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More Amazing Additions To The AMERICANAFEST℠ Line-up!

The Americana Music Association is thrilled to bring to you today the second round of almost 300 artists slated to perform at this year’s AMERICANAFEST!

More friends have been added to the line-up and I am incredibly excited for them!  Not only are friends performing, but also some of my favorite bands so I can already tell I am going to have a difficult time deciding what showcases to see.

No matter what I see, though, I will hear fabulous music!

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Fabulous Evening Of Storytelling And Song

I knew about American Aquarium, an alt-country/rock band from North Carolina, but until a few months ago could not have told you that BJ Barham fronts that band. I received his début solo release, Rockingham, and knew I had to see him perform.

BJ Barham

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Help Keep Live Music Alive!

Anyone who knows me, or reads this website, knows how much I adore the Fallout Shelter (also referred to as the Extended Play Sessions). The venue had to close suddenly in December and it has been missed!

Please read the following that was released by the new venue, the Grass Roots Cultural and Performing Arts Center, and consider donating.

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A New Crowdfunding Opportunity

The Lullaby Project is the first recording by Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble. Felipe is a Brazilian jazz musician (saxophone) and composer who is a professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Felipe Salles (at Regattabar)

If you click on the link to The Lullaby Project above, you can read more about the project and contribute to it as well. I have had the privilege of seeing Felipe perform and know how good he is. I hope you will consider contributing to the worthy project as well.

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Make Music Day In Boston

I was invited to photograph as much of Make Music Boston, part of the worldwide Make Music Day celebrations, as I could. Free events were scattered around the city as well as a few events in nearby suburbs.

I went to Boston Common to photograph a few sets during my lunch ‘hour’.  This is an annual event held on the Summer Solstice. Mark your calendars for 2018!

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Never Underestimate The Power Of Positive Vibrations…

Especially at the hands of Michael Franti & Spearhead, who appeared at the Lowell Summer Music Series last weekend.

Michael Franti

While the heavy rains forced the show to be held indoors, nothing dampened the spirits of either the band or the audience, who was on its feet before the show even began!

Michael Franti shaking hands with the rail-sitters

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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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BJ Barham Performs In Boston Next Week

I never saw American Aquarium, the band in which frontman BJ Barham made his mark in the Americana genre, so I will not miss the opportunity to see him at the Middle East Upstairs on Monday, June 26th.

BJ Barham (Photo by Jillian Clark)

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Trombone Shorty Plus Lowell Summer Music Series Equals A Winning Combination

It does not get much better, if at all, than dancing to the groove of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue under the stars at Boarding House Park for the kickoff show of the 2017 Lowell Summer Music Series!

Trombone Shorty

And what a way to start the season!

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Great Young Americana Artists Close The Second Season Of OnStage! At The Chevalier Theatre

I had the opportunity to cover a fabulous show recently at The Chevalier Theatre On Stage! Series at which the members of all three Americana bands are friends! I have seen each band perform a number of times, but this triple bill was a rare chance to see them in one show.

Damn Tall Buildings

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