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Acton, MA, 01720

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Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Jul
20
7:30 pm19:30

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Fugitive Stories June kick-off event in Arlington was a terrific night. We've got two more events lined up this summer. Invited tellers prepare five- to six-minutes stories. Each month, we'll be bringing Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local arts community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme. Sign up at the cafe or fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. Depends on how many folks reach out. 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.

Our 2017 Summer series:

     Thursday, June 22, 7:30pm — (Theme: “Superstitious”)
     Thursday, July 20 , 7:30pm — (Theme: “Do The Right Thing”)
     Thursday, August 24, 7:30pm — (Theme: “At Last”)

$10/online. $12/door. Click here to order tickets online for our July 20 show.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

Boston Comedy Night
Sep
22
8:00 pm20:00

Boston Comedy Night

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door

Order your September tickets.
Order your three-night series tickets.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

Boston Comedy Night returns to West Acton Villageworks with a three-event fall series. The curator and host of our series is WES HAZARD — named one of “5 Boston comedians to watch” by Boston Globe Magazine. Each night, he brings some of the best and brightest comics working the New England circuit. The resumés of the comics we’ve presented to date are impressive. They have appeared on Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out, and several local television stations. They have performed in countless comedy festivals, both regional and further afield, have hosted many regional events, and have appeared in a number of feature films. Our audiences have been extremely supportive and, frankly, surprised by the level of talent we’ve been able to bring to the ‘burbs. Kudos to Wes! True West Brewery offers beer and wine and provides “take-out” food service in The Gallery to our comedy patrons.

We'll email the September line-up to those on our list in August and, of course, it will be available online as well.

Purchase your $30 series tickets to our Fall 2017 Comedy Series
•  Friday, September 22
•  Friday, October 13
•  Friday, November 17

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 offers 10% off food in the Brewery 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. Or order at The Gallery bar from their full menu and True West will deliver “take-out” in The Gallery.

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

Order your tickets now.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

The Response
Sep
29
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.

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.

DINING OFFER:  True West offers 10% off food in the Brewery 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.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

The Big Little Band
Oct
21
8:00 pm20:00

The Big Little Band

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Blues, Swing, Rockabilly . . . and the occasional Tango

“We’re BIG . . . for a little band.” That’s what we’ve been told by disc jockeys, journalists, aficionados, and our management. Maybe it’s our music. Maybe it’s the water. Maybe it’s our imagination. But we don’t think so.

Our music? We play slick, colorful tunes with a big, fat sound from our usual-to-unusual repertoire of blues, swing, R&B, rockability, plus re-imagined standards from the Golden Grooveyard, B-sides, original music . . . tunes with stories by Tom Waits to the trance and chant of Emmy Lou Harris. All in all — indescribably delicious!

The Big Little Band is: Jason Eisenberg (J-Bob), guitar/vocals; Emilie Faucher (Cattle Annie), (vocals/percussion); Jodie Rachmann (Little Britches), vocals/percussion; Al Garay (Big Al), bass; Jon Golden (Big Jon), drums; and Jeff Box (J-Box), harmonicas/vocals/percussion.

"The Big Little Band makes my existence bearable!" — David Amram (composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author)

DINING OFFER:  True West offers 10% off food in the Brewery 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 your calendar now! Tickets will go on sale this summer.
Beer & wine provided by True West.
Parking map

HighCamp
Oct
28
8:00 pm20:00

HighCamp

  • The Gallery at Villageworks

Let's Dance!

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), Al Goray (bass), Cindy Holt (vocals), Caroline Apovian (vocals), and Alan Kramer (drums).

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

DINING OFFER: True West offers 10% off food in the Brewery 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.
Parking map

Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Nov
18
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 offers 10% off food in the Brewery 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.