On the night of Saturday, June 25, 2016, Bird Mancini and T Max return to help raise money for the Center by performing an entire night of wonderful songs made famous by The Beatles. Within the hits and their personal favorites, expect a lot of three-part harmony, familiar riffs, and the unforgettable melodies that have lived in our hearts and minds since The Beatles 1964 invasion. As an extra bonus, Cultural Center member Karen Ristuben will open the show with choice Beatles tunes.
Boston’s Bird Mancini is a cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored bossa nova, country-folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia, with lush vocals, guitar, accordion, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. In recent years they’ve toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, NYC, and The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
Critically acclaimed and ASCAP/Boston Music Award nominees, Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year’s Best by Metronome Magazine. They’ve opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, The Stompers, The Outlaws and others.
The duo features Ruby Bird-vocals, accordion, melodica, harmonica, percussion; Billy Carl Mancini-vocals and guitar.
New England-based, T Max is a man of many hats (literally and figuratively). He’s the singer/ songwriter/ storyteller who has run The Noise (New England’s longest running music magazine) for 34 years. He also founded Boston Rock Opera (produced and acted in Jesus Christ Supertar), wrote two folk-rock operas, released nine solo albums, produced Boston Rock ‘n’ Roll Trading Cards, was the music director for Project Eno (a tribute to Brian Eno), lectured on marketing music media at Emerson College, was a fine artist in wood, is an art photographer, graphic artists, and to show that he’s not just interested in fields of art, he placed 4th in the US Open in 1988 (playing chess). New England music legend Willie “Loco” Alexander says, “T Max is a man from another century, like Ben Franklin or Ian Whitcomb, a man of a thousand voices (and hats). His music runs the gamut of standards to scat—creating songs from the lost jukeboxes of time. Amen.”
Photo: Paula Worsley