Friday, July 08, 2011

FRI 7/8: "Free Fun", Film, Music

For those of you who like The Luxury, they're playing their last shows for a while (ever?) tonight & tomorrow. The advance price is $10, so I'm mentioning it, and it was on the calendar -- where there is Saturday & Sunday cheapness.


FRI 7/8

Various Times
"Free Fun Fridays"
at Various Locations

This week:

Plimoth Plantation
Worcester Art Museum
Cape Cod Museum Of Art (Dennis)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Back Bay)
The nearest free activity is the Genealogical Society where they're doing 20-minute sessions throughout the day about their history & resources and the basics of researching your family tree. NEHGS people will also be available for free 10 minute consultations.

There is plenty of more Free Friday Fun during the summer.

FRI 7/8

7:30pm to 10pm
"Somerville in Shorts": Outdoor Film
at Union Sq Plaza, Somerville (nexus of Somerville Ave, Washington St , Bow St)

Feat: Kristen Ford Band (7:30pm)

If you haven't seen films in Union Square before, I posted some photos from this event when it happened in 2009.

As in the past, the Somerville Arts Council & Somerville Community Access TV partner to present a variety of shorts -- animated and live-action, abstract and narrative, funny and contemplative.

Really, they're mostly funny/amusing. (And the production value was rather high.)

Tonight is also dedicated to local animator/filmmaker Karen Aqua who died recently. She was well-loved by many, and at least one of her shorts screened last time.

Do yourself a favor and get there on time to see the Kristen Ford Band play some fun, uptempo rock. Kristen Ford is a young, dedicated songwriter. Maybe my predictions don't have a great record, but I wouldn't be surprised if you keep hearing her music.

Rain Date: SAT 7/9 (Maybe Facebook is a good place to look for updates.)

FRI 7/8

Coyote Kolb, The Silks, Mr. Sister, Audrey Ryan
at Milky Way Lounge / Bella Luna, 284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain (The Brewery Complex)

All these bands get big thumbs up from me, and it seems like a good progression in the lineup that I like to see. I've got to think that Coyote Kolb's fuzzed-out, hard-hitting alt-country will be the final act. When I fondly think of bluesy rock 'n roll, it often sounds like The Silks who make a retro rockabilly/blues approach sound vital.

Whether Mr. Sister or Audrey Ryan goes on first, you've either got some fantastic folky-rock with distinct voices. If you haven't experienced Audrey Ryan's looped one-person band before, I really dig it; and it fits well with her often-quirky tunes.

FRI 7/8

The Grownup Noise, Project Blue Book, Blisses B
at Johnny D's, 17 Holland St, Somerville (Davis Sq)

There an array of approaches between these bands -- but I think if you already like one of them, you probably are open to getting into the others.

I listened to The Grownup Noise's new stuff earlier this year, and I still think it's some of the best I've heard this year. There's a lot of cool things going on, and they put it together in a seamless way that just rocks.

Blisses B from SF put a lot of influences together for a tasty indie-pop thing. And Project Blue Book play in a funky jam-rock vein that doesn't seem to get to wanky-spacey.

Take a chance. (Chances are good.)

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