Feb
17
10:00 AM10:00

22nd Annual NEMES New England Model Engineering Show

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See Operating Scale:

Steam Engines
Gasoline Engines
Aircraft Engines
Stirling Cycle Engine
Clocks
Machinist’s Tools and Fixtures
Locomotives Traction Engines
Model Boats – Steam and Gas

And Meet the Craftsmen Who Built Them

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General museum admission applies for spectators.

Exhibitors Setup Starts At 8:00 Am

Compressed Air for Running Models

Gas Engines Allowed

Non-Member Exhibitors Welcome

www.neme-s.org

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Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest
Apr
13
to Apr 14

Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest

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This two-day, inaugural film festival is hosted by the Waltham Film Factory, a community-based collaboration residing at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

Logistical details on the Festival itself will be announced in early March, 2018. In the meantime, full details for filmmakers, including instructions and deadlines for submissions, are available on FilmFreeway.

The core of the Museum's mission is to encourage and inspire future innovation in America. The Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest has been created to celebrate the filmmaking industry and the art and science that it manifests. The short film genre was chosen because of its inclusiveness; more films can be viewed in the time available, and more aspiring filmmakers are able to complete high quality short projects than feature-length films—a truth that will inspire—in a very inspiring place.

The Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest welcomes films of up to 25 minutes in length. Festival categories are:

• Animation
• Documentary
• Narrative, and
• Experimental.

English-language subtitled Foreign Language submissions are welcome.

Refreshments will be available. There will be panel discussions that explore the art, science, and technology of filmmaking. The Festival will include a family-friendly track.

The Inaugural Waltham Film Factory Shorts Fest offers filmmaker awards in several different categories and more than $3,000 in cash and prizes. The Grand Prize is $1,000.

NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS!

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Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

MassDestruction

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Metal versus Metal!

Engineers versus Engineers!

ROBOT versus ROBOT!

 

MassDestruction
returns to the Charles River Museum!

Fighting Robots return to the Charles River Museum! Come watch as talented engineers, designers, and programmers pit metal against metal in our ninth robot MassDestruction. Robots range from 3lb highly-kinetic destruction machines to sumo-style 12lbers, as well as a specialty 3D printed-only class!

This event is fun for the whole family as all the destruction is contained inside of our sealed bulletproof-glass box and robots are operated by their talented builders!

Standard Museum admission rates apply for spectators.

If you're interested in getting involved in this event,
please register at:

 and check out our Facebook page here.

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

MassDestruction

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Metal versus Metal!

Engineers versus Engineers!

ROBOT versus ROBOT!

 

MassDestruction
returns to the Charles River Museum!

Fighting Robots return to the Charles River Museum! Come watch as talented engineers, designers, and programmers pit metal against metal in our ninth robot MassDestruction. Robots range from 3lb highly-kinetic destruction machines to sumo-style 12lbers, as well as a specialty 3D printed-only class!

This event is fun for the whole family as all the destruction is contained inside of our sealed bulletproof-glass box and robots are operated by their talented builders!

Standard Museum admission rates apply for spectators.

If you're interested in getting involved in this event,
please register at:

 and check out our Facebook page here.

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Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: The Tarbox Ramblers

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

Band Website

THE TARBOX RAMBLERS
Taking listeners to a place where Appalachian music, backwoods blues and gospel meet in powerful, unexpected combinations, The Tarbox Ramblers have drawn raves from Rolling Stone, All Things Considered and more. The band’s rough-hewn sound goes right to the heart of American traditional music, and in a live setting they’re a force of nature. 

The New Yorker says “Between the fiddle, string bass, drums and slide guitar, you won't know what hit you.” If you’re a fan of roots music that’s real and uncompromising, this is a must-see show.

“Homemade rock ‘n’ roll with a dose of rattlesnake venom and gospel-drenched howling.” — All Things Considered

Videos:
Shake ‘Em On Down

Hey Mr. Starlight 

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Dec
10
10:00 AM10:00

Dickens Holiday Festival

Dickens Holiday Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2017

From 10AM to 4:30PM.  

This year the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation will pay homage to the holiday spirit and Charles Dickens with its Dickens Holiday Festival on Sunday, December 10, from 10am to 4:30pm.  

Housed in the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution — the site of Francis Cabot Lowell’s first manufacturing Mill — the Museum is the perfect backdrop to showcase Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and "Tea with Mrs. Dickens."  In the Museum’s Main Gallery, which once functioned as the last boiler house for the Boston Manufacturing Company, costumed actors will be reading scenes from the classic holiday tale.  Additionally Catherine Dickens (as portrayed by actress Marci Diamond) shares stories about her life, Victorian Christmas and culinary traditions, and what it's like to be married to the most famous author in the world.

The holiday merriment continues upstairs in the old engine room of the Boston Manufacturing Company.  Now a ballroom, this space will be filled with musical performances by carolers, bell ringers and a fiddler.   For your shopping needs, vendors will be hawking holiday wares for near future seasonal celebrations. There will be soap makers, handmade lace, fantastic art, unique jewelry and so much more!

All this to be enjoyed in the decked out halls of the Museum for standard Museum admission of: $10 for Adults, $5 for Seniors (65+) and Students, Free for Kids under 5, Members, and Active Duty Military


2017 Craft Vendors:

A Few of My Favorite Strings  •  A Passion Fur Paws  •  Art By Rosie

Crow's Castle  •  Diamonds And Dinosaurs

Doll Clothes by Janet  •  E.N.D. Bakery • Freedom Jewelry

Geeks Bearing Gifts  •  Glass Monkey Arts

Hames & Axle Farm's Surfing  •  Goat Soaps  •  HyBrasil Arts

Moon Glory Gears  •  Robinwoods Design  •  Sand, Sea & Steam

Scrapped and Found  •  Silver Owl Creations  •  Storyteller Jewelry

Tatted Webs  •  The Steampunk Unicorn
 

2017 Performance Schedule

In the Main Gallery:

11:30 AM - Merry Band of Players - A Christmas Carol/Staves 1-2

1:00 PM - The Actors Company/Marci Diamond - Tea With Mrs. Dickens

2:30 PM - The Merry Band of Players - A Christmas Carol/Staves 3-5


In the Jackson Room (2nd Floor):

10:20 AM  - The Victorian Carollers - Carols

11:00 AM - The Sasanach - Fiddler

11:40 AM - The Victorian Carollers - Carols

1:30 PM - The Very Merry Dickens Carolers - Carols

2:10 PM - Merrimack Valley Ringers - Bell Ringers

2:50 PM - The Very Merry Dickens Carolers - Carols

3:30 PM - Merrimack Valley Ringers - Bell Ringers
 

Contact elana.winkler@charlesrivermuseum.org with any questions. 

