Arts & Culture

Bill Morrissey at One Longfellow Square

Bill Morrissey at One Longfellow Square

Bill Morrissey at One Longfellow Square

Saturday, June 25, 2011   8:00 PM



Bill Morrissey's astute lyrical gifts and graceful, understated melodies have put him on festival stages across the world; into theatres, concert halls, and coffeehouses, and have earned him two Grammy nominations. 
($15 adv/$18 door, 8pm) 
Sorcha opens!

 

Bill Morrissey has created as impressive a body of work as any songwriter today, a collection of finely-honed songs that match his economy of lyric and melody with a writer’s gift for storytelling. His empathetic knack for capturing the harshness and small sadness of the characters in his songs is tempered by his wry sense of humor, such that many of his songs leave the listener with a smile.

The THE BAND Band at One Longfellow Square

The THE BAND Band at One Longfellow Square

 

 

The THE BAND Band at One Longfellow Square

Friday, June 24, 2011   8:00 PM


The mission of The THE BAND Band is to present the music of The Band in a manner true to its original style and form, evoking the sound and the spirit of their live performances!  ($20 adv/$23 door)

 

The mission of The THE BAND Band is to present the music of The Band in a manner true to its original style and form, evoking the sound and the spirit of t

The Deadly Gentlemen at One Longfellow Square

The Deadly Gentlemen at One Longfellow Square

The Deadly Gentlemen at One Longfellow Square

Thursday, June 23, 2011   8:00 PM

 

We’re the Deadly Gentlemen. What would you like to know? We started out a couple years ago as an experimental spoken word bluegrass band, but we’ve changed the game plan this time around. Now we mostly play epic folk and grasscore. We have a brand new, unreleased CD called Carry Me To Home. 

The Deadly Gentlemen (l to r): Mike Barnett, Dominick Leslie, Sam Grisman, Stash Wyslouch, and Greg Liszt. There are five band members: Greg Liszt, banjo and vocals; Stash Wyslouch, guitar and vocals; Mike Barnett, fiddle and vocals; Dominick Leslie, mandolin and vocals; and Sam Grisman, double bass and vocals. 

Instead of having a lead singer, we use a nonstop orchestration of somewhat unconventional vocals, with everybody in the band doing everything they can.

The Johnny Childs Band at One Longfellow Square

The Johnny Childs Band at One Longfellow Square

What makes for a great bluesman? What is that special formula; the blend of factors that elevates the average blues player to above average greatness? Is it talent? Is it soul? What about life experience, hunger and determination? The fact of the matter is that a combination of any of these qualities has the ability to result in some fine blues music, but what about those rare occasions when all of these qualities come together in one artist? Well, if you’re looking for a contemporary example, you need not look any further than Johnny Childs.

Childs spent almost a decade making a fascinating documentary that chronicled his life and his struggle to obtain a record deal. It is called THE JUNKMAN'S SON and The American Blues News had the great fortune of reviewing an early cut of it last year, when it was titled BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE.

The Duke Robillard Band at One Longfellow Square

The Duke Robillard Band at One Longfellow Square

 

The Duke Robillard Band at One Longfellow Square Saturday, June 18, 2011   8:00 PM

($20 adv/$23 door)

 

Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues, in all its forms and permutations. And every one of those names has shared recording studio space or stage time with a man who is a legend in the blues community.


The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award!

Movies: "Midnight in Paris"

Movies:  "Midnight in Paris"

 

For movie lovers, here’s a charming little palate cleanser between the main courses of summer blockbusters.  No alien invaders, no explosions, no gunplay -- just a romantic trip to the Paris of today and yesterday, courtesy of writer/director Woody Allen.

 

I have to tell you that I had pretty much given up on the Woodman in recent years.  His later movies seemed too whiny, too obsessed with toffee-nosed Brits (“Match Point” looked like it was shot through the window of a Ralph Lauren boutique), too misanthropic.  And let’s face it, Woody’s private life was nothing to write home about.

 

Picture Perfect Portland

Picture Perfect Portland

The sun will come out tomor... Thursday!, but I thought it would be nice to brighten your day with this photo I took on Friday of Congress Square from the WCSH6 Weather Deck! My new found favorite photo editing tool is Instagram! I highly recommend you download it because it is a lot of fun!