The Band That Time Forgot opens the music vault at the Burren

There was a time when Tim Jackson was playing in seven bands at once. In Boston. A drummer since his middle school days in Westport, Connecticut – when his dad bought him a gold sparkle snare drum … but, hold on, Jackson, who likes to tell stories, tells a story:“I was the accomplished little elementary…

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MUSIC: Southern Avenue leads straight to Memphis soul

Soul music, like most rhythm and blues, is a musical language that transcends borders and boundaries. That’s how an Israeli guitarist named Ori Naftaly found himself in Memphis, couldn’t bear to leave, and now is part of one of the most exciting new soul groups to come along in decades.Did we mention that Naftaly’s partners…

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Cape Escape: ‘Big Boo’ Lea DeLaria looks to a new stage in P’town

PROVINCETOWN — Actress-singer-comedian Lea DeLaria is fulfilling a longtime dream in the town she considers the closest place she’s had to home.The Club, a jazz nightclub/bar she co-owns with Frank Christopher, owner of multiple nightclubs, and a silent partner, is due to open June 21 at the former Pied Bar location at 193A Commercial St….

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Roomful of Blues singer credits Bellingham teacher

It’s been just over five decades since Roomful of Blues played their first gig. And over that time, there have been about as many different players in the revolving lineup. But while the faces have changed, the music has always been steeped in the blues. Of course, there are all different sorts of blues, and…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: ‘Maid’ by Stephanie Land

“Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive” By Stephanie Land. Hachette Books, New York, 2019. 288 pages. $27 The most ingenious, hardest-working, most cleverly entrepreneurial are so often the poor. They cobble together multiple low-wage jobs to pay the rent — jobs that demand complicated scheduling charts to track where to be…

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Q&A: The Boston International Piano Competition

Fifteen of the 56 contestants in the 10th Boston International Piano Competition hail from Massachusetts, including Cambridge, Acton, Somerville, Wellesley and other local towns. The contest is organized by Boston Piano Amateurs Association, based in Northborough, and its treasurer, Dr. Robert Berkowitz, hails from Natick and played in the very first competition in 2001. This…

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Seven hours of tunes at the free Jamaica Plain Music Festival

Just as it has for its first eight editions, the Ninth Annual JP Music Fest will boast a program of music that’s all over the place. And that’s a good thing.Taking shape on two adjacent stages at Pinebank Field, next to Jamaica Pond, in Jamaica Plain, on Saturday, Sept. 7, the free seven-hour concert will…

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The Next Draft: Brewery, taproom to open at Brookfield farm

BROOKFIELD — Over the last few years, the overgrowth of grass and weeds has vanished from Oakholm Farm, and people have returned to wander through its pastures and gardens or stroll along Quaboag Pond.Still a decades-old hay barn sits dark, dusty and empty. For now.In and around the old barn, Andrew Woodward has pictured his brewery…

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Everything I Learned About Sex, I Learned From Black ’90s Sitcoms

I’m old enough to know quite a lot about sex. I’m also young enough to still lucidly remember my introduction to it. It wasn’t elegant, romantic, or even textbook. It was pulled clumsily from sweet fantasies and uncomfortable realities, a collision of naive yearning and rude awakenings. I was always curious about sex as a…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES: Murder and mayhem in New England

Two new suspense novels set in New England woods grab our attention before we’ve had a chance to blink. Lee Child and Susan Oleksiw, both skilled authors who’ve committed multiple murders on the page, give us plenty of entertainment in time for long winter nights. Originally posted 2019-03-06 12:24:29. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Music: Lucero bringing Memphis rock to Boston

“In the beginning we didn’t expect to be here 20 years later, or, we expected to be rich and ruling the world,” said Ben Nichols, singer and guitarist for Lucero. “We’re somewhere in between – there’s no limos with hot tubs in them, alas, but we’ve found out it’s better without that stuff. The heart and…

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New book by Mendon native views Cuban missile crisis from 3 perspectives

From high altitude U-2 spy missions to tense White House negotiations, two area authors bring alive the drama of the Cuban missile crisis in an exciting new history that provides insightful lessons for today’s dangerous world.In “Above & Beyond,” authors Michael J. Tougias, of Mendon, and Casey Sherman, of Marshfield, provide a harrowing account of…

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Just the two of us

Fabiola Mendez’s fingers moved agilely and rapidly along the strings of her cuatro playing a happy folk song from her native Puerto Rico.It was just the two of us in a small office, seated directly across from each other. Strangers forced into an intimate setting.The music starts. My eyes are transfixed as I’m instantly drawn…

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Fenway in Boston offers world-class arts, food and, oh yes, the Sox too

Summer in the Fenway is about more than Game Day these days. Of course, the 2018 World Series champs’ ballpark is the neighborhood’s heart and nothing beats watching a game at Fenway Park: It’s pure Americana.But this much-changed, much-expanded area is sizzling with restaurants, arts and entertainment, too. Really, there’s so much to do in…

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Music: The sun is rising on singer/songwriter Sophie Auster

Sophie Auster seems to be poised for stardom, with the vocal ability of a jazz singer, the knack of writing music with the edginess of rock, yet the catchiness of pop and the sensuality of soul, and the look of a trend-setting fashion model. There are a spate of videos of her songs online where she…

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Robin Lane & the Chartbusters return with a career-spanning CD and a live show

There were a few years, in the early ’80s when, if you were lucky, you got to catch a show by Robin Lane & the Chartbusters who, during those heady times, put out a couple of studio albums and a live EP (all on Warner Bros.) that featured a fresh blend of pop-rock, a leaning…

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James McMurtry talks redneck relatives, cruise ships and a ‘hell of a learning curve’

James McMurtry fascinates me.He gives off an old stoic vibe, Gen X American Gothic.I discovered him a few years back with the brilliant “Choctaw Bingo” — do yourself a favor and YouTube it — and was hooked.McMurtry is writing about Woody Guthrie’s America in the 21st century, but with Townes Van Zandt’s attitude and John…

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SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Opera del West celebrates Bernstein’s 100th in a trio of shows

In 2006, Eve Budnick – then a vocal coach at University of Connecticut – and Rebecca Grimes – one of her students doing a doctorate there – realized that they were both making drives from their homes in MetroWest to school. They got to talking. They also shared an interest in opera, and over many…

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