Since 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, bluegrass, progressive string band, world and Celtic concerts in unique listening room environments throughout the greater Boston area.

notloB is on Summer hiatus, the Fall/Winter season will be announced soon. Until then we recommend two outstanding festivals:
Oldtone Roots Music Festival
September 8, 9, 10, & 11, 2016
Cool Whisper Farm
1011 Co. Rd 21, Hillsdale, NY 12529
(In the NY Berkshires, 2.5 hours from either Boston or NYC)

Foghorn Stringband, Bruce Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, Tony Trischka, Two Man Gentleman Band, Brad Lee Folk & Bluegrass Playboys, Jese Lege & Bayou Brew, Mike Compton, Michael Daves, Raya Brass Band, Run Mountain, Tuba Skinny, Lucky Five, Mail the Horse, The Hayrollers,The Russet Trio, Mountain Laurel, The Farwells, Bear Minimum, Bash Bish Bluegrass Band, Easy Ridin Papas, & MORE!

Oldtone’s Classic Country Friday Night Revue, Featuring: Caleb Klauder, Reeb Wilms, Lauren Ambrose, Andy Bean, Brad Lee Folk, Pete Adams, Brian Kantor & more!

Friday & Saturday Dance Blocks, Band and Instrument Contests
Feat: Aldo Lavaggi & Friends (Contra), The Russet Trio (Contra) Mountain Laurel (Contra), The Farwells (Square), Run Mountain (Square), The Lucky 5 (Swing)

Band & Instrument Contests

Friday is Cajun Food Night, Saturday is Cool Whisper Farm Pig Roast night at Oldtone!

Kid’s Activities: Hopalong Andrew, The Jester, Lead Sing-a-longs, fiddle and banjo workshop, face painting, & Much More

 Workshop Leaders: Bruce Molsky/fiddle, Tony Trischka/banjo, Sammy Lind/fiddle, Travis Stuart/clawhammer banjo, Aldo Lavaggi/fiddle Allison de Groot/clawhammer Banjo, Hilary Hawke/banjo, Bradford Lee Folk/songwriting, Andy Bean/swingstrings, Jake Stargel,/guitar, Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms/mandolin, harmony & duets, Mike Compton/mandolin, Michael Daves/guitar & vocals, Tara Linhardt/ mandolin, Stash Wyslouch/guitar and more!

Rhythm & Roots Music Festival
19th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival
September 2, 3, 4 2016
Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island

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Until then, please continue to come to this site and/or our Facebook page.

notloB Music's concerts are presented in several unique listening room environments throughout greater Boston.
Gregorian Oriental Rugs
2284 Washington St, Newton Lower Falls, MA 02462
Seating capacity 60, more if patrons sit on the piled rugs, which we think are the best seats in the house.
Scott Gregorian loves community and arts-oriented events. So much so he has opened his store to community organizations and area producers. Earlier this year Gregorian listed his performance space in a registry run by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, where it was found by notloB Music. “The Massachusetts Cultural Council provides a service named “SpaceFinder Mass”, a kind of a dating match site where people having venues can share them with producers and artists and producers and artists can search for performance venues” explained Boudreau, who serves on the Arlington Cultural Council. “As we generally do not use artificial sound reinforcement, I was immediately attracted to Gregorian Rug’s brick and stone interior and vaulted ceiling. The piles of gorgeous oriental rugs was the clincher, so we reached out to Scott. Within days we had met in person, discussed the possibilities and agreed to a Fall series.” The rest, as they say, is, or will be, history.

Presenting since 2009, Unity Somerville, 6 William Street, Somerville (5 blocks north of Davis Square) is our longest-running and largest (175 seats) venue. Past artists presented include Spider John Koerner, The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, Malinky, Lissa Schneckenburger Band featuring Ari and Mia Friedman, Jeremy Kittel Band (featuring Tristan Clarridge, Simon Chrisman and Bodek Janke), Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger Band, Long Time Courting, Folk Arts Quartet, Guy Mendilow Band, The Bee Eaters, Tornado Rider, Paul Geremia & Jaime Brockett, to name a few. 

Not handicap accessible.

