Archive for December, 2011
Kick Back and Indulge in an Evening of Informal Irish Music-Making with Maeve Gilchrist & Friends: Mondays (Weekly) (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)
Head on over to The Beehive in Boston’s South End each and every Monday night for their exciting new “Irish & Celtic Music Series“. This seisun-style performance is led by Celtic harpist, vocalist, and jazz artist Maeve Gilchrist who will be joined by a different set of guest musicians every week. An especially nice feature of this rather informal brand of entertainment is its spontaneity and variety. You never know quite which direction the music will take you in any given performance. What you do know, however, is that some of the area’s top local talent will be bringing you nothing but the best in traditional Celtic music. Gilchrist herself, already a rising star on the Boston world music scene by the of age 25, is quite well-known for her rather avant-garde style of musicianship, which often exhibits a heavy presence of chromaticism. Also of note is her exceptional ability to so freely and effortlessly allow her fingers to fly across the harp strings in a most rapid fashion.
Originally from Scotland but also of Irish heritage, Maeve spent her childhood years surrounded by a heavily music-oriented family. Although their focus was on traditional genres, she spent hours listening to her father’s rather large and eclectic collection of sound recordings. As a result of such exposure early on, Gilchrist quickly developed a keen taste for music of many different genres and cultures and has since developed into the highly innovative artist she is today. Maeve became quite a well-established musician nationally by the time she was a teenager and landed herself a scholarship overseas at the Berklee College of Music. From there she developed a highly successful professional career in the US appearing at both national and international premier events including the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, World Harp Congress, the Celtic Connections Festival and elsewhere. She has also performed with numerous world-renown musicians including Alasdair Fraser, Esperanza Spalding, Darol Anger and Vardan Ovespian. Her first cd release was an international success and she has recently produced another entitled “Song of Delight”. She currently appears locally with bassist Aidan O’Donnell. as well as Scottish folk/jazz fusion ensemble the Ultra-Modern String Quartet. With respect to her role as leader of the weekly Beehive seisuns, Maeve Gilchrist’s affinity for the new and creative should prove to be an exciting catalyst for one interesting evening of traditional Celtic music.
When: Mondays (Weekly) (8:00 p.m. – Midnight)
Call ahead before attending the show as some special events may interrupt regular scheduling
Where: The Beehive (South End)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info: 617-423-0069 / 617-423-0096 (Fax) / firstname.lastname@example.org
For dinner reservations, call OR use online form
Begin 2012 on the “Right Note” to the Glorious Sounds of World Music: December 31st – January 1st (Saturday – Sunday)
As New Year’s Eve 2012 quickly approaches, I am happy to announce that opportunities abound in and around the Boston area to mark the celebration with an evening of world music. And why not, I ask? Here is a list of some of the ethnic-oriented music events taking place in and around town on this very special evening:
Tickets are selling out fast – Buy now!
Folk Arts Center of New England – International folk dance party featuring live music by Barbara Pixton and Friends. Refreshment buffet also included
Tango Society of Boston – Dinner and dancing
Venu NYE 2012 – Dj hosted dance party emphasizing Latin music with additional genres from around the world
Mojitos – Dj hosted Latin dance party with all-you-can-eat buffet included
Bella Luna Milky Way Restaurant and Lounge – Cuban-themed dinner followed by Latin dance party featuring The Lee Wilson Movement
Ryles Jazz Club – Dj hosted ballroom and Latin dance party
Havana Club’s New Year’s Eve Salsa Party – Dj hosted dance party featuring live dance performances by Salsa y Control. Salsa lessons also included
Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Canga Tapas Bar
Glitz & Glamour 2012 (Geared towards 20s & 30s crowd) – Dance party hosted by djs spinning Bhangra and Bollywood hits
First Night Boston – Dance Party with award-winning band “Hot Like Fire” bringing you reggae and soca
Precinct – Dance party featuring reggae and ska fusion with the Doctor Doom Orchestra and Danny Pease & the Regulators
Irish Cultural Centre of New England – Dinner followed by dance party featuring live Irish music
Malden Irish American Club – Dinner and dance party with live Irish music by The Noel Henry Showband
The Black Rose – Traditional Irish dinner and Happy Hour/dance party featuring live Irish music with Sundays Well, Jim Coyle, and Celtic Clan
The Burren Pub – Join Helena Delaney and an accompanying all-star cast of musicians for live Irish music around the bar (listing not included on music calendar)
Four Green Fields – Join the Prodigals for live Irish rock music around the bar
The Red Fez – Dinner and dance party featuring live Arabic music and a belly dancer.
Weekly Saturday night entertainment – Kasbah Restaurant
Olympia Restaurant – Dinner and live Greek music with Enosis
Uhuru Afrika’s New Year’s Eve Fete – Dj hosted African dance party which includes live percussion performances by Sidy Maiga. Also enjoy African food and drink and an additional “surprise” live performance
Party Irish Style All Night and All Month Long at Mr. Dooley’s Grand Holiday Celebration: December 2011
The holiday season is a big deal at Mr. Dooley’s in downtown Boston! Last year’s entertainment schedule seemed like it would be pretty hard to beat, but they did it this year with the addition of a weekly Tuesday night series of Christmas parties lasting the entire month of December. Best part is, that there is plenty of live traditional Irish music to be heard and enjoyed at each and every one of these holiday shindigs which also include a St. Stephen’s Day celebration and, of course, a News Year’s eve bash, as well.
Herein lie the event details:
December (Every Tuesday – 8:00 ’til closing) – “Irish Christmas Party Bash” – Featuring popular Irish standards and Christmas songs, as well as prizes and give-aways
Patsy Whelan – Highly energetic and fun-loving, this fiddler/guitarist isn’t happy until his audience is up and out of their seats dancing. Upon arriving in Boston, he rose rapidly to legendary status and besides remaining heavily active on the entertainment circuit is also included on the performance roster at numerous Irish music festivals. He has performed with some of celtic music’s biggest names including Paddy Reilly, Brendon Mulvihill, Brian Gaffney, The Waterboys, and others.