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Dec
3
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Çeşni Duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

ÇEŞNI DUO

Turkish improvisational music with Tev Stevig - tanbur, fretless guitar, oud, alterna-telli, laouto; Michael K. Harrist - contrabass, yayli tanbur, ney

At turns romantic and elegant, vivacious and playful, the music of Çeşni Duo is grounded in the flavors (çeşniler) of Turkish makam music while remaining deeply personal and contemporary. The ensemble guides the listener from dove-tailing contemplative melodies to odd-metered tunes that throw caution to the wind. A well placed breath opens the ceiling, an evocative ornament opens the heart. Stevig and Harrist first met in Istanbul in 2010. Back home in Boston, MA they found themselves playing and studying Ottoman art music together in Orkestra Marhaba. A modal music tradition, Türk sanat müziği (Turkish art music) developed in the urban areas of the Ottoman Empire and has a history of over 500 years. The tradition includes a wide range of repertoire, composers, and practitioners. Çeşni Duo draws from this great tradition and the more modern stylings of contemporary musician-composers such as Erkan Oğur, Ross Daly, Murat Aydemir, and Efrén López.

The New York Music Daily calls Tev Stevig, "one of the world's most brilliantly individualistic guitarists" and the Boston Globe says of his most recent solo release, "he initiates something new by connecting and combining seemingly disparate cultures." Aside from the guitar, Tev specializes in plucked string instruments from around the world and leads the world-Americana duo Jeni Jol and his Balkan surf rock and spaghetti western group Ivo & the Wave Wranglers. Tev also appears regularly with The Late Risers, Klezwoods, Cordis, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica, and Orkestra Marhaba, amongst many others.

Michael K. Harrist is a musician and educator based in Watertown, MA. Michael performs and works with artists in a wide array of world traditions including Turkish art music, Hindustani music, Jazz, Western art music and American roots music. He has performed throughout North America, Europe and Turkey with various ensembles including Ameranouche, Cesni Trio, Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma, Sol & Kiel, and Capillary Action. Michael teaches workshops and private lessons in world music traditions, monophonic and polyphonic composition, and instrumental practice and performance.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: The Out Louds: Mary Halvorson (guitar) & Ben Goldberg (clarinet) & Tomas Fujiwara (drums)

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

THE OUT LOUDS:
MARY HALVORSON, guitar; TOMAS FUJIWARA, drums; BEN GOLDBERG, clarinet

Guitarist MARY HALVORSON has been making waves in the jazz world for the better part of a decade now. One of the finest improvisational musicians of her generation, she has established herself as a groundbreaking artist in a variety of settings. Her work draws on influences that include Jimi Hendrix, post-bop and post-punk. The New York Times calls her “an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.”  She has performed with John Zorn, Mark Ribot, Susan Alcorn, Tomeka Reid and Ingrid Laubrock, to name a few.

TOMAS FUJIWARA is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Described as “a ubiquitous presence in the New York scene…an artist whose urbane writing is equal to his impressively nuanced drumming” (Troy Collins, Point of Departure)… The New York Times writes, “Drummer Tomas Fuijwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting. His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint...A conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope.”

Since 1992, when his group New Klezmer Trio "kicked open the door for radical experiments with Ashkenazi roots music" (SF Chronicle), clarinetist BEN GOLDBERG has established himself as “one of the most vibrant, flexible, and inventive clarinetists in jazz and improvised music” (Downbeat), “an artist who seems to find beautiful melodies at the end of every path." (NPR). The New York Times noted Ben’s music for “a feeling of joyous research into the basics of polyphony and collective improvising,” and he was named #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in the Downbeat Critics Poll in both 2011 and 2013.

 For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

 MARY HALVORSON PRESS:

Mary Halvorson: Unflinching and Full of Grace
By Nate Chinen, New York Times

 “There’s no other sound in music precisely like Mary Halvorson’s guitar, which she plays with a flinty attack, a spidery finesse and a shiver of wobbly delay… sleek phrasing and a snarl of distortion, merging elements of postbop and postpunk… In the last dozen years, Ms. Halvorson has turned this sort of startling, off-kilter fluency

into a strong aesthetic signature. She is the most critically acclaimed jazz guitarist to emerge in that span, an unflinching original who has revealed new possibilities within the music.”  –– Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“A strong and inspiring bandleader, a brilliant soloist with a unique, often quirky approach and a beautiful guitar tone that reaches back to tradition.”  –– John Zorn

OUT LOUDS VIDEO:
Pink Home Run

LIVE at SEEDS, October 2015

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Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Kit Demos/Pat Battstone Duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

KIT DEMOS/PAT BATTSTONE DUO

This bass/piano duo will present an evening of freely improvised music inspired by the unique acoustics of the CRMII boiler room.

Kit Demos performs & records on modular synthesizer and bass for various new jazz projects throughout New England. He is a member of the Blue Note Big Band, Lars Vegas, and The Jazz Committee, but often performs with more experimental groups in Boston's free jazz scene such as Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, The David Haas Group, Modern Sounds/Jeff Platz Group, and the PEK Orchestra.

A rocket scientist by day, Pat Battstone began performing music professionally at the age of 14, playing in various rock, blues, and R&B bands in southwestern Ohio. By the time he was 18, he had received lessons from Stan Kenton and Gary Burton, had been mentored by Oscar Treadwell, and had played with James Brown’s recording sidemen as well as musicians from the musical “Hair”. After attending Berklee College of Music, he was a student of legendary teachers Mme Chaloff and Charlie Banacos, and he subsequently studied with NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen for 6 years.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Waltham Film Factory Screening: Linotype: The Film
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Waltham Film Factory Screening: Linotype: The Film

We are very pleased to be hosting this screening of a great documentary about one of the most intricate and transformative innovations in any industry: the Linotype machine!

From the film's website:

"Linotype: The Film is a feature-length documentary centered on the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world.

The Linotype (pronounced "line-o-type") completely transformed the communication of information similarly to how the internet is now changing communication again. Although these machines were revolutionary, technology began to supersede the Linotype and they were scrapped and melted-down by the thousands. Today, very few machines are still in existence."

We, at the Charles River Museum have in our collection and on display the two Linotype machines that were in use at the City of Boston's Print Shop until they were rendered obsolete and superseded by modern desktop publishing technology. ONE of these two Linotype machines is fully functional and will be demonstrated at the conclusion of the film by John Kristensen of Allston's Firefly Press, an experienced operator at the conclusion of the film!

Tickets are $10.

Screening begins at 7PM. Doors open a half hour prior to the screening.

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WORKSHOP: Create & Share a One Minute Promotional Video in Fifteen Minutes!
Nov
7
5:30 PM17:30

WORKSHOP: Create & Share a One Minute Promotional Video in Fifteen Minutes!

This workshop is being hosted by Waltham Local First and the Waltham Film Factory, a project of the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation.

Inbound Marketing, often referred to as "content marketing," is promoting your business or nonprofit by creating interesting blogs, podcasts, eBooks, eNewsletters and, of course, VIDEO to attract customers or visitors.

From Wikipedia: "Inbound marketing refers to marketing activities that bring vistors in, rather than marketers having to go out and get prospects' attention.... In contrast, buying attention, cold calling, direct paper mail, radio, TV advertisements, sales flyers, spam, telemarketing, and traditional advertising are considered 'outbound marketing.'" - And we know Outbound Marketing is often very expensive and, at least as often, not very effective.

Video is arguably the most compelling marketing medium. And most of us carry very powerful smartphones with us throughout our daily life. In this workshop you will learn how to use your smartphone to capture still and moving pictures, add some narration, and upload a finished one minute video to YouTube that takes a mere 15 minutes to produce, start-to-finish!

