Sunday, July 31, 2016

James Montgomery Band Headlines THE BLACK BOX - Aug 5

THE BLACK BOX, downtown Franklin’s theater, music, and event venue, presents the renowned James Montgomery Band on Friday, August 5 at 8 p.m.

Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his band of 30 years, blues legend James Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit, he learned firsthand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.” Over the years, Montgomery has carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.
James Montgomery
James Montgomery

He formed the James Montgomery Band in 1970 while attending Boston University. Montgomery’s inimitable harmonica playing, combined with his energetic live shows, led to the band’s quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, the James Montgomery Band was among the hottest acts in Boston, along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn records.

Since that time, James has recorded six albums. His first, First Time Out, has been re-mastered and re-released by MRG/Capricorn. Others include James Montgomery Band on Island Records, which was number nine on Billboard’s national playlist; Duck Fever, with members of the David Letterman Band; Live Trax, with the Uptown Horns (the Rolling Stones’ horn section); and his release on Tone-Cool, The Oven Is On.

Montgomery has toured with major artists including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Wolf, among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York’s “Trax.”

Over the years, Montgomery’s band has been a springboard for many musicians, with members having included Billy Squire, Wayne Kramer (MC-5), Jeff Golub (Rod Stewart), Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels), Jeff Pevar (Ray Charles Orchestra and Crosby, Stills & Nash), Bobby Chouinard (drummer with Ted Nugent, Squire, and Robert Gordon), Jeff Levine (Joe Cocker), Aerosmith’s Tom Gambel, and many others.

Tickets are $25. THE BLACK BOX, home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Today's schedule for the Cultural Festival - Saturday, July 30


Franklin Cultural Festival
Performance Schedule
Saturday, July 30
At THE BLACK BOX

the tent is set up and ready for Saturday's Cultural Festival events at THE BLACK BOX
the tent is set up and ready for Saturday's Cultural Festival events at THE BLACK BOX


Note: each entry in the table above is linked to some additional information for each performer



Also at THE BLACK BOX
  • Culinary Arts – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Taste of Franklin … enjoy the food!
 
sample a signature taste for $2 each
sample a signature taste for $2 each


    • Visual Arts – Afternoon and evening – featuring Franklin Art Association and Robot Designs

    Performers outside THE BLACK BOX are presented by the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

    July 27 - July 30 in Franklin, MA
    July 27 - July 30 in Franklin, MA


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    Get the full Cultural Festival brochure to download and print from here
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczbERFUllKS19id1k/view?usp=sharing

     

    • Get updates on the 2nd Annual Cultural Festival on the webpage
    http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/


    • or follow Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCulturalFestival/



    * note the schedule is subject to change

    Electric Youth opened the Cultural Festival on Wednesday

    Photos from the performance by the Electric Youth with a brief appearance by Future Shock.

    FSPA's Electric Youth finish their opening number
    FSPA's Electric Youth finish their opening number

    FSPA's Electric Youth performing
    FSPA's Electric Youth performing

    FSPA's Electric Youth performing 2
    FSPA's Electric Youth performing 2

    FSPA's Electric Youth performing 3
    FSPA's Electric Youth performing 3

    And the FSPA's youth group "Future Shock"

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    Due to the weather, the Soft Classic Rock performance is being canceled for this Festival

    • Updated 11:30 AM - July 29
    Due to the uncertainty of the weather, the Soft Classic Rock performance by Kevin T Wolfe Band is being canceled for this Festival.

    Kevin Wolfe – Soft Classic Rock
    Location – The Sculpture Park – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    Kevin T Wolfe performing last year on the Town Common
    Kevin T Wolfe performing last year on the Town Common

    And for those who want to explore songs about rain, here is a start from YouTube!



    Today's Cultural Festival Schedule - Friday, July 29


    Summer Music Concert – Band, Strings and Chorus
    • Location – Franklin High School Auditorium – 11:00 AM
    Farmer’s Market – on High Street Side
    • Location – Franklin Town Common – 12 Noon to 6 PM
    Kevin Wolfe – Soft Classic Rock
    • Location – The Sculpture Park – 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Updated 11:30 AM - July 29
    Due to the uncertainty of the weather, the Soft Classic Rock performance is being canceled for this Festival. 
     
     
    Shakespeare on the Common –– FPAC
    • Location – Franklin Town Common – 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM  on the lawn by the Statue (High St side of the Common)


      Franklin Sculpture Park
      Franklin Sculpture Park


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      Get the full Cultural Festival brochure to download and print from here
      https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczZGhDUmdGWm1GNHM/view?usp=sharing


      • Get updates on the 2nd Annual Cultural Festival on the webpage
      http://www.franklinsculturalfestival.org/


      • or follow Facebook
      https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCulturalFestival/




      * note the schedule is subject to change

      The 2nd "Taste of Franklin" will appear at the Cultural Festival on Saturday, July 30

      The "Taste of Franklin" provides an opportunity for several of the restaurants and food establishments to showcase their signature 'taste'. These 'tastes' will be available for a $2 purchase for each item. Other items from the food vendors may be available at their regular price.

      The "Taste of Franklin" will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM inside and outside THE BLACK BOX in downtown Franklin, MA.
       

      The 2nd "Taste of Franklin" will be held on Saturday, July 30 at THE BLACK BOX
      The 2nd "Taste of Franklin" will be held on Saturday, July 30 at THE BLACK BOX


      THE BLACK BOX

      THE BLACK BOX, 15 W Central St, Franklin
      THE BLACK BOX, 15 W Central St, Franklin




      Thursday, July 28, 2016

      Today's Cultural Festival Schedule - Thursday, July 28


      Location – Historical Museum – 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM



        Franklin Historical Museum
        Franklin Historical Museum


        Location – Franklin Town Common – By the Statue - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
        • Laughter Yoga – Bill and Linda Hamaker

        Location – Franklin Town Common – 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM
        • Shakespeare on the Common – at the Gazebo

        Get the tri-fold brochure with the full schedule - download and print from here
        https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0wjbnXDBhczZGhDUmdGWm1GNHM/view?usp=sharing

        * note the schedule is subject to change, follow @artshappenhere for updates