Bluegrass and Beyond: A Night of Americana Music

Bluegrass and Beyond: A Night of Americana Music

HONEYSUCKLE: Honeysuckle is a highly respected progressive folk act that successfully blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration, comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz.  www.honeysuckleband.com Boston Music Awards 2016 nominee for Best Americana and Best Folk Artist Americana/Roots Act of the Year     Big Red’s Red Line Roots’ 2016  Album Of The Year Boston Music Awards 2015 nominee for Best Folk Artist  and Best Americana Artist Newport Folk Festival, Converse Rubber Tracks artist AURORA BIRCH: Chicago native and Berklee College of Music graduate Aurora Birch is a folk-rock singer/songwriter based in the greater Boston area. She specializes in heartfelt, contemplative songwriting, weaving purposefully through the spectrum of nonsense and lucidity, of infinite and infinitesimal, of delicately fanciful and brutally blunt. As a performer, Aurora composes remarkably captivating moments that extend to every seat in the house. With a perfect pairing of singer and song, she exudes an undeniable magnetism on stage. www.aurorabirch.com DAMN TALL BUILDINGS: Through street performing on Newbury St., Boston, this dynamic quartet formed the foundation for the fully-immersive and truly electrifying performance for which they are known today. DTB has performed at numerous venues and festivals across the continental U.S. – most recently including GreyFox Bluegrass Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Podunk Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass On The Bogs, Vinegrass, Freshgrass Festival (where they were awarded 2nd place in the 2016 band competition). www.damntallbuildings.com “The Carter Family for the millennial generation…The band coined the term ‘guerrilla roots’ to describe its sound, which draws on early-20th-century Americana/bluegrass music, ‘repurposed for a modern audience.’”  (The Boston...
Nurture the Noise featuring MHS Students and guest Hilken Mancini

Nurture the Noise featuring MHS Students and guest Hilken Mancini

The “Nurture the Noise” series pairs Medford High School students with Boston-area musicians and allows them to connect about life as a professional musician in a closed discussion. Students are able to discuss with their special guest a variety of topics including the process of creating original work, marketing yourself as a musician, stage presence and many more. The night culminates with a set of music by the students, as well as a set a set by the featured performer. Our featured performer for the second performance of the “Nurture the Noise” series is Hilken Mancini. Mancini co-fronted the band Fuzzy in the 1990s and was signed to Atlantic Records. Most recently she was featured in Rolling Stone as having written one of the top 50 songs of the ’90s. In 2000, she co-founded Punk Rock Aerobics, the anti-exercise regime that created a fitness revolution, and released the book “Punk Rock Aerobics: 75 Killer Moves, 50 Punk Classics, And 25 Reasons To Get Off Your Ass And Exercise” through Perseus. The book was featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, People Magazine, Rolling Stone, MTV and VH1. After volunteering at the original Rock & Roll Camp for Girls (PDX) she co-founded Girls Rock Camp Boston and  is currently their Program Director.  She plays guitar in two bands in Boston: Shepherdess and The Monsieurs, released on Slovenly records. She owns a vintage clothing store in Boston called 40 South St.   This program is supported, in part by the Medford Arts Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, a state...
OnStage! Series Presents Dwight and Nicole

OnStage! Series Presents Dwight and Nicole

An American roots band formed by recording artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson. An inspiring mashup of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae.  Their recent album, Shine On, is a culmination of an exciting couple of years that saw Nelson appear on NBC’s hit talent show, The Voice; chart a stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at #24 on iTunes; and win a Boston Music Award for “Female Vocalist of The Year.” The duo’s recent momentum also landed them on Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish of the Year” list, found them playing major festivals and performing at storied Fenway Park. Dwight & Nicole’s performances have inspired comparisons to some of the greats — Etta James and John Lee Hooker, the Rolling Stones and the Staple Singers — but it’s their fresh blend of spirited blues, rock and gospel that is propelling them to make their own mark on the music world. They have performed at countless world class venues and festivals including Montreal Jazz Festival, Life Is Good Festival, Symphony Hall, Fenway Park, Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, and The Blue Note in NYC, while sharing the stage with iconic artists such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Dave Brubeck, Dr. Maya Angelou, Mavis Staples, Ray Lamontagne, Trombone Shorty, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, The Avett Brothers, Chuck Berry, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Irma...
OnStage! Series presents Pamela Means and Erin McKeown

OnStage! Series presents Pamela Means and Erin McKeown

We are thrilled to welcome powerhouse singer/songwriters Pamela Means and Erin McKeown to our inaugural On Stage! concert at the Chevalier Theatre. Both women have ties to the Boston-area and are regarded as among the finest and most compelling current songwriters. Weaving seamlessly between jazz, folk, and blues, Means and McKeown write thought provoking songs about love, social justice, politics, and culture. In this co-bill, they bring their musical and vocal skills to the stage of a beautiful, historic theater in the heart of Medford. For more information about the performers visit www.pamelameans.com and...