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Joshua Kwassman – Songs of the Brother Spirit CD Release

ASCAP Award-Winning Composer Joshua Kwassman brings his mini jazz orchestra to Connecticut to release Songs of the Brother Spirit. Shawn Brady writes, “Kwassman conveys this autobiographical account through lush, modernist arrangements that suggest an ensemble much larger and more varied than its six pieces.” Hear the programmatic music of Brother Spirit – a musical journey sure to leave an imprint long after you leave!

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/16/2013 - 20:00

Brad Cole

The songbook of acclaimed singer songwriter Brad Cole addresses the ups and downs of the human condition with both wit and raw insights. Cole delivers soulful renditions of songs from his 3 albums with an eclectic blend of Americana over a grooving bossa/rock foundation. Cole will be accompanied by Philip Sterk on Pedal Steel and Craig Akin on Upright Bass

Brad Cole has just released his third solo album, Down The Line. Recorded in Nashville, the album captures a soulful Americana sound—the product of late night bossa nova jams and soaking up his host city’s country roots.

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/09/2013 - 20:00

Open Mic with Bob Gotta

Sign up starts at 6:30

Meets EVERY First Thursday

Come play and be heard. Bring your own instrument or play our piano or congas… join the fun, express your self!

Refreshments Available!

$5 suggested donation

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/07/2013 - 19:00

“Anything Goes” Open Mic

7:30pm sign-up, Every Monday


The World’s a stage … the mic is OPEN!

This Open Mic is for YOU – the budding artist. Showcase your talents, nurture them with this supportive group. Recite a poem, sing a song, dance, read some spoken word, the microphone is yours for the asking. Community spirit prevails.

We have congas and a piano or BYO instrument. Ends around 9:30 – 10pm.

Event Date: 
Mon, 03/04/2013 - 20:00
Mon, 03/11/2013 - 20:00
Mon, 03/18/2013 - 20:00
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 20:00

Double Bill: Greg Klyma with Con & Carole

Greg Klyma is the Rust Belt vagabond, a home-cooked meal and a Vaudeville show in a fast food, karaoke world. He crafts a set with the same skill that he crafts his songs. The stories blend seamlessly into songs, evoking a flavor of Mark Twain, Woody Guthrie and David Sedaris. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, Klyma brings to every stage a deep catalog of material that assumes audiences are both smart and able to laugh.

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/02/2013 - 20:00

Triple Bill! Higher Animals with Robert Don & Grand Cousin

Be sure to bring your dancing shoes or prepare your best hipster head bob for the Robert Don Trio consisting of Wesleyan sophomores Robert Don (Guitar / Vocals), Matan Koplin-Green (Bass / Vocals), and the outrageously handsome Dylan Awalt-Conley (Drums).

Event Date: 
Fri, 03/01/2013 - 20:00

Opus One Chamber Orchestra, a student & faculty ensemble

UMass Amherst Opus One Ensemble, Elizabeth Chang, coordinator

Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst campus

Music by Corelli, Grieg & Janáček

Event Date: 
Wed, 03/06/2013 - 20:00

The Blues Jam!

Our Blues Jam is an institution here in Acton for 15 years now, every Thursday night at 8 p.m.!

with rotating hosts:

1st Thursday: Tom Yates

2nd Thursday: Pat "Hatrack" Gallagher

3rd Thursday: Herb "Air Bear" Hirsch

4th Thursday: co-hosts Jim Guttmann and Michael Avery

5th Thursdays (occasional): Jim Clinkscale

Newcomers, listeners, and dancers welcome!

Tickets: $5

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/07/2013 - 20:00
Thu, 03/14/2013 - 20:00
Thu, 03/21/2013 - 20:00
Thu, 03/28/2013 - 20:00

The Gwenn Vivian Approach

This is cafe co-owner/ manager/ vocalist Gwenn Vivian's own longterm jazz project. A modern approach to standards and new standards. Every Thursday night at dinner 6:30-7:45 (before the Blues Jam!)

Molly Flannery/ piano and co-vocals (
Bill McCormack/ bass
Miki Matsuki/ drums

Tickets: $5

Event Date: 
Thu, 03/07/2013 - 18:30
Thu, 02/14/2013 - 18:30
Thu, 03/21/2013 - 18:30
Thu, 03/28/2013 - 18:30

The Jerry Bergonzi Quartet

Jerry Bergonzi/ saxophone
Phil Grenadier/ trumpet
Bruce Gertz/ bass
Austin McMahon/ drums
with occasional subs

Web Site:

Ticket: $7.50

Event Date: 
Wed, 03/06/2013 - 21:30
Wed, 03/13/2013 - 21:30
Wed, 03/20/2013 - 21:30
Wed, 03/27/2013 - 21:30


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