UPCOMING EVENTS

Sweet Honey In The Rock

MLK Day Celebration Reclaiming the Beloved Community

Join Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock®, as they mark this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a celebration of hope, resilience, and new beginnings. The ensemble will once again take the stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre, where they will look out to an audience of thousands from around the world who have joined via Zoom so that they can be seen by the artists. The concert will feature an exciting lineup of special guests including Kiki Shepard, Keith David, Mumu Fresh, Azar Lawrence, and Wycliffe Gordon who reflect the life of Reverend King and offer words of inspiration for the future.

Since 1973, Sweet Honey has empowered and inspired with songs about a range of social issues, blending potent themes with gorgeous artistry to stir the mind and the soul. Throughout their sterling career, the ensemble has raised their voices to defend civil rights, social justice, equality, and freedom for all.

The three-time Grammy® Award-nominated and internationally renowned group currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Rochelle Rice, Christie Dashielland features Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. This performance will include American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Barbara Hunt.

This event is made possible by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (CAH). The CAH is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities. CAH is the designated state arts agency for the District of Columbia and is supported primarily through District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Festival de Flamenco

An Adventure In Traditional Music and Dance from Granada

Uncork a bottle of sherry, dust off your sense of adventure, and join us for a festival of music and dance set in the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The afternoon begins with Variación a Tempo, the newest award-winning work by Sara Jimenez and Pablo Gimenez, broadcast live from Teatro Mira Amescua in Guadix. The exquisitely choreographed piece chronicles the evolution of Spanish music and dance, linking the classical traditions’ influence on the more modern genre, flamenco. 

We then retreat to the olive groves of Almazara de Paulenca for an intimate performance broadcast live from a rustic, family-owned olive mill. Against a backdrop of hand-hewn timbers and terracotta tiles, guitarist Pablo Giménez leads a Granada based ensemble which features dancers Rocío Montoya, of Riverdance acclaim, and Jasiel Nahim. They remind us that nothing, not even a pandemic, can temper the passion of authentic Flamenco.

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Claudia Acuña

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN RISING FESTIVAL

Latin Grammy Award nominee, Claudia Acuña, presents a two-part musical celebration to mark International Women’s Day. Broadcast live from Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre, the production features a six-camera shoot to capture the intimacy of her performance and the majesty of this historic opera house. Audience members are invited to join via Zoom so they can “be seen” by the artists on a video wall in the orchestra pit.

Growing up in Chile, Claudia dreamed of performing in the iconic jazz clubs of New York City. She fell in love with this unfamiliar music while listening to international stations on her transistor radio. At age 20, she sold all of her possessions and immigrated to the US with no English and little more than her own ambitions. In a short period of time, she began appearing at jam sessions and gained recognition as one of the most intriguing and original vocalists on the scene. “She sings in the tradition of the great ones.” remarked Abbey Lincoln, “ Her sound is her own.”

Claudia will be joined by Pablo Vergara on piano, Carlos Henderson on bass, Juancho Herrera on guitar, and Rodrigo Recabarren on drums.

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Grand Opera Divas

Daughters of the Spanish Opera

Spend the day with two of Spain’s most revered singers, both divas in their own right and daughters of some of the greatest stars in the history of Grand Opera. The day begins with an Opera Gala featuring Montserrat Martí Caballé, daughter of soprano Montserrat Caballé and tenor Bernabé Martí, who takes us on a journey through the world of Opera and Spanish Zarzuela with a selection of some of the classical genre’s most fascinating solos and duets.

The evening turns to Bacchus in Love with an inebriating mix of good wines and music; duets and songs that speak to us of passion and joy, friendships and glamour, exaltation and inspiration. Together soprano Cecilia Lavilla Berganza, daughter of the grand opera diva Teresa Berganza, baritone Luis Santana and pianist Victor Carbajo exalt the goodness of “miracle juices” by interpreting an extensive repertoire of different composers and celebrating this exciting and passionate pairing.

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CANCELLED

Magos Herrera

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN RISING FESTIVAL

UPDATE: The Magos Herrera shows on April 2nd have been moved to Saturday, April 17th. We made this change to enable Magos to perform as part of the United Nations Generation Equality Forum, a landmark event that sets priorities for women’s rights around the globe.

