Thursday, October 13, 2022

ninth time is a charm!

 RUSHAD EGGLESTON, a.k.a. Rushadicus in Concert

notloB Parlour Concerts #212
Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451
Tuesday, October 18, 7:30pm


This is the ninth time we have collaborated.


Rushad is a mystical realm-hopping jester of infinite glee, whose unprecedented extremely fast bouncy cello style blows minds of all kinds.  A charming entertainer with unbridled passion, his joy is so contagious that many showgoers complain of sore facial muscles afterwards (the name Rushad means “joyful soul”).


A whimsically adventurous sense of melody shines through in all shades & styles on any of the many instruments Rushad bejicks “to keep it fresh”.  Sometimes he reads mystical poetry in his own language, speaks in tongues, channels aliens, throat-sings, beat-boxes, or does skits as different characters such as Negative Ralph, Country Bob, The Goblin, or Guru Fafa which he has a right to embody because of his half-indian heritage.

Somewhat of an acrobat, Rushad can spin on one leg, hang upside down, do splits, play in plough pose, and catch flying fruits in his mouth while playing fast intricate cello rhythms.  A distinguished flatpicker, his innovation and skill are admired by many guitar luminaries. Although some of his music is avant garde and experimental (he has an amazing deathmetal cat-voice), he is an expert at making personal anthems to those for which he is playing.

ADMISSION: By free-will offering, suggested cash donation adults $15-20; teens and seniors $10; children $5. 100% of patron donations go to the artist.

RESERVATIONS: http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com

ARTIST’S WEBSITE: https://fliartists.com/artists/american-traditions/rushad-eggleston/

VENUE: The concert will be presented at FIVESPARKS - https://www.fivesparks.org/ - 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, the restored 1890 town library building. Doors Open 30 minutes prior to showtime. Patrons are welcome to view the galleries.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Full vaccinations, boosters, and masks requested. Please read additional Fivesparks' COVID-19 protocols for events at https://www.fivesparks.org/

ABOUT NOTLOB PARLOUR CONCERTS: Since 2007, notloB has presented >200 not-for-profit folk, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and progressive string concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. notloB's current home is space rented in the renovated 1890 Harvard, Massachusetts library - https://www.harvardpubliclibrary.org/about/history-library - repurposed as "Fivesparks." Concerts in your home can be arranged.

Phone – 978-226-8862
email – notlobreservations at gmail dot com
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
Eventbrite - http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/notlobmusic
Blog - https://notlobmusic.blogspot.com/

UPCOMING nOTLOB CONCERTS AT FIVESPARKS:
Friday, October 21, 2022 - Owen Kennedy
Friday, December 9, 2022 - Don White
Friday, January 27, 2023 – TBA
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - TBA

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

notlob fall 2022

Since 2007, notloB has presented >200 not-for-profit folk, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and progressive string concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. notloB's current home is space rented in the renovated 1890 Harvard, Massachusetts library, now repurposed as "Fivesparks." Presented in the house concert format, admission is by free-will offering, with 100% of the door going to the artists.

The season will consist of three concerts:
Friday, October 9 – Geoff Bartley (blues, folk)
Friday, October 21 - Owen Kennedy, accompanied by Ethan Tischler, Fern Tamagini-O’Donnell opens (Celtic)
Friday, December 9 – Don White (songwriter, storyteller, humorist, author, teacher) Details at https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/events

VENUE: Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451
Doors 7:00pm, Concerts 7:30pm
Details are in "events" -

RESERVATIONS: http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com (no account is required).

ADMISSION: By free-will offering, suggested cash donation adults $15-20; teens and seniors $10; children $5. 100% of patron donations go to the artists.\\

CONTACT: notlobreservations at gmail dot com

Monday, July 11, 2022

Hannah O'Brien & Grant Flick, presented by notloB Parlour Concerts

 

Hannah O'Brien & Grant Flick, presented by notloB Parlour Concerts
Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451

Tuesday, August 9, 7:30pm


notloB Parlour Concerts had planned to take the Summer off, but we've been asked to present a Celtic duo between their engagements in Cambridge and Portland.
Save gas, stay local!
Reservations requested through Eventbrite - https://tinyurl.com/notlobeventbrite


Hannah O’Brien and Grant Flick play a mix of original compositions and traditional pieces from various fiddling traditions. The duo began collaborating at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, & Dance in 2019. They found common ground despite coming from different backgrounds with Hannah from Irish fiddling and Grant from American improvisational idioms. In August 2021 they released their first duo record, “Windward.” This album features a collection of their original tunes but also some of their takes on fiddling standards. Their arrangements have been worked up without notation and sometimes incorporate improvised sections. While the duo feels at home on double fiddle, they also change instrumentation often incorporating tenor guitar and nyckelharpa. Their musical interests are broad and as a result their programs showcase an eclectic assemblage of repertoire.

