Thursday, June 17, 2010

THUR 6/17: Beer, Trees, Bunker Hill, Music

Happy Bunker Hill Day!

If you work near the Pru, you could walk through Boylston Plaza between 11:30am to 1:30pm today and get a free bottle of Snapple. (Remember when Snapple was the hottest thing around?)

Like I said on previous days, there's plenty of other Boston Beer Week happenings -- I happen to like the free tastings, such as the two below...

There's also a couple participatory events in JP tonight, if you want to get some creative writing guidance or help prepare for the Forest Hills Lantern Parade.

Go, Celtics!


THUR 6/17

Meet the Peak Organic Brewer: Beer Tasting
at Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge (near Inman & Kendall Sq)
FREE / 21+

I'm not sure if I've drank anything other than their IPA, but why not support an organic beer -- as long as it tastes good...

Stick around... Have a couple pints... Talk to the Peak people...

If you stick around, the Dennis Brennan Quatro is rocking out at 10pm. The cover is $5, but this is the kind of place that'll let you stay if you've been drinking there for 4 hours...

THUR 6/17

6:30pm to 8pm
David Allen Sibley, "The Sibley Guide to Trees": Book Signing Party
at Liberty Hotel, Ebersol Suite, 215 Charles St, Boston (Beacon Hill)

Are there any birdwatchers out there? The modern master of bird-guides has zooms out a bit and notices the trees. A portion of the proceeds from book sales (other Sibley Guides will also be available) will benefit the Friends of the Public Garden.

There'll be a cash bar, and hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary glass of wine will be offered to all attendees. Dress is casual.
RSVP recommended. Contact Mark Duffield via email or at 617-227-4646

They say the Ebersol Suite has a beautiful view of the city...

THUR 6/17

7pm to 8pm
Thomas Fleming, "Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill": Discussion & Signing
at Harvard Coop, Level 3, 1400 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Harvard Sq)

Historian and author Thomas Fleming wrote the essential Battle of Bunker Hill book fifty years ago, and it has been reissued. After a Bunker Hill Day ceremony in the morning, he heads to Harvard Square to discuss his first book and sign some copies on the 235th anniversary.

(Sorry, folks. The parade was on Sunday.)

THUR 6/17

Melvern Taylor & His Fabulous Meltones

Fred The Donkey

at Toad, 1912 Mass Ave, Cambridge (Porter Sq)

Any night is a good night to hear free live music at Toad. This is one of the better nights with the breezy, old-time acoustic swing of Melvern Taylor's ukulele and the Meltones chugging along.

The good times and tunes continue later. I've probably mentioned the Apollo Sunshine connection every time Bell & The Bees play, but down-to-earth multi-instrumentalist Jesse Gallagher is difficult to ignore along with the rich voice of Sue Bell. Fred the Donkey is another Jesse project where he plays old jazz & country tunes in a trio with his dad on second guitar.

THUR 6/17

7:30pm to 9pm
Open House / Tour
at Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston (Seaport)
FREE / 21+

I went last night, and it was as good as I hoped it would be. The beer was flowing, and I took the tour where you get most of the similar brewing background that you hear on any brewery visit. The cool part was that you were walking through their real, working operation.

I think I was on the second tour which probablt started at 8pm, and "last call" was fairly close to 9pm.

THUR 6/17

Little Big (10:50pm), Butterknife (9:55pm), Sodafrog (9pm), Davina Yannetty (8:40pm)
at TT the Bear's Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge (Central Sq)

Being an Iranian indie-rock band who fled to America is a good angle, but I read that Hypernova won't be able to make it tonight (so I photoshopped their name out of the flyer above). It might start later, but I'm leaving the times as I saw them. (I think it's a better balanced show without the fifth act.)

For a little bit of the punky pop sound, Little Big is an aptly named duo with a tall bassist and a much shorter female singer who must have been too crowded in their last band which was a trio. It's fun catchy stuff that's probably backed with a laptop. The guy used to play bass with Butterknife who are celebrating their CD release, and it sounds really good in a jangly-and-punchy way.

Sodafrog has usually been a solo project for Tom Janovitz, but his delicate, well-honed Americana may be backed by a band; perhaps from his CD release show a couple months ago.

I first heard Davina Yannetty in the East Boston Make-Out Club Band, and she's still rocking the ukulele while creating wonderfully witty tunes and probably pulling out surprise cover tune. Get there early, and you'll be won over.

THUR 6/17

Hey Mama
at Precinct, 70 Union Sq, Somerville (Union Sq)

I said it last week, I'll say it again: When you're looking bluesy, rootsy, stick-your-finger-in-electrical-socket, get-off-your-butt rock 'n roll, it's difficult to do better than two big scoops of Hey Mama.

For tonight's first set, they're going acoustic and will be joined by another guitarist as well as a mandolinist and banjo player for a bit o' bluegrass twist.

I'm planning to be there, so if you can find me and give me a high-five I will probably buy you a (domestic) beer. If you can't make it, they are playing next Thursday too.

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