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Wooden Dinosaur
Wooden Dinosaur is the songwriting project of Vermont guitarist, singer, and bandleader Michael Roberts. Since 2004 he has released ten albums of original alt-country and folk music with a rotating cast of musicians. Alt-Country, Folk & Rock Michael Roberts - guitar, vocals Frank Roberts - drums Jeff Murphy - bass Wooden Dinosaur's most recent collection of songs, Working Weather, was released in September 2016 on Lost Honey Records. As a sideman, he has recorded and performed with David Wax Museum, Katie Trautz and the Tall Boys, and a variety of old time string bands in southern Vermont. Roberts is also the lead singer and guitarist for The Rear Defrosters, a classic country dance band with an all-star cast of Vermont, MA, and New Hampshire musicians. "Wooden Dinosaur makes the kind of simple, stripped-down music that leaves you feeling nostalgic and longing for more." - NPR "Roberts has this mellowed character about his voice. Soft but purposeful. Humble but aware of the story that it is trying to pour forth." - Red Line Roots

When: Jun 23, 2018 7:30PM to Jun 23, 2018 10pm in New Salem, MA
Cost: 0 - 15 USD

Peter Blanchette

Guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor Peter Blanchette is known around the world as the inventor of the 11-string archguitar. 11-string Archguitar Peter Blanchette 11-string archguitar His extraordinary repertoire of internationally acclaimed arrangements and compositions spans from the medieval, renaissance and baroque music to World Music, New Music, and his own original pieces. He performs and records in solo recital or with selected other instrumentalists to form the Virtual Consort. He has been heard on hundreds of recordings, film and television scores, public radio in the US, Canada, Europe and across Asia, on his own 17 archguitar albums for the Dorian label and his own imprint, Archguitar Music. *Performer & Bach Specialist* Since his late teens, Blanchette has been devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. He has made archguitar arrangements of hundreds of the Bach's music composed originally for solo violin, solo 'cello, and lute, as well as archguitar duo arrangements of keyboard and orchestral works. Blanchette is a veteran performer at such high profile venues as NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion", and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed in nearly all countries in Western Europe, from Norway to Portugal. *Composer* A recipient of the MA Council Artist Grant in Music Composition, Peter Blanchette is a composer whose music has been featured in films and television for over 20 years. Credits: HBO's "Sex and the City", Cannes Palme D'Or nominated film "Illuminata" (directed by John Turturro), commissions from the Dingle Film Festival and the MA International Festival of the Arts for new scores to three of Buster Keaton's silent masterpieces: "The General", "The Navigator" and "Steamboat Bill, Jr." His albums receive heavy radio airplay on "Sunday Baroque", "The Thistle and Shamrock", and on Spanish television's "Antenna 3". *Conductor* Blanchette is also the founder and Artistic Director of the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra, a true avant-garde orchestra comprised of more than a dozen adventurous acoustic and electric guitarists from widely varied traditions. Located in Northampton, MA, HVGO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, serves the Pioneer Valley community as it creates new and beautiful music that could only come from such an eclectic melange, inspiring musicians to work together who might otherwise never collaborate. HVGO also partners with Holyoke Summer Strings to bring free, guitar ensemble lessons to Holyoke MA elementary school children. "The ornamentation and rhythmic intricacies in the Courante were so creative that they gave the impression that Blanchette was composing the music on the spot. Each phrase was a new delight. He highlighted and danced rhythms that I had never heard before in the music. After a short pause wherein Blanchette joked about how hard the Courante is (the entire concert was performed by memory), he continued with the Sarabande, which left me crying and speechless from its serene beauty." - Kirsten Swanson, CVNC Charlotte Journal, about Blanchette's performance at the Bechtler Museum of Contemporary Arts' Concert Series

When: Jun 24, 2018 4pm to Jun 24, 2018 6pm in New Salem, MA
Cost: 0 - 10 USD


Natraj seamlessly melds the classical music of India, traditional music from West Africa, and contemporary jazz to create its own unique and infectious style. World Music / Jazz Fusion Phil Scarff - saxophone Rohan Gregory - violin, viola John Funkhouser - bass Jerry Leake - tabla, multi-percussion Bertram Lehmann - drums, percussion Hard-driving African grooves and graceful Indian ragas meet in the band's expansive jazz conception. Selected as Boston's Best Jazz Band by the Improper Bostonian and nominated Best World Music Act in the Boston Music Awards, Natraj captivates and excites audiences with exotic textures, accessible melodies, and rhythmic energy. Natraj has delighted listeners throughout the US, Canada, India, and West Africa since 1987. Appearances include India's JazzYatra and Prayojana International Music Festival; Ghana's PANAFEST; the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto; the Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, Canada; and The Boston Globe Jazz and Blues Festival. Natraj has performed with icons of Indian classical music including Kadri Gopalnath, Chitravina N. Ravikiran, Shashank, Ronu Majumdar, and Trichy Sankaran, as well as younger masters like Aditya Kalyanpur, Madhuvanti Bhide, and Prasanna. Natraj has released four CDs to acclaim in the international press and airplay worldwide. Numerous radio and TV appearances include featured segments on the USA nationally syndicated program, The World (PRI/BBC/WGBH-FM); Doordarshan (Indian National TV); Maine Things Considered (Maine Public Radio, USA); South Asian Newsweek (CFMT-TV, Toronto); and Radio Mid-Day (Mumbai, India). "Natraj blends complex tempos and traditions with graceful, unforced virtuosity a hypnotic, symbiotic tapestry. Fusion is rarely this deep and exotic yet accessible discover a new world here." - Boston Globe "Technical excellence and sensitive musicianship transcend national and cultural boundaries, and there is clearly an abundance of both on this recording... Compares favorably with Shakti... Every performer displays both a melodic and technical flair... The performances on this album are everywhere excellent." - Cadence "{e_description}#x5b;This{e_description}#x5d; Boston group doesn't simply draw on Indian influences some of the timeit specializes in a seamless blend of jazz and Indian music... {e_description}#x5b;Natraj{e_description}#x5d; embraces both Western and Indian instruments... delightfully unconventional." - Jazziz "We heard the future of jazz... we heard the future of world music... a spellbinding tapestry... a jazz hybrid of celebration and reflection." - Times of India "East meets West and South in the music of the Boston-based band Natraj. The quintet plays contemporary jazz with intoxicating Indian influences and entrancing African rhythms, hypnotically combining instruments from the three regions into eerie and original music." - WBUR-FM, Boston, MA

When: Jun 29, 2018 7:30PM to Jun 29, 2018 10pm in New Salem, MA
Cost: 0 - 15 USD

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About New Salem, MA
The Town of New Salem Massachusetts was founded in 1753 and is located in Franklin County.

Those in the area should visit the Swift River Valley Historical Society for a piece of town history. Also visit the Bears Den which is a 100 foot deep gorge that was carved by the swift river cascading off granite cliffs and this was also said to be the meeting place for Indian Tribes.

The town remains to be a quiet rural bedroom community.