Ric Allendorf, Rachel Marie Schachter, Crowes Pasture - RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Mushroom Musicians)
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Ric Allendorf, Rachel Marie Schachter, Crowes Pasture - RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Mushroom Musicians)

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On the last Friday of every month, Aaron Tornberg and others at the new Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) event present: Songwriters in the Round (with Song Prompts).

Songwriters are invited to perform in groups of 2 or 3 with at least one song prompted by the audience from the previous month. "???" is this month's prompt.

Rachel Marie Schachter

Rachel Marie is a cunning wordsmith, and precociously sophisticated. Clear and mature vocal production colors songs that are relevant, relatable, and far-reaching. The social awareness of folk meets the introspection of the singer-songwriter tradition with a moderate dose of snark. This Bethlehem, PA native has made regular appearances at Musikfest and at the acclaimed folk venue Godfrey Daniels where she has shared the stage with Antje Duvekot and the Kennedys. 

 

Ric Allendorf

Award-winning Massachusetts songwriter, artist/art educator, and sourdough breadsmith; Ric was hooked by the Boston acoustic music resurgence of the 80’s, as well as Canadian, Celtic & British ngerstyle players. He spent his college years in echoing stairwells throughout Boston, honing his guitar skills (phrasing, tunings, and frailing) long before emerging as a songwriter. 

 

Crowes Pasture

Crowes Pasture is the Boston-based acoustic duo of
Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin. The duo brings leather and lace harmonies to classic and contemporary folk music in a style that draws from old-time, folk and bluegrass traditions, including such artists as Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Ian & Sylvia and the Civil Wars.

 

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Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. PART 1
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful. PART 1

Good.Great.Grand.Wonderful. Part 1 (working title) is a monthly show dedicated to local musicians. 
We're holding our first show (and continuing) at the Hearing Room, 119 Chelmsford St. Lowell, MA. 
Our first event lineup features 5 solo performers. 
Join us for an afternoon of WONDERFUL people, who are GREAT, Who do GOOD things. You don't have to pay a GRAND to see them but donations are suggested.

TINY
https://tinymusic.bandcamp.com/releases

FATIMA
https://www.youtube.com/user/OriginalFatma

PAIN CHAIN
https://pain-chain.bandcamp.com/

PAT EVANS
https://patrickevans.bandcamp.com/album/when-hats-become-helmets

BEDS
https://1beds.bandcamp.com/

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Reading Group
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Amanda McCarthy, Jon McAuliffe, April Grant
Jun
1
7:00 PM19:00

Amanda McCarthy, Jon McAuliffe, April Grant

Aaron Tornberg has been playing for over 30 years in various venues. His most recent musical excursions brought him to the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, where he placed first in the new songwriting competition, winning for his song "Boston Common Harbor." He hosts several open mics, a song sharing session at the hearing room, and provides artist management and support through his company Mushroom Musicians. 

Tonights Act(s):

Amanda McCarthy
Jon McAuliffe
April Grant

Amanda McCarthy

Amanda McCarthy is a storyteller compelled to speak the truth. She doesn’t fit in a box and she doesn’t like rules. Blending many influences, her music is undeniably pop, but brings along an alternative rock twist, a dash ofNashville, and the heart of an old soul. She has independently released three EP's - most notably, the acoustic versions of her original songs “Elephant in the Room” and “Bad News” made it to the nomination ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in the category of Best American Roots Performance. She will be releasing new music in 2018 as she plans the release of her debut full-length album.


Jon McAuliffe
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April Grant

April Grant is famed for ballads, sea music, and a broad repertoire of poems and folktales. A mainstay of singing circles in the Boston area, she has appeared at the Mystic Sea Music Festival, the Portsmouth Maritime Festival, the late, great NOMAD festival, and the New England Folk Festival. She has told her stories and sung her songs everywhere from the Fire & Water Cafe (Northampton, MA) to the Glenfarg Folk Club (Scotland) and The Story Space (Central Square, Cambridge).

$10 Suggested Donation
Doors at 7
Show at 8

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Don White
Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

Don White

There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He has survived and thrived for twenty-five years, bringing his audiences to laughter and tears in his live performances, studio recordings, and on the printed page. He is a storyteller-comedian-author-troubadour-folk singer-songwriter. He is a walking challenge to the phrase “file under.” Best to just sort him under “Don White.” Don’s approach to music is a weird, unique blend. If he just played folk music, it would be a handy label. But he has invented his own genre with a mix of humor and powerful songwriting. White’s arc as a writer and performer has taken him from his industrial hometown of Lynn, Ma across the country as hitchhiker, through Boston’s comedy clubs and coffeehouses, and onto the stage with greats like Christine Lavin, Arlo Guthrie, Taj Mahal, Ritchie Havens, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Tom Rush, and Louden Wainright III.