Born in Mexico City and currently based out of New York, Magos is best known for her eloquent vocal improvisation and her singular bold style, which embraces elements of contemporary jazz with Ibero-American melodies and rhythms singing in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Regarded as one of the most active vocalists in the Latin American jazz scene, she is also a United Nations spokesperson for UN Women UNITE, a program promoting the elimination of violence against women, and the UN’s “He For She” campaigns to promote gender equality. An all-star ensemble will join Magos featuring Luis Perdomo on piano, Sam Minaie on bass, and Alex Kautz on drums.

Join us in celebrating the vital contributions of women in the arts as part of the 2021 International Women Rising Series. Be the first to hear highlights from the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City, where Magos performed on behalf of UN Women and the Mexican and French governments. Broadcast live from the historic Academy of Music Theatre; this event weaves together a tapestry of musical performances and conversations with distinguished artists and leaders in gender equality.

 

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Felipe Salles

The New Immigrant Experience

Blues to Green (Springfield, MA) and Next Stage Arts (Putney, VT) are proud to present The New Immigrant Experience, the remarkable eighth release by renowned composer Felipe Salles, is a powerful multimedia work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost seven hundred thousand individuals currently protected by DACA. The performance will be preceded by an investigative panel discussion to ground us in the work’s sociopolitical context.

Written by Salles –who emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1995 – and developed with the aid of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the work uses speech cadences and melodic motifs based on key words as its main source of musical material. The compelling and personal stories it tells were collected through interviews Salles conducted with a group of nine Dreamers during the summer of 2018. It’s an emotional musical journey through beautiful orchestral textures, carefully developed motifs, and intense solo features, that combine the power of a big band recording and the dramatic landscape of a soundtrack.

This program is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. Additional support for this performance provided by the Mass Cultural Council.

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It's Not Too Late

An oratorio on the subject of climate change

It’s Not Too Late is an interactive, multimedia experience that delivers a potent blend of science, activism, and art – a microcosm of the coalition converging to change course at this dramatic moment in planetary history.  This event includes a screening of Geoffrey Hudson’s A Passion for the Planet, a stunning eco-oratorio with director’s-cut style annotations by Hudson and climate scientist Michael E. Mann, preceded by a panel discussion with leaders in climate activism including Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Mann.

A Passion for the Planet

Geoffrey Hudson’s choral-orchestral work, A Passion for the Planet, is an hour-long oratorio on the subject of planetary crisis. Blending scientific prose, poetry, and sacred texts from many faiths, the libretto traces an arc from beauty and gratitude into darkness and out again into hope.

A Passion for the Planet is scored for a chorus of mixed voices, children’s chorus, soprano and baritone soloists, and instrumental ensemble. There are eleven movements; in the finale, performers and audience members join together to sing a simple chorale tune.

Follow our hashtag campaign on Instagram and Twitter #WhatGivesMeHope to join the conversation.

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MISTER G's Earth Day

A FREE CONCERT FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

MISTER G – the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist and educator – presents an exciting bilingual Earth Day concert for children and families with an emphasis on ecoliteracy. Broadcast live from the Academy of Music Theatre, the performance will be filled with music, culture, special guests from all over the world, and of course a foot-stomping handclapping good time.

Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, Ben Gundersheimer was originally dubbed MISTER G by his young students while pursuing a Master of Education degree. His dynamic, interactive performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross-cultural connections. His most recent album, Children of the World, unites musicians across five continents and fourteen countries (including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Romania, Iran, Liberia, Senegal, Vietnam, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Mexico, France, Jamaica and the US).

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Festival de Jerez

Celebrating 25 years as the World's Greatest Flamenco Festival

The Festival de Jerez is the foremost Flamenco and Spanish Dance Festival in the world.  In 2021, it celebrates its landmark 25th edition, making it one of the longest-running festivals of its kind, but this year, the Festival de Jerez faces a new, unprecedented challenge.

With the COVID-19 global pandemic still looming large, rather than cancelling this year’s edition, the festival administration made the brave decision to reduce the number of productions it normally presents and move this year’s edition from its usual dates in February and March to May.  Even so, to keep artists, festival staff and audience members safe, festival performances will be sold only to 50% theatre capacity.  Plus, the large international contingent that normally floods the Spanish city of Jerez de la Frontera to attend the festival’s dance courses and performances will sadly be missing due to travel restrictions.

However, if flamenco and Spanish dance students and fans can’t come to the historic Villamarta Theatre, Third Row will bring the performances at the Villamarta to a global audience through a collection of festival live streams.  Because of the pandemic, many of the performances that have been selected for streaming likely will not be able to tour as widely as they deserve, but this collaboration between the Festival de Jerez and Third Row presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of Spain’s finest and most lauded performers and their newest masterworks from the comfort and safety of home, no matter where on Earth that home is located.

