Friday, March 31, 2017

ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - May 20

Hold the date: May 20

The Community Arts Advocacy Day will be held from 9am-noon at the Franklin Senior Center. Registration will begin at 8:30. 

There will be a full group meeting discussing arts advocacy, and then break up into small group workshops on the education topic or advocacy action item of your choice. 

The details of the specific workshops will be worked out at the Franklin Cultural Council April 6 planning meeting. 

If you are interested in getting involved with the planning for this event, please email Stacy David

You can follow the event on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/FranklinCulturalCouncil/

 
ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - May 20
ACTION & IMPACT: Community Arts Advocacy Day - May 20

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Franklin Art Association: April 5 - Gigi Liverant


The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, April, 5, 2017 from 6:30 to 9:00PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin.

Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting and a demonstration by Gigi Liverant, a much sought after pastel artist, teacher and lecturer from the Southeastern Connecticut area. Meetings are free and open to the public. 

For more information visit www.franklinart.org.

For more about Gigi and her work, visit her webpage http://gigiliverant.com/

image from http://gigiliverant.com/
image from http://gigiliverant.com/
 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5

Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5
Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5
Let’s Laugh Today in Franklin is on Wednesday, April 5th (and every first Wednesday of the month) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 

Enjoy this delightful practice, appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness.When we laugh, we energize our bodies and revive our spirits. All that is involved is deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. 

Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5
Let’s Laugh Today - Wednesday, April 5

It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety. $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. 

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. See www.letslaughtoday.com for opportunities to laugh in other towns. E-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com if you have any questions.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: The Fat City Band - Friday, April 7

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The Fat City Band Friday, April 7
THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents The Fat City Band on Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m. at the downtown Franklin venue. For more than four decades, The Fat City Band has written, recorded, and performed a unique blend of blues, roadhouse rock, jazz, and New Orleans-style R&B. 

Performing coast to coast and beyond, the high-energy band has shared the stage with such legendary greats as James Brown, B.B. King, and Ray Charles. 

Bringing 40+ years of showmanship and entertainment experience to every show, the band remains committed to one idea: “Music Should Be Fun.” The Fat City Band invites audiences to come and join the party.

Tickets are $20. The home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company and a suburban hub for great music, THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 West Central Street. A cash bar is available. For tickets and more information, visit www.THEBLACKBOXonline.com or call (508) 528-3370.



Sunday, March 26, 2017

“Art Makes The Heart Spring" - Apr 22-23

Franklin Art Association’s Annual Gala Art Show and Sale takes place
  • Saturday, April 22, noon - 8 PM 
  • Sunday, April 23, noon - 4 PM

at Black Box Theater, 15 West Central Street, Franklin. 

 “Art Makes The Heart Spring" features a display and sale of judged inclusive fine art, scholarship raffle, small works, art bin pieces. Plus popular attractions such as "Peoples Choice Award" and "Clothesline” of unframed, 8x10, original art. 

There also will be area of art from FHS art students. 

Event is free, open to the public, parking. Come and enjoy live music with wine and cheese during Saturday’s 4-7 PM reception, refreshments throughout the show.


“Art Makes The Heart Spring" - Apr 22-23
“Art Makes The Heart Spring" - Apr 22-23

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Magic of Broadway in Downtown Franklin - March 26, 3 PM

The Magic of Broadway in Downtown Franklin! 

The magic of 42nd Street comes to Boston's MetroWest suburbs as stars and students share the stage! Don't miss this Broadway revue of show-stopping numbers from the Great White Way. Broadway in Franklin features Broadway headliners and appearances by musical theater students from the Franklin School for the Performing Arts and by Electric Youth. 