Age restrictions: All Ages.
Only 50 seats in this room – call to make reservations. 978-319-1108

Tickets at Door $18

Advance Tickets $15 Available HERE

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Reading Group
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Midnight Marquee
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Midnight Marquee

Midnight Marquee is from the greater Boston area and has been a band since September of 2011. Since, they have put on shows at The Precinct (Somerville, Ma), The Sad Café (NH) and frequent the Canadian American Club of Boston. 

Band Members
Michael Joseph - Guitar/Vocals
Josh Ragucci -Vocals/Saxophones

The band’s sound is that of an acoustic and alternative mix. What makes them unique however is the consistency despite only two members as well as adding in the saxophone as a staple sound. The band has many influences including Rhett Miller, Toh Kay, Barenaked Ladies, Weezer among many others.

Josh Ragucci has been playing the saxophone since he was 11. He has joined up with other different bands playing saxophone including Tricade 360 and Pointless Security. He has a degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Michael Joseph has been playing guitar since the age of 10. He currently has one album out entitled “Renaissance Man” under the name Michael Joseph. Michael has a degree in American music from Franklin Pierce University.

Doors at 7
Show starts 8pm
$6 Suggested Donation

 

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Reading Group
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

Acoustic Jam (highlighting, but not limited to bluegrass) at The Hearing Room this evening.

Bring your Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, Dobro, Harp (all types), Mandolin, Bones, Spoons, etc.. and come and enjoy a night of bluegrass music.

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Reading Group
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Young Musicians Night
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Young Musicians Night

Tonight is a night filled with multiple acts.
This event is to showcase young, local talents on our stage. 
Come on down to support up & coming musicians!

$5 Suggested Donation which directly goes to support the acts and continues to provide a venue for all ages.

On the bill, in no particular order: 

Sweet Relief (Waltham)

TBA (more to come!)

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Reading Group
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Jane Fallon, Kim Moberg, Colette O'Connor
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Jane Fallon, Kim Moberg, Colette O'Connor

On the last Friday of every month, Aaron Tornberg and others at the new Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) event present: Songwriters in the Round (with Song Prompts).

Songwriters are invited to perform in groups of 2 or 3 with at least one song prompted by the audience from the previous month.

Tonights featured performers:

Jane Fallon
Kim Moberg
Colette O'Connor


Colette O'Connor

Singer/songwriter Colette O’Connor performs acoustic guitar/vocal originals that encourage thoughtful dialogue about who we are, what we stand for, and sometimes to inspire our inner child to re-emerge- just for fun. Every eye-twinkle can use an occasional re-charge. Most deeply, O’Connor’s artistry in music is a gentle invitation to empower a sense of greater connection to all life.

Raising four children has helped flavor her music with witty philosophical wisdom; mixed with a touch of fun. Overcoming her own serious health issues, with nutrition, while supporting her family, household, and partner with Multiple Myeloma, has gifted her performances confidence and positivism.

Audiences are invited to hear honesty, tinged with gentle humor—like a conversation between Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell, over organic coffee. There is a timeless style here that melds genres, from jazzy-blues to Americana/folk, woven together by guitar, influenced by Atkins, Harrison, Cotton, and Watson.
Working to Heal, Inspire, and Encourage:

While O'Connor's performances encourage everyone, behind the scenes Colette is a strong supporter of women in music. She publishes, online, Women Singer Songwriter Magazine as a supplemental resource for up and coming women/trans musicians. She hosts a similarly centered monthly radio segment "Notes from New England" as a reporter of women's music and stories on "The Wimmin's Show" broadcast on KZUM FM-HD 89.3, Lincoln Nebraska.

O'Connor's second album "I Think I Am" was named top among the 15 of 2016 by NPR station WICN FM 90.5, Worcester, by Nick Noble, host of the popular Thursday night, "The Folk Revival", and nominated for Best CD 2017 Award at Worcester Music Awards, by Pulse Magazine.
Jane Ross Fallon

Jane (Ross) Fallon is a American performer whose smooth, rich voice and well-written songs get noticed. With vocals that have been called “angelic” and “mesmerizing” by Boston's Metronome magazine, her original songs “combine humor, intelligence, and deep musicality with an artfulness that is unusual.” (Wildy's World Music blog).

She has 6 CD’s and two books to her credit. Her newest release, Tangled in a Tree, charted at #4 on the Acoustic Roots Chart and debuted at #8 on Airplay Direct; it was nominated by Limelight Magazine as “Album of the Year” . The Noise in Boston said the album was “the type of music that requires you to leave your cynicism at home . . . pretty, intelligent, expressive.” Her writing came to the notice of well-known Nashville songwriting coach Jason Blume, who commented on both the quality of her songwriting and the beauty of her voice.

Jane recently won the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition in Oklahoma. She also won the Southern Florida Songwriting Competition, the Connecticut Environmental Songwriting Competion, and the New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, just won first place in the Acoustic Guitar Mazazine Lyric Contest.

