13th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless

13th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless

Livingston Taylor, The Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Merrie Amsterburg, The Boston Typewriter Orchestra, The Boogaloo Swamis

Wed, December 13, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

13th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless


Featuring the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Livingston Taylor, Jen Kimball, The Boy With the Amplifier Head feat. Sal Baglio, Merrie Amsterburg, Carla Ryder, Sarah Borges, Duke Levine, Alastair Moock, Amy Fairchild, Jenny Dee, Erin Harpe's Country Blues Trio, the Boston Typewriter Orch., Ken Field, Boogaloo Swamis, Bird Mancini, the Danny Devereaux & Ding Donnelly Christmas Special, Shaun Wortis, the Classic Ruins, the Philharmonic Trombone Shout Band, and the Athol Thingerth, with more TBA!

Show starts at 7pm; suggested donation for tickets is $20.00 in advance, and $25.00 at the door; all proceeds go to the Somerville Homeless Coalition, which we think is an exceptionally excellent and worthy cause, and we hope anyone who can't attend will consider a contribution, which can be made here.

 

Livingston Taylor
Livingston Taylor
Brother of James Taylor (2), Kate Taylor, Hugh Taylor and Alex Taylor.
Full professor at Berklee College of Music where he teaches stage performance classes.
Made his first record as a 18-year-old for Capricorn Records.
Has played over 4000 concerts in his lifetime.
Lives at Martha's Vineyard and is an aviation enthusiast.
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic
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.)
Merrie Amsterburg
Merrie Amsterburg
Merrie Amsterburg is a singer-songwriter born in Ludington, Michigan.[1] Her music has folk, rock, and pop influences. She has been compared to Beth Orton, Tori Amos, Aimee Mann, and others. She has won two Boston Music Awards, a Boston Phoenix Award, and a Jam Magazine Award.[2]

She uses several instruments in her songs, including the guitar, the trumpet, the mandolin, the Indian banjo, the bouzouki, the harmonium, and even a 1970s Kenmore washing machine.

Prior to her solo career, she was the guitarist and singer for The Natives and Miss Understood.
The Boston Typewriter Orchestra
The Boston Typewriter Orchestra
The Boogaloo Swamis
The Boogaloo Swamis
"The Boogaloo Swamis planted their roots in the rich diversity of the Louisiana bayou. Now their blend of Cajun and Zydeco music has the raving and the Boston MA audiences dancing till they drop."

"The Boogaloo Swamis are a Boston premier party band. Over twenty-three years ago, they brought New Orleans music to New England and kept it here."

"Like a walk down Bourbon Street, the Boogaloo Swamis music is a melting pot of sounds as the band continues to make wonderful bayou-infused Cajun and Zydeco music."

"When the Boogaloo Swamis are playing, the audience comes along for the party."

"The Boogaloo Swamis combine their rhythmic Cajun and Zydeco music with Rockabilly, Tex Mex, Blues and original tunes for a "hot" musical gumbo. Four-time winners of Boston Music Awards' "Outstanding World Music Act," the Boogaloo Swamis, true to their roots, create a party wherever they perform."
Venue Information:
ONCE Ballroom
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA, 02143