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Looking for Klezmer music entertainment in the Boston area? Then pay a visit to the KlezmerShack and check out their nifty KlezCalendar. Although this web site itself is not tailored exclusively to the Boston area by any means, the author is local and there is definitely a home-oriented presence here. There are plenty of relevant event listings to be found and this section is searchable by keyword, a nice little feature that makes things a whole lot easier for Boston users. There’s even a link provided for those who want to share a local event announcement of their own with the rest of us Bostonians.
Of course, it was the KlezCalendar that originally got me interested in the site, but there is a whole lot more great local info to be had here, as this web site is devoted entirely to Klezmer and other Jewish music genres. The blog, which is also keyword-searchable by the way, contains additional local event listings, reviews on concerts, cds, and videos produced by artists in the area, regionally oriented podcasts, and other music news of interest. There are tons of video clips throughout, thus giving the reader ample opportunity to enjoy the sound of lots of wonderful Jewish music. All cds which have been reviewed by the author are listed in one place, so that they can be browsed more easily. There are artist’s directories included for both individuals and ensembles. The ensemble directory is additionally categorized by geographical location and there is a nice long listing provided for Massachusetts. One last section I wanted to point out here is the listing of Jewish music radio programming airing from Massachusetts. This is really helpful, as it can be very difficult indeed to isolate and locate programs of specific interest. I encourage you to go ahead and poke around this very interesting and in formative web site on your own, as I have given you just the local highlights here. Oh, and one last thing, if you have any interesting tidbits relating to Klezmer/Jewish music that you want to share with your fellow Bostonians, feel free to email the author. He points out that his visitors, most of all, love to read descriptions of local concerts and other regionally oriented music news. Got a question you want answered? Even if it’s related to the local music scene in our area only, go ahead and post it anyway on one of the mailing lists the author has provided. You just never know who might have the answer- no matter how specific it is!
St. Patrick’s Day Is Fast Approaching: Get a Heads-Up On All the Upcoming Musical Celebration with the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA)
St. Patrick’s season is just around the corner! That’s right- I did say season because in Massachusetts, which is hailed as the most Irish-American state in the entire nation, it is a long-standing tradition that this particular holiday be celebrated for a lot longer than just one day. That’s definitely good news, of course, for local Irish music fans. The best way to assure yourself that you do not miss out on any of all this upcoming action is to keep informed of concerts and other related events well ahead of time. You can do just that by visiting the web site of the Boston Irish Tourism Association (BITA).
First and foremost, you definitely want to take a look at their March event calendar which lists quite a lot of the local holiday happenings taking place in the area. Musically speaking, I noticed amongst the listings several wildly popular artist’s names such as The Chieftains, The Celtic Tenors, and Riverdance, to name a few. So, buy your tickets now as some of these events are sure to sell out. You might also want to peruse their informative summary article which will give you an overall picture of the local festivities for this year.
Don’t stop at St. Patrick’s season though, because BITA’s web site is a good source of Irish music and dance event announcements no matter what time of the year it is. For instance, in the Cultural Venues section, mention is made of a few annual music/dance festivals that look to be very entertaining indeed. Under Cultural Groups you will find listings for performers, Irish music radio programs, and local cultural organizations. If it’s live music entertainment in an informal setting that you are seeking, then take a peek at the Pubs & Restaurants section. In addition to their informative press releases on various events, which can be found in the Media section of the web site, BITA also publishes their own handy little annual magazine entitled Irish Food and Culture Guide. It can be obtained for free at the tourists’ kiosks either in Copley Square (corner of Boylston and Dartmouth streets) or at the Boston Common (Tremont street side).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy special benefits by either registering or becoming a member of WGBH.
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:
When: December 13th-20th (Check listing for exact dates & times)
Where: Cutler Majestic Theatre (Scroll down page for directions)
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)
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.
Attention All Salsa Dancers!!! – Visit SalsaBoston.com now, and Keep Up on All the Latest Dance Party Action and More
If Latin dance party fun, especially Salsa style, is your kind of entertainment then SalsaBoston.com is the site for you. I’ve already posted individually on some of the weekly dance parties around Boston. (See under Dance Parties in the categories listed on the right for some in depth event descriptions) What makes this particular site so great for local party goers, is that it provides a centralized and up-to-date resource for all the local action around town. SalsaBoston.com organizes a number of weekly Salsa parties of their own, including cruises. You’ll find them all listed here along with other local Salsa-oriented dance events. There is a whole section devoted to Latin dance clubs, complete with reviews. You can also find Salsa instructors, local Latin radio/TV stations and explore links to other relevant sites. SalsaBoston.com will even help you plan your next Latin event. Need a band, dj, professional dancers, or other services? Ask for their assistance and they will be glad to help you find just what you need for your special occasion in the way of reliable personnel. Now that I’ve given you the basic highlights of what you can find via a visit to SalsaBoston.com, why not call them up on the internet and do a little exploring on your own. Subscribe to their newsletter and keep up on all the latest goings on.
Hey Bostonians! Just in case you were wondering where you can enjoy Latin music via the radio waves, I have located three local stations for your listening pleasure. I’ve merely listed them here for your information without commentary, as I don’t read Spanish and the web sites are presented primarily in the native language. All is not lost however, as you can still glean some useful info from these sites even if you don’t understand Spanish. Check out top hits lists, ringtones, audio and video samples, etc., or go online to listen live. If you’re are a Spanish oficionado, well then, go ahead and click on the links and explore more in depth. Of course, you don’t have to understand a word of Spanish to enjoy the music! So, by all means- tune in!
Rumba 1200AM (WKOX)
Power 800 (WNNW) (92.1FM/800AM)
Super X (WMSX) – 1410AM