Open Mic
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM, 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
Feb
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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Rick Drost - Bill Anderson
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Rick Drost - Bill Anderson

Two great acts tonight!

Rick Drost

Rick Drost, a singer/songwriter from Cambridge, MA. has been writing songs since the late 60s with depth and heart: songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, Swans in the Public Garden, Leftover Lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; recent influences include Vance Gilbert and David Wilcox. Rick’s debut solo CD, Turning the World, was released in June 2017, hit 57 on the June Folk DJ charts, and continues to get airplay from Europe across America to New Zealand.

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson writes songs that tell stories of people’s lives and hopes, accompanied on guitars that he builds at his studio in Lowell. Often compared with artists such as Gordon Lightfoot and Steve Goodman, Bill was the choral award winner in high school and studied voice during his music degrees at Boston University and the New England Conservatory, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Oboe performance. A life in music as a freelance musician (including four years with the USAF Academy Band), resulting in a resume full of orchestras and odd jobs, has enriched and enlivened his life and work with experiences of every description. Over the course of his career, Bill has appeared with artists such as Judy Collins, composer Henry Mancini, country singer Bill Anderson ("Whispering” Bill”), pianist Van Cliburn, Michael W. Smith, ABBA, and many more! Whether finger picking a love song or strumming a toe tapper, Bill’s music offers variety and thought provoking lyrics that will draw you in! And always…a bit of humor!

$6 Suggested Donation

 

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Entangled Strings
Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Entangled Strings

Entangled Strings'  lineup features Sharon Pangaro, Liz Kantz, David Greenwood, Steve MacDonald, Butch Brodeur, and Nick Pangaro. Together they emphasize tight harmonies and melodic wanderings on a variety of stringed instruments while playing folk, country and Americana songs. Each player is a veteran of the local acoustic music scene, having played in prior string bands and community events. Their songs reflect the times and trials of everyday people navigating the paths and choices of life on earth.

Doors Open 7pm

$6 Suggested Donation

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Open Mic
Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM, 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
Feb
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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Lindsay Newton Dodd, Grant Maloy Smith, Peg Espinola at Mushroom Musicians Presents
Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Lindsay Newton Dodd, Grant Maloy Smith, Peg Espinola at Mushroom Musicians Presents

Grant Maloy Smith

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

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

 

Lindsay Newton Dodd

Lindsay’s music is a blend of dreamy folk/pop with infectious melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Her songs echo inspiration from Joni Mitchell, Janis Ian, and Emmylou Harris while establishing a unique sound all her own.

 

Peg Espinola

I was born in New York City before the Second World War, but moved around the country between then and age eighteen, when we returned to the West Side of Manhattan. My family all made music of one sort or another--for awhile we had a band consisting of Dad on the fiddle, Mom on piano, my "special needs" brother on trombone and me on the flute. Neither flute nor piano grabbed hold of me, but first the ukulele, and then the guitar at age fifteen, turned out to be a better fit, especially for accompanying singing. While living in Washington, D.C. I met the then teenaged half-siblings of Pete Seeger--Mike and Peggy--and also their housekeeper Elizabeth Cotton, a fabled ragtime guitar picker. I fell in love with Appalachian music and the blues in those years, and later on I added Odetta, Harry Belafonte and Joan Baez as influences, as well as Latin American music I listened to on records. The songs of the singer-songwriters from the 1960's onward also had an influence on me, particularly the protest songs.
Singing and playing guitar, alone or with others, played an important role in my adult life during and after college and as a social worker, wife and mother in the ensuing decades. But I didn't think to write a song of my own until I was in my 60's, during my second or third year at an adult music camp in New Hampshire. I had come up to SAMW (said camp, sponsored by folk station WUMB) in order to reconnect with my old friend Peggy Seeger, and returned the next year to try to spruce up my guitar playing, performing skills and voice. Finally I took a songwriting course with Bob Franke, who has a rare ability to make songwriters out of almost anybody! My first song was a hit with the class--"The Gardener's Song" on my CD Danish Modern. Buoyed by that success I kept on listening to the voice of inspiration, and pushing it a little with a monthly songwriting circle, more songwriting courses, workshops, etc. Between 2004 and 2017 I managed to write 58 songs, which I have recorded on 4 CDs (all available on CDBaby!). I play a few gigs a year, took 3rd place in a statewide songwriting contest, and have opened for some touring musicians.
Songwriting has given me so much--a community of artists of many kinds, a way to share experiences and ideas with others, an adjunct at times to my passion for progressive politics, a means to put into words--and music--the things that wake me up at three a.m. and won't let me sleep, a way to memorialize the people (and dogs!) who have meant the most to me over the years. My niche has included humorous songs that middle-aged and older folks can relate to--including the experience of being single in mid-life and beyond--as well as my take on experiences we all have nowadays--like the Internet! Some of my songs are serious, too, and some are sad. "Since you asked" (well, everybody does!), the words usually come first--or the idea, really, and then a line or two of the song--but after I have a verse or two, I need to find a melody. After that, the accompaniment. I am 80 now (and still working a little!) and I hope to keep on writing songs right up to the end of my life.

