimate evening of music as multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black takes us on a spirited tour of fiddle music from around the world -- brilliant Scottish dance sets, classic swing tunes, rolling Irish jigs, luscious Argentine tangos, beloved American folk songs, haunting highland airs, and more.
“Superb, inspiring, and unforgettable! Her magic is such that she sweeps audiences along with the sounds she and her instrument make.”
-- Willie Ruff, Director of the Ellington Fellowship Series, Yale University
“Particularly impressive”
-- The Boston Globe
Multistyle fiddler MARI BLACK’s energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Mari is the reigning National U.S. Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2012 Maritime Fiddle Champion, the 2011 Canadian Open Novelty Fiddle Champion, and first prize winner at the 2011 International American Protégé Competition. You can read more about Mari and listen to her music at her website, Mariblack dot com.

There are several ways to stay informed of scheduled events:
Thank you for supporting live acoustic music!
Jeff Boudreau
notloB Parlour Concerts et. al.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Don't Celebrate, Donate!

In his next-to-last telegram before being executed, Joe Hill wrote to Bill Haywood, "Goodbye, Bill, I die like a true blue rebel. Don't waste any time mourning. Organize!"

In a similar selfless manner, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, Si Kahn asks we celebrate by making a donation to his Musicians United Project to Protect Bristol Bay

Si Kahn on "In the Tradition with Jeff Boudreau" at community radio WCUW.
Photo copyright J. Boudreau

I am doing everything I can to use my 70thbirthday to raise $70,000  for Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay, so our team can concentrate for the next year on winning this battle.  PLEASE DONATE

Over the weekend, I performed 3 house concerts; in Oakland, Berkeley and Takoma Park, Maryland  So far I have raised almost $12,000.  I am meeting with donors across the country.  I just spent 2 days in meetings all over Washington, D.C.  Please help me get to my goal so I can rest! Today is my 70th Birthday! PLEASE DONATE

When I retired, I swore I would never fundraise again, but this fight to stop the Pebble Mine and protect Bristol Bay has become incredibly important to me.  And the way we have chosen to fight is proving so effective; by uniting musicians and their networks and writing and recording songs to tell the stories of the people; of the land; of the salmon; and of the corporate greed that threatens to destroy it all.

Awareness in “the lower 48” of the struggle over Bristol Bay, Alaska is critical, and Musicians United is playing a strong role in spreading that awareness, creating a buzz and building the movement.  This won’t just be an important victory; it will be an important activist model for the future.  If you have loved my music, my passion or my activism at some point in the last 70 years, please celebrate with a gift to Musicians United To Protect Bristol Bay today!  PLEASE DONATE

If you have already donated, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

In Music and Solidarity,
Si Kahn  


Monday, April 14, 2014


Monday, 4/14/14
Cantab Lounge738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

From Ed: "I am the featured performer this coming Monday 4/14 @ the Cantab Lounge - I have been playing there (almost) every Monday for TEN YEARS! so this show is very special to me. Hope you can all come and help me celebrate. It starts @ 9:30 @ 738 Mass Ave. Cambridge. Requests?" 

Yes, The Ramone's "I Wanna be Sedated" and anything else of your choice, big man!

From Geoff: 
Ed White, the Reigning Ukulele King of the Cantab, plays the 9:30 to 10:00 feature set at the Cantab Monday Night Open Mic tonight.  

Ed's style is punk ukulele.  His songs are unflinching and often hilarious.

The open mic starts at 8:00.  
First-timers get an early slot.  

$3 for two songs.

There will be a Guitar Seance from 7:00 to 7:30.  You pick the topic!

Your pal,


Today's Insight into Modern Life
If everything seems to be going well, you've obviously overlooked something

The "World Famous"
Cantab Lounge
738 Massachusetts Ave
(Central Square)
Cambridge MA 02139
617 354-2685
The Cantab is 21+

Geoff Bartley (1948 - ?)
Prize-winning acoustic 
guitarist and songwriter. 
Two No.1 CDs on folk radio
Geoff Bartley is 21+

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Come to a show and hear everything from Country to Western!

Sunday, April 13, 7pm
Joe's Truck Stop (acoustic)
"Conceived at a greasy spoon, Joe's Truck Stop is here to replace the pills in that there jar. Please, put those away."

Joe's Truck Stop's sole purpose is to entertain and spread the old American Country and Blues gospel. 

Where the coffee's hot and the showers free

Come to a show and hear everything from Country to Western!

Download our (old) demo, "Demo Derby" for free at our Bandcamp page.

"Country music belongs to America." - Bill Monroe


$10, $5 students
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

notloB Parlour Concerts Abandons 7-Year Mission, Goes Crass Pop/Commercial


notloB Parlour Concerts has decided to abandon its seven year mission of being a not-for-profit all-volunteer collaborative presenting acoustic string music in small, intimate settings, and will be selling out, presenting crass untalented commercial pop artists in large arenas!

The spring season:

*We are very excited about Madonna's bluegrass project!
Read about it here.

In the immortal words of Jack Hardy, "NO! NAE! NEVER!"
April fools!