Music: Hilton Park (ME)

Hilton Park, an award-winning 3-piece Americana/folk group from Berwick, Maine, come to Gallery 263.

Doors at 6:30 PM, music 7:00-9:30PM

All ages, $10 suggested donation

A father, a son and a family friend who started writing and performing their music together just for fun, have become the band the Boston Examiner says has “reinvented acoustic.” Hailing from Southern Maine, Hilton Park is a 3-piece folk/Americana group made up of father/son team Bruce and Conor Hilton, and Gregg Pannier. Every song tells a story, and there’s a story behind every song. The Hilton Park sound is authentic and endearingly classic, with enough modern grit to captivate today’s audience.  Their 3 part vocal harmonies (often compared to Crosby, Stills & Nash) and their careful choice of sparse instrumentation create a soundscape so full that they have been referred to as a “three piece quintet”…

Hilton Park is finding that in an industry where individual talent often goes unnoticed, family unity and harmony can prevail — a point driven home by their 2015 New England Music Award for “Best In State: Maine,” two “Roots Act of the Year” nominations and a nomination for 2017 “Album of the Year,” and a June 2017 “Best Song” award from the Akademia Music Awards.

”They are the folks next door who just happen to be virtuoso musicians, styling traditional folk/country instruments with fresh and original tunes. But the biggest treat may be the vocal harmonies. Our audience was enthralled. Edge of our seats, truly.”

Music: Jamie Kallestad Release Show

Join local musician Jamie Kallestad for his album release show at Gallery 263!

Doors at 6:30 PM, music begins at 7 PM

All ages, $10 suggested donation

Jamie Kallestad is a songwriter from Cloquet, MN. A longtime guitarist and vocalist for the MN stomp-grass trio Saint Anyway, he is also one half of the Americana duo 90-Mile Portage. Jamie’s recent EP River Songs (2015) was inspired by three cross country drives up and down the Mississippi River. In The Belly Of The Feast (2017) is its prequel and opposite. Jamie currently lives in Boston, MA and was recently selected as a 2017 Artist-In-Residence for the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness in Upper Michigan.

This show will celebrate the release of a full-length album, Songs From The North Country, inspired by Jamie’s time in Kallestad, Norway:

In the fall of 2015 I felt compelled to find the small town of Kallestad on the west coast of Norway. I spent three months over there, working on farms and writing new music. This escape was necessary and lightening. I met some incredible people. I think that the songs I wrote in Norway are some of my best and now I want to tell this story.

Music: Eliza Edens (PA) & Humbird (MN)

Touring alt-folk and alt-americana musicians Eliza Edens & Humbird bring their beautiful music to Gallery 263!

Doors at 7:30 PM, music begins at 8:00 PM

All ages, $10 suggested donation.

Born to a gardener & a journalist who would blast The Beatles,  Canned Heat, & Peter, Paul and Mary during car rides to-and-from their rural Massachusetts home, it’s fitting that Eliza Edens is a musician who takes an observational approach to the natural world around her. Combining the adventurous fingerpicking of The Tallest Man on Earth, the calm resolve of Laura Marling, and the aching pulse of Bon Iver, Eliza writes tightly wound songs with thoughtful, wistful lyrics and winding melodies that belong somewhere between your tumbledown front porch stoop and a hazy bar in the big city — and leave a little space to linger. She released her debut EP Lowlight in March 2017, and has shared stages with Glenn Echo, Milton, and Sarah Lee Guthrie. The Deli Magazine notes that the EP is “swept up in feathery, bright, buoyant instrumentation, with well-crafted songwriting/melody flourishes.”

 With Humbird, Joni Mitchell meets Mount Erie. Using folk music formulas but experimenting with boundaries through the use of looping pedals and guitar effects, Humbird has been called “Post-Americana” by Daytrotter, and Impose Magazine recently called the Where Else EP a “Stratospheric piece of work”. Humbird has been a featured artist on The Bluegrass Situation’s 3by3 and Blue Ridge’s “Trail Mix”, sharing stages with acts like Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms and Haley Bonar.

Music: Ruthless Moon, Sam Leslie + Lucia Pontoniere

Doors at 8:00 PM, music 8:30-10:00 PM

All ages, $10 suggested donation.

The Ruthless Moon quartet is a new Boston group that performs original compositions and covers in the folk-country vein, such as the Carter Family and Hank Williams. Drawing from all the departments at the New England Conservatory, Dan Klingsberg (bass), Sam Talmadge (guitar), Elise Leavy (accordion) and Caroline Kuhn (tenor banjo) blend various musical backgrounds into a performance of old folk and new acoustic songwriting.

Guitar and fiddle duo Sam Leslie and Lucia Pontoniere will start off the evening with some bumpin’ old-time.

Music: Francesca Crowley EP Release with Lainey Dionne

Join Francesca Crowley to celebrate the release of her Reverie EP at Gallery 263!

