Sunday, December 30
Signature Sounds Presents: The Felice Brothers
The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls
8pm, Advance $20.00/Door $25.00
The Felice Brothers’ album, Life in the Dark is classic American music. At once plainspoken and deeply literate, the band’s latest features nine new songs that capture the hopes and fears, the yearning and resignation, of a rootless, restless nation at a time of change. “We tried to make it as simple and folk-based as possible, because we were working with limited resources,” singer and guitarist Ian Felice says. “We wanted to take all the frills out and make it just meat and potatoes.”
Monday, December 31
Roots Renegade presents: NEW YEARS EVE WITH THE MEDITATIONS
With Guests Rhythm Incorporated and Outer Stylie
The Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A,8pm,$30
THE MEDITATIONS were formed in late 1974 when Danny Clarke left The Righteous Flames, recruiting Ansel Cridland and Winston Watson. After releasing singles credited to the individual members, they began recording as The Meditations in late 1976, shortly after which they released their biggest hit, "Woman Is Like a Shadow", which sold over 45,000 copies in its first month of release. They recorded in the mid-1970s for producers such as Dobby Dobson, Joseph Hoo Kim, and Lee "Scratch" Perry, their righteously Rastafarian style gaining comparisons with The Mighty Diamonds. Their first album, Message From The Meditations, was released in 1977. The Meditations sang backing vocals on a number of Bob Marley songs, including "Blackman Redemption", "Punky Reggae Party", and "Rastaman Live Up", as well as providing backing for Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff and The Congos.
RHYTHM INCORPORATED, a five-member magical ensemble, brings a fresh and unique hybrid sound to the musical landscape, a sound that infuses elements of reggae and hip hop with a soulful twist, and this exciting and intoxicating new blend of beats is expected to make jaws drop on the road and on the radio. Simon White is a musical pioneer, and the band forms part of a new wave of American-born reggae artists who are blazing a trail of unprecedented success in the reggae and Rastafari music industry globally.
OUTER STYLIE is a heavy, psychedelic, explosion of sound located in Amherst. Although steeped in hard rock influences they take the listener to grounds and heights not often achieved by other rock bands. Never to submit to the clichés of rock n roll, they are also influenced by the sensibilities of jazz and classical music, the freak-out mentality of psychedelic jams, and the infinite possibilities of an experimental outlook. They balance on the axis between simplicity and uncontrollable chaos; dance with the flowers of beauty and beasts of disgust. Hearing them live will truly take you to the Outer Stylie.
Monday, December 31
She Said at Great Falls Harvest (front room)
50 Third Street, Our all-female band plays original tunes drawing from traditions of blues, rock, jazz, and country music infused, at times, with a bad ass, punk vibe. 9pm, $10.
Monday, December 31
A No Lens & Friends New Year’s Eve!
The Rendezvous, 71 Avenue A, 9:30pm. No Cover
Original folk infused reggae-rock from Western Massachusetts
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Tuesday, January 1, 2019!
First Day Hike, Great Falls Discovery Center, 1-3pm
Enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Great Falls Discovery Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall, sponsored by our Friends Group. Sign in at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall at 1pm. Hike will begin at 1:15pm