Meet Hemway


Hemway performed in the first All Together Now on April 23rd. They are also hosting and performing for the rest of the series on June 25 and August 27th.

Hemway :: Music :: Boston
Hemway is a melodic, song-oriented alternative/modern rock band from Boston. Their songs feature emotionally rich lyrics and unusual instrument voicing and relationships. Band members, James Brooks, Shaun Utter, and Anna Rae draw on years of performing and touring experience to bring audiences an energetic and eclectic mix of songs that reference multiple genres including rock, pop, blues, folk, and reggae.


Artist Statement:

“As I’ve gotten older my relationship with music has changed… in the past it was about trying to “succeed”… meaning become rich and famous. These days its about feeding my spirit by participating in an activity that allows me to express my creativity without worrying about the end goals… without having any real goal at all other than to have fun writing good tunes and performing with people I enjoy.”

-James Brooks of Hemway

“When I went to music school I had a teacher once who asked a large lecture class I was in, ‘What do musicians DO?’

The answer was simply, ‘they play.’

This has resonated with me ever since. ‘Playing’ music let’s us connect directly to something natural and childlike and really helps to keep us young.”

-James Brooks of Hemway

Photos from 4/23/2016

Thank you so much to all of you who attended the first show from the series All Together Now on April 23rd. All of the photos below were taken by local photographer by Suhayl Azan.


Meet The Grownup Noise

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The Grownup Noise performed at the first All Together Now on April 23rd.

The Grownup Noise :: Music :: Boston
Since releasing their self-titled debut in 2007, Boston’s The Grownup Noise have evolved into a rousing and innovative pop-music outfit, bridging the gap between americana and indie music. With a genuine respect for every style of music, this band and its songwriter Paul Hansen, are song obsessed. And more than happy to garner quotes like this from The Onion A.V. Club: “The Grownup Noise’s best asset, however is the songwritng, with lines of love and the changing seasons coming out as gently and colorful as the music itself”. Or this from The Boston Globe: “one of Boston’s most promising outfits…a sense of sincerity, wonder, and poetry beats at the heart of skewed folk-pop songs”.


Artist Statements:

“What drives me to create is the beautiful and absurd nature of the human mind. That ideas and the paring of music and words can never be exhausted. And that these emotions, memories, and feelings can be transmitted through art to ease suffering or open hearts and minds.”

“My favorite thing about the Boston music scene is that it can be quite intense and judgmental, but then when artists, from varying scenes and genres, spend 5 minutes together it becomes an absolute love-fest. And usually that love and connection continues on. I’m hoping we can complete the circle someday.”

-Paul Hansen from The Grownup Noise

Meet Jeremy Stamas

Jeremy Stamas

Jeremy Stamas premiered an original film piece at the first All Together Now on April 23rd.

Jeremy Stamas :: Experimental Film :: Boston
Jeremy has been shooting and editing video since he was old enough to steal his Dad’s Betamax camcorder. He studied film at Bard College and he lives in Somerville, MA.

Artist Statements:

“When I was in high school and college my friends and I recorded video of everything. Going back and working with this footage, even just re-experiencing it as a viewer many years later, has a strong impact on my work. The challenge is finding a compelling way to share these essentially private artifacts with an audience of strangers who have no personal connection to the footage.”

“We only have one chance to experience a work of art for the very first time. And that first experience is often the most memorable, if not our only experience with that particular work. But all art changes dramatically over time. This evolution, both on a personal level and by society as a whole, has always fascinated me.”

Meet Crichton Atkinson

Crichton Atkinson

Chrichton Atkinson performed in the first All Together Now on April 23rd.

Crichton Atkinson :: Performance Art + Video :: NYC
Crichton Atkinson director and performer.  Her work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Pittsburg, Santa Fe, Shanghai and London.  Her video work has been exhibited at the AC Institute in Chelsea, Apparition or Illumination: Video Art from the Underground and Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2014 at Nothing Space, Bushwick, NY; Crush the Serpent at The Tea Factory in Bushwick, NY; N2NM: Exchange in Santa Fe, NM; Space Witch, Bushwick, NY; It Is What It Is, 331 Gallery, Beacon NY.  She has performed in The Golfing Party of Brancusi, Satie, & John Quinn at Dia:Beacon, The Missing Book of Spurs by Marianne Vitale for Performa 13; at the New Museum she was in Spartacus Chetwynd: Home Made Tasers; Bona Park’s The box in the plastic bag (la boîte-en-sac plastique) New York version (2012); and Positions: An Action by Public Movement which was part of Performa11.  Atkinson has participated in films- songwriting for Dave Boyel’s Man from Reno, acting in Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, staring in Joel Clark’s Xmas in July, and writing and appearing in Ben Popik’s The Exquisite Corpse Project.  Atkinson has directed Oedipus after Colonus at HERE and the Byrdcliffe, and NARRATOR at The Paradise Factory with funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  With Dangerous Ground Productions Atkinson assistant directed The Distance from Here, The Madness of Day, and produced Last Tango in Paris at the Paradise Factory.  She performed in Beware of a Holy Whore and was production manager for John Cassavetes Husbands at The Public Theaters Under the Radar Festival, the production was called interesting to think about by the New York Times.  Atkinson is a freelance museum educator at Dia:Beacon and the New Museum. She is the Founding Director of Nothing Space, where she curated De-Script, Shadow Sign: Dance/Performance, Apparition or Illumination: Video Art from the Underground, and Sketches: Propositions and Potentials.


Artist Statements:

“The way I communicate as an artist is a like a waterfall- it’s thick, heavy, unyielding, and all at once, but inside that risk-taking the audience can feel transported and slightly massaged. I want to trade the audience their time for transformation. Like a waterfall I want to refresh you and kind of freak you out.”

“Our body is 60% water, but let’s say for the sake of poetry that it’s 60% art. We don’t define our bodies by this 60% because it is inside everything, but like recognizes like. The art you exhibit when you do well at your day job, the art in you that cooks a good meal, recognizes art when it crashes down and suffocates your ease and wakes you up. Art says the secret name of that 60% in each of us. When something feels powerful and honest, really strange, and awkwardly intentional, we know from that 60% in us all that we are more alive in that moment than others.”

Meet Jenee Halstead

Jenee Halstead

Jenee Halstead performed in the first All Together Now on April 23rd.

Jenee Halstead :: Music :: Boston
Her latest release, Edge of the World, adds to the indefinable soundscape in which her soft and supple voice floats so exquisitely that the Boston Herald felt it like sorceress music, rings of smoke through the trees and the bells of Rhymney, while comparing Jenees working relationship with new producer Sean McLaughlin to that of Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois for the way it embedded a tremendous voice in an otherworldly, shadowy soundscape.

Spot on. With her gift for wonderfully evocative lyrical imagery, delivered with such a compelling voice, its easy to foresee that Jenees unfettered songwriting will continue to rise  like those swirling rings of smoke  into the expansive sky, and far beyond the edge of the world.


Artist Statements:

“Something that emerged in my art recently was the desire to tell my story and a need to be authentic. I think I spent most of my life running and hiding from my story because I was ashamed of it so I held it at arm’s length. I am proud that I am a survivor and I am proud of who I have become as a strong woman and an authentic artist. I have something to share that might help others.”

“For me this event signifies a change in the way I perform and envision my performance. I have been wanting to move to a more open, collaborative, multi-media platform with the idea of having a floor space for performances instead of a stage. I want to make my performances more personal and interactive. This is going to be a wonderful night for me to witness how this could work and to take part in something special.”