Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
These are apparently wire mesh sculptures, but your humble blogger is unsure. The snow on the ground covered any explanation of this work, if there is one.
A Google search uncovered no info.
Anybody know the story about these sculptures?
If you do, please leave a comment.
Close-ups are down below.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Kinks kaptain Ray Davies ("You Really Got Me," "Sunny Afternoon," "Come Dancing" and a zillion more) has released an extended play (EP) CD. All net proceeds benefit New Orleans music education programs.
Ray took a bullet in the streets of the Big Easy awhile back after pursuing a mugger or somebody. He's okay.
The EP is entitled "Thanksgiving Day," and features the title track and 3 other Davies songs, along with an alternate mix of the title track. In February the songs will be absorbed into Ray's "Other People's Lives" CD, his first solo album.
As far as I can see, no other Kinks play on the recording. He does much of the recording, however, at the Kinks studios, Konk, in London.
The Kinks, featuring Ray and his guitarist brother Dave, were part of the British Invasion of the 1960s. The group's best known songs (in addition to the ones already mentioned) include "Where Have All The Good Times Gone," "All Day and All of the Night," "Lola," and "Waterloo Sunset."
For more information about the recording, which I bought at a Best Buy store in the Berkshires, click here.
Sunday, November 27, 2005
But down below she's clearly enjoying herself behind the keys.
Seth Richardson, who drove up from VA to do the gig, opened the show.
Thanks to all who attended! We had a great crowd, and were able to lower our $3,000 deficit by nearly $300, thanks to the generosity of attendees who contributed to our pass the hat.
Grace and the crew were planning to head back to Vermont after the show, a 5 hour drive or so. Ah, youth!
Before they left, though, your humble blogger apparently wowed them with the story of Lizzie Borden while munching on a cookie offered by Grace in the parking lot after the equipment load out.
One of the band members--who shall remain nameless--has a strong interest in serial killers. Of course, Lizzie was never convicted and even if she did the deeds she wouldn't be in the same league as Ted Bundy. But the mystery remains and still intrigues.
But your blogger digresseth....
Saturday, November 26, 2005
Cape Cod's Seth Richardson opens for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (www.gracepotter.com)
Saturday night at the Narrows.
For more info about this dreadlocked dude, click on the link below:
Friday, November 25, 2005
Heard "City of New Orleans" sung by the late Steve Goodman, who wrote the song, on some folkie radio show during my day-before-Thanksgiving drive out to the Berkshires. Arlo Guthrie had a hit with the tune. Anyway, was inspired to take a picture of a train (which the song is about--except it's about a passenger train) while in an icy parking lot at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. The white stuff is snow, which was on the ground pre-Thanksgiving out there. The picture was shot not far from the legendary Hoosac Tunnel which some say is haunted, and may be even the most haunted place in New England! Nearly two hundred people died drilling the tunnel in the 1800's. For more scary stuff about it click here.
Now more odds and sods (with apologies to The Who):
- Was just stumbling around the Internet and came across a review of Cynthia Lennon's new book "John" on VillageVoice.com. As you probably know, Cynthia was John's first wife and is the mother of Julian Lennon. Cynthia was there at the beginning, long before the Beatles, long before Yoko. Read an excerpt: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,8802-1774227,00.html#
- Wrote a little review of Livingston Taylor's new CD, which was available at his recent show at the Narrows. You can see that review by clicking here.
- Barry Cowsill mystery continues. Now maybe his voice on a phone in Newport. NBC 10 has the story here.
- Nice to see that comments on the blog are picking up! Maybe we're finally building an audience!
- Case you don't receive the weekly email from the Narrows, here's the latest info regarding our deficit: Thanks to everybody who came out to the shows and all those who donated to the Narrows. We were able to raise another $700 through donations, thus reducing our deficit to $3,000.
- See you at Grace Potter's show Saturday night? Going to be fab! Meet her and the band at www.gracepotter.com. She's very hot on the circuit, recently doing some gigs with Trey what's-his-name from the defunct Phish.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
DON'T FORGET: SATURDAY NIGHT IT'S GRACE POTTER AND THE NOCTURNALS!!!
Anyway, these are shows that haven't been put up on the official schedule yet, though they may be by the time you read this.
Pierre has built quite an international reputation as a fingerstyle virtuoso, starting in the streets of Paris and later sharing stages with the likes of George Winston, David Bromberg, Leo Kottke and Taj Mahal. For you guitar player out there, you may be interested to know that he tunes DADGAD--so don't even try to figure out his chords looking at his hands. Pierre, these days, regularly tours the states and teaches guitar. He's been at the Narrows several times, and always draws a good crowd. Meet him at http://www.pierrebensusan.com/, where you have the option of reading about him in English or Francais.
Doors 7:00 Show 8:00 Admission $20 advance, $23 Day of Show
Little Charlie and the Nightcats
Blues and a whole lot more. "Rollicking, super-cool, jazzy and hip...satirical, sharp lyrics and killer guitar and harp solos..." reports "Blues Revue." These Left-Coasters have been getting it done for decades, but this is their first visit to the Narrrows. Meet them at http://www.littlecharlie.com/.
