Archive for April, 2010

Inca Son Comes to the Boston Public Library: Don’t Miss This Opportunity to Hear A Beautiful, Rarely Performed Genre of Peruvian Folk Music

Listen to Inca Son.

Native American Peruvians Inca Son began their illustrious performing career in the Boston area as street musicians in Harvard Square and have been a popular favorite of local, national, and international fans for over twenty years. They continue to play in the Square on occasion, and when I am lucky enough to be in the area when one of their outdoor concerts is on, I always stop what I am doing to listen and enjoy. Happily, I own one of their cds as well. This group not only performs the folk music of the Inca tribe from the Andes mountains of Peru, but also additional traditional genres which originate from other parts of Latin America. According to Peru’s president, Alejandro Toledo, these musicians are “the finest Andean group north of Peru”.  

As one of a very few groups who still perform the Andes Incan folk genre, it is Inca Son’s hope that through their music they can continue to bring about a world-wide awareness and appreciation of their native culture. They always perform in authentic traditional costume on exotic folk instruments, most of which are skillfully crafted by those who actually play them. The group’s basic instrumentation consists of the Peruvian pan-pipes, which have been in use for over 2000 years, and the 10-stringed  Charango guitar fashioned from an actual armadillo of all things. No kidding! Combine all of these elements together and what you have is an exquisitely beautiful and exotic soundscape presented against a brilliant backsplash of colorful fabrics and costume adornments. To me, their music is also very peaceful and soothing.

Inca Son has won both the Boston Music Award for Outstanding World Music Act and the Boston Phoenix Readers’ Poll as Best World Music Group. Above and beyond these accomplishments, however, they are currently considered to be among the best world music ensembles in the entire world and have claimed a number international awards to prove it. They have performed at such prestigious venues as Epcot Center, the National Geographic Museum, Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and on stage at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Visit their web site for more info, performance reviews, photographs, and to order cds.  

If you do attend this special performance at the BPL, I promise you that you will not only be highly inspired by the beautiful music of Inca Son but  you will also walk away with a very valuable cultural education as well.

Concert Details:


Where: Boston Public Library @ Copley Square

Venue: Rabb Lecture Hall (Ground floor of the Johnson Building)

When: Thursday, May 13th (2:00-4:00 p.m.)              

Admission: Free to all

For additional info. contact: 617-536-5400 / x2339

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April 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm Leave a comment

In the Mood For Some Good Ole’ Celtic Music? Well, Fret Not … Just Head on Over to Mr. Dooley’s Irish-Style Pub on Any Given Weekend for Great Live Entertainment All Year Long! – Thursday thru Sunday Evenings (Weekly)

Of course, there is definitely never any shortage of good ole’ Irish-style pubs in the Boston area, however, a good number of them do not provide live ethnic music entertainment on a regular basis. Happily, this is not the case with Mr. Dooley’s though. It sure is nice to know that there is a place where you can go to hear live Celtic music anytime the urge just happens to strike. That’s right, Mr. Dooley’s, located in the heart of downtown’s financial district, hosts among the best Celtic musicians from the US and Ireland each and every Thursday through Sunday evening. On Thursdays its Tommy (Courtney) and Alan (Loughnane) bringing you the best and most familiar Irish standards. You’ll be singing right along in no time. Then on Friday and Saturday evenings you can enjoy their line-up of special guests. The entertainment for this month includes: Devri (5/7-5/8), Sundays Well (5/14-5/15), Tommy and Alan (5/21-5/22), and Rud Eile (5/28-5/29). The show generally starts at 9:00 p.m., but you always want to check their calendar, just to make sure! Finally, rounding out the weekend is a traditional Irish session held on Sundays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. This sort of informal mini jamming fest  has also been known to take place in a totally impromptu fashion on any night of the week at Mr. Dooley’s. What a nice surprise!


Since 1991, this Irish pub and eatery has been serving up award-winning Irish and non-Irish cuisine. Therefore, you might just be tempted to sample some of it while enjoying all this great music entertainment. They have been duly recognized for serving the area’s best burgers, cheap eats, and traditional Irish breakfast offerings. In addition they have enjoyed the honor of being voted Boston’s best clam chowder and specialize in other seafood dishes, as well. So what are you waiting for? Why not treat yourself real soon to an evening of fine Celtic music entertainment enhanced by Mr. Dooley’s tasty dinner cuisine. 

