Saturday, Sep 06, 2014 12:00p -
Perkins St & Jamaicaway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Date Idea, Festivals & Fairs, Music
It started in 2010, with a question: Cambridge has one; Somerville has one. Why don't we?
And from that seemingly simple question, the JP Music Festival began.
It is a free event and open to the public.
The premise: a music festival with one simple caveat: at least one member of the band must live and/or work in JP.
The result: An annual event that has grown in size and attendance, but holds true to its roots: To give JP musicians the chance to get together on one stage for an afternoon of music.
What better way to spend the last days of summer with music, friends, and neighbors.
Schedule of Bands for 2014:
12:00 Bed of Coals
Winner of the JP Bar Wars fundraiser
Forged in the flames of J.J. Foley’s Fireside Tavern, and tempered by their victory at the first annual JP Bar Wars, Irish Mike and the Bed of Coals are riding a hot streak into the JP Music Festival. With Santiago Paredes on drums, Ben Knight on keys, and prodigal frontman Stephen McNulty, they feature Mike Condon on the shaker, Mike Warren on guitar, and Cindy, the blow up doll.
12:20 Bowleg Bradford
Bowleg Bradford is the solo-project of (failed) boy-wonder Malcolm DC. Bowleg Bradford plays music that is sometimes sad and is sometimes (seemingly) happy. There are a few recordings of Bowleg Bradford currently on the Internet. When Bowleg Bradford plays live, he is accompanied by Joe Weydt on drums, Jules Schellenberg on bass, and Dimitri Giannopoulos on the singing saw/guitar.
12:40 Surf’s Up Spicoli
Surf’s Up Spicoli are a three-piece instrumental band based out of Jamaica Plain and Medford, influenced by 80s thrash, 60s surf/gargage/psychedelia, and punk rock. Their approach is to take the traditional surf/instrumental formula and stand it on its head by bringing into the fold more aggressive influences as well as a liberal use of effects to create sonic textures hitherto unheard in the context of the genre.
1:00 Hands to the Sky
A duo turned quartet. High school friends with varying tastes joined together by boredom and a dream. Looking to inspire and create.
1:20 Old Wave
Lovable friends Pancho the Kid, Neil Horsky, Ian Kovac, and Scott Mizrachi play music for the sake of music, for the sake of the song, and for the sake of each other. Playing songs new and old written by Pancho and Scott. Currently working on debut album with JP’s own PJ Goodwin of the Debo Band.
1:40 Hope and the Husbands
Hope and the Husbands has been around for about 4 years, in which they are ever-changing their style and sometimes members. They’re an unforgettable act with fun antics and songs guaranteed to entertain people of all tastes.
2:00 The Ben Schwendener Trio
Composer/pianist Ben Schwendener sustains a unique voice in contemporary creative music. A leading authority on George Russell’s Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization, Schwendener has helped to establish a new direction in natural pedagogy and dialogue-based arts education. A prolific composer, Ben has created music for small and large ensembles, dance companies, film, video and art installations, and written volumes of piano music for “Children of All Ages.” His latest releases: “Apfelschaun-New Episode” (with Uwe Steinmetz) and his first solo release since 2005, the two CD “Industrial Folk Music” are now available.
2:20 The Taxonomists
The Taxonomists are a four-piece rock band featuring Alex Handler on guitar and vocals, Anna Neumann on keyboard and vocals, Evan Rees on drums, and Andrew Hughes on guitar and bass. The Taxonomists’ vocal duality inspires the foundation of their sound, drawing influence from bands like The Strokes, The Beatles, David Byrne, Radiohead, Animal Collective, and The Dirty Projectors.
2:40 The Old Edison
HoodFolk from Boston, MA. Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmonica, Tin Whistle, Drums. We all sing. We all yell.
Skip every Looker show if you like happy, hopeful music. These sea dogs drive home original carnival rock on the haunting and glorious debut album, “Are You Listening?” Drawn to themes of doom, revenge, and catastrophes (especially floods), songwriters/singers Mary Beth and Suzanne trade hook-heavy numbers in juke joint guitar clinic style. Drummer Ned and bassist Mike hold down the back line as Boston’s tightest and baddest rhythm section.
3:20 LOVE LOVE
Songs of murder and love are prominent throughout the songwriting of this passionate group, but it’s the harmonies and musicianship of this band that set them apart from the rest. They’ve been described as the Emmylou and Graham of this generation but truly have a sound of their own.