Doors at 7:00 PM, music begins at 7:30 PM

All ages, $10 suggested donation

Reverie: A state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts; a daydream.

Making mistakes is part of being a human being. “My EP is about learning from these past experiences and using them to grow as an artist to become the person that I am meant to be. As I mature into an adult and craft my musicianship, I have learned how important the word “Reverie” is. Looking back at memories, it feels like I was in a trance while the world continued to move around me. This is the theme that runs through the lyrics of my songs.” – Francesca Crowley

Francesca Crowley is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, CA, attending Berklee College of Music. As a futurist, she strives to create new and different music about her life: “I write all of my own songs, they are my personal biography.” By incorporating her personal story into her songs, she hopes to inspire individuals, helping them overcome their own personal struggles.

Lainey Dionne is a Providence-based indie artist and singer/songwriter, inspired by the lyrics and compositions of Coldplay, Vance Joy, and The Lumineers. Her debut record, Can’t Refuse (EP), was released in 2016 and is described as the “sort of music that immediately makes you forget that you left a burning oven on, or should be doing something productive. Music that will make you forget about everything else and just listen” (Verge Media).


Music: Jobi Riccio, Pretty Saro

Berklee musicians Jobi Riccio and Pretty Saro (pictured) present an evening of roots/Americana music!

Doors at 8:00 PM, music 8:30-10:00 PM

All ages, $5-10 suggested donation.

Jobi Riccio is a 19 year old singer/songwriter, guitar and mandolin player from Morrison CO. Her focus is in contemporary roots music, Americana, and Bluegrass. Jobi has received acclaim for her writing, including showcasing at the Durango Songwriters Exposition in 2015, being named a 2015 Young Arts finalist and winner in songwriting and winning a showcase spot as well as a recording grant in the Berklee Songs For Social Change 2016 contest. She’s been playing mandolin for five years and has recently began studying bluegrass guitar after initially learning the instrument to write songs. She is currently attending Berklee College of Music in the American Roots Music program.

Pretty Saro is an acoustic roots quartet from Boston, MA, fusing traditional styles, such as bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, with modern ideas from genres including jazz, funk, & Latin music, to create a unique and exciting musical experience.

Music: Damon Isaac Smith, Eleanor Elektra

Singer-songwriters Damon Isaac Smith & Eleanor Elektra play Gallery 263!

Doors at 7:30 PM, music begins at 8:00 PM

All ages, $5-10 sliding scale.

Damon Isaac Smith is a New York City / Boston based pianist, singer, songwriter, composer inspired by the likes of Leonard Cohen and Thom Yorke. He’s a student at the New England Conservatory of Music and performs often with the legendary “Losers Lounge” series at Joe’s Pub since 2014, with his brother Brendan Smith. He started his career at the Paul Green School of Rock, performing with Jon Anderson of Yes and Napoleon Murphy Brock. Damon is a founding member of bands The Jacobins and Cricket. Damon Smith’s debut album is out Fall 2017.

Eleanor Elektra, a Pacific Northwest singer songwriter (now Boston-based), combines elements of folk, jazz  and songwriter idioms to create unique and expressive songs.

Music: John Cathal O’Brien & Dylan Roddick (NY), Sadie Gustafson-Zook

Gallery 263 welcomes John Cathal O’Brien & Dylan Roddick from Brooklyn and local musician Sadie Gustafson-Zook!

Doors at 7:00 PM, music begins at 7:30 PM

All ages, $5-10 suggested donation.

Learning to play guitar and write songs from a very young age, Dublin born John Cathal O’Brien continues to write consistently and focus on live performance. Having played with traditional Irish bands and plenty of other projects, the songwriter decided to focus on a solo career and throughout the years has released several recordings. O’Brien now resides in Brooklyn NY and is pursuing his music career full throttle. The Cemetery Songs EPs are available for streaming and download and O’Brien is working on an upcoming LP due out Fall/Winter 17, as well as playing shows regularly in New York and beyond.

John will be joined by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Dylan Roddick. Dylan plays melodic guitar driven rock, which on a given tune could be channeling Americana, Jazz Metal, or Jangle Pop.  His powerful voice lends itself to unique and catchy melodies, and his dynamic guitar playing creates an abundant sound with his trio.

Sadie Gustafson-Zook is a versatile singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose pure voice and hummable melodies balance with blunt lyrics to create honest and serenely cheerful music. Oregon-born, Indiana-grown and Boston-based, Sadie has performed alongside Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion in 2015, shared the stage with The Steel Wheels, toured with the Theory Expats, performing at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in 2015, featuring frequent collaborator and 2014 National Mandolin Champion, Ethan Setiawan. Sadie has won multiple awards for her original compositions and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and works as a Performance Manager at Club Passim. In September 2017 Sadie released her first original album, entitled “I’m Not Here.”