This is a hands-on workshop that is divided into three sections:

In the first section, the workshop leader, Bob Perry, will briefly discuss inbound marketing and video’s importance in that paradigm, and then demonstrate, start-to-finish, how to create and share a one-minute video in just 15 minutes.

In Section 2, attendees will create and share their own sample one-minute promotional videos, with coaching from Bob.

Then, in Section 3, all of the videos created in Section 2 will be viewed and evaluated by the the group.

Although this workshop will be taught using an iPhone, the principles and methods covered in this workshop will translate well to the Android platform with similar Apps installed.

All workshop attendees should bring their smartphones! It is recommended that iPhone users have iMovie and YouTube apps installed.

(And, yes, tablet users: You’re welcome to bring your iPads or Android tablets if you like!).

This workshop will take place from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017 at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation located at 154 Moody Street, Waltham.

This workshop is strictly limited to 8 participants. The fee is $10 for members of either the Charles River Museum or Waltham Local First, and $20 for non-members.

This Workshop is led by Bob Perry, Co-Founder of Waltham Local First, and Executive Director of the Charles River Museum - a proud Waltham Local First Member!

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New Fangled Contraptions
Nov
5
2:30 PM14:30

New Fangled Contraptions

This performance is included with your paid Museum admission on November 5, 2017, but you're also welcome to come just for this performance! - This performance begins at 2:30pm.

Eventbrite - New-Fangled Contraptions: Ingenious Inventions Through Popular Song
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Join Diane Taraz for a wide-ranging trip through centuries of ingenious inventions, viewed through the lens of popular song. People have always sung about their experiences, and the intersection of music and technology is fascinating.

Diane explores household “labor-saving” devices, mills filled with machinery for creating cloth and other goods, innovations in weaponry that drove the evolution of military tactics, and innovations such as the telegraph, telephone, bicycle, and automobile that ushered in the modern age.

Diane accompanies her singing on guitar and dulcimer, and wears appropriately antique clothing.

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This is Diane's second performance at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. She delighted her first audience here last December with her program "Factory Maids: Songs of the Mill Girls," where the delightful videos below were recorded. 

Eventbrite - New-Fangled Contraptions: Ingenious Inventions Through Popular Song
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Nov
1
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Typewriter Orchestra Concert

Q: What is the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, you ask?...

A: "A collective endeavor which engages in rhythmic
typewriter manipulation combined with elements of performance, comedy
and satire."

More from their website: BTO aims to entertain the masses while providing an outlet for the creative urges of its members. *BTO promises to protect customer confidentiality with the utmost vigilance while remaining irreverent at all times.

You may have enjoyed our long-running typewriter exhibit at the Museum (which we'll be taking down soon after this concert takes place). Well, this is your chance to come and see and hear typewriters make music! - For those of you who've enjoyed a concert in our Main Gallery before, just imagine what the Boston Typewriter Orchestra is going to sound like in that amazing space!

Join us for an evening of creative, irreverent fun on Wednesday, November 1st!

The show begins at 7:30, with doors opening a half hour before the show.

Tickets are $20 and available at Eventbrite.com

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Boiler House Jazz: Basel Zayed/Andrew Blickenderfer Duo

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The performance begins at 7:30; doors open 30 minutes prior.

BASEL ZAYED/ANDREW BLICKENDERFER DUO

Vocalist & oud master Basel Zayed is an experienced Middle Eastern and Arabic music composer and performer, and bassist Andrew Blickenderfer brings a rich background in western music. In this debut duet performance Andrew and Basel will improvise across both styles to reflect the beauty and potential of their shared musical experiences.

Native Palestinian Basel Zayed is a virtuoso oud player and vocalist skilled in classical and contemporary Arabic music. He is a trained pianist with a unique and diverse style, and has composed and arranged music for a number of artistic projects and performing groups. He has created original soundtracks for movies, plays, and dance groups. Also an accomplished conductor, Zayed has more recently focused on incorporating improvisational jazz elements into his music. http://baselzayed.com/

Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Blickenderfer has performed with a variety of ensembles for CDs, radio, TV, webcasts, film, clubs, and concert halls across North America. You’d be just as likely to catch him laying down “a bass solo that owes a lot to Jimi Hendrix” (Fanfare Magazine) with one of his bands as you would playing cello at a house concert, strolling violin, Italian mandolin, Klezmer banjo, Bach continuo, or an improv jam session.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

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Puerto Rico Rises! - A Benefit for Hurricane Relief
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Puerto Rico Rises! - A Benefit for Hurricane Relief

Eventbrite - Puerto Rico Rises! - A Benefit for Hurricane Relief

Please join in this fundraiser for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and help the resilient Puerto Rican people rise again!

At this spirited evening event you will enjoy delicious Latin food and drink and fantastic live Latin music, all in a festive atmosphere of hope!

In an addition to contributing your ticket price, you will get to join in a silent auction of great prizes donated by generous area businesses and private citizens, and a 50/50 raffle, too!

Come celebrate Puerto Rican spirit and the best of our local community that is our coming together when we are most needed!

Proceeds of this event will benefit Latinos en Acción de Waltham Mass, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which will distribute all funds to active relief organizations in Puerto Rico.

Eventbrite - Puerto Rico Rises! - A Benefit for Hurricane Relief
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Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert: Mark Erelli

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

MARK ERELLI
Mark Erelli is an accomplished songwriter whose work been compared to that of Paul Simon and Jackson Browne. He’s also an acclaimed sideman who has worked with artists like Grammy-winner Lori McKenna and Josh Ritter. His travels have taken him from local listening rooms to major folk festivals to the Grand Old Opry and The Royal Albert Hall.

Erelli’s songs are rooted in the great storytelling tradition of American folk music. He can weave tale with a vividness and mastery of detail few can match, and his songs have a powerful emotional core that resonates with audiences wherever he plays. It’s no coincidence that Erelli released a moving tribute album to the late songwriter Bill Morrissey, whose unflinching ability to tell hard truths has long inspired him. Further afield, Erelli’s diverse catalog, and work with the band Barnstar!, reflect his love of western swing and bluegrass.

Mark Erelli has worked tirelessly for the last 18 years, playing countless shows, establishing himself as a sought-after accompanist and evolving as a writer and performer. We’re excited to welcome him to The Charles River Museum. 

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

MARK ERELLI PRESS
"Erelli flexes his songwriter’s muscle and proves his timelessness again and again...For a Song genuinely stands among the best." – PopMatters

“Erelli always brings craft and class to his work but he has outdone himself on the wonderful For a Song. The compositions are full of depth and emotion and his musicianship (guitar, vocals, harmonica) is top class. ★★★★★” -The Telegraph (UK)

MARK ERELLI VIDEO
“Netherlands”  

Lori McKenna & Mark Erelli – “Make Every Word Hurt”

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Mill Talk: Before Waltham: the Lost Mills of Spot Pond Brook
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Mill Talk: Before Waltham: the Lost Mills of Spot Pond Brook

This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served!

Eventbrite - Mill Talk: The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells

Have you ever wondered what came before the big brick mills in Waltham, Lawrence, and Lowell? Local Historians Douglas L. Heath and Alison C. Simcox trace the history of a nearby mill community that began in the 17th century and prospered until the mid-19th century.

