Open Mic
Aug
21
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
Aug
22
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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Kids in the Round with Amanda Maffei and Lindsay Newton Dodd
Aug
24
2:00 PM14:00

Kids in the Round with Amanda Maffei and Lindsay Newton Dodd

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A kids' concert not to be missed. Amanda Maffei is a wonderful story teller, weaving tales specifically for kids followed by a song based on the tale she tells. Lindsay Newton Dodd has become a very popular children's entertainer in Worcester, MA and brings her talent and enthusiasm to Lowell. Sing along or listen, just come join us! Only $10 suggested donation for an afternoon worth of entertainment!

Tickets HERE

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Songs with a Story - Presented by Mushroom Musicians
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Songs with a Story - Presented by Mushroom Musicians

This evening challenges performers to perform songs with a story. The song can be a story, The song can be preceded or succeeded by a story. The performer may just tell a story.

This is about exploring narrative storytelling through song and spoken word. Both techniques are welcomed. This will be an evening of laughter, love, terror, and sadness, all wrapped up in the joy of our shared humanity. 

Featured performers are Snake, Amanda Maffei, and Aaron Tornberg. 

Tickets HERE

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Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Ergo Canto
Aug
26
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Ergo Canto

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!

Ergo Canto will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Open Mic
Aug
28
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
Aug
29
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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The Lied To's and Folkapotamus - Songwriters in the Round Presented by Mushroom Musicians
Aug
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Lied To's and Folkapotamus - Songwriters in the Round Presented by Mushroom Musicians

The Lied To's

The Lied To's are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014, released their self-titled debut cd at the legendary Club Passim in February 2015, and have been playing together ever since. 

Taking their name from the revered Everly Brothers song, "When Will I Be Loved," The Lied To's (Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler) collaborate to put the challenges of relationships squarely under their musical microscope with a formidable blend of folk, rock and country-tinged music.
 
Susan has been a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, and the International Songwriting Competition, among others. She also was a Tri-Centric Showcase artist at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference (NERFA).  Columnist, Joel Brown, in an article for The Boston Globe noted that Susan has "Some of the wistful knowledge of Dolly Parton at her best."

Doug has had his songs placed on television shows, including CSI , All My Children, The Young and The Restless, Dark Blue, and was an emerging artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  Nick Noble, host of the "The Folk Revival" (WICN, Worcester, MA ) states, "Doug Kwartler brings to the 21st century the passion and perception of the great 20th century folk singers like Woody Guthrie and early Bob Dylan."  Doug is also a respected music producer who owns and runs Hollow Body Recording Studios in Chelmsford, MA.

Susan and Doug's solo websites:

http://www.susanjlevine.com

http://www.dougmusic.com

 

 

Folkapotamus

Folkapotamus is a Boston area based folk duo consisting of Penni Hart and Tony Trites. They have been performing together since 2011. Their emotional lyrics and beautiful melodies draw listeners in. Penni and Tony have performed at various coffeehouses and folk venues in Massachusettssuch as Club Passim and The Burren and throughout New England and the Midwest. They have opened for legendary folk icon Vance Gilbert as well as California’s Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan and New York’s Davey O.

Folkapotamus’s second full album, “Middle of Nowhere,” will be released in September of 2017. It contains six new compositions as well as a classic folk song, a traditional folk song, and a favorite rock song done in their own folky style.The original compositions range from a song titled, “Road to Nowheresville” that has a good-time, sitting-out-on-the-front-porch-playing-music kind of feeling to “River Slope Mine,” a historical song about a mining disaster in Pennsylvania.


Penni was born and reared in Springfield, Illinois. She was first given piano lessons at the age of 5 and continued to study music throughout her life. She is an avid reader, which shows in her songwriting - as most of her songs tell poignant stories, some of them about family and growing up in the Midwest. In her 20s she moved to her adopted home of California and worked at the famous "Freight & Salvage" where she was introduced to all different styles of songwriting. After moving to the Boston area in 2008, she teamed up with Tony to become Folkapotamus.

