Archive for November, 2010

Ring in the New Year Out on the Dance Floor @ Ryles’ Latin/Ballroom Dance Party: December 31st, Friday (10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.)

Let the folks at Ryles show you a real good time this New Year’s Eve at one of their sensational dance parties. They have been in the business since 1919, so you can be assured that they really know their stuff when it comes to nighttime entertainment. This party is hosted by the DJs at SuperShag Studios and features both Latin and ballroom dancing. And the best part is, you don’t need to bring a partner or any real dance experience either in order to join in all the fun. This is most definitely a come one, come all event! Guests will also be treated to hot and cold appetizers, a big screen viewing of the Times Square celebration, and a champagne toast to the new year. If you come a little early, you can enjoy some of the tasty fare at Mitch’s BBQ, including appetizers, sandwiches, full dinner plates, or dessert.  Sounds like a perfectly complete evening to me! 




If by chance, you’ve never experienced Ryles before, this event would give you an opportunity to check the place out for future reference, as they have a lot to offer world music fans. Every Wednesday night they feature live world music in concert, on the Mainstage. Then its upstairs to the dance club for Latin music action every Tues. – Sun. That’s right, 6 glorious nights a week! For variety’s sake, different genres of Latin music are featured over the course of the week including salsa,tropical, and more. Just scroll through their extensive entertainment calendar for more details. The best thing about these parties is that you don’t need a partner or any kind of dance experience either in order to feel right at home, and they even offer pre-party lessons to get you started. You can easily keep abreast of all that’s happening at Ryles by joining their email club. So what are you waiting for? If you’ve never experienced Ryles  before, why not give it a try this New Year’s eve. I guarantee you, you’ll be back for more! 



Event Details:

When: December 31st, Friday (10:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m.)

    Doors open at 9:30

Where: Ryles (Dancehall) (Inman Square)

Tickets: $30.00 in advance (Purchase online here) / $40.00 at the door

More Info: 617-876-9330 (phone) OR 617-354-0505 (fax) OR                   

November 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

Celebrate the New Year to the Tune of Live Greek-Style Music with the Folks at the Olympia Restaurant: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)

Why not “go Greek” this New Year’s Eve at the Olympia Restaurant in Lowell with one of Boston’s most well-established Greek ensembles, Enosis. They have been in the music-making business for over 30 years, bringing both the traditional and contemporary styles of the music of Greece to adoring audiences both locally and nationally. Native genres they will performing for you include dimotika, elafra, and traditional as well as contemporary style laika. Vocalist Katina and keyboard artist Christina will be accompanied by the rest of the band on bouzouki, drums, and bass guitar. 

Dinner will be served Greek-style, of course, and will include Spinach pie, grape leaves (stuffed with rice, meat, or vegetables and accompanied by a special sauce), Greek salad, and your choice of New York strip steak or chicken kabob. Enjoy dessert selections of rice pudding, Baklava (layered phyllo dough with chopped nuts and honey), or Galaktaboureko (custard in phyllo dough) to round out your meal. And  then when it is time to bring in the New Year, join everybody in a champagne toast to 2011 complete with party favors to accent all the merriment of the evening! So if you’re looking for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration this year, just head on over to the Olympia Restaurant in Lowell for some first-rate Greek-style music entertainment accompanied by tasty native cuisine.














Event Details:

When: December 31st, Friday (9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.)

Where: Olympia Restaurant (Zorba room) (Lowell)
Admission: No cover charge

More Info OR Reservations: 978-452-8092 OR 978-459-7652           

November 25, 2010 at 2:20 am Leave a comment

Kick It Up a Notch with Irish Holiday Celebrations X Three @ Mr. Dooley’s : December 11th & 25th, Saturday and December 31st, Friday

I’ve posted on this fine establishment before as I was delighted to inform my readers that Mr. Dooley’s offers live Irish music 4 nights a week on a regular basis. (See previous post – 4/28/10) That’s a lot of Celtic music indeed! So it comes as no surprise to learn that they are hosting not 1, but 3 holiday party celebrations during this holiday season. One of them is actually on Christmas day, no less. And … the best part of all, as you would expect, is that there will be plenty of live traditional music at all 3 of these holiday shindigs.

Event Details:

December 11th (Saturday – 2:00 p.m. – ’til closing) – “Old Fashioned Irish Christmas” – Musically speaking, this event is huge, featuring over 30 live musicians throughout its entirety. The menu will be centered around what would be a true Irish Christmas feast, complete with Irish Christmas cake and crackers. The excitement continues as there are contest prizes, free  giveaways and “Irish selection boxes” to be claimed. I’m not sure just exactly what’s in those boxes, so I guess you’ll have to attend the party to find out! Santa, of all people, has even agreed to make an appearance during the afternoon. Donations in the form of unwrapped toys or funds will be accepted for Children’s Hospital Boston. 

