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Nervous But Excited & The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library

Michigan-based, Pleasantly Aggressive Folk Duo Nervous but Excited (Kate Peterson & Sarah Cleaver) is two songwriters, two singers, three guitars, a mandolin, a violin, a ukulele, a few harmonicas, dead-on harmony, some vaguely choreographed dancing, an impressive amount of laughter and a glockenspiel. Their original repertoire ranges in topic from smart, introspective narratives to the tactfully political… interspersed with songs of love and loss that will undoubtedly tug on your heart.

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/06/2011 - 20:00

Passim School of Music Ensemble Showcase

Tickets: $5, members free

Event Date: 
Sun, 11/06/2011 - 04:30

Cliff Eberhardt

As a youth, Cliff Eberhardt was fortunate enough to live close to the Main Point (one of the best folk clubs on the East Coast). He cut his teeth listening to the likes of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, and Mississippi John Hurt — receiving an early and impressive tutorial in acoustic music. At the same time, he was also listening to great pop songwriters like Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and Rodgers and Hart, which explain his penchant for great melodies and clever lyrical twists.

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 20:00

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.

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/05/2011 - 15:30

Bill Straines

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

Event Date: 
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.

Event Date: 
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.

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

John Coltrane - The Breakthrough: Giant Steps

Date: 
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

Date: 
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.

ROCK OFF MAIN STREET

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! 

Event Date: 
Sat, 11/26/2011 - 19:30

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