One of the earliest mill communities in the Massachusetts Bay Colony formed along Spot Pond Brook,which flowed out of Spot Pond in Stoneham, MA. Thomas Coytmore built the first mill in 1640 at the brook’s downstream end in “Mistick Side” (present-day Malden). Other mills sprung up along the brook as well. Today, most of Spot Pond Brook is hidden in culverts beneath the busy streets of Malden and Melrose. However, remnants of the lost mill village of Haywardville - foundations, mill runs and ponds and waterfalls – are preserved within Middlesex Fells Reservation, part of Boston’s world-famous Metropolitan Park System.

With the waterpower from Spot Pond and its ravine, five mills were established, including one for the vulcanization of rubber, leading to Converse sneakers.  The area is replete with legendary events, including the first murder/bank robbery in the United States, grave robbing, warring parties protecting their dams with armed sentries.  It also boasts the first park in the world--Virginia Woods--donated to a private conservation group.

Douglas Heath was born in New Jersey and grew up in Taos, New Mexico, and New York City. He worked as a hydrogeologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 30 years, where he specialized in protecting drinking-water supplies in New England. As well as his work as a scientist, he is an experienced genealogist, local historian, and photographer using 19th century glass-plate methods.

Alison Simcox was born in London, England, and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 1998, she was the second woman to earn a doctorate in Engineering from Tufts University. She currently works in EPA’s air-quality program as a specialist in particle pollution and biomass energy. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, bicycling, running and ocean kayaking.

In addition to this latest book on one of America’s earliest mill communities, Doug and Alison are authors of three books in Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series: Lake Quannapowitt, Breakheart Reservation,and Middlesex Fells.

A book signing will follow the talk!

This Mill Talk begins at 7:00pm. Doors open at 6:30

This talk is free, and light refreshments will be served!

Eventbrite - Mill Talk: The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells
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Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

2nd Shift Concert : Marissa Nadler

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The performance begins at 8:00; doors open 30 minutes prior.

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MARISSA NADLER

For more than 12 years, Marissa Nadler has perfected her own take on the exquisitely sculpted gothic American songform. On her seventh full-length, Strangers, she has shed any self-imposed restrictions her earlier albums adhered to, stepped through a looking glass, and created a truly monumental work.In the two years since 2014’s elegiac, autobiographical July, Nadler has reconciled the heartbreak so often a catalyst for her songwriting. Turning her writing to more universal themes, Nadler dives deep into a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape. Her lyrics touch upon the loneliness and despair of the characters that inhabit them. These muses are primal, fractured, disillusioned, delicate, and alone. They are the unified voice of this record, the titular “strangers.”

This sense of “end times” is exemplified by the sparse, piano-driven opener “Divers of the Dust.” Written utilizing a Dadaist cut-up technique (popularized by David Bowie and William S. Burroughs), Nadler layers hypnagogic imagery of waves pulling cities into the ocean over a very personal tale of longing.

Once again partnered with July producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth, Black Mountain) Nadler has created a new album equal in sonic quality to the apocalyptic lyrical tone that covers its 44 minutes. In places her voice and guitar play off subsonic synths, while elsewhere, as in “Katie I Know,” a pulsing drumbeat launches the song off into an intense, confrontational place. “Janie in Love” is another full-band highlight, marrying the album’s most allegorically primal lyrics to the melodic hooks that makes Nadler one of the best songwriters working today.

For those 21+, your first beverage (beer or wine) is included in the ticket price. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages for all.

www.marissanadler.com/tourdates

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https://twitter.com/marissanadler

https://www.instagram.com/marissa_nadler/

https://www.youtube.com/user/marissamoon6

https://soundcloud.com/marissanadler

MARISSA NADLER VIDEO

Dissolve Pitchfork Session


“All The Colors of the Dark”

Janie in Love

Katie I Know

MARISSA NADLER PRESS:

When you realize you’ve taken an artist’s music for granted, it’s never a good feeling. Marissa Nadler’s music first arose in a theoretically familiar place: think folk revival and you’re on the right track. At the time, you might have seen her name in trend pieces beside those of Espers members Greg Weeks and Meg Baird.

"And it made sense. Nadler’s intricate, haunting music possessed a timeless feel, and she boldly delivered lyrics written with a skill for storytelling. (Which may run in the family: her brother Stuart is the author of several acclaimed works of fiction.) But to view Nadler exclusively as of this genre would underrate her musical range; consider her contributions to Xasthur’s Portal of Sorrow. There are few artists whose can compose memorably haunting songs, pull off an excellent Leonard Cohen cover, and make forays into the world of black metal. Nadler’s stylistic range shouldn’t be overlooked, but it may have taken a longer-than-expected interval between albums to remind listeners of all that she’s capable of… 

"Thematically, Nadler’s narrators find themselves pushed to their limits; though her singing voice is clear and even, the emotions she describes seem on the brink of something far more grim. The imagery and hesitant tone of “Dead City Emily” suggests regret and loss, and the slowly-cohering orchestration unfolds into something brooding and majestic...

"'Was it a dream / Of something sinister?' Nadler sings on 'Was It a Dream,' and all that that line implies could apply to July as a whole. On this album, she both reminds the listener of her strengths as a songwriter and subtly redefines the ground on which her music rests.”

Tobias Carroll, Dusted
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East Coast River Relay
Sep
3
12:00 PM12:00

East Coast River Relay

Historical & Wildlife Walking Tour on the Charles River

We're excited to be partnering with the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the Waltham Land Trust, and the Watch City Bike Lab on this special event to raise awareness of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway of which the Charles River Greenway is part, which passes right through Waltham along the Charles River and past our front door!

Join our four organizations for a FREE 90 minute event that includes the following:

Noon – 1:00 pm: Historical walking tour about the industrial revolution and a wildlife talk led by the Waltham Land Trust originating at Landry Park, on Landry Way, about a hundred yards from our front door. 

1:00 – 1:30 pm: Visit the Watch City Bike Lab and talk with the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation.

The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance leads the development of the 3,000-mile multi-use, non-motorized corridor connecting communities from Maine to Florida. The Greenway promotes healthy, active living, a cleaner environment, ecotourism, and local business development. Learn more at greenway.org

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2nd Shift Concert: 75 Dollar Bill
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Shift Concert: 75 Dollar Bill

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00pm. Arrive early and enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum!

75 Dollar Bill is a duo from New York City featuring guitarist Che Chen and percussion player Rick Brown. Using an array of cheap, homemade and found instruments, they channel Mississippi drone blues and Arabic modal music in hypnotic, frequently ecstatic explorations. It’s some of the wildest, most mesmerizing music you’ll hear this year.

"It’s hard not to slip into ridiculous hyperbole when it comes to 75 Dollar Bill. Best band in New York City? Best band in the USA? Best band in the universe? Whatever conclusion you come to personally, you’re gonna love the instrumental duo of guitarist Che Chen and percussionist Rick Brown. – Tyler Wilcox, Aquarium Drunkard

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

BAND WEBSITE: 75dollarbill.bandcamp.com

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FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The event admission is all ages. For beer and wine service, you must be 21+ with valid proof of age presented upon entry to the Museum.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is NO Museum Visitor parking at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill facility where we are located. We ask that you use the nearby public parking facilities.

