Reading Group
Nov
14
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
Nov
16
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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Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Rich Eilbert

http://richeilbert.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Great American Songbook
Nov
18
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Open Mic
Nov
20
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
Nov
21
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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Claude and Ola - Fable Grazer
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Claude and Ola - Fable Grazer

Claude and Ola explore the emotional landscape of our modern era using modular synthesizer, piano, bowed banjo, and voice to create a shared journey with listeners. They reside in northern NY, performing as a duo and as one half of the experimental ambient quartet Figure From Ground.
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Fable Grazer is a free improv collective based in Somerville, MA. The group formed in the summer of 2012, when founding member Marc Drinkwater began stalking local musicians on Soundcloud, gathering cogs for a human loop station. The schematic soon became obsolete when the cogs rebelled against their engineer, demanding freedom. Marc discovered (to his horror) that he unwittingly assembled a sonic T-1000, as the group would continuously dissolve into puddles and reform into grotesque, unpredictable shapes over the course of jams that often spanned more than an hour.

Fable Grazer has about 5-6 core members (depending on when you read this) and a long list of extended family and special guests, wielding instrumentation that encompasses everything from guitar, modular synth, trumpet, mandolin and melodica, to radiator (and related plumbing), springs, loose change, broken glass, and pool table (with balls).

$10 Suggested Donation

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Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Cathy Main

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Great American Songbook
Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Open Mic
Nov
27
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
Nov
28
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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Don White Workshop! Using Humor
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Don White Workshop! Using Humor

Using Humor Between Songs

Presenter: Don White

Saturday: 3:00  – 5:00

$20.00

When the space between songs is as entertaining as the music the audience remains connected to the performance from the first note of the evening until the concert ends. Humor is powerful. When an audience is laughing they are engaged. You will learn how to use the powerful combination of story and humor to keep your audience focused from song to song. Among the comedy tools we will discuss will be confidence, body language, misdirection, set up/pay off, and vocal inflection. The goal is not to turn you into a comedian but to give you a greater understanding of what makes people laugh so you can use it to find a style and level of humor that suits your unique personality.

Tickets HERE

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Don White
Dec
1
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.
Small room - book early!

Tickets at Door $18
Advance Tickets $15

Tickets here:

https://thehearingroom.ticketspice.com/don-white


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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Gary Blanchard

http://garyblanchard-musicfortheheartandsoul.yolasite.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Open Mic
Dec
4
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
Dec
5
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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Dec
9
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Kim Moberg

http://kimmobergmusic.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Open Mic
Dec
11
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
Dec
12
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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Bernadette Colley and The Herricanes
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Bernadette Colley and The Herricanes

Singer guitarist Bernadette Colley sings the open mic circuit  in Massachusetts and New Hampshire frequently.

She performs an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs from Hank Williams to Judy Collins, Billy Joel to Steve Brennan.

Joining her in a featured guest spot at The Hearing Room will be seven women - "The Herricanes" - singing close-knit country harmonies.

$10 Suggested Donation

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Dec
16
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Jennifer Greer

http://jennifergreer.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Open Mic
Dec
18
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
Dec
19
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.

View Event →
Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Dec
21
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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Dec
23
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Bear Cake

http://bearcake.bandcamp.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Reading Group
Dec
26
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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Morgan Minsk, Rachel Marie, and Aaron Tornberg at Mushroom Musicians and RISA Presents Songwriters in the Round
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

Morgan Minsk, Rachel Marie, and Aaron Tornberg at Mushroom Musicians and RISA Presents Songwriters in the Round

Tonight is a special fundraiser for Isaiah58, a non-profit organization that helps address homelessness directly in the community. http://isaiah58nh.com

This is a special post-holiday show. Songwriters for this night were chosen because they have been influenced by religion in their songs. Proceeds from the event will go to help this great cause! Check out the web site and join us!

http://aarontornberg.com

http://morganminsk.com

http://rachelmarie.com

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Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Anne Sandstrom

http://annesandstrom.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest V
Jan
5
7:00 PM19:00

Keep It Simple Songwriting Contest V

Sign up NOW for the Hearing Room's fourth songwriter's contest. It's pretty informal but there are some rules:

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 $8

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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Young Musicians Showcase II
Jan
26
8:00 PM20:00

Young Musicians Showcase II

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!