You can keep informed of all the happenings at this Irish-style pub by consulting their event calendar, subscribing to their online newsletter, or visiting their blog.



Event Details:

When: Thursday-Sunday Evenings

Where: Mr. Dooley’s

Admission: No cover charge

More Inf0: 617-338-5656           


April 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Come On Out to Central Square and Groove on the Big Bold Sound of the Umoja Orchestra: Afro-Latin Fusion and More – Tuesday, May 4th @ 8:00 p.m.

Listen to the Umoja Orchestra.

The Umoja Orchestra is extremely popular in their hometown of Gainsville, Florida and now they are bringing their big bold sound to the Middle East Club in Central Square. This band has been known to host up to 15 musicians on stage at once. Instrumentation includes vocals, guitar, brass, saxophone, banjo, keyboards, and percussion. Umoja is the Swahili word for unity and true to its name the band’s music is an intriguing fusion blend of Afro-beat, Afro-Cuban, and African folk genres, with jazz, funk , and an over-all Latin sound. You will definitely want to bring along your dancing shoes to this musical event! You can easily catch dinner beforehand  at the Middle East’s main restaurant or at ZuZu, also located on the club premises. Both eateries serve Middle Eastern as well as some other cuisines.



Event Details:

When: Tuesday, May 4th @ 8:00 p.m.

Where: Middle East Upstairs

Tickets: $9.00 (Purchase online)

Dinner Reservations: Online

More Info: 617-864-3278


April 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Boston Public Library Latin Music Audio Collection – New CDs Ordered (2/12/09) – (4/23/10)

NotesThe cds in this order contain Latin chart hits and music collections. Click on the links below to hear excerpts from them. As this is just a sampling of what we have to offer, come on in to the main library at Copley Square or any one of  our branches conveniently located throughout the city of Boston and “check out” more of our fabulous world music collection. For your additional convenience, you can reserve copies online via our library catalog and you will be notified when the item is in and ready to be picked-up.

 BPL 1

1. Commercial – Los Amigos Invisibles (Venezuela)

2. 40 Bachatas Poderosas – Various Artists (Dominican Republic) 

3. Buscame – Jencarlos (Cuba/USA)

4. El Dueno del Flow – Omega (Dominican Republic)

5. Ya Foy! – Sarazino (Reggae/Latin Fusion)

6. Necesito de Ti – Vicente Fernandez (Mexico)

7Sin Frenos – La 5a Estacion (Spain)

8. Tu Esclavo y Amo – Lupillo Rivera (Mexico)

9. Tu Noche con … – Los Tigres del Norte (Mexico) 

10. La Melodia de la Calle – Tony Dize (Puerto Rico/US) 

11. Primavera Anticipada – Laura Pausini (Italian/Latin Fusion)

12. Voy – Alexander Acha (Mexico)

13. Fiesta Latina – Various Artists

14. Latin Urban Kingz – Various Artists

April 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Join the Boston Public Library’s Connolly Branch in a Youthful Celebration of Brazilian Music and Dance: Cultural Entertainment for the Whole Family – Monday, May 3rd (6:30-8:00 p.m.)

The Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library is holding a Spring Dance Celebration and Open House featuring entertainment by local area youth. This family event is sponsored by the Friends of the Connolly Branch Library and will showcase both American and Brazilian music and dance. Treat yourself and the kids to a real cultural experience compliments of La Pinata who will be performing native Brazilian dances to the music of a live samba band. There will also be a parade and refreshments following the performance.

These talented and enthusiastic performers come to us from the Latin American Cultural Family Network, a native arts learning center for Boston’s youth (grades K – 11). For 20 years now, students from all cultural backgrounds have come to the network to experience Latin American culture through participation in educational programs in music, dance, drama, story-telling, and visual arts. They ultimatley share their aquired appreciation for this culture with others through performances given both locally and as faraway as over-seas. Local appearences have included such venues as First Night, the Museum of Fine Arts, and Harvard University. 

Here is a great opportunity for your kids to gain a bit of cultual appreciation themselves via the efforts of their own peers with whom they can so easily identify … And who knows, maybe they, themsevles, will come away from this event so inspired that they be just begging you to enroll them in some of these great progams that the Latin American Cultural Family Network has to offer.




Event Details:
Where: Connolly Branch (Boston Public Library)

When: Monday, May 3rd (6:30-8:00 p.m.)              

