A greatDVD of acoustic performances by some of the best Boston-area musicians at the best place in town to hear live local music!
Recorded on September 17th and December 3rd, 2006, this DVD features 2 hours of completely acoustic performances by a cross section of musicians based in and around Boston - rock club regulars, subway performers, national folk acts, Haitian church singers, and of course the Lowbudget Records roster. Without even the benefit of a PA system, these performers gathered to show what they could do on their own without any electricity - and the sparks were flying! This disc is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - an evening's worth of acoustic performances so riveting that you won't even want to hit "pause" to get up and go to the kitchen!
That’s Why We Fight / Everybody Lies
Full Scale Human Consumption / Bear Witness
Deep, Down, Damned / When You Need a Moment
Something In The Air / No Flies On Fred
Mr. Curt and Clara Kebabian
In The City / A Life, Full of Todays
Church of Flying Dreams
Lodestone / The World Blind / Chrysanthemum
Lenny Solomon: The Great Judgment / Firefly
Bird Mancini: Better Man / The Other Side
Emily Grogan and Clara Kebabian: Weathervane
Emily Grogan and Linda Viens: Girl of Opportunity
Linda Viens: Same Stars
Andy Holllinger and Pat McDonald
I’ve Just Got To / Silver Sky /
Thinking Right Out Loud / After the Party’s Over
Thea Hopkins: Jesus Is On The Wire / Say You Will
John Patton: Southwind / Improvisation in G
Grace and Kern St. Dic: Un Samedi soir sur la Terre
(A Saturday Night on the Earth) / Wish You Were Here
Doctor X: Misfits / Hurt
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"If just listening to the sounds of music isn’t enough for you, check out the DVD “Live at the Midway Unplugged” (Lowbudget Records), in which singers, players and bands from all over the area paid a visit to the Midway Café in Jamaica Plain, and each delivered a couple of tunes done up acoustically.
- Ed Symkus, The Transcript, May 31, 2007
"Tim Casey has been building a solid portfolio of video-based projects. Here he and his team have recorded a crystal clear unplugged show at the Midway with 18 artists. Here’s a rundown of the highlights. Phil Kaplan is probably the closest thing Boston has to Randy Newman with his wry sarcastic songwriting style. Backed with his guitar or ukulele, Glenn Williams is a sensitive storyteller in song.Clara Kebabian’s violin sweetens up Mr. Curt’s song that carry messages we may have heard before, but need to be reminded of. Church of Flying Dreams, an avant garde guitar and snare duo, break new ground in instrumental presentation. Lenny Solomon backs his Bonnie Raitt-ish folk tunes with guitar and harmonica. Bird Mancini is a cool two-piece (guitar/accordion) that sound like a full band from the ’60s with good arrangements and harmonies. Emily Grogan and Clara Kebabian do one of my favorite songs penned by Emily—“Weathervane.” Then Linda Viens joins Emily to perform another stripped down Angeline song—“Girl of Opportunity.” Thea Hopkins sets a peaceful trance with her soul-felt songs. She has a silent strength in her character and raises the bar in this compilation. John Patton is a classical guitarist who plays in a gentle traditional folk vein. Doctor X wraps up the video up with an ear for a good melody and a nice selection of songs that includes a folk rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt.” "
- T Max, The Noise, June 2007