12th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless

ONCE Somerville Presents

12th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless

The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, The Stompers, The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Jennifer Kimball, The Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, Amy Fairchild & Carla Ryder, Ramona Silver, The Weisstronauts, Erin Harpe, Shaun Wortis, Merrie Amsterburg, Rose Polenzani, The Darlings, Jen D'Angora, Alastair Moock, The Classic Ruins, Bird Mancini, The Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Mike Gent, The Boogaloo Seamus, Kimon Kirk, The Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band, The House of Bangalore Holiday Band, The Ding Donnelly and Danny Devereaux Show, The Athol Thingerth

Wed, December 21, 2016

7:00 pm

$20 adv / $25 day of (suggested donation)

Off Sale

Wed., Dec. 21- the Chandler Travis Philharmonic hosts the 12th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless at the Once Ballroom (aka Cuisine en Locale, at 156 Highland Ave., Somerville; 617 285-0167), featuring the Stompers, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Jennifer Kimball, the Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society Brass Band, Amy Fairchild & Carla Ryder, Ramona Silver, the Weisstronauts, Erin Harpe, Shaun Wortis, Merrie Amsterburg, Rose Polenzani, the Darlings, Jen D'Angora, Alastair Moock, the Classic Ruins, Bird Mancini, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Mike Gent, the Boogaloo Swamis, Kimon Kirk, the Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band, the House of Bangalore Holiday Band, the Ding Donnelly and Danny Devereaux Show, the Athol Thingerth, and more TBA. Show starts at 7pm; suggested donation for tickets is $20.00 in advance, and $25.00 at the door.

12th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic is a 9-piece ensemble from Boston that includes a horn section, string bass, keyboard, mandocello, guitar, drums, accordion, and singing valet. It's possible they might be the missing link between the Kinks and Sun Ra…

There's some chance you may be aware of Chandler's other band, the Incredible Casuals, or of his earlier work with Travis Shook and the Club Wow; either solo or in one or another of these guises, he has appeared with Elvis Costello, Green Day, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, John Cale, Bonnie Raitt, NRBQ (longtime buds Terry Adams and Al Anderson from the 'Q played on the first Philharmonic album), Charles Mingus, the Beach Boys, Allen Ginsburg, the Replacements, George Carlin (a guest star on two CTP albums, and a traveling companion for decades), Of Montreal, etc., etc.

The Philharmonic was born in the fall of 1996 at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, on the occasion of Chandler doing a guest shot there with a house band led by multi-instrumentalist/singer Dinty Child. When asked if he would like to add any additional instrumentation, Chandler, having always hated when elderly bands ruan out of ideas to this extent, facetiously suggested "oh yeah,let's get some horns and chick back-up singers." Strangely, Dinty complied with the horn part, booking (among others) genius trumpeter Keiichi Hashimoto, and the CTP was surprisingly hatched!

Since then,the band -all colorfully garbed 8 pieces of them, plus singing valet Fred Boak -have introduced the concept of alternative dixieland and omnipop to audiences all over Massachusetts and far beyond (San Francisco,Chicago,and especially New Orleans and New York City have proved particularly responsive -the Village Voice declared them "keenly entertaining", calling Chandler "a true New England eccentric and a master of daft power pop", and the band "a blend of Ringling Bros. and Ra" that "puts the harm back in Philharmonic", and the New Yorker has repeatedly concurred.)

The band released its debut album, "Let's Have a Pancake",along with 26 other website-only full-length CDs (the improbable and ground-breaking RadioBall series) in 2000 as a means of welcoming in the new century; five more "official" Philharmonic releases followed, all on the Sonic Trout label, the most recent being 2015′s "Bocce & Bourbon: the Comfortable Songs of Chandler Travis & David Greenberger", which also features work by most of Chandler's other projects (including the Incredible Casuals, the Chandler Travis Three-O, and the Catbirds.)
The Darlings
The Darlings
Capturing the veracious, unbridled feel, unearthed only in the depths of their vintage influences, The Darlings uncompromising DIY ethic and years of paying their dues in the underground has finally brought them here; To the highly anticipated completion of their compelling third album, "Made of Phantoms" is decidedly their most committed, impassioned album to date. A volatile narrative to whoever may be listening. Produced by Andy Carpenter and Buddy Darling, "Made of Phantoms" captures the bands honest, infectious energy that was clearly fostered in introspective passion. Boasting such special guests as Jason Cruz from "Strung Out" and Jason Freese from "Green Day", the bands third album promises to be an all-encompassing listening experience. From the riotous stroll through, "There's a Madman Living in Waco", to the epic build and conquer of, "Little Teenage Thing"; every note is a stout brew. And just like their live performance, the band captivates with an explosion of sound that can only be cultivated by hard work, urgency and soulful intent. The Darlings continue to respectfully nod to their deep retro-fittings, but effortlessly draw their listeners into uncharted territory; the aromatic essence of Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, Punk and Americana that seeps from their sound, seems to have been simmering in a crock-pot full of Black Sabbath's insidious darkness and Chuck Berry's dexterous swagger.

Be sure to catch a live show, they do not disappoint!
Alastair Moock
Meet one of Boston's premier folk artists, a 2014 Grammy nominee for best children's album and a Parents' Choice Gold Medal winner. Time Out New York calls Alastair Moock "a musical descendant of Woody Guthrie with a zany sense of humor." His shows, described as "half Appalachian hootenanny, half honky-tonk jam session" are rowdy, rootsy, singin' and dancin' fun!

More About Alastair Moock:
Alastair Moock has managed to carve out a unique niche for himself: He is a songwriter committed to celebrating the roots of American music while knocking down the walls between different audiences, genres and musical traditions. Today, his audiences range from adults all the way down to preschoolers, and he plays everything from nightclubs to theaters to schoolrooms. This past summer, Alastair released Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids, an album which grew out of songs co-written with his daughter after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012 (she's doing great).
Mike Gent
Figgs guitarist Mike Gent shared bills with U2, Supergrass, Weezer and many more, plus appeared on Conan, Carson Daily and the John Stewart Show. The Figgs are touring behind their new record 'Other Planes Of Here'. In addition to solo albums, Mike also plays guitar or drums in touring bands for Graham Parker, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N' Roses) and Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Lemonheads).
Venue Information:
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143