Have you ever wondered what a band drawing heavily from "Rumors"-era Fleetwood Mac, Lucinda Williams, Big Star, and even some "Exile on Main Street"-era Rolling Stones might sound like? Even if you haven't, you have to admit that this a potentially amazing mix, yes? We take you to the place where love has died and then we sit at the bar with you and write songs about it--but melodic and catchy songs. Some other recent highlights include our nomination for a 2018 and 2019 Boston Music Award in the "Best Country Act" category, as well as making it to the semi-finals in Boston's famed "Rock & Roll Rumble".
Cambridge native and indie-folk songwriter John Shakespear has performed all around the United States, sharing the stage with acts such as Henry Jamison and Lewis del Mar. American Songwriter Magazine described his debut solo record, Spend Your Youth, as "reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and Elliott Smith,” and WBUR called it "an antidote to a dire national mood." With a persevering warmth that transcends national and political boundaries, Shakespear has written a coming-of-age record tinged by the times.
Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston's The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing and innovative pop-music outfit, bridging the gap between Americana music and Indie Rock. With a genuine respect for every style of music, this band and its songwriter, Paul Hansen, are song obsessed.
Strangers by Accident are an authentic, energetic indie-folk-rock act with an old-school respect for songwriting. The band’s lyrically driven songs feature three-part harmonies and veer from suitcase-stomping acoustic, to snare-pounding electric, to minimalist folk. Catch a Dinosaur is a psychedelic rock party that will get you dancing. Come for the music, stay for the hot dogs and painting!
Modern Painters is an autobiographical coming-of-age myth chronicling the Sartrean situation of a present-day American youth. Prodded ever-forward in a world characterized by competing dogmas, nihilist hedonism, and a deconstructionist “unmasking of” a society once steadfast in its ways, Painters is concerned less with the contemporary state of being-in-the-world than with the process of the creative act within it.
Hope & Things: 12:00PM
Hope & Things is an indie rock band blending retrospective lyrics with lush atmospheres and driving grooves. His debut EP "Illusionary" covers the pains, doubts, hopes, and questions of a reflective life.
Strangers by Accident: 12:55PM
Hailing from Boston, Strangers by Accident are an authentic, energetic indie-folk act with an old-school respect for songwriting. The band’s lyrically driven songs feature three-part harmonies and veer from suitcase-stomping acoustic, to snare-pounding electric, to minimalist folk.
All Kids Down consists of Jesse Kurn on tenor uke/vox and Sean Griffith on piano. The two played in a prior band, The Corey Road Band (2008-2010). All Kids Down formed in 2015 and consist of songs written to reflect their work in human services and mental health. Jesse is a mental health counselor and Sean is a lawyer who represents children in DCF. Their lyricism reflects their day jobs while their music is catchy, poppy, and with solid melodies that run juxtapose to the lyrics. Sean and Jesse meet at night to practice after Jesse puts his 2 children to bed, which gave us the name "All Kids Down".
With a knack for smart songs with depth and charm (and sharp harmonies):
Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread. Beneath “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust, drawn from extensive touring. www.heatherstyka.com
Sorcha, of Portland, Maine, composes stirring music steeped in folk, blues, jazz and soul and performs with a voice of unexpected power. From haunting ballads to funk grooves, her songs unveil “wide-ranging songwriting ability. . . witty verses with smart rhymes.” (Portland Phoenix) www.sorchastudio.com
The instructors of the WholeTone Music Academy are about to crystalize into the WholeTone Family Band. Jessica Smith (Flute), Hayes Cummings (Guitar/Bass/Ukulele), Alejandro Castellano (Oud/Nay/Bass/Drums/Guitar), Mariia Gorkun (Violin), and Nora Maynard (Voice/Violin) will take the porch by storm! We will be bouncing between jazz standards, original tunes, & classical chamber music, as well as offering a whole set of open jam session for YOU to join us! A limited number of free 15min lessons on your instrument of choice will be offered, or bring your own instrument and jump in! Open to all ages & styles.
Folk Rock, Indie Folk, Experimental Folk
Similar Artists: Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Red House Painters, The Modern Lovers