Boston World Music Meetup Group
This past summer, I joined the Boston World Music Meetup Group. Meetup groups are a very popular form of social networking and are centered around interests in just about any topic imaginable. So far, members of this group have been invited to little gatherings at concerts or in smaller more intimate settings, such as nightclubs, with the basic purpose of, you guessed it, hearing new, very cool, and interesting world music by local area or internationally acclaimed artists performing in the Boston area.
Boston World Music Meetup was founded by Brad Powell, owner of the successful fair trade world music company Calabash Music (now Mondomix) which was based in Somerville. The group is now led by Jacques Pardo, member of the very popular local world fusion band Atlas Soul. Aside from attendance at Boston area world music performances, other group activities include sharing of personal world music interests, playlists and discoveries of great performance venues, assisting in the planning of future group events, contributing ideas for possible future world music and dance events to be held in the Boston area, and more.
The additional benefits to me personally, aside from keeping up with the local performance scene, are hearing about other’s listening experiences, their suggestions for new music to purchase, and opinions about what they like or not with respect to the various genres of world music. Of course, just the socializing itself is rewarding as you connect with those who share the same passion as yours. Because I am part of the selection team for world music compact discs at my library, the exposure to personal opinion gained through this social networking experience is of great value to me in this endeavor.