Midday Performances

Free and open to the public.

Kick-Off Event: Porch Party Mamas
September 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Forum, McCarthy Center

Inspired by playing and singing one another's songs at their own "porch parties" these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters decided to combine their individual talents and create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country, and Blues. All are seasoned players, each with their own pervasive individual music persona and critical accolades. Among them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls, and Lyle Lovett. Refreshments included!

Four Corners
November 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.
Workshop at 1:30 p.m. Forum, McCarthy Center

Four Corners is comprised of vocalist Zoë Krohne, pianist/vocalist Marlene del Rosario, bassist Doug Rich and alto saxophonist Willie Sordillo. Their music draws from a wide range of genres and influences including jazz, gospel, R&B, North American, Latin American, African American, and Filipino folk traditions, and includes both original compositions and unique interpretations of songs by other composers. The program aspires to uplift, heal, inspire growth and promote positive change.

Sawaari Performance
February 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.
Workshop at 1:30 p.m., Forum, McCarthy Center

Sawaari explores the nexus of Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy, fully encompassing the varied interests and backgrounds of its band members: Fabio Pirozzolo (vocals and percussion), Jussi Reijonen (oud), Mike Rivard (sintir and double bass), Andy Bergman (sax, clarinet) and Amit Kavthekar (tabla). With an emphasis on rhythm, the music they create together has a searching, exploratory quality that brings together the meditative with the energetic, taking the listener from sparse tranquility to complex syncopations in a moment. Named for a word that means "to ride" in Urdu, Sawaari invites audiences to be transported into a world of rhythm and sound that knows no borders, no limitations.

Entwyned Ensemble
April 13, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

Heineman Ecumenical Center Entwyned Ensemble are three talented musicians who specialize in music from about 1600 - 1750 played on reproduction historical instruments. Dee Hansen (Baroque and Renaissance Flute, Harp, Baroque Guitar), Neal Humphreys (Viola da Gamba), and Eric Hansen (Lutes) make up this gifted trio you won’t want to miss!