December 25th (Saturday – 7:00 p.m.) – Christmas isn’t over yet at Mr. Dooley’s.  Spend the evening of this special day listening to the likes of Sunday’s Well, one of the areas most popular Irish bands. There will more prizes and free giveaways to be claimed, including awards for both the best Christmas sweater (or “jumper” as it’s called in Ireland) and the worst, as well. You will also have additional opportunities to make a donation of funds to Children’s Hospital Boston. 

December 31st (Friday – 7:00 p.m.) – This New Year’s Eve celebration will feature the music of another very popular Irish band, Devri. Appetizers and a midnight toast of champagne will be served and party favors to get the mood going will be distributed to each guest. There will be a cash bar at this 21+ event. TICKETS – Online or at Mr. Dooley’s 


Further Details:

Directions: Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern (Downtown Boston)

More Info: 617-338-5656


November 20, 2010 at 1:29 am Leave a comment

Show Off Some New “Moves” at Those Up and Comming Holiday Latin Dance Parties Compliments of the Experts at Moves & Vibes

Upcoming holiday fundraiser for the renovation of Club Benifica which is the partial home to Moves & Vibes. (further details at the end of this post) 


Whether you are an experienced Latin dancer or just a beginner, let the good folks at Moves & Vibes get you up and moving with ease on the dance floor this holiday season. This particular dance studio specializes in Brazilian dance genres, so you know you have come to the right place when it comes to learning forro (video), samba (video), zouk (video) , or axe (video). Depending on your individual taste, these styles each offer you, the student,  a different type of dancing experience. You can choose from zouk (a slower more intimate style), the salsa-like forro (emphasizing a dancer’s musicality and degree of connection with their partner), Samba de Gafieira (an elegant style, displaying characteristics of both the tango and Brazilian samba), or axe (a high energy dance which can actually be done without a partner). 

Learn from the pros including Glenio Oliveira with 15 years of teaching experience and an accomplished  professional dancer in his own right, his dance partner and former student Inna Podshivalova, originally from Moscow and an avid dancer from childhood, and Lize Tibirica, the ax specialist, who is not only an instructor but a choreographer as well. Moves & Vibes offers a full schedule of group classes, private lessons, and dance parties. If you’re in a crunch for time and can’t engage in a full series of lessons, then why not take advantage of their individual drop-in rates. Keep up with all that is happening at Moves & Vibes either by joining their mailing list or following them on Facebook.


DANCE CLASSES: See class schedule and homepage on their website

Fees are $40.00 (series of 4 lessons) OR $15.00 (individual drop-in session)

Private lessons can be scheduled through Inna ( OR Glenio (617-970-1248)


Special dance parties are held every Wednesday and Thursday night in Harvard Square (lessons are included)

Additional opportunities to enjoy social dancing are also offered (see class schedule or homepage on their website)

DIRECTIONS: Club Benifica Om / Fire & Ice

MORE INFO: 617-820-0829 OR 617-970-1248 OR visit their website  

On December 12th, Club Benifica is holding a holiday fundraiser to support  renovations to their facility. All attendees will enjoy an art and jewelry exhibit, raffle, appetizers, and, of course, plenty of dancing. (complete with special dance performances) 


November 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm Leave a comment

Dance to the Sweet Beat of Africa and Beyond … with Uhuru Afrika: Events Sponsored Monthly

Join Uhuru Afrika for a great evening of world music entertainment and dancing enjoyment, featuring African music not only from the mother continent itself but from other regions of the world as well. Aaaah yes, the musical African diaspora is alive and well. Let popular local djs Adam Gibbons and Max Pela be your hosts, as you dance the night away to some of the best African influenced music around, either live or recorded. These dance party events have been going strong monthly for 2 years now, and as an added plus, sometimes feature live solo drumming performances, ethnic food, big-screen visuals, and more. Those of you who know me well enough by now, know that it gives me great pleasure to inform you that all, or at least of a portion of, the proceeds from these events go towards supporting the dedicated efforts of NextAid, an African relief organization that assists the children, youth, and women of the continent who are in need as a result of AIDS-related issues or other hardships. They staunchly believe, as of course do Ithat world music is a very effective tool in gathering public support for humanitarian world causes. For more info on Uhuru Afrika’s events call them at 617-497-1544 OR visit their website OR email them at You can also visit them on Facebook for additional information on African music and cultures from all around the world , complete with audio and video links for your listening and viewing pleasure. 

There are not one, but three Uhuru Afrika events scheduled for the month of December including: 2 Year Anniversary/World AIDS Day Benefit with all proceeds going to NextAid (12/11), Jump (12/16), and New Years Eve Bash (12/31). So, why not treat yourself to a fun-filled evening of African music out on the dance floor while lending a helping hand to some of our fellow world citizens in need.



