Category: traditional/folk

Gill Aharon Trio ≈ April 26th, Start 10:30pm/ Doors 10pm


Inspired by the cartoon music of the 50s and 60s, the drive of Led Zeppelin, the genius and humor of Frank Zappa, the perfection of Bach, the relentlessness of Ligeti, the courage of Medeski, Martin and Wood, the jam of Phish live, the beauty of the Beatles and the immersive nature of music…

Gill Aharon, piano

Mike Connors, drums

Jef Charland, bass

$10 Cover @ the Door / Doors Open @ 10pm

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Nathaniel Braddock + Balla Kouyate ≈ April 29th / 5pm

Nathaniel Braddock


Musician and composer Nathaniel Braddock tours internationally and performs an array of different musical styles in venues as disparate as underground arts spaces and Lincoln Center.  Based for years in Chicago, Braddock relocated to Sydney, Australia, in 2014, and to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2016.

Nathaniel leads the acclaimed Central African soukous group the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, a collaboration between American, Ghanaian, Zambian, and Congolese musicians including the great Samba Mapangala  and members of Ghana’s acclaimed Western Diamonds.  Nathaniel has performed and recorded with a number of indie rock bands, including Tobin Summerfield’s gigantic band “Never Enough Hope”,  The Zincs (Thrill Jockey), Ancientgreeks (Flameshovel), Edith Frost (Drag City) and others. He also played for years in the Butcher Shop Quartet,performing electric guitar arrangements of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Springand other 20th century classical works.  Braddock leads an eight-piece electric guitar ensemble that plays his original compositions.  He has twice been featured in Guitar Player Magazine.

Balla Kouyate


Balla Kouyaté: Originally from Mali, West Africa, Balla is a djeli, a musician and oral historian in Malian society. He learned his instrument, the balafon, from his father, who is the guardian of the world’s first balafon, which dates from the 13th Century and is recognized by UNESCO as one of the 19 Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Here, he plays Sunjata, an epic song of praise for King Sunjata, the builder of the Mali empire. Balla is available for main-stage concerts as well as educational programming.

Balla is widely considered to be among the greatest balafon players today in the world. A virtuoso, he plays two instruments to get a chromatic scale, allowing him to play any genre of music in any key. His speed is astounding as he moves effortlessly between the two balafons, delivering his signature roulements and complex improvisations. Balla has been featured on at least 45 albums, including Angelique Kidjo’s Grammy-nominated “Oyo” and Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning “Sounds of Joy and Peace,” and has collaborated with Mamadou Diabate, Susan McKeown, Vusi Mahlasela, Roswell Rudd’s MALIcool ensemble, and Schlicht’s Tempore.

$10 Cover @ the Door / Doors Open @ 5pm

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Maddie Jay & The PH Collective EP: Release/BARCC Fund Raiser ≈ May 6th / 10pm


Maddie Jay’s EP Release show will be a night of powerhouse lady band leaders. Maddie & the PH Collective‘s acid jazz will close out the night after the jazzy lullabies of Mariana Secca and the siren songs of Eva Cassel. These ladies will take you on a musical and spiritual journey. All proceeds will go to the BARCC (The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center).

$10 Cover @ the Door / Doors Open @ 10pm

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Timbila with Chartwell Dutiro – A Night of Music from Zimbabwe and Beyond ≈ May 13th, Start 7:30pm/ Doors 7pm

Afropop Night Live Presents…




TIMBILA blazes ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge. The trance of African spirit possession merges with the trance of free-spirited head-bangers. The surreal buzzing beauty of timbila (Chopi xylophone, Mozambique) and hypnotic dream melodies of mbira (Shona thumb piano, Zimbabwe) soar with stinging guitar riffs and sassy celestial vocals in grooves that are deeply funky, fierce and danceable. No other band sounds like TIMBILA.

Chartwell Dutiro

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$10 Cover @ the Door / Doors Open @ 7pm

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Jillette Johnson ≈ May 13th, Start 10:30pm/ Doors 10pm


For Jillette Johnson the journey has been as integral to her musical experience as the destination. Jillette, who began taking music lessons and penning songs as a child, has been performing live since she w7as 12, captivating audiences with her sultry, thoughtful piano-driven tunes. The musician, now 24, has spent the last decade cultivating her sound and defining her unique perspective. When she moved to New York City from her small town of Pound Ridge, NY at 18, Jillette was already familiar with the city and its clubs, from Sidewalk Cafe to The Bitter End to Rockwood Music Hall.

Advance Tickets

$12 Cover @ the Door (or Advance) / Doors Open @ 10pm

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Brian Carpenter & The Confessions + The Wrong Shapes ≈ June 2nd, Start: 7:30pm/ Doors: 7pm

Brian Carpenter & The Confessions


“The debut record by The Confessions is a fitting soundtrack to an episode of True Detective or a David Lynch film…an unpredictable, but fascinating listen”
— UTNE Reader
“Brian Carpenter & The Confessions exude the sort of dignified darkness you would expect given the company he keeps…bound to become a big name”
— Chris DeVille, Stereogum

The Wrong Shapes



“The Wrong Shapes display musical ingenuity…eclectically sterling”
— Michael Marotta, Vanyaland


$10 Cover @ the Door / Doors Open @ 7pm

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