Michael “Maxi” Courtney – Originally from Ireland, he was raised within a family of musicians and had already started a professional performing career by the age of 14. As a fast learner he never had a formal music lesson in his life. He toured Europe before coming to Boston where he became quite popular amongst the local Irish music circuit. He is known for his great vocals and the ability to display an impressive degree of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic complexity in his guitar playing.
December 26th (Monday – 8:30 ’til closing) – “St. Stephen’s Night Party” – Featuring prizes and give-aways, Irish dinner specials, Irish Christmas crackers, and Irish selection boxes
Devri – This band is known for its “partying” spirit! While maintaining a close-knit connection to Ireland, this Boston ensemble has toured internationally performing all genres of Irish music. Their membership includes Declan Houton, Larry Flint, Steve O’Callaghan and Chuck Parrish on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, whistle, and drums.
Directions: Mr. Dooley’s Boston Tavern (Downtown Boston)
More Info: 617-338-5656
Learn to Dance the Hula in True, Authentic Style with the Experts of The Hula Workshop of Southern New England: December 20th, Tuesday @ 8:00 p.m.
In the mood for a little holiday fun? And who isn’t this time of year! The folks from the Hula Workshop of Southern New England are giving dance lessons at Johnny D’s in Somerville. Now here is your rare chance to learn this most beautiful Polynesian performance art with expert instructors from the area’s top rated Hawaiian cultural organization. Collectively they represent 30+ years of experience as instructors, performers, and cultural consultants. Led by Carol Anne Buckley, workshop founder and head instructor, this informal class is designed to teach you more than just dance moves. At the end of the session you will actually walk away with some knowledge of Hawaiian culture and language as well. Learn the art of storytelling as it is represented through expressive hula movements in both traditional and modern styles. Students with all levels of experience are welcome. And to top it all off world music fans, John “Tin Pan Handle” Hicks and friends will be on hand to liven up the party with plenty of Polynesian music for your dancing and listening pleasure!
If it just so happens that you come away from this event with a hunger for more of the same, then by all means check out the Hula Workshop’s web site for more info. on all that they have to offer in the way of classes and private lessons, event planning and hosting, shows, and more. Buckley, herself, is actually a former resident of Hawaii where she learned her art from the islands’ top dance masters. Also armed with a college education in Hawaiian language arts she has enjoyed a highly versatile career, sharing her expertise with others in numerous aspects of the native culture. So if you want to learn a little hula, while having a whole lot of fun doing it, just let the experts at the Hula Workshop of Southern New England show you the ropes!
Where: Johnny D’s Uptown (Somerville)
Tickets: Cover charge at the door.
In order to be guaranteed a seat you must have a dinner table reservation or be willing to possibly stand for the performance.
More Info: 617-776-2004 OR 617-800-9720
Experience the Retelling of the Classic Christmas Tale of the Navity in a Whole New Light with the Ahlam Selene Arabic Dancers: December 11th, Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Extraordinary dancing, acting, and , of course musicianship is what the Ahlam Selene Dance Company’s holiday production of the “The Little Drummer Boy” is all about. The Raks Nativity Theatrical Show is a retelling of the biblical tale through the most lovely and elegant art of Raqs Sharqi, commonly known in this culture as belly dance. Although this is the most widely embraced form of Arabic dance among the masses, Ahlam Selene has chosen to combine it with other lesser known forms of Arabic folk dance as well in order to bring audiences a dance showpiece that is especially well suited to effective story telling. In the true spirit of dance theater, each of these genres have been somewhat re-interpreted so as to heighten their dramatic impact upon the audience who is thus presented with a performance filled with emotional intrigue and enchantment, not to mention the added treat of a little humor now and then to lighten the mood. The show was such a hit last year that 2011’s performance is actually a repeat. Also a repeat is the charity of choice for this year’s benefit event, “Cradles to Crayons“. In 2010, Raks Nativity raised $1,400 to provide the needy youths of Massachusetts with school supplies and other essentials required to afford them a healthy, enriching learning and living environment during childhood that will ultimately serve as a sound basis for a successful adult life.
The specially featured role of the little drummer boy will be danced and played (with the assistance of fellow percussionists Amira and Alber) by Johara who is not only known for her dance skills but is quite the formidable doumbek artist as well. Imagine dancing and drumming at the same time! In addition to receiving numerous local, national, and international accolades as a performer she has also managed to build quite a versatile career as a choreographer, instructor, and events planner, earning the utmost respect of arts critics everywhere. She is currently the director, producer, and award-winning choreographer of Boston’s Snake Dance Theater Company. Learn more about her many notable accomplishments here.
This year’s additional line-up of talented entertainers includes: Cecilia al-Bahr, Susi Good, Badriya Al-Badi’a, Alaric, Alizah Afet, Qamar, Najmat, Nepenthe Ahlam, Jemileh Nour, Maia Selene, Lee Lynch, Angelo Scott D’Amato, Tricia Hopkins, Johanna Lynn, Aurel D’Agostino, Aleksie, Anahit Karyan, and Samira.
Raks Naqtivity’s charitable goal this year is to raise $2,500 for “Cradles to Crayons” and judging from the fabulous success of the show last year, looks to do just that! What better way to usher in the holiday season than with a fabulous spectacle of world music and dance, compliments of the Ahlam Selene Dance Company.
When: December 11th, Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Cambridge YMCA
Tickets: $15.00 (General admission) / $12.00 (Group Admission– 4 or more)