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BARBÈS In The Woods

Nature Meets Culture in Montague, Massachusetts

Barbès in the Woods is a summer music festival that pays homage to one of Brooklyn’s most iconic bars. Nestled in the hills of Western Massachusetts, this day-long festival features two-stages of music, local food, craft beverages, a bonfire, and a river to splash in. and more. It’s the quintessential end-of-summer backyard festival — the sort of thing you’ve always wanted in the middle of your summer — on a pristine tract of historic farmland in Montague, Massachusetts.

THE BACK STORY: Barbès was once a Park Slope laundromat until two Frenchmen turned it into a bar. That bar had a back room for music. And that back room soon became Brooklyn’s favorite hang for omnivorous, authentic, non-commercial and international performances. Its been called “a cultural phenomenon” by the Christian Science Monitor and “…the vanguard of the new Brooklyn jazz scene” by the New York Times. The tiny venue hosts more than 700 performances a year. The point is: this is no ordinary bar. And this will not be any ordinary festival.

Keep an eye on our emerging lineup at the Barbès in the Woods Festival Website and get your tickets soon, because capacity will be limited.

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SofÍa Rei's Umbral

Collider! Picnic at the Florence Congregational Church

Folk-futurist and award-winning vocalist, songwriter and producer, Sofía Rei weaves a deft and complicated tapestry of musical styles — a self-described pond-hopper when it comes to genre — whose training as an opera singer, fascination with Argentine folk traditions, and profound immersion in the multi-cultural mecca of New York City have all contributed to the music she plays today. Her collaborations are wide-ranging and studded with luminaries; like John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Bobby McFerrin, John Medeski, Susana Baca, and Pedrito Martinez.

She joins us in Florence with a new quartet ensemble including frequent collaborator JC Maillard (bass) , the virtuosic Jorge Glem (cuatro), and fellow Argentine Leo Genovese (piano). They will be presenting music from her new future-folk project Umbral (“threshold”). The project was recently featured on Tiny Desk and it is A-MAZING.

“…a latin folkloric encyclopedia right in the heart of New York City.” -VICE

ABOUT THIS GATHERING:
The backyard of the Florence Congregational Church is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to enjoy music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing. Guests are asked to wear masks. Due to limited capacity, we regrettably have to charge a youth ticket for kids ($10).

5PM picnic. Music at 7PM. Food pop-up TBA.

ABOUT UMBRAL:
In her most recent project, an exhaustive exploration of the voice as an instrument of texture and expression, Sofía Rei breaks away from the established continuity of her work, creating a daring new soundscape that blends South American folk with pop, electronic music and improvisation.

A soul-searching trip to the Elqui Valley in Chile Sofía, armed with only two back packs of recording equipment and her charango, she created the core of her newest musical venture: “Umbral” (Threshold). Her unorthodox compositions are built almost exclusively from vocal loops and incorporate the series “Cinco poemas cínicos” (Five Cynical Poems), in which the songwriter displays her natural inclination towards lyricism. Incisive and imaginative, Sofia’s poetry responds to heartbreak, deception and disappointment with unrestrained candor, elegant humor and a heavy dose of sarcasm.

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Yemen Blues

New Culture Music blending Yemenite, West African, Latin & Jazz

Ravid Kahalani’s Yemen Blues project begins and ends with the singer’s rhapsodic voice and a Yemeni accent acquired from childhood religious singing — but everything in the middle is global, funky, and outrageous. Kahalani is part Prince, part James Brown, and his music reaches into Moroccan gnawa, Nigerian afrobeat, ecstatic jazz, and global soul. Traditional folkways and devotional song intersect effortlessly with heavy grooves and transcendental jams.

“Some acts are so unique, so hard to describe, they even go so far as to invent their own language” -Time Out

In this quartet iteration,  Ravid Kahalani (guembri) is accompanied by Shanir Blumenkrantz (bass, oud), as well as trumpet and drums.

ABOUT THIS GATHERING:

The beautiful backyard of Beit Ahavah at Florence Congregational Church (130 Pine Street, Florence) is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to listen to music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing.

MASK POLICY UPDATE: 

Many people are ready to shed their masks. Others may have not yet been vaccinated, may have underlying vulnerabilities, or may be protecting loved ones who do.

