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Tours, Black events and destinations.
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MAGIC: Drive past maple leaves to the homestead of Richard Potter, Black Arts Magician and America’s first Harry Potter ( a black man ) of the highest distinction.  Richard Potter died on September 20, 1835. Location: Route 4 between Concord and Connecticut Highway 11 is Potter Place. He was the first professional American-born magician. The Amtrak train stops there too. Both his and his wife’s gravestones can still be seen there. Biography.

Wally’s Jazz Cafe on Massachusetts Avenue (casual)
http://www.wallyscafe.com/index.htmlFor the New York Coltranish, Sonny Fortune, Grover Washington loving jazz stylist. Wallys attracts Berklee College of Music players who in turn attract masters who come teach them, live, in front of you–the audience.. and there may be a cover charge when it goes down because you will not know they are coming when they come. Wally’s jazz Cafe is a small space, there are small number of tables. Live performers mount the stage. Its not crowded until night fall. Serving Guinness Beer and drinks.

Cooper Gallery presents
WOLE SOYINKA: Antiquities Through Times and Place

Now until December  2017, opens 10 AM daily.
Ethelbert Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art
Harvard Square Mount Auburn Street.
Opening Reception Sep 12 6pm-8pm

Cooper Gallery of African and Afro American artInternationally acclaimed dramatist, social critic, and Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka is an avid collector of African artworks including those from his home country of Nigeria. The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center in Harvard Square will feature two dozen of these hand-selected pieces in WOLE SOYINKA: Antiquities Across Times and Place. www.coopergalleryhc.org


Darryl’s Corner Bar and Grill, is a Best of Boston and Improper Bostonian magazine award winning establishment, formerly known as Bob the Chef’s. www.dcbkboston.comsmooth jazz, contemporary jazz, patio conversation, business networking. DCBK activities in business leadership and Black community empowermetn gave birth to BECMA – the Black Economic Council of Masschusetts www.becma.org, an influential group of Black Bankers, Hospitality owners and 500 Black-owned female and male owned enterprises. Slades Bar and Grill
www.sladesbarandgtill.com  jazz, soul food dress casual.


September 30th- from noon to 6pm
Beantown Jazz Festival – an outdoor,  three stage jazz festival played by world renown touring jazz musicians occurs every September in Boston’s South End. Go to Massachusetts Avenue and Columbus Avenue and you are in the festival with over 50,000 people enjoying jazz, food and the good vibes.


Short Cuts

educational: The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture – Mansfield, MA

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MIDA RESTAURANT – The black-owned new kid of the block.    Mida  Restaurant is the first Black-owned Italian cuisine full liquor bar restaurant in Boston. Formulated by downtown restaurant investors and the influence of maven Liz Malia and the multicultural investor and capacity builder ACCELERATE BOSTON Incubator, MIDA is located in the South End. The four bar places mentioned above  are walking distance from Symphony Hall down Mass ave to Columbus and Tremont Street. They are bus accessible. The number #43 MBTA bus goes from Park Street station to there. When you are in this zone where the Black restaurants are, it is mostly residential with pizza, sub sandwich, chinese take out and ROTI making shops around.www.MFA.orgBoston Museum of Fine Arts has African American exhibitions and ancient Africa items

Beantown Jazz Festival – The Beantown jazz Festival is bigger than the Newport Jazz Festival and it is FREE to the public and held outdoors on Columbus Avenue and Mass Ave near Ruggles Station where the Black restaurants and clubs are.   This year, the Beantown is scheduled to open rain or shine at 12 noon til 6 pm on September 30, 2017.
70,000 music loves attend each year. Free jazz,  the best players outdoors on three stages on Mass Avenue and Columbus Road from noon to 6PM.  Also look up www.jazzboston.org for current live shows.

JOHN COLTRANE WEEK

John Coltrane tribute events Oct 1-7
– 10/2 Chasing Trane documentary film at Coolidge Corner Cinema $13
– 10/3 Insider Reflections on JCMC legacy
– 10/6 Friends of John Coltrane Memorial Concert $20-$35
– 10/7 Pharoah Sanders, master saxophonist and his quartet $30-50
– 9/7 – 10/7 – 40 Years of Celebrating Trane photographic exhibit
artist reception 9/28 from 5-6:30pm, at Haley House Bakery, exhibit curated by Edmund Barry Gaither. Features the works of artist Craig Bailey, Bruce Hamilton, Hakim Raquib and Erin X Smithers.

music- www.friendsofjcmc.org (617)-671-0789
film – www.Coolidge.org
art – www.haleyhouse.org

Phyllis Wheatley Stature Park -THE FIRST LADY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE is memorialized in Boston’s South End near the Simon Mall exit street and Charlies Sandwich Shop, a famous watering hole for breakfast and political talk. Her papers are at the Masschusetts History Society.

Zoo – the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo and Golf Course is in Black Boston, Roxbury. The site and complex has White Stadium for Performing Arts and music concerts outdoors, picnic areas in the heart of Black Boston, flower gardens, the Olstead Emerald Necklace, rolling hills and open space, the Franklin Park Golf Course Club House, Children’s Zoo, ponds, walking trails, putting green and more.  Franklin Park is located in Black Boston hood of, in middle of Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and faces the Kennedy Library area via Columbia Road.

www.maah.org —  Museum of African American History, a National Parks Service site on Beacon Hill in Boston has exhibits plus The African American Meeting House. The Abiel Smith School and is on the Black Heritage Trail – an 18-point destination walking tour of famous people, places and  things in ancient and modern Black Boston.

NCAAANational Center for Afro-American Artists & Museum,  The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) is a private, not-for-profit institution was founded in 1968 by Dr. Elma Lewis who remained its Artistic Director until her passing. Edmund Barry Gaither serves as NCAAA’s Director and Curator of its Museum division. The NCAAA remains the largest independent black cultural arts institution in New England. It has forged an unbroken record of public service in the celebration of the world heritage of black people since 1968. Commitment to excellence in the arts and wholesome cultural development remain its hallmark.

Cooper Gallery http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/about/
features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art organized by the gallery and will often feature guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. It hosts a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances that engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.

The new ROXBURY CULTURAL DISTRICT  is a brand new earned arena for the part of Black Boston named Roxbury, where Dudley Square and Malcom X have a heart.  Go to the site and click links to see businesses, associations and arts and cultural programmers associated with buildup /of the Roxbury Cultural District.

Portsmouth New Hampshire – The African Burial Ground video


African Burying Ground
http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/
Chestnut Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610-7226

Public Markets
Black Market every other weekend in Dudley Square, Roxbury
http://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2017/06/15/dudley-square-black-market Middle-class and family priced products, crafts, Black-made items in Massachusetts vendors, a cultural scene, a shopping mall with music and entertainment, all the goods, the popcorns, beanpies and more.  Its Black Faneuil Hall in the heart of the hood.

Black Radio  and Facebook streams and Blacks on Television
Basic Black Television Series – is the longest running African American issues and affairs program on television and live streaming on the web there is in America. Produced in Cambridge at WGBH Public network studios.

Bass of Boston Radio has New Edition Performers hosted live call in and DJ spin shows on the radio, on the Tunein App and over the internet. You’ll get interesting Hip Hop, R&B and some talk show news.

Skippy Whites Gospel Hours and old time Motown Tunes are Saturday and Sunday morning from 8AM to 10ish on Touchfm.org on the internet

Boston Praise Radio and TV is host to Black community politics, church and community resource/capacity building — it is on 24/7 on the internet and streams from Facebook and Google+.

Boston Black Church Music and Gospel, and Ministering and Preaching http://www.churchline.com/ – the mission of Churchline.com is to providing a web based portal for Church Centered Events. Everything you would want to know about Black Churches in New England is there.

Berklee Performance Center
Live Concert Event List

09/07/17: Julieta Venegas: Parte Mia Tour

09/10/17: Vanessa da Mata

09/12/17: All-Star Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert

09/16/17: Cada Um Com Seus Pobrema

09/18/17: ShapeShifter Lab Orchestra

09/22/17: Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Final Concert with Eric Harland and Chris Potter

10/01/17: The Corea/Gadd Band

10/02/17: Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium

10/03/17: Camerata Romeu

10/05/17: Berklee A Cappella Showcase

10/08/17: Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield

10/10/17: 7th Degree Featuring Brandon Diaz ’N Soul

10/11/17: Tribute to Manos Hadjidakis

10/12/17: The Death of Simone Weil

10/13/17: The Paco de Lucía Project Produced by Javier Limón

10/15/17:  A Conversation with Johnny Clegg

10/15/17: CatVideoFest

10/16/17: Joe Musella Group Performs Physical Graffiti

10/17/17: Guitar Night: Jazz and Blues

10/19/17: The Music of Michael Gibbs

10/24/17: Guitarist/Singer-Songwriter Showcase

10/25/17: Fall Together

10/26/17: Mischief Managed: Harry Potter in Concert

10/27/17: Essential Einaudi

10/28/17: Harold López-Nussa Trio

10/29/17: The Sachal Ensemble

10/31/17: Salseros

 

Thursday / September 7, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

Julieta Venegas: Parte Mia Tour

Admission: $40 / $50 / $60

Grammy Award-winner and internationally acclaimed Latin American artist Julieta Venegas’s tour represents a new challenge in her career. For the first time she undertakes a tour accompanied onstage by Matias Saavedra and Sergio Silva. They are all multi-instrumentalists, featuring accordions, guitars, keyboards, and percussion sounds for Venegas’s greatest hits, such as “Me voy,” “Limon y Sal,” and “Andar Conmigo.” She will perform many other songs from her repertoire that are expressed in a new approach. Venegas shows her audience a natural performance presenting a unique musical experience.

 

Sunday / September 10, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

Vanessa da Mata

Presented by World Music/CRASHarts

Admission: $58 / $48 / $37 / $30

Stunning Latin Grammy–winning singer-songwriter Vanessa da Mata is a huge hit in her native Brazil. Her delicate, crystalline voice blends bossa nova rhythms with R&B, pop, and reggae. A skilled composer, she got her start writing songs for Maria Bethânia, Daniela Mercury, Ana Carolina, and others. Her 2007 duet with Ben Harper catapulted her onto the international stage, and she hasn’t slowed down since, releasing four chart-topping studio albums and several no.1 hits in Brazil.

