SUN MARCH 9th 7PM $15
Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. “We’re a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk,” explains Bode. “Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50s; other times it’s BR549 meets The B52s.”
The Sisters have been touring relentlessly since they released Chicken Ain’t Chicken in 2009. Their new CD, Looking For A Fight showcases the band’s razor sharp musicianship, complex arrangements and growing confidence as songwriters. "We tried to recreate the energy we get when we connect with an audience over the course of a song,” Bode says. “The basic tracks were all done live, and we recorded most of the vocals with Emily and I crowded around one microphone. It gave the tracks a certain intimacy.”
THE HENRY GIRLS
RY CAVANAUGH (Session Americana)
FRI MARCH 14TH 8PM
‘…shimmering harmonies…this winsome Irish trio weaves a continuous spell, adorning a fresh sounding and varied set with their beguiling and versatile vocal chemistry’
Roots Music Report (USA)
The Henry Girls are an Irish folk and roots music group. The band consists of three sisters: Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin. All three have studied music and are multi-instrumentalists, utilizing fiddles, ukulele, banjo,guitar, harp, mandolin, piano, and accordion. The Henry Girls often sing in harmony and their sound has been described as a mix of traditional Irish folk music and Americana.They have contributed backup vocals to Mary Black's album Stories from the Steeples. They have also collaborated with Session Americana, Dónal Lunny, Moya Brennan, Jennifer Kimball, and The Fox Hunt.
SAT MARCH 15TH 7PM $20
"Timeless, lovely" (NPR) East Village Songwriter Releases 'Another Life,' 7/23
James Maddock affirms his status as a fixture in downtown Manhattan's folk and Americana scene with 'Another Life,' his new album outJuly 23rd on Jullian Records. As NPR says of the British transplant, "his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy."
Nodding to '70s rock with shimmering acoustic guitars, an understated rhythm section and flourishes of fiddle, mandolin, piano and dobro, 'Another Life' bridges the mainstream appeal of songwriters like Jesse Harris and Norah Jones and the quirkier sensibility of Loudon Wainwright. With funding entirely from fan contributions through PledgeMusic, Maddock worked with producer Matt Pierson, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (who's played with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm) and bassist Tony Scherr (who plays with Norah Jones).
These assorted winter nights are a take on the Newfoundlanders' kitchen party and the Irish pub seisún or the NYC cellar jam.
SUN. MARCH. 16th 7PM $10
We knew it would be a long, cold ride from Belfast to NoHo for Julia Plumb and Baron Collins-Hill. But we knew they would get it. They would understand that, in the dead of winter, when the wood pile is a heap of sticks and even the chickens are waiting for a certain slant of light, a particular remedy is required for the tired New Englander's soul. The remedy: A crooked tune then a ripping reel; a Scandinavian drone then a driving Down East contradance. The same northern tunes that rode the immigrant waves from the British Isles, that rise off community-hall dances on Cape Breton, bolster us in the wait for spring. Plumb (fiddle, foot percussion) has roamed, danced, and fiddled over northern territories on two continents. She and Collins-Hill (tenor guitar, mandolin; and a recent Div Free Bell ringer) grew up Down East and met at the legendary Maine Fiddle Camp. They don't often leave their "offices" -- by which we mean contradance halls -- but they make March house calls in the form of concerts that might lead to dancing. Cabin fever? Melatonin-deprived? It'll be a long, cold ride for Plumb and Collins-Hill, on that tippy velocipede of theirs, but they know what ails us and they're packing the remedy.