Carriage House Violins of Johnson String Instruments,1039 Chestnut St, Newton Upper Falls, near the intersection of Rt.9 and I-95/Rt. 128 the space seats 50. 
"Carriage House Violins is the instrument sales division of Johnson String Instrument is a full-service violin shop, offering a wide array of both fine antique instruments and modern instruments by today’s best makers. Owned by Adam Johnson, son of Johnson String Instrument founders Roger and Carol Johnson, Carriage House Violins and Johnson String Instrument make up the east coast’s largest, most comprehensive violin shop. Carriage House Violins was founded in 2005 by Christopher Reuning, of Reuning & Son Violins. In November 2013, Johnson String Instrument assumed ownership of Carriage House Violins, to better serve the growing customer base of both firms. The merger offered an expanded inventory of first-class instruments while retaining the high caliber of personalized service loyal Carriage House Violins customers have come to expect. Carriage House Violins offers every serious stringed instrument player a lifetime of opportunity, convenience, service and support."
MBTA: Riverside green line to Eliot, then walk about 3/4 mile (not recommended during the Winter months).
Handicap accessible

Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave., Somerville

50 and 300 seats
This venue is actually two spaces in one. The intimate cafe serves coffee, teas and pastries as well as beer and wine; the larger theater seats up to 300. 
Free parking in the back lot, on street (mind the signage) and two satellite lots.
MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line, or take either the 88 or 90 bus from Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get there from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) via the 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.
Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks from the Somerville Community Path.
Handicap accessible.

Outpost 186
, 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge
35 seats
This intimate room served as the home of the former Lord Geoffrey Presents rising Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory rising talent series.
"OUTPOST 186 is a new arts, media and performance space at 186 1/2 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge. Outpost 186 hosts several ongoing series of experimental & improvised music performances, multi-media events, poetry readings and film, seven days a week, as well as periodic art exhibits. Open during scheduled shows or by appointment." Shows are open to all ages.
MBTA: several bus routes serve Inman Square, or take the red line to Central Square and walk 4 blocks.
Sorry, Outpost 186 is not handicap accessible.

Photo by Alessandra Mariano
Surprise locations. House concerts in private homes and concerts in artist studios, storefronts, galleries, and other unusual locations. Be sure to subscribe to our 

For questions and further information, please do NOT contact the venues. Send an email to notlobreservations at gmail dot com.

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Do you live in a house or have a space large enough to set at least 25? Have you ever thought about hosting a house concert?
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Rhythm & Roots Music Festival
19th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival
September 2, 3, 4 2016
Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Rhode Island

notloB News

It's sad to see a partner venue close...

RIP Johnny D's

As an irregular presenter 
Concert #     Date            Artist
27                 08/13/08      Dave Carter Tribute - Chris Thompson, Beth DeSombre, Ryan FitzSimmons, special guest Eric Lee
103               03/05/13      Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher
105               03/27/13      Geoff Bartley & Howie Tarnower and Marylou Ferrante & Alan Kaufman
...and frequent patron of the venue, it is sad to see Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club close. Best of luck to Carla DeLellis, her family and staff.

Read more here.

Support notloBBers Blanca y Chuchi crowsourcing campaign to edit their new album

Our good friends Blanca y Chuchi (Outpost 186, 10/8/14) recently sent news about their new recording project and an appeal for crowdsourcing funding to edit it.

In addition to Blanca y Chuchi, two other notloBBers are on the album:
Natalie Haas - celloNic Gareiss – foot percussion
Hola Jeff!
How are you doing? I hope you are doing great!We are doing good, teaching, playing, doing lots of Music. HappyChuchi and I recorded a second album and we launched a crowdfunding campaign to edit it: we are now spreading the word, and we thought that maybe you know from people interested within your community, we would really aprecciate it you let them know.We will come back to US in the coming year so we will tell you:)We hope you are doing wonderful, all the best for you and your family!
If you came to and enjoyed Blanca y Chuchi's concert we hope you will consider funding their crowdsourcing campaign.

notloB was honored to have two very special patrons at the 
March 22nd Ellie & Sumaia | Jenna & Mairi concert!
Patrick Swanson, Artistic DirectorGeorge Emlen, Music Director

Patrick Swanson, Artistic Director & George Emlen, Music Director

Stay tuned for details of why they were in attendance.

