Thursday

JUNK KITCHEN #21


Honky Tonk'n Heart Break


Don’t miss Texas Pickles and her Hot Dawgs singing

   and swinging about love lost and hearts so true! 



THURSDAY JULY 3rd - 9pm - $10 Contribution
The LILY PAD - 1353 Cambridge St.  Inman Square, Cambridge 

Read below for details 



What’s a gal to do when her daddy done gone up and left her?
How’s a guy to feel when he sees his baby with another man?

If you’re feeling alone and forsaken ‘cause you can’t melt that special man’s cold, cold heart, it might be time to drop little Miss Texas Pickles a line, and ask her for advice on how to cure those lovesick blues!

Miss Pickles ain’t got nothing but time for helping others who just can’t help being in love. And she’ll not only answer your letter, she’ll sing it in a song! Channeling the wisdom of country swing heroes like Hank Williams, Miss Pickles swings and yodels her way to healing your heartbreak and drying your tears. After all, when you’re so lonesome you could cry, there’s no better time to move it on over to the closest honky tonk!

So since Nashville’s a bit out the way, come on down to the LilyPad! As the song goes:

“There’s a little bit of country, 
a little bit of city,
the honky tonk is nitty-gritty,
Thursday night at the Lily!”

Featuring:

Esther Viola Kurtz- Vocals and MC
Eric Hofbauer - Guitar
Lincoln Smith - Guitar 
Paul Jacobs - Piano 
Scot Fitzsimmons - Bass
Ben Dicke - Drums 




Wednesday

#20 Water, water everywhere. . .



"At the current (water) consumption rate. . . By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. And ecosystems around the world will suffer even more."

- World Wildlife Foundation.*



Water has always been a source of great inspiration for writers, artists and musicians. This Junk Kitchen installment aims to flip the script: Can performances of various water-inspired pieces motivate you to acknowledge your water responsibility? Like the creek that brings life to the forest, a stream of thoughtful music can bring a flood of ideas! Here we hope to go beyond-the-faucet with our relationship with water. With music and brief discussions we’ll touch on fresh water conservation, it’s scarcity in many parts of the world as well as how the looming rise of our oceans will effect us. 

Performances By: Ben Dicke, Esther Viola,  Garrison Fewell, Eric Hofbauer,  Martin Rohrmeier, and Terra Fredrichs


 With VERY SPECIAL GUESTS! Dana Lyn’s “Aqualade” From Brooklyn NY
Featuring: Dana Lyn – Composer, multi-instrumentalist 
Clara Kennedy Cello 
Jonathan Goldberger – Guitar
Mike McGinnis – Clarinet, Sax
Vinnie Sperrazza - Drums
http://danalyn.bandcamp.com/album/aqualude

*Cited from “Not a drop to drink: A look at water scarcity”www.resourceinvestingnews.com
 April 22, 2014

#19 THINK SPRING!




 

"THINK SPRING!"


Friday April 4th  -  8pm @ THE LILY PAD - $10

1353 Cambridge Street  - Inman Sq - Cambridge MA


Junk Kitchen returns Friday, April 4th, at the Lily Pad with an evening hailed to be Cambridge's musical orientation to springtime. Local musicians will perform and improvise various notable and original works that will serve to help you with your own personal thaw, to fill your ears and heart with springtime.

with: 

Juliet Olivier 
Martin Rohrmeier
Tony Leva 
Alfred Marra 
Brigham Hall 
Esther Kurtz 
Ben Dicke

Full Description:

I shouldn't get into it, honestly. Whenever I start talking about it, it just gets me all worked up. Those mornings of sub-zero with heavy windblasts really change you. In fact they knock the little-life-you-have-left out of you. Months of frigid dark skies with brief appearances of overcast sun that sets at 4pm can take a real toll on life. This relentless abuse of winter hits everyone. We get antsy and depressed. We begin to lose faith in the seasons changing. Indeed, Jack Frost's mission to disrupt life doesn't stop with nature. Our inner core, our soul and hearts are affected as we carry the winter within us, making us fragile, weak and tiresome. And while we’re down, winter plays some dirty tricks on us, which we ever-so-willingly fall for. That warm weekend in late February, we are so quick to seize it! We go out and try to get an early start on spring. I admit there have been a few times I walked in the park, amidst melting snow mounds and through muddy puddles, believing to be at the helm of Nature’s great reawakening. I couldn't help but laugh at old Groundhog along the way, telling him that he'd been wrong this time. Yet after only a few days, that cold front moves in once again from Canada and freezes the ground overnight. We awake once again to this recurring nightmare. The optimism for an early springtime is easily crushed by the reality of single blustery day. High in the teens with an 80% chance of snow… Bundling up this side of winter never has been so painful. 

