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Jocelyn & Chris Arndt  

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

August 6, 2019 at 7:00pm

Her vocals have been compared to Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. His blues-inflected guitar work has been likened to Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour and Joe Bonamassa. Siblings originally from Upstate New York, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have taken their latest record to #1 on the Jambands Top 30, cracked the Billboard Triple A Top 40, and this spring made their national television debut on NBC’s Today Show.

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Seth Glier  

Seth Glier

July 30, 2019 at 7:00pm

Seth Glier (pronounced “Gleer”) recorded his latest album, Birds, in an airy loft in western Massachusetts. The room’s outfitted with a grand piano and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the birds roosting outside the windows became a sympathetic audience while he completed the album. “I felt a tremendous amount of comfort talking to the birds,” he says. “I’d check in with them regularly to see how they thought things were going so far.”

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The Sea the Sea and Freddy & Francine  

The Sea the Sea and Freddy & Francine

July 27, 2019 at 8:00pm

The Sea The Sea is an Upstate New York-based indie folk-pop duo featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” The group has received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, earning features across all major music platforms including Apple Music’s Best of the Week, The A-List Singer/Songwriter, and over 15 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song “Waiting” sparked viral interest at Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and an international TED conference in 2015. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls The Sea The Sea “ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing.”

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Winterland: Reckoning  

Winterland: Reckoning

July 26, 2019 at 8:00pm

Winterland is made up of eight area musicians, all active in the Midwest’s vibrant music scene, who’ve come together to enjoy, explore and emulate the music of The Dead. Their collective background ranges across nearly every musical genre, from jazz, funk and country, to blues, bluegrass and rock’n’roll. All these influences meld together beautifully as Winterland delivers what can only be described as Grateful Dead music.

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The Iguanas  

The Iguanas

July 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

What if Americana actually encompassed all of North America? You'd have the Franco-Acadian inflections of Canada, exemplified by accordion, blues and jazz, the only truly indigenous musics the US has ever produced, combined with the lilting grace and fiery passion of Mexican music. You'd also have New Orleans' premiere distillers of this continental musical melange, The Iguanas, and their latest album Juarez.

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Adam Ezra Group  

Adam Ezra Group

June 30, 2019 at 7:00pm

Five-time winners at the New England Music Awards, here’s a band whose reputation has been built on “sweaty, passionate and enduring” live performances that have earned them comparisons to Springsteen and U2. Jack Casey of Boston radio station WERS has proclaimed, “After two hours of non-stop playing, Adam Ezra’s given everything he has to the audience. Rarely have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.” But not content to be “just a band,” members of the Adam Ezra Group sees themselves as activists and community leaders, out to change the world.

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The Unlikely Candidates  

The Unlikely Candidates

June 28, 2019 at 8:00pm

The Unlikely Candidates are an indie rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. Formed in 2008, the group started as an acoustic duo made up of childhood friends Kyle Morris and Cole Male, and then expanded to include guitarist Brenton Carney, bassist Jared Hornbeek, and drummer Kevin Goddard. In 2013, the band released their single “Follow My Feet,” which earned a place on the alternative charts. In 2016, their hooky single “Your Love Could Start a War” reached number number 36 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs, while 2017’s “Ringer” topped at 38.

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Making Movies  

Making Movies

June 20, 2019 at 7:00pm

Based in Kansas City, and comprising a pair of brothers from Panama, and another pair from Mexico, Making Movies creates an overwhelming musical presence that takes the listener through landscapes festive and furious, refreshing and dark. The falsetto singing of Diego Chi can take you to the underworld, while the fuzz of Enrique Chi’s guitar anchors the band’s sound amid the Chaurand brothers’ primal, folkloric percussion. It’s an explosion of energy on the stage: does the soundtrack make the movie, or the movie make the soundtrack?

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Dwayne Dopsie  

Dwayne Dopsie

June 16, 2019 at 7:00pm

Nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award, and subsequently named America’s Hottest Accordion, Dwayne Dopsie plays a high-energy zydeco that keeps the crowd wanting more. Hailing from one of the most influential musical families in Southwest Louisiana, he’s both inspired by tradition, and intent on transcending it to develop a unique style of 21st-century zydeco. Son of the legendary Rockin' Dopsie, Sr., Dwayne started out on the washboard, then took up the accordion at age seven. Since forming his first band, at age 19, he’s performed in 40 countries, including hundreds of cities across the United States. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers have been featured in Rolling Stone, Big City Blues, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and the Jamie Kennedy Experiment.

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Willy Porter  

Willy Porter

June 15, 2019 at 8:00pm

His musical and personal odyssey has spanned two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. The journey’s been defined by his inquisitive love for humanity, and for the language that describes what we all hold to be true. In short, Willy Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the struggles and triumphs of human existence. His live shows. similarly, are guitar-driven grit, soul, silence and muscle – at times electrifying, often dynamic, always unique in the way his voice blends and fuses with his fret work.

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The Singing Out Tour  

The Singing Out Tour

June 14, 2019 at 8:00pm

Ask any one about the new generation of social justice music-makers. Chances are they'll mention either Heather Mae or Crys Matthews. Mae, a powerhouse performer and earthshaking vocalist, has turned her personal struggle with mental health and body image into an empowering message of self-love, a universal light force that shines for every audience member. Crys Matthews is a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her lived experience as what she lightheartedly calls "the poster-child for intersectionality.” Likewise, she blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in tradition, but punctuated by honest, original lyrics.

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The Larry Keel Experience  

The Larry Keel Experience

June 13, 2019 at 7:00pm

Critics have described Larry Keel as “the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic guitarist performing today.” Steeped in the rich mountain heritage of Southwest Virginia, he grew up in a musical family that featured bluegrass on both sides. That solid musical grounding, along with generous natural-born talent, combined to create an incomparable guitarist, one who “can break your heart with a waltz, then scare the hell out of you with his very next song.” Soon the young musician was appearing with the likes of Vassar Clements, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, John Hartford and Bill Monroe.

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