First Night Music

A Hipster's Guide to First Night
Part II By Julie Stoller

Editor's Note:
Part I highlighted film, poetry and multimedia.
Now, here's the music...

David Wax Museum - Born with a Broken Heart
Show Listing & Video for David Wax Museum is further below *

5:30-6:30pm - Grand Procession.

Don't forget the parade! Copley Square at Hynes Convention Center, down Boylston St. to Charles, ending at Charles and Beacon (Boston Common), and capped off with an annual favorite - the 'Boston Family Fireworks' at 7pm, set off right in Boston Common (especially nice on those extra frosty First Nights). Always a good time.

7:30-8:30pm - Hey Mama
St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line, Park Street Station)

Rootsy, soulful and powerful, Boston-based Hey Mama will be bringing their full-time touring to an end with this final very special show for First Night. Its two founders, Avi Salloway and Celia Woodsmith, will be off to pursue global peace and social justice projects in the new year. So this is your last chance, for the time being, to witness some very elegant music that's been compared to Odetta, The White Stripes, and The Band - quite a combination.

7:30-9:30pm - The Kominas Band
Boston Common (outdoors)
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

The Kominas Band are Pakastani-Americans who, since 2004, have been melding the fury of punk rock with Pakistani folk music and Hindi lyrics that are political and confrontational (they sing in both English and Punjabi). They're part of the Taqwacore scene of Muslim bands, and are included in the documentary Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, which is being screened earlier in the afternoon. (See Part First Night Part I)

7:30-11:00pm - Walter Sickert Presents:
The StreamCrunk Lounge
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street
(closest T stop: Green Line, Prudential Station)

Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys bring their unique blend of Victorian theater, vaudeville burlesque, and gothic blues to First Night. And what's more, they're joined by their crazy friends. On hand will be Meff & JoJo's Tiny Instrument Revue (punk rock mandolin and vaudevillian verse), Somerville Symphony Orkestar (carnival punk), Trabants (60s surf music), Johnny Blazes (drag, burlesque and circus arts), Madge of Honor (heartfelt burlesque), and Dezrah The Strange (magician, escape artist and slideshow performer). It's safe to say you won't see anything else quite like this anywhere.

8:00-9:00pm - Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents
Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue (opening for Bettye LaVette)
(closest T stop: Green Line, Symphony Station)

Boston Music Award Winner - Best Female Vocalist Jen D'Angora fronts one of the city's most exciting live acts.... Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents combine a 60s girl group vibe with 70s soul, performing originals and covers in classic Stax and Motown styles.

8:00-9:00pm - Nina Nastasia

The Paramount Theatre, 560 Washington Street
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

NYC-based Nina Nastasia has a powerful, multi-faceted voice - at times soft and pretty, at other times biting and demanding of attention. In the past, she's performed on acoustic guitar and an accompanying band - piano, drums and strings. Her latest recording, Outlaster (FatCat Records), adds orchestral arrangements. But even as a solo performer, she's quite compelling.

8:45-11:00pm - The Cover-Up
Brendan Boogie as Roy Orbison
City Place, 8 Park Plaza
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

Hosted by local musician Brendan Boogie, The Cover-Up is a live music series that features Boston bands paying tribute to musical favorites. This time, it's The Rationales as The Band, Brendan Boogie & The Best Intentions as Roy Orbison, and This Blue Heaven as Fleetwood Mac.

9:00-10:00pm - David Wax Museum

St. Paul's Cathedral, 138 Tremont Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Link, Park Street Station)

Boston Music Awards winner David Wax Museum bring their festive fusion of Americana, country, folk and Mexican roots music to First Night. Joining the duo of David Wax (vocals, guitar, jarana) and Suz Slezak (fiddle, vocals, and quijada (donkey jawbone) are a host of extremely talented musicians on accordion, piano, guitar and bass, drums/percussion, clarinet and sax, mandolin and dobro. With their own special brand of Mexo-Americana, this will surely be a First Night highlight.

10:00-11:00pm - Cass McCombs Band

Modern Theatre, 523-525 Washington Street
(closest T stop: Red Line/Green Line,
Park Street Station OR Green Line, Boylston Station)
[see Part I: 8:00-9:00pm: The Pretender film screening]

10:00pm-12:00am - The Fatal Flaw
Boston Common (outdoors)
(closest T stop: Green Line, Boylston Station)

No better way to see out the old year than with an appropriate combination of perky pop and sly cynicism, with Boston's Fatal Flaw. Their lyrics are wonderfully cheery ("You let your reach exceed your grasp, but just be glad you tried before you die." - "Don't Start Believing"), and maybe they'll perform their Guns N' Roses tribute, "Where's Izzy".

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