Thursday, June 04, 2009

THUR 6/4: Bevs, Art, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Funk, Blues

There's a bunch of good stuff happening. I tried to whittle it down to a decent variety of the best options.


THUR 6/4

5pm - Mercury Brewing: Beer Tasting
6pm - Emeri de Bortoli: Wine Tasting
at Downtown Wine & Spirits, 225 Elm St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

If you're going to be in Davis Square tonight and need to buy some booze, you can sample some beers from Mercury Brewing (maker of Ipswich Ale) and a few sparkling wines from Australia.

THUR 6/4

6pm to 8pm
"First Thursdays"
around Centre St and South St, Jamaica Plain

For JP residents, it's another reason to stroll down Centre Street. For others, it's not so hard to take the Orange Line to Stony Brook or Green St for some casual art and music. Up and down Centre St, everyone is welcome to look around in stores at more then the merchandise.

I'm not sure when the music starts, but there are a couple jazz groups and a pop/rock duo (Update: one more band added) at various locations:

John Frazee Organ Trio -- at J.P. Licks, 659 Centre St
Bitches Brew -- at Mt Washington Bank, 515 Centre St
Bird Mancini -- at Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St
Christians & Lions (prob 7pm) -- at Boomerangs, 716 Centre St
There's an "artisan fair" on the lawn of the Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St) featuring members of Boston Handmade, and a poetry reading should start around 6pm at First Baptist Church Trailer (633 Centre St).

See some art. Hear some music. Maybe support an artisan. Maybe have an ice cream. There are similar events in July and August.

THUR 6/4

Starnes&Shah (8:15pm), The Bella Birds (7pm)
at Lily Pad, 1353 Cambridge St, Cambridge (Inman Sq)
$5 suggested donation

Update: I've been told that "Shah" is too sick to perform tonight. The Bella Birds will still play, and "Starnes" will be there with homemade cupcakes.

Starnes&Shah are a welcome arrival on the music scene; when a really good band moves between Boston and New York, they're usually heading south. In this case, we have two new voices that sound so good together. Starnes&Shah dance splendidly on the fence between folky-rock and rockish-folk, but it doesn't matter with great lyrics and melodies. S&S have been joined by a local bassist and drummer, and the acoustics are great at the Lily Pad.

The Bella Birds are eerily well-matched as another folky duo with sweet harmonies who met at college and who've added collaborators along the way.

THUR 6/4

The Macrotones vs. Cancer
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

If you didn't catch Budos Band on Saturday, check out Boston's awesome Afro-funk 11-piece ensemble. The keyboardist sometimes plays their CD at a liquor store I occasionally patronize, so I've been casually digging their stuff for a while.

While not an actual cage match against the disease, this is a fundraiser for Aaron the drummer who is riding in the Pan Mass Challenge to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Bring a few extra bucks for raffles for pairs of Red Sox tickets, gift baskets, a sailboat cruise, etc.

THUR 6/4

Lemuria, Serious Geniuses, Movers & Shakers, Bread & Roses
at Great Scott, 1222 Comm Ave, Allston
$7 / 18+

Good news: All four bands at this show rock. Bad news: It's the last show for The Serious Geniuses and the penultimate Bread & Roses gig. Perhap the best news is that Lemuria is back in town with their ear-friendly brand of driving, fuzzy rock; a little bit like Husker Du with melodic female vocals. Movers & Shakers serve up a kick-ass brew of punky rock that pulls flavors from a tasty variety of genres.

THUR 6/4

Erin Harpe
at House of Blues Restaurant, 15 Lansdowne St, Boston
FREE / All Ages

I'm a little bit confused about this gig, since I've only been in the main 'concert room' at the new HOB. TV On The Radio is playing on the main stage tonight, but Erin Harpe is doing two sets in the 'restaurant'. I don't imagine they're doing too much dinner business at 10pm, but apparently there's no cover to hear some amazing acoustic delta blues.

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