Final Additions To AmericanaFest Showcases Announced

“The Americana Music Association has unveiled its final round of artists to perform during the 17th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference to be held in Nashville on September 20-25, 2016. The lineup, featuring icons, innovators and up-and-comers, underscores Americana’s perennially formative place in the world’s musical landscape. (The official Spotify playlist is here: http://bit.ly/AmericanaFest .)

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It Was A Perfect Night At Boarding House Park

I am biased when it comes to The Lone Bellow; they were one of my two favorite sets at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival and my love for them has not diminished. Friday night’s show at the Lowell Summer Music Series was another superb performance by this Americana/indie folk band.

The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow

It was a hot and humid evening and that might have affected everyone’s energy level, but the band delivered their trademark energetic show and gained many new fans.

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Green River Festival Was An Amazing Anniversary Celebration!

The Green River Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary in July with a spectacular lineup! Sure, it rained during much of the Festival, but that did not dampen my spirits in the least! It wasn’t quite Woodstock – there was little to no mud – but it was fabulous.

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I will start with my top three sets/experiences from the Festival, in no particular order.

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The Mavericks Never Bring Me Down!

Despite the title of one of The Mavericks better-known songs (“All You Ever Do is Bring Me Down”), this band always delivers a fantastic show that keeps me smiling for days after the show!

The Mavericks

The Mavericks

This show at the South Shore Music Circus was no different, with one caveat which I mention at the end of this review.

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A Little Bit Of Heaven With Los Lonely Boys

Despite a long-standing love of Los Lonely Boys, this show at The Cabot Theatre was only my third time seeing them (and one of those times was at an outdoor festival on the first day of a brutal heat wave)!

Los Lonely Boys

Los Lonely Boys

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Who Could Ask For Anything More…

I am feeling overwhelmed with feelings of joy, gratitude, fellowship and love for last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival. It was as close to perfection as I can imagine.

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Sure, there were sets I missed that I know I would have enjoyed, but I am thoroughly satisfied with the sets I saw. Rather than moaning about what I did not see, I choose to rejoice in what I saw.

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Ruby Rose Fox Is A Must-See Up-and-Coming Artist

There is a Boston-based singer-songwriter named Ruby Rose Fox. Do not forget her name because she (along with her backing vocalists, the Gloria Steinems) will be a big star in the not-too-distant future.

Ruby Rose Fox

Ruby Rose Fox

Described as a vocal powerhouse of soul-driven edgy rock ‘n roll, Ruby stuns a crowd when the first notes pour from her mouth. The first time I saw her, without having heard any of her music, my jaw dropped and I was hooked.

Ruby Rose Fox

Ruby Rose Fox

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Love Is Love Is Love Is The Indigo Girls

On another beautiful summer evening last week, the Indigo Girls returned for their eighth triumphant appearance at the Lowell Summer Music Series. No other artist has played the Series as often or consistently sold as well as they have!

Amy Ray

Amy Ray

Emiily Saliers

Emily Saliers

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Come To A Fabulous Doubleheader To Kick Off Your Holiday Weekend!

The Fallout Shelter at  The Extended Play Sessions is thrilled to host a fantastic doubleheader with Susan Cattaneo and Liz Frame and the Kickers on Friday, July 1st.

Susan Cattaneo

Susan Cattaneo

Liz Frame and the Kickers

Liz Frame and the Kickers

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It Was An Evilicious Night, Indeed!

I am biased when it comes to Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson; she is a friend, a cousin of a life-long friend, and a great singer. Still, I say without reservation that she is a consummate entertainer who is worth your time to see. She performed her brand of jazz/blues/soul music recently at The Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

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