Sunday, March 26, 3 PM

For tickets ->  https://www.theblackboxonline.com/events.php?id=953

The Magic of Broadway in Downtown Franklin - March 26, 3 PM
The Magic of Broadway in Downtown Franklin - March 26, 3 PM

Friday, March 24, 2017

THE BLACK BOX: Electric Youth, Jennifer Tefft Band



Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, offering family entertainment with music for all ages! Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including contemporary pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits.
The EY show at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of The Black Crowes, Michael Bublé, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, and more! With special guest Future Shock!
Tickets: $26
Click here to purchase tickets

Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX - Fri, Mar 24
Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX - Fri, Mar 24 


THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents the Jennifer Tefft Band on Saturday, March 25 at the downtown Franklin theater, music and event venue. Alt-Rock singer-songwriter Jennifer Tefft and her band will celebrate the release of their 5th CD, Cutting for Stone. The show also features special guest and opening act, Grand Evolution. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-show reception in the theater lobby, and music begins at 8:15.


THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: Jennifer Tefft Band - March 25
THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: Jennifer Tefft Band
 
 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

FHS presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND - April 7-8

FHS presents the musical

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

April 7 and 8 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $10 at the door

Directed and choreographed by Marianne Lonati
Music directed by Renee Hersee



Back row: Dan McCarthy, Alexa Katsaros, Daniel Schratz, Maddie Dieterle Front row: Caroline Fabian, Griffin Fenton
Back row: Dan McCarthy, Alexa Katsaros, Daniel Schratz, Maddie Dieterle
Front row: Caroline Fabian, Griffin Fenton


For more about ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, check out the wikipedia page
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Once_on_This_Island

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: Brother Sun trio - April 1



Come see Brother Sun and hear their incredible harmonies.
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BROTHER SUN
April 1st 8PM $20
Brother Sun is a trio made up of Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor. They will return to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, April 1st at 8PM. Their harmonies, as much as their lyrics, tell what they are about: warm as a campfire, stirring as a gospel church, rousing as a call to arms. Calling upon contemporary songwriting, and informed by the deep roots of gospel, blues, and folk, the trio weaves a tapestry of harmony that is brilliantly fresh and yet familiar.

Nationally touring folk artists from three major points on the map - Boston, New York, and Chicago - Pat, Greg, and Joe celebrate the amazing power of singing together. Their combined musical skills should make for an unforgettable evening - three rich voices blending on a well-crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, and piano.  brothersunmusic.com


Brother Sun has announced that they will not be performing as a group after this summer so this may be your last chance to see this amazing trio.
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 http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Apr 22      Livingston Taylor with Chelsea Berry
May 6       Catie Curtis with Rachael Kilgour

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

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What should the Cultural District be called?

The Franklin Cultural District Steering Committee has been organizing the Annual Cultural Festival in preparation for getting a formal designation as a "Cultural District". 

There already is a Franklin Cultural Council which primarily has been managing the cultural grant process. There are three possible names (shown below) but there may be others to consider.

Take this short poll and cast your vote for one of the three choices, OR add another possible name.




What should the Cultural District be called?
What should the Cultural District be called?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry"

On March 31st, 2017, local musicians in The Greater Milford Area Local Music Scene come together, once again, to raise much needed money for the Franklin Food Pantry at THE BLACK BOX located right next door to the pantry. Co-organizer Bill Donovan explains why he and co-organizer Ray Auger decided to raise money for the pantry. “The Franklin Food Pantry does not receive funds from the state or town. They rely ultimately on us, the community, to help keep the shelves full.”


Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry" 1
Local Music Scene Plans Second
Annual "Party For The Pantry" 1
Auger and Donovan decided to continue hosting the party after raising $3000 last year at the inaugural Party For The Pantry. This year the tried and true format remains the same… raffles, cash bar and four great local bands. A recipe for success as last year’s Party For The Pantry proved. “We’ve got a lot of great raffle items donated by local businesses but we can always use more! Please get in touch with Bill or myself to donate. We also have some sports memorabilia including a signed Tom Brady ball!”, exclaims Auger.


Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry" 2
Local Music Scene Plans Second
Annual "Party For The Pantry" 2
With $3001 as the goal set for this year, James puts it all into perspective, “An average bag of groceries costs $18 to put together. That’s about 167 bags of groceries that we are able to donate to those in our community in need. It feels good to do something we love as musicians while giving back. Music heals and music helps and we are looking forward to doing more great events like this.”

