Sunday Open Mic
Apr
21
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Open Mic

Every Sunday and hosted by Aaron Tornberg of Mushroom Musicians (pictured). We play "in the round," meaning we play one song each in a circle, facing each other on the floor. There is a microphone and DI for a guitar that we pass around. The in the round portion runs 2-3pm, followed by a different featured performer every week for 30-45 minutes and closing with more in the round performance by the open mic participants until 5PM.

There is always a great feature! Come on down and check it out!

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Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest 6!!
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest 6!!

Bring one song, with lyrics and lyric sheet (for comparison purposes this contest does not include instrumentals, sorry!) and be ready to play it. There is no theme this time, any song will do. There are three judges who will pick one winner.

Entry is $10

We will need at least eight songwriters to participate and will cap the number of contestants at twelve so get on the list now, email preferred thehearingroom@gmail.com. 

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Hungrytown in Concert!
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Hungrytown in Concert!

Hungrytown

After more than fifteen years of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson--otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown--have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favor of honesty and to prove that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” writes Jedd Beaudoin of Popmatters.

Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).

Hungrytown's introduction to folk music came when a close friend--who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis--entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.

They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; andFurther West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show, IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite.

Their third and latest album, Further West, made the top 10 on the American Folk DJ charts for two months, and at least 14 "Best of the Year" lists. "Not only is this one of the best albums of 2015, it's one of the best of the decade," proclaimed New York Music Daily.

://hungrytown.net

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Sunday Open Mic
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Open Mic

Every Sunday and hosted by Aaron Tornberg of Mushroom Musicians (pictured). We play "in the round," meaning we play one song each in a circle, facing each other on the floor. There is a microphone and DI for a guitar that we pass around. The in the round portion runs 2-3pm, followed by a different featured performer every week for 30-45 minutes and closing with more in the round performance by the open mic participants until 5PM.

There is always a great feature! Come on down and check it out!

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Songwriters in the Round
Apr
29
7:00 PM19:00

Songwriters in the Round

Aaron Tornberg of Mushroom Musicians Presents: Songwriters in the Round every 1st and last Mondays. Brought to you in collaboration with RISA (Rhode Island Songwriter’s Association).

This week’s features:

Ric Page, Robin Bornstein, and Mark Bishop Evans

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Adja the Turkish Queen - Petridisch
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Adja the Turkish Queen - Petridisch

The Monthly Mind Meld Presents:

Ajda the Turkish Queen is a well-established Boston-area singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist performer and recording artist, whose previous calling cards include the mighty Boston Gothicana outfit Black Fortress of Opium, who authored a rootsy yet ethereal sound she carries on in this new and current iteration as the Ajda the Turkish Queen Band.

Petridisch:
"Somewhere between the soundtracks of John Carpenter & the songs with pop sensibility from horror anime is the musical work of Petridisch.

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God's Comics - 20th Anniversary Show!
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

God's Comics - 20th Anniversary Show!

The Hearing Room and The Sponge Awareness Foundation reluctantly present the band...

GOD'S COMICS

A Tribute to  Men At Work, Elvis Costello, and The Monkees

It's their 20th Anniversary performance (...it's only their 3rd show for a reason)!!  God's Comics features Kevin Eldridge (vocals, melodica, rubber chickens) and Sean Fullerton (guitars, vocals, harmonicas, kazoos) with an unnecessary appearance or 10 by Adam Fullerton (uhhhhhh...)

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Mushroom Musicians Presents
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents

Sandy and Rich Riccardi

With over 45 Million views on Social Media, pianist Richard Riccardi and his third and final wife, Sandy, will have you in pain with laughter. That is their goal. Sheer pain. As if you need any more pain. Their blend of Tom Lehrer, Victor Borge, Madeleine Kahn and PDQ Bach, or, if you will, Captain and Tenille, Nichols and May, George Burns and Gracie Allen will have you nostalgic for the good old days when you had to lick stamps and untangle the phone cord. Cabaret Scenes Magazine calls it "A Musical SNL...One helluva rib-tickling and satisfying night out!" Richard has played for such megastars as Tom Jones, Joel Gray, Martha Raye, Diahann Carrol, Clark "Mumbles" Terry, Wesla (or Weslia) Whitfield, Pinchas Zuckerman, and Dame Janet Baker. He was the associate conductor for the Third National Broadway Tour of "Annie". He has played with the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. Sandy Riccardi was called back for a ton of Broadway shows, Well, maybe not a ton but, like, four. Or was it three? Her first acting role was telling the NYC restaurant manager she had waitressing experience. This rapidly backfired with a tray of frozen strawberry daiquiris going down some customer's shirt. Some people get really touchy about stuff like that. In one show Sandy did get to wear a hat with Glenn Close's name tag still sewn in. She got her MM from Manhattan School of Music and did quite a bit of regional musical theater. Favorite roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, The Baroness in The Sound of Music, and Gretyl (at age 8) in The Sound of Music or "The Trifecta" as it's known. Also Lily in The Secret Garden, Marian the Librarian, and The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. She is now far too old to play any of them and is looking forward to all those juicy roles that start with "Aunt" so and so.

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Annabelle's Revival and Bluegrass Jam
Aug
9
8:00 PM20:00

Annabelle's Revival and Bluegrass Jam

Annabelle's Revival came together from a couple of friends who met while jamming, as so many groups do. And now they're ready to take their love of traditional and modern bluegrass with a mix of other styles on the road - or at least as far as The Hearing Room!

After the performance will be a jam! Bring your instruments!!

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Christine Elise - Joe Folan
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Christine Elise - Joe Folan

A Co-bill tonight

First is Christine Elise, a wonderful singer-songwriter from Boston, MA

Followed by Joe Folan

Joe has been playing, writing, and teaching music for over a decade. He has played in big bands, jazz combos, indie rock bands, classic and contemporary cover bands etc.

