Tuned In: Mike Twelve, and more

  • Photo by Brett Davey

  • Mike Twelve

  • West End Blend

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Published: 5/25/2018 4:14:00 PM

Boston-based band Mile Twelve lives and breathes bluegrass, and they’ll play The Parlor Room in Northampton on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Sharing the bill is Brattleboro roots/folk/Americana trio Low Lily.

Since Mile Twelve got together in fall of 2014, they’ve been getting praise from musical gurus like Tony Trischka (“Their vocal skills are equal to their picking prowess. Mile Twelve is carrying the tradition forward with creativity and integrity”), Tim O’Brien (“Serious players who have serious fun; a group to watch”) and the uniquely colorful Darol Anger (“Really good songs that mean something, picking that makes you grin and twitch, plenty of scalp-zinging moments ... what more could you ask for America’s best drivin’ music? I’d be fine sending this to aliens”).

The five members come from all over — guitarist/vocalist Evan Murphy was raised in Milton; banjo player Catherine (BB) Bowness is a native New Zealander; fiddler Bronwyn Keith Hynes comes from Charlottesville, Virginia and gives lessons worldwide via Skype; mandolin man David Benedict hails from Clemson, South Carolina; bassist Nate Sabat has roots in New York City and choral singing.

Mile Twelve spent some of last fall touring Australia and New Zealand, seeing their first wild kangaroo (and some real-life scenery from the Lord of the Rings films) and playing to welcoming crowds. Now they’re on the East Coast leg of a full U.S. tour.

Low Lily is a string/vocal trio of vocalist/guitarist Liz Simmons, vocalist/fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger and vocalist/mandolinist/guitarist Flynn Cohen (with bassist Corey DiMario along for the ride for bigger gigs). Their new record is “10,000 Days Like These.”

Harmonious local vocal trio Eavesdrop appears at Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Amherst garage-rockers The Warblers (led by guitarist/vocalist Mike Mascis; their latest album is called “Running for Our Lives”) share a bill with the local Neil Young tribute Tonight’s Tonite (featuring members of Sunburned Hand of the Man, Dinosaur Jr,  Wet Tuna, Spouse and others) at The Root Cellar in Greenfield on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Winterpills (pictured above) play the magical Dream Away Lounge in Becket on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. It’s a perfect match, since both the band and the venue have their own special atmosphere. The woods-nestled nightspot is a great place to experience the swirl of Philip Price and Flora Reed’s harmonious vocals blending with the emotional guitar landscapes of Dennis Crommett, kept anchored by the rhythm section of bassist Max Germer and drummer Dave Hower. And superfans take note: The quintet promises to pepper their set with some little-heard gems from their back catalog.

Singer/songwriter Allysen Callery (at left)and Mystery Train man Josh Burkett play the Dream Away Lodge on Sunday at 8 p.m.

Andrew Goulet, Noam Schatz and Brandee Simone — local singer/songwriters all — share a bill with Social Circle (from Athens, Georgia) at Flywheel in Easthampton on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

West End Blend (at right) is a funky outfit fronted by vocalist Erica T. Bryan, bringing original soul/pop to dancefloors all around the northeast with a horn section, two guitars, bass, keys, drums, and the all-important groove. Their month-long spring tour closes with a show at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Thursday at 8 p.m. DJ Wuchon is also on the bill.

Spanish for Hitchhiking, The Fawns and Arvilla make up the triple-bill at the latest Reanimate the Bay State show at The Sierra Grille in Northampton on Thursday at 10 p.m.




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