Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, blue grass, string band and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.

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notloB Music Presents...
Roy Williams and The Human Hands
Tuesday, May 26, 8pm
Outpost 186
186 Hampshire Street - Inman Square - Cambridge

Roy Williams, an American songwriter, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist, writes music with a curious ear and an open mind. From the classic pop tunes heard on the first cassette Roy owned—The Beatles “Live at the BBC in 1963”—to the incomparable instrumental canon of Django Reinhart, Roy’s influences eclipse genre categorization, a trait that is reflected in the adventurous spirit of his own original songs... continued here

Joining Roy this evening will be Jeff Picker - bass, Alex Hargreaves - fiddle, Nick Anderson – percussion.


5 minutes after we sent the Roy Williams and The Human Hands press release, Ed Symkus/Daily News Correspondent responsed requesting we set up an interview. And here it is!
  • SOUNDS AROUND TOWN: Guitar man Roy Williams merges Western swing and Gypsy jazz

    • Roy Williams leads his band in a night of jazzy, danceable music at Outpost 186 in Cambridge May 26.  Courtesy PhotoRoy Williams leads his band in a night of jazzy, danceable music at Outpost 186 in Cambridge May 26. Courtesy Photo
    • By Ed Symkus/Daily News Correspondent

      Posted May. 19, 2015 at 12:01 AM
      Updated May 19, 2015 at 12:08 PM 

    notloB Music Presents...
    Friay, June 12
    Outpost 186
    186 Hampshire Street - Inman Square - Cambridge

    Stash and notloB go back a long way. We first met at the venerable Nameless Coffeehouse in Cambridge when his Berklee band Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers mates were part of the bill. It would be fair to say their musiciaship inspired notloB's start. We have since worked together three times:
    05/23/09 Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers 
    01/23/10 Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers
    02/05/11 Stash Wyslouch & Andy Reiner
    Has it really been four years? It's time to make up for lost time! So when Stash called it was an automatic.
    Half Polish-half Colombian guitarist Stash (short for Stanislaw) Wyslouch grew up on heavy metal before submerging himself in bluegrass and country music. His history in hard ro
    ck still manifests itself in his propensity for wringing unexpected sounds out of his guitar and belting at the top of his vocal range. continued here

    The SoulKrushers are
    Stash Wyslouch - guitar
    Bronwyn Keith-Hynes - fiddle
    Noam Wiesenberg - bass
    Sean Trischka - percussion

    5/21: Lineup change, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes will be replacing Duncan Wickel. A Virginia state fiddle champ, Bronwyn is a worthy replacement. If you purchased tickets and wish a refund, please email



    Dinner and a show! 
    Patrons who purchase tickets in advance through eventbrite for our Arlington shows get 10% off dinner at the nearby...
    Thai-E-Sarn Cuisine, 1377 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington.
    (781) 648-2223
    Szechuan's Dumpling, 1360 Massachuetts Ave, Arlington.

    Please base your tip on the pre-discounted amount.
    Thai Esarn Cuisine
    Szechuan's Dumpling
    notloB Music Presents at PACC (sanctuary and hall) in Arlington, Carriage House Violins in Newton Upper Falls and Outpost 186 in Cambridge
    Back in 2009, notloB Music presented three concerts at the Park Avenue 
    Congregational Church (50 Paul Revere Road, Arlington); as of January, 2015 we have returned!
    PACC holds two spaces, a 90-seat wooden hall with raised stage and a 260-seat sanctuary.
    Do you like Szechuan and/or Thai food? We have great news for you! Show your eventbrite ticket receipt for that day's PACC concert to your server at either Szechuan's Dumpling Chinese Restaurnt, 1360 Mass Ave or Thai-E-Sarn Cuisine, 1377 Mass Ave in Arlington and get 10% off your dinner tab! Please calculate your tip on the full, not discounted, amount.
    MBTA: Bus service via 62 & 79 from Alewife Station; 77 from Harvard/Porter.
    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, a 15 minute walk from Eliot Street T station (Green line D (Riverside)). 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."
    Shows are open to all ages.
    MBTA: Riverside green line to Eliot, then walk about 3/4 mile (not recommended during the Winter months).
    Handicap accessible

    Outpost 186
    , 186 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge. The space seats 35, served as the home of the former Lord Geoffrey Presents rising Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory rising talent series and continues that 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.
    Not handicap accessible.

    *...artists often ask for for gigs which we cannot always accomodate, here's where you come in. Have you ever thought about hosting a concert in your own home? That can be arranged. Email

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    notloB News

    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.


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

    Hamelin - Valse Irritation d'après Nokia 'Ringtone Waltz'

    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.


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