Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, blue grass, string band and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.

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notloB news! We're about to bring online a new listening room, 70-100 seats in Newton Lower Falls. Details coming.


notloB Music Presents...
CANTRIP
Dan Houghton
Jon Bews
Eric McDonald
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Celebrating the release of its first album in seven years, titled “The Crossing”

Saturday, August 1, 2015, 8pm (doors at 7:40)
Park Avenue Congregational Church (PACC)
50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
General admission $15
Seniors and students $12

The name is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Originally formed as a quartet, Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh fifteen years ago. Their driving music immediately caught the attention of the masses, and they were quickly signed to the Foot Stompin' label. With their first album "Silver" (2001) in hand, Cantrip made its way across the water to the United States, where they were received with roars and shouts (of enjoyment). After years of significant touring, the band parted ways with Foot Stompin' and began producing albums on their own. Two albums later ("Boneshaker" in 2005 and "Piping the Fish" in 2008), Cantrip had cemented itself as a perennial figure.

After a period of hiatus in which children were born and continents were left for new ones, Cantrip redefined its sound. Trimming itself to a trio, the band tightened its arrangements while expanding its influence. New inspirations began creeping into the sound, complementing the traditional foundation of the band. The enhanced sound has been catching the ear of listeners and concert goers all over again. The band's much anticipated fourth release "The Crossing" is in production, and it looks to be as exciting and full of energy as ever. 

Photo by Amanda Kowalski

notloB Music Presents...
THE MATT FLINNER TRIO
Matt Flinner, mandolon
Ross Martin, guitar
Eric Thorin, bass
http://www.mattflinner.com/trio

Friday, August 28, 2015, 8pm (doors at 7:40)
Park Avenue Congregational Church (PACC)
50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington, MA
General admission $tba
Seniors and students $tba
Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 10.

The Matt Flinner Trio
“Deeply Rooted New Acoustic Music”
In 2006, three musical pals decided to get together to play a few gigs; since then, the Matt Flinner Trio has been exploring new pathways and setting new standards for the bluegrass trio sound all around the U.S. and Europe.
Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots music. Bluegrass, jazz and old-time music are all present here in their ways, along with a dose of classical chamber music composition and arrangement, as the members all draw from their wide array of musical loves, experiences and influences. These influences boil down into the trio’s own organic sound of New Acoustic music, or Modern String Band music, or Chamber Grass (music is getting harder and harder to label these days, isn’t it?). Whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you’ve never quite heard before.

The trio began doing “Music du Jour” tours in 2006, in which each member of the group writes a new composition the day of the show, and all three new pieces are performed on that evening’s concert. After several of these tours the trio recorded its first CD, “Music du Jour,” on Compass Records in 2009. They have now performed over 130 “du Jour” shows around the U.S., and continue to explore new frontiers and new sounds in acoustic string band music. Their second CD, “Winter Harvest,” was released on Compass Records in 2012. Watch for their upcoming CD, “Traveling Roots,” in early 2016.




Dinner and a show! 
Patrons who purchase tickets in advance through eventbrite for our Arlington shows get 10% off dinner at the nearby...
Thai-E-Sarn Cuisine, 1377 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, (781) 648-2223
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Thai-E-sarn-cuisine/729662723716568
http://www.thaiesarncuisine.com/
OR
Szechuan's Dumpling, 1360 Massachuetts Ave, Arlington, 
(781) 648-8882
Reservations are recommended.
Please base your tip on the pre-discounted price.

Please base your tip on the pre-discounted amount.
 
Thai Esarn Cuisine
 
Szechuan's Dumpling
notloB Music presents concerts in three listening room environments, PACC in Arlington, Carriage House Violins in 

Newton Upper Falls and Outpost 186 in Cambridge
Back in 2009, notloB Music presented three concerts at the Park Avenue Congregational Church (50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington); as of January, 2015 we have returned!
PACC holds two spaces, a 90-seat wooden hall with raised stage and a 260-seat sanctuary.
Do y
ou like Szechuan and/or Thai food? We have great news for you! Show youreventbrite ticket receipt for that day's PACC concert to your server at either Szechuan's Dumpling Chinese Restaurnt, 1360 Mass Ave or Thai-E-Sarn Cuisine, 1377 Mass Ave in Arlington and get 10% off your dinner tab! Please calculate your tip

 on the full, not discounted, amount. 

MBTA: Bus service via 62 & 79 from Alewife Station; 77 from Harvard/Porter.
Handicap accessible.