$10 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)
The Elements (Chelmsford)
Flush (Natick)
Laice (Cambridge)

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 8pm

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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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Open Mic
Nov
13
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.

View Event →
Great American Songbook
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Amanda Maffei

http://amandamaffei.com

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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BLUEGRASS JAM SPECIAL!
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

BLUEGRASS JAM SPECIAL!

We’re holding a bluegrass jam on a special night!!

Someone, somewhere, stated more banjos!! So, we’ve decided to run a Saturday Night Special 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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In Concert: Joel Cage  Opener: Prateek!
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

In Concert: Joel Cage Opener: Prateek!

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.

Opening with an acoustic set will be Prateek Poddar

Prateek 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.

www.prateeksongs.com

$12 Suggested Donation

TICKETS HERE

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Reading Group
Nov
7
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.

View Event →
Open Mic
Nov
6
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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Esther Friedman and Chris LeVancher: Get Out the Vote!
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Esther Friedman and Chris LeVancher: Get Out the Vote!

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Esther Friedman and Chris Levancher are giving a concert the night before the upcoming election, November 6, 2018. The event will be a music filled evening with information about where and when to vote as well as possible guest appearances. This will be an amazing evening of music and relishing our right to vote. Join us!

Chris LeVancher

Chris LaVancher released his second full-length album in February 2018 –  “Big Fat Love” is a collection of songs full of heart from a seasoned and skilled craftsman mining life’s subject matter  – home, family, nostalgia, purpose, first kisses and love.

His song Nostalgia from the new album received an honorable mention in the 2018 Woody Gutherie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.  In 2014 Chris was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and got to perform on the main stage.  He was also selected to perform in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase at the North East Regional Folk Alliance.

Chris’s performance evokes a mini-movie festival in your head, complete with a full soundtrack. He writes cinematic, character-driven songs – from a farm girl’s beauty-queen-moment in the 4th of July parade, to the wild cast of characters in a run-down traveling circus, to the gun-toting rube who falls victim to a young con-girl and her boyfriend Elvis.

He grew up in the hills of North Central Pennsylvania where he learned to observe the many wonderful characters that inhabited that little town. It was, and still is, quite a special hidden gem of place filled with a surprising number of artists, musicians, creative types and downright interesting people. Today he lives just north of Boston Massachusetts, a Mecca of sorts for folk singers and songwriters, but much of his inspiration still goes back to that little town in Pennsylvania.

Esther Friedman

Esther is a Boston-based acoustic singer & songwriter. She started writing songs in the mid-nineties after moving to Boston and finding inspiration in the buskers who bravely played street corners and t-stops. In 1998, a compilation called Respond picked up her song Moon Over The Water. The compilation, and her song, received accolades from Billboard Magazine and raised awareness and over $100,000 for a domestic violence agency in the Boston area. In 1999, she recorded her first CD, Eve's Lament, with producer John Sonntag of Thunder Pumpkin Records. In the meantime, she also finished a Masters Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University and earned graduate-level Communications and Publishing certificate through the Harvard Extension School's writing program. Presently, she works with clients who have traumatic brain injuries and does as much performing and song writing as humanly possible.

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Great American Songbook
Nov
4
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Ric Page

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

TBD will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Open Mic
Oct
30
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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Great American Songbook
Oct
28
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Mark Bishop Evans

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

Mark Bishop Evans will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Trusting Fate - BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS TO JAM AFTERWARDS!
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Trusting Fate - BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS TO JAM AFTERWARDS!

Boston-based acoustic group Trusting Fate is bolstered by a genuine passion for creating imaginative, unexpected music. The group’s debut release Down to the Basics features 12 original tunes that combine elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, roots and blues into a fresh, powerful sound.

Versatile multi-instrumentalists Paul Therkelsen (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Mike O’Brien(mandolin, violin, guitar, keyboards) and Susanna Doyle (vocals, keyboards) spin playful melodies and blend rich three-part harmonies with crisp lyrics.  Ed Bogusz is the newest member of the band and fills the sound out with a solid bass bottom.   The band’s songs are marked by inventive arrangements that explore luxurious instrumental and vocal layers. Trusting Fate’s straightforward songwriting style and ability to deliver intimate, engaging performances reveal all three members have been inspired by legendary singers, instrumentalists and storytellers such as Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Tom Waits, The Jayhawks and Richard Thompson.

