Saturday, Oct 02, 2021 7:30p -
Arts at the Armory Cafe at the Somerville Armory
191 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
$10 suggested donation
Music, Nightlife, Performing Arts
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents a live, in-person concert with singer/songwriters Beth DeSombre, Susan Levine and Erin Ash Sullivan on Saturday October 2. The concert will feature a solo set by each artist, followed by a round robin song swap. The show begins at 7:30 pm, and there is a suggested donation of $10. The Armory Cafe is at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. For more information call 617-718-2191 or visit artsatthearmory.org/cafe or www.facebook.com/SomervilleSongwriterSessions
. Performer details below.
Somerville Songwriter Sessions at the Armory Cafe presents contemporary folk singer/songwriters in concert, on the first Saturday of each month. The Armory Cafe features live music in an intimate setting, a menu featuring sandwiches, soups, desserts and coffees, and plenty of free parking. Please note that all guests will be required to show proof of COVID vaccination (or a negative COVID test 24-72 hours before the event) and that all attendees are required to wear a mask except while eating or drinking. Our 10/2 performers:
Beth DeSombre writes songs that are "smart and uplifting...focusing on the quiet meaning to be found in ordinary life" (Sing Out! Magazine), exploring issues from the personal to the political. Her music touches both mind and heart, with insights wrapped in melody and harmony that stay with you after the echoes of the last chorus have faded away. Her 2017 EP Resistance reached #10 on the folk charts (with two top-10 songs). This EP, with songs written in response to the current political situation, is a fundraiser for the ACLU. Her 2016 CD I Was Here was produced by Sean Staples, and includes guest appearances by Tracy Grammer, Vance Gilbert, Laura Cortese, and other music luminaries. An award-winning writer in many formats, she has just published her ninth book. More at bethdesombre.com.
You might not find a straight-out love song in Susan Levine's music, but you will find honest songs about the complexity of modern-day relationships, including the challenges and joys of single motherhood, the ambivalence of finding new love after heartbreak, and the search for grace in the smallest moments. Susan explores the emotional terrain of love, loss and hope with a poetic blend of folk, Americana, pop and country, and a voice that has garnered comparisons to Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. Since the release of her 2007 CD Atlas - described in The Boston Herald as "That rare album where a whole mind and heart are revealed" - Susan has not stopped writing or performing. Through a painful divorce, single motherhood of two young boys, her "day job" as a music therapist, and performing and recording as one half of Americana duo The Lied To's (with singer-songwriter Doug Kwartler), music has remained her constant, her way of processing and expressing her experiences and stories from the world around her. More at susanjlevine.com.
Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Erin Ash Sullivan spent her first 12 years in a 1972 Volkswagen camper van as her family trekked from Maryland to Massachusetts to California to Scotland and back to California, before settling in a small rural town in central Massachusetts. The moves gave Erin an understanding of the relationship between geography and perspective, an appreciation for putting down roots, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the ABBA discography. After graduating from Amherst College she moved to New York City, where she reconnected with college friend Amy Speace and founded the band Edith O, performing regularly at NYC venues the Bitter End and CBGB's Gallery and releasing the critically acclaimed Tattooed Queen. In subsequent years, marriage, children, and a career as a teacher and author took center stage, but in 2018, Erin jumped back in the pool, and the warm welcome of the Boston open mic community encouraged her to return to composing and performing. Her music recalls the style and spirit of her idols Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and John Prine. More at erinashsullivan.com.
Effective October 1, 2021, the Center for Arts at the Armory will require all staff and event guests to show proof of vaccination status. Children under the age of 12 will not have to show proof of vaccination for admittance to events but are required to wear a mask. Guests who wear masks and present a negative COVID test 24 to 72 hours prior to the event will also be admitted. Guests are encouraged to show proof of vaccination from their cell phones. In addition, effective August 13, 2021, once inside the Armory building, the Center for Arts at the Armory requires all staff, volunteers, interns, vendors, shoppers and guests to wear a mask regardless of whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves.