Lance Houston (Berklee College of Music) and his talented jazz quartet produce magical and imaginative interpretations of jazz standards. Lance Houston has performed internationally with his distinctive approach to jazz improvisation. Lance Houston has shared the stage with jazz legends such as Chris Botti, Dave Liebman, Philippe Crettien and many others. Many jazz listeners compare Lance Houston's smooth flugelhorn delivery as reminiscent of Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw.
Based on a poetry slam format and similar to American Idol, a story slam is a contest of words by known and undiscovered talent. The night of an event, massmouth posts a theme on it's website and story slammers will sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evening's theme; a lucky eight to ten names will be drawn at random from a box.
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Melody Walker opens
A gourmet cook and one of the top bluegrass musicians in the world? All in a day’s work for Frank Solivan. After six years performing with the United States Navy Band's elite country and bluegrass group Country Current, Frank Solivan formed Dirty Kitchen. It's a tight knit group of some of the best musicians on the scene today. With the 2010 release of their self-titled album, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, the stellar reviews started rolling in. The album made Best of 2010 lists from coast to coast and continues to be in heavy rotation on radio and internet stations world wide.
After 10 years of touring nationally and abroad as a sideman guitarist for Toni Lynn Washington, Gearan settled down in Somerville, Massachusetts with his wife and daughter in has been performs his own music in the Boston area for over twenty years. Named the Unsung Hero at the 2004 Boston Music Awards, Gearan has been regularly sought after by countless musicians for his uninhibited, soulful guitar playing and creatively soaring abilities.
After a decade of opening for legendary comedian George Carlin, the Chandler Travis Three-O – of which there are, in fact, four members – has taken the Northeast by storm. The quartet combines elements of acoustic folk, jazz, psychedelia, and pure absurdity. In brightly colored pajamas, they take their listeners into the zany world of “avant-jazz omnipop.” http://www.chandlertravis.com
Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce founded their alternative acoustic rock duo in 1988 as theater majors at SMU. Jackopierce most recently released their tenth album together, Mile High, the live recording of their show in Soiled Dove, Denver. The duo’s strong acoustic harmonies have shared the stage for over twenty years with fellow legends Counting Crows, Jewel, Dave Matthews Band, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Simisonic, and the Wallflowers. http://www.jackopierce.com/
It may surprise Zoe Muth’s fans that the singer-songwriter of the critically acclaimed albums Starlight Hotel and Never Be Fooled Again hails from a Seattle suburb. Treading both soul and country, Muth’s “cosmic Americana” sound has been compared to such vintage country legends as Iris Dement and Patty Griffin. In 2010, she was named Modern Acoustic magazine’s “New Artist of the Year,” and has since exploded on the American music scene with honky-tonk and soulful 50s-style tunes that are as stirring for their instrumental richness as for the heart-wrenching stories they deliver.
While Ariel Rubin plays her ukulele and tenor guitar with a seriousness that is impressive, it is the strength and impact of her voice – which has been compared to that of Feist, Florench Welch, and Norah Jones – that resonates strongest with fans. Deeply rooted in the jazz, folk, and 1960s rock Rubin grew up on, her songs bring to mind the soaring arrangements and gritty no- nonsense lyrics of bands like Wilco and Bright Eyes.