The first half of the night is a down-home concert. We break for hot soup and bread. We set up the room for a jam, led by the guest musicians. New tunes, old tunes. Likely, on a night like this one, some dancing. Fun. The house band helps get the jam going. Everyone who wants to can join or listen, as suits. Stringed instruments -- BYOS. CDs get signed. Coffee gets drunk. People fall in love. Everyone goes home.
w/ Ray Mason
WED MARCH 19th 7PM $20
Dan Bern is best known as a prolific songwriter and electric performer who has released a dozen albums and has spent over a decade appearing everywhere from coffee shops to Carnegie Hall. Since 2007, Bern has focused much of his talent and sharp wit on writing songs for movies and other projects. He composed over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow spoof-biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and wrote the title song for Jonathan Demme’s documentary, Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains. Bern also composed songs that are included in the Judd Apatow film Get Him to the Greek, and he has had songs featured on the CW show Hellcats. Since 2009, Bern has self-released 2 live albums, a children's album Two Feet Tall, his first studio album in 6 years Drifter, an album of baseball songs Doubleheader, and an album based on the writings of Everett Ruess Wilderness Song, which will serve as the soundtrack for a Jonathan Demme-produced documentary of the same name.
(from Della Mae)
THUR MARCH 20 7PM $20
Sierra Hull, one of the true virtuosos in acoustic music, has been in the spotlight since playing with Alison Krauss at age 13 at the Grand Ole Opry. Now with six IBMA “Mandolinist of the Year” nominations, she’s one of the biggest stars in bluegrass.
Guitartist Courtney Hartman is a member of the exciting, all female, bluegrass quintet “Della Mae”, IBMA’s 2013 “Emerging artist of the Year. She’s toured the world, won numerous flat picking competitions, and in her “free time” is studying at Berklee College of Music.
FRI MARCH 21 • 8PM $12
"Wooden Dinosaur makes the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more." - NPR’s All Songs Considered
Wooden Dinosaur’s 3rd album as a full band, Rhubarb Wine, sees the band retreating even further into this musical past, yet observant of the social injustices of our time. Written by guitarist and singer Michael Roberts during a year-long period while he and his wife were building their own house in southern Vermont, the stories on Rhubarb Wine explore the meaning of home, question what it means to love and be loved, and find contentment in physical labor, the natural world, and companionship.
Zak Trojano grew up with a drummer for a father. He listened to CCR, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin at a tender age. Zak went to college in upstate New York where he focused on composition and Jazz. Somewhere in there he started listening to John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Bill Frisell. He has developed a unique guitar style that draws from many of these influences. There is, of course, country music in there too. But thats only natural.
SAT MARCH 22 8PM $15
Charles is the second oldest brother and saxophonist of New Orleans' first family of funk. The Neville Brothers, a collective of four talented brothers and powerfully unique personalities who have thrived on an explosive fusion of diversity and unity, have represented the heart and soul of New Orleans for decades. Today, performing with family in various configurations or pursuing solo projects, Charles crosses musical genres sharing his exhilarating and impassioned music with audiences around the globe.
Affectionately referred to as “The Horn Man” by his brothers, Charles won a Grammy in 1989 for his sublimely beautiful saxophone solo on “Healing Chant” on the Neville Brothers’ Yellow Moon CD. Charles’ history with this instrument reaches back through nearly six decades of musical experience, long predating the formation of the family band in 1977. His life and music reflect many significant aspects and stages in the evolution of American popular music and coinciding social struggles. Beginning his musical career in the mid 1950s, he played with well-known local artists such as Kris Kenner, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and James Booker. Throughout the formative years of his youth he toured through the segregated South with rhythm and blues, jazz, and rock and roll artists: Big Joe Turner, Larry Williams, B.B. King, Big Maybelle and Jimmy Reed, among others.
MAX WAREHAM & The MORNING BUGLE
SUNDAY MARCH 23rd 7pm
These assorted winter Sunday nights at the Parlor Room are a take on the Newfoundlanders' kitchen party, the Irish pub seisiun, the NYC cellar jam.
It's a house band coup tonight when the five versatile steelworkers who've been playing back-up and jamming with all the Parlor Session guests this winter take the Parlor Room stage themselves. Separately, Max Wareham (guitar, vocals), Jeff Lewis (mandolin, vocals), Jared Gardner (bass), Eric Lee (fiddle, vocals), and Vincent MacDonald (banjo, vocals) work in a dozen genres of music, from folk-rock to jazz, rockabilly to classical. Together they thrive on the complex solo work and harmonies of bluegrass and old-time music. If you're lucky enough to have caught them jamming in somebody's kitchen, you know the exuberance and spontaneity of an old-time, middle-of-the-night kitchen party. Songwriter Wareham (whose influences include Bill Monroe and Jack Kerouac) will be showcasing his newest tunes on this stage tonight, and the Bugle boys will unpack a trunkful of old songs they play and sing for the sheer pleasure of it. A night not to be missed. Afterwards? A jam session. 'Course.
