ADAM EZRA GROUP
THUR. DEC 5 • 7PM • $10
Having toured with Rusted Root, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, and more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level.
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band, they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activist and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa.
FRI. DEC. 6 •
7PM sold out •
9pm tix still available!
"From start to finish, Dear Mark J. Mulcahy is a treat. In fact, it may be his best yet." -- Pitchfork
"Majestic, mind-blowing, quite marvellous - your happiness is assured if you purchase this record." -- 5 Stars - THE SUN
"Terrific - his third solo album opens wounds and plays with the patterns as the blood runs free..." 4 Stars - THE GUARDIAN
& THE TALKBACKS
SAT. DEC. 7• 8PM •$12ADV/$15
SUPPORTING HER BRAND NEW EP OUT ON SIGNATURE SOUNDS!
She's swung sweetly with a gentle sepia coo for so long that all the antiquity is washed away. Though this Big Apple chanteuse's sound is that of Tin Pan Alley on a Saturday night, it's not a borrowed aesthetic from long ago — it's her sound. She owns it. Miss Tess ably chops though the jazzy changes and sings stunningly behind the beat as her new outfit, The Talkbacks, provide a sensational groove to the sashay.
"Sweet Talk is an unabashed reminder that there's nothing wrong with casting a wide net... Her versatility is a rejoinder to how we expect to put musicians into neat little boxes according to genre." - The Boston Globe
SUN. DEC. 8• 8PM • $15
Jeffrey Foucault grew up in a small town in Wisconsin. His father played a plywood guitar and his mother liked to sing. Winter Sundays were for church or ice fishing, which are not so different when you think about it. He went to college and dropped out, took a job on a fruit farm and started writing songs about a girl from Iowa. He finished school, roofed houses, drove a snowplow, and home-school ed the son of the local bar owner in exchange for beer. He cut his first album in the winter of 2000.
THE NEW YORKER:"Jeffrey Foucault, sings stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest."
MOJO: "Songwriting brilliance."
THE IRISH TIMES: "Quietly brilliant."
UNCUT: "The music of Wisconsin native Foucault is the kind so many aspire to but never attain: beat-up troubadour folk whittled to dolorous perfection..."
THUR. DEC. 12• 7PM •
Greg Liszt, vocals and banjo, Stash Wyslouch, vocals and guitar,
Mike Barnett, vocals and fiddle, Dominick Leslie, vocals and mandolin
Samson Grisman, vocals and double bass
Roll Me, Tumble Me, the Deadly Gentlemen's third album and Rounder Records debut, boasts ten winsome examples of their playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft. Although the Boston-based quintet employs acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass—a lineup that's usually associated with traditional bluegrass—their music defies conventional genre restrictions, filtering a bottomless assortment of influences through their own decidedly distinctive songwriting sensibility and uncanny instrumental rapport. The result is timelessly resonant music that's rooted in tradition, yet effortlessly contemporary and boundlessly entertaining.
FRIDAY. DEC. 13 • 8PM
Syd Straw is an American rock singer and songwriter. The daughter of actor Jack Straw (The Pajama Game), she began her career singing backup for Pat Benatar, then took her distinct voice to the indie/alternative scene and joined the Golden Palominos (also including Michael Stipe, Matthew Sweet, and Anton Fier).
She released her first album, Surprise, in 1989; it featured contributions by Stipe, Fier, Richard Thompson, Jody Harris, Peter Blegvad, and a number of other well-known musicians. A second album, War and Peace, appeared in 1996. Recorded with a relatively obscure Midwest rock group called the Skeletons, it chronicled a brief and unhappy romance. In 2008, she released a new album, entitled Pink Velour, on her own label, Earnester Records. According to an earlier interview, the title track "is about my family moving back and forth between the east and the west, and my being kidnapped by my mother on Valentine's Day in 1969, and about not seeing my dad for almost seven years."
