Friday, October 16, 2015

Roy Williams and Eddie Barbash Play The Human Hands Songbook, Somerville, 10/24

Roy Williams and Eddie Barbash Play The Human Hands Songbook
Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm (the café opens at 6:00pm)
notloB concerts & Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

Saturday, October 24 at 7:30pm the notloB concert series will team up once again with Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, to present a special performance by innovative multi-instrumentalist string musician Roy Williams. Roy will be joined by dynamic musician Eddie Barbash on saxophone.

Admission is by free-will donation, $10-20 (cash) suggested. Reservations are suggested (the last concert sold out) and available at and at the door on the evening of the event. Samples of Roy’s music can be found on his website,


Roy Williams, an American songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, writes music with a curious ear and an open mind. From the classic pop tunes heard on the first cassette Roy owned—The Beatles “Live at the BBC in 1963”—to the incomparable instrumental canon of Django Reinhart, Roy’s influences eclipse genre categorization, a trait that is reflected in the adventurous spirit of his own original songs.

After growing up in Clark’s Green, Pennsylvania, in a musical house where Neil Young, Buffalo Springfield, and especially The Beatles were religion, Roy began playing gigs in nearby Scranton and soon moved to New York City to perform gypsy jazz with renowned guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Roy worked with Wrembel for four years and toured throughout Central America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he regularly plays out with his mentors and friends Jim Campilongo, Nick Driscoll, and Alex Hargreaves, and leads his own band.

Roy often performs on piano, mandolin, bass, and has known how to play a G chord on guitar since he can remember. He released his debut solo album, Throwing Punches, in February 2015, which features ten original compositions. Roy is currently at work on two upcoming albums: a compilation of instrumental songs by his group Roy Williams and the Human Hands (featuring Alex Hargreaves and Nick Driscoll), and a solo record of rock n roll tunes.

Eddie Barbash plays American roots music on alto saxophone. He brings his horn and sensibility to Texas and Appalachian fiddle tunes, bluegrass, old time, R&B, soul, and jazz. His pioneering take on these traditions has attracted audiences around the world. He is a founding member and the lyrical core of Jon Batiste and Stay Human, currently the house band for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He was raised in Oaxaca, Mexico, Atlanta, Georgia and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He lives in Brooklyn.

This is the third concert in notloB Music’s Fall season at this venue. As it did at its long-running Loring-Greenough concert series, admission is by free-will donation.
General admission $10-20 (suggested donation, cash).
This is a small space, reservations via Eventbrite are strongly suggested -

Upcoming in the Armory Cafe series
Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons w/very special guests Elijah Wald and Sandrine Sheon
The Freewheel Trio & Bronwyn Keith-Hynes and Matt Witler
Wrong is Right and Morgan Weidinger and friends

Food, libations and getting there.
Food, coffee/tea and beer/wine are served by the Armory staff.
Free parking in the back lot and on street.
MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line. Also served via MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop, or from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks (down Lowell Street) from the Somerville Community Path.
More info at

notloB Music also presents concerts in Cambridge, Arlington and Newton. See its full schedule at Tickets for all concerts are available at For more information see its Facebook page - - or email (please do not contact the venues).

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