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So we’ve covered how epic the Hoot is, now I’m here to tell you when it’s going down. “A Night of Sea Songs” will be held Saturday October 24th at the Democracy Center : 45 Mt. Auburn, Cambridge from 7:30-11:00pm.  A dense sentence, but it did the job.  All musicians will be allowed to play two songs to serenade their peers. Read the official invitation below: 


“Please come and share a maritime song or shanty for us all to stomp along to. Everyone is allowed to play – as many sea songs as you know – 2 songs at a time to keep things moving. There will be a $2 cover so that we can break even on renting the room/posters. You really won’t want to miss this. it will also be Mama Bird’s release of the Grand Ole Hoot live recording. get your copy kid”

Caleb Hutchings


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arsenal Arts Center

arsenalARTS presents the next installment of Monday Night Berklee Jazz, a continuing collaboration featuring performances in a wide variety of jazz styles by some of Berklee’s world- renowned faculty. The Arsenal Center for the Arts is located at 321 Arsenal St. in Watertown. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Free parking is available and the venue is handicapped accessible. Tickets are $15, or $10 for Arsenal members and students with valid ID. For tickets or more information, call 617-923-8487 or visit arsenalArts.org.

MONDAY, SEPTEMER 14, 2009 AT 7:30 PM
Ed Saindon-vibraphone, Billy Novick-sax & clarinet, Mark Walker-drums and Bruno Raberg-bass will present an exciting evening of diverse and intriguing music. Selections will include gems from the Great American Songbook, Jobim, Ellington and Swing Era favorites by Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton as well as several original compositions.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2009 AT 7:30 PM
Singer Donna McElroy mainly performs in the Gospel and Country genres of the recording industry but her versatility is well-documented by the varied and wonderful performances throughout New England. For this evening, she has called upon some veterans of the jazz circuit and Berklee colleagues, George Russell (keyboard), John Lockwood (acoustic bass), and Yoron Israel (drums) to perform standards and originals from her most recent jazz CD offering entitled “FLY TO FOREVER”.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009 AT 7:30 PM
THE DANNY HARRINGTON QUARTET featuring Danny Harrington (Baritone Sax), John Baboian (Guitar), Mark Carlsen (Acoustic Bass) and Jon Hazilla (Drums). The quartet will perform music from the mainstream jazz songbook including pieces by Duke Ellington, Pepper Adams, Thad Jones and Gerry Mulligan. Danny Harrington plays honest valid jazz, his soulful ballads, rich tone and dexterity truly epitomize a musician of great skill. (David Gould – Vandoren)

The Arsenal Center for the Arts occupies 30,000 square feet of space on three floors. It houses two theatres, classrooms and workshop spaces, artist studios, gallery and exhibit space, rehearsal rooms, and informal gathering places. Its stunning and unique architectural design is ideally suited to support its mission of an inter-disciplinary arts center. This mix of interior venues provides a home for three resident companies (New Repertory Theatre, Watertown Children’s Theatre, The Quilters’ Connection) and regular performing troupes such as Improv Jones. Under the umbrella arsenalARTS, the center also offers its own programming consisting of art exhibits, classes and workshops for adults and children, concerts and other staged events, plus literary presentations and other discussion opportunities.

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Now, I couldn’t play a chord to save my life, no joke. Unfortunately, musical dexterity is a skill that escapes me, but that talent doesn’t seem to be running short in Allston. Once every month, local folk artists gather in an Allston home to play for fellow musicians.  Every person has the opportunity to play for the entire group, although their set is limited to two songs to account for all those eager to take the stage. 

The next Hootenanny is scheduled for this Thursday (September 10th) at the YMCA Theatre in Cambridge. Tickets are only $5 ($7 @ the door). This “Grand Ole Hoot” should be more of a traditional format than the Allston Hootenanny. It is designed to evoke the feeling of old time radio.  Lonesome Vince, who hosts these shows, will be moving out west in the fall so this is one of the final opportunities to catch his innovative events.  BU’s radio blog does a much better job describing the spectacle which will be Thursday night.

My favorite artist featured in Thursday’s show would undoubtably be Nic Beaven aka Barna Howard. Probably a name you haven’t heard very often, but more than worth a trip to the Cambridge Y.  For $7 it’s a steal to see one of Boston’s most talented folk artists.

You can find video and coverage of the Allston Hootenanny along with solo’s from Nic Beaven at the Weekly Dig.

– Caleb Hutchings

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