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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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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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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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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Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

Copy of Mushroom Musicians Monday Kids' Songs and Stories

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We have new regularly scheduled events on Monday nights! These exciting new performance events feature musical artists from various genres. Our schedule is:

1st Monday of the month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

2nd Monday of the Month: STORMY MONDAY. Performances by Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 

3rd Monday of the Month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

4th Monday of the Month: Special kids performance! This is a family-friendly performance of songs and stories by local childrens' entertainers for kids and their caregivers. The event runs 4-5pm. 

(5th) Mondays are performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event will occur from 7-9pm

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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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Reading Group
Oct
24
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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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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Trusting Fate
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Trusting Fate

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. 

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Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring TBD

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
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
29
7:00 PM19:00

Mushroom Musicians Monday Performances

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We have new regularly scheduled events on Monday nights! These exciting new performance events feature musical artists from various genres. Our schedule is:

1st Monday of the month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

2nd Monday of the Month: STORMY MONDAY. Performances by Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 

3rd Monday of the Month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

4th Monday of the Month: Special kids performance! This is a family-friendly performance of songs and stories by local childrens' entertainers for kids and their caregivers. The event runs 4-5pm. 

(5th) Mondays are performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event will occur from 7-9pm

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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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Nov
4
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring TBD

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
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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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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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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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.

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In Concert: Joel Cage
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

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.

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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Nov
11
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring TBD

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
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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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.

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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 TBD

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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Sean Fullerton
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Sean Fullerton

Sean is a repeat offender at The Hearing Room. 

Sean Fullerton has been a successful musician, singer/songwriter, recording engineer and producer since 1995. Specializing in Acoustic Blues, Rock, Folk, Memphis Soul and Fingerstyle Guitar using 6 String, 12 String and resonator guitars, harmonicas, live and pre-recorded guitar looping, Bose and UltraSound sound systems, Sean performs in a wide variety of venues and for many weddings, parties, charitable and corporate events throughout New England.

Fullerton was voted the 2010 Worcester Music Awards "Best Solo Act".  Since then, he has been nominated for...

"Best Blues/R&B Act" in 2010 and 2011

"Best Solo Act" in 2012

"Best Blues/R&B Act" and "Best Solo Act" in 2015

"Best Solo Act" in 2016

Other projects Sean's currently involved with include...

"Creeque Alley" is an Acoustic duo tribute to the Americana Folk Revival and Feel Great music of the 60's, covering Traditional Folk, Folk/Rock  and 'Flower Power' pop hits from 1965-1969, featuring Sean and Dan Kirouac.

$6 Suggested Donation

Doors at 7

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Nov
25
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring TBD

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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Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring TBD

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 TBD

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 TBD

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.

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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 TBD

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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Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring TBD

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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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Oct
19
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
Oct
17
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
Oct
16
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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Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Mushroom Musicians Stormy Monday with Woody Carpinella and Salvadore Liberto

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We have new regularly scheduled events on Monday nights! These exciting new performance events feature musical artists from various genres. Our schedule is:

1st Monday of the month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

2nd Monday of the Month: STORMY MONDAY. Performances by Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 

3rd Monday of the Month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

4th Monday of the Month: Special kids performance! This is a family-friendly performance of songs and stories by local childrens' entertainers for kids and their caregivers. The event runs 4-5pm. 

(5th) Mondays are performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event will occur from 7-9pm

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Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Mushroom Musicians Mini Music Melee

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Today is the day! We will have a mini music festival of epic proportions. More than 21 local artists will take the stage and celebrate our fabulous space, The Hearing Room! This is a Fundraiser for The Hearing Room that started online as a GoFundMe and will continue October 14 as a benefit concert that will be amazing for all! Aaron Tornberg will host and Music will reverberate through the walls. Join us!

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Comedy Night!
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Comedy Night!

Hosted by Rich Scotch

HEADLINER: CHAD BLODGETT

Other performers tonight:

James Downing
Amanda Cee
Luis Vazquez
Kayla Sampson
James Hamilton
Andrew McGuinness
Sarah Francis
Alex Williams

Recommended you buy tickets online. There will be LIMITED tickets available at the door. We WILL SELL OUT!!

