Welcome back to the Weekly Wrap-up! Here you will find all the latest and greatest of local music releases and news, such as the Berklee College of Music announcing the removal of B♭ from the musical scale. Ok, that last bit was an April Fool’s joke. The rest is for real!

Local Artists Featured on Rock Band 4 

Rock Band, the video game that allows even the least musically-inclined individuals to jam out to Metallica and Led Zeppelin via plastic instrument-like controllers, is introducing local Boston bands to the game’s music menu. For the latest release, Rock Band 4, Boston-based game developer Harmonix is bringing local artists onto the music video game scene. The game developers teamed up with The Record Company, a nonprofit that created the record Boston Sessions, Volume I: Beast. The record features 13 tracks by local artists, and was completely paid for by the Record Company. Among music included on the record and in the new Rock Band game is Boston-based vocalist Dutch Rebelle and Somerville-based artist Julie Rhodes.

Show Up for the ACLU

This Saturday, April 8, Show Up is organizing a fundraiser for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at Aeronaut Brewing Company. Show Up is a group of active and concerned citizens who are bringing people together in the community to raise money for nonprofits serving marginalized communities in the Boston area. The group acts locally in hopes to create a change on a larger level. In good fashion, Saturday’s event will be featuring three local music artists: Miss Fairchild, Erica Leigh, and NwaSoul. Come enjoy a Night of Music and Solidarity, soothe your soul with music, raise a glass of Aeronaut brew, and support a good cause! Click this link for event details, and listen to some beautiful tunes by Erica Leigh below!

Down Home Up Here

Up here in Boston, we don’t hear a lot of the twangy banjos and fiddles of Bluegrass music, but Club Passim is bringing that down home Bluegrass vibe up north for the Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival on April 15th and 16th. The lineup includes many artists from Boston and nearby parts, including Laura Orshaw, Pinedrop, Rachel Summer, Quaint Devices, Andy Cambria, and more. Follow this link for the complete lineup for Saturday and Sunday and to purchase your tickets!


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