Carriage House Violins of Johnson String Instruments,1039 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, near the intersection of Rt.9 and I-95/Rt. 128, a 15 minute walk from Eliot Street T station (Green line D (Riverside)). The space seats 50. 
"Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument is a full-service violin shop, offering a wide array of both fine antique instruments and modern instruments by today’s best makers. Owned by Adam Johnson, son of Johnson String Instrument founders Roger and Carol Johnson, Carriage House Violins and Johnson String Instrument make up the east coast’s largest, most comprehensive violin shop. Carriage House Violins was founded in 2005 by Christopher Reuning, of Reuning & Son Violins. In November 2013, Johnson String Instrument assumed ownership of Carriage House Violins, to better serve the growing customer base of both firms. The merger offered an expanded inventory of first-class instruments while retaining the high caliber of personalized service loyal Carriage House Violins customers have come to expect. Carriage House Violins offers every serious stringed instrument player a lifetime of opportunity, convenience, service and support."
Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: Riverside green line to Eliot, then walk about 3/4 mile (not recommended during the Winter months).
Handicap accessible

Outpost 186
, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge. The space seats 35, served as the home of the former Lord Geoffrey Presents rising Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory rising talent series and continues that series.
"OUTPOST 186 is a new arts, media and performance space at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge. Outpost 186 hosts several ongoing series of experimental & improvised music performances, multi-media events, poetry readings and film, seven days a week, as well as periodic art exhibits. Open during scheduled shows or by appointment." Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: several bus routes serve Inman Square, or take the red line to Central Square and walk 4 blocks.
Not handicap accessible.

*...artists often ask for for gigs which we cannot always accomodate, here's where you come in. Have you ever thought about hosting a concert in your own home? That can be arranged. Email notlobreservations@gmail.com

 
 
 
 
 
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notloB News

notloB was honored to have two very special patrons at the 
March 22nd Ellie & Sumaia | Jenna & Mairi concert!
Patrick Swanson, Artistic DirectorGeorge Emlen, Music Director

Patrick Swanson, Artistic Director & George Emlen, Music Director

Stay tuned for details of why they were in attendance.

An Evening to Support the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

NotloB Music is donating tickets to two of its upcoming Arlington concerts, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project (April 1) and Darol Anger And The Furies (April 25), to Michelle Canning & Rough Edges' "4th Annual A Night on the Edge!" benefit concert and raffel Saturday, March 21 at 7:00pm in Chelmsford. 

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Brittany and Nic will be returning to notlob in seperate concerts in March and April. Until then, relive their January concerts....


"Fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still, Haas Kowert Tice) and the much-celebrated percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (This is How We Fly) performed two shows in the Boston area over the weekend. One of those shows was at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington where photographer Jason Elon Goodman shot a great video (below) before the duo’s stunning performance there to benefit the Mill – the oldest continuously operating mill in the U.S.
The video has been making its way around social media this week, so I caught up with the Brittany & Nic for a quick backstory. Here’s what they shared...."

notloB was proud to be the producer.

Read full article here.


Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss - Screengrab from video by Jason Elon Goodman

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss – Screengrab from video by Jason Elon Goodman

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss / Peaks of Otter / Old Schwamb Mill / Salt Stage / 01.18.15

A Traveling Salt Stage Production.

Recorded on a pair of "Edwina" microphones hand made by Philip Graham of ear trumpet labs. eartrumpetlabs.com

Salt Stage Presents both local artists and those on a migratory path through the state of Maine in intimate portraiture: musicians, poets, performers, chefs, farmers, painters, sculptors and more. These performances are archived live without over-dubbing or post manipulation unless insisted upon by the artist in the performance. A high resolution recording system and one or two camera angles capture a cinematic feeling full of both visual and sonic tonality, paired with simple & clean editing . When not outside on location, windows are often left open to incorporate gulls, rainfall and other sonic signatures of Maine. Vintage lenses are also integral to enhance the filmic look of the vignettes. The Salt Stage began in Old Port, Portland but has now expanded to everywhere and anywhere, as archived in the Traveling Salt Stage section.... Watch the video here.


PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICES! 



There will never be any annoying ringtones at a notloB! Before each, patrons are asked to turn off electric devices or put them in silent mode. Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has a tongue-in-cheek musical reply, "Valse Irritation", based on the Nokia ringtone.

Hamelin - Valse Irritation d'après Nokia 'Ringtone Waltz'


notloB Music is dedicated to the memory of Jack Hardy (d. March 11, 2011), who, with David Massengill and Peggy Seeger, graced our stage November 1, 2008, and John McGann (d. April 6, 2012), who performed with Flynn Cohen, Matt Heaton, and Danny Noveck  on November 20, 2012. Rest in peace, Jack and John! 

In John McGann's honor we post "Song for John", "An original tune dedicated to the great John McGann. ...composed by John Mailander and performed by John Mailander - Fiddle, Molly Tuttle - Guitar, Brittany Karlson - Bass and Joe Walsh - Mandolin", notloBBers all. Filmed by Adrianna Ciccone in Brighton, MA.

Published on Dec 27, 2014

Song for John


June 7, 2010- Actor/Musician Dominic Chianese introduces co-emcee Jack Hardy at the Gerde's Folk City 50th Anniversary celebration. Here, Jack performs his classic "Go Tell the Savior." Little did we know, Jack would be gone 9 months later. A true champion of original songwriters, Jack hosted Monday night 'workshops' in his apartment on Bedford and Houston in NYC for over 35 years.


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Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented >150 folk, old-time, bluegrass, string band, Celtic and country blues concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. We present at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Washington Square, Brookline, Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls and Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge. Concerts in your home can be arranged.

 

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