November 16, 2010 at 3:13 am Leave a comment

Hear Ye Hear Ye All World Music Fans!!! Come be Amazed at What You Hear @ the Amazing Things Arts Center

Keep informed of upcoming world music activities at the Amazing Things Arts Center!!!  

There are a number of performance venues in the Boston area that feature a relatively sizable portion of world music acts amongst their entertainment offerings. Therefore, I like to alert world music fans to their presence as it might prove to be very valuable indeed to keep tabs on  their upcoming shows. Once such venue is the Amazing Things Arts Center located in Frammingham. I, myself, have already posted many events held there on this very blog including performances by Ameranouche, Nightingale, Cubist, The Gnomes, and the Tuvan Throat Singers. On the docket for December and January are reggae bands The Berklee Bob Marley Ensemble and Jah Spirit, as well as world influenced jazz, compliments of Adriel Azure and his Dream Indigo Orchestra.  The center was created in order to foster an atmosphere of open-mindedness and acceptance with respect to the arts among local audience members while giving them a sense of connection amongst each other as well. Even though nationally acclaimed artists often perform here, it is hoped that Boston area artists will continue to benefit from the availability of a  local stage upon which they can share their music with a wider audience. 

Since 2004, the Amazing Things Arts Center has been going strong while earning the well deserved reputation of being one of the most active local performance venues in the area. Since 2005, over 1,100 events have been held here, which translates to 300+ per year. Equally “amazing” is their huge mailing list which currently serves the interests of over 10,000 eager arts fans. I highly suggest that you, yourself, join it now! As further testament to the organization’s popularity, they host a healthy number of sponsors and friends who willingly lend additional support to their cause and they have received many positive reviews from the press as well.

There are a number of ways in which you can support the activities at Amazing Arts. If you become a member you can enjoy special benefits such as guaranteed preferred seating and exclusive discounts  offers. There are various categories of membership to choose from. One can also donate their time by volunteering their services while enjoying the pleasures of getting more closely involved with arts. The center also welcomes donations. So what are you waiting for? Get involved and start enjoying premier world music entertainment compliments of the Amazing Things Arts Center, right now.




Venue Details:

Tickets: Purchase online OR at 508-405-ARTS (2787)

Directions: (Frammingham)

More Info: Contact listing

(Area Restaurants)

November 14, 2010 at 3:17 am Leave a comment

Celebrate an Italian Style Christmas with Folk Ensemble Newpoli: December 15th, Wednesday @ 9:00 p.m.

Listen to Newpoli.

Why not visit a little bit of ye old Italy this holiday season? Just let the very popular folk ensemble Newpoli be your hosts for an evening of traditional Italian Christmas carols dating from the 11th – 19th centuries. This  nine piece vocal/instrumental ensemble is a local favorite performing at Boston’s top venues  and touring nationally all the way to the West coast, bringing to its audiences the traditional music of southern Italy, a genre rarely heard here in the United States or abroad for that matter.  Although the concert will most assuredly have its quieter moments, you will definitely feel just like you are attending a lively holiday party for most of the evening.  This is the group’s first Boston performance of “An Italian Christmas Celebration” which consists of a program of sung folk prayers and tarantellas, most of which display the type of musical energy that makes one want to jump up and move their feet- hence the party atmosphere! As an added bonus, band members will be sharing folk tales which reveal the true meaning  behind  the lyrics of each song.


Newpoli was founded in 2003 by two aspiring jazz vocal students at the Berklee College of Music by the names of Carmen Maisico and Angela Rossi,  who observed that  the music of their native Italy was rarely if ever performed by any of Boston’s local artists. So, they very passionately took on the mission of researching the various folk genres of southern Italy and forming a local group to share these wonderful, seemingly lost musical treasures with the rest of the world. Since then, in addition to gaining a wide fan base, Newpoli has gone on to appear on Italian National television (RAI International) and record a cd five years later. These graduates of the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory bring their jazz-oriented training into play as they add just a little bit of extra spice to their musical interpretation of traditional Neapolitan genres. The ensemble’s instrumentation includes lead and backup vocals, as well as an instrumental accompaniment of tamorra (a percussion folk instrument), additional percussion, accordion, guitar, double bass, violin, and flute. Newpoli has gained quite a reputation for successfully winning over each and every audience for which they perform with their infectious energy so you can pretty well rest assured that they will win you over too. 


Event Details:

When: December 15th, Wednesday @ 9:00 p.m.

Where: Ryles (on the Mainstage) (Cambridge)

Tickets: $10.00 (Purchase online here)

More Info: 617-876-9330 (phone) OR 617-354-0505 (fax) OR                   

November 11, 2010 at 3:52 am Leave a comment

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