A SPECIAL celebration of local artists, LIVE from The WICN Performance Hall, featuring P.E. James, Beth DeSombre, Jason Eslick, Peg Espinola, Chuck Greene, Janet Feld, Howie Newman, the Whiskey Boys, Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Tom Lanigan, Perry Desmond-Davies, and Andy Cummings, with visits from local performance poets Alex Charlambides, Nicki Davis, and Liz Heath.
Paula Cole Featured in Student-Penned Back to the Garden: The Artistry of Joni Mitchell
with Music Directed by Terri Lyne Carrington
A play with music and dance about the life and work of the iconic artist, written and performed by Berklee students with featured guest, Grammy Award-winning alumna Paula Cole, and music directed by Grammy Award-winning alumna Terri Lyne Carrington. The production is directed by Associate Professor Rebecca Perricone.
Thirty-two-year old Rumer (Sarah Joyce) was raised in England and Pakistan, but her sound reveals a deep connection to the heyday of the early ’70s singer/songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, ’30s jazz, and gospel. After years of unfailing effort, she is beginning to reap the rewards. Her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, reached No. 3 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Rumer joins Michael Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, and old Hollywood, all of which inspire her to perform a few tunes from the Great American Songbook along with her own songs.
Eilen Jewell Band, blues/folk/country - Los Straitjackets Rock
Since her official 2006 debut, Boundary County, Ellen Jewell has surveyed a wide range of traditional musical styles, from the folk and jug band leanings of her early recordings, through an album-length homage to Loretta Lynn and the country gospel of her work with The Sacred Shakers, right up to 2009′s Sea of Tears, which bristled with the electricity of ’60s UK garage rock and Chicago blues.
Born in Israel, Oz started his professional career at the age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock music. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was one of the most established studio guitar players in the country. Oz was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. Since his 1996 arrival in New York, Oz has made a huge impact on the local and international music scene. His unique and intoxicating style has broken all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove.
Peter and the band are forging new sounds and in the process spreading the word about their human powered show- powered by pedal driven generators right on the dance floor! It doesn’t hurt that they are a rising force on the local rock scene, too, with some of the best new music we’ve heard in quite a while.
After being discoverd by legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl (at a Stevie Wonder concert, no less), Keller appeared as a singer and co-writer on Earl’s 2010 BMA-nominated CD, Living In the Light. Next, blues and soul fans got to hear Keller with his own band on his all-original critically-acclaimed release Play for Love. And now, Keller is releasing his latest gem: Where I’m Coming From, an album of deep soul songs recorded with The Revelations, one of the hottest soul bands on the scene today.
A rare and precious date with one of Boston’s legendary funk bands- They’ve shared the stage with Maceo Parker, Earth, Wind and Fire, Chicago, the Tom Tom Club, Rustic Overtones, the Grey Boy All-Stars, the Average White Band, Deep Banana Blackout and Original P. To date, nearly 20,000 copies of their five CD’s have been sold. Artist website
Inspired by playing and singing each others songs at their own “porch parties”, these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. They took their act on the road and “Porch Party Mamas” was born. All are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett.