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The Local Table, 251 Arlington Street, W. Acton, MA
We “discovered” Kemp Harris at one of our Blues Jams in June. Kemp is a composer, musician, children’s author, actor, and teacher. He has shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Gil Scott-Heron, and Koko Taylor. He’s wrtten and performed original compositions for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and for WGBH public television. Come cheer on a regional talent and true Renaissance man.
Waterbury Congregational Church – Waterbury, Vermont
Kemp Harris Returns to Waterbury, Vermont
Waterbury Congregational Church is pleased to once again feature Kemp Harris in its April 18th “Music @ the Meeting House” concert series. This is a special opportunity to share in the musical traditions that Harris explores – from American roots, to blues, jazz, and African folk. Harris’s rich and expressive voice and his skillful work on the piano make for a remarkable and thoroughly engaging performance.
Harris has produced two CDs of his original music: "Sometimes in Bad Weather" and "Edenton" and has shared the stage with blues and jazz musicians from Taj Mahal to Gil Scott-Heron to Koko Taylor. He has played at clubs and venues all along the eastern seaboard. The Waterbury Record, reporting on Kemp’s last appearance in town, said he “wowed the crowd” with his “miraculous rhythm and blues.”
While perhaps best known as a singer and piano player, Harris is one of those rare artists who demonstrates a gift for any expressive form he touches. He has composed music for television, documentary, and dance performances, and Kemp was a resident artist for songwriting at the Wang Center for Performing Arts in Boston. As an actor, Harris has worked in film, television and radio, including a role in the award-winning feature film "Next Stop Wonderland." He is a well-known storyteller and is invited to festivals and special events throughout the New England area.
Mr. Harris will be performing in the sanctuary of the Waterbury Congregational Church (enter through the front doors) on April 18th at 7pm.
Review of Kemp's 2014 Waterbury, VT performance:
Passim's - Harvard Square - Cambridge, MA
Kemp Harris opens for Laurie Sargent.
Johnny D's Uptown Restaurant & Music Club
17 Holland St. Somerville, MA 02144
Gathering together from the four corners of the globe, Neon Grandma returns to Davis Square to bid farewell to their late 90s home away from home, Johnny Ds. If you remember being there, you probably weren't there. A mobile house party that brought the house to you, only to tear it down every night, Neon Grandma reunites after nearly 15 years for one night only for a certifiable funk revival, Irish wake, audience give and take, incantation for your soul's lamentation.
Johnny D’s picked up the following transmission via HAM radio. The origin cannot be verified, but it is believed to be the voice of former Neon Grandma front man Adam Oh
“......who knows that primal-pelvic rhythm section that never left your soul, just holding on to your sun-don’t-shine? Who heard the howling ghost sound of that guitar-string, harp-blown, organ lust? Who vibrates in that surging vocal gut-groove fertilized in the mind-soil of the filthy, the found, and the unrequited? Grandma does.....”
Boston Globe, 1996
Joan Anderman reviews an album by Neon Grandma entitled "The Urban Goddess."
When's the last time you walked into a club where people were shaking their booties to a tight, slinky groove? Remember funk? Remember thumb-popping bass lines? Neon Grandma, a multi-racial Boston sextet that's been together since 1996, is starting to pack local clubs with a sleek, crisp sound that harks back to the Average White Band. "The Urban Goddess," Neon Grandma's debut seven-song CD, blends a nostalgic, old-school musicality with contemporary flourishes. Dance-floor veterans will burrow blissfully into the deep pockets. Hep cats will dig the jazzy, spoken-word passages. And the band's collective aesthetic inspires a loose, musical-chairs-style vocal pageant that underlines the socially conscious lyrics of songs like Kemp Harris's earthy, ambling "Ruthie's," and a rock-solid cover of Donny Hathaway and Leroy Hutson's "Tryin' Times." Neon Grandma plays Friday at Johnny D's.