Tony Trites grew up in the Boston suburbs. His love for music started at age 10 when he was introduced to the saxophone. After taking piano lessons in high school, Tony played keyboards and sax in a number of bands throughout his college years. A reunion with high school band mates led Tony to purchase a bass guitar, which he taught himself to play. Tony’s influences range from jazz to classical, to modern rock and most recently, folk.

Folkapotamus's first studio release, "Whispered Words," was released in August of 2014. It made the Folk DJ Chart in August, and was also included in the Top 600 CDs of 2014. Their debut album was also named as one of the "Top 25 CDs of 2014" by Joltin' Joe from Radio Nowhere on WMSC in Montclair, NJ, and also The Back Porch's Top 30 CDs of 2015, 88.1 WVPE, South Bend/Elkhart, IN. Chicago Folk DJ Rich Warren also named “Whispered Words” as one of his Picks of the Week in January of 2015.

Penni and Tony currently reside in Massachusetts with their two interesting rescue cats Fernando and Oliver and two budgies Tyngo and Coconut.

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Sep
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
Sep
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
Sep
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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Kenny Selcer, Sandy Haddon, Alexandru Sabau - Mushroom Musicians Songwriters in the Round
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Kenny Selcer, Sandy Haddon, Alexandru Sabau - Mushroom Musicians Songwriters in the Round

Kenny Selcer, Sandy Haddon, Alexandru Sabau - Mushroom Musicians Songwriters in the Round

Kenny Selcer

"a sizzling blend of Americana, folk, rock, roots, reggae, and everything in between, that will get your toes tappin', your head noddin' up and down, your mouth singin', your brain thinkin' and maybe even get you dancin' in the aisles!"

Sandy Haddon

 

Alexandru Sabau

'In between the standing trees" LP is out and about… i would love to share it with you my friend♥

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Sep
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
Sep
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
Sep
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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Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Sean Ryder
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Sean Ryder

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!

Sean Ryder will be the featured performer. Join us!

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

Terry Kitchen - Mark Stepakoff - Rob Siegel

Songwriters in the Round tonight!

 

Terry Kitchen

Mark Stepakoff

Rob Siegel

 

Terry:

 

Terry Kitchen is a musical storyteller, and more.

 

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

 

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

 

Mark:

 

Mark Stepakoff

 

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

 

Rob:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

robsiegelmusic@gmail.com

www.robsiegel.com

617-365-8303

 

$10 Suggested Donation

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Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards
Sep
23
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will be the featured performers. Join us!

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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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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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Diane Battistello and Lynn Bailey Witty at Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Diane Battistello and Lynn Bailey Witty at Mushroom Musicians Presents Songwriters in the Round

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Diane Battistello

Diane, as many of us do, encountered many twists and turns in life and she stopped writing and singing for nearly 25 years.  One day in 2010 a spark from words by Carolyn Myss, “Everyone needs to have harmony in their life”, reignited Diane’s musical flame.    On that day she pulled her guitar out of the closet, put some new strings on it, and got back to music.  Now with gray hair and past the age of 60 she’s stepping up to the stage.

or the past few years she’s been performing at open mics and opening act slots in coffeehouses from Boston to Providence and now is accepting features at coffeehouses other music events. She is the current Rhode Island Songwriter Assocation (RISA) Board  of  Directors secretary.  You can find out more about Diane’s schedule at: www.dianebattistello.com.

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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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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Sep
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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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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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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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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Oct
7
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
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.

View Event →
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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Rob Noyes - Joseph Allred
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Rob Noyes - Joseph Allred

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.

$TBA

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Oct
14
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
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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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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
8:00 PM20:00

In Concert: Joel Cage

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

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

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

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

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

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

$10 Suggested Donation

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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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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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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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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.

