Meet Field Day

Field Day

Field Day performs on All Together Now #7 on September 30, 2017 at the Midway Cafe.

Field Day has become an unlikely upstart on the Boston club scene, playing rock music with scrappy hooks, dreamy harmonies, and irrepressible spirit. The band formed proverbially, in a basement, and unexpectedly, when its members were well into middle age. The chemistry is potent with songwriters Joan Anderman and Dan Zedek, bassist Phil Magnifico, and drummer Jefferson Riordan.
Joan Anderman was a neophyte, having left her longtime post as rock critic at The Boston Globe and set out to become a songwriter. Her former Globe colleague Dan Zedek, veteran of numerous college bands, was sitting on a stash of songs written in his head while riding the train to work. Original drummer John Kehe offered his gear-filled basement for weekend song circles, and it was clear these songs and these songwriters belonged together. Hear them at www.fielddaymusic.com.

Artist Q&A

Q: What’s one thing you’ve learned over time?
A: Conviction is everything: even when circumstances or one’s own shortcomings feel daunting, you have find a way to connect.

Q: What do you hope audience members experience or take away from this show?
A: It’s such a joy for us to play, and we hope that people at our shows take away some of that spirit.

 

Meet REX MAC

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REX MAC is a Filipino-American Boston based musician, organizer, and journalist. Since 2012, Rex has built a discography of entirely self-produced projects on love, solitude, and self-empowerment. Offstage and outside studio, he is a contributing writer for Boston music blog Know Your Scene. Monthly, he hosts his own monthly hip hop showcase, Sonic Bloom, at Cambridge’s Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery. Currently, he is quietly at work on his second album, which will see an official commercial release in Spring 2017.
rexmacmusic.com

Artist Quotes

“I personally love hip hop for its ability to disregard taboos and redirect pop cultural conversations. In the past 3 years alone, look at what Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” did to encourage talk on race relations..what Solange’s “A Seat At The Table” did to highlight self care, what Frank Ocean’s “Blond” did to explore gender fluidity. Personally, it’s given me more courage to speak about mental health.”

Q: What’s an assumption people make about hip hop that you think isn’t true?
A: Hip hop is stigmatized by this idea that it’ll invite disrespectful, rowdy crowds to your doorstep. This past year alone, I’ve caught wind of 3 Boston venues who’ve decided to no longer allow hip hop in their space. Yes, it’s a youthful sport. It may get abrasive or angsty at times. But it’s unified and communal. For all of the backlash hip hop gets for its praise of drugs, violence, and misogyny, it carries a lot more spiritual and political value than people realize.

Q: What drew you to hip hop?
A: My father. He loved Parliament, the Blackbyrds, and Earth Wind and Fire..the fun, funky side of old school R&B. So naturally, when west coast rappers repurposed those grooves over rap drums, he bought their albums. I just happened to be in the car when those CDs were played, and the rest is history.

Q: What drives you to create?
A: My need to build relationships and let you know you’re not alone.

Q: What’s one thing you’ve learned over time?
A: I’ve learned that you need people. Google the Austin Kleon coined term, “scenius.”

Meet Zayde Buti

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Zayde Buti is a performance artist and musician who writes, produces and performs weird art music (http://www.zaydebuti.com/music.html). He also produces and performs in even weirder music videos (http://www.zaydebuti.com/videos.html). Zayde has performed live in venues across New England and has made street performances throughout the Boston area. http://www.zaydebuti.com/

Artist Quote

“Performance art can drive people crazy.”

Meet Poor Eliza

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Poor Eliza (Jane Park) is a Boston songwriter who loves to explore themes from her Tennessee upbringing with the sounds and rhythms of alt-country and indie-rock. She has played all over the Boston area, and is excited to try new things and meet more artists! Her latest self-released title “Ghost Town” is the tale of a townie who never leaves their hometown.

Meet First Frost

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First Frost performs for All Together Now #4 on April 29, 2017 at the Lily Pad at 9pm.

First Frost, a Boston-based indie rock four-piece, debuted in April of 2015 under the name Foliage. Drawing on elements of shoegaze and experimental rock, the band peppers noise and oddity into songs while maintaining an accessible sound. The band was conceived when compositional team Morgan Browne and Lauren Koppelman sought out like-minded musicians following an intense, week-long writing session in the both valiant and foolish hopes to complete an album before their birthdays. But First Frost became a reality after Morgan and Lauren met drummer Chris Mendoza and bass player Michael Kish. The duo brought energy, texture and melody to the rhythm section, arguably the defining element of their sound.

www.firstfrostmusic.com

Artist Quotes

First Frost: “We have recently realized the value in starting our songwriting process with something simple. The weirdness is going to come anyway. We strive to make things as simple as possible – right from the very start.”

Me: What’s your favorite thing about the Boston art scene?
First Frost: Our friends. Since we started playing together as a band, we have met incredible people – bartenders, sound engineers, promoters and bookers, fellow musicians. It’s wonderful to be part of a like-minded community where if nothing else, we can bond over a shared love of music.

Me: What drives you to create?
First Frost: There’s something inside of us and we have to get it out. And if we don’t, it makes us sad, frustrated, anxious – however you want to call it, it’s not good. Creating something leads to catharsis.

Me: What do you want audience members to take away from the show?
First Frost: Clearly, we want our audience to have fun and we want to connect with them on some level. We exclusively play shows for other people. When we’re on stage, we focus on making the performance about the people in the room, and not about us. We want to be unassuming and we want people to reflect the message of our songs on themselves – hopefully discover something about themselves that they didn’t know before. Or, at least, to have a great night out with their friends.

Meet Hemway

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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.

Website: www.hemwayband.com

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

Meet Jane Park

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Jane Park performs for All Together Now on June 25th.

Jane Park is the solo project of Jane Park. Jane has been an on-and-off scenester in Boston for the past eight years. After playing violin for local bands come and gone, it was time to write her own shit and do whatever the hell she wanted. She played all around Cambridge as Bitch Trifecta for a few years, pirated a band, and recorded a full-length album The Wrong Thing. Now with a renewed sense of purpose, self-hood, and the rough-hewn, helping hands of her friends, she is now putting together another collection of songs that you can play quietly in a dark room by yourself.

Website: pooreliza.com

Artist quotes:

“The biggest idol in my life is Elliott Smith. The first time I heard ‘Waltz #2 (XO)’ was when I knew I had to learn how to play the guitar. I had no idea it would lead to this.”
“I try to be a little wreckless when I perform, because I want people to know that everyone feels crazy sometimes. But I also love the quiet moments. I hope it makes the audience feel like we’re living this life together.”

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”.

Website: http://www.thegrownupnoise.com

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 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.

Website: http://jeneehalstead.com

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.”