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Session Americana$15 – $25
It’s a Session. It’s a Hootenanny. It’s a festival band. It’s a plaza full of children dancing on a sunny afternoon. It’s a novelty. It’s theater. It draws the quirky but powerful threads of American music together. It’s virtuosity. It’s the bad punk band you were in high school. It’s Folk music played on boxcars in the dustbowl. It’s a rock band.
Session Americana sit tightly around a small round cafe table, ambient mics tuned to catch the complete sound of the voices and instruments. Players swap songs and instruments; a suitcase drum kit, an old electric bass, a field organ and a collection of acoustic instruments. No two Session Americana shows are alike. They’re rowdy, freewheeling modern hootenannies that surprise the audience as much as they surprise the Somerville, Massachusetts sextet. Session Americana has innovatively recast the live show experience as a familial gathering of musicians seated at a round table swapping songs and instruments. The unique format feels fantastically theatrical and although the musicians face each other, the audience feels drawn into the circle by the warmth, joy and camaraderie that emanate outwards by the all-star cast of characters seated around the table.