Door open 7pm

$6 Suggested Donation

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Open Mic
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM, 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
Mar
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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Disembodied Poetics
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

Disembodied Poetics

PLCK (Performance Lab Celebrates Kerouac)

Poets: 
Jane Boxall
Rick Breault
Eliot Cardinaux
Masada Jones
John Voigt 

Musicians:
Jane Boxall - percussion
Rick Breault - field recordings
Eliot Cardinaux - piano
Stephanie Marie Germaine - electronics
Christos Koulendros - ???
Scott Getchell - trumpet
John Voigt - bass, poetry
Walter Wright - drums, percussion

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id m theft able - piece for multiple vocalists

Dr Jazz, Bonzo Dog Band
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QU0lOIaBOY

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Reading Group
Mar
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
Mar
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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Reading Group
Mar
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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Michael Gutierrez May, Chuck Williams and Dan Tappan presented by Mushroom Musicians
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Michael Gutierrez May, Chuck Williams and Dan Tappan presented by Mushroom Musicians

Michael Gutierrez-May

I am a singer-songwriter who has been focusing on songwriting and collaborations at the moment along with occasional live performances. I have been involved in folk and acoustic music for the past 30 years as a coffeehouse manager, concert organizer and now as a songwriter and occasional performer.

I first became involved in folk and acoustic music in the early 1980's. I have been writing songs since I was 16 years old. I was formerly the manager of Peacock Coffeehouse in Jamaica Plain, Mass. which had an illustrious two and a half year run from February, 1986 to June, 1988. Shortly after the coffeehouse closed, I produced a demo tape of ten songs I had written, performed at some open mike showcases and promptly crawled back into my shell, not ready to do more than just that with my music. Some 25 years later, I created a demo CD of a musical, Tenderness and Joy recorded at Bristol Studios in Boston in 2009. Not much happened with this, but it was fun.

I  now have three albums. My first EP/Album, Fifty Miles Away was completed in May, 2011 featuring five studio recordings with contributions from musician friends near and far away. My second album, Carrots, Geese and The Dead Leprechaun was completed in July, 2012 as a compilation of live recordings. These are some of the humorous songs I have written and it is available as a digital download album. The third album, Firefly In a Jar of Emotion is now available.

 

Dan Tappan

After nearly 30 years as a software engineer, Dan Tappan tired of working for corporations and decided to find other outlets for his creativity. With a lifelong love of folk music, he decided to get serious about playing and started participating in the local open mike scene. Eventually Dan discovered that crafting lyrics and melodies tickled the same creative brain as designing software and he began writing his own songs.

Dan writes vivid, lyrical songs steeped from snippets of life, seasoned with dashes of humor, a dusting of philosophy, and an occasional pinch of pathos. 

Dan’s songs are generally not autobiographical. However, he has been known to write about himself in the third person, and sometimes wonders how many people actually read all the way through web site bios.

 

Chuck Williams

Chuck Williams has been appearing throughout New England and in recent years has gone coast to coast with his music. Raised in Toledo, Ohio, Chuck has lived most of his adult life in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, moving to the Buzzards Bay shoreline in 2002.  His writing has been gaining notice throughout song circles and he has earned several awards for his finely tuned craft. He can take you on a journey that makes you think, smile and at times want to cry. He has been traveling to coffeehouses, performing arts centers and festivals sowing seeds of his songs along the way.

Chuck's lyrics and melodies are a musical journey reflecting emotions of everyday life brought to you through the stories within his songs. If you feel his style is rooted in the American folk-rock tradition, you would be on the right path that leads to this musician’s memorable songs. 

Rhode Islands Motif Music Awards has nominated Chuck as Singer/Songwriter of the Year ('07, '08, '09, ‘11), for Album Of the Year ('07, '08 and ‘10) and Best Folk Act (’07, ‘12).

Chuck has had the pleasure of opening for national touring artists such as Cheryl Wheeler, Kelly Joe Phelps, Rod McDonald, Steve Forbert, Pegi Young & the Survivors, Jimmy LeFave, Beau Coup Blue, Claude Bourbon and Michael Troy.