Luckily, winter never lasts forever. It’s late March! Now that I can hear the birds, feel the sun and not see my breath, I feel that a change is finally happening. For some, this change doesn't come easy, as many have ridden out spring fever with distrust for it. "How do you know it won't just snow tomorrow?" I've heard people ask to a fearlessly sprouting daffodil. Indeed, a long winter can last even longer if you let it last inside of you. If we carry winter’s cold within our hearts then it is certain we will miss all of the gifts that await us. Bound we are to be victims of evil Jack Frost. Let it not happen to us! Now that Nature has finally warmed up to us, shouldn't we at least try warm up to her too? 

Junk Kitchen returns Friday, April 4th, at the Lily Pad with an evening hailed to be Cambridge's musical orientation to springtime. Local musicians will perform and improvise various notable and original works that will serve to help you with your own personal thaw, to fill your ears and heart springtime. Special community guests will also give brief tips on how one can really get the most out of this season, such as through nature walks and gardening. This time spring is really happening and we want you to help welcome it with us. After this night, you won't just think spring… You'll be able to THANK spring, too!

Sincerely

Junk Kitchen Concert Series


The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge Street
INMAN SQ
Cambridge MA

Juliet Olivier 
Martin Rohrmeier
Tony Leva 
Alfred Marra 
Brigham Hall 
Esther Kurtz 
Ben Dicke

Saturday

Junk Kitchen #18

Toy Instrument Toy Drive

Friday, December 13th at 8pm.
The Lily Pad 1353 Cambridge Street Inman Sq. Cambridge. 

Junk Kitchen pairs up with Toys For Tots of Boston and Children's Closet of Peabody in presenting "Toy Instrument Toy Drive": A toy drop event that brings creative music, charitable cause, and community awareness together in one special holiday musical event! 

Donate $10 and/or an unwrapped toy of equal or greater value at the door, and listen to a diverse mix of local Boston musicians perform their music on toy 
instruments.

Our mission: To help these charities raise awareness for their causes, help families who would benefit from these donations, and encourage local musicians, performers and audiences to engage proactively with the community. 




Friday, December 13th at 8pm.
The Lily Pad 1353 Cambridge Street Inman Sq. Cambridge.
www.junkkitchen.com

Featuring: Compostions, Arrangements and Improvisations
Ben Dicke
Matt Samolis
Alfred Marra
Jacob Mashak of the Mobius Toy Piano Festival
. . . more!
VERY SPECIAL GUESTS!
Loveseat
The Resurrectionists

Friday

Junk Kitchen #17

     

A Musical Tasting 



Organic music is paired with local food samples! 


FEATURING: Eve Boltax, Mary Joy Patchett, Matt Simolis, Ryan Kowal, Paul Jacobs, Ben Dicke and many more TBA!

Friday November 15th - 8pm - $10
       The Lilypad 1353 Cambridge Street- Inman Sq - Cambridge 


Music has its miniatures, its songs, the sonata form and the symphony. Food may come to you as an appetizer, a side, a main course or a dessert. Both have existed for millennia (perhaps food having been around a bit more) and both have maintained their designated places in society, i.e. the dance hall and the greasy spoon. The body can’t live without food and the soul can’t survive without forms of expression. It seems rather difficult to imagine a world without either… Well, perhaps certain sects of monks can survive without food… But for the rest of us, both are as important as the air we breathe! So if this is true, why are these two so disconnected? 

Food definitely has its tastes, textures and smells to lure one in. And in some echelons of restaurants, the presentation of food can be visually stimulating as well. But does food have a sound? No, I don’t mean the sounds of food being made i.e. the noises of a backed up kitchen with the head chef about to loose his head. I mean an aural stimulus that’s experienced while eating. Aside from crunching and slurping, food never really found its way into the sonic realm. I mean eating is a social activity, after all, and why should any extra noises spoil a good conversation? 


Well, what about music? Sure we all pretend one way or another that we have a relative amount of “taste” in the arts (though I hope you haven’ t taken the term too literally) and so we all tend to express our feelings through borrowing terminology from other disciplines. For music, we seem to lavish it with the use of visual and temporal metaphors to express the sensations it provokes. Phrases like “blue notes,” “harmonic color,” “dark chords,” “melodic shapes,” and “warmer tones,” are used throughout all musical genres to describe intangible characteristics of pieces, and are spoken by virtuosic classic players and “hippies” alike. In fact there’s so much of this vocabulary floating around that it would be quite possible for one to mistake music as a visual art, if you were only hearing descriptions of it. Perhaps that’s why so many ethnomusicology graduate students end up with careers in… professional photography?

