Session Americana w/ Laura Cortese, Miracle Parade
all-star band's nontraditional twists on traditional tunes
$20.50 advance / $22.50 at door
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May 06 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening of great songs played by superlative musicians as Boston-based acoustic music collective Session Americana takes the stage. In this intimate yet highly theatrical show, a group of top-notch singer-songwriters come together to swap songs and instruments, inviting the audience to share in their warmth, joy, and camaraderie. With core SA members Ry Cavanaugh, Dinty Child, Billy Beard, and Jim Fitting covering the instrumental front from banjo to guitar to harmonica to drums to pump organ, the show also features special guests Laura Cortese on fiddle and Miracle Parade on bass.
Starting in 2005 with an impromptu jam at a tiny bar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Session Americana quickly grew to an New England institution, playing gigs from coffee houses to international festival tents, from Boston's Club Passim to the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland. Along the way, they have won numerous Boston Music Awards, including Best Live Residency in 2011 and Album of the Year for their 2009 release, Diving for Gold.
Session Americana’s fabulously rich repertoire reflects the diverse backgrounds of its core members. "In addition to new takes on traditional numbers," says Dinty, “we do a fair number of originals and I still get a real kick out of playing unlikely covers with our instrumentation. We have a pretty extensive batch of Prince songs as well as Flaming Lips, Liz Phair, the Beastie Boys, Radiohead, and a hundred more."
Melding the propulsive grace of ancient fiddle styles to open-hearted original pop-flavored songs, violinist and vocalist Laura is one of the most intriguing and versatile musicians in the bountiful New England roots music scene.
Miracle Parade is the alter ego of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Christopher Pappas. Christopher, who plays bass in tonight’s show, makes music steeped in low-fi brilliance and rustic ambience.
Session Americana photo by Topher Cox