 

Tuesday / September 12, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.

All-Star Fred Taylor Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert

Admission: $35 / $50 / $75 / $100 / $150 / $200 for VIP

This not-to-be-missed all-star concert celebrates Boston music icon Fred Taylor and establishes an endowed scholarship at Berklee in his name. In addition to a special appearance by multi-Grammy-winning jazz guitarist, composer, and former Berklee faculty member Pat Metheny, the lineup includes several leading jazz luminaries: Terri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Elling, Danilo Pérez,  John Patitucci, Catherine Russell, Grace Kelly, Jason Palmer, Kat Edmondson, Bo Winiker, and James Montgomery. Taylor has been an unparalleled driving force in making Boston a great music city. For more than five decades, he has devoted his life to nurturing gifted artists, presenting the who’s who in jazz and beyond, and providing audiences with extraordinary listening experiences.

Saturday / September 16, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

Cada Um Com Seus Pobrema

Admission: $49

In this one-man comedy, Marcelo Médici plays eight hilarious characters and surprises with his agility and talent, radically changing his expression and voice.

This performance will be in Portuguese.

 

Monday / September 18, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

ShapeShifter Lab Orchestra

Admission: $8 in advance / $12 day of show

Berklee professor Winnie Dahlgren teams up with ShapeShifter Lab Orchestra founder and bass player Matthew Garrison for this concert, featuring Garrison’s music arranged for big band by Dahlgren. Enjoy an evening filled with jazz, funk, world music, loops, polyrhythms, and high energy.

 

Friday / September 22, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

Armand Zildjian Artist-in-Residence Final Concert with Eric Harland and Chris Potter

Admission: $8 in advance / $12 day of show

Eric Harland, a multiple Grammy nominee, is the most in-demand drummer of his generation. He has been recognized in the New Yorker, Boston Globe, New York Times, Jazz Times, Modern Drummer, and All About Jazz. Chris Potter, a world-class soloist, composer, bandleader, and saxophonist, has emerged as a star. DownBeat called him “one of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet,” Jazz Times identified him as “a figure of international renown,” and jazz saxophone elder statesman Dave Liebman called him “one of the best musicians around.”

Sunday / October 1, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.

The Corea/Gadd Band

Presented by the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Admission: $47 / $57 / $67

The musical partnership between Chick Corea and Steve Gadd is the stuff of legend. But the music is always new. Since Gadd became the very first electric Return to Forever drummer (true story), these two have turned out one game-changing record after another: The Leprechaun, My Spanish Heart, Three Quartets and Friends. Co-leading a band for the first time, they pick up where they left off, this time with young stars filling out the lineup: Berklee alumnus Lionel Loueke, the Beninian genius, on guitar; Steve Wilson, Corea’s Origin protégé, on saxophone and flute; the great Carlitos del Puerto on bass; and Venezuelan master Luisito Quintero on percussion.

Monday / October 2, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.

Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium

Admission: $8 in advance / $12 day of show

The 11th annual Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium, presented by the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee, is a celebration of one of most influential genres in the music industry. The event will include a panel discussion with several prominent hip-hop/urban music industry executives and academics, and a question-and-answer session with students.

Tuesday / October 3, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

Camerata Romeu

Admission: $8 in advance / $12 day of show

Award-winning Cuban string orchestra Camerata Romeu presents a dynamic performance of Cuban and Latin American chamber music. For more than 20 years, this all-female 16-member group has been bringing audiences to their feet, thanks to its extraordinary, energy-under-the-baton conductor Zenaida Romeu. The first Cuban woman to graduate with a degree in orchestral direction, Romeu hails from three generations of notable musicians.

 

Thursday / October 5, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

Berklee A Cappella Showcase

Admission: $8 in advance / $12 day of show

This concert will feature all five of the premier a cappella groups at Berklee College of Music: the CharlieChords, Pitch Slapped, On the Vox, Upper Structure, and Treble Threat.

 

Sunday / October 8, 2017 / 7:00 p.m.

Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski, and John Scofield

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

Admission: $45 / $55 / $65

The all-star jazz band Hudson, named after the Hudson River Valley in New York that its members call home, is composed of drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Larry Grenadier, keyboardist John Medeski, and guitarist John Scofield. The legends team up to celebrate their musical histories and DeJohnette’s milestone year—he turned 75 on August 9—in a tour de force of creative interplay.

Fans know them as hard-swinging jazz masters, creative jam purveyors, and funky groove maestros—in short, each musician is at the top of his game. True to the project’s name, they have collected a repertoire of Hudson Valley material from artists such as Bob Dylan, the Band, Joni Mitchell, and Jimi Hendrix. Their self-titled album and performances also feature original compositions inspired by their surroundings and each other.

Tuesday / October 10, 2017 / 8:00 p.m.

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