Freebo is an award-winning singer/songwriter (2008 Posi Award for “Best Song”in The Most Uniting Category, The ‘07 Los Angeles Music Awards “Best Folk Artist”, Winner ‘07 South Florida Songwriting Contest, finalist in 2009 The Great American Songwriting Contest), but he is probably best known as a Folk-Rock-Blues Icon.
For 30 years, Freebo played bass on recordings and toured with some of the great artists of our time–people like Bonnie Raitt (10 years), John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, CSN, Maria Muldaur, Ringo Starr, Michelle Shocked, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright III, Dr. John, and many others. He has also appeared on Saturday Night Live, Midnight Special, Muppets Tonight, and in concert with the legendary Spinal Tap. It was his yearning for more creative expression, however, that drove Freebo to begin a process of deep inner discovery, and this has led to his successful transition as a singer/songwriter.
The Philadelphia Inquirer said of Freebo’s latest CD, “Before the Separation flows with a compassionate spirit rooted in 60’s ideals, packs a gently urgent relevancy, and is delivered with engaging earnestness.” Freebo’s songs embrace stylistic elements from all the many musical genres he has played throughout his career, but they are uniquely his own. He even has an entire CD of dog songs (DOG PEOPLE) dedicated to the human/canine connection. And in his live shows, performed on acoustic guitar, Freebo creates a unique, intimate, and inclusive atmosphere with his audience.
At once timeless and original, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe joins a soulful, impeccably tuned voice with crafted poetry. A lifelong songwriter, Alice’s musical sensibility lies in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters, with comparisons drawn to the pure, distilled sounds of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. As a performer, Alice is sure-footed and captivating, familiar to her audience from the very first song.
During her three years in Seattle, Alice became a familiar face in the acoustic music scene, playing a variety of local gigs, from the Doe Bay Cafe on Orcas Island to the basement stage of Northwest favorite Dusty Strings Music Store. In the summer of 2016, Alice returned to her home town of Boston, and has been busy making herself known on the stages at Club Passim, the Burren Backroom, and the me&thee coffeehouse. Alice has opened for the likes of Antje Duvekot, Ellis Paul, Chris Trapper, Vance Gilbert, and Brooks Williams.
March 2017 brought the release of Alice’s newest EP, “You’ve Been Away So Long.” Tracing the New England native’s years in the Pacific Northwest, “You’ve Been Away So Long” is a cross-country journey through the matters of the heart. Recorded in Seattle, WA with an emphasis on crystal-clear vocals, Alice’s new EP features five original songs accented by the lush additions of multi-instrumentalist Jeff Fielder on electric guitar, dobro, and a sweet 1920 Gibson L-1 arch top.
Sunday January 14, 2018 7:30 p.m.
The Ugly Mug, Soquel CA
$17 In Advance/$20 At The Door