With the Covid-19 pandemic decimating entertainment venues around the country, artists like Smither are doing everything they can to help these vital music emporiums survive.
At a time when a number of established music venues in the Boston area have closed, Club Passim continues to thrive, thanks to the loyal grass-roots support it has enjoyed over six decades.
Danilo Brito was a child prodigy who originally began playing both the mandolin and the four-stringed cavaquinho.
Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are still mining America’s musical traditions.
Club Passim’s vegetarian days are over — the new menu is all about “globally inspired New American cuisine.”
If your tastes run to finely crafted songwriting, then the standout event between Christmas and New Year’s is when Melissa Ferrick and Marshall Crenshaw roll into Club Passim on separate nights.
Melissa Ferrick joined the songwriting faculty at Berklee, where she dropped out as a student two decades ago. The Berklee influence may account for the increased craft in her songs,.
Greg Hawkes and his trio are proof that in the right hands, with the right material, an evening of ukulele is a marvelous showcase for the pure beauty of great songwriting and the virtuosic ability to wring exquisite chords and blissful harmonics from four strings on a stubby fretboard.