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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
www.aericanlauren.wordpress.com
Aerica on YouTube

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LOCAL: Mark Whitaker

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.

That one winner was Seamus Galligan, a New Bedford-based musician whose voice and songwriting echo Nick Drake and Donovan yet somehow still sound all his own. Each song he did would silence the room, drawing us in and leaving us shaking our heads. Seamus doesn’t have music readily available online, but that’s something that will soon be remedied!

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Meanwhile I’ll start by introducing you to the runner up – Mark Whitaker. Mark plays the banjo but not in a conventional way. I think even those who can’t stand the sound of the instrument would be impressed by his non-offensive, guitarlike banjo-playing. At the competition, his skill on the instrument was clear, and he also had a comfort on stage that seemed to put the audience at ease. Above all else, it was Mark’s songwriting that stood out. Each tune he played seemed to have the perfect amount of words with the perfect phrasing…the words themselves were simple and yet so heartfelt. For me, it seemed like each song would end at the perfect moment, leaving us all with a feeling of completion and a smile on our faces. Mark plays frequently in and around Boston, you can catch him at Club Passim on May 15th.

www.markwhitakermusic.com
www.reverbnation.com/markwhitaker

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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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LOCAL Music: Erik White

**I recently judged an open mic contest at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA…


Photo by Jamie Meditz

Erik White was quite possibly my favorite performer at the open mic competition. There’s just something about him that totally intrigues me, something that I can’t quite describe. What I can say is that he’s got an extremely unique voice and some ridiculously gorgeous words. You’ve got to hear his song “Absolute”:

Listen:

“The first time I turned you on
I sat there glued and all the wrong
came rushing in and down my spine
convincing everything was fine

Then I went to go outside
and I found that all the trees had died
and so found out that you had lied
to not just me

From that day on my dreams were chilled
were being drilled by someone
who was trying hard to fill me
but kept spilling

So my life-long search began
I latched on to their evil plan
hand over hand
I started climbing”

Erik White
Brothers McCann

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LOCAL Music: John Gerard

**I recently judged an open mic contest at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA…


photo by Jamie Meditz

It seems cliche, but you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. As he took the stage, I thought John Gerard looked like a pretty tough guy. It was probably a combination of his build, his shaved head and the tattoos on his knuckles. Let’s just say the last thing I expected from this man was a falsetto that made me melt. With a beautiful voice and compelling words, John Gerard took me off-guard and I liked it!

John Gerard
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LOCAL Music: Cilla Bonnie

**I recently judged an open mic contest at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA…

 
photo by Jamie Meditz

Imagine a sweet voice over a funky bass line…engaging lyrics and groovy melodies…a stylish, striking young lady who has a certain mystery about her. That’s how I can describe Cilla Bonnie. One of the most difficult moments of the night was in round one when Cilla was up against the eventual grand prize winner… after just one song, we reluctantly knocked her out, badly wanting to hear more from her. Check Cilla out live in and around Boston and keep an eye out for her debut CD coming out in July.

Cilla Bonnie

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