Great Northeast Productions is throwing a 420 Party this Friday featuring the New Deal and ulu. The show is at the Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Square, at 7:30PM.

This show represents the best bands rising in both the techno/house and the jam/improv scenes. The New Deal has been described as progressive breakbeat house artists and they hail from the blooming scene in Toronto, Canada. Their website promises that the band will be making it a Sound and Light Night, so expect to be visually stimulated, as well as sonically. Sharing the bill on this evening are instrumental jazz funksters ulu, out of New York City. They have been gaining a strong following both in Boston and nationally as they exploit the growing Groove audience.

Great Northeast Productions recognizes the “Holiday” that this scene has adopted on April 20th, and have planned a great night of music. The show is all ages, and is a must see event! For theater information or directions call (617) 625-5700. There will also be performances by Suns of San Pedro and S.O.R.A.

If straight up jamming is more to your liking, check out some of the Nemo Conference shows. The website has a full list of the events. On Saturday at the Middle East Downstairs, NEMO and Gamelan present Jiggle and Uncle Sammy. This is an 18+ event. For more information check out gamelan.tv.

Another great NEMO showcase event is happening on Friday at Harper’s Ferry in Allston. The event is being promoted both by NEMO and Disc Makers and pits an all out Battle of the Bands with Apartment 3, Sugarcoat, the Boston Horns, Bumpus, and Superhoney. Superhoney are absolute kings of the Boston Funk Scene, with a lead vocalist whose pipes could put Jen Durkin to shame. They will get a run for their money from Chicago Funk Masters Bumpus, who are on the East Coast supporting their latest release, Stereoscope. Most nights you can only see one great band at a club, but on Friday, Harper’s will have 5 amazing bands - definitely worth the cover.

Harper’s Ferry is having another great show on Saturday the 21st with Seth Yacovone and the legendary Noel Redding. Redding, who was the bass player for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and his new project is called Cork.

Another Great NEMO showcase is happening at Great Scott in Allston, at the corner of Harvard and Commonwealth Avenues. Local jam kings Who's the Fat Guy? are on that bill. Also appearing are Soulwork and Edable Grey, Town Hall, and Professor Marvel and the 4th Quadrant.

If the cooler jazzier side of things is what you are looking for, go to Ryles Jazz Café in Inamn Square in Cambridge. Saturday’s four band bill includes the Inner Orchestra, Anti-Jazz Ray Gun, Seed Is, and the Freelance Bishops. Ryles is a very cool club that is a bit more upscale. Expect it to be a sit down polite clap type of gig.

And if you don’t want to jam, go see Anne Murray at the North Shore Music Theatre or Livingston Taylor at the Old Church. And don’t forget, on April 20, its 420 all day.

F.R. Tuente
Boston, MA

[Published on: 4/18/01]

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