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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: July, 2019
Jul 25, 2019

We met up with Jake Shimabukuro before his concert in front of a sold out crowd at Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Jake became an international sensation in 2006 when a YouTube video of him playing While My Guitar Gently Weeps in Central Park - without his knowledge - became one of the very first viral videos on that site with millions of views.

Jake plays the ukulele (which we also discovered can be pronounced "ookelele") - and has performed at numerous festivals including the Stockholm Jazz Festival and Blue Mountains Music Festival and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, A Prairie Home Companion, NPR’s Morning Edition and World Cafe, and has spoken at several TED conferences.

In 2012, an award-winning documentary was released tracking his life, career, and music, titled Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.

Jake is the founder The Four Strings Foundation, which creates music education workshops nationwide and provides ukuleles and other materials and training tools to schools and music teachers.

Song List:

Song 1: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Song 2: Clip from the "Wow" kid - Courtesy of WCRB Classical Radio Boston & The Handel and Haydn Society
Song 3: Bohemian Rhapsody
Song 4: Chuck Minor (a brand new song!!!!)
Song 5: The Greatest Day

Jul 16, 2019

Here is the long awaited live acoustic set that the wonderful Circus Trees performed for us after their episode back in June of 2019.

They played three songs for us - two from their amazing album Sakura and a new one that we hope will be on their next album.

Please enjoy, share, and then purchase their music at circustrees.bandcamp.com.

You can listen to their great episode at www.abovethebasement.com.

Recorded on June 10, 2019 at Woods Hill Table, in Concord Massachusetts.

Song List:

Song 1: The Theft
Song 2: Despondent
Song 3: The OE (The Observer Expectancy Effect)

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