Archive for November, 2009

Happy New Year! – World Music and Dance Abound at Boston’s First Night 2010 – Thursday, December 31st (Afternoon – Midnight)

Oh boy, oh boy! It’s that time of the year again to experience Boston’s fine local artistic talent in the biggest mega-performance setting of the entire year. Yes, First Night is soon upon us yet again. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the audience in the way of ethnic-oriented performances at this year’s New Year’s Eve festivities. So, here is a list of what I could find, at this point anyway, as a result of perusing the schedule. It looks very promising indeed! Go ahead and take a peek.

Fedex Family Festival (schedule)

A Major Dance – includes ethnic dance performances by members of the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts

Bombay Cinema – a film festival (featuring Bollywood music soundtracks)

Chu Ling Dance Academy – Chinese dance

Ellis Paul – composer/singer of ethnic songs on themes of world peace

First Night Drum Central – drumming groups Batuk Axe and IntaAfrika perform with students

Anime Film Fest – featuring music soundtracks from this popular film genre from Japan

Ethnic Puppet Shows and Storytelling –  various performances featured throughout the afternoon

Additional Afternoon Programming (schedule)

Festival of International Short Films – featuring music soundtracks from around the world

Grand Procession (Parade to kick off evening performances – Starts 5:30 at Hynes Convention Center)

Ethnic groups which will be marching include Caribbean Bandleaders, The Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, The Hot Tamales, New Mongolian Jazz Band, and Samba Tremeterra

Evening Programming (schedule)

Anat Cohen (with other Berklee alumni and students) – includes elements of Brazilian choro, Argentine Tango, and Afro-Cuban genres

Bombay Cinema (c0ntinues) – a film festival (featuring Bollywood music soundtracks)

Boston Bhangra – pop-oriented music and dance from the Punjab region of India 

Cinkestra – circus music which includes elements of gypsy, Klezmer, and jazz genres

Either/Orchestra – global fusion jazz including elements of Afro-Latin and Caribbean music

Fernando Otero – Argentine tango music

Los Sugar Kings – Afro-Cuban Son, Salsa, and Rumba-Flamenco music styles

Nadav Remez Quintet – lead by Israeli guitarist/composer Nadav Remez

Anime Film Festival (continues) – featuring music soundtracks from this popular film genre from Japan

OrigiNation, Inc. and O’Shea-Chaplin Academy of Irish Dance – “First Night Boot”: dancers perform African-influenced genres of hip-hop, jazz, tap, step, and Caribbean dance in combination with traditional and contemporary Irish dance

Virago – world fusion combination of rock , blues, and samba

This festive evening ends with a fireworks display on the waterfront, of course, at midnight. Always a nice way to bring in the New Year!

Get all the details of this fabulous event at the First Night 2010 web site, including a schedule of all the happenings complete with times and locations. Oh, and one last tip- purchase your tickets online and save money on orders of two or more! 

November 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm Leave a comment

Get the Inside Scoop on Some of Boston’s Hottest Latin Music Happenings Via BostonLatino.TV

What attracts me most to Boston Latino TV‘s brand of  event coverage is their extensive utilization of video formatting  as a  means of getting their messages across. Their site (www.bostonlatino.TV) is just chocked full of interesting and informative video clips, including great behind-the-scenes footage you won’t find elsewhere. There’s nothing quite like being informed of an event as you are actually experiencing the feeling of  being there, at least to a certain degree. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Spanish either. All of the narrative is in plain English!   And, as is always a big plus for the world music fan, there is plenty of  audio to be heard and enjoyed.

BostonLatino.TV will keep you informed of upcoming local events while featuring the major ones in their coverage, so you know which ones are predicted to be “hottest”. Enjoy video clips of  live concerts given by international stars on tour in Boston and afterwards, you can even go back stage with reporters who will treat you to exclusive interviews. The staff will also let you in on some of the latest local gossip currently buzzing around the Latin entertainment world along with their best photos of local and international celebrities and event attendees. In addition to what’s immediately in view on the home page, you can access most all of this neat info in either the Around Town or VIP Access sections. One of my favorite sections of the site though, is the Music section which features local Latin artists and audio links to samples of their music.  

Subscribe to the station’s newsletter or peruse their calendar of events in order to keep informed of local happenings on a regular basis. If your interested in tuning in to an actual broadcast, you can consult the schedule to see when BostonLaino.TV is on the air.         

November 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate the Holidays in Grand Style at the El Jolgorio Navideno Gala: One of Boston’s Premier Latin Events – Saturday, December 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

I don’t know about you, but I find the excuse to dress up and experience a little glitz and glamour now and then to be a fun and exciting departure from my usual entertainment style. Well, El Jogorio Navideno provides one with the opportunity to do just that and, at the same time,  make a contribution to a great cause. This annual fundraiser gala is one of the biggest Latino parties of the year in Massachusetts. It has been going strong for 20 years and has grown to attract a crowd of 3,500 or so participants. The festivities originally began within the local Puerto Rican community, but have sense expanded their cultural borders somewhat, offering guests an evening of premier Latin entertainment of all kinds. Naturally, this would include a great line-up of Latin music ensembles! There’ll be plenty of dancing and ethnic food, as well.

