Thursday October 19, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Crossroads Presents: Peter Wolf. All Ages, Reserved seats. Doors at 6:45pm; live show at 7:30pm.
A Cure for Loneliness manifests the same vibrant passion for music that's motivated Peter Wolf for most of his life. Growing up in an artistic, politically engaged family in the Bronx, he became an early rock 'n' roll convert after attending an Alan Freed rock 'n' roll revue that included performances by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Frankie Lymon. His thirst for new and old sounds drove him to exploring blues, soul, country, folk and jazz, inspiring weekly visits to Harlem's Apollo Theatre and leading to acquaintances with many of the music's surviving originators.
Wolf's talent as a painter won him a grant to study at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. While a student there, he experienced a life-changing epiphany after jumping on stage to sing with a blues band at a loft party. He soon talked himself into membership in that band, The Hallucinations.
"I didn't join a band to meet girls," Wolf recalls. "I joined my first band to meet musicians. Painting was a fascination for me, but I was a music fanatic, and sitting in with that band was a born-again type of experience for me. I was transfixed, and myself and some of the guys in the band would check out performances by the musicians we admired so much, like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker and John Coltrane and Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers. Those roots stayed with me."
Wolf's natural loquaciousness won him a job as an all-night DJ on the fledgling FM rock station WBCN. Adopting the persona of "the Woofa Goofa," he spun raw rock 'n' roll and rhythm 'n' blues, channeling the spirit of the flashy, fast-talking DJs he'd grown up listening to.
Wolf's encyclopedic musical knowledge came in handy when he and some like-minded Boston players formed the J. Geils Band, much of whose early repertoire was drawn from Wolf's vast record collection. The band soon became a local favorite injecting a much-needed jolt of raw, uninhibited rock 'n' roll into the '70s scene and was soon signed by Jerry Wexler for Atlantic Records. Between 1970 and 1983, the J. Geils Band released 13 influential albums, topped the pop single charts with 1981's “Freeze Frame,” “Love Stinks,” "Centerfold," and earned a reputation as one of rock's most exciting live acts, thanks in large part to Wolf's flamboyant, hyperactive stage presence.
After going solo with 1984's Lights Out, Wolf continued to stake out new musical territory with the subsequent releases Lights Out, Come As You Are, Up to No Good, Long Line, Fool's Parade, Sleepless and Midnight Souvenirs. His solo work has seen him collaborate with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Merle Haggard, John Lee Hooker, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Little Milton, Wilson Pickett, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. Wolf temporarily reunited with his J. Geils Band cohorts for live shows on several occasions between 1999 and 2015, but his solo career has remained his creative focus, as A Cure for Loneliness makes clear.
Saturday October 21, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Crossroads Presents: VANCE JOY - Lay It On Me Tour - All Ages, Reserved seats. Doors at 6:45pm; live show at 7:30pm.Buy TicketsMore Info
Julien Baker with Half Waif and Petal (solo)
Saturday October 28, 2017 @ 8pm
Bowery Boston presents Julien Baker with Half Waif. Doors at 7:15 and show at 8pm. All Ages, all seats RESERVED.
Sometimes, things just seem to happen for a reason. The pieces fall into place in unexpected ways, and life takes a turn no one could have predicted. This rings strikingly true for the solo career of Memphis, Tennessee's Julien Baker.
For years, Baker and a group of close friends have performed as the band Forrister (formerly The Star Killers), but when college took her four hours away, her need to continue creating found an outlet through solo work. The intent was never to make these songs her main focus, yet the process proved to be startlingly cathartic. As each song came into shape, it became more apparent that Baker had genuinely deep, surprisingly dark stories to tell from her thus far short life (she turns 20 this fall). Tales of her experiences are staggering, and when set to her haunting guitar playing, the results are gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. There's something wonderfully hypnotizing about Baker gently confessing her soul with such tremendous honesty.
At the prompting of a friend, Baker ventured to Richmond, Virginia to record a number of her new songs at Spacebomb Studios. The tracks from this session were circulated among Baker's friends, meeting high praise and lots of encouragement for the songs to see a proper release. Soon, she found a home on 6131 Records' increasingly diverse roster, and plans were made to release her debut full length, 'Sprained Ankle.'
To call 'Sprained Ankle' a happy accident would be misleading as to the nature of these poignant, emotive songs. Yet no one, least of all Baker, could have predicted she'd be releasing an album, especially as a solo artist. Thankfully, now the world will be able to share in her passion and sorrow.
Tuesday November 7, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Reel Rock 12!
Show starts at 7pm - doors at 6:15pm - General Admission
This November, get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars, and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration.
Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more.
The VAUGHN MONROE Show
Friday November 10, 2017 @ 7:30pm
A 1940s Big Band Experience! Dan Gabel, bandleader. Elise Roth, Featured Vocalist. The Moon Maids, Vocal Group, plus dancers and entertainers! With special Veterans Day theme.