Admission: Free to all

Additional Info.: 617-522-1960                          

(Area Restaurants)  

April 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm Leave a comment

Learn to Dance Yiddish Style with the Experts on Klezmer Music – Sunday, April 18th (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)

Ever listening to a really great Klezmer band that was so fantastic their music just begged you to get up and dance the hora but … you didn’t know how? Well, just spend the afternoon at the Arlington Senior Center with three very enthusiastic and knowledgable Yiddish dance instructors and you’ll never have to face that agonizing sense of frustration again. Not only will they teach you to dance the hora, but they will also introduce you to other basic  Jewish dances as well. 

These instructors are experts on Yiddish music and just how to move to it. Hankus Netsky is a  long-time member of the Klezmer Conservatory Band which he, himself, founded and currently directs. This ensemble is considered to be among the best the world and has toured extensively, for many years. Mr. Netsky has been an instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music for over 20 years, where he has given courses on Yiddish music as a part of his teaching repertoire, and has additionally taught the subject at Hebrew College and Wesleyan University. He lectures world-wide and has won numerous awards for his accomplishments. Judy Bressler graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and sang with the Klezmer Conservatory Band for many years. Dena Ressler. clarinetist, leads the local Klezmer band di Bostoner Klezmer, which she also co-founded. So, with all of this available expertise there to help on your way, you should be up and dancing Yiddish style in no time!!!  This event is designed for learners aged 8 and up, so why not bring the whole family along, and as an  added plus- you can enjoy all the action entirely free of charge. 





Party Details:

When: Sunday, April 18th (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)

Where: Arlington Senior Center

Admission: Free

More Info: (781) 316-3421

(Area Restaurants)   


April 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

Come Celebrate the Cultural Beauty, Appreciation, and Unity that is Mimouna: Spend A Special Evening with the Morrocan-Jewish Community of Boston – Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.

Mimouna is a grand Jewish tradition in Morocco as it signifies the end of Passover. The best part of this ritual, in my opinion, is that it is celebrated in a manner which ties together the cultures of Morocco, Northern Africa in general, and the Middle East in honor of cultural unity, respect, and appreciation. Moroccan Jews originally recognized this holiday by giving parties in their own homes to which they invited their Muslim and Christian neighbors. The idea was to share the many beautiful aspects of their Jewish heritage with the non-Jewish members of the community in a spirit of goodwill. Guests would roam freely from house to house while being lavishly entertained in a cultural manner of one sort or another. Party festivities included, music, dancing, dining, drinking, literary readings, and such. As a climax, a series of larger public gatherings would then take place to officially mark the end of the celebration.

Although Mimouna is still widely celebrated in Morocco today,  the festivities tend to be held more in the form of  large public events only.  But … the good folks of the New Center for Arts & Culture, Prism, and the American Islamic Congress, have come together to revive this ancient ritual more in its original form, where it can be enjoyed and shared in the same spirit of cultural goodwill here, within the entire Boston community at large, just as it always was and still is in Morocco. Instead of meandering from home to home though, guests at this particular party will get to stay in one building, visiting various rooms at their leisure. At each stop they will be treated to a different type of cultural experience. Entertainment will include film, fashion, photography, spoken word, music, body art , dance, and more. And of course, what ethnic party would be complete without ample native food and drink. As far as world music and dance entertainment for the evening is concerned, here is the line-up as of now: The Ilan Bar-Lavi Quintet (fusion of jazz, rock/pop, Mexican Bolero, and Middle Eastern music), the Collage Dance Troupe (global fusion), Club D’Elf (fusion of Moroccan Gnawa and Berber, as well as other genres of North Africa, jazz, electronica, hip-hop, and more), Amoud (traditional Moroccan Berber songs), and Boujmala Rizgui and Elias Cohen (well-known Moroccan devotional songs, sung in Arabic, Spanish and Hebrew). This looks to be one great night of world fusion music and dance, in true spirit of the cultural harmony that this special holiday represents.

If you’d like to further support the promotion of Jewish culture in Boston, then why not do so by joining the New Center For Arts & Culture’s mailing list, making a donation to further their cause, or by becoming an event series ticket subscriber.

Party Details:

When: Saturday, April 10th @ 8:15 p.m.

Where: Arts At The Armory (Somerville)

Tickets: $10.00 (advance) / $15.00 (at the door)

More Info: 617-531-4610 OR


April 11, 2010 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

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