Doors 7:00 Show 8:00 Admission $15 Advance, $17 Day of Show
We hosted the Mammals a couple years back before they became one of the hottest acts on the roots scene--in fact this young group just wrapped up a tour with Arlo Guthrie (not surprising since one of the members is Pete Seeger's grandson)."The Mammals play old-time string band music the way Jack Kerouac wrote novels--with an abandon born of a deep understanding of structure and form. Their sound is wild, mirthful, and masterful," says the Boston Globe. Here's their website: http://www.themammals.net/.
Doors 7:00 Show 8:00 Admission $15 Advance, $17 Day of Show
Monday, November 21, 2005
One of them is Cindy-Lou Wandaschilde, standing next to a rather stern-looking version of herself.
Cindy-Lou is an award-winning multifaceted artist whose illustrations appear frequently in Sagewoman Magazine.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Sarah Borges, whose Silver City CD has been one of the top recordings on the Americana charts across the country, tore off the rafters at a packed Narrows Saturday night with her energetic country punk. Hope these photos give a flavor of the night.
This is Sarah's 3rd visit to the Narrows, the 2nd with her full band. Last time she played with only guitarist/steel player Mike Castellana at her side. By the way, there's an underground fan club for Mike at the Narrows because of his wizardry at the frets and his always seeming to give Sarah's songs the appropriate dynamics.
Since Sarah is originally from nearby Taunton, MA, she usually brings a bunch of family and friends.
Saturday, November 19, 2005
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band turned the normally staid Narrows into a slice of of the French Quarter Friday night, playing to the most enthusiastic crowd this side of Bourbon Street (or the Brown University campus--ouch!).
Toward the end of the night, some of the dancers hopped on stage and got down with the band!
Friday, November 18, 2005
The Heygoods open for Sarah Borges, whose "Silver City" CD was one of the more popular Americana records in the nation this year, based on radio airplay. To our furry ears, "Silver City" was one of the greatest CDs I've ever heard. And I'm not kidding.
But back to The Heygoods. Here's an excerpt from something I wrote for Americanaroots.com:
“Fleetwood Skynyrd” by the Heygoods (Hi-N-Dry)—Former Boston rockers Katie and David Champagne, along with their bass guy Kimon Kirk, have created what should be a contender for Americana record of the year, along with the likes of Sarah Borges and Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez. The songs on “Fleetwood Skynyrd” have a loose “I don’t give a damn” folk/country attitude brimming with good-natured, sexy, even infectious cynicism. (Is that possible?) All tunes were written by David Champagne, and feature words like: “Dazzling green eyes, I wish you kept your glasses on”; and “See how long her virtue keeps you warm.” If Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez’s “Red Dog Tracks” is the warm, romantic CD of the year from a duo, this one has to be the warm, cold, snotty, romantic CD of the year from a duo.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
To which I might add that even though we're making progress, if we miss a mark attendance-wise for even one show, we could be back over the $5,000-in-the-red mark.
Thank you for supporting the Narrows! For information on how to make a charitable donation, please email Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
He's based in the Paris, France, area but is well known to the Narrows due to at least two previous appearances.
And--he's not only a performer, but he's a donor to the Narrows.
If you're interested in following in Pierre's footsteps, please email Deb at email@example.com.
As you may know, the Narrows is facing a $5,000 plus deficit this year and is barely hanging on. While we don't pay staff, we do pay rent, maintenance etc.
Turnout for several shows was not as high as expected, which contributed to the fiscal problems. A lot of venues, both non-profit and for-profit, face similar issues. But--the Narrows does NOT have a liquor license. So we can't make it up "at the bar."
Thanks for thinking Narrows when you're deciding your end-of-the-year charitable contributions!
Monday, November 14, 2005
Sarah, originally from Taunton, MA, had one of the most popular CDs this year--called Silver City--on the nationwide Americana radio charts. Plus, to these furry ears, it was one of the best CDs I've ever heard. And I'm not kidding.
She sings with unbridled passion, making every note count, every phrase a knockout.
If you like alternative country--heck, if you like music with a kick--this is the show for you.
Sunday, November 13, 2005
As you may be aware, the Narrows is facing a projected $5,000 plus deficit this year. Although we're entirely staffed by volunteers, the artists who perform their music do get paid. Even if, for some reason or another, a lot of people don't show up.
That's what's happening this year. And that's not good for the Narrows' longterm survival.
So, it's pass the hat time, we suppose.
Unless there's somebody who wants to make a $5,000+ grant or donation. Is that you? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and Deb will work out the details. The Narrows, by the way, is an official non-profit, so your grant or donation is tax deductible, if you're interested in that sort of thing.
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Tom Pacheco and Tim Grimm showed what songwriting is all about Friday night at the Narrows. Above, Tim, who opened the show, pauses to pose with Narrows volunteer extraordinaire Marilyn Edge.
As your humble blogger writes this he is listening to Tim's new CD The Back Fields. Frankly, I was knocked over by his performance (I'd never heard of him) as were a lot of patrons, who eagerly lined up to purchase his CDs. I plan to write a review of The Back Fields for my Hugs and Misses column for americanaroots.com. Look for it a week from this coming Tuesday.
