Kerri Powers grew up listening to Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Tammy Wynette, and Merle Haggard. She took guitar lessons alongside her father when she was 9 and gravitated to the edgier sound of blues and soul. You might put her in the company of Lucinda Williams or Karen Dalton. She got her start in local coffeehouses in and around southeastern MA. She continued writing and performing sporadically after marrying and having her son. But she decided to prioritize family at that time.
Nathan Day – guitar & vocals
Bart Holcomb – bass
Pat MacDonald – mandolin & vocals
Steve Bacher – banjo & vocals
Colin Hickey -Schiappa – fiddle
New, local bluegrass band Hesitant Squirrel plays a mix of traditional bluegrass music and fiddle tunes, songs from other genres played in the bluegrass style, as well as some original bluegrass tunes. First appearance at The Buttonwood Tree!
If Shannon Whitworth’s first two albums were cross-country treks, High Tide is a trans-Atlantic voyage. Leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding songstress behind, Whitworth’s new adventure steers into waters both familiar and refreshingly new, Gibson SG in hand.
Rabbit in the Rye is a collection of bittersweet fables and genuine storytelling. Allegory and honesty. Carefully crafted as if at a moments notice it could break. Deliberately fragile and traditionally progressive. Stark movement and all-enveloping fantastic realism. Poeticism. Romanticism. Rapturous walls of sound, yet sweet and somber waltzes. The creation and breaking of tension, dynamic and linear in composition.
Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica “Boston’s 2012 Best World Music Act”
Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny, and John Adams, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica—as a vibraphone quartet—performs global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill, the group also features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Shane Shanahan), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis).
CROSS PATHS WITH THE ARK: SPOKEN WORD & JAZZ IMPROV TO GET YOU OUT THERE AND BRING YOU BACK
Gaslight Arkestra lists as musical influences the “Bitches Brew” era of Miles Davis, the more avant-garde years of John Coltrane, the funk jams of Medeski, Martin & Wood, the experimentations of John Zorn, and, by virtue of the “Arkestra,” the explorations of Sun Ra. Founded in 2008 by drummer Jay Wood and keyboardist Matt Bister, the band also features Dave Parsons, guitar, Dennis Martinez, bass, and Trek Perry-Culbreath, saxophone.