Music and musicians in the ‘Swich

5 01 2011

This town is full of musicians. Pro, semi-pro, piano plunkers and garage band guitarists.

Unfortunately they don’t have too many venues to showcase their talents… there is one spot, though where you can count on live music every weekend.

Stone Soup offers live jazz starting at 7pm. There’s no cover, and from what I hear from very reliable sources, the music’s pretty hot! Tomorrow night (Thursday, Jan 6) Orville Giddings will anchor an Open Mic Jam Session, Friday night the Paul Broadnax Trio will play. Check it out!

Here are a couple of major musicians who live right here in town:

Chris Florio: Chris is an amazing musician in a variety of genres (classical, jazz, world) and he just finished mixing a new CD. You gotta hear this stuff. Hard to label, like all the best music! Check out the new stuff here and then click around the other pages to hear his various incarnations. And the man can’t resist a chance to jam… stop in at Stone Soup tomorrow night and you might get a chance to hear him, if you’re lucky!

Eric Colville: If you’ve never heard or seen the video, Eric Colville’s “End of War” is must see. (Click here to see it.) Now let’s see if we can get Eric and Alexandra out gigging again!

Ipswich Music: If your New Years resolution was to pick up a new instrument, or to brush up your guitar skills, you have to call Steve at Ipswich Music. He taught guitar to my daughter last winter into spring. He’s great with kids, makes music lessons fun. He’s also incredibly talented.

Do you know about more musicians or musical events/venues that should be mentioned here? Leave a comment!

Just one more…

… from yesterday’s shoot




2 responses

5 01 2011

Very cool. Thank you for the music links!

5 01 2011

I post Eric’s “End of War” song every 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc… Love it! Amazing lyrics and amazing video (and oh, look at that attractive art studio it was filmed in?!!)…

Mark from Ipswich Natural Foods is an AMAZING piano teacher, btw. Though I can’t think of Mark’s last name for the life of me, I also can’t say enough about the amazing lessons he gave to my son, another Mark, a few years ago. Great guy, great talent, great lessons…

My son Mark’s friends have a young band of teens called, if I have it right, the Hawk Field Band and they’ve played at open mic nights at Stone Soup, so nice of the place to open up their space like that. I think the “boys” are working on a cd.

LOVED listening to Hixville Trio at Time & Tide just a couple of weeks ago ~ what great pipes their “lead” singer had! She was absolutely channeling Patsy Cline at one point during the holiday concert.

High School music program concerts are worth attending, high school kids or not. What a talented group of kids and what a wonderful program! They’re headed to England in April but there are always spring concerts posted in the paper.

Only other “music” I can think of, if you can call it that, is the Karaoke at the Majestic Dragon, though it seems to me that what happens at the Dragon stays at the Dragon so that’s all I’m going to say on the topic. haha!

Love your idea for blogging about life in the “Swich! Will pass it on.

: )

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