Tim, by the way, has had an extensive career in movies and TV. Click here to see his credits.
The headliner, Tom Pacheco, formerly of New Bedford, now of Woodstock, N.Y., brought his legendary bag of songs for--I believe--his 3rd appearance at the Narrows. Tom still has friends and family in the area, and many showed for the show.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Tom Pacheco, originally from New Bedford but now based in Woodstock, NY, returns Friday night after about a year and a half away.
If you enjoy singer/songwriters, this is your show, particularly since Tom's songs have been covered by Jefferson Starship, Richie Havens, The Band and others. This guy has got the goods!
If you're from the Fall River/New Bedford area, you may remember Tom from way back when.
Usually old friends and family come to his shows at the Narrows.
To meet Tom, click here.
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tickets are still available for the Charlie Hunter Trio, who are making their first visit to the Narrows on Thursday night.
Charlie Hunter is a wonderfully inventive guitarist (Playing the 8-string guitar!) and plays what might be called jazz.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Livingston Taylor (left, brother James right) makes his first trek to the Narrows Saturday night.
Last I heard, tickets were still available--but that situation may change over the next 48 hours.
So if you'd like to see this master songwriter, musician and all around entertainer, make your move.
He should be bringing with him his new CD, which, at this time, is only available through his website or at shows. It's called "There You Are Again" and features brother James, Carly Simon, Kate Taylor and Pam Tillis.
BTW, if you're a budding performer or a student of the performing arts, you might be interested to know that Liv has taught performance at Berklee College of Music. Therefore, come to the show and take notes!
Clicking here will lead you to where you can buy tickets.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Last week, 2- time Grammy nominee Bill Harley attended the Tish Hinojosa show at the Narrows. That's him with your humble blogger. Bill is the one without glasses.
Although it was his first visit to the Narrows, he's been a huge presence in the Providence area music scene for decades, founding the legendary Stone Soup Coffeehouse.
He's also one of the first people to step forward to aid a good cause. Your humble blogger helped produce a couple of benefit CDs over the past decade and Bill was one of the easiest people to work with.
You may know Bill from his contributions to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," but he is best known for his high quality kids' recordings, which earned him a couple Grammy nominations.
Entertainment Weekly wrote "Harley might well be called the Mark Twain of contemporary kids' music."
Learn more about him by clicking here.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
Texas-based singer/songwriter Tish Hinojosa played the Narrows Thursday night, and your humble blogger was their taking shots.
But before we get to those: Congrats to Joe G. for correctly answering that Lance Hoppen is Larry Hoppen's brother and played bass in Orleans. Joe G.--two tickets will be waiting for you tonight at the door for the Larry Hoppen/Robbie Dupree show.
Okay, more photos:
Over there is Tish with her sideguy, the magnificent Marvin.
And here's Barry Brown, who opened the show with some tasty instrumentals.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
For two tickets to Friday night's show, be the first to tell me his brother's name.
Email me at email@example.com.
If you've won recently, please let someone else have a shot!
In case you didn't know, Orleans is perhaps most famous for "Still The One."
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Frank gets himself a pair of tickets to see Tish Hinojosa at the Narrows on Thursday night.
...Friday night Larry Hoppen of the group Orleans will make his first visit to the Narrows. This is a reunion of sorts between Mr. Hoppen and your lowly, humble blogger. Twenty-six years ago I interviewed Larry when I was a DJ at a radio station in Poughkeepsie, New York. Orleans' comeback record "Love Takes Time" had just been released.
...John R. dropped your humble blogger a note via email regarding the possibility of booking the legendary Al Kooper, the guy whose accidental organ became Bob Dylan's new sound back in the 1960s (that's Al sitting at the organ in the photo). Al, if memory serves, actually founded legendary jazz/rockers Blood, Sweat and Tears, singing for them before David Clayton Thomas came aboard and Al went bye bye. He later discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and had many other projects. John R. says Al now lives in Somerville.
...John R. also suggested Jon Pousette-Dart. While your humble blogger never met Mr. Pousette-Dart, I used to play his music on my radio show on Boston College's radio station, WZBC. I also saw the Pousette-Dart Band at Boston College in the mid to late 1970s. Never could understood the hypen in his name, but loved his music anyhow.
...If you have a suggestion for a booking, leave a comment or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, we can only hold a few hundred people, so we don't have the capacity to do a show with Emmylou Harris or the Dixie Chicks. Plus, frankly, we're more interested in up-and-coming artists than established superstars (though we, too, love it when Richie Havens, Livingston Taylor, Roger McGuinn and the like play the Narrows). Also, if your company would like to underwrite a show (i.e. put up a couple thousand to cover the nut), we'd be more than happy to talk. Remember, we're all volunteer and don't have a liquor license. Ticket sales and grants are pretty much our bread-and-butter.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Thursday night the Narrows Center for the Arts once again welcomes, out of San Antonio, Texas, songstress Tish Hinojosa.
Would you like to go to the show for free? Well, partner, you can win a pair of tickets to the show by being the first person to email me at email@example.com with the correct answer to this question:
If you have won in the past 30 days, please give others a chance!