All shows begin at 7:30pm, doors at 7, unless otherwise specified.
Tickets available locally at Sweet Cakes, the Alternative Food Co-op, and Looney Tunes II in Wakefield, and online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Saturday, May 3, 7:30pm
A Pete Seeger’s Birthday Celebration
It’s another celebration and remembrance of the folk music giant, Pete Seeger, on his actual birthday! Our friend Joyce Katzberg, joined by Jan Luby, Sandy Pliskin ,Marcia Taylor and Jimmy Warren, perform songs from Pete’s voluminous catalogue, with singalongs throughout. They are all Rhode Island based musicians from the People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle.
This will be special. Come join in the fun. The bulk of the proceeds will go to Pete Seeger’s Clearwater organization. IMPORTANT: Thank you for making this a fragrance-free event!
Saturday, May 10
The return of the phenomenal Brazilian/roots dance band, Matuto!
One of the most exciting live bands around returns to Lily Pads!
Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. Drawing on Northeastern Brazil’s folkloric rhythms like forró, maracatu, or coco, and on deep Americana—from bluegrass to spirituals to swampy Louisiana jams—Matuto uses unexpected Pan-American sonic sympathies to craft appealing, roosty, yet philosophical tales of love, self-discovery, nostalgia, and true peace.
What wide-ranging Americana and jazz guitarist Clay Ross and accordionist Rob Curto, one of the movers behind New York’s Forró For All (when not touring with folks like Lila Downs and David Krakauer) began as a curious exploration of their shared musical loves, Matuto (a Northeastern Brazilian slang term for “bumpkin”) has blossomed into a platform for expressing broad truths, while bringing an audience to their feet to dance and celebrate.Buy Tickets for Matuto
Saturday, June 14
One of the coolest and most innovative live bands in the country, Mother Falcon, supported by San Francisco’s The Family Crest, and the Brooklyn troubadour, Christopher Paul Stelling. We are so lucky.
Mother Falcon began as a jam session among a group of high school cellists eager to break out of the classical repertoire that predominated their musical training. Since then, the band has evolved as an organic collective of classically trained young musicians determined to push their artistry into new musical territory.
Receiving as many accolades for their intimate chamber performances as for their electrifying club shows, Mother Falcon has crafted a signature soundscape by blending rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms with swirling horns and strings that alternately lead and support equally inventive vocal arrangements. In addition to violins, cellos, saxophones, and trumpet, the band includes piano, accordion, banjo, and bassoon.
Their first full-length, Alhambra, was released in February 2011 to immediate raves, and now the band has released their acclaimed sophomore album, You Knew. NPR premiered the first track off the album, “Dirty Summer,” naming the band an “Artist To Discover At SXSW 2013″. The orchestral-rock ensemble won over audiences with a string of intense performances, resulting in NPR Music including the band in “Bob Boilen’s 15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013.”
At the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Austin Music Awards, Mother Falcon won the “Best None of The Above” award, and performed at all three ceremonies. The Austin Critics Table also nominated the group as “Best New Ensemble” in 2011, and that same year they performed at the abandoned Seaholm Power Plant with 100 additional string players as the opening event at the 2011 Fusebox Festival. In 2012 Mother Falcon headlined The Austin Chamber Music Festival, selling out the legendary Antone’s Club.
Mother Falcon has worked with composers Jherek Bischoff, Graham Reynolds, and Peter Stopschinski, and has performed collaboratively with Amanda Palmer, Raul Midon, Tony Trischka, Ben Sollee, Kelli Scarr, Gary Lucas, and Christopher Cross, among others.
Christopher Paul Stelling blew everyone away last fall opening for Joe Fletcher and the Wrong Reasons. We are thrilled to have him back for one of the most exciting musical nights we will have this year.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a band with your mother? Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche have just released their first collaboration, Fairytale and Myth, which has been nominated for the Best Singer/Songwriter Award by the Independent Music Awards. Suzzy Roche is a founding member of The Roches and Lucy (daughter of Loudon Wainwright, sister of Rufus and Martha) is known for her crystal clear voice, humorous stage presence and insightful, melodic songwriting. Their show is a fun-filled evening of great songs with plenty of harmonies.
Tickets on sale April 20!
Friday, October 17
An Evening with April Verch
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.
The April Verch Band-rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin–is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing-and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns-at once.
Tickets on sale May 1 through BrownPaperTickets.com
Saturday, November 15
An Evening with The Gnomes
Come November, Lily Pads gets gnomed! THE GNOMES play what can best be called world folk fusion music – Scandinavian, Russian, Eastern European, Caribbean, klezmer, and no shortage of originals. Members Phil Edmonds, Peter Breen, Ron Schmitt, Mike Fischman and Cathy Clasper Torche, play everything from Irish whistle and button accordion to fiddle, keyboard, and er-hu; guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and banjo to bass and percussion. And of course they sing!
Come on out for an evening that will take you around the world and leave you smiling.
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