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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Mike Gent (of The Figgs)

8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)

Donation: $20 (100% goes to the artist)

Mike Gent

In 2018 Mike Gent released his fourth solo album Headphone Music. The new album features several songs co-written with Graham Parker. Mike is also releasing a new digital-only single each month this year. Many of you know Mike from his 30+ years and 12+ albums with The Figgs.

In recent years, Mike has also collaborated with Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom) as part of the band The Needy Sons. We're excited to be hosting a solo performance by Mike for the first time. Expect songs from Mike's albums, as well as Figgs songs and cool covers.

Recommended for fans of The Beatles/John Lennon, The Kinks, Graham Parker, Paul Westerberg/Replacements...

"As ever, Gent is covering a lot of ground here, and as ever, his music has an inexorable, seemingly effortless groove." — The Boston Globe

Mike playing "Stuck on Leather Seats" live in 2012:

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chandler Travis Three-O Plus?

8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)

NEW: Photos of this concert are now in the gallery

Chandler Travis

Hailing from Cape Cod, this will be Chandler Travis' third performance here. He last played here in 2014. In his 40+ years as a musician, Chandler has released dozens of albums. His most recent releases are 2013’s This is What Bears Look Like Underwater and 2015’s Bocce & Bourbon: The Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis and David Greenberger. In 2017 the Chandler Travis Three-O (a quartet) made their second appearance on NPR’s “Mountain Stage”.

What can you expect at this show (besides the unexpected)? Well, perfect original songs with clever, sometimes absurd lyrics, jaw-dropping musicianship by 4 to 7 people (you can never be sure how many might be in tow, and several are teachers at Boston’s Berklee College of Music), horns, costume changes, a singing valet, folk, jazz, dixieland, rock, pop, avant-garde...

Highly recommended for fans of NRBQ, the Beatles, Ben Vaughn, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, eclecticism, humor, virtuosity. Don’t miss it!

“...smart, swinging and winningly strange… a fairly fantastical free-wheeling show full of memorable tunes.” — Philadelphia Inquirer

“He’s a true New England eccentric, a master of daft power pop, and live, he plays in his pajamas…” — Village Voice

Chandler Travis Philharmonic live in Provincetown, MA, 2012:

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Spirit Family Reunion

8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)

NEW: Photos of this concert are now in the gallery

Spirit Family Reunion

Folk/bluegrass/gospel shouters Spirit Family Reunion were formed in New York City in 2009 by Nick Panken (vocals, acoustic guitar), Maggie Carson (five string banjo, vocal), and Stephen Weinheimer (washboard, bass drum, tambourine, vocals). Since then, they have released several albums and performed at the Newport Folk Festival (three times!), Austin City Limits festival, and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

In 2012 the band performed a “Tiny Desk Concert” for NPR. We became hooked after hearing them play at the Summer Hoot in the Catskills a few years back. This performance will feature 3-6 of the band members (we’re not sure exactly how many yet) playing their own unique brand of old-timey, spirit-lifting music.

Recommended for fans of The Band, The Felice Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops. Good for your soul!

“...my favorite find at this year's Newport Folk Festival...the group makes music I'd call ‘new old-timey,’ but which its members call ‘open-door gospel’ — gospel music that's not tied to any particular religious denomination...its songs translate perfectly into foot-stomping singalongs.” - Bob Boilen, NPR

Spirit Family Reunion’s NPR “Tiny Desk Concert” 2012:

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