The Lobbyists (Tommy Crawford, Eloise Eonnet, Alex Grubbs, Will Turner, Tony Aidan Vo, and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman) formed in 2012, and take their name from the lobby of The Flea Theater, where the group first started playing and writing music together. Drawing on folk, roots, and a host of other influences, the band has been noted for their lush harmonies, “marvelous” songwriting (The New York Times), and “impressive musicianship” (Entertainment Weekly). The New Yorker calls their music “terrific,” and The Village Voice lauds them as “undeniably talented.”
One part band and one part theater company, the group of hybrid actor-musician-composer artists partner with playwrights to create non-traditional musicals. Their music for SeaWife, a haunted tale of the American whaling trade created with playwright Seth Moore and director Liz Carlson, was nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Musical alongside Steve Martin, Sara Bareilles, Michael John LaChiusa and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
They have played some of New York’s favorite concert venues, including Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, 54 Below, Pete’s Candy Store, Ars Nova, Mercury Lounge, and more. Their music has been workshopped and developed with NY Stage & Film, Cape Cod Theater Project, Ars Nova, and Rhinebeck Writers’ Retreat. SeaWife was originally produced Off-Broadway by Naked Angels in partnership with the South Street Seaport, and subsequently premiered regionally at Nantucket’s White Heron Theater. Their debut full-length album, Songs from SeaWife, was released January 9th 2017 and is available widely online.
NH Master Chorale and chamber orchestra presents the story of the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Laramie Wyoming- all leading to an upbeat message of hope. That “only in the love, love that lifts us up, can free All of Us” The Oratorio highlights many genres of music including, country, rock and classical. In the same collaborative spirit as 2018, GWMF is partnering with FCCW for a dinner/concert evening. Details on the dinner portion TBDs
The New Hampshire Master Chorale, led by Dr. Dan Perkins, is a non-profit choir established in the spring of 2003. This premier chamber ensemble is dedicated to excellence in the art of choral music performance. Members of the group are trained singers, auditioned from throughout New England, who have performed as soloists and in choral ensembles throughout the world.
This special performance is made possible by Ashton & Company.
UNDER THE STREETLAMP performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — Eric Gutman, David Larsen, Brandon Wardell and Shonn Wiley — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock ‘n’ Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and a “show-stopping” salute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons!
The concert celebration features tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an ear of sharkskin suits, flashy cars and martini shakers. While each performer gets his moment in the spotlight, it is their synergy and charisma as a group that has drawn an extremely devoted nationwide following.
Rhiannon Giddens, American Folk musician, is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett-produced “Another Day, Another Time” concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy-nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.
“Gathering a group of fellow black female artists who had and have a lot to say made it both highly collaborative and deeply personal to me,” Giddens says. “It felt like there were things we had been waiting to say our whole lives in our art, and to be able to say them in the presence of our sisters-in-song was sweet indeed. I see this album as a part of a larger movement to reclaim the black female history of this country.”
New England’s Juston McKinney returns with lots of new material!! It’s been a busy year for Juston having just released his new special
“Parentally Challenged” on Amazon Prime. Last year he filmed a Showtime Special with Rob Gronkowski, “Unsportsmanlike Comedy”, and performed at the TD Garden with Denis Leary and Jimmy Fallon as
part of “Comics Come Home”. Juston is consistently selling out theaters, has two Comedy Central Specials, both; a one-hour and half-hour, multiple appearances on the Tonight Show, and on Conan O’Brien, but there’s no place like home!
When NH magazine named him “Best of NH” they wrote, “The
Granite State may have more famous comedians than you can shake a stick at (Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman and Adam Sandler to name a few) but no one really “gets” New England humor like Juston McKinney .” His Youtube/facebook channels have millions of views, which include NH favorites such as “Clark’s Trading Post”, “Live Free or Die” and “Live Freeze then Die!”.