“ … musical skills in abundance from Millard … did someone say spontaneous combustion?” — The Boston Globe
“ … infectiously merry … ” — Mountain Stage website, NPR.org
“… a killer player …” — The Boston Phoenix
Millard Charles' resume brings to mind a Reader’s Guide to American Music — he’s appeared with Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong in the PBS documentary ‘Sweet Old Song’, recorded several albums with Jim Kweskin, performed and / or recorded with Dennis Brennan, Tower of Power, Tarbox Ramblers, Gunther Schuller, Elijah Wald, Harry Elston, Men & Volts, Miss Tess, John Lincoln Wright, Bob Moses, Wayworn Travelers and more. His performances freely cross stylistic borders, resulting in appearances at venues as diverse as the New York City Blues Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, the ‘Boston Rock: 50 years / 50 bands’ Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame and more.
SPECIAL GUEST SAMOA WILSON
“ ... sweet, effortless, old-timey ... ” — The New York Times
“ ... a deep understanding of the early era of recorded pop ... a gorgeous, fun sound.” — The Boston Herald
“ ... the essence of unaffected musical storytelling.” — Nat Hentoff
Boston-bred, folk-influenced singer-songwriter Samoa Wilson's upbringing was filled with classic American music, and roots music legend Jim Kweskin (founder of the early-'60s group the Jim Kweskin Jug Band) was an extended family member. So it was only a matter of time before they merged their talents. She joined his band in 1997, appeared on four tracks from 'Now and Again', Kweskin's first album in over 20 years, and has since gone on to establish a solo career with her Blix St. Records release 'Live The Life', and a stellar reputation in the New York City roots music scene. A Samoa Wilson performance features historical authenticity on classic, unforgettable covers like 'Oh Papa Blues,' originally recorded by Ma Rainey in 1927, as well as personal, heartfelt original songs that defy easy categorization.
Join us for an evening of music that straddles the line between loose and tight, traditional and modern, original songs and re-imagined covers, familiarity and surprise.