As Thanksgiving marks the beginning of this year’s ever turbulent holiday season of consumer spending slip-and-slide we should finally attempt to acknowledge music’s place within this festive feasting once and for all. I don’t mean by intentionally performing dinner music live although an in person Muzak show is on my bucket list… I mean this: can these two pillars of history, culture and experience finally be on the same mutual bill? For generations these two things have traded off their limelight in their respective venues with one being more important than the other. If I go see live music at a bar, will the food surpass the quality of musicianship? Or if I go to a “fancy” establishment, is there ever a possibility that the canned music will outshine my pumpkin ravioli in cream sauce? Well, not likely. But who has really tried before? Can the two ever be on the same plane without one being on the backburner or playing second fiddle?

Junk Kitchen wants to bring these two worlds into one program by pairing them accordingly as a part not of the same show, but… the same menu. “A Music Tasting” is our attempt at bridging the gap by presenting pairings of organic music and local food simultaneously. The night will be made up of a variety of different performers and local food venders who through these pairings will hope to create a new way to eat and listen. Perhaps this is our take on “smell-o-vision,” the early 60’s theater trick of releasing scents into the air of things that were on screen so as to enhance the audience experience. This is most likely something NOT approved by the EPA, FDA, CDC, the Chemical Hazard and Safety Board, or the Clean Air Act. But with organic music and local trusted food I think we’re safe to explore the frontier of “aural tasting.” Our mission: to discover how music and food when paired together enhance our sensations in a complete experience beyond their individual parts.

FEATURING:
Eve Boltax, Mary Joy Patchett, Matt Simolis, Ryan Kowal, Paul Jacobs, Ben Dicke and many more! -

JUNK KITCHEN #16

                               

                               FRIDAY OCTOBER 25TH 8PM $10 

                 The Lilypad - 1353 Cambridge St - Cambridge  

     GRUNGE SWUNG DRUNK BEATEN BLUE


      90’s alternative under the DANGEROUS influence of 1930’s Jazz and Blues 




The Junk Kitchen wants to bring to attention the dangers of “Blues” and “Jazz” by performing Grunge classics under the influence of this highly energetic and dangerously sexual “swing” style. Music of the Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Collective Soul and other 90’s hits will be performed in ways that until now weren’t imaginable. We will show you how it is possible for jazz and blues to be played through this music and how a little dancing, improvisation and “vibe” can really change they way we hear and experience live music performance. 



Kelly Robarge – Tenor Sax      Allie Bosso - Trombone             Eric Hofbauer - Guitar 

Paul Jacobs – Piano      Scot Fitzsimmons – Bass    Ben Dicke – Drums, Arranger, MC 


Jazz and Blues have done it again! They’ve attacked some unassuming songs by jumping its form, overtaking its chords, and shaking its feel into a woozy sway. These attackers make their victims contain the quality this gang claims to represent: Swing. But unlike their normal tirades of forcing “blue notes” and “Jazzy” rhythms onto the ancient great American song book, this time they’ve put their filthy, dangerous stylings on Grunge. 

“Wait! Really? . . .Grunge?” one might ask. Yes! The music of our generation. Jazz and Blues have infiltrated the sacred soundtrack of our suburbian consumerist subculture of twenty years ago with loose feeling swing, raunchy syncopated rhythms, and off-putting ‘blue’ notes that are the hallmarks of lively Jazz. According to authorities, last week our music was found in Inman Square, knocked out in an alleyway, reeking of bad whiskey and “jazz cigarette” ash. They were quickly revived and performed by local musicians, checked for vital signs of “grunge” authenticity: heavy distorted guitar riffs, overly personal lyrics, and super straight drums grooves. But due to the spell that Jazz and Blues had put on these victims, these songs seem to display a new lease on life as they’ve been reported to be drunk with swing, unable to walk on a straight beat, slurring their notes, bending their tones and singing in highly sexual ragged syncopation!

For a long time we’ve assumed that grunge and other sterile musical styles would be safe from these attacks. Why would the limited harmonic language and indulgent lyrics of 80’s new wave, late 90’s rap rock, and today’s pop music be tempting to these terrorists? Perhaps it’s payback from the appropriation of Rhythm and Blues to the more social acceptable Rock and Roll of white audiences in the 1950’s. Perhaps they are giving us a way to listen to and enjoy our music in the same ways it has been brought to generations before us… Could it be that? Is it possible to make this introspective music of the past a fun social event of today?? Or is it a dirty trick!!?! Don’t let this M.U.I.O.M (Music Under the Influence of Other Music) tempt you into believing that “swing” is the prerogative for “fun” with grunge. These are dangerous individuals!

As we approach a post-post-9-11 world we must recognize that any aspect of normalcy can be a potential target for a terrorist attack- regardless of its likelihood. And these efforts should not fall short of protecting our music, arts and culture from such threats. Even if these threats come not from a foreign ideology but a… past American popular culture. Nevertheless it’s of great importance that we inform people as a public service to the dangers of music being swung drunk and beaten blue just as these songs have been. Doing so can protect a public from the dangers of their influence and inform future generations to stay away from the gateway drug of the swung 8th note. 