ADMISSION: By free-will offering, suggested donation adults $15-20; teens and seniors $10; children $5. 100% of patron donations go to the artists. Please make reservations through http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com

ARTIST’S WEBSITE: 
https://www.obrienflickmusic.com/

VENUE: The concert will be presented at FIVESPARKS - https://www.fivesparks.org/ - 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, the restored 1890 town library building. Doors Open at 7:00pm.

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Masks will be required. Seating capacity will be reduced by 50%. Please read additional Fivesparks' COVID-19 protocols for concerts at https://www.fivesparks.org/

ABOUT NOTLOB PARLOUR CONCERTS: Since 2007, notloB has presented >200 not-for-profit folk, Celtic, old-time, bluegrass, and progressive string concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. notloB's current home is space rented in the renovated 1890 Harvard, Massachusetts library - https://www.harvardpubliclibrary.org/about/history-library - repurposed as "Fivesparks." Concerts in your home can be arranged.

Phone – 978-226-8862
email – notlobreservations at gmail.com

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/

Eventbrite - http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notlobmusic

Blog: https://notlobmusic.blogspot.com/


Watch "Helmsburg", written by Grant Flick, arranged by Hannah O'Brien & Grant Flick



Wednesday, May 25, 2022

 

EVIE LADIN, presented by notloB Parlour Concerts

Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451

Thursday, June 9, 7:30pm




Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie Ladin has always been surrounded by music – credit to her upbringing as daughter of an international folk dance teacher, and an old-time folk music devotee, she grew up thinking that playing music, dancing, singing with others was what people do.  Though entrenched in the traditional cultural arts of Appalachia, her home was in New York City, Baltimore, now Oakland – in cities, not mountains. But tradition bearers came through and played in her living room, with weekends spent at music festivals and house parties.  Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. Evie tours internationally with Keith Terry and her Evie Ladin Band; and has produced numerous albums and instructional DVDs. 


Writing clever, engaging songs, for her neo-trad kinetic roots band with Keith Terry & Erik Pearson, in 2019 they released two CDs: the band’s fourth album of adventurous originals, Caught On A Wire, and Riding the Rooster, totally traditional, raging fiddle/banjo duets, quickly followed by a 2020 EP of favorite cover songs Playing Our Hand. In the percussive dance world, Evie directs the moving choir MoToR/dance for live performance and award winning dance films Ain’t No Grave and The Storm, is Executive Director, artist and choreographer with the International Body Music Festival, and an ace freestyle flatfooter. She is a 2020 Jubilation Fellow, awarded to artists with an exceptional talent for bringing joy to people through music and movement. In the traditional music world, Evie calls rowdy community square dances, and teaches clawhammer banjo, old time harmony singing and more. An electric and entertaining live performer, Evie really enjoys balancing performance with facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.

“Evie Ladin is a natural entertainer with a gift for infusing folk practices with contemporary verve.”

—SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“Ladin’s voice is a revelation. Clear, strong, delicate and emotive all at the same time…her exemplary examples of adult love songs deal with complicated subject matter, yet never lose their swing or get bogged down by maudlin sentimentality. In fact, the music is gorgeous.”

