Artist Interview with Gene Shinozaki

After getting his start as a busker on the streets of Boston, Gene Shinozaki has gone on to become a world class professional beatboxer, musician, performer and artist.  He sat down with recently me via telephone to answer a few questions about the state of beatboxing and what he has planned for the upcoming All…

Female in Rock: Engaging Males, Embracing Allies

*Guest post by Anna Rae ©2017.   *Illustration by Kip Lyall   Not long ago I was on a walk with a friend of mine who is a male musician. I was railing about the fact that young females are forced to think about adorning their bodies and pandering for male attention, while young males…

Interview with an Artist: Mark Lipman

One of the hardest parts of being an artist, in any discipline, is trying to “make it,” and then of course,  finding time for your art especially if you have an additional career.   Recently I sat down with Mark Lipman, a local musician, who recently released his first Ep “Goodbye Copilot,” to discuss what it’s…

Jamaica Plain Porchfest 2015

If Somerville Porchfest is a music festival then the Jamaica Plain Porchfest, or JP Porchfest, definitely felt like more of an all inclusive arts festival.  Now in it’s second year, JP Porchfest 2015 took place last Saturday July, 11 from 12 – 6PM.  Started as a spinoff of the Somerville Porchfest that began in 2011,…

Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party

As the sun set on the work week and there was an imminent need to unwind, roller skates were strapped on and the disco lovers of Boston descended upon City Hall to blow off some steam at the second annual, “A Celebration of Summer: The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party,” which took over…

Somerville Porchfest 2015

With grey skies, and my fingers crossed for no rain, I headed to Somerville’s PorchFest last Saturday May 16th.   Started in 2011 PorchFest has grown exponentially over the years and has become a decentralized music show/crawl that spans Somerville.  Its the kind of event that you expect in an area known for its high density…