“Powerful, inspirational, uplifting, delightful and impressive . . . One of the good artists in a sea of soulless clutter.” Cyrus Rhodes, Indie Music Magazine.

Kim Moberg

Kim Moberg was born in Juneau, Alaska, the daughter of a classical pianist mother of Alaskan Native Tlingit descent and a US Coast Guard veteran father from Kansas. Music has always been an integral part of Kim's life, helping her to adjust to the frequent moves associated with growing up in a military family. 

At the age of 14, Kim began playing acoustic guitar on a borrowed nylon 6 string, earning lessons by typing lyric and chord sheets for students who were taking guitar lessons from her mother. A few years later, she purchased a Gibson Epiphone guitar and taught herself to strum and finger pick to her favorite music by the singer/songwriters of the 1970’s, but debilitating stage fright kept her from pursuing her own dream of becoming a professional performer. In 2014, after a hiatus from music to raise her two daughters with her husband, Kim set out to overcome her stage fright at local open mics and fundraisers. 

Kim's debut CD entitled "Above Ground”, celebrates the achievement of her goal to bring her music out of the basement and “Above Ground". “Above Ground”, produced by Grammy nominated producer Jon Evans, was released worldwide in September 2017. 

Kim’s recent recognitions include: finalist at the Spire Center for Performing Arts Singer/Songwriter Open Mic Challenge; selection by WOMR’s Bob Weiser to perform at the Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the 2017 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) and placing 2nd at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse Winter Potpourri (American Idol Folk), which earned her a co-bill booking with legendary folk artist Bill Staines. 

Kim draws inspiration from both traditional and contemporary musical forms of acoustic, folk, and country genres. She strives to sing stories that evoke contemplation and emotion. A self taught finger pick style acoustic guitarist, Kim has an introspective interpretation of songs and is especially drawn to musical stories that tug at feelings of melancholy, heartbreak and healing. Her original songs speak to reunion, awakening and social consciousness.

Doors open 7pm
Show at 8pm

$10 Suggested Donation

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Open Mic
Jul
3
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Charlie Farren - Prateek Poddar - Grant Malloy Smith
Jul
7
7:00 PM19:00

Charlie Farren - Prateek Poddar - Grant Malloy Smith

Charlie Farren - Grant Malloy Smith - Prateek Poddar

Charlie Farren

Charlie Farren has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, soaring vocal, and intricate and distinctive, 'Full Band' guitar style that distinguishes him among the country’s elite musical artists. Charlie’s solo performances have the energy and fun of a rock show, while maintaining in intimacy that makes for an entertaining and memorable evening. It has been said of his solo performances that it’s easy to forget that there is not a full band onstage! Charlie continues to be one of America's most original and compelling musical artists. He takes the stage alone, and leaves the stage with a roomful of new believers.

 Charlie Farren emerged onto the national scene in the early '80s as lead singer and guitarist with THE JOE PERRY PROJECT. In that band Charlie established himself as one

of the hottest young singers to emerge from the Boston music scene, writing the hits 'Listen To The Rock' and 'East Coast, West Coast’ and 'I've Got The Rock And Rolls Again'.

 In 1986 Charlie, along with Dave Hull (Joe Perry Project) and John Muzzy, formed FARRENHEIT and released a self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers, produced by Keith Olsen. Three singles from that album, 'Fool in Love', 'Bad Habit', and 'Lost in Loveland', as well as video exposure on MTV, established FARRENHEIT as one of the premier new rock acts, and winning them the opening slot for the sold-out BOSTON Third Stage tour in 1987. 

Now working on what will be his 17th CD, Charlie has been described as contagious, displaying a candor rarely demonstrated by former arena rock stars. “It's clear he has not lost the ability to captivate a room full of people no matter what the size,” writes Tom Dempsey of SoundCheck magazine. His live solo performances remain the perfect forum for his remarkable talents.

Charlie continues to be one of America's most original and compelling musical artists. He takes the stage alone, and leaves the stage with a roomful of new believers.

 For discography and other information about Charlie

Farren please visit: 

www.charliefarren.com

Grant Malloy Smith

Grant Maloy Smith is an American Roots Singer/Songwriter with a country bent. His songs tell heartfelt stories about real people, and are unfailingly optimistic and forward looking. His 2017 album "Dust Bowl - American Stories" is earning rave reviews, including one from NO DEPRESSION, the bible of American Roots music:

