David Loebel, Associate Director of Orchestras, conducts the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Preparatory School's senior-most orchestra. The orchestra's top cellists divide up the soloist duties in that most iconic of cello concertos, that by Dvorak.
Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music, ancient blues and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers are left-field traditionalists whose rough-hewn, direct sound has drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered, The New Yorker and many more.
David Hull is a songwriter, bassist, producer and composer whose career and creativity defy categorization. As a respected, sought-after collaborator, he is known not only for his intuitive, organic rock/blues/funk bass playing style showcasing blistering high-energy solos, but for his soulful, thought-provoking songwriting. He got an early start recording and touring with such greats as Buddy Miles, Joe Cocker, Ted Nugent and Arthur Lee & Love.
Hailed by the New England press as “Boston’s best roots players” and a “roots supergroup,” the MYSTIX are rapidly gaining recognition across the U.S., Europe and Japan as one of the great Americana/Roots bands anywhere. Their latest CD, “Down to the Shore,” is a smash hit with radio listeners around the world, reaching #17 on the U.S. Americana Chart, #5 on the Euro-Americana chart, and #10 on the Jambands.com/Relix chart) and was listed as a potential Grammy Nomineefor Best Americana Album.
Msafiri Zawose is currently one of the most admired Gogo musicians today. Born into a family that honors tradition, he is determined to preserve this style of music that plays a key role in the rich heritage of Tanzania. Gogo music allows for expression of emotion and serves a number of roles in traditional life, ranging from specific songs to celebrate the harvest, to serving as entertainment for the community.
Bernie Worrell: How many artists can say they were in on the ground floor of an honest-to-Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame supergroup, all while inventing a completely original and uncanny sound and, in the ensuing years, building a legendary reputation as one of the most versatile hired guns in the music business? True funkateers know the history.
Otis Clay (r&b legend) - Tre Williams & the Revelations (r&b/soul)
Otis Clay is one of the premier deep soul and gospel singers working today. His raw, fiery vocals drive an energetic and danceable blend of soul, r&b and blues in the tradition of such deep soul singers as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. A master showman, Otis Clay stays in demand for festival and concert appearances in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
A literal legend in Texas, Kinky Friedman is coming to Johnny D’s! Mystery novelist, gubernatorial candidate, action figure, and, clearly, famous songwriter, this man is anything but ordinary. Onstage, he’s first and foremost a clown, albeit a provocative and politically incorrect one, and this best-of leans heavily on comedy. However, there’s another, often-overlooked personality; Friedman’s peeks into the human condition stand alongside the Clarks, Van Zandts, and Willies.