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The Lowell Summer Music Series Announces Its First 2018 Show!

The Lowell Summer Music Series started their announcements for the next season – 2018 – today with a fabulous coup! Appearing for the first time on Friday, June 15th is the incredible Rhiannon Giddens!


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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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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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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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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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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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Is The Music Disturbing Your Conversation?

Anyone who has attended a concert with me knows that one of my pet peeves when I am out hearing live music is the audience talking (followed closely by people who sing LOUDLY along with the music without being invited to join by the artist). Part of the reason why last night’s sold-out John Moreland show at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts was so fabulous was that the audience was so quiet, I could have heard a pin drop! Read the rest of this entry

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