What a concept – throw an indoor music festival for your 25th anniversary and turn the House of Blues into festival grounds! That is exactly what World Music/CRASHarts did last weekend. I hope it is the first of many festivals for this fine organization.
This fine organization promotes a wide variety of artists from around the world at different venues in the Boston area, and their shows are always interesting. Musicians, dancers, and others are included in their annual offerings.
This is an event worth traveling to New York City to see – a tribute to Lead Belly at Carnegie Hall! Of course any event at that revered venue is worth seeing, but I think this one is going to be spectacular!
Tickets are still available through Carnegie Hall. Concert proceeds go to non-profit organizations The Association to Benefit Children and Project ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). You can go hear amazing music and help some great causes.
There is a new film about Janis Joplin, the extraordinary vocal star of the 1960s who tragically died at the young age of 27, called Janis: Little Girl Blue. I was privileged to attend the Boston area première of the film at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, preceded by live music and followed by a question and answer period.
How lucky was I to be able to attend a house concert presented by the fabulous songwriter Laurie Sargent! And to be able to walk to it!
I walked into the house and was immediately greeted by long-time friends and fans of Laurie, and thought that was a good sign.
Click here to read my review of this fantastic show on No Depression.
The Americans will be our guests for The Extended Play Sessions on Sunday January 24th. We are privileged to have another evening of incredible music for The Extended Play Sessions!
The Americans (Official Poster)
It just keeps getting better!
There is a new, powerful voice on the rise in both the Boston and national soul and blues scenes and her name is Julie Rhodes. I have been privileged to see her twice in the past month at Atwood’s Tavern, but she will not be playing tiny venues for much longer.
This review combines both shows, especially since the lighting (and thus the photos) was better the first time I saw Julie.
Click here to read my review of this show on No Depression.
Every once in a while I see a show that truly takes away my breath, be it by the power of the music, the lyrics, or both, or by the passionate intensity of the musicians. Guy Davis who performed at The Extended Play Sessions recently delivered one of those shows in all those respects.
I arrived early and was treated to part of the sound check/rehearsal, which lasted until doors opened. After the first few notes, I was hooked (lucky me, I was able to hear even more of his fabulous music).