The night’s musical lineup is second to none with music by The Abe Froman Project, Charity Case, Karate Show and South Street Six, all musicians with ties to the Greater Franklin area. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased through www.brownpapertickets.com, or $20 at the door. The organizers also raised money and covered production costs with generous sponsorship donations from Dean Bank, Dean College, The UPS Store in Franklin, F&P Molla Inc and Elemen-Tree House.


Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry" 3
Local Music Scene Plans Second Annual "Party For The Pantry" 3

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Folk harmonies and olde tyme bluegrass this weekend in Franklin

While you may not have been able to get tickets to the sold out performances of Beauty and the Beast at THE BLACK BOX this weekend, there are other options for musical entertainment.


Saturday:


THE BOXCAR LILIES - with Mike Laureanno - March 18th 8PM $20  


Combining spine-tingling three-part harmony and savvy songwriting, The Boxcar Lilies have made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music.

Though each member of the Massachusetts-based trio has a distinct and exceptional singing talent, Jenny Goodspeed (electric bass), Stephanie Marshall (washboard, cajón), and Susan Cattaneo (guitar) deftly weave their voices into a delicious whole – a sound that is sometimes delicate, sometimes gritty, but always innovative and soul-stirring.

Their trademark harmonies may have put the band on the Americana music map, but their genuine and charming stage presence and off-the-cuff banter helped keep them there. They've brought their engaging live show to venues across the Northeast and beyond, including The Iron Horse Music Hall, Caffé Lena, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel.  http://www.boxcarlilies.com/


THE BOXCAR LILIES - with Mike Laureanno - March 18th 8PM $20
THE BOXCAR LILIES - with Mike Laureanno - March 18th 8PM $20

Please call (508)528-2541 or visit http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information. 



Sunday:


"Keep On The Grass provides traditional and old tyme Bluegrass Music for all occasions in the Boston area. We play private parties, corporate events and music festivals. 
The band is Joe Rebeiro on acoustic guitar and vocals, Brian Sargent on mandolin, acoustic guitar and vocals, and Ted Mello on upright bass and vocals. 
With 3 part harmonies and a groovin rhythm section these boys will get you on your feet dancing and singing along with familiar bluegrass songs!"




Keep on the Grass - Concert Sunday Mar 19, at the Franklin Library

Friday, March 17, 2017

Local Young Pianist Takes The Stage At Carnegie Hall

Franklin’s Peter Bryan, 11, performed at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, February 18, at the invitation of The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program in recognition of his achieving First Class Honors in his piano music assessment. Peter, a piano student of Ida Zelman at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), performed Little Red Wagon, by T. Richert, in the Celebration of Excellence Awards recital, held at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. A highest scorer in Massachusetts in his level of piano performance, Peter demonstrated skills related to repertoire, technical requirements, musicianship and musical literacy.

“It's such a high honor and an incredible opportunity,” said Zelman of Peter’s achievement and Carnegie Hall experience. “I am beyond proud of Peter. He comes to every lesson prepared and eager to learn. He doesn’t back off from a challenge. He’s a high achiever, and The Royal Conservatory program has a huge base of repertoire that motivates him to learn pieces and perform them well.”

“Performing at Carnegie Hall was amazing,” said Peter. “I was nervous at first, but as I waited for my turn to play, the nerves went away. It was really exciting when I finally went on stage. When I played on the (Steinway) piano there, I knew it sounded really fancy. And I've never played in front of a crowd that big before.”

Peter, who started playing piano four years ago at age 7, first took to the instrument when his grandfather bought him a keyboard. His Poppa plays the piano and thought his grandson would enjoy it. “As I tried playing songs I knew by ear, my parents thought I should sign up for lessons,” said Peter.