View Event →
Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

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

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

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Dec
23
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring 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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Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam
Aug
17
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
Aug
15
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
Aug
14
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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Monthly Mind Meld - Claude and Ola - Goa Death Mother - Fable Grazer
Aug
11
8:00 PM20:00

Monthly Mind Meld - Claude and Ola - Goa Death Mother - Fable Grazer

7:30 Doors / 8:00 Start / All Ages / $5-8 Sliding Scale

CLAUDE AND OLA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho2GeevQxOk&t=1129s

GOA DEATH MOTHER
https://soundcloud.com/goadeathmother

FABLE GRAZER
https://fablegrazer.bandcamp.com/

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Claude and Ola explore the emotional landscape of our modern era using modular synthesizer, piano, bowed banjo, and voice to create a shared journey with listeners. They reside in northern NY, performing as a duo and as one half of the experimental ambient quartet Figure From Ground.

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I am the flame that burns in every heart of man, and in the core of every star. I am Life, and the giver of Life, yet therefore is the knowledge of me the knowledge of death. (Hadit, Al II:6)

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Fable Grazer is a free improv collective based in Somerville, MA. The group formed in the summer of 2012, when founding member Marc Drinkwater began stalking local musicians on Soundcloud, gathering cogs for a human loop station. The schematic soon became obsolete when the cogs rebelled against their engineer, demanding freedom. Marc discovered (to his horror) that he unwittingly assembled a sonic T-1000, as the group would continuously dissolve into puddles and reform into grotesque, unpredictable shapes over the course of jams that often spanned more than an hour.

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

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Federico and The Breeze - Nora Tirrell
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Federico and The Breeze - Nora Tirrell

From Federico:

"Hi, all. I've been working on a song cycle about America's propensity for fantasy, delusion, etc... Our capacity to be conned by hucksters, schemers, con artists, balanced by our occasional return to reason, pragmatism. I'll be premiering several of these songs - based loosely on Kurt Anderson's (Host of Studio 360) book, Fantasyland; How America Went Haywire; A 500 year History - - - It all happens at The Hearing Room, August 10, at 8 PM. Join us. Additionally, Nora Tirrell, a fine singer/songwriter, will perform a set of original material. Hope to see you there.

 

$10 Suggested Donation

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Reading Group
Aug
8
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
Aug
7
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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Ralph DeFlorio, Dawn Kenney and Kathleen Healy - Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round
Aug
3
8:00 PM20:00

Ralph DeFlorio, Dawn Kenney and Kathleen Healy - Mushroom Musicians Presents - Songwriters in the Round

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Ralph DeFlorio

After many years of writing songs, Ralph finally emerged from his undisclosed location off the music grid and recorded his first CD called Daylight Comes Through. It’s sound reflects his influences with Mr. Folk, Ms. Blues, Mr. Bluegrass and Ms. Rock making appearances. The songs address topics of at least fleeting interest to Ralph including matters of the spirit, the environment, life’s transitions and baseball. He has played in bands and solo around New England. One goal is to travel further to perform. Who knows, could New Jersey be on the horizon? Also, he wants to continue writing songs as a way to make sense of the world and, through his recording and performances, report back on what he has learned.

Dawn Kenny

Raised on the traditional country greats, Dawn Kenney has been making music since before she could walk. 
 
Her music resonates with echos of the Grand Old Opry. She brings her love of bluegrass, country, folk and gospel music all woven together to create her own unique genre defying sound.

With a voice that can soar to the rafters one moment and then bathe you in a soft warmth the next, Dawn's performances create intimate connections with her audiences that keep them coming back.

Her voice is expressive and dynamic, conveying the full range of emotion that she delivers in her original songs. With messages that are positive and uplifting, her songs speak of  life; relationships, family, faith and those things common to the human experience that are true to all of us.

Threaded through the fabric of a Dawn Kenney show are superbly crafted original songs, with hints of the the traditional music she loves, written from a contemporary perspective. From energetic hard driving tunes to hauntingly beautiful ballads, Dawn brings a range of music highlighted by upright bass, tasteful banjo, sweet fiddle, mandolin and her own acoustic guitar.

Even at an outdoor festival she is able to create a down home living room atmosphere that leave those there feeling like they have spent an evening with an old friend.

