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.

Welcome to notloB Music!

May 25
Armory Cafe
Emily Haviland Baker and Friends
Emily is in her fifth semester at Berklee College of Music, dual-majoring in Music Therapy & Violin Performance with a Minor in American Roots Studies. There, she is studying with famous performers like Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Matt Glaser, Joe Walsh, Dr. David Wallace, Dave Hollander, Tony Trischka, and Casey Driessen.
May 28
Armory Cafe
After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo CDs, Portland, ME based flute player Nicole Rabata and Boston based fiddler Ellery Klein decided a group together was long overdue. With the addition of Bethany Waickman on guitar, the trio found a sound rooted in the traditional Irish music Ellery and Nicole honed during years abroad in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Ennis ... as well as the depths of Nicole’s virtuosic classical music career, Ellery’s Americana sounds and Bethany’s soft-spoken, yet driving, guitar playing.

June 1
Arlington Center for Arts
(with a pre-concert dinner option at Tango or Not Your Average Joe's)
Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIssac & Eric MacDonald
This concert will mark notloB's 9th Anniversary! 
Enjoy dinner and a show, click "tickets" for more information.
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.
Wendy MacIsaac is a renowned fiddler from Cape Breton who has been playing music for over 30 years. She is recognized as one of the “old school” style of players who has kept the traditional sound going and has a deep respect for it.
Eric McDonald is a fast rising face on the traditional music scene. A former student at Boston's Berklee College of Music, he is accomplished as a mandolinist and DADGAD guitarist.

June 11 
Armory Cafe
Early bird discount in effect thru 5/6
The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio 
Bringing fresh energy to traditional Celtic music, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, when he was the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. Since then, he has built a name for himself as one of the region’s top fiddlers, and currently performs over 200 shows each year with multiple bands.

June 13
Armory Cafe
Mari Black and the World Fiddle Ensemble
Welcome back, Mari, for our FOURTH COLLABORATION!
Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015 & 2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, the 2014 & 2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, the 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, a 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and a 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers’ Association Alternative Styles Awards. On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.

June 22
Armory Cafe
Caroline Cotter, supported by Wendy Cody
With a captivating soprano voice and award-winning songwriting, Caroline’s music takes you all over the world: from a Parisian salon, to an Indian ashram, to a bluegrass festival campfire, to the depths of the human heart. 

June tba
Armory Cafe
Reservations open
Just added - Kathleen Parks and Brad Bensko
Info coming soon!

The Armory Cafe, located inside the Somerville Armory at 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, opens at 6:00pm and serves light fare (sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pastries) as well as coffees, teas, wine and craft beer.
The Arlington Center for the Arts is located at 41 Foster Street, Arlington.
All concerts begin at 7:30pm

Coming to a computer or smartphone near you, notloB Music will soon be rolling out a new website!!!!

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.

*...artists often ask for gigs which we cannot always accommodate, here's where you come in. you
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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  • notloB Recommends...
  • When: February 12-14, 2016
  • Where: Sheraton Framingham – Framingham, MA

"Join the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.

We have a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Our 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association."




A Who’s Who of Bluegrass
A gathering of music, learning, family & friends
Oak Hill, NY ~ July 14-17, 2016

Lineup announcement coming Feb 7.

40+ Bands • 5 Stages • Workshops • Emerging Artist Showcase
Dancing • Children’s Performers • Bluegrass Academy for Kids
Camping • Jamming • Food & Craft Vendors & A Whole Lot More!

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.

YouTube Video

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

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