Each year, WGBH's Brian O'Donovan puts together a compendium of some of the best singers, musicians, and dancers from around the world, including Maura O'Connell and the Lóchrann ensemble, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. The concert is lively and diverse, and reflects the informal style that is the hallmark of Brian's radio program, A Celtic Sojourn, heard weekly on Saturdays between noon and 3:00 p.m. on 89.7.
Jay Nash's country/rock music has been called "soulful, energetic, adult, intelligent." Greg Laswell plays densely lyrical, melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into predictability. According to a Rolling Stone blog, Anya Marina honed her songwriting chops by working in radio. She claimed the San Diego open-mic crown, then scored a national audience via Grey's Anatomy.
Armsted Christian has had the auto immune deficiency disorder sarcoidosis since 1976 and is now in urgent need of a bilateral lung transplant. Help to increase awareness and raise money for continued research of this disease while enjoying music by the A List and many other friends and guest artists. If you are unable to attend but interested in lending your support, send a contribution to the Armsted R. Christian Fund, 104 Smith Street/ Suite #1, New Bedford, MA 02740. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Armsted R. Christian Foundation for Sarcoidosis, to assist in ongoing research and ongoing care initiatives. For tickets and additional information, call Mike Monteiro at 508 789-7377 or Patti Mae Mello at 774 526-2736.
Boston based band Sex! is an amalgam of West Coasters, East Coasters and Mid-Westers. They pride themselves on the pure, raw quality of their live shows. Their sound contains a mixture of blues, r&b, soul, and rock 'n' roll. Unlike their counterparts of the late '50s/early '60s, they've got another influence in hip-hop to modernize themselves. - Hailing from various parts of the world, the musicians that form Nini & Ben came together to showcase the songs of the talented duo. Performing at clubs and coffee houses, writing music and connecting with fellow musicians, Nini & Ben add an exciting and funky new flavor to their folky roots. The evening kicks off with an open mic (one song per participant).
On March 3, Anti– Records will release the eagerly awaited new Neko Case album Middle Cyclone. The fifteen-track collection is her first release since 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, the best-reviewed and best-selling album of her career. Fox Confessor was Case's first album to debut in the Billboard Top 100, and has sold nearly 200,000 copies in the United States alone. The album earned Case Female Artist of the Year honors from the PLUG Independent Music Awards, and a Top-10 placement in the Village Voice’s annual Pazz & Jop critics’ poll. Middle Cyclone was produced by Case with Darryl Neudorf and recorded in Tucson, Brooklyn, Toronto, and Vermont. It features her core band—guitarist Paul Rigby, bassist Tom V. Ray, backing vocalist Kelly Hogan, multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse, and drummer Barry Mirochnick—plus numerous guests including M. Ward, Garth Hudson, Sarah Harmer, and members of the New Pornographers, Los Lobos, Calexico, the Sadies, Visqueen, the Lilys, and Giant Sand, among others.
Elizabeth wrote her first song at age six, banging out melodies on an old upright in a Greenwhich Village laundry room. A born romantic, she transformed the music of Debussy, molding it to the driving rhythms of the washer and dryer. With Debussy and Bach on her left and the Beatles just to her right, Elizabeth quickly developed a sound all her own. Her baroque pop songs have frequently been compared to those of Rufus Wainright, Fiona Apple, and Laura Nyro. Elizabeth performs extensively with her band in New York and Boston (the Knitting Factory, the Living Room, the Bitter End, the Middle East, T.T. The Bears).
Crushing any preconceived notions of what an acoustic jazz trio ought to be, the Bad Plus deliver uncanny, infectious and daring reconstructions of rock and pop classics (by Nirvana, the Pixies, Pink Floyd and more) and craft bold originals of their own. Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Anderson and drummer Dave King are shrewd, hearty improvisers with the ability to build, contort, destroy, rebuild and reinvent without losing grasp of the song. For this special tour in support of their new recording For All I Care, the Bad Plus are joined by guest vocalist, Minneapolis alt-rock singer Wendy Lewis.
Brooklyn's Grizzly Bear leads a one-band revolution of quiet cool. Their handcrafted songs feature dreamy, atmospheric compositions seething with tension and sweeping arrangements. Flush with heart and melancholy, the music is seductive and intimate, laced with haunting melodies and hazy-eyed choruses. Grizzly Bear began as a bedroom project for Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Edward Droste (a Boston native), who used it as a vehicle for his woozily gentle break-up songs. He joined up with multi-instrumentalist Christopher Bear to release Horn of Plenty, and Grizzly Bear morphed into a full band with guitarist/songwriter Daniel Rossen (also a member of the band Department of Eagles) and Chris Taylor on electronics, bass, woodwinds and vocals. Since then, the band has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and toured with Radiohead, Feist, and TV on the Radio. Their greatly-anticipated new recording,Veckatimest, named after a small, uninhabited island off the coast of Massachusetts, is due out in May 2009.
Cafe 939 presents its lunchtime concert series the New Brew featuring Katelyn Clampett. Please join us 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at Cafe 939. Feel free to bring your lunch or indulge your pallette with coffeehouse fare.
Katelyn Clampett is a 21-year old singer/songwriter from North Carolina. With her "funky, fresh sound," Katelyn's songs are a collection of unique, catchy melodies. She is celebrating the release of her first EP on iTunes this March featuring 5 original pop/rock/soul tunes that are sure to make you sing along. Check out her music at myspace.com/katelynclampett.