—NO DEPRESSION

 

ADMISSION is by free-will offering, adults $20+, teens and seniors $15, well-behaved children $10 suggested. 100% of the donations go to the artist.
Please make reservations through http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com


ARTIST’S WEBSITE:
https://evieladin.com/


VENUE & COVID PRECAUTIONS

The concert will be presented at FIVESPARKS - https://www.fivesparks.org/ - 7 Fairbanks Street, Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, the restored 1890 town library building. Doors Open at 7:00pm. The gallery capacity is 90, but will be reduced by 50% as a COVID precaution. Read the Fivesparks COVID policy at https://www.fivesparks.org/covid-19

 

ABOUT NOTLOB PARLOUR CONCERTS

Since 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented over 200 Folk, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World acoustic not-for-profit concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
Phone – 978-226-8862
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/

Eventbrite - http://notlobmusic.eventbrite.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notlobmusic

Blog: https://notlobmusic.blogspot.com/


Friday, November 19, 2021

notloB Emerges from Hiatus with Two Concerts, Somerville (11/19) and Harvard (11/20

WE'RE BACK FROM COVID ISOLATION!
Fittingly, the band is the last we presented, February 22, 2020, pre-COVID.

FRIDAY IN SOMERVILLE

Noah y Maurizio’s Acoustic Nomads Album Release Concert
Arts at the Armory Cafe

191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143

Friday, November 19, 2021
7:30pm

SATURDAY IN HARVARD

Noah y Maurizio's Acoustic Nomads Album Release Concert
Fivesparks
7 Fairbank Street, Harvard MA 01451

Saturday, November 20, 2021

7:30pm

 

REIMAGINING THE STRING BAND

Noah y Maurizio’s Acoustic Nomads is a Boston-based band that comes out of the vibrant musical environments of the Berklee College of Music and the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival.  The individual members of the group are widely recognized as emerging artists in the acoustic music scene, but come from varied musical backgrounds - Traditional and Contemporary, Appalachian and Venezuelan, Brazilian and Jazz influences combine to give Noah y Maurizio a unique sound and broad appeal.  Their debut album “Acoustic Travelogue” is out for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal, and out for purchase on iTunes, Bandcamp, and Amazon Music.

 

Suggested donation $15 under 18 and seniors, $20+ adults. 100% to the artists.

 

COVID POLICY FOR ARTS AT THE ARMORY: MASKS REQUIRED AGAIN PLUS PROOF OF VACCINATION REQUIRED 10.1.21

We have some important new COVID-19 regulations to share with our community. Effective October 1, 2021, the Center for Arts at the Armory will require all staff and event guests to show proof of vaccination status. Children under the age of 12 will not have to show proof of vaccination (nor will they have to present a negative COVID test) for admittance to events but are required to wear a mask. Guests who wear masks and present a negative COVID test 24 hours prior to the event will also be admitted. Guests are encouraged to show proof of vaccination from their cell phones. In addition, effective August 13, 2021, once inside the Armory building, the Center for Arts at the Armory requires all staff, volunteers, interns, vendors, shoppers and guests to wear a mask regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. 

Source: https://artsatthearmory.org/

 

FIVESPARKS COVID POLICY:

Fivesparks is reducing indoor concert capacity to 50%. Additionally, we have decided that proof of full vaccination and mask wearing is mandatory to attend this concert. A negative COVID test alone will not be accepted.

 

About notloB Parlour Concerts

Since 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented over 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World acoustic not-for-profit concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
Patron inquiries - notlobreservations@gmail.com

 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

notloB Parlour Concert announces February - June acoustic concerts in Harvard, MA


Harvard – On Sunday, December 15, notloB ParlourConcerts came out of a long hibernation to present its 200th concert, an old friend, cellist Rushad Eggleston at Fivesparks. The well-attended concert has sparked a monthly stringed instrument-based acoustic music series in Harvard's refurbished and repurposed 1891 library. Admission to the concerts is by donation, with 100% going to the artists.
Dates and artists subject to change, see 
notloB ParlourConcerts for current information.



Artist biographies.

Saturday, February 22
Noah y Maurizio
Re-imagining the String Band”

