NotloB Music, purveyor of fine Celtic, bluegrass and fiddle-centric concerts, will be presenting its Fall season in three brand new venues in Brookline, Newton Upper Falls and Davis Square, as well as returning to Inman Square. Beginning at the historic Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain in 2007, the series had interim homes across the street at First Parish, at the Jackson Homestead in Newton, two churches in Somerville and a house concert series in Watertown. notloB’s three new venues are the Davis Square Theater in Somerville (175+ seats, 21+), Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Washington Square, Brookline (100 seats, all ages), and Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls (50 seats, all ages). Concerts continue at Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge (35 seats, all ages). notloB also arranges house concerts.
“Adding three new venues and returning to Outpost 186 gives us the flexibility to present artists in listening room environments that best fit them,” explains Jeff Boudreau. “Located a short walk from the red line and on three bus routes, Outpost 186 is ideal for Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory undergrads starting public performances or who wish to try out new material in a no-pressure environment. Carriage House Violins has a beautiful, birch-paneled room fitting established string players who can draw a larger audience. BGSP’s 100 seats, which is equivalent to Club Passim, is a larger space we are finding will be most suitable to solo or duo artists. Davis Square Theatre is fitting for bands/ensembles or bigger “name” artists.
Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) in Brookline hosted a sold-out crowd of lovers of all things Scottish Saturday night. The Tannahill Weavers wailed the night away, with support by the fittingly named 3-piece Celtic band Fresh Haggis. “I brought in Dana Westover, a friend and former long-time manager of Johnny D’s in Somerville. In hindsight the concert could have been presented at a larger venue, but the band wanted a more intimate setting.”
And of course these four listening room environments are also suitable to discerning string-based music patrons.
The season was off to a sprinting start, with a triad of concerts last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, October 8-10.
Wednesday Blanca & Chuchi Alcuadrado “are two young Spaniard musicians in the vanguard of their respective instruments…violin and acoustic guitar respectively — two ‘traditional’ instruments with which they revive the music of Burgos and the rest of Castile, though with strong Celtic music influences.” The duo teaches at Alasdair Fraser’s music camps, Crisol, VOM and Sierra. notloB was contacted by Fraser’s musical partner, Natalie Hass, to present them in the Boston area, as they pass through, en route to playing her wedding.
Thursday the incomparable, inimitable and certifiably brilliant Rushad Eggleston graces Davis Square Theater with his acrobatic, spritely cello antics. “…Behind the boisterous showmanship and dogged weirdness is a natural talent who netted a Grammy nomination while still an undergrad at Berklee College of Music.” “‘It’s been rare to find players who can really move around on the cello with a lot of facility in an improvisational way,’ says cellist Eugene Friesen, who’s won three Grammy Awards himself …and taught Eggleston as a faculty member at Berklee…It’s thanks to a handful of pioneers who have really been out there trying to push the envelope. And Rushad is one of them.”
Jeremy D. Goodwin – The Boston Globe.
Friday notloB reaches way back to its early days. Andy Reiner was first presented when he was a Berklee student and founding member of Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers. Now a resident of the Colorado mountains, this is a rare Massachusetts visit for Andy. Completing the bill are Berklee professor Jason Anick and student Mali Obomsawin. The trio’sconcert is the first of many booked into Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls, a beautiful, intimate and acoustically sound performance space.
notloB works closely with Berklee School of Music faculty, graduates and current students of exceptional promise. Imminent and Upcoming Concerts:
Wednesday, October 8 – Blanca & Chuchi Alcuadrado – 186 Thursday, October 9 – Rushad Eggleston w/ Elizabeth and Ben Anderson – DSQ Friday, October 10 – Andy Reiner, Jason Anick and Mali Obomsawin – CHV Saturday, October 18 – Adrianna Ciccone and Allison DeGroot – CHV Thursday, November 6 – The Katie McNally Trio featuring Neil Pearlman and Shauncey Ali – CHV Wednesday, November 12 – Nate Sabat and Elise Bouer/Sumaia Jackson and Friends - 186 Wednesday, November 19 – David Grier, Michael Barnett and Dominick Leslie – DSQ Sunday, November 30 – Mr. Sun w/ Mila Phelps – DSQ Saturday, December 6 – Tony Bird – BGSP
Look to the notloB website https://sites.google.com/site/notlobmusic for current info (artist, venue, tickets) and new concert additions.
Tickets are available through https://www.eventbrite.com/