Maps and directions to both the Museum Visitor Entrance and Parking can be found here:  http://bit.ly/2d1en4D

75 DOLLAR BILL PRESS:

New York Times Profile of 75 Dollar Bill  

“They’ve definitely nailed down a thrillingly original sound, centered around Chen’s specially designed quarter-tone guitar — something about his tone cuts right to the quick, with North African riffs blending into juke-joint boogies into more avant territory. Brown’s impressively minimalist setup (he mostly plays a wooden crate) is a perfect fit, adding a hypnotic thump to the mix. The whole thing is a little hard to describe, but trust me on this: 75 Dollar Bill is amazing” –– Aquarium Drunkard

"A scorching adventure into where Rock & Roll should be. It’s unfamiliar, laden with risk and rebellion, and embodies the cross cultural collision that we should all hold as an ideal." –– Bradford Bailey, The Hum

“As Mr. Chen stood playing hypnotic guitar repetitions, moving with the stresses of the riffs, the drummer Rick Brown sat on a square wooden box, open in the back, and attacked it from above. Sometimes he used his heel to bounce on a kick-drum pedal, pointing backward toward the box; mostly he was striking the sides of the box with his hands and a homemade mallet, hard, finding different pitches in different places. He cued transitions in the music, building odd or compound rhythms, turning them around and blurring distinctions between downbeats and upbeats. On the surface, the rhythms were only secondary to the guitar lines; deeper down, they were enfolded. One couldn’t do without the other….

This band has a more specific reference point: Mauritanian music played by Moorish griots on electric guitar at weddings and special occasions. Last year, Mr. Chen, who is Taiwanese-American, studied briefly in Mauritania with one of that music’s great practitioners, the guitarist Jheich Ould Chighaly. What Mr. Chen and Mr. Brown have done since then — releasing an excellent four-song cassette on Bandcamp, and playing at bars, nonprofit spaces and on the street in Chinatown — has something to do with that Moorish tradition, but it’s also distinct by feel, temperament and material.

Musicians like Mr. Chighaly use specific ancient modes for specific functions; Mr. Chen used only a few on Saturday, on a guitar refretted like Mr. Chighaly’s to produce quarter-tones. For the rest of the set he played a regularly fretted 12-string guitar, working in scales that suggested any number of other musical traditions — including what could have passed for American blues or metal in “Water in the Lock,” which swung between an odd meter and a slow, nasty stomp.” –– Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"...[A] gloriously mind-frying, ritualistic splatter of Zen blues and Arabic and African music-influenced riff-rock repetition… –– Brad Cohan, The Observer

 

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May
18
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Shift Concert: Peter Evans (solo trumpet)

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at approximately 8:00pm

“With each new composition, trumpeter Evans seems to reach an even higher level, both in terms of virtuosity and imagination. He also pushes his music to levels which border on the fantastical—so accelerated are they with a flood of convoluted themes, so acrobatic in their near-impossible structures. “ –– Downbeat

His reputation among freethinking trumpet players is ironclad, a function of superhuman precision and a trailblazing technical vocabulary. –– The New York Times

We’re proud to welcome Peter Evans to the 2ndSHIFT Music Series. Evans’s astonishing technique, and unwavering commitment to breaking new ground, has established him as one of the leading jazz and improvisational musicians of his generation. His work has helped spark a resurgence of innovation and exploration among his peers, and offered listeners a fresh, adventurous perspective on where jazz may be headed. Evans’s contributions as composer, bandleader and collaborator have drawn acclaim from The New York Times, Downbeat, Rolling Stone and more.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://pevans.squarespace.com/

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

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Presentation: "Steampunk Art & Design: The Philosophy, Process and Pictures"
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Presentation: "Steampunk Art & Design: The Philosophy, Process and Pictures"

What is Steampunk? Steampunk art and design uses the core principles of both STEAM and Victorian-era industrial style to reimagine, make, create (recreate), and infuse a vision of the Future and answers the question: "What would the past look like if the future had happened sooner?"

In this one hour presentation, Bruce Rosenbaum, who the Wall Street Journal dubbed "The Guru of Steampunk" will bring you through his inspirations and his own work to show you how he is able to create virtual time machines by fusing the past with the present and future.

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May
4
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Shift Concert: Charlie Parr

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at approximately 8:00pm

Charlie Parr is singer, guitarist and banjo player from Duluth, Minnesota. His playing reflects a lifelong fascination with early 20th century blues and gospel music. The depth and humanity of his playing set him apart, and his compelling performances have made him an audience favorite throughout the US and Europe.

Few modern musicians playing roots music live those roots like Parr. His heartfelt, plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals don’t strive for authenticity: they are authentic.  It’s the music of a self-taught musician who grew up without a TV –– but with his dad’s recordings of American greats like Charley Patton, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Memphis Minnie and Woody Guthrie. With his scraggly hair, father-time beard, thrift-store workingman’s flannel and jeans, and emphatic, throaty voice, Parr looks and sounds like he would have fit right into Harry Smith’s “Anthology of American Folk Music.”

Parr’s inspiration is drawn from the alternately fertile and frozen soil of Minnesota; his songs exude a Midwestern sensibility and humility. Parr grew up in the Hormel meatpacking city of Austin, MN (population 25,000) where the world's favorite tinned meat, Spam, is still manufactured. The combination of growing up with both of his parents working proud union jobs in an industrial meat factory and his largely rural environment had a profound impact on Parr.

"Every morning you'd hear the [factory] whistles blow, and they had the stockyards and animals there, so you were surrounded by this atmosphere," Parr says. Out the back door were soybean fields, as far as the eye could see. "As a kid I thought it was kind of boring, but now I go and visit my mom and I think it's the most beautiful landscape there is."

All of this comes to bear in Parr’s music, which is unfailingly simple, real and direct. He’s a blues player but, like all great musicians, what he does is ultimately less about genre than it is about soul. And, in the end, soul is exactly what makes Charlie Parr such a generous, compelling performer. 

Photo Credit: Peter Lee

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

Artist Website: http://www.charlieparr.com/

 

 

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An Evening with Mary Gauthier
Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Mary Gauthier

“…Louisiana-raised Mary Gauthier has become one of Americana music’s most admired artists—across the U.S. and in her regular tours around the world.”  ––  Wall Street Journal

Eventbrite - 2nd SHIFT Music Series Concert: Mary Gauthier

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at approximately 8:00pm. Arrive early and enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum!

In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos shuffle and trudge more than they dash.

And her songs? They're about as idiosyncratic as anything in the wide world of "popular music." They're painfully personal, especially on Trouble and Love. Yet they somehow infiltrate the souls of her listeners, no matter how different the paths they've followed through their lives.

Those songs weren't so much written as harvested by Gauthier. Though she lives not far from the hit-making mills of Music Row, she admits to knowing nothing about how to write on command.  She says, "I have to be called to write. The call comes from somewhere I don't understand, but I know it when I hear it."

That call first came to her a long time ago. Her life to that point had led her to extremes, plenty of negatives and a few brilliant bright spots. An adopted child, who became a teenage runaway, she found her first shelter among addicts and Drag Queens. Eventually she achieved renown as a chef even while balancing the running of her restaurant with the demands of addiction to heroin.