The concept of Trusting Fate first emerged in 2007 when Therkelsen, O’Brien and Doyle were singing together in a nine-piece R&B dance outfit, Red Box Panic and felt driven to experiment with different acoustic instrumentation, the finer points of dynamics and with musical genres that could not be executed by a large rock ensemble. The three broke off and began to put their own twist on classic rock covers, inserting signature Americana and bluegrass rhythmic and melodic flavors using mandolin, fiddle and keyboards and combining them with improvisational, bluesy vocal lines and heartfelt, narrative lyrics. They became Trusting Fate in 2009 and have since played at favorite hometown venues throughout the Northeastern United States, including Java Room,  The Tavern in Groton and and Main Street Café in Concord.   The group has been featured on local radio and television programs. 

Bring your instruments, the band wants to jam with everyone!!

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Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round with Mark Bishop Evans, Andy and Judy Daigle and Allison Rose

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Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round with Mark Bishop Evans, Andy and Judy Daigle, and Allison Rose at The Hearing Room

Mark Bishop Evans

Mark is a California Dreamer with a whole lotta soul. Mark’s music is deeply rooted in folk music and has evolved to include rock, pop, Latin and blues and has written an impressive portfolio of songs.

Mark carried a rifle and his guitar during a tour in Vietnam; Mark travelled with other musicians to entertain fellow servicemen as a collateral duty.

Back home, Mark settled in the Monterrey Peninsula and spent the next 20 years writing and performing in Central California.

In early 90’s, Mark relocated to New England where he served as a Worship leader, produced a number of CDs and performed his own music locally.

Mark has returned to his songwriting and performing roots, playing old songs, his songs and incorporating new songs into his repertoire.

Andy and Judy Daigle  http://andyjudysing.com

New England natives Andy & Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. They began writing songs in 2011. Today, this talented folk duo performs regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners. They tour through New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Great Lakes Regions and have been featured on popular folk music radio programs. Their third album, Follow Your Dream, was chosen #1 Top pick for 2015 by Four Strong Winds (John Rumsey), KVMR Nevada City, CA. This Old Town¸ their fourth album, was also chosen as a Top 10 pick for 2017 by Four Strong Winds, as well as being named a Top CD of 2017 by Nick Noble at WICN, Worcester, MA.

Allison Rose  http://allisonrosemusic.com

Allison is a Rhode Island native singer-songwriter who is turning heads in her local music scene with heartfelt lyrics, her pure voice, and a solid serving of humor and sass.

She released her debut EP, Hope, in late 2016—a 6-song collection of songs about life, family, and love, produced by Grammy-nominated Jack Gauthier of Lakewest Recording Studio in West Greenwich, RI and Nolan Quartaroli of True Music Studios in Smithfield, RI. Hope can be found on iTunes and most other major digital download sources.

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Open Mic
Oct
23
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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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 a once-in-a-lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are “...prodigious players with songwriting that sets them apart" (Penguin's Eggs, Fall 2016). "Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse," they seamlessly combine emotive, "judicious violin," diverse and "phenomenal guitar playing," compelling storytelling, a dash of harmonica and humor, and unique vocal chemistry with "fascinating undertones and range," for a polished, engaging performance. Instantly memorable and magnetically appealing, months after playing the little towns the duo enjoys discovering, they learn that residents are still talking about what a great night everyone had. 

Based in Northern California, Dan and Laurel’s third album, Between the Rain, was top ten on Canada’s campus radio Roots charts for 2016. They have toured North America extensively since teaming up in early 2013, playing everything from Home Routes house concert tours of the Canadian Prairies, to headlining spots at the Listening Room Festival in St. Petersburg, Florida, the definitive Winnipeg Folk Festival, and opening up for The Wailin’ Jennys. In 2017 they made their European debut, including concerts in Ireland, Denmark, the UK, France, and Germany. In 2018 they will be recording and releasing their fourth album.