SATURDAY. DEC. 14
Appalachian Still is an acoustic string band out of Northampton, Massachusetts playing high energy Americana that combines oldtime mountain music with bluegrass, rock, and folk. This New England group has managed to create a unique sound that is distinctly their own yet remains rooted in the heart of Appalachia. Drawing from a repertoire of traditional tunes, original material, and covers, this band combines traditional music of Appalachians with many “modern” influences like The Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Grateful Dead, Norman Blake, and The Avett Brothers.
Since forming in the Spring of 2005, the band began to hone their skills busking on the streets of Northampton, and playing in local coffee shops and bars. They have picked up additional musicians along the way and graduated to the regional circuit, playing venues and festivals throughout the Greater New England area and beyond. Their songs have been featured on radio stations from Vermont to Georgia.
THE SWEETBACK SISTERS' COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SINGALONG SPECTACULAR
WRSI 93.9 The River
Joan Holliday’s Holiday Hootenanny
Public Television for Western New England
ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Each December, Brooklyn’s favorite country band tours the east coast and spreads the holiday cheer with The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular. This supremely fun and wildly popular show requires audience participation (lyric sheets are provided) and a love for all kinds of holiday music. All the songs are presented with the Sweetback Sisters’ signature mix of harmony singing, rollicking telecaster and twin fiddling along with a healthy dose of holiday cheer.
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 1950s and 60s. The band takes their inspiration from the Davis Sisters and Louvin Brothers as well as the spirited honky tonk energy of Wanda Jackson and Loretta Lynn. On this album, The Sweetback Sisters turn to the canon of Christmas and holiday songs, arranged in a youthful yet nostalgic way.
The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular is an instant holiday hit, breathing new life into wintery favorites and bringing lesser-known songs into the holiday canon. Signature Sounds is pleased to share this music with the world outside the Northeast. Every song will help warm your heart and get you in the Christmas spirit for many years to come.
FRIDAY . DEC. 27
Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easilywon; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
Session Americana is an absolute must-see, must-hear. Says David Greenberger of NPR:"I'd give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they're playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort."
FIRST NIGHT 2014 PERFORMANCES AT THE PARLOR ROOM
2:00-2:45 and 3:00-3:45
SALVATION ALLEY STRING BAND
4:00-4:45 and 5:00-5:45
GIRLS, GUNS & GLORY
JAN 3 • 7PM • $15
Barn Star has impeccable hygiene. We have big hats, and really loud high voices. One guy's dad is in the band, which is pretty cool. And most of us are handsome. Well, handsome for bluegrass.
Wednesday. Jan. 8th
Mikaela Davis is an indie harpist/singer-songwriter from Rochester, New York, known for her amazing YouTube covers of Sufjan Stevens' "Casimir Pulaski Day," which has received over 115,000 hits, and her cover of Elliott Smith's "Twilight," which has received close to 40,000 hits. Mikaela tours solo or as a trio, where she is joined by Alex Coté on drums and percussion, and Cian McCarthy on guitar and sitar. To date, she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with indie rock artists My Brightest Diamond, Jukebox the Ghost, Filligar, and Indians, and was recently invited to perform at the 2013 Lilac Festival.
In 2012, Mikaela recorded, mixed, and mastered her self-titled debut album at Red Booth Recordings with owner and audio engineer Brian Moore, who describes her as "harp and voice with an eclectic instrument mix whipped into a melancholy lo-fi sound; an intricate balance of fluttering vocal folds and fingers on strings that blend effortlessly." Recently, Mikaela released the single, "Feels Like Forever," in support of her summer touring and will be returning to the studio this fall to work on a new EP with Brian Moore.
