Doors 7pm, Music starts at 7:30pm
Sliding scale tickets will be available at the door, but we expect to sell out this event
so we advise buying your tickets in advance. BYOB!
Jon McBride’s Big Easy is a band having fun with music from New Orleans. Whether
it’s hard-driving soul jazz fueled by the blues, funk, and second-line street beats or
bringing a seasoned and fiery edge to a repertoire of American roots music, including
traditional jazz, ragtime, acoustic blues, and gospel, their high-energy spontaneity, and
relentless search for the perfect groove keep audiences large and small on the edge of
their seat or the middle of the dance floor—with Ted Perry on piano, J.D. Haenni on
bass, and Dwight Ritcher on drums.
Blending classic soul power with a folk songwriter lyricism, New England’s Ali McGuirk has
the rare ability to silence a room with just a few words of a song. With a voice that is raw and
sultry and a style rooted in improvisation, her sets are a hypnotic and intimate journey. On her
Signature Sounds Recordings debut ’Til It’s Gone, McGuirk delivers a sublime set of songs that
pairs her trademark soul sound with rootsy turns and raw rock ‘n’ roll detours. The album landed
on the Boston Globe’s Top 50 Albums list for 2022. Consequence of Sound raved, “‘All Back’ feels
like it could exist somewhere outside of space and time– it could be on a record in the background
of a party in a 1970s bungalow, or it could be on your Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. Either way,
it’s a great listen.” McGuirk co-produced ‘Til It’s Gone with Jonah Tolchin (a star singer-songwriter
in his own right) and a set of session legends: Little Feat guitarist/mandolinist Fred Tackett, organist
Larry Goldings (James Taylor, Norah Jones), singer Valerie Pinkston (Ray Charles, Luther Vandross),
percussionist Lenny Castro (Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder). They provided the astounding chops, but
the true magic of the album comes from McGuirk’s singular voice as both singer and songwriter.
The nine tracks run from intimate introspection to wider meditations on oppression and justice,
from tough r&b and tender soul to big rock guitar and twangy folk. And McGuirk's voice – bold,
buttery, spellbinding – carries each song to the next til they’re gone. McGuirk currently divides her
time between touring North America and Europe and crafting new compositions in her lakeside
Vermont cottage . She has performed spellbinding sets at Boston Calling, Merlefest,
Americanafest, and NPR’s Mountain Stage.