The Extended Play Sessions Present A Funky Way to End 2014’s Concert Year

The Extended Play Sessions American Roots Music Television announced that funk band The Get Right Band will be in the studio for a Session on Monday, December 15th at 7 pm. Sorry for the short notice – this Session sounds like it will be one not to miss.


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Lowell Summer Music Series Announces First Show of 2015

I am excited to announce the first show of the 26th season of the Lowell Summer Music Series! It’s starting a little earlier than in past years which – for this fan of the Series at least –  is going to make winter a bit more palatable! Ani DiFranco with Peter Mulvey opening will perform at the Series on Saturday, June 20.

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Yusuf/Cat Stevens Captured – or Recaptured – Our Hearts

I admit it – I have been a star-struck fan-girl of Yusuf/Cat Stevens from his beginnings in the late 1960s! I cannot remember the first song of his that I heard but I do recall thinking that I’d love him forever. I was thrilled beyond measure when he announced that he would once again be able to perform in the United States and apoplectic when Boston was chosen as one of the five cities in which he would perform! Forty years are too long to wait to see one of your very favorite musicians in person (I saw him twice in 1974)…

Yusuf/Cat Stevens

Yusuf/Cat Stevens

Last night, Yusuf/Cat (I can’t help it, I still want to call him Cat) brought his Peace Train…Late Again tour to the Wang Theatre which is the same venue in which he performed his last Boston show in 1976. What a magical evening this was for me and the 3,600 other fans in attendance.

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The Sacred Shakers Shook The Sinclair

Several people told me that I needed to see The Sacred Shakers perform because they thought I would enjoy the band’s country-gospel sound. I decided to catch their show at The Sinclair last week, and am so glad I did!

The Sacred Shakers (except Daniel)

The Sacred Shakers (except Daniel Kellar)

I appreciate gospel music not for the religious nature of the songs cut for the quality of the musicians and the music.  The Sacred Shakers delivered great music and musicianship!

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The Extended Play Sessions Present A Folk-Rock Evening

Alternate Root TV announced that folk-rock singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson will be in the studio for an Extended Play Session on Thursday, December 11th at 7 pm.

Eliot Bronson (Official Poster)

Eliot Bronson (Official Poster)

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Fife & Drom Beat Their Way Into My Soul

Seeing Fife & Drom at the Extended Play Sessions two weeks ago gave me something I was not expecting – no fifes but lots of drums!

Fife & Drom

Fife & Drom

This is a blues band, but their style is quite different from most blues bands I have heard. Not only that, but this was the first time I have seen an autoharp plugged into an amplifier!

Abby Ahmad

Abby Ahmad

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Women Of The World Mesmerized At Regattabar

Someone I met at a show suggested that I would enjoy seeing Women Of The World; when their most recent show at Regattabar was announced, I made plans to be in that audience. I am so glad I attended this sold-out show!

Women Of The World

Women Of The World

What an engaging group of young musicians (women and men) from many parts of the world.

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The Whole of Eric Johnson and Mike Stern is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts…

And each part – Mike Stern and Eric Johnson – is incredible on its own! Together, they are formidable.

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern (The Wilbur)

Eric Johnson and Mike Stern (The Wilbur)

Last year, I saw Mike and Eric at two of their four Regattabar shows and they were my top shows of 2013. When they announced this tour in support of their collaborative album, ‘Eclectic’, I knew I would see at least one of the shows in the Boston area. I was extremely lucky to be able to see their shows at both The Wilbur Theatre and Tupelo Music Hall! (Note there is one Boston-area show remaining and it is not sold out yet – Tuesday, November 18th at The Narrows Center for the Arts.)

Eric and Mike (Tupelo)

Eric and Mike (Tupelo)

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Davina and The Vagabonds Delivered A Powerful Performance

I go to concerts to see bands with which I am unfamiliar and am almost always pleasantly surprised. Every once in a while, however, an unknown band completely blows my mind.

Davina Sowers

Davina Sowers

That was the case this week when The Extended Play Sessions presented Minneapolis-based Davina and The Vagabonds. Several days later, I am still shaking my head in amazement at the energy in the room that night.

Davina

Davina

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Murali Coryell’s Blues Guitar Enthralled

I knew that Murali Coryell is the son of famous jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, and was as excited to see his show at Regattabar last week as I have been to see his father’s shows at that venue.

Murali Coryell

Murali Coryell

I presumed Murali played jazz. Wrong! Murali is just as talented as his father, but in the blues and soul music genres.

Murali

Murali

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