Singer-songwriter Raven Katz draws upon painters, fairy tales, and the great songwriters of the past to present songs that are unique in tone and style yet maintain the subtle elements of artful storytelling. With a particular love for crafting lyrics, she gathers influence from the folk, jazz, and pop genres to inspire a sound that is all her own.
The Cheeks take influences from Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and The Band, all the way up through current acts, such as Wilco and Dr. Dog. They continue in the tradition of melding the genres of blues and country, while making sure there’s no shortage of rocking and rolling. Mixing covers from these genres along with originals that examine, reflect, and react to the 21st century, The Cheeks aim to create a dynamic set that covers the whole emotional spectrum. The group consists of Dave Becker (lead vocals, harmonica, guitar), Derek Toa (guitar, slide) and Dan Bernfeld (Bass, harmony and backing vocals).
The Dwells were born on the Fourth of July. Paige Califano and Matthew Bean were enjoying the night on a hot, crowded Boston rooftop, but soon found themselves one floor below with some old notebooks and a guitar. Their voices blended minutes into hours and as morning glazed the window, they both left hearing music come to life like they had never heard before. As they dove into new ideas, they slowly crafted their sound and what emerged was a neo-Americana, cosmic folk duo that gives a nod to earlier genre-benders like Gram Parsons and Elliott Smith.
The Dwells are a vocal swirl, drenched in memorable lyrics and infectious songwriting, pulling inspiration from drama and expression in all mediums. Their new album Don't Ever Leave Me Like You Do was released in May with legends such as Henry Diltz (album photographer of The Morrison Hotel and Sweet Baby James) collaborating artistically with the duo. The combination of their voices has been described as “haunting yet ultimately heartfelt and vulnerable."
This concert has been canceled due to weather. Joe's Truck Stop: where the coffee's hot and the showers are free. You can usually find the band ripping apart old-time fiddle tunes, saying grace to their country heroes, and dishing out original songs to the dancing feet in the crowd. Their unique sound is characterized by bluegrass vocal harmonies and twin fiddle lines, driving Appalachian dance tunes, and lonely honky-tonk songs.
Born in Portland, Oregon, Grant Richards has been around music since he was very young. He began playing piano and composing at age 8 and by the time he entered college, he had won four awards from DownBeat magazine and recorded his first album as a leader. In 2009, Richards enrolled in Berklee College of Music, where he received the Jimmy Lyons Scholarship, a distinction awarded each year to one music student in recognition of his or her outstanding talent. In his short career, Richards has performed with many renowned artists including Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Ben Wolfe, Damian Erskine, Greg Hopkins, John Lockwood, and Filo Machado. Now, at age 22, he is a formidable pianist, composer, and teacher in his own right, remaining active in the Boston music scene through performing and recording as a leader and sideman.
Formed in New England, Hunting Stories is comprised of Ellie Buckland and brothers Rafael and Jose Sanchez. The three sing simultaneously, their sound rooted in upbeat, harmonious bluegrass set to the rhythm of a raucous kick drum. They recently recorded “Towns,” an uproar of folk-inspired rock 'n' roll. Banjos and violins help narrate exposed, heartfelt lyrics focused on friendship, love gone awry, and finding home.
Jungle Fires is the indie-pop duo of Manasseh David Israel and Kéren Tayar. Playing both acoustic shows and shows with their band, people frequently liken them to the sounds of Grizzly Bear, Kimbra, and an "indie-fied" Civil Wars.
Fun, thoughtful, and full of energy and style, the band believes that music should make people dance. And what better, more brilliant place to take that vibe from than fires in the middle of the woods? This band's sound fit their name perfectly.
Proclaimed the "singer-songwriter phenomenon from Cape Cod" by the Boston Globe, Carly Tefft grabs your attention with her rhythmic guitar playing and soulful voice. With wide-ranging influences such as Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, and Grace Potter, Tefft combines rock 'n' roll guitar playing with a bluesy voice while telling relatable stories in her songs. Starting her second year at Berklee College of Music, she has hit the ground running, most recently winning the Tyler Ward Open Act Contest, in which fans voted for her online, and the Gavin DeGraw Cover Contest.
Her first independent studio EP, Loud and Clear, was released in March 2012, and her songs have hit many Massachusetts airwaves, from Boston to Cape Cod, while receiving rave reviews from critics. Music lovers can expect soulful and energetic performances from Tefft. She also recently performed in Nashville, Tennesee, where she was recording her anticipated second album, which she is expected to release this spring.
Nellie Fitzgerald is a 23 year old singer-songwriter from San Francisco, California. She started playing guitar and writing songs when she was 16, drawing influence from an array of artists including Sufjan Stevens, Radiohead, and Jenny Lewis. Her performance and songwriting has been largely shaped by her experiences as a street performer in downtown San Francisco during which she grabbed the attention of strangers with her raw and passionate performances. She is currently a student at Berklee.