Chuck is the President of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. He is also a member of Folk Alliance, NERFA and ASCAP

Williams employs a voice that resembles Neil Young's with the edges rounded-off. There seems to be a proud and strong tradition of folk music speaking truth to power within his tunes.  Don DiMuccio, Motif Magazine

Door open 7pm

$6 Suggested Donation

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Reading Group
Mar
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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RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Mushroom Musicians)
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

RISA Songwriters in the Round (with Mushroom Musicians)

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

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

Tonights featured performers:

Dan Senie, Faith Senie, David Hardwick

Doors open 7pm

$6 Suggested Donation

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Merrimack Bend
Mar
31
7:00 PM19:00

Merrimack Bend

The members of Merrimack Bend have been playing their instruments for most of their adult lives (or more). Dan Sancomb and Les Canney joined forces in early 2010 by way of a Craiglist ad placed by Les looking for someone interested in acoustic jamming. They rehearsed at least once a week, working up tunes by bands like The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton. In early 2012, they decided to broaden their sound by adding a percussionist. Again Craiglist put them in touch with a like-minded soul, Dan Trainor. Lara Hoke joined in mid-2017 on bass. She too is a seasoned player with awesome chops and really knows how to lay down a groove. They bring a uncommon energy to the stage and have a deep, shared respect for the music they play. They have amassed a deep repertoire and have added a bunch of really original originals over their years of playing together. They are now concentrating on recording and gigging around the Merrimack Valley.

$6 Suggested Donation

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Mushroom Musicians Presents! Crowes Pasture
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents! Crowes Pasture

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

Tonights Act(s):

Crowes Pasture

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

The title song from the duo’s second full-length CD, "Edge of America" debuted at #3 on the FolkDJ charts in October 2017, with the album itself reaching #7. The album continued on the charts for several months.

Their first full-length CD was released in May of 2016, and stayed on the FolkDJ charts for several months, peaking at #20.  Songs from both albums can be heard on folk radio stations across the U.S. and on four continents.

$6 Suggested donation

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Roger Salloom
Apr
28
7:00 PM19:00

Roger Salloom

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

Don't Let My Country Wash Away

Ticket Price TBA

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

Mushroom Musicians Presents! Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen

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

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

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

Visit them at www.danandlaurel.ca

Ticket Price: TBA

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Performance Lab: ~Drone Night V~ Dream a Little Dream of Drone
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Performance Lab: ~Drone Night V~ Dream a Little Dream of Drone

Join us for a wondrous sonic journey. Come participate and contribute to two hours of non-stop continuous drone! Free and open-to-the-public. You are encouraged to bring an instrument, gizmos, gadgets, circuit-bent toys, shruti boxes, your voice, bagpipes, violins, oboes, ouds, tubas, mizmars, double-basses or what-have-you to help contribute to the central cosmic drone. Or just come and listen! Or dance. Or meditate. Feel free to come for the whole thing or just a portion. Come to the hearing room in Lowell February 17th 8-10pm. Donations to the space gladly accepted. Feel free to bring a friend!

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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Feb
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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Reading Group
Feb
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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Open Mic
Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM, 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! Tom Smith
Feb
10
8:00 PM20:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents! Tom Smith

Mushroom Musicians Presents - Tom Smith, John McDaid and Amy Kucharik - Songwriters in the Round - 8:00PM-10:00PM
119 Chelmsford Street
Lowell, MA
Price: $6 Suggested Donation
Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round with Tom Smith, John McDaid, and Amy Kucharik.

Tom Smith 

Tom Smith’s songs are in turns humorous, touching, thought provoking, and inspiring. Deeply rooted in the old-school folk tradition, his timeless stories are told with a voice that is honest and sincere with melodies that you will remember forever. 

In the words of noted WUMB-FM Boston radio DJ, Dave Palmeter – “Contrary to what a lot of people think, folk music is still a living tradition. It’s a living tradition that feeds on new songs that speak of people’s wants, people’s needs, people’s struggles and people’s triumphs. Tom Smith is more out of the tradition of say Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton than Jackson Browne or Connor Oberst. He’s a man who writes songs that seem like they’ve always been there. There are very few songwriters working today that I would call folksingers, but I would call Tom Smith a true folksinger.”

Barbara Kessler writes, “Tom Smith will make you laugh and cry (maybe even in the same song) – a very captivating songwriter and performer.”

Tom grew up in rural Pennsylvania in a family where music was part of the fabric of everyday life. As a young man living at the epicenter of the folk-quake that was Cambridge, MA in the 1960’s, Tom solidified what has become a life-long love of self-made music. Now a folk veteran of over thirty-five years, Tom performs at festivals, coffeehouses, schools, and concerts throughout the Northeastern United States to audiences large and small, young and old.