The first half of the night is a short, down-home concert. We break for hot soup and bread. We set up the room for a jam. Everyone who wants to can join or listen, as suits.
MIKE BARNETT (Deadly Gentleman)
(Joy Kills Sorrow)
MIKE BARNETT plays fiddle in the Deadly Gentlman who have released 3 albums there latest on Rounder Records. Mike has been travelin’ and performing around the country and internationally with heroes of his. working with Bobby Hicks, Buddy Spicher, and Vassar Clemens, three of the finest people and fiddlers there have ever been. He has toured with Tony Trischka on his “Double Banjo Bluegrass” project and “Territory.” Through the “Double Banjo” project, he shared the stage with the great Bela Fleck, comedian/banjoist Steve Martin, and Greg Liszt (banjoist of Crooked Still /Bruce Springsteen fame).
Soon after The Deadly Gentlemen were created Bass Player Sam Grisman connected him with his dad, David Grisman, who in 2009 decided to change his David Grisman Quintet (DGQ) to a Sextet because he wanted to bring the fiddle back into his music.
JAKE JOLIFF is a Berklee College graduate who hails from Newberg, OR He is a member of a Signature Sounds Recording artist Joy Kills Sorrow who travels 200 plus days a year all over the USA and Europe.
w/ Swift Technique
& Mal Devisa
THURSDAY MARCH 27TH 7PM
With a new year comes a renewed energy and sound from Mammal Dap. The four mammals got together for the first time in October 2012 and quickly discovered the effortless musical chemistry they shared. They immediately set to recording the songs that unfolded in these early sessions, and their unique blend of electro-soul, funk, hip hop and jazz took shape. After locking themselves in the lab for the past year, they have emerged with their debut EP, 5lbs High5. The group draws from a deep love of old school funk and indie rock songwriting, while also giving a nod to master beatmakers like Madlib, J. Dilla and Flying Lotus. The result is a swirling blend of experimental soul and warm electronic textures. "It's a lush, laidback and funky sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for cruising town in a very large Cadillac" (Valley Advocate, MA).
SWIFT TECHNIQUE The past year has marked several exciting changes for Philly's fiery funksters, Swift Technique. Most recently, the band has added electric lead vocalist, Chelsea ViaCava. After joining forces with booking guru, Jake Weaver, the band has recently debuted in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, New Orleans, Nashville and Savannah. With the release of the EP, "you boys be aight", the future continues to look very bright for this Philadelphia Funk Force.
FRIDAY MARCH 28TH 7PM
What’s got 6 arms, 18 guitar strings, a combined age of about 180
and a knowledge of blues, folk and jazz that’s just plain monstrous?
JEB is: Jonathan Stevens, Eric Lilljequist and Bill O’Haire, three Valley-basedguitar-slingers and songwriters.
Jonathan is a crafter of lyrics and tunes that parallel his distinct bread baking at Hungry Ghost. Eric is a legendary band leader from the days of the Boston-based Orphan. Bill is the force behind Blue Guitar Studio in Easthampton and has played with everyone from Mike Bloomfield in San Francisco to Noel Redding in Amsterdam. Come join us for an evening of bent notes, sly rhymes and musical
JEREMIAH MCLANE & TIMOTHY CUMMINGS
SUNDAY MARCH 30TH 7PM
These assorted winter Sunday nights at the Parlor Room are a take on the Newfoundlanders' kitchen party, the Irish pub seisiun, the New York City cellar jam.