We’d like everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at our events. To that end, we will be dividing the lawn into a masked and unmasked section. Please select the section where you feel most comfortable.

In addition:

  1. Wearing a mask is mandatory if you aren’t fully vaccinated yet, despite the outdoor setting. By default, this applies to all children under 12.
  2. Vaccinated or not — we ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the event, walking around, or waiting in line to use the restroom.

IN CASE OF RAIN:

If rain is forecasted, we will move the event indoors to the Sanctuary and everyone will be required to wear masks for the duration of the show.

6PM BYO picnic. Music at 7PM.

Co-presented with Beit Ahava with generous support by the Consulate General of Israel to New England. Major funding for this event provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Community Grant.

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Juneteenth 2021

Sweet Honey In The Rock | Never Turn Back

Last year, during the early months of grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, the horrific murder of George Floyd was witnessed throughout the world and the international community exploded in protest.

A year later, we are still on the battlefield–with systematic racism continuing to destroy innocent lives. Those of us who are still here are truly blessed, working collectively and individually for change. Raising our voices, taking to the streets, calling out the lies, calling for justice for all, moving forward, staying hopeful, relishing our resilience, while knowing that the struggle is far from over.

We hope this Juneteenth Day experience will energize, uplift and inspire each of us to recommit, and reconnect as a world community walking courageously forward into the light of truth and freedom…never turning back!

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Elio Villafranca

Standing By The Crossroads | Jass Syncopators

Born in the Pinar del Río province of Cuba, Elio Villafranca is at the forefront of the latest generation of remarkable Cuban musicians. The Grammy nominated jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader will showcase his new work Standing by the Crossroads, with his six piece jazz ensemble – the Jass Syncopators. The ensemble adeptly pushes boundaries, infusing jazz with the syncopated rhythms of traditional Afro-Caribbean musical forms. Villafranca’s compelling and complex compositions teem with subtle textures and feature architecture derived from his classical training. This concert is presented by Blues to Green as part of a week-long residency.

Inspiration for Standing by the Crossroads 

In Cuba, religions are very intertwined with the cultural fabric. Santeria, Arará, Abakuá, Congo, Tumba Francesa, Gangá, albeit different, have two things in common— the veneration of their Orishas and the way in which they see the Crossroads as a place of great significance. In Elio’s case, the spiritual concept of the Crossroads touched him the most. Standing by the Crossroads is a project that speaks about his own life experiences as an artist living in Cuba, and the many Crossroads situations he has encountered— from the polarization of musical styles or choices of artistic expression, to moments of life where he was faced with choosing between contradictory paths. These Crossroads moments posed plentiful double meanings and contradictory outcomes such as revolution or autonomy, living in the present or planning for the future, oppression or freedom, and homeland or no land. Different from Elio’s previous projects, in which he focused on honoring the legacy of historical figures such as CINQUE, these Crossroads experiences serve as the source of inspiration for this new work.

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Mandingo Ambassadors

Guinean Afro-jazz

The Mandingo Ambassadors were founded in New York City by griot-guitarist Mamady Kouyaté in 2005. As a veteran of the great orchestras of the golden age of Guinean dance bands, Mamady is a living library of musical science inherited from his ancestors and from a half-century of experience as an arranger, bandleader, accompanist, and soloist.

Mamady Kouyaté carried this heritage with him to New York  where he has collaborated with members of the West African diaspora and Western musicians to continue the great tradition and sound of Guinean Afro-jazz. Since the summer of 2008 the group has been in residence at Barbes, performing every Wednesday night at this well-known Brooklyn venue.  In addition, they have performed at many clubs, events and festivals including Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Celebrate Brooklyn, and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.

“Dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.

Mamady Kouyaté is accompanied by his long-time friend and fellow Guinean, Mamady Kouruma — the pair have played together since their teenage years, traveling from village to village and performing as troubadours. This quintet format also features Oran Etkin on horns.

West African Golden Age Afro-jazz is a recipe for dancing and feeling uplifted by lovely, buoyant, melodies. Endless good vibes at this one. DJ Quills spins before, between and after.

TICKET DESCRIPTION:

Gates open at 6pm and the music begins at 7pm. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors at the Florence Congregational Church and masks will then be required for the duration of the show. Food pop-up vendors will be on site! 

ABOUT THIS GATHERING:

The beautiful backyard of Beit Ahavah at Florence Congregational Church (130 Pine Street, Florence, MA, USA) is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to listen to music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing.

