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LOCAL: Bethel Steele

Last month, I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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In the very first round of the Open Mic Main Event, two great songwriters went against each other and it was an insanely tough decision to kick off a night filled with tough decisions. Bethel Steele was one of those songwriters to impress us in the first round, and while she didn’t move on, she certainly left an impression.

Bethel Steele

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LOCAL: Aerica Lauren

This past weekend I had the honor of sitting front row center at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge for an incredible night of music and I’m still reeling from the experience. Many weeks worth of Monday night open mic winners went head to head in the Main Event! and myself and two other judges had the difficult task of slowly eliminating all but one winner. I’m excited to introduce you to some of these incredible artists!

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When it got down to the bottom 3 at the Lizard Lounge, it was terribly difficult to eliminate Aerica Lauren. All night we watched her pour the most genuine emotions into her performances. Aerica sailed through each round with just a little ukelele and her dynamic voice that reminded me of Bjork or Lisa Hannigan. I’m very excited to keep my eye on this artist and hear what she comes up with next. If you like the sound of this track, there’s plenty more of Aerica’s original music and fun covers on bandcamp and YouTube.

www.aericalauren.bandcamp.com
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Aerica on YouTube

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LIVE: Ryan Montbleau Band


If you’re in the area the next few nights, I urge you to check out this talented local band. Ryan Montbleau Band will play Higher Ground in Burlington, VT tonight, Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton, MA on Friday, and the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday. These guys have just returned from an 8-week national tour, so it’s sure to be quite a homecoming!

This band is really hard to pin down and categorize. They do funk, soul, reggae, and Americana with a hint of folk. Singer/songwriter Ryan Montbleau really has a way with words. His lyrics will draw you into his world, and his polished band will help to paint the complete picture. If you head to a show, expect to get hooked, expect to have fun, and expect to be moved…both emotionally and physically. RMB is an emerging act that is not to be missed.

Thursday, December 3rd
Higher Ground
Burlington, VT
w/ Caravan of Thieves
Doors 7:30pm/$14

Friday, December 4th
Pearl Street Night Club
Northampton, MA
w/ Jesse Dee
Doors 8pm/$15

Saturday, December 5th
Paradise Rock Club
Boston, MA
w/ Caravan of Thieves
Doors 8pm/$22

Ryan Montbleau Band
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