LOCAL Music: A Night at the Lizard

**This is the first of what I hope to be many guest blogs from my friends who experience and enjoy the LIVE and LOCAL music in their area.**

This past Wednesday I found myself at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. This is one of my favorite music venues in Boston. Located in the basement of Cambridge Common, the Lizard Lounge is an intimate room – filled with low, red lighting, persian rugs and raw talent. Friendly staff, ever-rotating beers on tap, and the ability to hear a pin drop in a packed bar are some other perks of this room, especially when the audience is respectful. Wednesday night’s lineup consisted of  local performers who were all recently in the Lizard Lounge’s Open Mic Challenge Main Event – a final round for a pool of past Monday-night winners. Yet another great perk to Lizard Lounge.

Kicking off the night (and his 30th birthday!) was local singer/songwriter, Erik White. Erik definitely created those pin-drop moments seemingly effortlessly. I recall being intrigued by how far he stood away from the microphone, yet filled the entire room with his rootsy and soulful lyrics. Not to mention his astounding guitar playing. Erik had his friend, Matt Abatelli joining him for a moment on saxophone. The audience was extremely receptive and even sang-along with some of Erik’s harmonies. Erik White can usually be found playing out with local band, Brothers McCann, where he works more of his guitar and vocal magic.

Next up was the comedic duo, Pelvis McGillicuddy.  In addition to Mike Connolly on vocals/ acoustic guitar and Derik Newton on djembe/vocals, they had their friend, Gerod Shea, joining them on lead electric guitar. These guys are fun and they had the crowd laughing and singing along almost immediately. With a funny twist on songs about being the nice guy in the room, being an alcoholic and being depressed, they’re definitely a group that can lighten any room.

The evening finally welcomed Cilla Bonnie Band. I’ve had the pleasure of catching Cilla perform with other local acts, on bass/vocals, but this was my first time catching her with her full band. Her driving bass lines pulled me in right away. Then, she sang… and I was instantly hooked. Her very talented band consisted of Jeff Gaynor on keys, Noah Maltsberger on guitar, and Chris Desanty on drums. Unfortunately, I had to catch the last train home, so I missed the end of their set – but, I look forward to catching more of them in the near future!

by Holliday
photos by Jamie Meditz

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