"A heartland masterpiece .... lyrics and music as potent as Woody Guthrie ... Sent chils down my spine ... Grant is flawless ... Bound to become a classic ... Grant's ability to capture the heartland in his music is amazing ... A reminder of the darker period of Bob Dylan, and it’s that good, that memorable ... Grant Maloy Smith at his cleverest..." ~John Apice, No Depression Magazine

http://www.grant-maloy-smith.com

Prateek Poddar

rateek is a singer-songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. He first picked up the guitar in middle school, and began writing songs in college influenced both by classic folk artists such as Simon and Garfunkel and contemporary artists such as Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams. After releasing an EP, "Walking in my Sleep," in 2016, Prateek has finally released his debut single "Emma," described as "a little bit lonesome, a little bit blue, but all heart." (Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots), and available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

http://www.prateeksongs.com 

Advance Tickets $12 HERE
TIckets at Door: $15

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Open Mic
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Reading Group
Jul
11
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Decatur Creek
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Decatur Creek

Decatur Creek defined: (De-ka'-tur Creek) prop. n. A stream flowing through the scenic country hills by county road 39 near Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York where an impressionable youth once lived and never forgot. (reference - "The Hick In Me" by Doug Farrell). Colloquial - an enjoyable acoustic musical experience where the simplicity of the past meets the complexity of the present. 

Jack Carlton, Steve Dionne, and Doug Farrell are each accomplished NH musicians, singer/songwriters, and performers who together are - Decatur Creek. They met as solo performers through local NH coffeehouses and open mikes, attracted by each others songwriting and musicianship. From their very first practice and first performance together soon after at the Warner Area Farmer's Market in 2012, they realized there was musical chemistry that compelled further exploration. Their diverse styles, backgrounds, and skills complement one another and the group's evolving original acoustic sound will bring a smile to your face, rhythm to your feet, and leave you wanting for more. 

Doug and Steve handle most lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar, with increasing forays on mandolin, harmonica, and percussion. Jack mans the bass, most harmony vocals, some rhythm and lead guitar, with turns on dobro, electric lap steel, and high-string guitar. Beth Eldridge of the Bradford Bog People will be joining them on fiddle and vocals. Veteran songwriters Doug and Steve have created most of the band's primarily original repertoire with Jack contributing the rest. Their influences run from roots to Americana, country, singer/songwriter, folk, blues, and rock; always with the focus on the songs, lyrics, and vocals. They perform throughout southern and central NH at coffeehouses, listening rooms, farmers markets, restaurants, festivals, and community events, and have been featured on several NH radio stations including WSCS New London, WNHN Concord, WEVO Concord, and WSCA Portsmouth. Their self-titled recording of all original tunes released in June 2015, with a spectrum of songwriting contributions from across the band, will be available at the show. This 11-song debut features the crafted lyrics, heartfelt vocals, strong harmonies, and instrumental prowess of this emerging acoustic band and has received airplay on traditional and internet radio.

Doors at 7pm, show starts 8pm
$6 Suggested Donation

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Open Mic
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Reading Group
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Jul
20
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

Acoustic Jam (highlighting, but not limited to bluegrass) at The Hearing Room this evening.

Bring your Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, Dobro, Harp (all types), Mandolin, Bones, Spoons, etc.. and come and enjoy a night of bluegrass music.

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Open Mic
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Reading Group
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Open Mic
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM in person, or on our website ahead of time, performances begin at 7:00 PM. Music, poetry, storytelling, comedy, etc. Originals encouraged but not required !

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Verdegree
Aug
4
8:00 PM20:00

Verdegree

Verdegree is a fun group of trained musicians who play the beautiful melodies of Elisabeth Hoffman. Combining rock, folk, jazz, and indie sounds, the band creates more than music- a truly one of a kind experience. Story telling, soulful  vocals, and genuinely heartfelt songs. Every show is unique.

$6 Cover

As always, FREE PARKING!

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Terry Kitchen - Mark Stepakoff - Rob Siegel
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Terry Kitchen - Mark Stepakoff - Rob Siegel

Songwriters in the Round tonight!

 

Terry Kitchen

Mark Stepakoff

Rob Siegel

 

Terry:

 

Terry Kitchen is a musical storyteller, and more.

 

Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen is a captivating musical storyteller, with his tales of ordinary people facing life's myriad challenges with extraordinary grace, strength and dignity. But he's just as interested in why we do what we do - the story behind the story. His keen eye for detail, fearless emotional honesty, and deep empathy for his subjects combine with his skills as a singer, composer, and guitarist to take the listener on a journey deep inside the human heart.

 

Kitchen's latest CD The Quiet Places includes eleven new takes on our emotional state, from celebrating the small-but-important victories ("Enjoy It While It Lasts"), to keeping faith in our current hard times ("Seeds"), to coming to terms with even our darkest failures (the harrowing child abuse ballad "The Kid Behind the Wall"). Also included is Kitchen's update of the '60s environmental anthem "Nature's Way," because the state of the heart becomes irrelevant if we kill the planet first.

 

Mark:

 

Mark Stepakoff

 

Boston area singer-songwriter Mark Stepakoff is widely admired on the local folk and roots music scene for his trademark mix of wry humorous material and poignant ballads, in the vein of songwriters such as Loudon Wainwright III and John Prine, to whom he has often been compared. He has won numerous songwriting awards and his songs have reached as high as Number 3 on the national folk radio airplay chart.