Two more successful restaurants, an escalating addiction, and a subsequent arrest, led her into sobriety. All that was rehearsal for what to follow, when she wrote her first song in her mid-thirties.

From that point, Gauthier channeled a long line of works, almost all of them eloquent in their insight, burnished by her writing technique. A core of devotees came to await each next release. Their wait ends, for now, with Trouble and Love.

This time, Gauthier's songs rise from what she describes as an especially dark period. "I started the process in a lot of grief," she explains. "I'd lost a lot. So the first batch of songs was just too sad. It was like walking too close to the fire. I had to back off from it. The truth is that when you're in the amount of grief I was in, it's an altered state. Life is not that. You go through that. We human beings have this built-in healing mechanism that's always pushing us toward life. I didn't want to write just darkness, because that's not the truth. I had to write through the darkness to get to the truth. Writing helped me back onto my feet again. This record is about getting to a new normal. It's a transformation record."

The heart of that transformation, beating within Trouble and Love, is love. But it’s not the kind of love that's celebrated on pop charts. In those tunes, love is its own end; the story stops as the giddiness sets in, with no hint of what may follow. Gauthier knows better; she has the scars to prove it.

"For me, love has been a real challenge," she admits. "Attachment has been a challenge. This record is about losing an attachment I actually made. The loss of it was devastating because I hadn't fully attached before to anyone. The good news is that I can. The even better news is that I can, and I can lose, and live. Not only do I live, but I've got a strength that I never had before."

Trouble and Love would fall or rise on the question of whether it crystalizes Gauthier's experience and conveys it to those who want to feel it, as if the poetry of her lyric can mirror and illuminate what they too have gone through. To help make this happen, she invited a small group of singers and musicians into Nashville's Skaggs Place Studio, each one chosen because of his or her ability to find the heart of the song. No one was given a lead sheet or an advance demo or even headphones. The backup vocals were invented on the spot. The microphones were vintage, and the songs were cut live, to tape. Everyone stood together in the room, playing to what they heard in the lyric as well as from what was going on in the moment.

"I took away everything that musicians lean on to feel invulnerable," she explains.

All they had to work with was a brief rundown of each song from Gauthier in the control room, right before the tape rolled. "I wanted them to feel it in real time," she continues. "You don't want to sound real with songs like this. You want to be real. That’s what I strive for as a writer, and that's what we got in the playing."

Feeling their way through the process, these extraordinary participants -- guitarist Guthrie Trapp, keyboardist Jimmy Wallace, bassist Viktor Krauss, drummer Lynn Williams and singers Beth Nielsen Chapman, Ashley Cleveland and Darrell Scott, Siobhan Kennedy and The McCrary Sisters -- probed and then brought life to Gauthier's compositions. In their hands, and in her fearless vocals, the songs resonate like tolling bells.

We hear "a body's but a prison when the soul's a refugee" in Oh Soul. The last embers of affection flicker and die on When a Woman Goes Cold, (“Scorched earth cannot burn.”) "A million miles from our first kiss, how does love turn into this?" is just one of the bitter riddles posed in False From True. Irony colors the chorus of Worthy: "Worthy, worthy what a thing to claim. Worthy, worthy, ashes into flame."

This is deep and dangerous poetry, and Gauthier leads us through it with relentless candor. Yet tenderness is always near, enough to keep us engaged through the final track, "Another Train."

"I wrote that one in England during a long, long tour," she remembers. There was a sign at a station: There'll be another train at 14:02.' So I started working with 'another train.' The song evolved. It doesn't start the way it ends. It zigged and it zagged. I let it talk to me. It's so interesting, because when I saw 'another train,' boom, that whole story was in there -- but I had to go find it. I had to dig, like an archaeologist."

In the very last line of the song is the benedictory thought of the entire album. "Another Train" bathes all of what preceded it in a glimmer of hope. It a fantastically concise and powerful ending -- and entirely intentional--  “There’ll be another train.”

"This album reflects a total human experience. Love, loss, and a life transformed." Gauthier sums up. "It's not a random collection of songs. This record is a story. It's about trust and faith and believing that there's a plan and a flow. And the flow is where the good stuff is because there's wisdom in the flow. At the core, we're all cut from the same cloth-- the same dreams, the same brokenness, the same desire for companionship and family and home. Yeah, we all have that. And if I don't go deep enough into that, it's a problem.

"There's no such thing as going too deep."

Amen to that.

ARTIST WEBSITE: www.marygauthier.com

Eventbrite - 2nd SHIFT Music Series Concert: Mary Gauthier
Eventbrite - 2nd SHIFT Music Series Concert: Mary Gauthier

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Apr
23
7:00 PM19:00

Boiler House Jazz: Eric Dahlman's Glacier Project

Doors Open at 7:00, music begins at 7:30.

On his latest album Glacier, Dahlman swings open the curtains that reveal another state of mind, where music is liberated from any stylistic and melodic shackles. –Stacey Zering, No Depression

Trumpeter Eric Dahlman’s latest album Glacier is “a vast canvas of aural paintings featuring ambient collages, chants, and sound effects, tied together by haunting meditative and often experimental jazz.” – Jeff Fitzgerald, Psychedelic Waves. 

No Depression’s Stacey Zering states: (Glacier) “is liberated from any stylistic and melodic shackles. A hallucinatory dreamscape, song craft as poetry.” 

Master drummer and Glacier contributor Rakalam Bob Moses describes the album as “a mysterious, mystical masterpiece that is spacious, otherworldly and beautiful.” 

Dahlman, who also plays electric autoharp, electronics and throat sings will be joined by guitarist and balalaika player Tim Mungenast (Tim World, Ken Lovelett), and multi-percussionist Michael Knoblach (Cul de Sac, Bob Moses). 

Dahlman has performed with the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Hal Russell and Sound artist Jed Speare. Tim and Eric have a new album ‘Tunnel Sessions,’ recorded in an abandoned train tunnel in Clinton, MA. Dahlman and Knoblach are members of ethnofolk/improv group Auddity and free jazz collective Little Mystery.

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

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Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Shift Concert: Lonnie Holley

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at approximately 8:00pm

Lonnie Holley is a self-taught sculptor and musician from Atlanta. His sculptures, constructed from found materials, are in the collections of The Whitney Museum, The Smithsonian and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2012, at age 62, Holley made his debut as a recording artist. His improvised songs defy easy categorization, but their humanity, unconventional beauty and surprising catchiness have brought Holley critical acclaim. He has released two albums on the Dust-To-Digital Label, and performed with David Byrne, Daniel Lanois and Bill Cunningham and many others.

Holley was born on February 10, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, at the height of the Jim Crow era. His early life was chaotic. From the age of five, Holley worked various jobs: picking up trash at a drive-in movie theatre, washing dishes, and cooking. He lived in a whiskey house, on the state fairgrounds, and in several foster homes.

Since 1979, Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art is born of struggle, hardship and a furious curiosity which manifests itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance, and sound.

Holley’s songs and lyrics are improvised on the spot and morph and evolve with every event, concert, and recording. No two songs, and no two shows, are ever the same. The layers of sound in his music are the result of decades of evolving experimentation.

