Second Friday Concerts at First Church Belmont Unitarian Universalist

Friday, November 12th, 2021 7:30 PM

The Loomers Free Concert

We are thrilled to welcome you all back to our first in-person concert in almost 2 years!

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The Loomers have been passionate about making music for over 25 years. Their songbook is a trip through the American musical landscape –– infused with the classic sounds of driving rock, heartland folk, rock & soul, and retro-1980s pop –– filled with the joys, hopes, sorrows and wonders of growing older.

These days the band is comprised of JON SVETKEY (acoustic guitar, lead vocals, songs), EVERETT PENDLETON (electric guitar, harmony vocals), JACK CAVALIER (bass guitar, harmony vocals), MICHAEL CAHILL (drums), ROB LAURENS (keyboards), HEATHER QUAY (harmony vocals, high-strung guitar), TOM SIMONS (electric guitar), and JEFF ISEN (guitar, mandolin, trombone, harmonica, harmony vocals, kitchen sink).

Some cool things the band has done over the years: backed John Mellencamp at a party at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fenway Park, The House of Blues, The Somerville Theatre, and CBGBs, among many venues; sold out Club Passim, the legendary acoustic music Mecca in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and, won Berklee College Of Music's "Battle Of The Executive Bands" twice. They've released five albums -- Reeling Down A Road, Tomorrow Today, SHINE, Simple As That and escalation -- and their songs have appeared on CBS, Cinemax, MTV, NBC, & PBS, as well as internationally online and on cable. They have performed at events that have raised tens of thousands of dollars for charities like The Somerville Coalition For The Homeless and The Home For Little Wanderers.

They also perform as a backing band and cover band. For 25 years they've backed the amazing Don White, accompanied acclaimed songwriter Ellis Paul during his "Carnival Of Voices" tour and hosted many sold out Tribute Nights at Club Passim. Their cover song list runs from the 1950s through the 1990s and includes everything from Elvis and Sam Cooke to The Beatles and The Monkees to The Spinners and The Commodores to Bruce Springsteen and U2.

We are thrilled to have them welcome you all back to live concerts!

The Loomers' Website

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.


Friday, December 10th, 2021 7:30 PM

Jonny Kringle & The Wondaland Band's Rockin' Holiday Free/Bring-a-Toy Concert!

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Drummer Tom Maher has been delivering toys to Children’s Hospital for almost 20 years. Back in 2012 he had a mission: play rock and roll holiday songs for the children he was delivering the toys to. So he called his old friend Jon Svetkey and asked if he could put a band together. Jon made a few calls and a yearly tradition was born.

The band — which includes Tom and Jon, Everett Pendleton on guitar, Heather Quay & Lyn O'Conor-Ferguson on vocals, Rob Laurens on keyboards, Jason Redi on bass, Jeff Isen on percussion, trombone, harmonica and more! — will be performing a collection of fun, upbeat holiday rock and roll songs that everyone can sing along to.

So bring a new and unwrapped toy or two, sing along, dance and enjoy this very special Second Friday Coffeehouse holiday concert.

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.


Friday, January 14th, 2022 7:30 PM

Peter Mulvey

Price: $25.00

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Peter Mulvey has been a songwriter, road-dog, raconteur and almost-poet since before he can remember. Raised working-class Catholic on the Northwest side of Milwaukee, he took a semester in Ireland, and immediately began cutting classes to busk on Grafton Street in Dublin and hitchhike through the country, finding whatever gigs he could. Back stateside, he spent a couple years gigging in the Midwest before lighting out for Boston, where he returned to busking (this time in the subway) and coffeehouses. Small shows led to larger shows, which eventually led to regional and then national and international touring. The wheels have not stopped since.

Nineteen records, an illustrated book, thousands of live performances, a TEDx talk, a decades-long association with the National Youth Science Camp, opening for luminaries such as Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, and Chuck Prophet, appearances on NPR, an annual autumn tour by bicycle, emceeing festivals, hosting his own boutique festival (the Lamplighter Sessions, in Boston and Wisconsin)… Mulvey never stops. He has built his life’s work on collaboration and an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. He folds everything he encounters into his work: poetry, social justice, scientific literacy, & a deeply abiding humanism are all on plain display in his art.

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.


Friday, February 11th, 2022 7:30 PM

Don White

Price: $25.00

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There is no one-word description for what Don White does. He's an award-winning singer/songwriter, a comedian, an author, and a storyteller. He's been bringing audiences to laughter and tears for thirty years, released ten CDs, three live DVDs, and a book, Memoirs of a C Student. For more information about Don's work, please check out the videos and music here: www.donwhite.net.