FSPA Piano Instructor Ida Zelman with her student Peter Bryan
FSPA Piano Instructor Ida Zelman with her student Peter Bryan
He began studying one-on-one with Zelman, who credits that parental support as being a key component in her student’s growth and development on the instrument. She noted, “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of the teacher and student, as well as the parents. It’s a partnership – a triangle, really. Without all three sides, there wouldn't be such success.” 

Zelman has utilized The Royal Conservatory program for more than two decades and now uses the curriculum with all of her students at FSPA. “It’s easy to follow, it progresses gradually and you can see the results,” she said.

The sequenced program begins with a preparatory level and progresses through advanced levels, with examinations offered three times annually to evaluate and recognize students’ achievements. Zelman praises the quality of the curriculum for offering a comprehensive, yet individualized and flexible path to train well-rounded musicians. She described, “It helps to develop ear training, sight reading, musical history and analysis, as well as a broad knowledge of repertoire across Baroque, Classical and Romantic/Modern time periods. But beyond that, the program and study of music in general helps expand students’ abilities and helps them grow as people. They improve memory skills, learn analytical thinking and enhance creativity. They discover history and geography as they come to know about composers’ lives and the countries in which they created their art. They develop life skills and broaden their horizons.”

“Every time I get a new song to play it's a new challenge,” Peter said. “And when I can finally play it, it's very rewarding. When I perform, I like the fact that I can make people happy with my music. Last weekend, I played some songs for my great-grandmother in the lobby of her Senior Living home. Several people heard me playing and came over to listen. When I was done, they clapped and told me how much they enjoyed the songs. I really liked that.”

The Carnegie Hall concert, which celebrated the achievements of Royal Conservatory program high scorers of 90% or above from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, provided a chance for these exceptional students to take the stage in one of the world’s finest concert halls. Divided into two groups for the 90-minute showcase, the students were able to watch half of the performance from the audience. “It was a great opportunity to see and hear each other perform,” said Zelman. “There were mostly pianists recognized that evening and they were at all different levels, from preparatory to level 8. There was a great sense of community.”

“I want to thank my teacher, Mrs. Zelman,” said Peter. “She's always very encouraging, and I would not have gotten to where I am with piano without her.”

Peter will perform in the studio recital of Ida Zelman in the FSPA Recital Hall (38 Main Street) on June 11 and will be featured in the school’s annual Spring Concert at the Franklin High School auditorium in May. To learn more about The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program and instrumental instruction at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, visit www.FSPAonline.com or call (508) 528-8668.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Keep on the Grass - Concert Sunday Mar 19 (2:00 PM), at the Franklin Library

"Keep On The Grass provides traditional and old tyme Bluegrass Music for all occasions in the Boston area. We play private parties, corporate events and music festivals. 
The band is Joe Rebeiro on acoustic guitar and vocals, Brian Sargent on mandolin, acoustic guitar and vocals, and Ted Mello on upright bass and vocals. 
With 3 part harmonies and a groovin rhythm section these boys will get you on your feet dancing and singing along with familiar bluegrass songs!"

Keep on the Grass - Concert Sunday Mar 19, at the Franklin Library
Keep on the Grass - Concert Sunday Mar 19, at the Franklin Library

Find out more about the band on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Keep-On-The-Grass-860586850684972/

or on the web   http://www.keeponthegrassband.com/

or at ReverbNation  https://www.reverbnation.com/keeponthegrass


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 14

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is happy to announce the return of the weekend Harvest Festival this year. The favorite fall event will be Saturday, October 14, from Noon to 5 p.m., and in case of rain the festival will happen Sunday, October 15.

“We’ve waited a few years to bring the Harvest Festival back to a weekend day and now we are planning an event that will be bigger and better than ever,” says Partnership President Nicole Fortier.

Organizers anticipate nearly 8,000 people will visit Franklin for the Harvest Festival to enjoy the music, entertainers, delicious foods, crafts, informational sessions, and visit with friends and neighbors.

Crafter and vendor participation sign-up information will be shared this summer on the Partnership’s website, www.franklindowntownpartnership.org, Facebook and Twitter. Booth space is included in membership dues, and there will be a charge for non-member booths. Membership information is posted on the FDP website under the Membership tab.

