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Oen Kennedy w/ TBA opening (Folk Acoustic)

Oen's song "Annapurna" won the Boston Folk Festival Songwriting contest in 2008 and now Oen has launched into a new creative phase starting in 2010. Besides more exciting forays into the natural world, this new batch of songs is also a celebration of humans who touch other's lives. Once again, Oen will take you on a green musical adventure, and with the help of expert musician-friends, we'll take flight together into the blue, and into the micro-organismic world of the Compost Pile. www.oenkennedy.com

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/21/2012 - 20:00

Natraj featuring feature Indian classical vocal virtuoso Deepti Navaratna

Imagine the possibilities when nuanced, fluid, Indian-classical vocal lines meet a now soaring, now searching soprano saxophone and a rhythm section that mixes hard-driving grooves with subtle textures! In this performance, world-jazz veterans Natraj feature Indian classical vocal virtuoso Deepti Navaratna for an evening of exhilarating interplay and a contemporary approach to tradition-rooted Indian- and African-influenced music. "Natraj... The future of jazz... the future of world music... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection," extols the Times of India.

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/20/2012 - 20:00

Twang 'em High and Tsunami of Sound

It's been many years since guitarist/singer Drew Townson moved to Boston from Dallas, but you can still hear that BBQ-smoked Texas tone in his playing. Through the '90s Drew fronted the Desert-Surf instrumental trio, The Derangers. Their reverberant sound was the stuff of Ennio Morricone and David Lynch soundtracks. Later, he twanged the Telecaster in the award-winning Americana outfit, Lucky 57. Drew's latest project isTwang 'em High! a quartet made up of veterans, all well-schooled in Americana, Country and Blues.

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/15/2012 - 14:00

John Fannon ''Solo'' (Folk Rock)

John Fannon, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and co-producer of the 70s/80s rock band New England, brings his multi-instrumental one man show back to The Amazing Things Arts Center after a sold out performance in August. John performs New England songs, most notably the worldwide hit Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya, the epic Explorer Suite, Shall I Run Away and many new songs from his upcoming solo album. John's unique artistry is showcased weaving a tapestry of rock, pop, blues and classical styles into his long overdue and greatly anticipated solo career.

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/14/2012 - 20:00

The Big Doozie Presents: Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole is the hippest new "kindie" band from Brooklyn, NY! Their high energy, interactive shows are a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active. Kids love dancing along to their newest hits "Kangaroo and Billy Too" and "Triathlon" and the whole family will enjoy their remarkable renditions of Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land is your Land" www.roliepolieguacamole.com

Ticket Prices: $10 ($8 Mem)

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/14/2012 - 14:00

Garnet Rogers w/ John Schindler opening (Folk Acoustic)

Garnet Rogers has established himself as "One of the major talents of our time". Hailed by the Boston Globe as a "charismatic performer and singer", Garnet is a man with a powerful physical presence - close to six and a half feet tall - with a voice to match. With his "smooth, dark baritone" (Washington Post) his incredible range, and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. His music, like the man himself, is literate, passionate, highly sensitive, and deeply purposeful.

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/13/2012 - 20:00

The Nebula Project (Jazz Fusion)

Instrumental jazz fusion music primarily featuring compositions from David Hines, bassist, composer. the band members are the core of David's debut album, Nebula, which has been recently reprinted due to high demand.

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/07/2012 - 20:00

Eight to the Bar

Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie's Kansas City and Fats Waller's Harlem, where the car radio picks up everything from Jackie Wilson to the Andrews Sisters. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jazz and swing, fifties jump blues, and their own swing-influenced tunes. With their female vocals, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group's inception in 1975.

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/06/2012 - 20:00

Dave Whitney Quartet featuring Christine Fawson

Dave Whitney-New England's Dean of traditional and swing jazz brings his quintet in for a program of jazz favorites. Dave has been leading bands since 1971 and has been influenced by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Bobby Hackett. He is also an engaging singer, He is also known for his work with the Yankee Rhythm Kings, White Heat Swing and Chris Powers Orchestras. Dave's group will feature music of the 20s,30s and 40s and will feature Christine Fawson on vocals and trumpet with Jon Wheatley, guitar, Mark Carlsen, bass and Reid Jorgensen, drums.

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/01/2012 - 14:00

THE LIBERTY JAZZ QUARTET

Alden Hall (downstairs)

Opening Act: WPI Stage Band conducted by Rich Falco

The Liberty Jazz Quartet is:

- Chip Cothran, piano
- Will Kelly, Bass
- Mark Weissman, Tenor Sax
- Henrique de Almeida, drums

A  FREE Big Band Jazz Clinic will be conducted by Rich Falco at 6:30 pm.

In thanks for Listener Support of Community Radio and the past jazz series, and on behalf of WPI’s support of jazz in the community, this concert is free and open to the public, all ages welcome.

Event Date: 
Sat, 03/17/2012 - 20:00

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