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Two Different Styles of Reggae, One Great Show – Downstairs @ The Middle East (Thursday, July 23rd @ 8:00 p.m.)

middle eastCome to the Middle East’s Downstairs venue in Central Square, Cambridge  for a Thursday evening of great reggae. Jamaican superstar Eek A Mouse will entertain you singjay style. This popular artist is one of the forerunner’s of the genre which is characterized by a monotonic style of singing or speaking to the accompaniment of a rhythmic background. Then get ready for a change of pace with some funk/reggae fusion from local talent Destroy Babylon. The band incorporates elements of dub and rocksteady into their unique sound.



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Event Details:                              

When: July 23rd – Thursday @ 8:00 p.m. 

Where: The Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub (Downstairs) 

Tickets: $20.00 (check out their web site for purchasing details)          

More Info: 617 – 864 – 3278 


July 8, 2009 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Sunday Afternoon World Music Concert Series @ Harvard’s Sackler Museum

SacklerNow you can enjoy live world music each and every 1st Sunday of the month at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum on the campus of Harvard University. The First Sunday World Music Concert Series promises to showcase music from a different culture of the world each week. 

Next month’s feature is a local band by the name of Choro Democratico. As their name implies, they perform a Brazilian genre of music called choro, which originated in Rio de Janiero during the 1870’s. It is essentially a Brazilian version of European popular dance music combined with Afro-Brazilian rhythms. OK, at this point, if you want a further explanation of the genre, you can get a brief version or a more lengthy one. Choro Democratico performs in both traditional and contemporary choro styles, including some of their very own original compositions. Listen and enjoy!





Concert Details :

When: August 2nd – Sunday @ 3:00 p.m. til 5:00 p.m. (First Sunday of every month there after)

 Where: Arthur M. Sackler Museum – Lecture Hall

Tickets: $9.00 (Adults), $7.00 (Seniors over 65), $6.00 (College students with valid ID)

Free Admission for: Harvard students & affiliates, Museum members, Cambridge Public Library members, Audience members under 18

Note: These tickets get you into the museum and you can enjoy the concert at no additional charge

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Additional concert info: Susannah Hutchison at 617- 496 – 8576 OR susannah

July 5, 2009 at 1:05 am Leave a comment

Tango Anyone??? – Tango Society of Boston, Inc. (Weekly Dances Every Wednesday Evening)

Tango 3The Tango Society of Boston, Inc. is a true local advocate of the Argentine Tango. They have been steadily promoting this dance genre since 1997 and are proudly accepting large numbers of new members to the organization on a regular basis. They recruit members with all levels of dance experience from the most advanced to the total beginner and are proud of the diversity of backgrounds which their membership represents. The Wednesday night weekly dance parties include 1 hour of instruction at the beginning of the event, so there’s no reason to be shy, even if you’ve never before done the tango in your entire life! Aside from these dances, the society also regularly holds a “special” event on the third weekend of every month. Some of the dance events take the form of milongas (Tango socials) and may include live music while others are varied in structure, often very creative and innovative. The society also offers classes, workshops and seminars. Seminars are given mostly by Argentinean instructors, many of whom are internationally renowned. 

Become a member of the society for $15.00 a year which entitles you to special discounts and other benefits. There are even greater discounts for student members. If you just want to keep informed as Tango 4a non-member, then you can join their mailing list. Check out their calendar for listings of  Tango events and classes being held throughout the New England area, as well as radio programs which will provide  you with great Tango music for your listening pleasure. Dial in and keep informed of local happenings on their 24 hour TangoLine at 617-699-OCHO (6246). You can also access society news on Facebook

Their web site contains additional information with respect to Tango music, such as where to purchase it and listings of experts on the subject, many of whom are available to act as DJ for your dance event.  There is also a section containing Tango links of interest world-wide and a useful introduction for new residents of and visitors to Boston who wish to get involved in the local dance scene.   

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