 

Rob:

 

Rob Siegel is well known in Boston folk music circles as an innovative songwriter who draws from his idyllic yet stressed-out middle-class suburban existence and produces memorable, intelligent, well-crafted songs. Rob has opened for Bill Staines, Vance Gilbert, Jack Hardy, Geoff Muldaur, and others. His 2000 debut CD “Shaker Chair” received airplay on the WUMB radio network, and his 2004 CD “Voices from the Right Brain: Rob Siegel Live at Club Passim” charted on FolkDJ.

 

Rob took his foot off the gigging pedal in the mid-2000s when he projected the college bills for his three kids, but now that they’re grown, he’s back. His first new CD in 14 years, “A Landscape of Ghosts,” was released in April, and is currently receiving national airplay on folk radio stations.

 

Rob’s music has been described as fearless, truthful, and deeply personal yet universal. He’s been compared to John Prine, Richard Shindell, and Harry Chapin, with a delivery that is engaging and intimate, wry and tender, funny and unflinchingly honest.

 

Rob says "Some folks who live and breathe traditional folk music think I’m too wordy and too metaphor- and reference-heavy. What I try to be is challenging – somewhere between William Faulkner and Robin Williams. I don't like songs that aren't memorable, and I try not to write them myself."

robsiegelmusic@gmail.com

www.robsiegel.com

617-365-8303

 

$10 Suggested Donation

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Mushroom Musicians Presents! Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents! Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen

Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by rare musical chemistry, eclectic Roots-Folk songwriters Dan Frechette, guitar/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but as described by The Monterey Herald, “a match made in heaven”. Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse, over the past three years this Canadian-American duo has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, releasing two albums of their diverse and uplifting original material. Dan & Laurel take to the stage with exuberance, and as a concert reviewer in Tappen, British Columbia wrote, with “their energy, winsome personalities, and toe tapping rhythms, keep audiences engaged with every song”. 

Since the duo played their first concert together in early 2013, they have performed close to 300 concerts ranging from house shows to festivals and theaters. Highlights have included a twelve date Home Routes tour of northern British Columbia, opening for The Wailin’ Jennys at a sold out theater in Grass Valley, the definitive Russ & Julie’s House Concert in Los Angeles, the Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (EMCA) series, and official showcases at the FAR-West Conference in 2014.

With broad influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, embodying each style with virtuosic command and keeping music fans on the edge of their seats. The enjoyment is palpable. 

Visit them at www.danandlaurel.ca

Ticket Price: TBA

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Reading Group
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
May
18
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

Acoustic Jam (highlighting, but not limited to bluegrass) at The Hearing Room this evening.

Bring your Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Bass, Dobro, Harp (all types), Mandolin, Bones, Spoons, etc.. and come and enjoy a night of bluegrass music.

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Reading Group
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Drone Night VI: A Drone Too Far!
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Drone Night VI: A Drone Too Far!

Join us for a wondrous sonic journey. Come participate and contribute to three hours of non-stop continuous drone! Free and open-to-the-public. You are encouraged to bring an instrument, gizmos, gadgets, circuit-bent toys, shruti boxes, your voice, bagpipes, violins, oboes, ouds, tubas, mizmars, double-basses or what-have-you to help contribute to the central cosmic drone. Or just come and listen! Or dance. Or meditate. Feel free to come for the whole thing or just a portion. Come to the hearing room in lowell May 12h 7-10pm. Donations to the space gladly accepted.

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Rick Drost - Art Grossman
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Rick Drost - Art Grossman

Rick Drost

Rick Drost, a Singer/Songwriter from Cambridge, MA, has been writing songs since the late '60s  with depth and heart: songs  that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry.  

Rick has sung in small and large choruses and small acoustic folk groups, but since the early 2000s has been singing solo at open mikes, small clubs and coffeehouses, galleries and listening rooms in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast.  

Since retiring in 2015 from a career as a software engineer, Rick is happily expanding the time he can spend listening, reading, writing, and traveling around singing in small venues and festivals. 

Rick grew up playing classical piano in a musical family outside Buffalo, NY. He discovered a love of poetry (Shakespeare, Gerard Manley Hopkins) in high school, and played banjo in a Kingston Trio style group. In college he sang with Glee Clubs, and a small folk group.  Early influences were Leonard Cohen, who sang under the stars at the Mariposa Folk festival in '67. and Joni Mitchell  in '68, who inspired him with her lyrics and alternate tunings. Since college, Rick has sung and toured internationally in small and large choruses, (Spectrum singers, Yale Alumni Chorus), And in the US as a solo songwriter and in small acoustic folk groups. Since the early 2000s he has been writing again and singing mostly solo at open mikes, small clubs and coffeehouses, galleries and listening rooms in the vibrant folk communities in New England, the Midwest and the Southeast, singing at workshops like SAMW, Song School in Colorado, and Folk Alliance.  His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, Swans in the Public Garden, Leftover Lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Recent influences, avatars really, include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox, who has added Rick's song "Turning the World" to his setlist.