Link for Tickets: https://thehearingroom.ticketspice.com/comedy-night

$12

 

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Rob Noyes - Joseph Allred - Karen Zanes
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Noyes - Joseph Allred - Karen Zanes

Rob Noyes

Rob Noyes has been on the Eastern Massachusetts scene for a while, but what we've heard him play is music from within the context of electric bands, most of whom are loud as hell and exist somewhere along the rim of the post-core continuum. More recently, Rob has taken to displaying his solo acoustic guitar chops and they are massive.

 Like Western Mass's Tony Pasquarosa, who mines the same widely-variant style-pits, Rob's approach to acoustic playing resembles his electric work only through shared-belief-in-a-strong-downstroke. On the way to developing his own compositional/performance approach, Noyes sometimes seems to have absorbed an almost infinite reservoir of influences. Apart from some superb Basho-like 12-string tunneling, most momentary fragments tend to recall legendary Limeys like John Renbourn (and through him, Davey Graham), because Rob's overt melodic structures tend towards the non-bluesoid. But then you'll maybe hear a note-sequence spiced like something dropped from the hot strings of Michael Chapman or even a powerful throng that makes you think of Wizz Jones. When that happens, you realize there's more of a blues base to some of the songs than you'd been able to untangle. Mr. Noyes hits a vast array of sub-genres on this album, and he hits them all pretty damn hard. Rob's playing carries the weight of many possibly-imaginary forebears, but the way he smears them all together shows a holistic mastery of touch and imagination that defies a lot of today's players, who tend to shine in short bursts, then allow their dreams to outrun their technique. Rob Noyes has no such apparent limitations.

Joseph Allred

Joseph Allred fits the guitar soli realm perfectly, fully embodying the guitar loner typecast. From what I’ve read about Robbie Basho, he was a bit of a loner himself with his focus set firmly on spirituality and religious practice. Allred falls in line with Basho not only in his 12 string playing that clearly has a leaning towards Eastern musical traditions and droning free form raga that flows out in such a natural, uninhibited way but also in his educational background in Philosophy and Religious studies.

Many acoustic guitarists who work in the American Primitive tradition also delve into avant-garde and experimental music. Jack Rose and Glenn Jones both started out in bands heavy into improv, Marisa Anderson played in a free jazz group, and Ben Chasny punishes his electric guitar—and listeners—as often as he finger-picks. Sir Richard Bishop has an album called Graviton Polarity Generator that sounds like its title. Jim O’Rourke has made just about every kind of noise you can imagine, and on and on.

Allred has lived in Knoxville off and on over the last decade or so; attending the University of Tennessee, he moved to the small mining community in Overton County, outside of Cookeville. Having grown up in nearby Jamestown, he’s now inhabiting the land that’s been in his family 200 years. He says he’s trying to find his place in the family legacy. Even without knowing his history, you can recognise a searching, if not spiritual, quality to much of his music.

There’s a sincerity in Allred’s music and way of life that has been missing from modern life for a long time.

Karen Zanes

Karen Zanes is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Boston/Cambridge area. In addition to her solo project, she is a contributing member of the experimental-noise-psych-electronica project, Violet Nox. Other affiliated projects include The Freeways, Ghost Machine Noise, Second Day Venom.

Blending elements of psychedlia and folk - Zanes utilizes various
acoustic and electric guitars and tunings, slides, small percussion instruments, loops and tanpura drones to create sparse, sometimes cinematic soundscapes.

Karen's Bandcamp page:
https://karenzanes.bandcamp.com/album/of-lovers-and-tribes

"Of Lovers and Tribes," Karen's latest release "...is a mini-album that mixes spacey, haunting songs with tripped out instrumentals based around acoustic guitars and drones" ~ Richard Falk's Reviews.

Tickets: click here

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Reading Group
Oct
10
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
Oct
9
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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Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mushroom Musicians Stormy Monday with the Woody Carpinella Band and Morgan Minsk

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We have new regularly scheduled events on Monday nights! These exciting new performance events feature musical artists from various genres. Our schedule is:

1st Monday of the month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

2nd Monday of the Month: STORMY MONDAY. Performances by Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 

3rd Monday of the Month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

4th Monday of the Month: Special kids performance! This is a family-friendly performance of songs and stories by local childrens' entertainers for kids and their caregivers. The event runs 4-5pm. 

(5th) Mondays are performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event will occur from 7-9pm

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Great American Songbook
Oct
7
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
7
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Hannah Verre

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!

