OK music fans. It’s that time of year again when we are all looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for that special person in our lives. Since we are all part of this thing we call the greater-Boston/New England music scene, I suggest we give our loved ones CDs from all of our favorite artists. Several CDs for the last several months stand out. A few older ones too.
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers are at it again. After competing in the International Blues Competition in previous years under the auspices of Boston Blues Society, this January they’ll be representing the Granite State Blues Society. With all the years of experience Harpe and her band have in the blues field and in this international competition, it’s a safe bet they’ll put in a strong showing in Memphis. For the time being, Harpe and her band are focused on helping the New Hampshire blues society raise enough money for her and the other GSBS competitors to travel to the competition. The event, titled The Road To Memphis Starts Here will be held on Sunday, November 20th at Jewel night club in Manchester.
Bassist Alison Keslow has come a long way. Keslow began playing copious gigs in her youth as a Berklee College Of Music graduate with a degree in Bass Performance. After making the rounds of greater-Boston venues since the 1990s, she has released two CDs, including last year’s well received Bass Dharma, and she’s been nominated for a Boston Music Award in the Jazz category for the second year in a row. She was still feeling high about last year’s nomination when this year’s was announced.
Matt Stubbs & The Antiguas opened with a bang their new Monday night residency at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts last night. The Antiguas had a solid turn out for the end of a holiday weekend. The audience was fully engaged and enthusiastic about what this four piece instrumental band was laying down. Calling each Monday night’s event DownBeat Mondays, the band is sure to become as much a fixture there as they were at their last residency, which lasted over a year.
Steve Pelland’s CD Release Party in the Ballroom at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, Massachusetts was a fine testament to Pelland’s emerging presence on the greater-Boston/New England singer-songwriter scene. Celebrating his recent These Days release, Pelland displayed plenty of guitar magic just during his sound check. He has a way of making his acoustic guitar waltz all over his fretboard.