>>>>>>>>  Check out some videos of past festivites  

As always, I am a huge fan of any event that brings world music and fundrasing for global cultural causes together. All of the proceeds from El Jolgorio Navideno go to support the projects of the non-profit organization El Jolgorio de Massachusetts, Inc. which is dedicated to insuring a strong presense of traditional Latino culture within the local community. A large part of their efforts are directed towards educational programs for Latino youth. Many of the personalities associated with this fine organization will be recognized during the festivites, so this looks to be quite an interesting and event-filled evening. This popular event is expected to sell-out, so purchase your tickets as soon as possible! 












Event Details:

When: December 12th – Saturday @ 7:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Tickets: $45.00 per person (alternate pricing for tables)

                     Purchase online here.    

For more info: Contact El Jolgorio de Massachusetts, Inc



November 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm Leave a comment

Attention Celtic Music Fans! Tune in To WGBH on Saturday Afternoons

While we’re on the subject of Brian O’Donovan’s great productions, I wanted make certain to mention his wonderful music program, A Celtic Sojourn, which airs Saturday afternoons from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on WGBH radio. Tune in to 89.7 FM to enjoy folk and contemporary music of Celtic nations and Great Britain as well. O’Donovan is a native of Ireland and has gained such a following with his radio show that it has been expanded into the production of cds, DVDs, TV specials, and the very popular annual holiday concert event A Christmas Celtic Sojourn (see previous post).


There are also two more Celtic music programs on WGBH which air on a less regular basis. A Celtic Sojourn Presents: The Boston Sessions is designed to give the listener the impression of attending an informal jam session in a local pub. Featuring both local and international guest stars, this program airs in front of a live audience and entertains its listeners from a truly unique perspective. Celtic Performances: From Our Studios features live in house sessions with some of Celtic music’s top stars and includes interviews conducted by Brian O’Donovan.  

Visit WGBH’s website to view previous playlists and to listen to past shows. You can also get a heads-up on up-coming Celtic music events happening around town. At the top of the homepage, you will see an opportunity to submit your email in order to keep abreast of all the latest news concerning WGBH radio and, if your interested, you can even email O’Donovan himself at Enjoy special benefits by either registering or becoming a member of WGBH. 

November 21, 2009 at 12:14 am Leave a comment

Add A Little Celtic Spirit to Your Holiday Celebration with WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

WGBH’s Celtic extravaganza has been a Boston holiday family tradition for quite some time, boasting 7 continuous years of  sold out performances.  I am therefore posting this popular event as early as I can in order to give you plenty of opportunity to purchase your tickets in a timely fashion. Let WGBH’s Celtic radio personality Brian O’Donovan be your host for a special evening of music, dance, and holiday stories. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn is directed by Paula Plum, along with Seamus Egan and Kieran Jordan and features an all-star cast of performers which continues to grow as we speak. Go ahead and take a sneak peek at just who is currently scheduled to appear:

Karine Polwart / (Additional info)    

Christy O’Leary (Additional info) 

Liz Caroll/John Doyle (Additional info)          

Seamus Egan (Additional info) 

Harney Academy of Irish Dance (with instrumental intro) / (Additional info)


Kieran Jordan (with Nick Yenson) / (Additional info)

Eamon Murray (Additional info)

Sean Og Graham (on accordion with Boega) / (Additional info)

Chico Huff / (Additional info)








Event Details:

When: December 13th-20th (Check listing for exact dates & times)

Where: Cutler Majestic Theatre (Scroll down page for directions)

Tickets: $25, $45, $55, $65, & $75 (Additional fees apply as for orders via phone/800-233-3123 or online, including but not limited to $7 per ticket)

         Group discounts available for 20 or more at: 617-834-8000

         Special premier seating tickets are available for $100 

More Info: 617-824-8000 / 888-889-8587 (TTY)                                       

Area restaurants

November 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm Leave a comment

Hey Latin Jazz Fans! Spend a Friday Evening with WICN (90.5 FM)

WICN is New England’s premier specialist radio station for folk and jazz music. Every Friday evening, they air four wonderful hours of total Latin Jazz ecstacy! Hosted by Jim Benitez, Latin Jazz Beat is on from 7-11 p.m. If you just happen to find yourself with some free listening time during this period, then Latin Jazz fans this is one place you want to be. Even if you’re not yet an afficionado of this genre, tune in anyway and you just might become one! In addition, there is more world music sprinkled in amongst some of the other programing, so go ahead- poke around their website and see what you can find.


November 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm Leave a comment

Experience Boston’s Best in Celtic Music – Celtic Music Mondays @ Club Passim

That’s right! Once a month, to be exact, you can treat yourself to some of Boston’s best local Celtic music talent. This monthly performance series features the areas top performers of Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic genres. There’s even an occasional “open mic” night for the yet-to-be discovered newcomers amongst us. 