Art Grossman

Art Grossman has been playing guitar since about 1960, and in the late 60’s, started performing at the Sword in the Stone Coffeehouse on Charles Street in Boston’s Back Bay.  Over the years he has played in many other local venues.

Growing up in the late 50’s and 60’s, Art was greatly influenced by the folk music revolution.  He was attracted to the simplicity of these performers using only their voices and acoustic guitars to tell their collective stories through their songs.  Among his favorites are Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Don McLean, Simon and Garfunkel, John Denver and Tom Paxton. He also admired artists of the 50’s like the Everly Brothers and the Kingston trio as well as lesser known local talents such as Bill Staines and David Mallett.

He very much enjoys performing the easy listening, recognizable music of his favorite artists in small venues and likes to engage the audience by encouraging them to join in and sing along, as long as the song they are singing is the same one he is playing!

About two years ago, Art started the North Reading Community Coffeehouse and Open mic in North Reading, Massachusetts.  It is a wonderful venue for performers who get to entertain a very appreciative audience.  The Coffeehouse runs throughout the year usually on the third Saturday of the month.  Anyone who would like to learn more about it can contact Art at abgrossman1@gmail.com.

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8

$6 Suggested Donation

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Zion Rodman, Sarah Eide, and The Old Rochelle
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

Zion Rodman, Sarah Eide, and The Old Rochelle

Sarah Eide: In an industry that can often feel oversaturated with stale soundscapes, lifeless lyrics, and predictable patterns, Sarah Eide’s music cuts through the clutter. Drawing comparisons to iconic contemporary pianists such as Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Ben Folds, Eide’s music is equally thoughtful, quirky, intentional, and honest. Intricate piano riffs with a rock’n’roll hustle and intellectually satisfying arrangements accompany songs that have a steadfast, empowering vibe along with sweet approach-ability.

The Old Rochelle: The Old Rochelle infuse an energetic Roots-Rock and Indie-Rock angle into traditional Country-Western style music with elements of Honky-Tonk, World Folk, and Rockabilly. Singer/Songwriter Bucky Fereke delivers a unique and honest approach to songwriting that is deeply rooted in melody, energy, and emotion. Both Bucky Fereke's debut album, 2013's Give Me All Of My Apostrophes Angels, and 2015's Wild River, drew praise from critics and fans alike. As they gain momentum, the word is spreading to a broad multitude of music fans--from classic country purists, to punk rockers, to combat-folk fighters, and beyond. 

Zion Rodman: "Buttery bass-driven bumpers topped by a smoothly crooning voice, Zion's songs go down like sweet barrel-aged bourbon." Zion Rodman established himself as a soulful folk-rock musician in Boston. While he lived in New England, he performed at historic venues like Club Passim and Caffe Lena, and shared the stage with Ellis Paul and Jeffrey Gaines. Zion is currently based in Chicago, where he released his new EP Did Not Wake up Today.

 

$10 Suggested Donation

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In Concert: Joel Cage
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

In Concert: Joel Cage

JOEL CAGE is an award winning veteran singer/songwriter from Boston. Once a member of the internationally acclaimed rock & roll group Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 2 decades. He has performed at some of the most prestigious folk & acoustic venues & festivals in the country, including the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas where he was awarded top prize in the Kerrville New Folk Competition. 

Among Joel's other accolades are: 
Awarded the top prize in the the John Lennon Songwriting Contest
Three times the winner of the USA Songwriter's Competition
Multiple nominations for the Boston Music Awards
Winner of the KRCL Songwriting Competition in Park City Utah
Falcom Ridge Emerging Artist
Song Of The Year in the ABET Songwriting Contest
. . . and there are others. 

A virtuoso guitarist and an impassioned vocalist, Joel Cage's music is both evocative and raucous. He spans the gamut from sounding like a full rock band to 'hear your own heartbeat' intimacy. 

Joel Cage is also a master interpreter of other people's music, spanning a wide field of musical genres, garnering him the oft used moniker "Acoustic Rock Song Stylist." 

Joel Cage currently has 5 CDs in release, which are available
for purchase at performances and online at : www.joelcage.com. 

Joel's most recent release, EPONYMOUS, was voted among the Top Ten CD Releases of 2013 by The Noise New England Music Magazine.

$6 Suggested Donation

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Beth Desombre, Jennifer Evans and Joanne Lurgio - Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Beth Desombre, Jennifer Evans and Joanne Lurgio - Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round

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Aaron Tornberg has been playing for over 30 years in various venues. His most recent musical excursions brought him to the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival, where he placed first in the new songwriting competition, winning for his song "Boston Common Harbor."  He hosts several open mics, a song sharing session at the hearing room, and provides artist management and support through his company Mushroom Musicians. 

