Posted by boston.com January 11, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by me & thee coffeehouse:
As New Englanders recover from the chill of this year’s polar vortex, a whirlwind of musical activity is about to hit Marblehead. The me & thee coffeehouse, one of the oldest continually running acoustic music coffeehouse in New England, begins another spectacular winter season January 24.
New Orleans native Chris Smither, who headlines the January 24 show, has an illustrious career encompassing more than 40 years. His music draws from folk, blues, and rock, and his original songs have been covered by singers ranging from Bonnie Raitt to Emmylou Harris and Diana Krall. Jonah Tolchin, who opens, draws from folk, blues, and bluegrass. His songs take poverty and abuses to environment as their subjects, and suggest the possibility of change.
February promises to be an exciting and eclectic month at the me & thee. On February 7, Caravan of Thieves will return to our stage. Gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for the group’s mesmerizing vocal harmonies, fantastic storytelling, and circuslike showmanship.
One could not imagine a more appropriate opener to the show than the Bones of J.R. Jones. J.R.’s music is gritty, bluesy, surprising, and wild. Valentines attending our February 14 show will enjoy two a cappella groups. Boston based Five O’Clock Shadow is an all-vocal rock band. The quintet’s voices create shredding guitar riffs and trumpet solos, and beatboxing that’s out of this world. An all-female a capella group, Marblehead High School’s Luminescence opens.
On Febrary 21, Grammy nominated singer songwriter Seth Glier headlines, with Kayla Ringelheim (2008’s Audience Choice at Boston Folk Festival’s Songwriting competition) opening. Stoughton native Lori McKennna closes out the month on February 28, with Americana songwriter Dietrick Strause opening. Three of McKenna’s songs were recorded on Faith Hill’s album, Fireflies, and Lori is set to release a new album of her own, called Massachusetts, this spring.
March brings us a number of seasoned performers to the me & thee. Folk rock duo Nerissa and Katryna Nields will occupy our stage March 7. For twenty years the sisters have created powerful, passionate, thoughtful, humorous work. Their newest album, The Full Catastrophe is an offering to all those who struggle to balance work, home, and artistic lives.
Singer songwriter Dan Navarro (who spent years as half of the acclaimed duo Lowen and Navarro) is the other part of the co-bill. His vast experience in the music scene on the West Coast is beyond compare. Our winter season ends March 14 with Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-folk singer David Francey, whose songs document the lives of working people and have earned him critical acclaim and three Juno awards.
Tickets to all shows are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore, the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead, and at the door. The Landing Restaurant at 81 Front Street, Marblehead offers a 10% discount on dinner if you show your ticket or receipt. Enjoy a meal before the show! Special student ticket pricing at $10 per ticket is available online and at the door. As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas.
The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus. The me & thee is one of the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouses in New England, and probably the country. It has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at www.meandthee.org.