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Medieval Blues Guitar - Claude Bourbon    Opening Act TBA
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Medieval Blues Guitar - Claude Bourbon Opening Act TBA

Medieval & Spanish blues

Guitar & Songs

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude’s inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is ’Claude’.

It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic’s to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings. 

Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.

It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O'Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb!

Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ - The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

"Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45", Bob, Tucson, AZ

A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”

“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK

"...His fingerpicking is exquisite and if I closed my eyes I could clearly hear two guitars playing. Just when I recongnised a theme he moved on with a mesmerising cascade of notes which kept on flowing. He added a driving bass, for a version of “She knows how to stretch it”. By the time he sang the first verse he had ‘stretched it’ from Spain to the Caucuses, and from the concert hall to the bar room. His forte is obviously his wonderful guitar work, but he does occasionally burst into song and what you then get is something between Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens, combined with a French accent! C’est magnifique.” Dave Baily

Claude's official website : www.claudebourbon.org

$15

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The Root Cellar
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

The Root Cellar

Monthly show series with performers of Appalachia music, Blues, Bluegrass, Country Blues, Mountain, High Lonesome, Old Time, etc..

This month’s performer: BLUE TRAIN

Blue Train coasts along the railway powered by a solid bluegrass foundation. Along the line it travels through distant stations ranging from Texas Swing to Parisian Gypsy Jazz.

https://www.facebook.com/bluetrainbluegrass/

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Sunday Open Mic
Apr
14
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Open Mic

Every Sunday and hosted by Aaron Tornberg of Mushroom Musicians (pictured). We play "in the round," meaning we play one song each in a circle, facing each other on the floor. There is a microphone and DI for a guitar that we pass around. The in the round portion runs 2-3pm, followed by a different featured performer every week for 30-45 minutes and closing with more in the round performance by the open mic participants until 5PM.

There is always a great feature! Come on down and check it out!

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Emerald Rae
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Emerald Rae

Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae brings the duo of strings and song to a new plateau with mesmerizing dexterity. Hailing from the historic fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald Rae is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished folk traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with inventive fiddle effects. A degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston gave her the freedom to cast a wide creative net, while her grit and intensity was earned during her twenty-year career as a powerhouse fiddler and dancer. Rae embarked on her first journey into songwriting and multi-instrumentalism with If Only I Could Fly [May 2013], featuring her prowess on fiddle, vocals, guitar and the crwth [an ancient Welsh fiddle, pronounced “krooth”], and took to the road from the Canadian Maritimes to Shanghai. Single and video Blackbird [April 2017], a droning, groove-heavy version of the traditional Scottish Ballad, showcases her signature ornamented vocals and robust fiddling accompanied by a laid back djembe.

Zeroing in on the synergy of voice and fiddle, the self-produced self-titled album Emerald Rae [May 2018] offers a rare scope of vision and reveals her depth as an artist. Rae’s extraordinary chops transform the fiddle into anything from bagpipes to flamenco or electric guitar, slap bass or ukulele. Her direct and intimate voice, alternately high and honeyed then gutsy and soulful, encompasses both wind and sea, animal and etheric. Though intended as a minimalist introspective album, Rae pulls of an impressive level of variety. Her take on a sea shanty, “Deep Salt Sea” kicks off the record with edgy soundscapes, “When the Silvery Moon Comes Out to Play” drives with angsty power chords, “Inkwell” paints an intimate portrait of an awkward bookworm, and “Worlds Away” shouts from the rooftops about income inequality with foot percussion and a wailing old-timey fiddle. This collection of homespun vignettes will take you on a journey and leave you spellbound.

$15 Suggested Donation

Tickets HERE

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Sunday Open Mic
Apr
7
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Open Mic

Every Sunday and hosted by Aaron Tornberg of Mushroom Musicians (pictured). We play "in the round," meaning we play one song each in a circle, facing each other on the floor. There is a microphone and DI for a guitar that we pass around. The in the round portion runs 2-3pm, followed by a different featured performer every week for 30-45 minutes and closing with more in the round performance by the open mic participants until 5PM.

There is always a great feature! Come on down and check it out!

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Boston Modular Synth Spring Concert
Apr
6
7:00 PM19:00

Boston Modular Synth Spring Concert

The Hearing Room in Lowell, MA is hosting the Boston Modular Spring Concert. This will be a performance event - 6 performers, 25-30 minute sets each, all live electronic music.

Featuring (in no particular order):

Vera (Connecticut) - Solo electronic project coming from a background of 80's synth pop and modern day electronic music
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The Entire Robot - Electronic Funk Jazz Whatever by “Cowboy” Ben Alman
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Metal Tiger - Dance-informed experimental hardware bass excursions with an edge forged in the heydays of Florida IDM and Allston noise-rock.
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Bob Familiar - Bob Familiar is an electronic music composer who uses modular, semi-modular and key-bed synthesizers to create alternative realities.
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Alt-Mode - Alt-Mode (Eric Crawley) plays electronic music with a pulse or whatever.
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CHORD - Endless layers of drone emanating from north of Boston

All are welcome, $7 suggested donation to the venue.

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Sunday Open Mic
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Sunday Open Mic

Every Sunday and hosted by Aaron Tornberg of Mushroom Musicians (pictured). We play "in the round," meaning we play one song each in a circle, facing each other on the floor. There is a microphone and DI for a guitar that we pass around. The in the round portion runs 2-3pm, followed by a different featured performer every week for 30-45 minutes and closing with more in the round performance by the open mic participants until 5PM.

There is always a great feature! Come on down and check it out!

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