The FDP is accepting sponsorships for the Harvest Festival and its other events and beautification efforts now. Sponsor forms are posted on the website, or business owners can contact the office at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com.


The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of 240 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. For more information, please contact Executive Director Lisa Piana at downtown.franklin@yahoo.com


Downtown Franklin dressed up for the Harvest Stroll in 2016

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Second Annual 'Party For The Pantry' - March 31 - 7:00 PM

"This event puts the FUN in FUNdraiser! Join us for a night of live music, raffles and SUPER raffles to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry.


Mar 31, 2017 7:00 PM at THE BLACK BOX

Musical line up includes FOUR bands this year consisting of local musicians who are donating their time to give back to the community. It's local musicianship at it's best!!!

Here's the lineup for the night...

Karate Show
The Abe Froman Project
South Street Six
Charity Case

Bring lots of money for the raffles and cash bar!

What is a SUPER raffle you ask? A SUPER raffle is an item that is valued at over $100. Your winning ticket will allow you to choose any SUPER raffle item left on the table!


Purchase tickets online -->>  http://partyforthepantry2017.bpt.me/


ABOUT THE FRANKLIN FOOD PANTRY

Second Annual Party For The Pantry - March 31 - 7:00 PM
Second Annual Party For The Pantry - March 31 - 7:00 PM

The Franklin Food Pantry offers supplemental food assistance and household necessities once a month to eligible households. Bread and fresh produce is available daily for clients.

Typical clients include working families trying to make ends meet, people experiencing a temporary job loss, individuals whose SNAP (food stamps) benefits are reduced, and seniors. A growing number of seniors are seeking help from the Pantry since most are on a fixed income and are impacted by such things as medication costs and higher fuel expenses.

As a private, nonprofit organization, we depend entirely on donations from community members, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners. We receive NO funding from the town or state.

There is no charge to clients for Pantry items or services.

Programs include
  • a Mobile Pantry which delivers food monthly to select neighborhoods where people have difficulty getting to the downtown location
  • Cooking Matters classes that teach families how to shop smarter and cook delicious, affordable meals
  • a Healthy Futures Market that offers fresh produce from June to October. The high cost of fresh fruits and vegetables can be a barrier to wholesome nutrition for many families.

Emergency food bags and seasonal items, such as holiday meal packages, are also provided. Learn how to get help.

Because we are a client-choice pantry, visitors are empowered to select only what they need to meet their own personal dietary needs. Many pantries provide fixed boxes of food where clients do not have an opportunity to choose their items.

Only residents of Franklin can officially register with the Pantry to receive ongoing support. However, emergency packages of food are provided to those in need who come to the Pantry for hunger relief.

As a member agency of The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB), the Franklin Food Pantry is part of the GBFB objective of providing at least one meal a day to those in need."

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mr Dooley: The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was - March 11

Local historian Alan Earls will deliver a unique two part program on Saturday March 11 that the Franklin Historical Museum. Earls will first discuss the arrival of the Irish in Franklin in the 19th Century– why they came, how they made Franklin home and the challenges they faced. 

He will then introduce Mr. Dooley – an “Irishman” who became the public face of the Irish in America. It was Dooley and his popularity as a political commentator that had much to do with the growing acceptance and appreciation of the Irish across the United States.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day the Franklin Historical Museum takes a look at the arrival of the first Irish residents to the town in the mid 1800s. With the help of former Franklin School Teacher Mrs. Nina Santoro we have determined that the first Irish residents arrived as early as the late 1840s. The first children born to Irish immigrants in Franklin had the surnames Mee, Robinson and Murray. The first Irish marriage recorded was that of George B. and Jane Robinson in 1853. And the first death, by a resident born in Ireland was that of 28 year old Mary Rourke, who died of consumption in 1851. 

