Noah Schaffer

Concert Preview: Judy Collins Heats Up Some “Winter Stories”

November 27, 2019
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“People love a story, they always have, and always will, and stories are an essential ingredient in this folk music revival, which started sometime in the early ’50s.”

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Music Interview: Michael C. Smith on the Boston Caribbean Carnival and How “Culture Lives Here”

August 20, 2019
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Michael C. Smith’s new Boston Carnival photo book proves that “Culture Lives Here.”

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Music Feature: From the Pews to the Streets — The Harmonizing Stars of Boston Celebrate 50 years

June 5, 2019
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As a capella singers, they have taken their musical ministry — and its repertoire of 500 songs — to streets, subway stations, picnics, community clean-ups, and anywhere else they might find an audience who appreciated a musical message.

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Music Interview: Michael Daves on How Anyone can be a Bluegrass Singer

February 12, 2019
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“You don’t really know how to perform bluegrass until you interact with others.”

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Concert Review: Soca and Calypso Fans go “Crazy” for Parang

December 17, 2018
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Septuagenarian, Edwin Ayoung, better known as Crazy, easily carried the rest of the night with his exuberant performance.

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Book Feature: “Buy Me, Boston” — A City of Ads

November 8, 2018
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The volume is devoted to print ads and event flyers for local eateries, concert venues, theaters, stores, and community events that were printed in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

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Music Feature: The Power of Boston Disco — Celebrating an Era

September 19, 2018
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Disco is back in town! DJ Joey Carvello returns to Boston and the compilation Boston Goes Disco! is released.

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Music Feature: Toots & The Maytals — Cranking and Skanking in Worcester

August 20, 2018
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Toots Hibbert’s voice expresses both his Jamaican country church upbringing and his deep love of American R&B and soul.

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Lowell Folk Fest Preview: Mariachi Mexico Antiguo’s Journey to New England

July 24, 2018
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Besides passing along the tradition of mariachi to their students, the members of Mariachi Mexico Antiguo perform as an ensemble at local events, including this weekend’s Lowell Folk Festival.

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Music Interview: The Oak Ridge Boys Get Hip With Gospel

May 17, 2018
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The mainstream country trappings of the Oak Ridge Boys have obscured their crowning achievement: they helped bring the white gospel quartet tradition to the pop charts.

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