Hannah Verre will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Banded Starling and The Promise is Hope
Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

Banded Starling and The Promise is Hope

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The Promise is Hope

“A match made in heaven” may be fanciful, but the blended musicality of Ashley and Eric L’Esperance comes close to validating this old saying. The pair first felt the electricity of their undeniable chemistry at an impromptu song swap. A year and a half later they were married and released their debut album Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going. Jessica Phaneuf, MVY Radio, said “I listen to A LOT of music, and this [album] would be at the top of the pile”and Sound of Boston said the set “offers something for romantics and realists alike.” In the years following this release, The Promise is Hope began to earn their place among New England’s finest emerging acts, with a live performance that is often described as beautifully moving, inspired, and connected. They were invited to perform at Club Passim’s 2016 & 2018 Campfire Festival, the 2017 Connecticut Folk Festival, and the 2018 Hungtington Folk Festival; and have shared the stage with renowned folk artists such as Amy Speace, Antje Duvekot, Parsonfield, The Mallet Brothers, and Gaelynn Lea among many others.

Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters whose sound is shaped by tastes of folk, acoustic and pop. Ashley performs subtle yet stunning melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric’s obvious reverence for the beloved songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life’s journeys, and take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully into well-crafted pieces. Together, the two artists complement each other in every respect. PopMatters says, “It is folk music, but folk that doesn’t find any quick or easy comparisons. Instead, it might besaid that the L’Esperance’s have found their unique path within the storied tradition.” Red Line Roots says “I am awestruck with the harmonies that Ashley & Eric L’Esperance are able to blend and spin together. Truly beautiful and moving…”

The Promise is Hope’s debut was a joyful record, but in a two-year span following its release the two lost four family members to tragic deaths in quick succession. With hearts reeling from personal tragedy, the couple turned to songwriting to work out their grief and lingering questions. This cathartic process resulted in the duo’s sophomore album, Every Seed Must Die, a stunning collection of tracks that are a testament to the trials of the human spirit. The album is unique for its intimate and restrained production. The delicate nature of the subject matter is explored through rich, heartfelt vocals laid over a soft quilt of finger-picked guitars, piano, cello, and Mellotron. The retro-inspired vibe is soul-soothing; listening to Ashley and Eric’s delicately intertwined voices is an experience any lover of fine harmonies will appreciate. No Depression declares, “The songwriting on this album is exceptional…I come away from many of these [songs] cleansed.”

Every Seed Must Die was created to weather a slate of life’s toughest moments, and that has become a driving force of The Promise Is Hope: to make music that helps others work through stormy seasons and see a way forward. The songs are being met with positive critical reception. Mother Church Pew says “With spare,acoustic instrumentation enhanced by crisp and focused production, the pair’s delicate harmonies are allowed to soar,a testament to their true musical talent;” and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society has called the album“breathtakingly stunning.”


Banded Starling

Blending the rawness of the human experience with a playfulness and innocence, Banded Starling engages its listeners with their authenticity and capturing music. The duo developed their alternative folk-pop sound after over 10 years of playing together in bands throughout New England. Banded Starling creates introspective and multifaceted music described by Divide and Conquer as "elegantly shaped and well crafted folk" with an alternative twist.


The decade-long friendship between Priscilla Bel and Pete Wason sparked a musical collaboration that is as rich with harmonies as it is with meaning. After playing together in various bands and touring the New England area, the two friends sought out a way to create music that expressed their own creative styles. In May of 2017, the two released a self-recorded EP called Sink In. They entered the doors of Plaid Dog Recording in December of 2017 to record a single called "Isabel" now available for streaming on YouTube.

Priscilla's songwriting is influenced by tastes of folk, electronic, acoustic, alternative, and pop. Her voice carries sweet and unconventional melodies with an underlying power and rawness. Her poetic lyrics plant poignant metaphors reflecting spirituality, the human experience, and human relationships. Pete, principally a drummer, grew up listening to the great rock bands of the 70s and 80s hair bands. He states influences such as Muse, The Police, and Bastille when adding his touches to Banded Starling's sound. Together, they create multifaceted music, at times poignant, at times heart-thumping, and almost always fun. Their hope is that their music energizes, moves, and inspires their listeners to enjoy the full experience of life.