MASK POLICY UPDATE: 

Many people are ready to shed their masks. Others may have not yet been vaccinated, may have underlying vulnerabilities, or may be protecting loved ones who do. 

We’d like everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at our events. To that end, we will be dividing the lawn into a masked and unmasked section. Please select the section where you feel most comfortable.

In addition: 

  1. Wearing a mask is mandatory if you aren’t fully vaccinated yet, despite the outdoor setting. By default, this applies to all children under 12.
  2. Vaccinated or not — we ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the event, walking around, or waiting in line to use the restroom or ordering food.

IN CASE OF RAIN:

If rain is forecasted, we will move the event indoors to the Sanctuary and everyone will be required to wear masks for the duration of the show.

6PM BYO picnic. Music at 7PM.

Special thanks to Downright Productions for sponsoring this event with sound and light.

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Anbessa Orchestra feat. Gili Yalo

Funk, Soul, and Ethio-Jazz

Anbessa Orchestra is a 7-piece band based in Brooklyn NY that draws its inspiration from the diverse musical culture of Ethiopia, combining these unique sounds with the more western sounds of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock. The band has been a prominent figure on the NY scene and has played alongside legendary Ethiopian keyboardist/composer Hailu Mergia. The band has also been featured on the “Beyond Addis Vol.2” compilation featuring new music inspired by Ethiopia.

“No one does Ethio-Jazz quite like Anbessa Orchestra ” – Popmatters.com

About Gili Yalo

From his base in Tel Aviv, Gili Yalo is launching a solo career in a new project that combines Ethiopian roots with soul, funk, psychedelic, and jazz music. Yalo, who has collaborated with top music producers Beno Hendler (Balkan Beat Box) and Uri Brauner Kinrot (Boom Pam), incorporates sounds from traditional Ethiopian music into a contemporary music production.

The result is an exceptional, rich, vivid melody accompanied by Gili’s unique voice with lyrics in both English and Amharic. The music embodies his own personal story, which inspired the rhythm and flow of the whole project. And what a story he has to tell: Operation Moses was the covert evacuation of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan during a famine in 1984. These Ethiopian Jews fled from their native land on foot to refugee camps in Sudan. Together with his family, Gili Yalo made this perilous trip, walked through the desert towards the “Promised Land” and sang to his beloved ones.

Yalo reveals a fresh perspective to Ethiopian culture by using his personal musical influences such as James Brown and Mulatu Astatke to blend the sounds of funk and soul with Ethio-jazz music. The album, like Africa itself, is a rich patchwork of color and rhythm. The sound is influenced by ’70s blues, soul, and funk music, with Ethiopian music at the core of the project. Also features Keren Dun. 

ABOUT THIS GATHERING:

The beautiful backyard of Beit Ahavah at Florence Congregational Church (130 Pine Street, Florence, MA, USA) is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to listen to music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing.

MASK POLICY UPDATE: 

Many people are ready to shed their masks. Others may have not yet been vaccinated, may have underlying vulnerabilities, or may be protecting loved ones who do.

We’d like everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at our events. To that end, we will be dividing the lawn into a masked and unmasked section. Please select the section where you feel most comfortable.

In addition:

  1. Wearing a mask is mandatory if you aren’t fully vaccinated yet, despite the outdoor setting. By default, this applies to all children under 12.
  2. Vaccinated or not — we ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the event, walking around, or waiting in line to use the restroom.

IN CASE OF RAIN:

If rain is forecasted, we will move the event indoors to the Sanctuary and everyone will be required to wear masks for the duration of the show.

6PM BYO picnic. Music at 7PM.

Major funding for this event provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Community Grant. Special thanks to Downright Productions for sponsoring this event with sound and light.

This event is made possible with support from the Consulate General of Israel to New England and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation

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Sotomayor + C.A.M.P.O.S.

Afro-Latinx Cumbia Summer Dance Party

Sotomayor draws from cumbia, merengue, dancehall, afrobeat, and other Afro-latinx rhythms to create their signature sound — an incredibly danceable, electro-percussive groove with lots of low end,  tantalizing vocals, and satisfying electro-pop. Led by siblings Raul (music production) and Paulina (vocals) from Mexico City, the group is spearheading the Latin New Wave with cutting edge beats and a well-balanced toolkit of electronic and instrumental sounds.

