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Feast on Five Dollar Tapas Platters and Live World Music @ Masa in Boston’s South End: Thursday Evenings (9:30 p.m. ‘Til Close)
Each and every Thursday night, now you can enjoy the fine world music offerings of Los Three to the additional tune of scrumptious sampler platters of tapas. Come on out to Boston’s South End and let the folks at Masa, winners of Food and Wine Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant” award, treat you to an evening of their fine Southwestern cuisine enlivened with New England-style culinary touches. All the while you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ to Los Three’s high-spirited arrangements of Latin, reggae, funk, and oldies but goodies tunes. Such a combo of great music and tasty cuisine is sure to please.
Matt Jenson, on keyboards and vocals, is a member of the faculty at the Berklee College of Music and a tried and true Bob Marley aficionado. So much so in fact, that he actually teaches a course entitled The Music and Life of Bob Marley which always attracts large numbers of eager students. In addition, he also has a reggae jazz cd to his credit and two of his own bands, Acid Reggae Xperience and Rebel Tumbao. Over the course of his career he has performed with such renown artists as Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Johnny Adams, Mighty Sam McClain, Cyril Lance, and Johnny Neel. He currently performs on a rotating basis with a number of Boston area Latin bands.
Alex Alvear, on bass and vocals, leads one of Boston’s most renown Latin ensembles, Mango Blue, which features his own original and arranged Afro-Latin compositions. Before traveling to the US, he made a huge impact on the national music scene in his native Ecuador. Since his arrival in America over 20 years ago, he has continued to rise in popularity, appearing frequently around New England, in NYC, across the nation, and overseas as well. He has performed with such world music stars as Celia Cruz, Orlando “Puntilla” Rios, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Francisco Aguabella, Paquito D’Rivera and others. He also holds the honor of being involved in the making of two Grammy-nominated cds.
Pablo Bencid, on percussion and vocals, was awarded a scholarship from the Berklee College of Music where he trained for a successful international career, performing frequently in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and the Virgin Islands. In his travels he has appeared at a number of the world’s most prestigious events and venues including the Istanbul Music Festival, Bolivar Hall (London), The Sodra Teatern (Stockholm) and many others. In addition to his performances with the well-known local band Either/Orchestra, he has also appeared with the Labeque Sisters of international fame, the JCA Orchestra, Zalo Grau & La Clave Secreta, the Aquiles Baez Quartet, David Holmes and Nu Quartet, and other notable names.
When: Thursdays (9:30 p.m. ’til Closing)
Where: Masa (South End)
Admission: No cover charge listed
More Info: 617-338-8884
Round Out Your Week with a Little World Fusion: See What Transpires When Japanese Folk Music Meets Jazz with the Tomoko Omura Quartet: April 26th, Thursday @ 8:30 p.m.
Jazz violinist Tomoko Omura is an artist with a mission. “I want to push the barriers of jazz violin” she urges, recognizing a pronounced absence of string players when it comes to the achievement of true stardom in the world of jazz. Still a young developing artist in the early stages of her career, already she has been haled by the likes of “The Strad” magazine as a creative genius, moving beyond the stylistic advancements made by even the great Stepahnie Grapelli himself. Her latest artistic venture, entitled Roots, involves the fusion of Japanese traditional music and jazz, the music from which will be featured at her Thursday night performance at Ryles with the Tomoko Omura Quartet. As with her earlier project, the “Visions” cd (2008), Omura shares her own highly innovative, leading-edge original works or arrangements, showcasing her ulta-modern interpretative skills and compositional techniques. However, even though she is truly an experimental jazz artist in her own right, one can still notice the influences of her earlier classical music training which remain ever-present throughout all of her compositions, as cleverly constructed improvisations are well balanced against solidly structured harmonies. With respect to Omura’s playing style, she is one of a tiniest minority of violinists attempting to solidly establish the presence of standard jazz idioms within her performances not normally associated with a string instrument. So, why not come and see what this exciting young jazz musician and her quartet have to bring to the genre, this Thursday night at Ryles.
Tomoko Omura developed an affinity for jazz early on during her training as a classical violinist. As a young music student attending Yokohama National University, she was one of a very few studying the instrument to take a serious interest in this particular genre. Eager to develop a career in jazz, she came to the United States to study at the Berklee College of Music where she graduated sums cum laude. During her tenure there, she became the very first string major ever to receive the coveted Roy Hanes award for jazz performance. Currently, she is enjoying a well accomplished professional career as a jazz composer and performer, having been featured in both The Strad and Strings magazines. In addition to her numerous recording credits, she is in constant demand as a stage performer, either as a soloist, leading her own small ensembles or as part of various other jazz groups, appearing regularly at top clubs and other major venues and events around New England and in New York City, as well. She also continues to perform in her native Japan where she was a part of J-Pop superstar, Mai Kuraki’s hit song entitled “Be With U”.
When: April 26th, Thursday @ 8:30 p.m.
Where: Ryles Jazz Club (Mainstage)
Admission: $10.00 (Purchase Online)
More Info: 617-876-9330
Enjoy a Little Bossa Nova with Your Meal @ The Birch Street Bistro: Sundays, Weekly (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Listen to Valdiza Moura
In the mood for a little “taste” of Bossa Nova? Well now you can satsify your hunger with good food and better, yet, great music to go along with it! Thanks to the folks at the Birch Street Bistro in Roslindale, Sunday night has become Bossa Nova Night starring vocalist Valdiza Moura, a local favorite who continues to win over both audiences and music critics wherever she goes. She is best known for her ability to convey intense emotion, and yet with a voice that, in the process, still manages to maintain its over-all delicate, lyrical character that her listeners find so aesthetically pleasing. She is backed by a band whose membership represents a wide and varied array of cultures and music genres, many of which influence their over-all sound, adding additonal musical interest to the end product.
Moura made a name for herself in her native Brazil early on by placing 2nd in a major music competition at the age of 16. She continued to develop her career there, recording for commercials and political campaign ads, serving as back up to numerous prominent Brazilian musicians, performing and touring, at times as a soloist, with distinguished music ensembles, and appearing as a featured performer at major cultural events throughout Brazil. In 2001 she came to the US, and has been actively performing throughout New England ever since. She has appeared at such notable venues as the Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard University, MIT, Umass Dartmouth, Boston College, and Bunker Hill Community College, taken part in the Rhode Island Latin American Film Festival and the Lowell Folk Festival, and had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned vocalist Virginia Rodrigues at Johnny D’s. Moura is a regularly featured guest at the special performances held by New England’s various music schools and is invited to sing at virtually every single Brazilian cultural event held throughout the area.
Depending upon your food mood, the Birch Street Bistro’s menu is designed to please a wide range of appetites. You can enjoy a lighter meal along the lines of burgers, pizza, or salad or opt for more extensive fare. Some interesting appetizers and entrees include Fresh Apple Salad (mixed greens, bacon, gorgonzola, candied walnuts, with an apple cider vinaigrette), Sausage (with parmesan risotto), Four Cheese Fondue (with grilled garlic pita bread), Grilled Fillet Mignon (with melting fig butter, sauteed spinach and roasted potatoes), and Braised Lamb (with a ricotta filled gnocchi). So, the next time that craving for a little Bossa Nova emerges, just head on over to the Birch Street Bistro on any given Sunday evening where Valdiza Moura and her band will satisfy that urge in no time!
When: Sunday evenings (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Where: Birch Street Bistro (Roslindale)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info: 617-323-2184
Celebrate the Spirit of Greece,Turkey and the Balkans with Authentic Live Music and Tasty Cuisine @ The Sabur Restaurant & Lounge: Saturday Evenings (Starting 9:00 p.m.)
I’m forever searching for local eating establishments in and around the Boston area that offer live ethnic music to go along with their fine cuisine. It’s these multi-dimensional experiences with world music that stand out as rather special in my book. Well, I’ve located what looks to be a real gem in this regard, conveniently located no less, right near Davis Square (Somerville). The folks at the Sabur Restaurant & Lounge serve up authentic cuisine from a number of Mediterranean regions including Italy, Greece, Southern France, North Africa, the Balkans, and elsewhere. In addition, on each and every weekend, they step things up a bit with their Kafina Saturdays. Lucky diners can enjoy live world music from Greece, Turkey and the Balkan nations along with their meal. So actually, the ethnic atmosphere here is not only multi-dimensional but multi-cultural as well. In addition here at the Sabur, they pay attention to every little last detail of authenticity, right down to the house decor! Take a look at the positive comments of food critics from The Boston Globe, The Boston Phoenix , Phantom Gourmet and other local publications. And then? Why not take a little trip to the Mediterranean without ever having to leave Boston at all.
Menu (Full version)
What intrigues me the most with respect to Sabur’s Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the complex variety of flavors present in many of their individual offerings. Menu selections include Chardonnay carrot lentil soup, Seared sea scallops with crab polenta cakes, asparagus, moscato, and truffle butter sauce, Slow roasted beet risotto with wild forest mushrooms, parmesan, roasted acorn squash, and honeydew infused honey, Apple. cherry and pistachio strudel with warm caramel and vanilla gelato, and Macedonian wild fig sundae with vanilla gelato, almond frangipane and pomegranate caramel.
When: Saturday evenings (9:00 p.m.)
Where: Sabur Restaurant & Lounge (Somerville)
Admission: No cover charge
More Info: 617-776-7890
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) / email@example.com
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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:
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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