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Chris Lavancher, Kim Moberg and Kirsten Manville at Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Chris Lavancher, Kim Moberg and Kirsten Manville at Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round

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Kirsten Manville

Some People Sing, released September 29, 2017, is the second solo album from Kirsten Manville. With elements of Americana, folk, country, and blues, the singer/songwriter creates songs that feel like they may have come straight from journal entries. Deceptively simple lyrics paint pictures, tell stories, and evoke a range of emotions. From the pain of finding and losing love, and hard times in a down-on-its-luck town, to the small pleasures of line-dried laundry and homemade pie, and the escapism of a romantic night for two, Kirsten’s warm and sultry voice draws the listener in, infusing the songs with feeling and depth.

“Music, and specifically singing and songwriting, have always been the primary way I have tried to make sense of the world and the ups and downs of life,” she says. “And hopefully, listeners can relate to the emotions or stories depicted in my songs, and take comfort in knowing someone else is feeling the same way or has the same questions or wants the same things.  The is what music has always done for me.  Plus, singing is really fun, and it just makes me feel good.”

Kirsten's first solo album Come With Me was a Top 5 pick in the June 2014 issue of Metronome Magazine, and  she was featured on the cover of the magazine in August 2014.  Metronome reviewer Douglas Sloan stated “With naturally gifted vocal command, Manville explores the intricacies of love, life, and the finer things with a sharp eye on details. Her lyrics are heartfelt and genuine and delivered with just the right amount of instinct and emotion."

Kirsten's songs have received radio airplay on a number stations both in the United States and overseas, including WUMB, WICN, WGDR, and KZUM.  Her song “A Simple Life” spent time in the Top 30 charts (peaking at number 11) of The Globe Radio, an Adult Album Alternative format internet radio station, and her song “Play My Guitar” has been in the Top 20 songs on WOSRadio. In July 2013 she was a finalist in the songwriting competition at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and in February 2016 she was a winner in the Maine Songwriters Whittlesey Barn Songwriting/Performance Contest. Kirsten has had the honor of opening for well-known folk artists Don White and Joe Jencks.

 

Chris LaVancher

2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist – Chris LaVancher’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.

Chris will release 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.

“LaVancher writes songs that tell stories of love among the ruins. His characters may not be from the highest rungs of society, but their feelings come through loud and clear.” Darius Rips – Oliver di Place Music Blog.

“His work speaks of love and loss, of dreams and schemes, all delivered from the heart-felt place of a keen observer of the human condition.” Music in Melrose Coffeehouse.

 

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. 

 

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Reading Group
Oct
3
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
Oct
2
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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Oct
1
7:00 PM19:00

Mushroom Musicians Monday Performances

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We have new regularly scheduled events on Monday nights! These exciting new performance events feature musical artists from various genres. Our schedule is:

1st Monday of the month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

2nd Monday of the Month: STORMY MONDAY. Performances by Jazz, Blues, and World Music. 

3rd Monday of the Month: performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm.

4th Monday of the Month: Special kids performance! This is a family-friendly performance of songs and stories by local childrens' entertainers for kids and their caregivers. The event runs 4-5pm. 

(5th) Mondays are performances by two talented local performers per evening. The event will occur from 7-9pm

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Great American Songbook
Sep
30
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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Great American Songbook
Sep
30
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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Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Ben Bunker Pt.4

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!

Ben Bunker Good.Great.Grand.Wonderful Pt. 4 will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Annabelle's Revival
Sep
29
8:00 PM20:00

Annabelle's Revival

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

$10

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Woody Carpinella, Morgan Minsk, and Lynn Bailey Witty at Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Woody Carpinella, Morgan Minsk, and Lynn Bailey Witty at Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round

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Woody Carpinella

 

Morgan Minsk

 

Lynn Bailey Witty

ynn caught the attention of entertainment industry veterans while singing on Manhattan stages at the age of nine with her enthusiasm and love for the performing arts. She is a singer songwriter, visual artist, and actor. She studied at Walnut Hill School Of The Performing Arts and continued her training through college and graduate school. Her classical training prepared her to become the versatile contemporary artist she is today. A BMI songwriter and member of RISA Rhode Island songwriter's association, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA, and Actor’s Equity, her thirty years of credits speak to the breadth and depth of her abilities.

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Reading Group
Sep
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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Open Mic
Sep
25
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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