To learn more about the arrival and influence of the Irish to the Town of Franklin and ‘Mr. Dooley’, please join us for Alan Earls’ enlightening presentation at 10:30AM, March 11th. Earls is the author of Franklin Then and Now (Arcadia Publishing)

The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was - Franklin Historical Museum - March 11
The Most Famous Irishman Who Never Was - Franklin Historical Museum - March 11
The museum is located at 80 West Central Street and is wheelchair accessible.

Visit the Historical Museum online  http://franklinhistoricalmuseum.org/

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse: The Boxcar Lilies - March 18



The Boxcar Lilies with special guest Mike Laureanno March 18th
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THE BOXCAR LILIES
with Mike Laureanno
March 18th 8PM $20
Combining spine-tingling three-part harmony and savvy songwriting, The Boxcar Lilies have made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, blues, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music.

Though each member of the Massachusetts-based trio has a distinct and exceptional singing talent, Jenny Goodspeed (electric bass), Stephanie Marshall (washboard, cajón), and Susan Cattaneo (guitar) deftly weave their voices into a delicious whole – a sound that is sometimes delicate, sometimes gritty, but always innovative and soul-stirring.

Their trademark harmonies may have put the band on the Americana music map, but their genuine and charming stage presence and off-the-cuff banter helped keep them there. They've brought their engaging live show to venues across the Northeast and beyond, including The Iron Horse Music Hall, Caffé Lena, Club Passim, and Philadelphia's Tin Angel.  http://www.boxcarlilies.com/


"When we think of great harmonies in the contemporary roots music world, we think of bands like The Wailin' Jennys or Red Molly. We can now add The Boxcar Lilies to that list." --The Recorder (Greenfield, MA)
Mike Laureanno hails from Fall River, MA an old mill-town infamous for its axe wielding resident Lizzie Borden and the occasional songwriter. He is a 2016 Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a 2016 Woody Guthrie songwriting contest winner. A passionate performer, Mike's songs are visceral and evocative and many of them deal with his gritty blue collar hometown and the lives of his family and friends. Mike has released two albums to date, Pushing Back Wintertime (2013) and Road Signs (2015). He plans to release his third album Tightrope in March of 2017.  http://www.michael.laureanno.com/

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 http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information. 
Upcoming Shows
Apr 1        Brother Sun
Apr 22      Livingston Taylor
May 6       Catie Curtis

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

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: Jennifer Tefft Band - March 25

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents the Jennifer Tefft Band on Saturday, March 25 at the downtown Franklin theater, music and event venue. Alt-Rock singer-songwriter Jennifer Tefft and her band will celebrate the release of their 5th CD, Cutting for Stone. The show also features special guest and opening act, Grand Evolution. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with a pre-show reception in the theater lobby, and music begins at 8:15. 

THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: Jennifer Tefft Band - March 25
THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series: Jennifer Tefft Band

Tefft is a Boston Music Award nominee and four-time Local Music Award winner. Her music combines intense rhythms with melancholy textures and haunting vocals that wind easily from darkly ethereal to outspoken, creating her own brand of Gritty-Lush Alternative Rock. Together with her band, guitarist John Parrillo, drummer Phil Antoniades and bassist Jeff St. Pierre, Tefft has toured the country playing clubs and opening for national acts like Aerosmith. Her music has been heard on TV shows including CSI, MTV, Stargate Universe, One Life to Live, The Young & the Restless and many others.

Celebrate the release of this new, edgy and deeply personal CD in Tefft’s hometown. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX - Fri, Mar 24

Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX on Friday, March 24 at 7:30 PM, offering family entertainment with music for all ages! Backed by an eight-piece band of world-class musicians, EY delivers high-energy music, including contemporary pop, classic rock, Broadway and country hits.
The EY show at THE BLACK BOX will feature fully choreographed performances of The Black Crowes, Michael Bublé, Queen, Stevie Wonder, Colbie Caillat, Carrie Underwood, The Who, Guns N’ Roses, and more! With special guest Future Shock!
Tickets: $26
Click here to purchase tickets

Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX - Fri, Mar 24
Electric Youth 2017 returns to THE BLACK BOX - Fri, Mar 24