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World-jazz Ensemble Natraj

“Natraj... playfully intricate... Indian rhythms; hard-driving African grooves; sure-fingered, nuanced tabla; fluid, soaring violin; and emotive raga-based soprano saxophone.” extols India New England. From Boston to Toronto, and Mumbai to Ghana, Natraj has delighted listeners since 1987. Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style.

Event Date: 
Sat, 04/06/2013 - 16:00

The Greg Hopkins Quintet ***CANCELLED***


Greg Hopkins -- Trumpet
Shannon LeClaire -- Alto Sax
Tim Ray -- Piano
John Lockwood--Bass
Joe Hunt -- Drums

$10 Cover

Event Date: 
Tue, 03/19/2013 - 19:30

The Saturdays - Contemporary Folk, Bluegrass and Acoustic music!

The Saturdays, a musical group that blends folk, bluegrass, rock and the blues, will be playing original arrangements of contemporary and traditional favorites. The group features strong lead and harmony vocals, guitar, dobro, mandolin, and percussion to present a tight and eclectic sound.

The Garden, in collaboration with Indian Hill, brings talented musicians and dancers to perform in this monthly series.

Event Date: 
Sun, 03/24/2013 - 15:00


Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 11:00am

PETER TRACHTENBERG is a writer and Assistant Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh. His latest book is titled ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION: ON THE LOVE OF CATS AND PERSONS is a singular memoir that looks at his odd but intense relationships with felines and humans through the years. This is a work of non-fiction, though “still the facts in this book vary in their density.” This book wanders effortlessly from a discussion of blinking at cats to an intense interpretation of Masaccio’s “The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From the Garden of Eden “.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 3:00pm

Eva Tanguay was the Madonna or Lady Gaga of her day. She was the undisputed queen of the vaudeville stage. Her energetic and saucy act inspired writers to call her “the cyclonic comedienne”. She headlined at every venue and wowed every crowd. But suddenly she was no longer in demand and she had a long and sad decline. Tonight we talk with writer and researcher ANDREW L. ERDMAN about his wonderful biography of the QUEEN OF VAUDEVILLE: THE STORY OF EVA TANGUAY. 

The Starlight Jazz Jam

Every Sunday from 7:30-10:30. This more professional-level jam was designed for jazz musicians who enjoy playing a large number of different charts with facility.

In this jam, the house band calls the tunes, and participants are welcome to sit in.

7:30-8:30 concert by the house band, followed by jamming.

With rotating hosts:

1st Sunday: drummer Brooke Sofferman
2nd Sunday: pianist John Funkhouser
3rd: pianist Phill Argyris...

Tickets: $5

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:30
Sun, 04/14/2013 - 19:30
Sun, 04/21/2013 - 19:30
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 19:30

The Sunset Jazz Jam

Every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Beginning with a jazz concert by the host band, then open to sign-ups of all levels until 7 p.m.

With rotating hosts:

1st Sunday/ guitarist Steve Berke
2nd Sunday/ pianist Molly Flannery
3rd/ guitarist Michael Chasse
4th/ vocalist Wendy Nottonson
5th/ vocalist Joan Watson-Jones

Tickets: $5

Event Date: 
Sun, 04/07/2013 - 16:00
Sun, 04/14/2013 - 16:00
Sun, 04/21/2013 - 16:00
Sun, 04/28/2013 - 16:00

The Blues Jam!

An Acton institution for 15 years, the blues jam is every Thursday night at 8 p.m., beginning with a concert by the house band and then turning into a jam and dance party from 9-midnight.

with rotating hosts:

1st Thursday: guitarist Tom Yates
2nd: harmonicist/ vocalist Pat "Hatrack" Gallagher
3rd: guitarist Herb "Air Bear" Hirsch
4th: drummer Michael Avery and bassist Jim Guttmann...

Tickets: $5

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 20:00
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 20:00
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 20:00
Thu, 04/25/2013 - 20:00

The Gwenn Vivian Approach

This is cafe co-owner/ manager/ vocalist Gwenn Vivian's own longterm jazz project. A modern approach to standards and new standards. Every Thursday night at dinner 6:30-7:45 (before the Blues Jam!)

Molly Flannery/ piano and co-vocals (
Bill McCormack/ bass
Miki Matsuki/ drums

Tickets: $5

Event Date: 
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 18:30
Thu, 04/11/2013 - 18:30
Thu, 04/18/2013 - 18:30
Thu, 04/25/2013 - 18:30

The Jerry Bergonzi Quartet

Legendary world-renowned saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi is here every Wednesday night, unless he is on the road, in which case he hand-picks his own subs from a roster of talent.

Jery Bergonzi/ sax
Phil Grenadier/ trumpet
Bruce Gertz/ bass
Austin Mcmahon/ drums

Tickets: $7.50

Event Date: 
Wed, 04/03/2013 - 21:00
Wed, 04/10/2013 - 21:00
Wed, 04/17/2013 - 21:00
Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:00


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