Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Review of Peter Rowan's New CD

Narrows alum Peter Rowan has a new CD out, featuring Narrows alum Jerry Douglas, along with Sam Bush.

Your humble blogger wrote a little review about it, which you can read by clicking here.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Alejandro Escovedo: The Struggle

Celebrated singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, coming to the Narrows in February, nearly lost his life from Hepatitis C in 2003.

Learn more about his music and his health challenges by reading this article from Americanaroots.com.

Access the article by clicking here.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Kris Delmhorst Has a New CD Out

Kris Delmhorst, who is opening for the very fab Richard Thompson in November at our 5th anniversary show (sold out), has a new CD out!

It's called Strange Conversation and it's been out since June--so you can see we're a bit slow on the uptake.

Anyway, your humble blogger has listened to it once and it sounds pretty darn good. I expect to write a full review for www.americanaroots.com very soon.

Anybody out there listen to it? If so, please leave a comment. I'd like to know your thoughts.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

A Thrill of a Bill

It was Boston-based Eilen Jewell and her band along with southerners King Wilkie in a dynamic double-bill on Saturday night.

Eilen did her smoky voiced thing which has won her fans every time she's played the Narrows. She'll be back February 3rd, opening for Alejandro Escovedo.

Her guitar guy, Jerry Miller, also won special acclaim with his frantic fretting on his cool looking axe.

King Wilkie showed the bluegrass chops that recently earned them a contract with Rounder Records.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Happy 80th Birthday Chuck Berry

Your humble blogger still reporting from America's heartland, St. Louis, MO, Chuck Berry's hometown.

He celebrated his 80th yesterday, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered the special event in his honor, which included Chuck, Joe Perry from Aerosmith and more.

Read how the locals in St. Louis write about The Man by clicking here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Jay Bennett, Formerly of Wilco, Update

Your humble blogger is reporting today from America's heartland, St. Louis, MO, which gave America Chuck Berry, beer and more.

Anyway, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch featured a front page banner headline (I think that's the term) featuring Narrows alum Jay Bennett, formerly of Wilco, a band apparently not well known in the Northeast but quite popular for the hip folks out here.

When Mr. Bennett played the Narrows he was clearly wrestling with demons, and he talks about some of them in the interview which you can read right here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Jim Lauderdale Review & Photo

Songwriter and performer Jim Lauderdale recently performed at the Narrows. Above is a photo from that visit. Dig that suit!

Anyway, here's a review of his latest recorded work.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

John Cowan & Darrell Scott Show Moved to March

Despite some generous publicity from the nice folks at the Providence Journal and Providence Phoenix, there is NOT a show tonight at the Narrows.

The John Cowan Band/Darrell Scott show has been moved to March.

Visit www.ncfta.org for the latest.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Help Us Celebrate Our 5th Anniversary!

This message was emailed out to everyone on the Narrows' email list. I thought I'd share it via this humble blog:

Dear Friend of the Narrows:

In November, the Narrows Center for the Arts will be celebrating our Fifth Anniversary. Over the past five years, more than 30,000 people have attended events at the Narrows Center. We have hosted over 350 concerts, over 40 art openings, adult and children's art classes, dance classes, writers' workshops, dozens of special events and produced five Narrows Festival of the Arts. All of this has been accomplished by a hearty group of volunteers dedicated to bringing arts and culture to Fall River. By all accounts, we have been successful beyond expectations and beyond our dreams. The Narrows Center for the Arts has put Fall River on the map as a cultural destination.

To commemorate our Fifth Anniversary, we are putting together a Special Edition Program Book that will be distributed to our patrons and all concert and gallery attendees during November. The book will have a brief history of our venue, highlights of our first five years, photos and advertising space for our sponsors. I hope you will consider sponsoring and supporting the Narrows Center for the Arts. Below is a price list for advertising. Deadline for submission is October 20th.

The Narrows Center for the Arts plans to be around for a long time. I thank you in advance for your sponsorship and support.

Patrick Norton, President
Narrows Center for the Arts

Fifth Anniversary Book

Back Cover $250.00

Full Page 8.50 x 5.50 $100.00

Half Page 4.25 x 5.50 $60.00

Quarter Page 2.125 x 5.50 $30.00

Business Card $25.00

Please mail ad copy or business card with payment by October 20, 2006 to:

Narrows Center for the Arts
16 Anawan Street
Fall River, MA 02721

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Leo Kottke Enjoys the Fruits of His Labors

Truly a Backstage at the Narrows experience:

Guitar god Leo Kottke enjoys some fruit after his sold-out performance at the Narrows Saturday night.

Left to right: volunteer Laura McNamara; Leo; and Narrows president, booking agent and all-around-visionary Patrick Norton.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Carrie Rodriguez Interview

Carrie Rodriguez, who has performed several times at the Narrows with Chip Taylor, has her own CD out.

Recently she was interviewed about her solo work. Read the interview by clicking here.

Friday, October 06, 2006

John Cowan/Darrell Scott Show Moved to March

The John Cowan Band and Darrell Scott show scheduled for October has been moved to March. A new date will soon be announced.

Please check the schedule at www.ncfta.org.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Leon Russell in April

Not yet posted: Leon Russell coming to the Narrows in April.

Keep an eye on the schedule at www.ncfta.org.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Steve Forbert & Michael Troy Photos

Steve Forbert pleased the crowd Saturday night with his casual yet passionate performance.

Local guy Michael Troy, who opened the show, nearly stole the night, though, with his set of original songs and thoughtful commentary. Some think it was Michael Troy's greatest performance ever at the Narrows.