Students and Veterans: $18
Habib Koite & Bamada
Saturday November 11, 2017 @ 8pm
Presented by World Music/CRASHarts
One of the leading figures in Afropop, Malian guitar virtuoso Habib Koité is a modern troubadour blessed with a sweet, intimate voice. He and his band, Bamada, create a modern sound that draws on several styles of traditional Malian music along with touches of blues, jazz, and rock.
Warren Miller’s LINE OF DESCENT
Wednesday & Thursday November 15-16, 2017
Three shows: Wed at 7pm, Thu at 7pm & 10pm - all GENERAL ADMISSION - doors open 30-40 mins before showtime - All Ages.
This fall, the annual tradition is back to salute the start of winter as Warren Miller celebrates their 68th ski and snowboard film with downhill thrills, global adventure and a nod to those that taught us to slide on snow.
Kalen Thorien and Michael “Bird” Shaffer explore Beartooth Pass for "Line of Descent"
Snowriders are a family—one big tribe comprising of many smaller ones. Familial rites pass down through generations. Skier roots grow deep in high mountain soil. Line of Descent celebrates just that, the lineage of legendary athletes through a multi-generational cast of skiing’s icons and fresh faces, including Tommy Moe, Jonny Moseley, JT Holmes, Lexi duPont, Seth Wescott, Kalen Thorien, Marcus Caston, Jeremy Jensen, Griffin Post, and more.
This year, Volkswagen joins as the presenting sponsor of the Line of Descent U.S. film tour. The partnership builds on the heritage and passion associated with both the Volkswagen and Warren Miller brands. Volkswagen’s partnership will grow authentically well into 2019, elevating the event experience that is the Warren Miller institution and marking the beginning of every winter season.
Ride along on a stunning cinematic journey as we travel near and far, descending some of North America’s deepest lines in Jackson Hole, Montana, Silverton, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, and Steamboat.
From powsurfer to splitboard, motorcycle, dogsled or snowmobile, watch as athletes chase winter along the Beartooth Pass, the French Alps, New Zealand, British Columbia, and Norway.
“This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” notes producer Josh Haskins. “More often than not, it’s family who introduces us to the sport or steers us on the path towards an ongoing passion—be it a ski bum lifestyle, a professional career or simply the desire to pass on the same feeling to the next generation. There is a kinship unlike any other in the ski community, and Warren Miller is the elder, bringing generations of skiers and riders together for 68 years, and this year is no different.”
Since 1949, ski families have cheered the official kickoff of winter with the ski film company that started it all. As the family grows, the traditions grow richer. Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s Line of Descent will premiere worldwide in three locations on October 13, 2017: Salt Lake City, UT, Portland, OR and Bozeman, MT. Screenings will then sweep across the U.S. from October to January.
Tickets go on sale September 12, 2017, and discounted presale tickets* will be available the week of August 28. Local show dates and times can be found on warrenmiller.com.
*Presale applies to tickets purchased online for National Tour stops only. Quantities may be limited.
CHILDSPLAY FIDDLERS with KARAN CASEY
Sunday November 19, 2017 @ 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Childsplay: Fiddlers, Fiddles and Fiddlemaker
Fiddling supergroup Childsplay, with Irish singer Karan Casey, is a who’s who of fiddlers from the United States and the Celtic world. They will be celebrating over 30 years of touring by bringing their band of 14 fiddlers and 9 all-star instrumentalists, dancers and singers back to the Somerville Theatre on Sunday November 19th for TWO shows: 3 PM, with a 7:30 second show. All the fiddlers in Childsplay perform on instruments made by violinmaker Bob Childs of Cambridge. In addition to virtuosic fiddling, ranging from all-Ireland and Scottish national fiddle champions to members of the Boston Symphony, Childsplay features a wide range of outstanding instrumentalists including the exquisite voice of Karan Casey, known for her many years of touring with Solas and her collaborations with the likes of James Taylor, Bela Fleck and Tim OBrien.
December 1-31, 2017
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The Slutcracker is a sexy parody of the Nutcracker and a New England holiday classic. Hailed as the perfect legacy for Tchaikovsky, the show's diverse cast retell the original ballet with leather-clad ballerinas, jazz dance, pole, Flamenco and more, to an exclusive recording of the well-known score by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. It is at once joyous and daring, and has inspired audiences of all stripes. Perfect for Ladies Night. Office parties enjoy attending. First dates. Marriage proposals are known to result. The Slutcracker is celebrating its 10th season. Suitable for audiences 18+
Please note: seats are general admission - first come, first seated. Doors open 45-55 mins before showtime. Beer and wine available with ID - limit one per patron in person with ID. Please take public transportation - parking is severely limited.