Friday, January 20, 2017

LiveARTS: Sari Gruber, soprano; Cameron Stowe, piano - Jan 29

The next LiveARTS concert is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 29 at 3:30PM. 

Sari Gruber, soprano and Cameron Stowe, piano are featured. 

They will play music of Shubert, R. Strauss, da Falla, Barber, Ives, Cole Porter and William Balcom

image from Sari Gruber webpage
image from Sari Gruber webpage
LiveARTS postcard
LiveARTS postcard
For additional info on LiveARTS, please visit their webpage

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Circle of Friends: Peter Mulvey January 28th with Pamela Means

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PETER MULVEY with Pamela Means
Jan 28th 8PM $20
Peter Mulvey is an amazing songwriter and singer, an extremely entertaining storyteller, and a guitar wizard. He is returning to The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse stage in Franklin on Saturday, January 28th at 8PM. He has developed a strong national following in the indie folk/rock scene through his relentless touring and critically acclaimed albums.  Twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic and obscure covers, has prepared Mulvey to deliver an outstanding concert. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song, being alert to where the moment can lead, has shaped him as an artist. To each rendition, he brings the soul of a singer, a light touch in a heavy world.

"Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style." - The Boston Globe
Opening the show will be Pamela Means, a singer-songwriter and jazz musician, with "mad guitar-and-vocal skills" (Time Out New York) who has toured throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, winning awards, delighting audiences and impressing critics with her seven independent releases. With virtuosic musicianship, razor wit and a disarming sense of humor, Pamela Means is building a vibrant and remarkable career.

"You groove so deep, so deep. I can't get out. And, I wouldn't want to." - Ani DiFranco
The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $20. Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Feb 11      Joe Crookston with Emily Mure
Mar 4        Celtic Band RUNA
Mar 18      The Boxcar Lilies

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Electric Youth 2017 Debuts Two Shows at THE BLACK BOX

Electric Youth (EY) 2017, the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), headlines at THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin on Saturday, January 28, debuting two shows at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, Electric Youth delivers a fun, high-energy evening of family entertainment with an extensive range of contemporary pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits for audiences all ages. 

The EY shows at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of Michael BublĂ©, Colbie Caillat, The Black Crowes, Guns N’ Roses, Queen, Carrie Underwood, The Who, Stevie Wonder and more.

Selected annually by audition, the group is chosen for superior musicianship, stage presence, and “triple threat” accomplishments in voice, dance, and acting. This season’s ensemble of performers, ages 14-18, studies multiple dance disciplines, voice, and acting at FSPA. 

Electric Youth 2017 includes Julia Buccella, Brooke Collins, Aaron Frongillo, Sydney Leach, Caitlin Woodcock and Melissa Wyner of Franklin; Caroline Merten of Hopedale; Sam Evans and Colie Vancura of Medfield; Katie Gray of Milford; Naomi Fitzgerald, Mairead Nee and Griffin Wilkins of Walpole; and Susauna Wickstrom of Wrentham. 

The EY singer-dancers are backed by Boston musicians who’ve performed, recorded and toured with music legends Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Diana Ross, The Temptations, Van Morrison and many others. Raye Lynn Mercer and Hallie Wetzell are Electric Youth’s Director and Vocal Director, respectively. Choreographers include Mercer, Casey Andrade, Cheryl Madeux, Nick Paone and Kellie Stamp.

Electric Youth has released six professional albums and toured Europe 13 times, with performances at England’s Arundel Festival, Disneyland Paris, professional theaters in Bristol, London and Windsor, and such renowned venues as Sanremo’s Ariston Theatre and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Schonbrunn Palace. 

EY also has headlined Fourth of July shows for U.S. troops and their families stationed in Italy at Camp Ederle, Camp Darby and Aviano Air Force Base. The ensemble has performed on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, on Fox-TV and WBZ Radio, and at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Mechanics Hall, the Smithsonian Museum Theater, the United Nations and the American Embassy in Rome. EY’s music, including the 2014 album Power Chord, is available at and iTunes. Electric Youth 2017 will tour England, France, Italy and Switzerland this summer.

Tickets for Electric Youth in Concert at THE BLACK BOX are $26, with $18 tickets available for children 12 and under at the first show only. To purchase tickets, visit, stop by the box office at 34 Main Street in Franklin, or call (508) 528-3370. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. For more information about Electric Youth, visit

Electric Youth 2017 Debuts Two Shows at THE BLACK BOX
Electric Youth 2017 Debuts Two Shows at THE BLACK BOX