The Junk Kitchen wants to bring to attention the dangers of “Blues” and “Jazz” by performing Grunge classics under the influence of this highly energetic and dangerously sexual “swing” style. Music of the Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Nirvana, Collective Soul and other 90’s hits will be performed in ways that until now weren’t imaginable. We will show you how it is possible for jazz and blues to be played through this music and how a little dancing, improvisation and “vibe” can really change they way we hear and experience live music performance. Especially music that was once so definable by being the opposite of what it has become. But beware: if we don’t stop Jazz and Blues now from seducing others into their spell, there’s no telling how far they’ll take their acts of musical terrorism into other styles. ‘Cause you never know what music they’ll turn onto next! Love songs? Nursery rhymes? Children’s songs? Your own children? In this case, if you hear something, say something!

IF YOU OR YOUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN DO COME IN CONTACT WITH JAZZ OR BLUES MUSIC: 

1. Stay away!! Cover your ears and run in the other direction. Once at a safe distance urge others to do the same. Try not to frighten them, especially seniors, babies and small dogs. Just tell them to “act normally” and to ignore the music that may be within earshot. 

2. Listen to the radio! Now’s the time to pull out that old battery operated radio that you’ve been waiting to use for hurricane disasters and such. Make sure it’s battery operated because listening to your home stereo won’t make it feel much like an emergency. Turn to any Religious AM talk, Sports, or right wing radio. That will keep you informed about this and other relevant social issues. Any pop/dance stations touting to be “the new” so and so or “hot” whatever are best bets!

3. Listen to CDs! . . of preferably the original versions of what you’ve just heard. Resist the urge to rush to iTunes, Spotify or YouTube though. If you want to fully cleanse yourself, using the original 90’s medium is the best. Don’t have any CDs anymore? No problem! Originally marked at $19.99 in their heyday, Compact Discs are now likely to be found in the dollar bin at most consignment stores. But don’t be fooled, the price tag just reflects the lack of demand for the last great physical medium, not its quality… those 1’s and 0’s still know how to rock! Plus, CDs seem to be safe from any culture predators like Jazz and Blues because digital formats inherently have no vibe. This also makes CDs hipster-proof, too, because they don’t seem yet to capture some quirky nostalgic value like tape cassettes do, and they don’t nearly hold the same aesthetic and cultural capitol as vinyl does. I mean, you really can’t hang up framed CD cover of Pearl Jam’s “TEN” and feel cool about it… can you? 

4. Watch TV! - Flipping through a few hundred channels works, although watch out for classic movies of the 40’s and 50’s and the weather channel - they might feature this music as well. MTV is a good stand by even though it tends not to play music videos anymore. Their programming consists of a lifetime’s worth of pathetic mindless self-indulgent pop culture dribble… which is good!

5. Buy Something! Anything! Spending money will get you to forget the Traumatic Cultural Event (TCE) that just happened to you. Shopping online is OK but to be safe the mall is your best bet. After trying on a few pairs of shoes, eating a giant fake butter inspired pretzel and being surrounded by the kids of today, you’ll say to yourself “wha- just happened?” (FYI - CDs are NOT sold in Malls anymore)

 FOOTNOTES - 1 Grunge is a style of rock music that came out of the early 90’s Seattle music scene and shares lineages with hardcore, punk, and other underground scenes of the time, but not with 80’s Hair Metal. It gained popularity with acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden who overthrew the then flamboyant 80’s Hair Metal sound, attitude and aesthetic. Typical characteristics of Grunge music are medium tempos of dark riffs, spacey vocals, deeply personal lyrics and generally creepy music videos and not being 80’s Hair Metal. The popularity for the music grew mainly because the kids of that time were in desperate need of something that could serve as a soundtrack to their seemingly unique lives of: living in suburbia, going to the mall on Friday nights, hating your parents for worrying about you, hating school, wearing bad clothing, not grooming, being bored, being depressed (or at least thinking you were), hating school (and those who excelled in it), filling spiral bound notebooks filled with bad poetry about extremely localized first world problems i.e. “Why am I so weird?” and, of course, not listening to 80’s Hair Metal.

2 References to “our generation” and “our music” in this description actually refer to a specific demographic of people of this country in a very specific time period with shared specific interests and aesthetic traits… so on the worldly grand scheme of things “our” is more exclusive than it may seem. Basically if you went to high school in the 90’s, and meet the social characteristics displayed in footnote 1, you’re generally a part of our “our.” One could also say that this was the last generation to not grow up with Apple products, cell phones, and the Internet until at least college. If you did grow up in the 90’s and still don’ t know what I’m talking about, you might have of spent more time involved with sports, forming meaningful relationships with positive people, and/or overachieving in high school, playing classical music and thinking about the future, fully unaware of the great popular sub-culture revolution of the early 90s… or you were listening to 80’s Hair Metal.