Tonights Act(s):

Joanne Lurgio

A talented songwriter, combined with her gifted voice and wonderful guitar work, will prompt you to chase your dreams and offer a tale or two about ordinary people who, like her, excel and inspire.

Ready to soar with her latest recording, 3rd full length CD,  Rise from the Storm, released March, 2015
"Joanne is that rare artist that never fails to deliver a great song lyrically, melodically and that voice..that killer voice never fails her"
                          Jack Gauthier producer/engineer

Named Motif Magazine's 2012 Female Vocalist of the Year, Joanne’s recording, Nothing Remains the Same, named Album of the Year 2010 Motif Music Awards was recorded and produced by Mike Dunbar in the heart of music country, Nashville, TN who states, "Her songs, singing and guitar work, honed and polished in the venues of New England, have brought her to be voted "Best Singer and Songwriter of 2007 & 2011 by Motif Magazine. Joanne has a distinct Americana feel with New England charm. She moves from country to bluegrass, folk and r&b to gospel, all with a bluesy undertone."

Jennifer Evans

A new independent artist, Jennifer Evans is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist with a rich voice. She performs the honed, socially relevant compositions of her songwriter brother, Griff Evans, as well as material by other contemporary songwriters.

“The Last Cheap Hotel,” her recent album, is a lovely and haunting mirror of contemporary culture. While Jennifer sings about being “Rootless,” these songs, all written by Griff Evans, are anything but. They are rooted in a grand tradition of storytelling that is too often marginalized in pop culture. Tales of love, anger, joy and frustration are told through a variety of authentic voices.

Oscar Brand, New York City’s legendary radio host and musician, featured “The Last Cheap Hotel,” on his tribute show to his dear friend Pete Seeger. David Hintz of Folkworld described her CD as “a pure folk album” and writes that “Jennifer Evans is American with roots in Wales and her style balances these styles perfectly... So dig in folk fans, this is the real deal”.

Beth DeSombre

Beth DeSombre (pronunciation: de-SOM-bree) writes songs that are "smart and uplifting . . . focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life" (Sing Out! Magazine), exploring issues from the personal to the political. Her music touches both mind and heart, with insights wrapped in melody and harmony that stay with you after the echoes of the last chorus have faded away.

Her 2016 CD, I Was Here, was produced by Sean Staples, and includes guest appearances by Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert, Laura Cortese, and other music luminaries. Her second CD, At Home in This Town, reached #22 on the folk charts. She has played primarily in New England, with brief forays further afield. Her songs have been honored in national and international songwriting contests. An award-winning writer in many formats, she's just completed her eight book, soon to be published by Oxford University Press.

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Reading Group
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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Songwriters In the Round: Audrey Rose, Avsha Elan, Lindsey Sampson, and Patrick O'Meara
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriters In the Round: Audrey Rose, Avsha Elan, Lindsey Sampson, and Patrick O'Meara

Songwriters In the Round tonight!

Four of our finest Massachusetts based Singer/Songwriters come to share their music in our up close and intimate listening room, The Hearing Room! 

This night will include Audrey Rose, Patrick O'Meara, Lindsey Sampson & Avsha Elan. 

With their guitars in their hands and an unstoppable friends vibe in the room, they will offer you songs, and if we're lucky a few descriptions of what they are playing. There are some beautiful voices in the mix here not to be missed on this magical evening. 

Audrey Rose: www.audreyrosemusic.com 

Avsha Elan: www.avshaelan.com 

Lindsey Sampson: https://www.facebook.com/lindseysampsonmusic/ 

Patrick O'Meara - a veteran performer and friend of us here at The Hearing Room. He has shared his great songs and style with us on several occasions. 

$10 Suggested Donation

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***EVENT CANCELLED: Roger Salloom***
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

***EVENT CANCELLED: Roger Salloom***

Show Cancelled

 

 

