Sunday, March 07, 2010

SUN 3/7: AfroBeat & Folk

Ah, what a great weekend for being outside. I hope your having a good time.

My "Best Picture" pick: "The Hurt Locker", which was shown early on at the Harvard Film Archive with the director for $10...


SUN 3/7

2:30pm & 7:30pm
Afrobeat Hope for Haiti Concert
at Middle East - Downstairs, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Central Sq)
$10 minimum donation / 18+

Feat: Mamadou, Balla Tounkara, Shokazoba, The Macrotones, Boubacar Diabate w/ SambaLolo, Lecks Get It On, more

2:30pm -- Family-style show
7:30pm -- 18+
It was listed on the Middle East site this week, but I hate to admit that I couldn't find much info except on Facebook. It was even difficult to find a website for the African Community of Cambridge who is organizing this fundraiser for Haiti.

I don't know how different the shows will be, but it's a great line-up of funky Afrobeat as well as some hip-hop. Some are from the Continent, and some are American lovers of funk.

SUN 3/7

Jeffrey Foucault
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)
$10 / 21+

Foucault is a splendid folk singer and guitarist that has received accolades from scores of major publications like the NY Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, No Depression, Acoustic Guitar magazine, and this one from the Chicago Sun-Times sums up their opinions:
Jeffrey Foucault incorporates the best of the Americana, alt-country and roots-rock genres into his third solo album... Those who recall Bruce Springsteen in the pre-"Born to Run" days will hear echoes of the Boss... as well as the best of the Texas troubadours, including Joe Ely and Butch Hancock. But there's nothing derivative about Foucault's haunting allusions... Musically, Foucault has created a harmonious minimalist sound that's driven by his acoustic strumming and the economical Mark Knopfler-style electric fretwork of veteran Iowa guitarist Bo Ramsey...
This is definitely "sit quietly and listen" music. He must be well-regarded, because the usually free Atwoods is charging a cover...

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