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Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation

Above The Basement is a Boston based podcast hosted by Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg that features casual and candid discussions with local, national and international musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences from those shaping our music community and for whom music is a passion. You hear their stories, hardships faced and overcome...and why they love what they do. While music is the common thread, Above The Basement has evolved into conversations that harness human interest, culture and community, bridging into discussions about health, science, education and other aspects of life.
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Now displaying: May, 2018
May 30, 2018

Violist and holistic educator, Ashe has played all over the world with a number orchestras and ensembles, and has collaborated with many living composers including Thomas Adès, Steve Reich, and Jeffrey Mumford to name just a few.

She has become a voice for social change through her work as Artistic Director of Castle of our Skins – a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music and is currently working with the Cross Cultural Collective a Black arts collaborative that elevates, celebrates, and promotes African diasporic arts and their creators in Boston and beyond.

Song List:

Song 1: Calvary String Quartet, Movement 3" by Coleridge Taylor-Perkinson (Olga Patramanskaya & James Dargan, violins; Ashe Gordon on viola; Javier Caballero on cello; performed by Castle of our Skins)

Song 2: Sanctum for Viola and Piano by Adolphus Hailstork (pianist Anthony Green)

Song 3: Through the Filtering Dawn of Spreading Daybright" by Jeffrey Mumford (Lizzie Burns, double bass; performed by Castle of our Skins)

Live Song: Angela Davis

 

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May 28, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen and all fans of On Your Feet!

Here is our third installment of Take 5 Tuesday where we offer you a snippet of the conversation with On Your Feet! band members Jorge Casas (bass) and Clay Ostwald (music director/keyboards), two of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine.

Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation podcast sat down with these fine musicians who helped bring their iconic songs to the Broadway stage.

Every Tuesday for the next 3 weeks, we are pleased to share with you portions of that conversation with our Take 5 Tuesday episodes. So, take 5 minutes and sit back and enjoy each “Take 5 Tuesday!”

Click here to listen to the entire episode: http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-091-on-your-feet

Or go to www.abovethebasement.com.

Song List: All songs from On Your Feet - Original Broadway Cast Recording

Song 1: Conga
Song 2: Rhythm Is Gonna Get You

May 23, 2018

The local evening news in the 80's was such a big part of our day. At 6pm we’d sit down to watch TV and get our fill of what’s happening in our city and the world.

A lot has changed since those days, but the names and faces of the anchors who spoke to us every day are as familiar as they have ever been.

There was recently a reunion of sorts with the Boston WBZ team of Jack Williams, Liz Walker, Bob Lobel, Bruce Schwoegler and of course, Arts and Entertainment reporter Joyce Kulhawik, and it was as if no time had passed since we last saw them.

We ran into Joyce at a Yo Yo Ma Silkroad performance in Cambridge and immediately decided that she needed to come on the show.

Joyce continues to be an advocate for the arts in Boston and also offers her insight and Theater/Movie reviews through her Joyce’s Choices blog. She is a motivational speaker and as a 3 time cancer survivor she has become a tireless crusader against cancer and has raised millions in the support of American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge in Boston that provides cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city.

May 21, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen and all fans of On Your Feet!:

Here is our second installment of Take 5 Tuesday where we offer you a snippet of the conversation with On Your Feet! band members Jorge Casas (bass) and Clay Ostwald (music director/keyboards), two of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine.

Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation podcast sat down with these fine musicians who helped bring their iconic songs to the Broadway stage.

Every Tuesday for the next 3 weeks, we are pleased to share with you portions of that conversation with our Take 5 Tuesday episodes.

So, take 5 minutes and sit back and enjoy each “Take 5 Tuesday!”

Click here to listen to the entire episode:

http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-091-on-your-feet or go to www.abovethebasement.com.

Song List:
All songs from On Your Feet - Original Broadway Cast Recording

Song 1: Mi Tierra
Song 2: Conga

May 16, 2018

We sat with Luke, Russ and Brendan Condon - three brothers from the Boston band Town Meeting a few weeks ago and it quickly went off the rails.

In between several simultaneous conversations we talked tipping, harmonies, Lavar Burton, acoustic music, playing live for a guy and his dog, the meaning of the word Cajon, podcasts…we were all over the place.

But it was certainly a hoot.

These guys sound great and are amazing live. Enjoy!

Song List:

Song 1: Dirty Ol' Demon
Song 2: Till I Die
Song 3: In The Morning

Live Songs:
Song 1: Till I Die
Song 2: Trip Down West

 

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May 13, 2018

Ladies and Gentlemen and all fans of On Your Feet!:

We would like to introduce you to the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan as told in the Broadway national tour of ON YOUR FEET! The Musical.

You can now hear about it from the perspective of On Your Feet! band members Jorge Casas (bass) and Clay Ostwald (music director/keyboards), two of the original members of the Miami Sound Machine.

Our friends at Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation podcast sat down with these fine musicians who helped bring their iconic songs to the Broadway stage. 

Every Tuesday for the next 5 weeks, we are pleased to share with you portions of that conversation with our Take 5 Tuesday episodes.

So, take 5 minutes and sit back and enjoy each “Take 5 Tuesday!”

Click here to listen to the entire episode or go to www.abovethebasement.com.

May 12, 2018

A performance by Brent Shuttleworth - Live at Rapscallions - April 11, 2018 in Acton MA.

Recorded after our first ConcertCast - a conversation and performance in front of a live audience.

To listen to the entire conversation, go here: http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-093-brent-shuttleworth

Song List:

Song 1: Black Swan
Song 2: Doc Brown
Song 3: This Must Be Love
Song 4: Just You and Me
Song 5: Where We Begin
Song 6: She Was A Dancer
Song 7: Money Ain't Everything

 

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Go to www.patreon.com/abovethebasement for more information.

May 9, 2018

When we got word that Brent Shuttleworth was coming to town, we saw it as an opportunity to celebrate the Nashville / Boston connection, new and old friends, and experience a fresh unique style of songwriting and performing.

We wanted to do something new so we gathered some ATB friends and fans together at Rapscallions Table and Tap in Acton, MA and did our first LIVE episode that we are calling a ConcertCast.

Brent immersed himself into the audience with his music and strong spirit. He worked his craft of combining a classic singer-songwriter vibe along with new beats and loops via a control surface called "Maschine".

We talked about his journey and method, his love for visual art and expression, and how his terrifying assault by several men that caused a head injury and almost killed him changed his perspective on life and his music forever.

This was also a sort of homecoming for Brent as he spent several years here as a kid and we were excited to invite him to the ConcertCast stage for music and conversation.

Song List:

Song 1: Helpless (Witness)
Song 2: For You (Witness)

Live Songs:

Song 1: Say No
Song 2: No Regrets

Check out the entire concert at www.abovethebasement.com!

Join us at Above The Basement! Go to www.patreon.com/abovethebasement for more information.

May 2, 2018

Hip-Hop artist and proud "Queen of the Bean", Dutch ReBelle has earned national attention for her lyrical punch and powerful performances.

In 2014 she was named the Boston Music Awards “Best Hip-Hop Artist” and continues to make her mark in the fantastic Boston Hip-Hop scene.

We talk about her Haitian roots, food, her experience in the Congo and her foray from pre-law into a hip-hop force to be reckoned with.

Song List:

Song 1: I Can't
Song 2: Sunday Morning (feat. Amandi)
Song 3: No Less (ReBelle Diaries)
Song 4: Stripper (feat. 6ixlayne & Prince Smooth)

 

Join us at Above The Basement! Go to www.patreon.com/abovethebasement for more information.

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