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.
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.
The Earth and Spirit Singers is an ongoing ensemble, open to all. We welcome singers of any age and level of experience who have the desire to sing and the willingness to learn with others. No experience is necessary. Members receive a notebook of music, but the repertoire is taught primarily by ear.
"Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it." - Peter Gabriel
Emotionally deep and thrilling performances are her trademark, while poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing sets Paula apart. Grammy winner and seven time Grammy nominee, she is the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the Best Producer nomination for This Fire. Paula will be performing her classic 90’s hits as well as from her latest CD, Ithaca. www.paulacole.com
The internationally renowned Music Department of WHS presents its most talented, dedicated and gifted musicians in a program including selections from masterpieces of the chamber music and solo instrumental and vocal repertoire along with compelling newer compositions. Walnut Hill students have appeared as soloists with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and others, and attend prestigious music schools including Juilliard, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Ask about special pricing for seniors/students.
"So few truly original figures exist in pop music that Dan Hicks should be a national treasure." --San Francisco Chronicle
Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is an American original, beginning as a drummer in 1960 San Francisco’s The Charlatans and now considered a defining figure in roots music. With eclecticism and humor, he skillfully migrates from proto-psychedelia to western swing and jazz, from tin pan alley to country blues, all the while cultivating his own unique sound. www.danhicks.net
"Mister G entrances children wherever he goes." -Valley Advocate
Dubbed "irresistible" by People, Mister G writes funky, original songs like "Pizza for Breakfast" and "Sneaky Chihuahua" that have captivated audiences world-wide. His newest CD, the 2011 Grammy-nominated BUGS, skillfully leaps from rock to ska, bluegrass to bossa nova, and reggae to folk. Mister G's interactive and dynamic shows have established him as a favorite live musician on the family music scene. Don't miss your chance to BUG out with Mister G! www.mistergsongs.com