Today is a dreary and snowy day here in the Boston area. Driving to work I was thinking what would brighten things up an decided music would be just the ticket. I love music and go out to see performances as often as I can at my advanced age. My wife and I are fortunate to have her sister close by and wonderfully willing to keep an eye on the kids. It means we get to go out more than a lot of people we know.
That’s probably too much information but what can I say? On to the topic at hand: music. Looking through the 1000faces there are a lot of photos of people singing and playing. Many of them are really good but most of them aren’t making their living with music. Today I’ve tried to keep it to people who do music full-time. As was the case yesterday, I’ve added links and info in case you’re interested. And now, it’s on with the show . . .
Here’s Jonathan Richman. He’s a native son of my town Natick. I’ve listened to him for more than 20 years but it wasn’t until 2011 that I finally had a chance to see him play. It was wicked good.
I was a little torn about adding this photo since you can’t really see Matisyahu’s face; but I really like the picture. He’s jumping into the crowd and his arms look almost like flapping wings.
I saw Beats Antique a few months ago and was blown away. Their performance was completely mesmerizing.
Here’s Stephen Marley. Wendy is crazy about reggae and this was a show she really wanted to see. It was totally fun.
This is Joao Brasil at MIT. He’s very fun and funny. He does Techno Brega. His song L.O.V.E. Banana is something.
Here’s Mighty Mystic, from here in Boston. Excellent.
This is Nossan Zand out on the streets of Cambridge. I’ve seen him here and there. My pal Adam (Nossan’s brother) turned me on to him.
Sometimes I curse myself for not taking better notes. This is one of those times. This woman was really good. She opened for Mighty Mystic and was fun to watch and listen to. Of course I have no recollection of who she is . . .
This is Erin McKeown. I didn’t see her perform but rather speak at MIT’s Futures of Entertainment conference. It was really interesting to hear from an artist who’s taking creative approaches not only to their music but also to how they relate to their fans.
Filastine opened for Beats Antique and was really good.
This is the Creek River String Band. I play old timey music myself and one of the fellows I play with is brother to the accordion player so I went to see them a few months ago. (That’s pretty convoluted, isn’t it?) They were great and I had a good time taking photos. I photographed them a second time but am making really slow work of processing those photos. 😦
This is Zee Avi. She is fantastic. One of my most favorite musicians around. I’ve seen her three times and wish I could see her more.