3:40 Rick Berlin w/ the Nickel and Dime Band
“In another world, far, far away, Rick Berlin will get million-dollar production from Lee Townsend, Larry Klein, or T-Bone Burnett. Stephen Merritt will reject him as an opener on his tour because he feels threatened. All the same, Berlin will take his place among the pantheon of American singer-songwriters, along with Merritt, Randy Newman, and Tom Waits.” -Jon Garelick, The Boston Phoenix. “Brilliant lyricism, tender and varied instrumentation, and Berlin’s tremulous vocal like a flickering bulb at the dark end of a creepy hallway.” -Michael Brodeur, The Boston Phoenix
4:00 Morris and the East Coast
Morris and the East Coast are group of ramblers from Providence and Boston serving up a bowl of American Blues with a side dish of Soul, and cornbread. For fans of The Band, Dawes, and Dr. Dog.
4:20 The Bethel A.M.E. Praise & Worship Team
Over the past several years, the men and women of Bethel A.M.E. Church have greatly impacted the greater Boston area with the love and gospel of Jesus Christ. Their community involvement extends past weekly worship services and programming and includes partnerships with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the Black Ministerial Alliance, and various other organizations concerning serious issues that affect this community. Bethel’s Praise & Worship Team–under the direction of Minister Rashad McPherson–is comprised of nearly 20 musicians and singers who are committed to serving God through the ministry of worship and the arts. The church is located at 38 Walk Hill St. here in Jamaica Plain. Please come worship with Pastors Dr.’s Ray and Gloria Hammond and with us!
4:40 Cask Mouse
Cask Mouse draws from all aspects of their diverse musical and geographical experiences to truly express emotion and tell untold truths. With a sweeping love for all music, they find themselves meandering the genres of country, folk, rock-n-roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul.
Radiovolta is a Latin pop/rock band. When singer/frontman Joselias Mantopoulos and guitarist Siervo Jiménez met in 2010, they decided to start a band and begin the search for musicians. After several years of different members and arrangements, in 2012 Joselias found guitarist Federico Suarez, drummer Orlando Retana, and bassist Ali Tovar to complete the band’s first official line-up. With musicians from different countries and diverse cultural backgrounds, RadioVolta achieves a contemporary, original and organic sound.
Inspired by their small-town origins, Boston Americana quartet Tallahassee spin stories with lush arrangements that take the best elements from folk, rock, and alt-country. They create a warm atmosphere that channels the energy the band has on tour. “We have a knack for making new friends everywhere we go,” says lead guitarist Scott Thompson. “We are in our element on tour; staying up late, passing the whiskey bottle and telling stories with friends both old and new.” It’s this spirit that fills their latest album, “Old Ways,” making the album feel like a close friend you’ve just met.
6:00 Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes & Drums
The Gaelic Column was first formed in 1992 by a small group of police officers from the Boston Police Department. They are an independent organization consisting of Boston Police officers and sworn law enforcement officers from the greater Boston area. The Gaelic Column is affiliated with the Boston Police Department, but is funded entirely through the efforts of our members and supporters. The Gaelic Column is dedicated to preserving their heritage through the traditional music of Gaelic culture. They are also dedicated to honoring the memory of those in law enforcement who have gone before them, and especially those who have given their lives upholding the law.
6:00 Blue Gold
Unrestricted by genres, Blue Gold weaves together a mix of indie + classic rock, R&B, and hip hop making them one of the more interesting musical combinations to come along in years. With a focus on great songwriting, meaningful lyrics and a powerful stage show Blue Gold is on a mission to set a new standard.
6:20 Stray Bullets
Boston punks Stray Bullets, who call their sound “streetpunk reggae,” and are gearing up to release their new album, “Ghost Town Rockers,” later this summer.
6:40 Streight Angular
Streight Angular is a psych/garage/pop neon explosion into the future. Streight Angular plays genre jumping songs with hints of social commentary that explode in DayGlo color soundscapes. “Streight Angular spin pop affability and rock ‘n roll chaos into an inescapable vortex of merriment.” (The Boston Globe). With abstract universal lyrics that absolutely reflect our time, Streight Angular evoke anthems that everyone can sing along with and believe in. Streight Angular has been nominated “Best New Artist” by both the Boston Music Awards and Boston Phoenix and voted “Garage Rock Artist of the Year” by the Boston Phoenix.