Category: traditional/folk

Joe Turner and the Seven Levels + Body English + The Daley Grimes ≈ March 11th / 7:30pm

Joe Turner & the Seven Levels



Joe Turner and the Seven Levels run a wire-length between meditative gauze-rock and full-on rocking psychedelia with layered, melodious urges. Whether it’s huge harmonies, rock-solid drums, sharp guitar leads, or muscular bass, Joe uses his unerring melodic sensibility to plunk stoned cyclical mantras onto the same skewer as twitchy psych-pop, delivering a delicious rock shishkebab to your plate. The now-defunct but venerable Boston Phoenix called their debut CD “One of the coolest independent albums by a local artist this year… an aural odyssey.” Joe is moving to England in April, so please make sure to attend this final farewell show.

JT7L is also celebrating the release of their swan song EP: SECOND STRAWBERRY.

Body English



Body English fearlessly seek the mythological in the everyday, with rock n roll at turns plaintive, exploratory, and explosive. Seamlessly fusing the narrative of the folk and classical traditions with the anthemics of 70’s art rock, they dare to ask the question “but why shouldn’t we?”

Their debut record Stories of Earth was called “A wise and whimsical multi-layered epic” (My Entertainment World) and  “A truly joyous record shining a light in this dark Year of Stupid.” (Prog Radar)

The Daley Grimes


Jared Daley and James Grimes comprise the two headed laugh factory known as The Daley Grimes. Combining song craft and wit, The Daley Grimes is Boston’s favorite acoustic comedy duo and will leave you laughing to their tunes days after their perverse melodies have hit your ears.

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

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Ben Cosgrove ≈ March 29th / 7:30pm

Instrumental music about landscape and place.


Ben Cosgrove is a traveling composer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from New England. He performs regularly all over the country, writes scores for films, plays, radio, and television, and has produced several well-received albums of original instrumental work that straddles a line between folk and classical music. His “electric and exhilarating” live performances are at once dazzling and intimate: music that has been described as “stunning” and as “compelling and powerful,” all presented with warmth, honesty, and “the easy familiarity of a troubadour.” From 2012 to 2014 Ben served as the Signet Artist-in-Residence Fellow at Harvard University, and he is a recipient of a St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. He has also held residencies and fellowships at Acadia National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Middlebury College, the Vermont Studio Center, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and he spent a year as the artist in residence at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine.

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

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Lexie Roth + Arlen Roth Band + Holy Golden ≈ April 14th / 10:30pm

Lexie Roth



Lexie Roth releases MOVE ME, a new EP featuring 5 original tracks written, performed, and co-produced by Roth. The EP also features performances by artists Lilah Larson, Ezra Miller, and Josh Aubin of the band Sons of an Illustrious Father; Nick Shopa, of Brooklyn-based Papertwin; and Mara Carlyle, London-based singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist.

Arlen Roth


Arlen Roth (born October 30, 1952 in New York, U.S.) is an American guitarist, recording artist, performer, tutor and author. His first solo album won the Montreux Critics’ Award for Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 1978. He was a regular columnist for Guitar Player magazine from 1982 to 1992. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Bob Dylan, Danny Gatton, John Entwistle, John Prine, Kate Taylor, James Taylor, Livingston Taylor, John Sebastian, Rick Wakeman, Paul Simon (as well as Simon and Garfunkel), Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Sonny Landreth, Levon Helm, Bill Kirchen, Duane Eddy, Steve Morse, Albert Lee and Phoebe Snow. Roth is a Telecaster enthusiast, and has written the book Masters of the Telecaster, which details the techniques and licks of many famous Telecaster guitar players. As a solo artist Roth performs frequently with his younger daughter, Lexie Roth, a recording artist, performer and songwriter in her own right. He was greatly influenced by Clarence White of The Byrds’ string bending style, but at the age of 14, he did not know White had invented a “B-string bender” for his Telecaster, so Roth developed a new style of doing this with fingers alone. He thus innovated many string-bending styles on the guitar, simulating a “pedal steel” guitar. He is also an innovator in the use of “harmonics” within guitar playing.

Holy Golden


Holy Golden is the multifaceted musical world of Leslie Schott and Andrew Valenti. From euphoric dream-pop to lo-fi garage rock, their sound is refreshingly dynamic while maintaining an unparalleled specificity. Holy Golden’s creative process is a labyrinthian breadcrumb trail fueled by their deepest sorrows and brightest fantasies, which ultimately leads them towards their imaginative kingdom of sound.

The two met serendipitously during a full moon lunar eclipse on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. They recorded their first two albums in Los Angeles and Detroit and are now recording their upcoming album from a haunted ballroom in Rhode Island.

$20 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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