Ryan Taylor Band
After a year and a half of playing in the vibrant folk/roots scene of Somerville and Cambridge, MA, the Ryan Taylor Band has refined their sound to focus on strong songwriting, 4-part vocal harmonies and layering acoustic (and occasionally electric) instrumentation to create a dynamic and layered sonic blanket that is the bedrock of American roots music. The band knew they were onto something special early on as everyone was energized at the idea of working out tight 4-part vocal harmonies to layer on top of their rich instrumental compositions. The result is lush and dense songs that sound all-at-once traditional and contemporary. There are definite bluegrass and folk tendencies in their sound, with occasional rock elements thrown into the mix, but above all else, the song is king.
Laurie Sargent, Kemp Harris opens
Laurie Sargent was the vocalist for the Boston new wave band Face to Face before going solo and playing guitar and singing in Twinemen. She likes to think of music as oral painting and finds it big and noisy in a most enjoyable way.
Seasoned blues men do not always stick to playing the same style they’ve known for decades. However, Boston blues singer and piano player Kemp Harris has been a professional musician for 35 years, but his style has grown over the years and he feels comfortable taking influences from whatever plays around him at any given time. On his new release, Edenton, he even abandons his piano for most of the songs, which has gotten him closer to a gravelly, growlie blues and roots sound he’s been digging at.
Adam Michael Rothberg
Adam Michael Rothberg CD Release
The Joe Hill Roadshow with George Mann, Magpie and Charlie King
The Joe Hill Roadshow with Magpie, Charlie King and George Mann with special guest Evan Greer
This year, musicians and labor activists are organizing the “Joe Hill 100 Roadshow,” a national concert tour, to mark the 100th anniversary of his death. The tour began in Chicago, IL, on May 1, 2015, and wound through the Midwest in May. The Roadshow begins a set of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast dates in Washington, DC, on July 23.Each local show will include a mix of local and national touring artists, featuring award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social justice activists Magpie (Greg Artzner and Terry Leonino), Charlie King, and George Mann. Spoken word pieces will be included in many of the shows, and of course, the songs of Joe Hill will be sung. Local singer/songwriter and activist Evan Greer is the tour's special guest at this concert.