bananastasi - Wed, Jul 14, 2010, 10:46 P
Weekly Band E-Mail #136.0 NEWS July 15th, 2010
WEEKLY BAND E-MAIL #136.0 July 15th, 2010


The fifth annual Beatle benefit concert will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead this Saturday, July 17th, beginning at 7:30pm. This year's benefit is called "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da," and as in past years, will feature a cast of musicians performing their interpretations of Beatles tunes.

Headlining this year's show is Chris Thompson. Chris is the guitarist and lead vocalist for the duo Chris and Meredith Thompson and was also a member of The Strangelings (Peter and Maura Kennedy, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson, Cheryl Prashker, and Eric Lee). Together the Thompsons have released six albums and played festivals such as the Clearwater Hudson Revival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, and the Boston Folk Festival. The Thompsons are best known for their close sibling harmony, and as Chris now steps out on her own, she demonstrates her powerful clear vocals and percussive, riff-driven guitar work.

Also on the bill is Jason Myles Goss, who has been described as a "thinking person's songwriter." Jason has won several songwriting contests including the Newport Folk Festival and most recently the Northeast Regionals for Mountain Stage's New Song Contests. His latest CD, "A Plea for Dreamland", has received rave reviews and has been described as "taking the best aspects of blues, rock, country and folk and merging them together."

Marblehead's own Amy Malkoff and Friends will be adding their own takes on some Beatle tunes. Amy is a singer, songwriter, and a guitarist, but her specialty is vocal harmony. Her band, All About Buford, is an award-winning pop-funk band that seems to fit fairly comfortably in a funny space created when a cappella and folk collide. Their performances consist of some songs done without instruments, and some with Amy playing guitar, but always with a dedicated beatboxer and lots of rich harmonies.

Another Marblehead resident, Lisa Watkins, has always loved performing jazz, sacred and spiritual music both as a soloist and in choirs. She has appeared with the Tanglewood Chorus at Boston's Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood. She is currently recording a CD which includes her exquisite version of the Beatles' "Blackbird".

Andy Cambria, a talented Americana and bluegrass musician has been part of the popular band, The Broken Blossoms. The band's sound is both new and familiar, rooted in tradition, yet rejuvenated by unique arrangements; a happy convergence of traditional bluegrass, gospel, country blues, and folk pop.

Bethel Steele, a gifted singer-songwriter, has recently released a full-length studio album, "Come Home". The album has tastes of a country upbringing, dashes of pop and rock, but is nailed in the folk genre. Bethel has been showcased as a solo artist and as an opening act for nationally- and regionally-touring artists, and has done busking throughout the Boston subway system.

Berkshire Living's August 2008 issue calls Adam Michael Rothberg "the Berkshire's answer to Paul McCartney." His CD, "Another Spin", is at once a testament to Rothberg's love affair with music and his love affair with love, and suggests that distinguishing between the two isn't always so easy. The musical styles on his CD reflect influences including The Beatles, Randy Newman, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, and Wilco.

Pesky J. Nixon brings one heck of a show to the stage with rich harmonies and musical versatility, mixed with infectious energy and stage banter bordering on brotherly bickering. PJN will entertain with some interesting takes on some Beatles tunes. Ethan Baird, originally from Swampscott, has ties that go back to his days as a volunteer at the Me and Thee Coffeehouse, and it's only natural that his band is part of this benefit. Pesky J. Nixon just released their second CD, "Monkey Business and Mislaid Hopes". Eric Lee, from Amherst, one of the most talented violinsts in the Northeast, plans to add his genius fiddling to the evening. Eric appears on the new PJN album, and he also has ties to this year's headliner since he was part of The Strangelings too. He has been part of the Falcon Ridge "house band" and will repeating that role this year's festival in late July.

Andover resident Linda Sharar has just been added to the talented roster for this year's show. Linda is a singer-songwriter who has recorded several CDs and was involved with the legendary New Folk movement in New York. She was formerly a member of The Marys, Big Happy Crowd, and The Amazing Incredibles. Sher is well known for her role in producing a "Respond" compilation CD [released on the Signature Sounds label], a benefit for domestic violence causes. Her latest CD is "Everyday", a collection of songs influenced by the birth of her first daughter and the death of her mother.

Tickets for this show are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Family packages are also available for $45. Part of the proceeds from this concert go directly to a special fund to send musicians into local schools for workshops and concerts as well as to benefit programs at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead.

Here is Adam Michael Rothberg performing "Here I Go Again" from his 2008 CD "Another Spin":


Music will fill the air in Greenfield for the second weekend in a row as the annual Green River Festival kicks off on Friday evening.

The weekend begins on Friday night, July 16th at 6pm with a show at Energy Park on Miles Street in downtown Greenfield . Performing will be High Country Lo-Fi (Jeffrey Foucault, Kris Delmhorst and Friends), Joy Kills Sorrow, and Academy Freightshakers. Even though the show is free, donations for Energy Park willl be accepted.

The two-day Green River Festival will be on the grounds of the main campus of Greenfield Community College. Gates will open on Saturday, July 17th at 12noon and on Sunday, July 18th at 11am. Tickets purchased at the gate are $49.95 per day. For complete information, including directions and parking fees and a schedule of this year's performers, go to


The second annual One Night Band will be held at The Middle East down in Cambridge on Saturday, August 21st.

One Night Band is a day-long music experiment in which 40 selected Boston musicians are randomly shuffled into bands of five on a Saturday morning. These newly formed bands must prepare a four-song set (including one cover) to play that night in front of an audience at the Middle East. The event is produced by Boston Band Crush, a local blog covering Boston music. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit ZUMIX, a local youth music program whose mission is "Empowered youth, who use music to make strong positive change in their lives, their communities, and the world."

Musicians chosen to participate in this year's event are:
Benny Grotto
Beth Holub
Brad Searles
Brian King
Chris Barrett
Dan Nicklin
Doug Sherman
Edrie Edrie
Etthan Dussault
Glenn Yoder
Grant Kristofek
Jen Grygiel
Jess Collins
Jim Collins
Joe Kowalski
John Maloney
Justin Tibbetts
Karina DaCosta
Kate Murdoch
Kevin Paley
Lauren Flaherty
Linda Shore
Lisa Libera
Marc Pinansky
Matt Sisto
Matthew Girard
Mike Epstein
Mike Mirabella
Mikey Holland
Nate Leavitt
Nikki Dessingue
Noel Coakley
Sophia Cocciola
Sophie Innerfield
Will Davies

The show will be at the Middle East down in Cambridge on Saturday, August 21st, with doors at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, go to


Former Ashfield resident Sonya Kitchell has completed a new music video for the title track of her EP, "Convict of Conviction." Her friend, Santa Louise Moore, lent her skills as a dancer to illustrate the story of the song, based on the 1973 Terrence Malick film, "Badlands". The video was shot by James Henry with help from Torkil Stavdal in the neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where Sonya now lives, and edited by the crew at Chop Wood Carry Water.

You can view the video here:


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