Celtic Music Mondays are held at Club Passim, a local folk music institution which just happens to be conveniently located right in Harvard Square.These concerts are the creation of BCMFest, a local organization which holds a huge Celtic music festival every year for a weekend in January. They are continuing to expand their operations in the hopes of getting more of the local community involved in the promotion of this genre for the ultimate enjoyment of all. They are always looking for new performers, volunteers, contributors, and, of course, audience members. The next Celtic Monday performance on 12/14 will be a preview of  BCMFest’s 2010 festival. So if you want to give this form of entertainment a try, this might just be the session to attend. I, myself, went to last years festival and it was fantastic- so much great music!



Event Details:

When: Monthly Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.

                 (Doors open at 6:30)

Where: Club Passim (Harvard Square)

Tickets: $12.00 (non-members) / $6.00 (members of Club Passim, WUMB, and WGBH)

           Purchase online here / By phone at 617-492-7679

More Info: 617-492-5300

Area restaurants

Subscribe to Club Passim’s email newsletter for updates pertaining to this event. 

November 12, 2009 at 2:26 am Leave a comment

Keep Up-To-Date On All the Latest Live Music Happenings Around Town with Boston Live Magazine

Bostonl6Boston Live Magazine is an extremely comprehensive reference source for live music action in the Boston area.  Available both online and at select local newsstands, it not only lists live music events of all types of genres, but also local ticket and concert venues, not to mention the inclusion of concert reviews and artist’s interviews. From the website you can access downloads of complete concert performances, podcasts, and live videos. Go to the band photos section and you will get a listing of local bands which is categorized by genre, an extremely valuable feature for finding out just who is playing your kind of music. For world music, categories that would apply include: reggae, Latin, Celtic, international, and world. 


If you decide that you want to take advantage of their membership offer then additional benefits are to be had. For $25.00 annually members of Boston Live gain access to a more complete listing of events, news articles, and extra little goodies such as contest offers and free ticket giveaways. Optionally, you can also have them send you a printed copy of their newsletter. Personally, I think that the price of membership is worth every cent, given the comprehensive nature of this valuable resource!


 Don’t try this one at home folks!!!       

November 10, 2009 at 8:38 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate Irish Culture through Music and Dance with the Irish Cultural Centre of New England

ICC2Founded in 1999 and located in nearby Canton, Mass., the Irish Cultural Centre of New England has been bringing quality Irish programming and events for all ages to the local region. Happily, a large part of this activity is centered around music and dance. Not just a single building, the center also includes an outdoor activity tent and patio, sports fields, and a children’s play area, while plans for further expansion are underway. There’s even a library which houses a collection of music cds amongst other materials.


For the world music enthusiast’s purposes, events and activities held at the center include indoor and outdoorICC4 concerts, weekly jam sessions (in an informal tavern-like atmosphere featuring local musicians and amateur play-alongs), lessons for learners of Irish dance, singing, folk songs, and traditional instruments, dance parties, and more.  The grandest event of the year, however, is the annual Irish Festival held every September. It is the largest event of its kind on the East Coast and features both local and international musicians and dancers showcasing all types of Irish music from traditional to contemporary genres. You can check out their calendar of events, many with nominal entrance fees, to see what is currently going on at the center. 

The best way to keep informed however, is to sign up for their email newsletter or better yet, become a member of the organization and receive additional benefits. Don’t miss out on all the great musical benefits this fine Irish cultural institution has to offer.





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November 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm 1 comment

Experience Both the Fine Music and Delicious Cuisine of Brazil @ the Cafe Brazil in Allston

Cafe b1I don’t know about you, but high quality food photography always makes my mouth water! So, click here and read on. This tempting tantalizing fare can be enjoyed at the Cafe Brazil in Allston. But wait, it gets better still. Every weekend you can indulge not only in great cuisine but live Brazilian music as well! (if I were you, I would double check though and call in advance, just to make sure the music is on for the evening of your outing) 

Cafe Brazil is proud to serve home-style Brazilian dishes which are seasoned to flavorful perfection and they have been doing it for over 23 years. Such experience earned them a Best of Boson Award from Boston Magazine inCafe b2 2005. To give you an idea, appetizers include a fried yucca and sweet banana plate and empanadas (a Brazilian staple). For the main course, just to name a few of the selections, there’s Minas Especial (lemon-garlic marinated and grilled boneless chicken tenderloin with sweet banana garnish), Bife A Cavalo (thin slices of marinated grilled beef with fried egg, sauteed onions and feijao tropeiro (beans mixed with yucca flour, bacon, eggs, and onions), and a family-style combo of tender pieces of chicken, pork, linguica (Portuguese) sausage, and beef accompanied by a  fried banana garnish and feijao tropeiro. Desert might include Pudim (rich baked custard pudding with caramel sauce) or Torta de Abacaxi (pineapple pie). Here’s the rest of their extensive menu! So, next time you’re in the mood for some Latin food and music, why not give Cafe Brazil a try.


If you’d like some more convincing before you decide to take me up on my suggestion, then check out these reviews.



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November 4, 2009 at 5:02 pm Leave a comment

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