Harmonies let Banded Starling really fly at The Bebop

Close to a decade before they formed the acoustic guitar- and vocal harmony-driven duet Banded Starling, Priscilla Bel and Pete Wason were members of a church band in their home state of New Hampshire. She was a singer and he was a drummer. They were around the same age, had mutual friends, would bump into…

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Big Something keeps on groovin’

Although they hail from Burlington, North Carolina, there is surely no moss growing on the Big Something.   The independent rock/funk/jazz band is completing a year of touring, while also celebrating their fifth studio album, which is their sixth overall. The sextet’s nearly two-hour show at Brighton Music Hall in Boston on Thursday night was…

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Here we go again: Broadway’s Mansfield returns to her roots with North Shore’s ‘Mamma Mia!’

With NSMT’s ‘Mamma Mia!,’ Broadway’s Erica Mansfield returns to the show that started her career — but in a big new role. Originally posted 2018-08-21 19:23:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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LISTEN: The Wicked Kitchen Witches welcome Frank Imbergamo

For their second episode, the Wicked Kitchen Witches had a very special guest join them in the studio: Frank Imbergamo, a local celebrity chef who won a Food Network meatball contest with Emeril Lagasse.And he even brought with him some meatballs to share with them. While you may not be able to taste the goodness,…

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THE BEER NUT: Lord Hobo to open taproom this week, Smuttynose gets hazy

Boom! It’s almost time to get some Boomsauce on draft at the source.Lord Hobo Brewing Company founder Daniel Lanigan announced that Lord Hobo Brewing Company is expected to reopen its 5 Draper St., Woburn, taproom this week after a major renovation.The new taproom will have seating for more than 150 people, and will serve food…

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Country strong: Kenny Chesney – and friends – host a bash at Gillette

 Nobody said Kenny Chesney wasn’t energetic. Bobbing around on stage Friday night, the 50-year-old’s age didn’t show as he clapped, screamed and skipped from one side of the stage to the other. While his energy fed into the crowd and his band jammed to some of the biggest hits of the genre, one thing did suffer:…

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Fast-growing 110 Grill restaurant chain bucks industry trend

The flashy copper awning of 110 Grill has become increasingly difficult to miss in Massachusetts, as the “upscale casual” restaurant chain continues to open new locations at a rapid pace. Originally posted 2018-09-01 00:19:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Parker Quartet to perform at Summer Star in Boylston Aug. 5

“I think it’s a celebration of summer,” violinist Ken Hamao says. “The Tchaikovsky’s got a kind of warm exuberance, right from the opening – it’s almost like a chorale. And everyone knows the Borodin from the beautiful melodies.”Hamao is talking about the Parker Quartet’s upcoming program – Tchaikovsky’s first quartet, and Borodin’s second – in…

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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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Music: Vibraphone virtuoso Joe Locke touring new album in Boston

Jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke tackles big concepts with his music, so it’s not surprising that he describes his latest work, “Subtle Disguise,” as the “total expression of who I am as a musician and human being.” It also probably unavoidable that such an admittedly autobiographical concept would also touch upon life in America in 2018.Those…

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Music: Marcia Ball still shines bright

Earlier this year the Texas state Legislature voted Marcia Ball the official 2018 Texas State Musician and in October she’ll be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame along with Los Lobos and Ray Charles. It is heady stuff, but it’s not like she’s an overnight sensation as Ball is also celebrating her 50th…

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NORTH SHORE BOOK NOTES:

A new Tana French novel is cause for celebration and “The Witch Elm” is 509 pages of delicious reading. French outsmarts at every twist. She sets scenes and instills moods in beautiful sentences you want to linger over. Best of all, she gives her characters, each with his or her unique point of view, the…

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Singer Didi Stewart takes another musical turn at the Lilypad

It’s difficult to keep track of the kinds of music Didi Stewart has been singing throughout different phases of her career. When the New Jersey native first arrived in Boston – after convincing her parents that she was going to attend Berklee College (she only lasted a semester before quitting to join a band ……

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Music: Lucinda Williams sill cruising 20 years after ‘Car Wheels’

It’s impossible to overstate the impact of Lucinda Williams’ 1998 album “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.” That’s the record that finally allowed her to break through to a wider audience, and it is often cited as the album that more or less established the Americana category. It also would win Williams a Grammy for…

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New book gives voice to the ‘strong women of Southie’

At a time when women are speaking up about painful, personal experiences, the book “Women of Southie” is particularly timely.Subtitled “Finding Resilience During Whitey Bulger’s Infamous Reign,” the book is the story of six South Boston women whose lives were shaped by varying combinations of abuse as children and adults, drug addiction, and the loss…

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