Tonight we travel in the company of two great American roots musicians. Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings will lead us from Glasgow public houses to Quebecois cafes, Breton dance halls to Kentucky's back porches. McLane (accordion) brings the troubadour's knowledge of the tunes of two continents. His own compositions for CD, film, and theater have earned National Public Radio's "favorite picks" (for the CD, Smile When You're Ready) and Trad Mag's "bravo" (for Hummingbird). His bands The Clayfoot Strutters, Le Bon Vent, and Nightingale, to name a few, have rocked dance floors all over the world. Cummings (border pipes) is a member of the highly competitive Manawatu Pipe Band in New Zealand, and was artist-in-residence at the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts, Prince Edward Island, Canada. He has made the tunes of Scotland and Appalachia his life's work; his first solo album, The Piper in the Holler, is a meeting of those folkways. McLane and Cummings promise to bring, tonight, a slew of the French tunes they both love. Come to listen. Come to play! There just aren't enough chances in life to sit in with a master piper and accordionist.
The first half of the night is a down-home concert of the guest musician's work. We break for hot soup and bread. We set up the room for a jam of French, Breton, and Celtic dance tunes, led by our guests. Our illustrious house band helps get the jam going. Everyone who wants to can join or listen, as suits. CDs get signed. Coffee gets drunk. People fall in love. Everybody goes home.
w/ Deitrich Strauss
THUR. APRIL 2 7PM $12
When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.
Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
w/ NICOLE REYNOLDS
SAT. APRIL. 5th 7PM
Chris Pureka is a breath of fresh air in an age of fleeting success and temporary notions. She is an artist of substance, armed with a sharp eye for oft-missed details and an emotional intelligence that can switch from withering to compelling with a subtle inflection. On her third release, How I Learned To See In The Dark, set to hit via Sad Rabbit Music /ADA on April 13, Pureka expands on her distinct and beautiful melodies exploring broader musical soundscapes all the while maintaining the stunning vocals and distinct guitar work she is known for.
NORA JANE STRUTHERS
& THE PARTY LINE
APRIL 9TH 7PM
“Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter.” — NPR Music
“Nora Jane infuses bright, fresh lyrics into this traditional genre with sheer intelligence. Musically, she take unconventional twists and turns, while 'holding you to the road' with commanding charm.” — Claire Lynch
“Struthers' music arrives piping hot and original.” — Arthur Wood, Maverick
(Woodstock EP release party - out on Signature Sounds March 11th!)
FRI. APRIL 11th 7PM & 9PM
Heather Maloney and Darlingside auspiciously began their musical careers separately in late 2009 in Northampton MA. Both have toured the county both have put on CD's and grown fan bases. This past November they did a midwest tour together, which lead to playing on each others songs, which lead to a feature in the New York Times which led to the making of a video covering Joni Mitchell's Woodstock which lead Signature Sounds to put out a joint EP this upcoming March! Come Celebrate~
HEATHER MALONEY has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice, and literate songwriting; exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence.
"Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking... Maloney's expansive range can handle Ella Fitzgerald-style jazz scat and adapt to Beatlesque pop or Joni Mitchell folk..." --No Depression
In an age of increasingly electronic music, Darlingside still values authentic performance on real instruments. The sound is characterized by multiple lead-vocalists, dreamy four-part harmonies, dominating cello and violin interjections, and a dynamic rock engine at the core. Darlingside traces its diverse sound to an eclectic array of musical origins: Auyon traveled and studied the traditional instruments of Brazil, Turkey and Ireland; Harris picked up the cello at age six, performing twice on NPR; Dave learned guitar as a street musician in Boston; Don toured nationally as a boy alto and played sunset cruises in Maine; Together, the four close friends are a powerhouse of vocal, instrumental, songwriting and performing talent.
WED APRIL 16TH 7PM
The LA Weekly calls them "cross pollinated gypsy music….one of the most thrilling young acts on the planet." Formed in 2005 and playing everywhere from the hippest LA clubs to festivals, cultural centers, museums, parades, and even on the street, the band includes two explosive violins, the world's best slap bass player, musical saw, flamenco and gypsy jazz guitar, trombone, opera, jazz and gypsy vocals, accordion and one little banjolele. Tackling everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian gypsy anthems, Flamenco, and oddball originals, the band is a not to be missed event for world music lovers...and everyone will love this intoxicating mix of music!!
SAT APRIL 19TH 7PM $15
Many of those familiar with Red House recording artist Ray Bonneville know that he is a hard driving, blues influenced, song and groove man who often writes about people who live on the fringe of society. Ray's vibe is loose and soulful. With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica phrasing, smoky vocal style and pulsing foot percussion he immediately rivets audiences. His solo performance fills a concert hall with all the sound layering and drama of a full band. The consummate, driven professional, Ray plays more that one hundred and fifty shows a year across the US, Canada and Europe. He has a loyal, enthusiastic fan base wherever he goes.
In 1999 he won the Juno award (Canada's Grammy) and was nominated twice more after that. His song about the resilience of New Orleans, "I am the Big Easy" was the most played song by North American folk DJs, and won "Song of the Year" at Folk Alliance in Memphis in 2009, the same city where he took first place in the International Blues Challenge in 2012. About that award he says "I just went to Memphis to meet some new folks, so it took me by surprise when they announced my name; I see what I do as the offspring of traditional blues music".
CD RELEASE PARTY
W/ AMY BLACK
FRIDAY APRIL 25TH 8PM
To watch Sarah Borges strut and howl onstage is to participate in rock ‘n’ roll communion, all glistening sweat and high kicks, soul-shaking and sassy antics. She's a modern-day retro spitfire, red lipstick curled in a smirk as she summons her six-string to conjure a host of fiery spirits, leaving a stunned and ecstatic audience in her wake. This same raucous energy shoots through her fourth studio album, Radio Sweetheart, which is a statement of Borges’ future as much as it is a reflection of her past. Funded entirely by fans, the new album is a sea change marking a split from both Sugar Hill Records (the label that released her two most recent albums) and her longtime band the Broken Singles, all set in motion by a road weariness bred from six years of constant touring and the home-is-where-the-heart-is lure of brand new motherhood. More at www.sarahborges.com
MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS
SAT APRIL 26TH 8PM $15
Miss Tess is Brooklyn-based performing songwriter and bandleader. She currently tours with a tight-nit quartet complete with sax/clarinet, upright bass, drums, and herself on guitar and vocals. Similar to artists such at Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Madeleine Peyroux, or Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Miss Tess draws inspiration from older styles of music, and uses those sounds in the service of her own personality.
Critics have had a hard time assigning Tess's music to a specific genre; when she still lived in Boston she won a Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Folk Artist of the Year" (2008), in 2009 she received a nomination for "Best Jazz Act", and in 2010 was nominated for "Best Roots Act" by the Boston Phoenix. Miss Tess & The Bon Ton Parade not only played in most venues in Boston, but are also hardened road warriers who have found homes in all types of venues ranging from upscale jazz clubs, music festivals, to local dive bars.
SUN APRIL 27TH 7PM $15
Aoife O’Donovan is known as the lead singer of Crooked Still and Sometymes Why, and for singing on (2013)Grammy winning The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan, which toured the US in August (she co-wrote one of the focus tracks, Here and Heaven. Aoife also sang on Noam Pikelny's (2013)Grammy nominated album "Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail". She has collaborated with some of the most eminent names across roots, classical, bluegrass, and jazz, from Alison Krauss and Chris Thile, to Gabriel Kahane and Dave Douglas. She has performed alongside Lyle Lovett, Punch Brothers, The Boston Pops, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sam Bush, Sara Watkins, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Jesca Hoop, The Milk Carton Kids, and the list goes on. Her debut solo album “Fossils”, produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Tift Merritt) was released on Yep Roc Records worldwide.
Aoife’s debut release garnered a good amount of press, a Sunday NY Times feature, The Wall Street Journal premiered Red & White & Blue & Gold, NY Times premiered the album in their Press Play feature, NPR Weekend Edition with Scott Simon, NPR Folk Alley, WNYC Soundcheck, WFUV Session, full features in American Songwriter and Acoustic Guitar, and her album, Fossils was featured as a must listen summer album by Rolling Stone:
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