Kathleen Healy

Kathleen is a hard-working musician & songwriter living on Cape Cod. She draws from her experience of living and raising a family near the beach for many of her songs. Some say salt water runs through her veins. She writes from the heart and her honest lyrics and often poignant subject matter lend themselves to the unique quality of her voice. She admits to being a live music junkie but is currently not seeking treatment for her addiction.

Kathleen appears regionally in southern New England as a solo performer. She hosts open mic nights at local venues and thoroughly enjoys supporting the live music scene on Cape Cod and collaborating with other local musicians. When she is not performing or hosting, Kathleen can be found back in the studio recording her second studio album, Vagabond. Her CD entitled Spark was released in June of 2014.

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Reading Group
Aug
1
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

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

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

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

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

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Open Mic
Jul
31
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

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

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Rachel Marie
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Rachel Marie

A new 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!

Rachel Marie will be the featured performer. Join us!

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Ro Colegrove ~ Natalie Tuttle ~ Tory Silver
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Ro Colegrove ~ Natalie Tuttle ~ Tory Silver

Ro Colegrove

Ro Colegrove is a queer & transgender singer-songwriter who is proud to craft songs for the underdog, sung in his gently whispered voice.  He has shared the stage with many seasoned artists, including Meg Hutchinson, Edie Carey, and Melissa Ferrick.  When you attend a Ro Colegrove show, you will be treated to a night of story-telling, laughter, and heart-warming connection.

Natalie Tuttle

Percussive acoustics. Two words that seem to drive Natalie Tuttle's music stream. Whether its jazz, blues, jamband, or folk, you can always count on surprising melodies backed up by melancholy lyrics and a deep, cut-throat voice. A true natural born talent. . .

Tory Silver

Tory Silver is a singer/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Inspired largely by bossa nova, folk, and rock music, Tory uses these influences to create a fresh sound with a distinct punch. Notably known for her interesting chord progressions and warm voice, Silver uses her music not only as an outlet lyrically, but as an opportunity to create something captivating on the guitar. Studying the guitar for the last decade, Tory’s music is crafted with detail in mind. Silver released her first full length album, Observere, May 30, 2017.

Doors at 7pm
Show starts 8pm

$10 Suggested Donation
Advance Tickets HERE

 

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Danielle Miraglia, Jenee Halstead and Lisa Bastoni
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Danielle Miraglia, Jenee Halstead and Lisa Bastoni

Danielle Miraglia, Jenee Halstead and Lisa Bastoni at RISA and Mushroom Musicians SITR

Danielle Miraglia

Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. Her latest "All My Heroes Are Ghosts," released with her band Danielle M and The Glory Junkies  touches on a lot of what might be on your mind these days – the loss of so many musical heroes on the title track, the chaos of “fake news” on “Monster,” our collective anxieties on “All On Fire,” and more..   The music itself blends influences of some of Miraglia’s own musical heroes - The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin along with Danielle's lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.   Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year. 

Lisa Bastoni

Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin" (Maverick-UK).

Jenee Halstead

Her latest release, “Edge of the World,” adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it “like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney,” while comparing Jenee’s working relationship with new producer Sean McLaughlin to that of Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois for the way it “embedded a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape.”

Spot on. With her gift for wonderfully evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with such a compelling voice, it’s easy to foresee that Jenee’s unfettered songwriting will continue to rise — like those swirling rings of smoke — into the expansive sky, and far beyond the edge of the world.

$10 Suggested Donation
Show starts 8pm

https://thehearingroom.ticketspice.com/danielle-miraglia-jenee-halstead-lisa-bastoni

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Reading Group
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

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

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

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

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

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Open Mic
Jul
24
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

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

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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

Monthly Acoustic Bluegrass Jam

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

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

Acoustic instruments only!

Pass the hat event

 

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Reading Group
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Reading Group

Hosted by Chaos Bookery

Come celebrate the joy of reading.

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

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

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

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

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Open Mic
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic

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

$5 suggested donation

All ages and skill levels welcome.

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Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Rick Drost
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

Acoustic Open Mic Featuring Rick Drost

A new 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!

Rick Drost will be the featured performer. Join us!

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