ARTISTS Saturday, June 10

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THE A-BEEZ

11 AM - Noon

The A-Beez is Boston based music collective with its roots in soul, funk, and R&B. At its core are keyboardist Amy Bellamy and bassist Aaron Bellamy. The two began their musical collaboration in the early 2000’s as members of the Sam Kininger band (BMG Japan recording artists). This relationship would blossom, as they would go on to work as sidemen and studio/session musicians, backing up numerous artists including Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Terri Lyne Carrington, Elan Trotman, Martin Luther, Cody Chestnut, Ceelo Green and many more. In addition to touring nationally and internationally, Amy and Aaron are staples of the local Boston scene, hosting a long-standing (over 12 years and still running) residency at Boston’s renowned Wally’s Café and performing in clubs and venues throughout New England and the East coast. In the years to come they would co-write and compile a catalog of original material that would eventually culminate in the release of their debut album “Never Going Back” which was released in April 2015.

Though it can be loosely classified as “soul” The A-Beez have an eclectic and original sound which draws from the traditions of funk and R&B, and is heavily influenced by jazz as well as hip hop. You may detect hints of rock, country, and even classical if you listen closely. The lyrics are deeply personal and honest, the music grooves while remaining melodically elegant and full of subtle complexity. The production is pure and simple without the gloss and fakeness all too prevalent these days.

The A-Beez have been critically acclaimed as:

“…hard thumping bass grooves, on a mission to get every last body in motion”

“…(Amy Bellamy’s) perfectly placed phrasings

make the funk all the more delectable.”

“…the funkiest couple on the planet.”

The A-Beez showcase a variety of extraordinarily talented musicians in the live performances, making each show a unique experience. Vocalists Melissa Bolling, Nephtaliem McCrary hold down the front line while guitarist Wayne Jones and drummer Peter MacLean (Maceo Parker) hold down the rhythm section. WEBSITE


The Gringo Kings

THE GRINGO KINGS

12:15 - 1:15

The Gringo Kings is let by composer-saxophonist, Ed Harlow. Based in the greater Boston area since 1987, Harlow has toured the US, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, France and the Caribbean with groups such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. 

Harlow has also performed with notable artists such as Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Paquito D'Rivera and Lionel Loueke. Harlow has eight publications with Advance Music and has released two CDs as a leader. Harlow has worked with the Danilo Perez Foundation in Panama as a clinician and performer since 2014. 

The Gringo Kings in has been Harlow's main vehicle for creative composition, arrangement and performance since 2006. Consisting of five horns, piano, bass and drums, the Gringo Kings leaps from transformed covers to quirky originals with a nonchalance of hardened musical criminals. Soloists straddle the middle ground between predictability and the absurd. The band's musicians exist in a musical netherworld; neither small-group nor big-band. WEBSITE

Ed Harlow- tenor sax
Rick Stone - alto sax
Clayton DeWalt - trombone
Alex Lee-Clark - trumpet
Andrew McAnsh - trumpet
Fernando Huergo - bass
Mark Shilansky - piano
Austin McMahon - drums


FUGUE MILL

1:30 - 2:30

Fugue Mill weaves jazz through the fabric of Bluegrass, Celtic, and Classical music. Led by pianist Mark Shilansky, Fugue Mill creates a complex yet attractive blend of musical styles and traditions. Original group pieces are featured side by side with music by such composers as Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen, and Samuel Barber. Violin and mandolin augment the lineup, creating a transparent and vibrant palette of improvisation and counterpoint.  Members of the group combine their wide-ranging experience playing with such artists as Luciana Souza, Esperanza Spalding, Stevie Wonder, and Darol Anger into a musical melange that explores diverse idioms, linked through improvisation and groove.  Jon Garelick wrote in the Boston Globe: ““[Mark Shilansky’s "Fugue Mill" is]… an especially fresh and inventive jazz album.”  WEBSITE

Mark Shilansky - keyboards
Eric Byers - guitars
Ethan Setiawan - mandolin
Mark Poniatowski - bass
Mike Connors - drums
SPECIAL GUEST: Britt Connors voice & guitar


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THE BY & BY

3:45 - 4:45

Boston-based group The By & By offers a fresh approach to American Roots music. The trio summons electrifying stage performances that infuse the raw energy of gospel and blues and the plaintive cry of country music with a modern edge. Drawing on improvisational skills honed at New England Conservatory, where Leah Hennessy (vocals), Jacob Means (mandolin) and Brad Barrett (bass), met and formed The By & By in 2014, the group explores contemporary interpretations of traditional music ranging from Methodist hymnals, the Carter Family, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson, among others. The By & By’s music dances skillfully across time signatures while maintaining an allegiance to the groove, with Hennessy’s bluesy and jazz-inflected vocals anchoring the intricate counterpoint between Means' mandolin and Barrett's bass. The resulting sound, inventive and yet familiar, forges new territory for the American String Band tradition.

Leah Hennessy - voice
Jacob Means - mandolin
Brad Barret - bass


THE REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE

The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Leader Ken Field is a longtime member of the modern music ensemble Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

Their latest release, Live Snakes (Accurate 2014), was recorded in 2011 & 2013 in Boston, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, and documents four distinct incarnations of the ensemble, with two remixes by Field. With sold out CD release performances at Boston's Regattabar, at Barbes in NYC, and at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the CD broke into the top 10 on the CMJ jazz chart in its 2nd week out, and was an Editor's Pick in Downbeat Magazine.

The group's 2nd CD, Forked Tongue (2008), spent 2 months on the CMJ North American jazz top 20 chart, peaking at #11, and appeared on best-of-2008 lists in the Village Voice & in Estonia, plus in Georgia, Wisconsin, Kansas, Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, and NY. The disc features unique treatments of music by Field, Ornette Coleman, Billy Idol, and others.

Notable Revolutionary Snake Ensemble performances have included the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade (New Orleans); Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Festival of Redentore (Venice, Italy); UFO Festival (Roswell, NM); Tonic (NYC); the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Puffin Cultural Forum; Tipitina's (New Orleans); Berklee Performance Center; the Somerville Theater; First Nights Boston, Providence, Fall River; the Cambridge River Festival; ArtBeat; the Central Square World's Fair; and other venues.

From 2005-2009 the Snake Ensemble traveled by train five times from Boston to New Orleans, playing on board the Amtrak Crescent, to march with the Krewe of Muses in their annual Mardi Gras parade. The Ensemble can be heard on Parade of Numbers, an animated counting piece regularly aired on the television program Sesame Street.

RSE's debut release, Year of the Snake (2003), included music by Field, Sun Ra, John Scofield, James Brown, and others, and was listed as one of the top discs of the year on New York NPR affiliate WNYC, in the New Orleans Gambit Weekly, and on Radio Popolare in Milan, Italy. WEBSITE

Ken Field - alto sax & leader
Tom Hall - tenor sax
Dave Harris - trombone
Blake Newman - bass
Phil Neighbors - drums
Matt Williams - drums


Performance Schedule:

10:00 Newton South Combo
11:00 The A-Beez
12:15 The Gringo Kings
1:30 Fugue Mill
2:45 Lexington High School Jazz Combo
3:45 The By & By
4:45 Revolutionary Snake Ensemble