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Amy Black

Genuine storytelling is a time-honored custom, passed down through generations, shared with passion and imbued by honesty. For singer/songwriter Amy Black, storytelling – and true Southern tradition – is in her blood, arriving with an undeniable sense of history, an irrepressible passion for performing, and a whole lot of authentic soul. And with her new album One Time, the Boston-based performer takes her shot, makes a stand and delivers one of the most evocative new Americana discs of the year.

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Sat, 11/05/2011 - 15:30

Bill Straines

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat.

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Fri, 11/04/2011 - 20:00

Guy Davis

Whether Guy Davis is appearing on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” or nationally syndicated radio programs such as Garrison Keillor’s, “A Prairie Home Campanion”, “Mountain Stage” or David Dye’s,“World Café”., in front of 15,000 people on the Main Stage of a major festival, or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a Music Camp, Guy feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his ‘all’.

His ‘all’ is the Blues.

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Thu, 11/03/2011 - 20:00

Richard Shindell

An expatriate New Yorker now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose eight studio albums and 2 live recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. Innovative, original and occasionally spiritual, Shindell's songs weave tales that interchangeably champion the downtrodden, exalt the disaffected or wax empathetic to those lost to society's fringes. From his first record, Sparrow's Point (1992) to the newest album Not Far Now (2009), Shindell has demonstrated a penchant for songwriting at once passionate and profound.

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Tue, 11/01/2011 - 19:00
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:00

John Coltrane - The Breakthrough: Giant Steps

Monday, December 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

One month after playing on Miles Davis' landmark 'Kind of Blue,' John Coltrane stepped out from sideman duties to record his seminal 1959 album. Showcasing blistering solos and relentless energy, the album solidified 'Trane's' place as a leader. It is still a benchmark for musicians today. Our reedmen Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, Walter Blanding and George Garzone front this blowin' session that including 'Giant Steps,' 'Countdown' and "Naima." Wendell Pierce hosts. 

Music of the Modern Jazz Quartet

Monday, November 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

From its start in 1952, The Modern Jazz Quartet had a cool, understated style that belied its complexity. Pianist John Lewis, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke combined classical music structures with the deep swing of jazz. The MJQ made vital music for over 40 years. Our quartet -- drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington and vibraphonist Steve Nelson - honors those late modern masters. Wendell Pierce hosts.


TCAN's successful Rock Off Main youth music program is an all-ages show that provides a venue for bands in this region to take their eclectic mix of music out of their basements and put it on stage where it belongs, performing for their peers. The stage lights up at 7:30pm as Novation (Natick), Splatter Cactus (Hopkinton), Sound Sedation (Wayland), Insanity Plague (Needham, Wellesley) and Emily Ronna (Cambridge) take the TCAN stage! 

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Sat, 11/26/2011 - 19:30


"Albright is among the most gifted musicians of his generation." --The Washington Post

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Sun, 11/20/2011 - 15:00


FBI will be appearing with full band, including members of Farrenheit and Beatlejuice. Also, as a courtesy to patrons, beer and wine may be purchased at this event.

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Sat, 11/19/2011 - 20:00


Join an adventurous princess as she journeys to Mystery Mountain to visit the Great Green Dragon. Meet Zelda the babysitter, a silly bat, Sir George, his clumsy dog, and of course the lovable dragon. Will Sir George slay the dragon? Followed by a mini performance of Three Billy Goats Gruff. The Pumpernickel Puppets have appeared at the prestigious International Festival of Puppet Theatre and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Admission: $10 adult; $8 children

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Sat, 11/19/2011 - 11:00


Of Interest

Know Your Host:
Al Dean

Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

Tune in to Jazz Matinee
Sundays, 12 to 4 pm


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United Bank believes in “personal banking”.  That’s why at United Bank all customers are matched with a Personal Banker. That means, attention to your needs when you need it most, and from someone who knows your history.

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