CLUB PASSIM SONGWRITERS COLLECTIVE
Rose Cousins, Sean Staples, Miss Tess, Dinty Child, Laura Cortese, Dave Champagne, Kristin Andreassen, Dietrich Strause, Caitlin Canty, Dave Godowsky, Annie Lynch & Zachariah Hickman
Sunday. Jan. 12th
LOST: THE MUSICAL
What happens when a dozen songwriters get stranded for a week on a primitive island in Lake Winnipesaukee? Come listen and find out. It's an evening of all-new works from Rose Cousins, Sean Staples, Miss Tess, Dinty Child, Laura Cortese, Dave Champagne, Kristin Andreassen, Dietrich Strause, Caitlin Canty, Dave Godowsky, Annie Lynch & Zachariah Hickman. The Club Passim Iguana Music Fund sponsored this group of castaways for their 4th Annual Songwriting Retreat last June. Six months on, they've chosen to hold their reunion with us, sharing intimate songs arranged for a big band and lots of backup singers. These artists are no strangers to Northampton, having appeared here under their own name or with various bands including Session Americana, Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Sometymes Why and more.
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hard driving Carolina string band
Wednesday. Jan. 8th
Imagine the band that occupies the common ground between traditional bluegrass, outlaw country, and pure old time mountain music. A group that harnesses the frantic energy of the modern punk string band, yet still remains respectfully rooted in the tradition of Bill Monroe. Imagine a band with one foot proudly planted in the path of traditional bluegrass, and one foot stepping out into the unknown forefront of American string music.
This is Town Mountain, the exciting new sound from Asheville, NC. Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of Western North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of the premiere young American bluegrass bands. Great original, tight vocal harmonies, a charismatic stage presence, and instrumental expertise place this group in the upper tier of contemporary acoustic bands. But, in the end, despite these qualities, it's always the undeniable, irresistible energy of a live Town Mountain show that truly sets this group apart.
LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS
FRIDAY JAN. 17th
American Music Abroad Kick Off Concert
Laura Cortese has a vision for her band's sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. It's appropriate then that the trio, featuring Cortese, call themselvesLaura Cortese & the Dance Cards. Since appearing on Cortese's most recent album, Into the Dark (2013), Valerie Thompson (cello/vox) and Mariel Vandersteel (fiddle/hardingfele/vox) have paired their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to Cortese's poignant and powerful singing. Seeing the trio on stage, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. True to their adventurous spirit and wide-ranging influences, the group was recently selected from a pool of 400 bands to tour with the US State Department's American Music Abroad program. Starting in January 2014, they will set off to an as-yet-undisclosed region of the world to perform and teach as artist ambassadors. Such a mission is perfect for this trio, whose music communicates the depth and soul of American roots music, using their own uniquely modern voices.
THE STONE COYOTES
A rare special almost-unplugged show!!
Saturday . Jan. 25th
The Stone Coyotes are a bare-bones rock family trio.
They have had their music on movie soundtracks and eight songs on “Dog The Bounty Hunter”. Author Elmore Leonard used them as a model for his sequel to “Get Shorty”, “Be Cool”. He included the lyrics to five of their songs and dedicated the book to them. While this brought the band national attention, it is the grass roots, word-of-mouth response to their music that continues their momentum.
Barbara Keith’s songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Tanya Tucker, Barbra Streisand. Delaney and Bonnie, Melanie and Hank Snow. “The Bramble and the Rose” has become a folk standard and was recently recorded by Patty Loveless.
Her husband, drummer Doug Tibbles, was a TV writer for such shows as “The Munsters”, “Bewitched”, “Andy Griffith”, and many more.
Son John Tibbles picked up bass and guitar at age eleven. He gets a kick out of people’s reaction when they ask what he does for a living and he answers, “I’m in a rock band with my parents”.
Barbara recorded an album for Warner Brothers in the ‘70s, but unhappy with show business in general, she gave back the advance and the band moved from L.A. to Massachusetts to write, play and record in their cellar. The Warner album, re-released recently, has been getting attention from the likes of world DJ Rayko, who made an edit version of her cover of “All Along the Watchtower”-
Saturday. Feb. 8th
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.
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