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The Sweetback Sisters Christmas Spectacular

“Americana darlings with a roadhouse edge” (NPR). Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to the Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models.

Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wring, albeit with a contemporary sensibility.

Event Date: 
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 20:00

Catie Curtis Christmas Show

The Boston-area folk music scene is a vibrant one, boasting a variety of diverse artists. But if pressed to name the region's defining musician, it would have to be singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, who has called it home for nearly all of her twenty-year music career. Since the release of her last album in 2009, Curtis has toured extensively, playing a number of diverse venues ranging from Chicago's legendary Old Town School of Folk Music to the White House.

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/08/2013 - 17:00
Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:00

Lucy Kaplansky

Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song sound fresh, whether singing her own sweet originals, covering country classics by June Carter Cash and Gram Parsons or singing pop favorites by Lennon/McCartney and Nick Lowe. Lucy’s iconic voice has has been featured in film and on television, including commercials like Chevrolet’s iconic “Heartbeat of America” jingle.

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/07/2013 - 17:00
Sat, 12/07/2013 - 20:00

Erin McKeown's Anti-Holiday Spectacular

Tired of holiday hype? Gritting your teeth until New Year's Eve? Erin McKeown is too. Join her as she puts on a good-old-fashioned Anti-Holiday Spectacular. The Spectacular will be a wondrous afternoon of glittery schmaltz and creepy magic, complete with profanity, irreverance, and bad holiday sweaters.

Joined by Special Guests and an enormous chorus of Cranky Carolers, Erin will perform the entirety of her Anti-Holiday Album, "F*ck That!". Hide your children! Sing along!

Tickets: $20, members $18

Event Date: 
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 19:00
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 21:30

Jeffrey Foucault

Jeffrey Foucault was born and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, in a small college town in the middle of farm country. After finishing high school he settled at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where, after two years, he realized that he didn’t know how to do anything useful. He quit school, moved home, got work as a farmhand and house carpenter, and began writing songs. Eventually he returned to school and took his degree in History, dividing his time between the local tavern and whatever book he could lay his hands on, fishing and writing and driving a snowplow for the University.

Event Date: 
Thu, 12/05/2013 - 19:00
Thu, 12/05/2013 - 21:30

Declan O'Rourke

"He writes the sort of classic songs that people don’t write anymore, songs that sound like they’ve been around forever […] Listen to ‘Galileo’, which is possibly the greatest song written in the last 30 years.”  - (Paul Weller, Mojo Magazine).

Event Date: 
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 20:00

Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss, Jean Rohe opens

Michigan born percussive-dancer, Nic Gareiss and Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while both teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Camp in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies'.

Event Date: 
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 20:00


Stella!, a four-piece, all-women, American roots band from Detroit, Michigan, has been referred to as a singer-songwriter super group with three-part vocal harmonies and four songwriter voices. Stella! was first conceived of by singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere after a conversation with American music critic and Creem Magazine co-founder Dave Marsh. Jo was inspired to put together a new group where she could specifically showcase her country-roots songwriting.

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/01/2013 - 20:00

Joe Walsh, Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, and Karl Doty

Joe Walsh is a musician who legendary fiddler Darol Anger called “one of my favorite musicians on earth.” Recognized as one of the foremost contemporary mandolinists, Joe has also won acclaim and affection for his vocals and his talents on a number of other instruments, including guitar and octave mandolin.

Event Date: 
Sun, 12/01/2013 - 16:30

A Christmas Carol 2013

New Bedford’s favorite holiday tradition, the wildly popular national touring musical production of A Christmas Carol returns to The Z stage. It’s a time when little girls in velvet dresses and patent leather shoes, little boys with bow ties, and their families come together to experience the wonder and magic of the season.

Everyone loves this lavishly costumed tale of a soul lost and found featuring the stingiest man alive, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the Cratchit Family! Audio/Video Clips

Event Date: 
Sat, 12/14/2013 - 14:00
Sat, 12/14/2013 - 19:00


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