2017 promises to be a busy year for Holley. In January, an exhibition of his art will be shown at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. In May, an exhibition entitled Thumbs Up for the Mothership (a two-artist show with Dawn DeDeaux) will premiere at MASS MoCA. In the summer he will be collaborating with Lee “Scratch” Perry on a project that will include visual art and performance, and that same summer, the exhibition of his art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His next album will also be released in 2017.

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.soulsgrowndeep.org/artist/lonnie-holley

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“Both records are prismatic, with Holley contemplating consumerism and cruelty, slavery and survival over arrangements that seem at once simple and surreal. Each of Holley’s stories and songs are gentle but genuinely concerned sermons, delivered from a pulpit flooded with neon air. On stage and in the studio, he improvises all of his lyrics, depending only on some themes jotted down or plucked from the stories he’s lived or learned during the last six decades. …. There is a truly alien aspect to Holley’s music, which engenders a disconnect between the past and present through its mere existence: Holley’s voice feels old, his wisdom earned and real. But the sounds and structures his songs embrace seem somehow futuristic, devoid of a need for steady chord progressions, dramatic resolution, or the momentum of verses and choruses.” –– Grayson Currin, Pitchfork

“Haunting vocals accompanied by rudimentary keyboard effects, progressing without any traditional song structure — no choruses, chord changes or consistent melody whatsoever... a raw voice plucked from a lost world, evoking the visceral authenticity of a crackling acetate…” –– Mark Binelli, New York Times

“The music he makes sounds like it comes from some other place. It's so elemental, so stark and ripped from the ground, there should be no mystery how his first record, last year's Just Before Music, got its title: it sounds old and draws on principles that have been long forgotten…. Keeping A Record of It has a droney, nocturnal waft, and his electric keyboard playing can sound like avant-garde music made by somebody obsessed with repetition and simplicity…. His singing suggests backwoods gospel testifying from some unnamed church of the swamp… Everywhere Holley's lyrics refer to slavery, the church and universal ecology. They are mystical and emphatic.” – RJ Smith, NPR

 

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Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Waltham Film Factory Screening: Life on the V: The Story of V66

Screening begins at 7PM. Doors open a half hour before.

Prior to the screening, there will be a special tribute to producer Matthew Nerney. Following the film will be a Q&A with director Eric Green, moderated by filmmaker Michael Bavaro.

On February 12, 1985, V66 went live on the air and created an immediate sensation. V66 was in the right place at the right time to showcase Boston's superstar acts of this era. They played a wide variety of music genres and often times they played local unsigned bands in between international superstars. Sometimes they even made their own versions of music videos as well.

The fans on the street, dancing at the clubs and calling in to win contests became as much a part of the channel as the music being played. Celebrities and rock stars would often stop by V66, sometimes unannounced.

On September 21, 1986, V66 signed off the channel 66 airwaves. While V66 wasn’t around for very long, the influence was immense. Fans never forgot it in the decades since.

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Shift Concert: Jolie Holland

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at approximately 8:00pm

http://joliehollandmusic.com/

 

“Her songs are about love and jealousy, traveling and exhaustion, desire and loss. They’re rampant with beautiful losers... It’s her voice that broadens her work and makes it curious…when she sings she becomes a hungry museum of stray voices…. “ –– Ben Ratliff, New York Times

 

It’s nearly impossible to categorize Jolie Holland’s music. Dark, sultry and soulful, it runs the gamut, from folk and jazz to blues and rock ‘n’ roll. Her work channels the hopes, longings, strangeness and darkness that you’ll find throughout the canon of American traditional music.

Holland grew up in Texas. By her teens she had learned piano, guitar, and fiddle, and was performing as a traveling musician. In the late 1990s she traveled to Vancouver, where she played with The Be Good Tanyas. She has since gone on to release a series of solo albums, including Catalpa, which Tom Waits nominated for the Shortlist music prize.

While Holland has made a name for herself as a songwriter, her work inevitably reflects the presence, and the ghosts, of 18th and 19th century American traditional music. Maybe she’s not singing about The Roving Gambler, Pretty Polly or Frankie and Albert. But you sense they’re near, in the shadows or in a room down the hall. It’s Holland’s ability to conjure the persistent spirits of our collective past that makes her work so powerful, and so compelling.

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

 

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Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Boiler House Jazz: Albino Jorge Mbie

Doors open at 7:00, music begins at 7:30.

“Albino is the next up coming guitarist and composer from Africa with fresh ideas. He needs to be heard by the whole world!”   –Lionel Loueke, Blue Note Records recording artist

Albino Mbie is an award winning Musician, Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Sound and mixing engineer born in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, a country in southern Africa known for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Fueled by the resourcefulness and determination that have always characterized Mozambicans, he built his first guitar at 16 from a 5-liter can of oil, scrap wood, and strings made out of electrical cords.

While studying music education and Performance at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, he heard about the Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, where he could expand his musical horizons. Soon after, Mbie was one of the first students to receive a full scholarship to Berklee through the African Scholars program. In 2009, he settled in Boston, Massachusetts.

He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Performance, production music and sound engineering and Minor in acoustics and electronics in 2013 .

Albino Mbie released his first album titled ”Mozambican Dance” in July 2013 with 12 original compositions, and musicians from 16 countries in 2014 .Album awards: First Place for ”International Song writing Competition” in the category of World Music (USA)

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.albinombie.com/

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Sculpture Race Design Workshop
Apr
9
1:00 PM13:00

Sculpture Race Design Workshop

Get ready to roll! Come learn how to create an entry for the Community Sculpture Race, a 4/10 mile tour of wheeled arts and crafts on the loopy sidewalks around the soccer field at Danehy Park in Cambridge, followed by an 2-hour exhibition of everyone's projects. The race is on April 23rd, as a part of the Cambridge Science Festival, so it's time to get to work!

For anyone thinking about racing an artwork in this year's event Jeff Del Papa, chief engineer for People's Sculpture Racing, will get you off to a flying start. Learn how to construct what is normally considered a stationary art form using a minimum of tools and straightforward materials, make it able to move under your human power, complete with animated bits, and how to get it all to (hopefully) hang together until you cross the finish line.  

This is an event for families (yes, bring the kids), teachers, scouting (or similar) groups and others looking for an interesting project, one that combines art with engineering, to occupy the upcoming school vacation week. The workshop is free with museum admission.  

About the speaker:  Jeff is a Maker, card carrying NERD, and a builder of strange things.  He founded the first American team to appear on the engineering competition show "Junkyard Wars".  He teaches at the Somerville kids makerspace "Parts and Crafts" (he also runs team building events for adults), is the current president of the New England Model Engineering Society, and Chief Engineer for People's Sculpture Racing.

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2nd Shift Concert: Xylouris-White
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Shift Concert: Xylouris-White

Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at approximately 8:00pm. Arrive early and enjoy a self-guided tour of the museum!

Xylouris-White is lute player George Xylouris and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three, PJ Harvey). They’re master musicians whose expansive and frequently hypnotic work is characterized by a sense of endless exploration. The duo’s use of space within its songs suggests a sense of possibility and a freedom to see, find and invent. Xylouris-White has toured relentlessly in the last few years, bringing its unmistakable music to audiences throughout Europe, Australia and North America.

