FALL RIVER – The Narrows Center for the Arts has a busy start to the year with 11 event nights and a new gallery exhibit in January. With a mix of local favorites, critically acclaimed acts, and comedy legends, there’s something for everyone.
Saturday January 1 – Funky White Honkies
For over 40 years, the Funky White Honkies have been the region’s premier party band. They invade the Narrows for a big dance party. Tables and chairs will be removed for a large dance floor and everyone will have a great time.
Friday, January 7 – Ward Hayden and the outliers
Since their formation, Ward Hayden & The Outliers have burst far beyond their hometown of Boston, playing honky-tonks, beer bars and most recently concert halls across the United States. They’ve amassed a legion of loyal fans along the way. The media have also noticed him, including Rolling Stone, who presents them as a “Modern Day Buddy Holly plus Dwight Yoakam Divided by the Mavericks”.
Saturday January 8 – Amy Helm
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Amy Helm’s third album, âWhat the Flood Leaves Behind,â is her most autobiographical to date, both in content and creation. These 10 songs represent a gathering of ideas and experiences, friends and collaborators. Yet the album also marks a landing – a hiatus for the traveling musician and mother of two young boys who sought to clarify her calling and career.
Friday January 14: All The Years Combine: Celebration of the 35/36 years of the Pearly Baker Band
For the past 36 years, the Pearly Baker Band have played Grateful Dead music in their own way, with a few Stones, Beatles, Allman Bros and JJ Cale for good measure. Every time they play, a party breaks out. Please join them for what promises to be a sweet and sweaty evening. May there be songs to fill the air!
Saturday January 15 – “Imaginos” by Albert Bouchard and other cult classics
Albert Bouchard is best known as one of the founding members of Blue Ãyster Cult. The original group sold millions of albums for Columbia Records with classic songs such as “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and the No. 1 Billboard Mainstream Rock hit “Burning For You”.
Thursday January 20 – Ambrose Akinmusire
Over the course of his 15 year career, Ambrose Akinmusire has paradoxically located both at the center and on the periphery of jazz, emerging more recently in classical and hip hop circles. He is in a perpetual quest for new paradigms, masterfully weaving inspiration from other genres, arts and life in general in compositions as poetic and graceful as they are daring and flawless. His unorthodox approach to sound and composition has made him a regular in critical polls and has won him grants and commissions from the Doris Duke Foundation, the MAP Fund, the Kennedy Center.
Friday January 21 – Chris Smither
Songwriter. Guitarist. Bluesman. Interpreter. Musician on tour. For over 50 years. Chris Smither is an American original. It is his undulating and effortless guitar (“a third of John Hurt, a third of Lightnin ‘Hopkins and a third of me”) that characterizes Smither and his particular genius at reinventing the acoustic blues as a vehicle for rich and philosophically complex lyrics. . His songs offer a commentary on the human condition that only Chris Smither can write about.
Saturday January 22 – WinterStock 2022: an advantage for the Samaritans Southcoast
Two summers ago, a group of local musicians began to gather in a backyard on the 3 Mile River in North Dighton, Massachusetts. They affectionately named the festival âRiverStock. They were in the middle of a lockdown where many concert halls closed or opened with limited capacity. Over the past two years, the small festival has grown too big for the ‘hill over the river’ and has moved to new digs at the YMCA of Swansea. They play music, pass the hats and donate money to a variety of good causes. With the aim of having an âoff seasonâ event, RiverStock is proud to present its first WinterStock.
Saturday January 22 – Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress known for her clever observational humor and spontaneous wit. When not collecting hotel soap operas on a tour or panel on NPR’s # 1 show Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me !, Paula hosts the popular Starburns Audio podcast. , Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone. No one is a comedic guide to life with taste tests, cats of the week, and top experts in everything from beekeeping to ping-pong to prosopagnosia (say 3x faster ).
Friday January 28 – Neal and the Vipers
Neal and the Vipers is a Rhode Island based band that plays American Roots music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly and surf that will have you getting up from your chair to dance the night away! Once the show is over, you will feel full of energy and look forward to seeing the next show.
Saturday January 29 – Donna The Buffalo
Donna the Buffalo delivers everything you want in a roots group: songs that matter, a groove that gets you dancing, an audience that spans generations, and a musical voice that evokes a sense of community. Dance in the Street, their first new album in five years, captures the dynamic energy that has won the band the love and respect of their fans, “The Herd”, for thirty years.
ART GALLERY EXHIBITIONS
“MAN & BEAST” until January 15, 2022
The final weeks of a magnificent exhibition of drawings, paintings and masks by Fall River artist David R. Mello. Man, animals and other imaginary creatures collide to form a menagerie of images not found in the natural world, but which vibrantly inhabit the wilderness of dreams. With more than 135 works in ceramic, acrylic and ink.
âBIRDS AND FLOWERS OF THE BACK COURSEâ until January 8, 2022
An exhibition of paintings by Vania Noverca Viveiros, a member of the Narrows art community, celebrating the world around us, from our backyards to the thickets of our local reserves. It features works created during her live video painting demonstrations that she brilliantly offered to her students during the lockdown.
“19 ON PAPER” from January 22 to March 12
Nineteen on Paper is a group of New England artists who come together to create and display artwork on, on, or with paper. Members are painters, collage artists, printmakers, book artists, photographers, digital artists and sculptors. The mission of 19 on Paper is to promote an appreciation of art created on or with paper through exhibitions and portfolios and to enable sharing, networking and professional growth among its members.
The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan St. in Fall River. Visit: centreetroit.org