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Stay tuned for a wide range of performance experiences — music, spoken word, films, comedy, and other fun stuff we haven’t thought of yet.

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The Response
Apr
22
8:00 pm20:00

The Response

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Original Progressive Rock, Blues, and Improvisation

“The Response” plays originals created by Carlisle’s Jic Davis, Jon Golden, George Middleton, and Mac Ritchey, along with bandmate Emilie Faucher of Shirley.

Their CD release party in February, with guest performers Jodie Rachman and Neal Kruzkowski, sold out the 300-seat Bull Run Main Ballroom.

The unusual instrumentation, timbres, and diverse musicality offer up a sonic journey for the ears that weave and wander through the styles of progressive/atmospheric rock, blues, improvisation, and global influences.

Formed a decade ago as “The Carlisle Organics,” they played self-made instruments created from found objects and recycled materials. Over time, as the band and friendship evolved, they renamed themselves “The Response,” to play for a tribute ceremony in honor of Carlisle ”first responders.”

The group continues its original mission of making music and fostering friendship. Lead singer Faucher is the primary conveyor of the group’s lyrical tales, exploring such diverse topics as environmental concerns, international conflict, interpersonal human relationships — and one story of an aging dog sitting on a porch. Davis plays an instrument of his own invention, the “batar” — an electric guitar/bass hybrid from which much of the band’s signature sound emanates. Ritchey sings and plays the electric oud, a reinvention of the ancient Arabic lute. It is processed through a variety of effects, creating ethereal, atmospheric sound textures. Middleton strums mellifluous, sweet sounds and delivers incisive solos on electric guitar. Golden serves up a labyrinth of percussive styles to complement the core batar/oud/guitar arrangements.

SPECIAL OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Band starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door
Order your tickets now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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Fugitive Stories
Apr
23
6:30 pm18:30

Fugitive Stories

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

“People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around.”
Terry Pratchett

Storytelling is humanity’s oldest form of entertainment. It is the legacy of generations. There’s a thing that happened. There’s the story of the thing that happened. Then there’s the interpretation of the story of the thing that happened. Good tellers identify a moment and craft a compelling story that resonates on many levels — evoking emotion, inviting introspection, and offering a chance to connect with others.

“Fugitive Stories” is a monthly event that brings new and experienced storytellers together to challenge and delight us with this profoundly personal, accessible craft.

Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a two- to three-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

Doors open at 6pm
Storytelling starts at 6:30pm

Acton Coffee provides beverages and snacks until 6:30pm. Order them downstairs and bring them up for the show.

Sunday, April 23: “Promise”

Our evening will include featured storytellers — Moth and Massmouth SLAM winners — in addition to local, first-time tellers.

We are always on the hunt for local, often first-time tellers. If you are interested in being one of our featured local tellers email David.

Click here to learn more about Fugitive Stories.
$10 online • $12/door.
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DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Winter/Spring 2017 Series

Fugitive Stories is in The Gallery at Villageworks monthly for five Sundays starting in January. Sign up for our eblast or visit our website to learn the themes of our upcoming events.

     Sunday, January 29, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Tolerance”)
     Sunday, February 26, 6:30pm — (Theme: “United”)
     Sunday, March 26, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Trust”)
     Sunday, April 23, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Promise”)
     Sunday, May 21, 6:30pm — (Theme: “Stranger”)

And, we've been invited to bring Fugitive Stories back to Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham. We'll provide more information as the time draws near.

     Sunday, May 7, 7pm — (Theme: “Promise”)

Jeff Purchon & Friends
May
6
8:00 pm20:00

Jeff Purchon & Friends

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Check out Jeff’s video, filmed at Villageworks last year!

Surprise, surprise! Jeff Purchon & Friends are coming back to The Gallery at Villageworks this spring.

Jeff has performed with some of music's greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer, and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

As usual, Jeff will be accompanied by some of the best musicians in the area. Tonight's band features Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, Vicki Zelski, and Boston's own Michael Payette on vocals, Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Daniel Coutu, Philip Antionades on drums and Hal Denham on percussion.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Order your tickets online now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Boston Comedy Night
May
19
8:00 pm20:00

Boston Comedy Night

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Our first Boston Comedy Night in February was a hit. Hosted by Wes Hazard (named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine), four Boston-based comics rocked the house. If there was ever a time when people needed to get together and just laugh and smile, it is now, right?

Based on the quality of talent Wes brought in February and the tremendous feedback received by folks in our sold out room, Boston Comedy Night will be back in the Gallery at Villageworks in May. As before, the four comics we'll be showcasing will be well-respected players in the Boston comedy scene. Check back in late March to view their bios!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door
Tickets will be available online in late March.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

HighCamp
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

HighCamp

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

HighCamp is a dance and party band playing a compelling mix of high-energy tunes anchored in the club repertoire of the 1980s. While many of HighCamp’s upbeat song choices hail from the ’80s, their song list spans the decades and is guaranteed to get you moving all night long.

The band’s repertoire draws from The B-52s, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, The Clash, David Bowie, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Black Keys, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, and many more!

HighCamp features John Grosjean (vocals, keyboard, and guitar), Stu Weinreb (guitar and vocals), Adam Kibbe (bass and vocals), Cindy Holt (vocals), Candy Oxnard (vocals), and Alan Kramer (drums).

When HighCamp gets it going, they leave nothing in the tank!

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/advance, $15/door
Click here to order tickets.
Bar provided by True West.
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The Love Dogs
Sep
23
8:00 pm20:00

The Love Dogs

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Take a red-hot horn—down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road, tearing up juke joints, festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It's a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it's THE LOVE DOGS.

The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll into their own powerhouse sound. “It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next," says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Eddie "Duato" Scheer. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh.

“We're all lifetime fans of blues, jazz, and R&B, and we have a real reverence for the music. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The band’s lineup consists of Scheer, Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), and Steve Brown (drums, vocals).

Blues Review notes: “If there was a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying, “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead!”

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Mark you calendar now! Tickets will go on sale in early summer.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
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Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Oct
28
8:00 pm20:00

Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Formed in 1991, the band has evolved through many incarnations. They've released five CDs and performed around the world. Mostly, they’ve appreciated the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha's Vineyard (where most of them live).

JOHNNY juggles a full life that employs his many skills, including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, and farming. Somehow, he manages to do all the gigs, as well. He came to the the Vineyard in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’s and Tom Waits’s shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player, has been with the band for most of its life — since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton and Carly Simon, and toured the world with The Nina Simone band — he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass — and it's been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three-piece without guitar. Jeremy's connection with the Island started before he was born and he's been there on and off ever since.

BUCK SHANK, guitar, long-time member of the band, looks and sounds like he's playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy, and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

ROBBIE SOLTZ, the drummer, came aboard in 2015 and is a veteran of the Vineyard scene and such bands as Entrain and The Mike Benjamin Band. He’s a strong player and great back-up singer. We’re happy to have him!

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door

Mark you calendar now! Tickets will go on sale in early summer.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

“These guys truly hit the nail on the head better than most other pro touring blues/roots bands I've seen, and I've seen plenty in my 51 years. I think a lot has to do with the energy, soul and ability for the band to mix it up — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, good old R&B, Cajun flavored off beat stuff — I love it all.”

DINING OFFER:  True West Brewery offers 10% off food on the night of our performances if you order your tickets online. Just show them a digital or printed receipt of your purchase to receive your discount.