Visit them at www.danandlaurel.ca

Ticket Price: $15

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Great American Songbook
Oct
21
5:00 PM17:00

Great American Songbook

Hey, music lovers! Every Sunday evening from 5 to 8 pm you are welcome to join us for an always varied evening of standards and jazz from the American songbook, which also includes popular and show tunes! You are more than welcome to come play with me (I have had some amazing musicians sit in with me), sing (no prior training required!), or listen to the evening's offerings. I play the piano, but will gladly sing along if you prefer to play. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. This is a great evening of entertainment in the ever comfortable Hearing Room.

John McCarron

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Vibrato Workshop w/Laurel Thomsen
Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Vibrato Workshop w/Laurel Thomsen

This introductory workshop, centered around Laurel Thomsen's popular "Complete This introductory workshop, centered around Laurel Thomsen's popular "Complete Vibrato Mastery" course, will help students and string teachers demystify vibrato and gain tools to fix common issues, from the beginning stages to more advanced applications. Attendees will explore hands-on approaches to help create a consistent and beautiful vibrato using time tested methods developed in Laurel’s lessons studio since 1996. 

Bring your instrument and your curiosity! Every great song deserves a great vibrato!

Laurel Thomsen is a Classically trained, genre-defying violinist and violist. Performing and touring internationally since 1998, she is also dedicated to helping others find their musical voices. Laurel is a Strings magazine contributor, the author of several multi-media guides for string playing technique, has enjoyed a thriving private teaching studio since 1996, and was featured on the front page of the New York Times for her innovative Skype teaching activities. 

$40 includes the 7pm concert with Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen (see www.danandlaurel.ca), and a coupon to join her online "Complete Vibrato Mastery" course.

For more please visit www.laurelthomsen.com and www.completevibratomastery.com

Purchase tickets here: https://thehearingroom.ticketspice.com/vibrato-workshop-wlaurel-thomsen-and-evening-concert-with-dan-frechette-laurel-thomsen

Review highlights from Laurel Thomsen’s "Complete Vibrato Mastery" online course upon which the workshop is based:

“The first video violin course with pragmatic information that is enough to start improving a difficult skill like vibrato without a professor and with self analysis and self measuring. Laurel Thomsen gives a very objective methodology that is easy to follow, organized, and starts to make sense immediately. In my own case it started to provide result immediately.”  ~Denis

"Very detailed explanation of "everything vibrato" with well presented videos and excellent additional material. I particularly appreciate the audio file section as a play along practice guide. Thank you very much, Laurel, for this high quality course!” ~Sabine

"Informative and fluid...She gets right to it!” ~Sean

"This is an EXCELLENT course. I have been trying to learn vibrato and this course gave me a perfect path to follow - starting from scratch to more advanced. The videos had great shots of hand position and touched on common problems that students experience and how to solve them. Thanks for a great course! I'm already seeing improvement in my vibrato!” ~Robert

“I’m an adult intermediate viola player, and my vibrato technique has been an ongoing challenge. I have finally found a resource that made a difference. In this course, Laurel presents a systematic approach and provides exercises in small, manageable segments in order to develop a robust vibrato. She teaches ways to control and change vibrato to heighten musical expression. Using her methods, my vibrato has improved significantly in just 3-4 months. This course is well-worth the investment and receives the highest recommendation possible. It’s definitely a five star course!” ~Kathy

 

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Oct
21
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic 2-3pm followed by fiddle workshop at 3PM

An Acoustic, singer/songwriter, folk, and acoustic cover oriented Open Mic on Sunday afternoons! Hosted by Aaron Tornberg, this open mic is welcoming and open to all skill levels and acoustic instruments. We will have a vocal microphone available and there is a house bass guitar. Drums should be limited to hand drums or cojon type instruments.

This is a LISTENING open mic. We will have breaks to socialize, but please respect the work of each performer and listen to their contribution in a supportive manner.

Performers will share one song at a time and may be able to perform additional songs should time permit.

Collaboration is welcomed, but should be planned outside the listening space.

Join us and have a great time jamming and sharing songs on a lazy Sunday!

This week open mic will run 2-3PM, followed by a separate event for fiddlers about vibrato! If you are a fiddler, come for the open mic and stay for the fiddle workshop. If you are not a fiddler, come join us and jam for an hour!

 

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