BERNSTEIN STAGE ACTS
Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band
KLEZMER MUSIC | 12:15PM – 12:45PM
Internationally-acclaimed Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. Their engaging contemporary interpretation of Jewish music is irresistible to audiences ranging from elementary school students to the judges at the International Jewish Music Festival, who heralded them as “a true musical
BOMBA | 1:15PM - 1:45PM
BOMBAntillana is a diverse group of people of varying ages and lived experiences learning together, building community and connecting to ourselves and to our ancestors through Bomba. Bomba is the oldest living musical tradition of Boriken, the island currently known as Puerto Rico, and reflects the powerful forces that shaped the island’s history, drawing from the West African (Bantu) and Taino (Indigenous) experience with enslavement enforced on the island by the Spanish Crown prior to the 1700’s. Bomba music and dance originated in sugar plantations when the enslaved were “allowed” one day of rest. This art form was created, played, danced and sung as a means of creative expression, celebration, healing, resisting oppression and secretly planning escapes. As Bomba practitioners, BOMBAntillana members dive deep into learning the history of this art form and of the Caribbean, learn traditional call and response songs and create news ones, move our bodies to communicate and release what no longer serves us. Through song and dance, BOMBAntillana engages audience members of all ages to become active participants in its presentation.
ALTERNATIVE R&B | 2:15PM- 2:45PM
AM Goldn is a music lover and in general, a creative. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic and based in Boston, MA, the artist went back to music as soon as she graduated from acting school.
Alba grew up going to the church choir with her grandma, and at 16 years old she and her friends formed a band who would make covers from Rock songs and R&B. One day, and after giving it a long pause, the desire of making music came back stronger, and with a strong sense of really finding her purpose in life. Honoring what she would call: her inner child.
Billy Dean Thomas
HIP-HOP | 3:15PM – 3:45PM
Billy Dean Thomas, AKA “The Queer B.I.G” is a Boston based Hip-hop recording artist and producer . Billy Dean challenges the music industry with quick-witted punchlines highlighting intersectional feminism, social justice, and growing up in a gentrified city. Recently named NPR’s 2020 Artist to Watch, Billy Dean Thomas has been described as a blend between “The Roots and Rage Against the Machine." They are a Grammy nominated songwriter with work featured on HBO, Billboard magazine and have toured throughout the United States and Europe.
TEOLI STAGE ACTS
FOLK/SINGER-SONGWRITER | 12:45PM – 1:15PM
Prateek (pruh - TEEK) has been described as “Not just any guy with a guitar…” by The Boston Globe and perhaps that’s the best introduction to his music besides actually listening to it. The Boston-based artist recorded his debut EP, “Walking in My Sleep,” with only his guitar and two microphones in an attempt to emulate Bob Dylan’s early work. Since then, Prateek’s music has evolved to incorporate gritty electric guitars, silvery backing vocals, and lush strings, all draped around his own soulful, powerful voice. Prateek has been a Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist and has been nominated for Singer-Songwriter of the Year at both the New England Music Awards and the Boston Music Awards. His music has been played on radio stations including Sirius XM, 98.9 WERS, and 92.5 The River. His latest single, “You’re Still On My Mind," is available wherever digital music is sold or streamed.
The Party Band
PUNK/FUNK BRASS BAND | 1:45PM – 2:15PM
The Party Band is a 20+ piece brass band embodying homegrown, unadulterated, unplugged fun. Their mission is to bring people together, celebrate the gift of being alive, and make the world a better place through the joys of quality live music in a way that is accessible to everyone.
Originating in Lowell, MA, The Party Band has traveled the country blasting brass for fun, festivals, community events, schools, weddings, protests, and nightclub shows since their inception in 2013. The band has recorded three albums of original brass music inspired by the sounds of New Orleans and folk music from across Planet Earth. The Party Band believes it is important to be a force for good in the world, and to celebrate every day like the party that it is.
Los Negros De La Rumba
SALSA/LATIN PERCUSSION | 2:45PM – 3:15PM
Los Negros De La Rumba is a team of primarily 4 men from the city of Lawrence who all share a very strong passion and love for Salsa. We can listen to Salsa and play instruments for days! Our passion also revolves around entertaining people and sharing our strong energy (Good Vibes) with our followers and general public at every event. Los Negros De La Rumba is a team of hard working men from the city of Lawrence who all share a very strong passion and love for Salsa music. We can listen to Salsa and play instruments for days! Our passion also revolves around entertaining people and sharing our strong energy (Good Vibes) with our followers and general public at every event. Our team is made up by (left to right), Raymond Congas, who is one of the best Conga Players throughout the country. Raymond is followed by our very good friend and brother, “Andres Timbal”, the Alfa of the Drums. Andres is unquestionably the best Salsa Drum Player in all of MA and top 5 in the US and Dominican Republic. Andres is followed by Anthony “Salsa Libre” who has built an incredible reputation and fanbase in the Dominican Republic and US for his knowledge of Music, especially Salsa and his consistency on how music and songs should be mixed and played. Then comes Miguel aka “ML Entertainment” who handles the marketing, videos, social media, contracts, and also plays instruments (Guiro & Maracas). Last but not least, is one of the best Bongo Players in MA, “Aneudy Bongo” who has always loved to play the Bongo & Cincerro at the beat of Salsa. We are Los Negros De La Rumba! Sabroooso!!
Bread And Puppet Theater
The Bread and Puppet Theater was founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann on New York City’s Lower East Side. Besides rod-puppet and hand puppet shows for children, the concerns of the first productions were rents, rats, police, and other problems of the neighborhood. More complex theater pieces followed, in which sculpture, music, dance and language were equal partners. The puppets grew bigger and bigger. Annual presentations for Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day often included children and adults from the community as participants. Many performances were done in the street. During the Vietnam War, Bread and puppet staged block-long processions and pageants involving hundreds of people.
In 1974 Bread and Puppet moved to a farm in Glover in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The 140-year old hay barn was transformed into a museum for veteran puppets. Our Domestic Resurrection Circus, a two day outdoor festival of puppetry shows, was presented annually through 1998.
The company makes its income from touring new and old productions both on the American continent and abroad, and from sales of Bread and Puppet Press’ posters and publications. The traveling puppet shows range from tightly composed theater pieces presented by members of the company to extensive outdoor pageants which require the participation of many volunteers.
Today, Bread and Puppet continues to be one of the oldest, nonprofit, political theatre companies in the country.
This Year's Show: Our Domestic Resurrection Circus
The Circus is coming to town!!! This Fall 2022 Bread and Puppet will be hitting the road on a 3 1/2 month tour with Our Domestic Resurrection Circus.
The show, says founder and director Peter Schumann, is “in response to our totally unresurrected capitalist situation, not only the hundreds of thousands of unnecessarily sacrificed pandemic victims but our culture’s unwillingness to recognize Mother Earth’s revolt against our civilization. Since we earthlings do not live up to our earthling obligations, we need resurrection circuses to yell against our own stupidity.”
After the show Bread & Puppet will serve its famous sourdough rye bread with aioli. The company’s “Cheap Art” – books, posters, postcards, pamphlets and banners from the Bread & Puppet Press – will be for sale.