To watch Don in action, enjoy the Accordion Door Story!

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.



Friday, March 11th, 2022 7:30 PM

Ellis Paul

Price: $25.00

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“Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music.” - The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. It’s a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen all come to mind. Yet few songwriters can relate their own life to the life experienced by others who find that common bond — the exhilaration of the open road, the celebration of heroes, the coming of age, the hope for redemption, the sharing of love, intimate, passionate and enduring — the way that Ellis Paul does.

Smart. Literate. Poetic. Singular. Storyteller. Folksinger. Yes, but Ellis Paul is far more. How much more? An incredible 30-year career. 15 Boston Music Awards. 20 albums. Newport Folk Festival. Carnegie Hall. Hundreds of venues from Alaska to Miami, Paris, and London. Dozens of compilations, commercials, documentaries, TV shows, and blockbuster movie soundtracks. He is one of the finest singer/songwriters of his generation — for many, the face of contemporary folk music — and probably no artist on the acoustic music scene is better loved by fans, or more respected by his contemporaries than Ellis Paul.

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.


Friday, April 8th, 2022 7:30 PM

Jim's Big Ego

Price: $25.00

Perform a Google search for "the Greatest Band in the History of Recorded Music" and you will get only one result: Jim's Big Ego.

Hailing from the quaint New England village of Boston, Massachusetts, Jim's Big Ego has carved a unique place in the the music world by rocking harder, fresher, louder, sweeter and better than everyone else.

Jim's Big Ego's secret to awesomeness is singer, songwriter, and all around super-genius, Jim Infantino. Armed with the innate ability to create songs that are more brilliant than all others in history, Infantino gives the band the gift of greatness.

Jim's Big Ego compares itself to such major players as The Great Wall of China, The Grand Canyon, Antarctica, and other things you can see from space.

While the debate still rages over whether the band's formation was a matter of divine providence or historical inevitability, one fact remains clear: if the world ended today, Jim's Big Ego would die happy knowing that they were more talented than Oasis, more popular than Terence Trent D'Arby and richer than MC Hammer.

www.bigego.com

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.


Friday, May 13th, 2022 7:30 PM

Catie Curtis

Price: $25.00

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“Have you ever been to a show where you feel an invisible wall between you and the performer? Catie Curtis pulls the walls down.” - Mary Chapin Carpenter, Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter.

For over 25 years, Catie toured full-time in the US and Europe, releasing 14 recordings and selling over 250,000 CDs (not to mention streaming and downloads). She has recorded for major (EMI Guardian) and independent (Rykodisc, Vanguard and Compass) labels, collaborating with some of the finest musicians and producers in the country. Before the pandemic, she continued to play shows for a legion of fans who shared stories with her at the merch table night after night. Her songs have been featured in films and tv shows, and she performed several times at the White House during the Obama administration. She’s intensely grateful for those years and honored to know that her music has been an integral part of so many people's lives.

Catie has been making the transition to working as a community mental health counselor over the past three years. Her job as a therapist, while incredibly fulfilling, does not feed the artist in her! “I still need and want to create music. It can be hard to find the time, but writing is still how I make sense of my life and the world around me. Writing a song is like putting together a puzzle using the head, heart, hands and a guitar." Fortunately, it’s important to her fans, too. With financial support from fans (through Patreon) Catie has written dozens of songs over the past couple of years, eleven of which appear on her new album The Raft. She would love for you to be a part of this special community of support, which you can find here: https://www.patreon.com/catiecurtis.


Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.


Friday, June 10th, 2022 7:30 PM

Antje Duvekot

Price: $25.00

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"Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice. She believes in the redemptive power of the shared secret; and is utterly unafraid to mine the darkest corners of her life for songs that turn fear into resilience and isolation into community.” – The Boston Globe

Antje has won some of the top songwriting awards including the Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, the prestigious, Kerrville (TX) "Best New Folk Award" and in one of the nation's top music markets, she won the Boston Music Award for "Outstanding Folk Act", three of the top prizes in the singer songwriter world.

Antje has extensive touring experience, criss-crossing the US and Europe many times. She is a compelling live performer and has been invited to play some of the top festivals including The Newport Folk Festival as well as the Mountain Stage, Philadelphia and Kerrville Festivals. Internationally, she's headlined the The Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Festival in Denmark.

Check out Antje's website here!

Patrons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination for admission (pic or copy of vaccination card). Masks required. No exceptions. 75 person seating capacity.