Local regulars Chris Eastburn and Mike Barrett are always crowd-pleasers. Chris directs the Arlington-based Family Folk Chorale, and has performed with Bill Staines, Robbie O'Connell of the Clancy Brothers, Tracy Grammer, Sol y Canto, Scott Alarik and others. He teams up with his friend, fellow guitarist and vocalist Mike, to present a lively, harmony-filled blend of Buddy Holly-era rock, John Prine-inflected folk, Ricky Skaggs-inspired gospel, and Willie Nelson-style country. We're hoping they'll be joined again by father and daughter team Jack and Kate Donahue.
Alyssa Zahka stopped by a few months ago to play some songs for us. She's another of the many talented musicians at Lexington High, and we liked her music so much that we asked her back to play a half-hour set. She tells us: "I LOVE music, and I particularly enjoy songs with deep lyrics. I try to give my all with every song while keeping my guitar work simple because I'd rather pour my heart out in my vocals."
Random Chants is definitely NOT your mother's all-female group singing stratospheric pitches only your dog can hear. It's a Boston-based women's a cappella group with a repertoire ranging from folk to pop, country to rock, the 70s to now. With nine "Chants," they have plenty of flexibility to take on rich harmonies and show them who's boss. Their half-hour set should be a real treat -- and you can't get much more acoustic than a cappella...
Robert Cedrone played the Showcase back in June, and he was a big hit. He's a Lexington resident who has performed on the local circuit for the past 30 years. Inspired by the likes of Van Morrison and Greg Allman, Robert loves to mix pop/R & B standards with his collection of original songs. He'll be joined by another Lexington Resident, Noah Mendelsohn, an accomplished bass player who often appears locally with the Rock City Band.