In Tom’s popular monthly blog The Kitchen Musician, going strong since 2007, Tom uses his music to reflect on modern life.

John McDaid

"A mischeivious guitarist and vocalist with a gift for the inimitable phrase."
— The New York Times 

Okay, so the Times review was talking about the audiotapes included in my hypertext novel, published in 1993 by Eastgate Systems. I've been playing acoustic guitar for 40 years, and have written more than 100 songs — some of which I still perform :). Back in the 1980s in NYC, I had the opportunity to play a Sunday Songwriter feature at the legendary Folk City, and opened for Hugh Blumenfeld at the Speakeasy. In the years since, while holding down a full-time corporate job, I've played a bit at a few sf cons, and with co-conspirator Bill Bly, have recorded (and performed at academic conferences) what might be best called "media theory filk." In January, 2016, I retired early and began getting back to doing creative work...

Amy Kucharik

Amy Kucharik is a ukulele-slinging singer-songwriter based in Somerville, MA. The 2015 Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk winner explores the full range of her instrument's capabilities as a tool to convey a complex array of subjects and moods: Whether humorous, topical or intense, she steers listeners away from the ukulele's perception as a merely twee novelty instrument. At the same time, Amy wants her audience to have a good time, and her performances are infused with Vaudevillian charm and an infectious, danceable swing. Her music draws from a range of influences including blues, ragtime jazz, folk, pop and country... as well as aesthetics garnered from film and literature. Amy's catchy, sexy, sometimes haunting songs recount tales of reluctant love, heartbreak, revenge, and grit.

Originally from Southern IL, Amy is the daughter of a trombonist and a pianist/choir director. She grew up playing classical piano and studied french horn from the 6th grade through college, playing frequently in regional honor bands. At Southern Illinois University, Amy studied art and creative writing, ultimately earning her MFA in poetry, meanwhile playing horn in the University Wind Ensemble. However, it was after moving to Boston and through a swing dancing friend that Amy first became interested in the ukulele, the instrument that ignited her songwriting. In 2011, Amy began singing and touring with local artist Greg Klyma, and soon thereafter performing her own shows.

Amy's band, Friends (With Benefits), features a revolving assortment of talented musicians who perform regularly in New England. Their 2013 EP, "Dance Crush Blues," was created as a tribute to their mutual love of the swing and blues dance community. The band was selected to perform at Montreal Bagel & Blues 2014 dance exchange and Boston's Sweet Molasses Blues exchange in 2013 and 2015.

Amy's full-length debut album, "Cunning Folk," was released in 2014. It contains 10 of Amy's originals arranged for a diversely instrumented band featuring luscious vocal harmonies and swirling New Orleans brass.  "Cunning Folk" was nominated for Red Line Roots Album of the Year in 2014.

In 2015, Amy was a winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Newfolk competition, an honor given to six songwriters selected from a pool of 800 applicants. She toured central Texas with the other five winners, and has been collaborating with several of the Newfolk finalists on future musical endeavors. Amy has also shared bills with Denver, CO-based YouTube ukulele sensation Danielle Ate the Sandwich, as well as Samantha Farrell and Boston Music Award Folk Artist of the Year 2014 Dan Blakeslee. Her song, "Creepy Dead Bug," co-written with Klyma, was covered by Trout Fishing in America (who NPR call "the Lennon and McCartney of kid's music") on their 2013 release, "Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers." Amy also performs as a vocalist with the Dan Fox Foxtet swing band, and her own vintage blues band, Tiger Moan.

Amy has taught beginning and intermediate ukulele classes at CCAE as well as various workshop sessions, and is available for private lessons.

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Reading Group
Feb
7
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Chaos Bookery 

Presents

Literary Events on Wednesday nights from 6 to 9 pm

Writers Meetup  1st Wed of the Month A group for writers to discuss their craft and what they are currently working on

Fiction Reader Group 2nd Wed of the Month Readers of fiction come together to talk about their favorite books and what they are reading at the moment.

Non-Fiction Discussion Group  3rd Wed of the Month A group for people that want to discuss the ideas behind the books. This group can also function as a research sharing group and a political discussion group.

Choose Your Own Adventure Reading Group  4th Wed of the Month Play a part and read along in a choose your own adventure novel. Or bring your current read and celebrate literacy by reading in public. This group will morph in to a dedicated reading group reading one book a month to be determined by the group.