Roger Salloom started his life and career in Worcester where he first studied banjo at 13 years old. He was influenced then by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Geoff Muldaur, Woody Guthrie, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, and the singing brakeman, Jimmy Rodgers and the Kingston Trio. At 19 he was opening for Jose Feliciano. In 1975, he immortalized the town in what the New York Times called, “his own version of Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run,’ called ‘Gotta Get Out of Worcester.’ “ Roger went to Indiana University in Bloomington in 1966. He chose his major by walking around the campus trying to feel the “vibes” of the various buildings. There and in San Francisco he found his poetic self and started to truly take his song writing seriously. He migrated his Bloomington band to San Francisco in 1967 playing the Avalon, Fillmore and Carousel Ballrooms with Salloom, Sinclair and Mother Bear. During that time he played with Santana, Van Morrison, BB King, Procol Harum and many other greats. In 1968, he signed his first recording deal with Chess Records’ subsidiary, Cadet Concept. Salloom, Sinclair and Mother Bear received rave reviews and was #1 on the charts of the top FM rock stations in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Boston. It has since become collectible 30 years later. Before long Marshall Chess, Roger's champion at the label, went off to be the president of the Rolling Stones’ new record label. The band broke up, but not before Roger Salloom and Robin Sinclair recorded again with Chess in Nashville in 1971 using the Grammy nominated group Area Code 615. Intrigued with Nashville, Roger spent several years with artists including Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell and Richard Dobbins all of whom were a support team for each other all the time honing their writing skills. Roger returned to San Francisco where he was sponsored as a songwriter by the former manager of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jake Rohrer, and CCR’s former bass player, Stu Cook. Roger left California and settled into Northampton, Massachusetts in 1980 to raise his children as a single father. In 1983 he released a recording on the local label, Yellow Plum Records, a recording which became a Billboard Top Album Pick and garnered heavy airplay on some of the most influential stations in the northeast, the exclusive area of its release. It was chosen as Charles Laquidara’s Big Mattress Song of the Week on Boston’s radio giant WBCN. He continued to play with greats including The Band (6 times), John Prine (2 times), Jerry Jeff Walker, Rick Danko, The Bodeans, Joan Armatrading, Leon Russell, Jonathan Edwards and many others. Presently every year Roger performs at the Pines Theater in Northampton. It is the largest outdoor free concert of the year in Western Mass. Thousands of residents of the area have grown up listening to Roger's music. This concert is celebrating its 22nd year. He has performed with Van Morrison, Santana, Cheech and Chong, Doc Watson, NRBQ, Maria Muldaur, Jonathan Edwards, Paul Butterfield and many others. Roger is still playing, writing and singing better than ever. “It baffles me that I am still getting better!” In his spare time, Roger and his son, Salem also co-created the nationally syndicated newspaper piece, “Leold” and it was chosen for an animated television show to be executively produced by Mike Scully, executive producer of The Simpsons. Chris Sautter, winner at the New York International Independent Film Festival for best political documentary, has completed a film about Roger titled, “So Glad I Made It, The Saga of Roger Salloom, America’s Best Unknown Songwriter.” “One thing I know is that I am a decent songwriter and my songs can be good for some people. I also know that hardly anyone knows about me. But that does not stop me from being a decent songwriter.” “I have been my own worst enemy for years. At times, I have tried to ignore my music because it brought me pain and exposure, and I thought it was hopeless anyway. But deep in my thoughts I always had the fantasy that I would do one more tour. But first I realized I had to go back to that gorilla in the middle of my living room and have a face-to-face friendly talk...maybe not so friendly.” “I record because I love hearing the playbacks when the band has created something exhilarating. And I love the song and myself when I have written a good song. Sometimes I need to love myself, you know.” “Why do I do it? Well, partly because I am able to do it. And it makes me come alive. I guess, in general, I also love truth and beauty.” “My wife was a catalyst for me. Without her I would likely have not done anything. It’s the same old story....talented guy gets lost and someone saves him, but will music lovers be grateful?” “Recently a president of a new small record company exclaimed that I was not just a good songwriter but a ‘great songwriter’ and he ‘loved the music.’ He asked my manager not to show the music to anyone for two weeks while he wrapped up some other business. But after two weeks he said he wouldn’t sign me because he did not know how to promote my music. Well, I don’t get that, though I am lucky to have escaped his grasp!” “Some people call my music Americana, while others try to find a label for it and can’t. They find it strange that my music is somewhat uncategorizable. What’s so strange about that? The real music listeners simply like good music, they are not in love with a category.” “Anyway, I will maybe make something of myself and maybe not. But for those of you not in the music business, this might sound as if it is unfair... if I am good why won’t it get noticed. Well, that is not always the way it goes.” “See you somewhere, in my dream or yours.”

Don't Let My Country Wash Away

Ticket Price $10

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Banded Starling, Terry Kitchen, and Daniel Martinelli - RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Mushroom Musicians)
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Banded Starling, Terry Kitchen, and Daniel Martinelli - RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Mushroom Musicians)

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On the last Friday of every month, Aaron Tornberg and others at the new Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA) event present: Songwriters in the Round (with Song Prompts).

Songwriters are invited to perform in groups of 2 or 3 with at least one song prompted by the audience from the previous month.

Tonights featured performers:

BANDED STARLING
TERRY KITCHEN
DANIEL MARTINELLI

Doors open 7pm

$10 Suggested Donation

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Reading Group
Apr
25
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

Chaos Bookery is creating a regular reading group to occur Wednesday nights at The Hearing Room.

Discuss what you have read and why you enjoy it. Engage literature like never before make the words come to life by discussing themes and connections with an audience.

The group is going to be self organizing but while we grow our membership we are going to start out with quick group activity reads such as Choose Your Own Adventure books and other Interactive Fiction endeavors.

Read to yourself, read to a group, read to kids, read like no one is watching.

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