An Evening to Support the Alzheimer's Foundation of America

NotloB Music is donating tickets to two of its upcoming Arlington concerts, Jayme Stone's Lomax Project (April 1) and Darol Anger And The Furies (April 25), to Michelle Canning & Rough Edges' "4th Annual A Night on the Edge!" benefit concert and raffel Saturday, March 21 at 7:00pm in Chelmsford. 

Concert details

Brittany and Nic will be returning to notlob in seperate concerts in March and April. Until then, relive their January concerts....

"Fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still, Haas Kowert Tice) and the much-celebrated percussive dancer Nic Gareiss (This is How We Fly) performed two shows in the Boston area over the weekend. One of those shows was at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington where photographer Jason Elon Goodman shot a great video (below) before the duo’s stunning performance there to benefit the Mill – the oldest continuously operating mill in the U.S.
The video has been making its way around social media this week, so I caught up with the Brittany & Nic for a quick backstory. Here’s what they shared...."

notloB was proud to be the producer.

Read full article here.

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss - Screengrab from video by Jason Elon Goodman

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss – Screengrab from video by Jason Elon Goodman

Brittany Haas & Nic Gareiss / Peaks of Otter / Old Schwamb Mill / Salt Stage / 01.18.15

A Traveling Salt Stage Production.

Recorded on a pair of "Edwina" microphones hand made by Philip Graham of ear trumpet labs.

Salt Stage Presents both local artists and those on a migratory path through the state of Maine in intimate portraiture: musicians, poets, performers, chefs, farmers, painters, sculptors and more. These performances are archived live without over-dubbing or post manipulation unless insisted upon by the artist in the performance. A high resolution recording system and one or two camera angles capture a cinematic feeling full of both visual and sonic tonality, paired with simple & clean editing . When not outside on location, windows are often left open to incorporate gulls, rainfall and other sonic signatures of Maine. Vintage lenses are also integral to enhance the filmic look of the vignettes. The Salt Stage began in Old Port, Portland but has now expanded to everywhere and anywhere, as archived in the Traveling Salt Stage section.... Watch the video here.


We hope there will never be any annoying ringtones at a notloB concert! Before each, patrons will be asked to turn off electric devices or put them in silent mode. Thank you for understanding.
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin has a tongue-in-cheek musical reply, "Valse Irritation", based on the Nokia ringtone.

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notloB Music is dedicated to the memory of Jack Hardy (d. March 11, 2011), who, with David Massengill and Peggy Seeger, graced our stage November 1, 2008, and John McGann (d. April 6, 2012), who performed with Flynn Cohen, Matt Heaton, and Danny Noveck  on November 20, 2012. Rest in peace, Jack and John! 

In John McGann's honor we post "Song for John", "An original tune dedicated to the great John McGann. ...composed by John Mailander and performed by John Mailander - Fiddle, Molly Tuttle - Guitar, Brittany Karlson - Bass and Joe Walsh - Mandolin", notloBBers all. Filmed by Adrianna Ciccone in Brighton, MA.

Published on Dec 27, 2014

Song for John

June 7, 2010- Actor/Musician Dominic Chianese introduces co-emcee Jack Hardy at the Gerde's Folk City 50th Anniversary celebration. Here, Jack performs his classic "Go Tell the Savior." Little did we know, Jack would be gone 9 months later. A true champion of original songwriters, Jack hosted Monday night 'workshops' in his apartment on Bedford and Houston in NYC for over 35 years.

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Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented >150 folk, old-time, bluegrass, string band, Celtic and country blues concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area. We present at the Davis Square Theater in Somerville, Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis in Washington Square, Brookline, Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls and Outpost 186 in Inman Square, Cambridge. Concerts in your home can be arranged.


Other websites of interest
NEFolk ~ a news and discussion group celebrating and supporting traditional folk, folk revival, folk rock, roots, blues and bluegrass music and dance in the northeast US and from beyond that affects our community.

A Nobel Prize for Pete Seeger

Keeping the Public in Public Radio

Community and Independent College Radio Community and independent are types of radio service that offer a third model of radio broadcasting  beyond commercial and public service. Community and independent college stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular to a local/specific audience but which may often be overlooked by commercial/mass-media and so-called "public" broadcasters.

"In this era of pop-driven acoustic music, notloB is keeping the folk tradition alive." 
~ Jack Hardy
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