Noah y Maurizio is a Boston-based band that comes out of the vibrant musical environments of the Berklee College of Music and the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival.  The individual members of the group are widely recognized as emerging artists in the acoustic music scene, but come from varied musical backgrounds - Traditional and Contemporary, Appalachian and Venezuelan, Brazilian and Jazz influences combine to give Noah y Maurizio a unique sound and broad appeal.  Their debut album “Acoustic Travelogue” is set to come out in Spring 2020.
Noah and Maurizio met and became friends in 2017 while studying Jazz Composition at Berklee.  In 2018, Noah and Parker Ousley attended the Acoustic Music Seminar at the Savannah Music Festival and bonded over their love of many different kinds of music, workshopping tunes with each other and eventually performing together at the festival with Canadian fiddle player extraordinaire Clara Rose.
Upon returning to Berklee, Noah talked to Maurizio about putting together a group to explore each other’s music, and suggested involving Brazilian guitar guru Joao Perrusi, and they experimented with leading downsized Jazz orchestras for a time
In February of 2019, Clara reached out to Noah saying she was coming to visit Boston for a week, and they decided to put together a few shows to celebrate!  Noah contacted Maurizio and asked if he wanted to try something very different than the Jazz Orchestras they’d been leading, and Maurizio said sure. Parker Ousley and Joao Perrusi came onboard to round out the group, and Mandolin maniac Ethan Setiawan topped it all off.  After a furious week of rehearsing brand new material, the shows went off without a hitch, and the group even found time to record an entire album with the great engineer Alex Leiva.
After Clara returned to Canada, Maurizio and Noah agreed that they had found something special, and wanted to continue the project.  They brought on the indomitable Sofia Chiarandini to take up the all-important role of fiddle player, and became Noah y Maurizio!
Since then they have played at Grey Fox 2019, WBUR Cityspace, Rabb Hall, and all around the Boston area.  
"Noah y Maurizio's debut album is an inspiring display of brilliant solo and ensemble playing, as well as beautiful tune writing and arranging.  This is a special group with a unique sound - definitely worth keeping an eye on this group!" - Mike Block

Saturday, March 21 
Josie Toney Stringband, featuring Sam Leslie on guitar, Gabe Hirshfeld on banjo, and Mike Siegel on upright bass.
Josie Toney is a versatile musician drawing from a deep familial background in traditional music. Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Josie now lives in Boston, MA. Josie has performed at Festivals around the country, such as Grey Fox, FreshGrass, Old Tone, and 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival. She is a sought after private instructor, and has taught at Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA, Bruce Molsky & Debra Clifford’s Old Time Rollick at Ashokan, and the Passim School of Music in Boston.
Josie is a graduate of The Berklee College of Music, where she received the Sam Eisenson Award for Country Music. In September of 2019 she won the FreshGrass fiddle championship. Josie’s acoustic string band showcases a variety of early country music, from the Old Time of the Appalachian Mountains to songs from Honky Tonk Heroes like Hank Williams and Kitty Wells. This concert will feature Sam Leslie on guitar, Gabe Hirshfeld on the banjo, and Mike Siegel on the upright bass.
“Josie Toney is one of the compelling, wonderful new voices bringing traditional music into today’s musical fabric. In performance, her lifetime and love of playing will draw you in immediately, with fearless, heartfelt singing and powerful fiddling (sometimes both at the same time, something I really love). Josie’s musical energy and chops are nothing short of uplifting, a joy to hear!” - Bruce Molsky

April (date tba)
The Ruta Begggars
https://www.facebook.com/therutabeggars/
A Vegetable and Band”

Friday, May 22
Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton

https://www.flynncohen.net/
https://mattandshannonheaton.com/

Flynn Cohen and Matt Heaton are two of New England’s most experienced acoustic guitar players, each having performed with some of the finest performers in folk music. They also double on mandolin and bouzouki and create sophisticated arrangements of traditional and original material, including influences of Irish traditional music and bluegrass. Acoustic Guitar magazine says of Matt, “Powerfully rhythmic playing” and Dirty Linen magazine calls Flynn “a versatile string virtuoso.”

Saturday, June (date tba)
Evie Ladin and Keith Terry
Innovative musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad soul, Oakland, California-based Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down original folk songs and deep interpretations of old songs, with the kinetic thrill of percussive dance.
Ladin sings and plays infectious clawhammer banjo, while Terry is a master percussionist. It was Appalachian string band music pared to the absolute minimum of accompaniment, but packed with an orchestra’s worth of rhythm. — Music City Roots, Nashville
A prolific singer-songwriter, percussive dancer and square dance caller, the polyrhythmic heat of Evie’s clawhammer banjo has been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. She can write, she can sing, and she pulls back from the saccharine brink with wit – a sharp intelligence. –Grant Alden, No Depression
Trained as a jazz drummer, Keith Terry brings tonal percussion to stand-up bass, is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, the founder of the International Body Music Festival, and a collaborator with a host of inventive performers from Bobby McFerrin, Tex Williams and Robin Williams, to Turtle Island Quartet, Charles “Honi” Coles and Bill Irwin. Mr. Terry in action is like visiting an anatomical carnival, where hands, feet, fingers, engage in a musical ballet. – Wall Street Journal
Evie & Keith perform for all ages, and are skilled educators, often offering workshops and in-school activities while touring, from elementary through professional level training on a host of topics. In 2019 they celebrate the release of the fourth CD of original music, Caught On A Wire, with the Evie Ladin Band, a tight trio with Erik Pearson.

DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Etc.
Suggested donation: children and seniors $10, adults $15-20.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance time.
Reservations: https://tinyurl.com/notlobeventbrite

About notloB Parlour Concerts
Since 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented over 200 Folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World (mostly) acoustic unplugged concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/notlobmusic/
email - notlobreservations@gmail.com
Phone – 978-226-8862

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

notloB is Coming out of Hibernation, presenting Rushad Eggleston December 5 & 15




notloB Parlour Concerts has been in a long hibernation (its last concert, entitled "Celebrate Midsummer Eve with Kieran Kane and Rayna Gellert" was June, 20, 2018), waiting for a "special" artist to present for its 200th. That "special" artist has turned out to be the one and only Rushad Eggleston, founding member of Darol Anger’s Republic of StringsCrooked Still, and Tornado Rider, and six-time notloBBer.

Concert #200 will be Thursday, December 5, appropriately at Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge, a familiar notloB haunt, which was the home to 29 presentations between February, 2013 and July 2015; coincidentally, the first there was #100, headlined by Eggleston.  #201 and 202 will be Sunday, December 15 at a new venue in Harvard, MA, its 19th century library re-purposed as a gallery/performing arts center, "Fivesparks." 

Jeff Boudreau, notloB’s chief cook and bottle washer, has had his eye on Fivesparks for some time and actually had two concerts planned but first a construction delay then a completion delay nixed both. "The first cancellation was particularly hard to take", opines Boudreau, as it would have been a fabulous birthday present. Fivesparks construction did not began until two months after the planned date. The second had been planned for March, 2019.

"But now we're back with a trifecta", explains Boudreau. Rushad called just a couple weeks ago, not knowing I had moved to Harvard in 2017, asking for a "Boston gig". After establishing I was now 35 miles west of Inman Square, he asked if we could do two gigs, one each in Cambridge and Harvard. Having seen Rushad perform numerous times for children at the Rhythm and Roots (Rhode Island) and Grey Fox Bluegrass (New York) festivals I came up with the idea of two Harvard concerts, an afternoon children's and evening adult. That is how things evolve when working with Rushad." Boudreau is hopeful the Eggleston concert will be the first of a new curated acoustic music series with old notloB friends, who include notable fiddlers Darol Anger, Brittany Haas, Natalie Haas, Hanneke Cassel. See the complete artist list at https://www.facebook.com/pg/notloBParlourConcerts/about/

About the artist:
“Eggleston is a
n eclectic, whimsical, inventive performer and personality…a cello player with a difference. Calling himself the Ambassador of Sneth and Wild Cello Goblin, Eggleston improvises in fiddle styles on the cello. Now touring the world—from Italy to Belgium and beyond—as a solo performer on cello, vocals, and kazoo, he wears a jester costume and sings in his own imaginary language.”

Gigs:
Thursday, December 5, 8pm at Outpost 186, 186 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA
notloB's 200th concert!
Suggested donation $15-20.
https://www.facebook.com/events/450608318973615/
Sunday, December 15, 5pm (kids) & 7pm (adults) at Fivesparks, 7 Fairbank Street, Harvard, MA.
Suggested donation $10 kids, $15-20 adults, $10 seniors.

Etc.
Reservations for all: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/notlob-parlour-concerts-6730833315
Doors open 15 minutes prior to performance time.
Questions/more information:
email - notlobreservations@gmail.com
Phone – 978-226-8862



 Jeff Boudreau and Rushad Eggleston
Outpost 186
February 12, 2013
Photo credit Jon Strimish

About notloB Parlour Concerts:
Since 2007, notloB Parlour Concerts has presented 200 folk, Old-Time, Blue Grass, Progressive String, Celtic, and World concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/notloBParlourConcerts/