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Open Mic
Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

Sign up at 6:30 PM, 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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Casey Juaniskis - Reggie Bates
Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

Casey Juaniskis - Reggie Bates

Split Bill Tonight

Casey Juaniskis

Casey’s repertoire spans Country, Soul, Popular, Jazz Standards and originals with a singular American feel. Spanning a century of the American songbook, these are songs you know and love, whether you know it yet or not. Casey’s guitar and vocal renderings engage your ear with intricacy and nuance.

https://www.facebook.com/casey.lj.musician/ 

Reggie Bates

Reggie Bates is a singer/songwriter and a former member of Boston based alternative rock band 33 Leaves. Drawing inspiration from Neil Young, Warren Zevon, Joni Mitchell, and Father John Misty amongst others, Bates is taking on an acoustic based approach to songwriting. Bates is planning on recording and releasing a new solo album in 2018. 

$6 Donation

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Mushroom Musicians Presents! Songwriters in the Round
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Mushroom Musicians Presents! Songwriters in the Round

Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round
Featuring:
Sweet Wednesday
Allison Rose

$6 Donation

Sweet Wednesday

www.sweetwednesday.com info@sweetwednesday.com
617-834-3161

Dave Falk and Lisa Housman, recipients of multiple songwriting awards, perform original songs about adventures, standing up for what you believe in, and those crazy mermaids you're bound to encounter after being out on the ocean for too long.

With beauty, humor, and passion, Lisa and Dave get audiences laughing, dancing, and singing along to their unique story-songs.

The pair share lead vocal duties and harmonies, with Lisa on guitar, and Dave lending his own brilliant style to the guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and violin.

Sweet Wednesday has been featured on over 100 radio stations and television shows, and toured nationally and internationally.

Check them out at:

http://www.sweetwednesday.com/

Allison Rose
allisongmusic.com argiuliano@gmail.com
401-954-2600

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

A classically-trained pianist and vocalist, Allison grew up on piano lessons and choir rehearsals, eventually choosing music as her college minor.

Lately she's been popping up at open mics and venues such as Providence RI's Brooklyn Coffee and Tea House, Pomfret CT's Vanilla Bean Cafe, and Tiverton RI's Sandywood's Center for The Arts. She was one of four finalists in the Rhode Island Songwriter Association's 2015 Performing Songwriter Competition, a top 10 finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival’s 2016 Songwriter Competition, and a top 3 Finalist in the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s 30th Anniversary Songwriting Contest (2016). She released her debut CD, “Hope,” in November 2016.

Allison gives back to her community as a volunteer and board member of a RI-based nonprofit organization, RISING, which serves young adult and beginning songwriters and musicians by providing music education, mentorship, and performance opportunities. She is involved in the CREATORS expressive arts program with PeaceLove studios—a wonderful organization that seeks to help people create peace of mind through expressive arts and storytelling, as well as to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Allison is a mommy to two beautiful children and by day has a fulfilling career as a mental health counselor. Aside from music, Allison is a photographer, and enjoys the ocean, a comfy bed, and dropping a good F-bomb.

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Reading Group
Jan
31
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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Kerr Griffin and Friends
Jan
26
7:00 PM19:00

Kerr Griffin and Friends

Showcase Night Featuring Kerr Griffin, Rachel Marie and the acoustic duo Three at Home

Kerr Griffin is a veteran of the Boston area cover band scene who paid his dues playing in and managing an award winning band. Sadly, he developed a chronic allergy to sequins and "Superfreak" as a result. It seemed a sign from above to strike out on his own to write and perform the acoustic music he'd always loved. Since then, Kerr has been cultivating his own brand of Americana Acoustic Rock.

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

Three At Home' is an acoustic duo featuring the combined styling of Dan Russo and Mary Casiello... 

Dan Russo:
Acoustic rock and soul, with lyrics designed to alternately lift you up and break your heart and guitar playing designed to break strings. Dan wants to be Bruce Springsteen when I grow up. Or Eddie Vedder. Or a firefighter. Right now he's a singer/songwriter who sometimes has a band and teaches Latin to pay the bills. He's been told he's "pretty energetic and entertaining on stage, with a childlike energy and fun in everything he does."

Mary Casiello:
Quirky and creative singer/songwriter Mary Casiello offers a piano-pop music style that has been compared to the style of Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel, Ben Folds and Carole King. She is a frequent face in the Boston area music scene. Her songwriting has taken her into the theatre world where she worked with playwrights such as E. Christopher Clark and Cee Campbell. When Mary isn’t collaborating or writing her own music, she is advocating for mental health issues and mothers in the arts. She hopes that her next project will be an all-female cover band of The Police called Sting Ops.

$6 Donation

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Reading Group
Jan
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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