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George Wein, Festivals Guru, Has Died At 95

George T. Wein
October 3, 1925 – September 13, 2021

“Impresario, promoter, pianist, art collector and philanthropist George T. Wein, co-founder and creator of the Newport Jazz Festival® and the Newport Folk Festival®, who for seven decades, was the most influential presenter of music around the globe, died peacefully in his sleep on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was 95. 
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George Wein (Photo Credit: Nina Westervelt)
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Another Show Added To Lowell Summer Music Series Schedule

On Friday, July 30th, join us for an evening of live music by Classic Albums Live, presenting The Eagles’ Hotel California note for note, cut for cut, followed by many of the Eagles’ greatest hits!

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Three Shows Added To Lowell Summer Music Series Schedule

On Saturday, August 28, catch Ivor Novello Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated music legend Richard Thompson. Then on Saturday, September 4, Lowell Summer Music favorite Rhiannon Giddens returns. Finally, on Friday, September 17, don’t miss feminist icon and Grammy-winner Ani DiFranco.

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Live Music Is Returning To Lowell

It’s been a very long 14 months for all of us, not only lovers of live music. We are excited to announce that the Lowell Summer Music Series will be able to present a season of live music this summer. Based on current federal guidelines, they are not sure when Boarding House Park will be cleared to host full-capacity events. The intention is to host all events at Boarding House Park if it is permitted, but they have secured Lowell Memorial Auditorium as a back-up location to ensure there will be live music in downtown Lowell this summer! 

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New Music For Your Listening Pleasure

I was recently introduced to Impala, an instrumental band from Memphis. I’m thoroughly enjoying their sound and think many of my readers would as well.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice At Make Music Boston Day!

Spend some time tomorrow going to free music events around Boston at Make Music Boston! This is a fabulous celebration of the City’s diverse music scene.

I was privileged to photograph the event the past two years and am sad to miss it this year (because I do not live in the area at this point). I made a number of friends from some of the performances I saw in addition to hearing their wonderful music.

One of my personal favorites was the Bucket Drumming – you can participate or stand back and enjoy. I highly recommend that event.

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Americana Music Association℠ Announces 2017 Honorees

The Americana Music Association announced today that Robert Cray, Iris DeMent, Hi Rhythm, Graham Nash, HighTone Founders Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg and previously announced Van Morrison will be honored during the Americana Music Association’s℠ 16th Annual Honors & Awards on Wednesday, September 13th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville!

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A Fundraiser For Your Consideration

The Lowell Festival Foundation is a non-profit that promotes and enriches cultural life in Greater Lowell through musical, social, and educational programming. Every summer they produce the Lowell Folk Festival and the Lowell Summer Music Series.

These events have significant positive effects on the local economy, the quality of life for residents of Greater Lowell and beyond, and support the City of Lowell’s reputation as a center for arts and culture.

For three decades, generous supporters have helped to sustain these events and Treasure the Traditions. New in 2017, the two programs have joined forces and the  fundraiser will benefit both events. Will you join them?

Suggested Donation: $50 includes hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, entertainment, silent auction, & raffles.

To purchase tickets, click on the logo below, and thank you!

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A Terrific New Traditional Album Enters The Scene by The Berger Sisters

Sometimes I come across (or rather something comes across me) a new album that impresses me with its quality and earnestness. Maybe So by The Berger Sisters is one of those albums.

Maybe So

Maybe So

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Passim Announces 2016 Iguana Music Fund Grantees

Twenty five grants totaling over $40,000 awarded to musicians to enhance careers and support community outreach projects!

Iguana Fund

Cambridge, MA, December 19, 2016 – Passim announced today that over $40,000 has been awarded to 25 different musicians by the Iguana Music Fund.  The grants are awarded annually to musicians for projects that enhance their careers or aid their community outreach efforts. Marking the Cambridge organization’s 9th year of grant making, Passim has awarded over $300,000 in grants to date.

The Iguana Music Fund was launched in 2008 after an anonymous donor approached Passim with the idea to start a program to help local artists and annually provides grants from $500 to $2,000 to musicians with a New England connection. Grants are made in the areas of recording or manufacturing assistance; publicity & marketing support; equipment & instruments; songwriting retreats; tour support; special projects and other specific activities promoting artistic and/or professional growth.

The 2016 Iguana Music Fund grant recipients are:

“Passim continues to provide live musical experiences for artists at all stages of their career,” said Jim Wooster, Executive Director of Passim. “The Iguana Music Fund grants allow us to help musicians complete important career-developing projects and community programs.”

Many of the grants are being used by the recipients for career development. Aurora BirchAwaaz DoCelia WoodsmithEmma JuneGennaRose NethercottGreg LisztJohn FaraoneJulia MarkMiriam ElhajliSan LorenzoSeamus Galligan, and Windbornewill use the grant to fund new recordings. Lyle Brewer will be using his grant to purchase a new guitar and Shannon Heaton will be using her grant to purchase a new flute. A2Z TalentAriel Bernstein and Lauren Parks will be using their grants for new recording equipment.

Several grants will be used for community programs including Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow who will use their grant to tour schools across the country to inspire youth to tell their own stories. RISING, a nonprofit out of Rhode Island will use their grant to create an instrument scholarship for students who perform at nursing homes.  Sorcha Cribben-Merrill will use their grant to perform in underfunded assisted living centers across the country.

Boston Scottish Fiddle Club plans to continue hosting Celtic workshops for young musicians. Nat Seelen will be creating an online and printed method book for Klezmer music. Hindie Rock Fest is a DIY, 100% volunteer run, organized and funded cultural festival and they will be putting their grant towards a venue.

In addition to the 23 grants, Passim’s Iguana Music Fund continues to support two multi-year “Baby Iguana” grants that have previously been awarded to the Sub Rosa Songwriting Retreat, a program that brings together a group of artists for a week each summer to write and collaborate in a secluded setting on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and Miles of Music Camp, a week-long retreat exploring traditional folk music, modern songwriting and how they work together.

A free concert showcasing the work of the 2016 Iguana Music Fund grants recipients will take place at Club Passim on April 10 at 7:00pm.  Club Passim is located in Harvard Square at 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, MA 02138.  Free tickets to the Iguana Music Fund showcase at Club Passim are available online at www.passim.org, by phone at 617-492-7679 (9:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday) or at the box office sixty minutes before the show begins.

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