With her latest CD "Crazy Love", Somerville singer/guitarist Karen Grenier continues to make her mark as a gifted songwriter and crafty lyricist. Karen's smooth, penetrating voice, rhythmic acoustic style and positive emotional energy make for an excellent concert experience. Voted 2009's Boston Pride Idol winner, Karen was also named a semifinalist in the 2006 Peacedriven Songwriting Contest. Several of her songs have been featured on the Dawson's Creek DVD. Karen makes her living both as a guidance counselor and a professional musician. "You've got to reach for your dreams...it's an attitude I've always tried to inspire in my students...now I'm living mine!"
Blues, alternative rock, folk
J. Walter plays songs that can't decide whether to be pop, folk, rock, or country. Mix 'em all together and you've got yourself some tunes that were meant to be played on a porch in the month of May. (http://jwalterweatherman.bandcamp.com/)
Michael Boyce hails from Charleston, SC. He has played and sung with Firesides, an alt/folk band from Boston.
Your Favorite Sports Team likes to play music.
Trial mix is a highly-edible combination of dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate that boosts energy yet sustains for the long haul. Trial Mix is also a highly-listenable combination of harmonies, voicings, and folk styles that will boost your psychic energy and sustain your mood for the long haul. We play great tunes from a century of folk music in styles that span the American tonal palette, from Carter Family favorites to contemporary gems. 7 musicians, one mix. Grab an an ear-full!
Ingredients: David Newey, Deanna Coleman, Noel Symons, Michele Savelo, Jack Liebman, Steve Smith, Paul Bain
The Amy Hoffman is a proud Joplin, Missouri native and current Boston dweller with a spirited affinity to pop culture and a fresh degree from Berklee College of Music. With a huge love for humanity and fierce desire to leave her world better than she found it, this pop/rock dynamo is well on her way to winning over your hearts and car stereos with honest, captivating songwriting and vibrant, energetic presence.
2011′s “The Scholarship EP” is currently available for free on NoiseTrade.com, and the long awaited follow up full-length album is due this spring.
Walter and the Night Owls are a Somerville, MA-based alternative-folk music quartet. Combining acoustic guitar, violin, and cello with vocal harmonies they’ve manage to create a sound all their own while echoing inspiration from songwriters like Josh Rouse, Jeff Tweedy, and Ray Lamontagne. Composed of three music educators (Masami, Afton, and Kristy) and a classical guitarist (Walter), Walter and the Night Owls was formed when a last minute gig sparked a musical kinship. The band is currently working on their debut full length album. For more information on Walter and the Night Owls visit www.walterandthenightowls.com .
Jamie Kallestad is 1/2 of the folk/Americana duo 90-Mile Portage (www.90mileportage.bandcamp.com) and 1/3 of the stomp-grass trio Saint Anyway (www.saintanyway.com). He writes and performs folk-rock songs on acoustic guitar, occasionally on his front step with friends. This is what will be happening on May 17 - come say hello!
Fans describe Erica Leigh as: Adele meets Ingrid Michaelson. John Mayer calls her voice, "Soulful & sexy!" Using a microphone & a paintbrush, musician-artist Erica Leigh aims to inspire, uplift & make the world a little less lonely! After nearly losing her voice to cancer, she delivers a depth of meaning behind every note & every brush stroke she makes. Her debut album Puzzle Heart is 7 stunning tracks that are pieced together with stories for everyone to relate to, & original album artwork, featuring a self-portrait bursting with color!
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