“More and more, it seems the duo are inventing a new musical language, one based on deeply telepathic interplay and pure, transcendent abandon…  some of the heaviest music you’ll hear in 2016.” –– Aquarium Drunkard 

“A thrilling musical foray into avant-garde folk.” –– The Guardian

WEBSITE: www.xylouriswhite.com

Beverages are included in the ticket price, non-alcoholic for everyone, and beer & wine to those 21+.

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FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The event admission is all ages. For beer and wine service, you must be 21+ with valid proof of age presented upon entry to the Museum.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is NO Museum Visitor parking at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill facility where we are located. We ask that you use the nearby public parking facilities.

Maps and directions to both the Museum Visitor Entrance and Parking can be found here:  http://bit.ly/2d1en4D

BIO

When Xylouris White recorded their second album, this most intuitive and inquisitive of duos did what comes naturally to them: expanded their horizons. For George Xylouris, the Cretan lute player who partners here with the Dirty Three’s preternaturally fluent Australian drummer Jim White, one aim was to extend a core metaphor of their ruggedly visionary debut album, 2014’s Goats. “Like goats walking in the mountain” is Xylouris’ poetic analogy for their approach: “They may not know the place, but they can walk easily and take risks and feel comfortable. Really, the goats inspired us.”

That exploratory pitch is matched by the majestic Black Peak, named after a mountain top in Crete and, says Xylouris, “recorded everywhere”. A peak in both artists’ careers, the album testifies to their determination to stretch the scope of their instruments and forge something vigorously questing from more traditional roots. Where Goats was mostly instrumental, Black Peak gives Xylouris’s full-force baritone a lead role. And where Goats was often frisky, its tumultuous, tender and terrifically expressive follow-up drives harder and dives deeper.

“As we work together we can see the horizon is always open,” says Xylouris, “because that’s how we work. We give each other space, and that comes from the space we always try to give the bands and the people who we work with in the past.”

Partly, Black Peak pays testimony to both men’s remarkable histories. One of Crete’s best-loved artists, Xylouris is a scion of Greek musical royalty, a family from a mountain village near the Cave of Zeus. His father is revered singer / lyra player Psarandonis. A child when he began playing the lute, Xylouris would accompany his father in a backing role. Yet just as Psarandonis stretched the lyra’s range (“If music is measured in meter,” Psarandonis said, “I play in kilometre!”), so Xylouris elevated his eight-string laouto to the lead role in his Xylouris Ensemble.

Jim White has commanded international attention for more than two decades as part of Australia’s Dirty Three, storm’s-eye instrumental diviners whose emotionally choppy soundscapes brim with elemental force. Now New York-based, White is often found collaborating with alt-A-listers (including: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, PJ Harvey, Nina Nastasia, Cat Power and Smog,) where his playing redeploys the rolling momentum of free-jazz to supple ends, from sensitive to seismic.

PJ Harvey has likened White’s playing to dancing. Yet if dancers need partners, Black Peak also pays testimony to a friendship forged over 25-plus years. Xylouris was touring with his Ensemble when he met White in Melbourne in the early 1990s, when the drummer was in his pre-Dirty Three avant-rock outfit Venom P Stinger. In retrospect, a cycle of influence emerges: Xylouris’s 1990s live contributions to the Dirty Three seem to set a blueprint for Xylouris White, yet the Dirty Three were themselves inspired by Xylouris and Psarandonis.

That mutual admiration shapes the way the duo operate on Black Peak, always listening, encouraging, accommodating. “Each one has different roles at the same time, accompaniment and lead role,” explains Xylouris. “It’s very fluid.”

This fluidity is clear from the rolling explosion of the title-track, where White’s thunderous rhythm seems to urge, and be urged along in turn, by Xylouris’s chugging lute-rock riff, pirouetting melody and soaring vocal. “Forging” maintains the momentum, Xylouris’s thrashing, thrilling lute melody circling the rock of White’s pulsing drum. Elsewhere, Xylouris White re-write their route map. “Hey, Musicians” is rich and sonorous. The skin-tingling crawl of “Erotokritos (Opening)” draws on romantic renaissance verse; “Short Rhapsody” is a joyous jam of slashing laouto and coiled percussion; “Pretty Kondilies” is dancing and declamatory. Finally, “The Feast” sprawls gorgeously between tradition and invention, its sombre, sighing spaces shared with guest star Psarandonis’ stunning lyra and voice.

It took until 2013 for Xylouris and White to form as a duo, a process accelerated when White played with Xylouris and Psarandonis at a Nick Cave-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Australia. Just as other parties helped unite them, so the path to Black Peak was trod with support. The producer is Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, as on Goats (Xylouris: “His enthusiasm and aesthetic bring richness to the proceedings.”); the ghostly harmonies on “Erotokritos” come from Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

“All these things together, Jim from Australia, me from Crete, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy from Kentucky, Psarantonis from Crete, Guy Picciotto from Washington give us the inspiration of the horizon,” says Xylouris. “Jim and I travel a great deal and we like to do so. We have been doing that together the past three years, which is what inspired us to think of the horizon.

“We’re still goats,” he adds, “now on the horizon.” On the spectacular Black Peak, Xylouris White show just how far their horizons can stretch.

“As one third of Dirty Three and on performances with Cat Power, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham and countless others, Jim White has long been known as one of the most powerful and distinctive drummers on the scene. But he outdoes himself on the title track of Xylouris White’s sophomore LP, building the song into a righteous gallop that’s thrillingly thunderous and devastatingly precise all at once. A tour de force that’ll make other drummers hang their heads in shame.

White’s partner here, George Xylouris, is no slouch either, delivering nimble lines on his eight-string laouto, and singing in the voice of an angry, old god. Xylouris comes from Greek music royalty, and the music he’s making here with White does have its roots in traditional sounds. But more and more, it seems the duo are inventing a new musical language, one based on deeply telepathic interplay and pure, transcendent abandon, whether it’s on pulsating numbers like “Forging,” or dark, slow droners like “Hey Musicians.” Xylouris White is an acoustic affair (pristinely captured by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto), but make no mistake — this is some of the heaviest music you’ll hear in 2016.” Tyler Wilcox, Aquarium Drunkar

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Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival
Mar
30
5:30 PM17:30

Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival

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The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation invites you to attend the 25th Annual Waltham Food & Wine Festival to be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017. 

Hosted at the luxurious Westin Waltham Hotel, hundreds of guests from the Waltham and MetroWest area will enjoy an elegant evening of food, wine, music, and surprises.

Guests will enjoy the delicious cuisine of over 30 great Waltham restaurants. 

A bounty of fine wines and craft beers, served by the sommeliers of Gordon’s Liquors, will complement the cuisine. This event brings together music, culinary arts, local celebrities, and amazing innovations. 

All proceeds from the 25th Annual Waltham Food & Wine Festival benefit the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, its exhibits and educational programs. 

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The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is dedicated to preserving and explaning our industrial heritage, and encouraging future innovation in America. We do this through the interpretation of our collection and the presentation of high quality educational programs that explore the historical impact of industry on American culture, and examine the dynamic process of innovation.

The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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