In 2020 they released  “Orígenes” their 3rd studio album through the NY based label Wonderwheel Recordings. This album was recorded between Mexico and Puerto Rico, and was produced by the 28 times Grammy Winner Eduardo Cabra aka “Visitante” from the legendary band “Calle 13”. In this production Sotomayor explores a new Afro Caribbean vision in the music, much more dance floor focused, and highly influenced by percussion. You don’t want to miss their MA debut.

“Diverse in origins and shamelessly upbeat” –Sounds & Colours

Special guest C.A.M.P.O.S. is the one-man cumbia band led by Josh Camp (Chicha Libre, Locobeach) that goes through jungles, outer space, and up the sides of ancient Mayan temples, all in a single set. C.A.M.P.O.S. stands for Cumbia And More Psychedelic Original Sounds.

Sounds like a lost night in the Amazon with a Moog, drum machine and leather jacket. Psychedelic, playful and authentic.” —Quantic

ABOUT THIS GATHERING:

The beautiful backyard of Beit Ahavah at Florence Congregational Church (130 Pine Street, Florence, MA, USA) is centrally located and provides us with generous and ample space to listen to music, enjoy each other’s company, and also continue following state guidelines regarding social distancing.

MASK POLICY UPDATE: 

Many people are ready to shed their masks. Others may have not yet been vaccinated, may have underlying vulnerabilities, or may be protecting loved ones who do.

We’d like everyone to feel welcome and comfortable at our events. To that end, we will be dividing the lawn into a masked and unmasked section. Please select the section where you feel most comfortable.

In addition:

  1. Wearing a mask is mandatory if you aren’t fully vaccinated yet, despite the outdoor setting. By default, this applies to all children under 12.
  2. Vaccinated or not — we ask that everyone wear a mask when entering the event, walking around, or waiting in line to use the restroom.

IN CASE OF RAIN:

If rain is forecasted, we will move the event indoors to the Sanctuary and everyone will be required to wear masks for the duration of the show.

6PM BYO picnic. Music at 7PM.

Special thanks to Downright Productions for sponsoring this event with sound and light.

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Stowe Prize 2021

An exclusive look inside the Stowe Collections with Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is delighted to honor Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr as the 2021 Stowe Prize winner. Dr. Glaude receives the award for Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (Crown Publishing Group, 2020), a book that uses the life of James Baldwin to create dialogue about racial inequality currently in the United States. This year’s events will be both on site and virtual.

The award will be presented on Thursday, September 23, 2021 on the Stowe Center grounds along with a rare look into the Stowe Archive with Dr. Glaude, Director of Collections and Research Beth Burgess, and Professor Jeffrey Ogbar.

About the Stowe Prize

The Stowe Prize recognizes the author of a distinguished book of general adult fiction or nonfiction whose written work illuminates a critical social issue in the tradition of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The winning book applies informed inquiry, is accessible and engaging to a wide audience, and promotes empathy and understanding. In making this award, the Stowe Center recognizes the value of diversity to strengthen our communities. Dr. Glaude is the seventh recipient of the Stowe Prize, following Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in 2011 for Half the Sky, Michelle Alexander in 2013 for The New Jim Crow, Ta-Nehisi Coates in 2015 for The Case for Reparations, Bryan Stevenson in 2017 for Just Mercy, Matthew Desmond in 2018 for Evicted, and Albert Woodfox in 2020 for Solitary.

The Hartford is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 Stowe Prize.

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Millpond Live 2021

We're back to celebrate our 6th season!

Last year, we took the festival virtual. We loved seeing all of you on Zoom, dancing in your living rooms. It was almost as good as being in Millside Park…almost. Okay, not the same at all. This summer, thanks to our presenting partner, River Valley Co-op, WE’RE BACK! Mark your calendars and get ready for two magical evenings of music on Sept 10th and 11th.

Millpond.live is a FREE, grassroots, community-sponsored festival series designed to unite people from all walks of life. In this digital age, we believe that opportunities to interact with our neighbors in analog and on neutral ground help to foster a sense of community, cohesion, and inclusiveness. Our festival was born out of a desire to bring people together, from all walks of life, to share a journey of wonder, discovery, and delight.

Families bring picnics or savor delicious offerings from local food trucks, while nearby breweries serve a rotating selection of handcrafted beverages. Children clamber on the illuminated play structure and cavort about the lawn in gleeful packs, their laughter filling the warm night air. As the sun set, the cliffs of Mt. Tom are illuminated in scarlet and gold. Dancers step and sway while couples draw close as the stars come out.

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