Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a tea cup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack's bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that's not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American "song bag".
From the creator of The Wonder Bread Years comes a one-man show that reveals evidence of a misspent youth. Your permanent record holds all the secrets that can dramatically impact your future. Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell uncovers his own record in a confessional night of humor, heart and humanity. From his early addiction to card tricks (up to three packs a day) to his recent divorce living happily ever after, Pat opens the vault to all his faults to turn a stroll down Memory Lane into a high-speed chase down Memory Highway. If you can’t laugh at yourself, why not laugh at him?
Former Seinfeld writer and the creator of The Wonder Bread Years Pat Hazell has a new one-man show that reveals evidence of his misspent youth. Back in the day, your permanent record held all the secrets that could impact your future. Where were these files stored? Who could see them? How can we clear them up? Tonight show veteran and NPR commentator, Pat Hazell, goes in search of his own permanent record. From his baby book to report cards and an early addiction to card tricks (up to 3 packs a day) to his recent divorce living happily ever after, Pat opens the vault to all the fun that shaped his sense of humor. He may not be able to get another job but he successfully widens memory lane into a four-lane highway. An evening of humanity, hilarity and heart. If you can’t laugh at yourself, why not laugh at him.
Following up on his critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning album GoGo Juice, Jon Cleary triumphantly returns with the infectiously ebullient Dyna-Mite (FHQ Records). Sly, slinky, and deeply soulful, the aptly entitled new release finds this Big Easy funk savant – a virtuosic keyboardist, profoundly expressive vocalist, and quite distinctive songwriter – in peak form on a set of all-original material. Like GoGo Juice, Dyna-Mite was co-produced by Cleary and the prolific John Porter, whose eclectic, behind-the-board credits include albums by Ryan Adams, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Taj Mahal, and the late Hammond B-3 master Jimmy Smith.
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band has built its reputation the long, slow, hard way. After 12 years of playing as many as 300 shows each year, Rev. Peyton, the world’s foremost country blues finger-style picker, along with the biggest little band in the country has pieced together one of the most dedicated followings out there. This following is sure to eat up the band’s latest offering, Poor Until Payday, (the second on their own Family Owned Records label through hip Nashville indie Thirty Tigers) out October 5th, a country blues record that was made the right way — two feet on the ground and both hands getting dirty.
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"Croce Plays Croce” features a complete set of classics by A.J.’s father, Jim Croce, some of his own tunes, and songs that influenced both him and his father. The show often includes such timeless songs as "Operator,” "You Don’t Mess Around with Jim,” "Workin’ At the Car Wash Blues,” "Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy), "One Less Set of Footsteps,” "Lovers Cross,” and "Box #10,” to name a few.
For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to the Meltdown Festival in England.
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