"We're not trying to tell you what to think," is what Francis Jalbert tells us about the philosophy behind every Cirque du Soleil production.
LUZIA by Cirque du Soleil, A Waking Dream of Mexico, is no different.
The creativity that is the genius of Cirque combines movement, music, color, light and the element of risk all in one show, and at the same time beautifully embeds culture. The audience can dream with these incredible performers as they navigate the story and flavor of Mexico.
Luzia is 2 1/2 years old and has been wowing audiences on its US tour. We sat with vocalist Majo Cornejo, acrobat Kelly McDonald, and football freestylers Laura Biondo and Abou Traore as they finish 2 more weeks in our neighborhood before moving on to Mexico for a 4 month tour.
And it was a special day at the Big Top / Suffolk Downs as the gang at Luzia was visited by Femi Hollinger-Janzen of the New England Revolution to share some soccer skills, learn and chat freestyle.
Song 1: Adagio
Song 2: Juggling
Song 3: Football Dance
A performance by Chris Trapper - Live at City Winery - June 24, 2018 in Boston, MA.
Recorded after our second ConcertCast - a conversation and performance in front of a live audience.
To listen to the entire conversation, go here: http://abovetheb.libsyn.com/episode-106-chris-trapper
Song 1: Everything Shines
Song 2: The Losing End
Song 3: Don’t Let Your Monday Own Your Sunday
Song 4: Gone Again
Song 5: Into The bright Lights
Song 6: This Time
Song 7: Skin
Song 8: Keg On My Coffin
Our very first ConcertCast with Brent Shuttleworth was an experiment. Have our guest play a few, sit with us for 20 minutes or so and have a Q&A in front of a live audience followed by a full performance. It was an amazing evening and Brent brought the house down.
So we decided to up our game.
Back in June we met at the beautiful City Winery in Boston in front of a sold out Haymarket Lounge for our second ConcertCast with prolific Singer-Songwriter and front man for Boston’s own The Push Stars Chris Trapper. And if we do say so ourselves it was a huge success!
It was through sitting with Chris for our conversation that we were really able to get an idea of what makes him tick – his love of the road, the importance of family and how gratitude has become a big part of who he is.
The entire live performance from this night will be available on our next In Concert Series episode by subscribing to our podcast which you can do at abovethebasement.com.
Song List: (all songs are LIVE)
Song 1: Living Downtown
Song 2: Paint The Town
Song 3: The Accident
We met with a few of the fellas from the Boston electronic-pop band Bearstronaut - David Martineau and Nate Marsden at The Sinclair Kitchen.
We quickly went through all the annoying questions - where their name came from and what band do they sound like, and got to the important stuff - their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live a year ago, what was the name of the recent Harrison Ford movie not named Star Wars or Regarding Henry, whether "Medieval" is a time period or a level of evilness, and what makes a good bachelor party.
All in all we had a great conversation.
Song 1: Shadow (Telecoast)
Song 2: Moniker (Moniker - Single)
Song 3: Working Nights (Working Nights - Single)
Song 4: Miracle Mile (Miracle Mile - Single)
We were able to catch the boys of Old Crow Medicine Show at their Master Class at Berklee College of Music – and what we learned there is that they are not only a great band, but a great bunch of guys too.
It was evident that evening as well when they played for The Umbrella Community Arts Center event and had the crowd on their feet dancing the entire show.
These former buskers now have two Grammy Awards and their classic single, "Wagon Wheel" went Platinum in 2013 for selling over 1,000,000 copies.
They received the honor of being inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry, and they just released their latest album Volunteer.
Song 1: Flicker & Shine (Volunteer)
Song 2: Child of the Mississippi (Volunteer)
Live Song - Halifax Pier (A Capella)
Having the title of Director Of Good Vibes would be a daunting title for any normally pessimistic human being, but James MacDonald is an optimist.
Formerly with the Life Is Good Festival, James started Festival At The Farm in Canton, MA which will take place in September and features Amos Lee, Dawes, and former ATB guests Martin Sexton, Ali McGuirk and Jesse Dee as well as one of our upcoming guests Will Dailey among many others.
The music in this episode is from some of these artists. James has worked in all areas of music including artist management, but now devotes all his time to this amazing festival.
But the weekend is more than just music. It is a celebration that offers locally-sourced and inspired food vendors, a farmers market, non-profits, backyard games, a craft vendor marketplace and even includes music for the kids.
We also discovered that James is a wonderful guy.
Song 1: Long Time (Ali McGuirk - Slow Burn)
Song 2: On My Mind, In My Heart (Jesse Dee - On My Mind, In My Heart)
Song 3: When It Dies (Will Dailey - Golden Walker)