Thursday, August 2, 2018

Outpost 186 August 2018 Concerts & Events

Matt Lavelle Quartet - Friday 31 August 8pm

OUTPOST: 186 ½ Hampshire St. (rear), Inman Sq. Cambridge - All Shows All Ages

"The finest in real-time analog musical experience!"
"Something for everyone, nothing for nobody!"

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3/18 : harpist Charles Overton performing @ Outpost on recent WCVB Ch. 5 Chronicle


Poetry Readings at Outpost 186 is a new series curated by renowned poet Ben Mazer, who is currently Poet in Residence at Outpost 186. See link above for complete calendar listings for the series. Series begins Sept. 2017.

May 2017: I was interviewed on Chan. 5 Chronicle program feature on Inman Sq about Outpost:

LIFE DRAWING IS BACK! Sunday mornings 10am - 12:30pm
contact : Elena Saporta :


Steve Provizer has a jazz radio show, the Duplex Mystery Jazz Hour on WZBC 5-7 Thursdays. He has people on to play and promote their gigs. Contact if interested: s.g.improviz at gmail dot com  - streaming at :  90.3 FM


OUTPOST has now installed  theatre lights for performances, four (4) pots with gels on a wall dimmer. Now no more screwing around with the track lighting, you little bastards! ;)

send us links to your recordings made at Outpost & we will post them.

some video of the 28 Jan. '12 Bern Nix show here

We are saddened at the news of the passing of our friend Bern Nix, May 2017

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Near cr. Prospect, opposite Hess gas, behind 7-11 parking lot. Big ‘186’ on R side. Follow walk at Left to gallery, REAR.

All shows 8pm door unless otherwise noted (8:30pm Mondays).
General admission, donations requested.
No reservations, come early!
All shows all ages.
No smoking, spitting, alcohol, ether, qat or laudanum please!
Note: nothing is served, it's just music & chairs, Pal!
Parking: are you feeling lucky? well are ya?

OUTPOST will be available for most public performances @ $100 per single event.
Recurring series of 3 or more events are available @ $75 per event.
Detailed rate card see OUTPOST PRODUCER'S HANDBOOK

CONTACT: Rob Chalfen, director:
DETAILS: OUTPOST PRODUCER'S HANDBOOK - You must read this before you produce a show @ Outpost!
AACHTUNG! You must be 21 to produce events at Outpost.


OUTPOST 186 is also available for meetings, readings, workshops, film shoots, theatre rehearsals, & other (non-musical) weekday daytime events.


Outpost regularly exhibits visual art! If you are an artist and would like to exhibit @ Outpost, please send your website url to, or arrange to show your portfolio. Outpost does not charge artists to display art.


Outpost 186 is pleased to present LIFE IS GREEN, the second solo exhibition of Ariel Danielle Norris. Norris has worked within the canonical genre of photo realism in order to question the universalism of the photo-fiction. She pulls abstraction, montage, cartoons, and expressionistic styles back into the frame, while delicately sustaining a suspension of disbelief inherent to the photographic. Her paintings weave together autobiographical narratives and portraits with literary, pop culture and art historical themes.  Focusing on the “fini” of the painting surface, as and allegory for the camera flash, she blurs lines of illusionary and indexical representation and renders a personal poesis into the genres.

Ariel Danielle Norris (b. 1991, Georgia)  Grew up in the Southern Appalachia, then relocated to Boston for college. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2014, and while enrolled there attended the Yale Norfolk Painting residency.  She now lives and works in Hudson, NY.

Friday 3 August @ Outpost, 8pm 

Mick Cusimano presents 

Films of Underground Surrealism 

A collection of movies like Cleopatra etc. and new comedian movies hitting new theatres. Possible addition of Surreal rock band

Sunday 5 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Dave Bryant Ensemble

Dave Bryant - keyboards
Phil Grenadier - trumpet
John Turner - bass
James Kamal Jones - drums

Monday 6 August @ Outpost, 8:30pm $10 or b/o

Bright Moments with

John Licata - trombone

Bob Drinkwater - reeds

Bob McCloskey - reeds

John Horner- piano

Dave Gold - bass

Tom Goodkind - drums


Hope you can join us for a swingin' evening.

Tuesday 7 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

First Tuesdays Jazz Jam

House Band special guests: Blue Donut Safari!

BDS is a high-intensity jazz quintet featuring:

Chris Pitts - tenor sax / Michael Chasse – trombone / Richard Hale Shaw - bass / Mike Ball – bass / Johnny Horner – piano / Gillian Delear – drums, percussion / David Mann – drums

A jazz jam open to the public to listen and for musicians to sit in and join us.

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Friday / Saturday / Sunday August 10, 11, 12 @ Outpost

Friday 7pm – 10:30pm / Saturday noon – 10:30pm / Sunday noon – 6pm


Tuesday 14 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Lucas Amorim Quintet

Lucas Amorim – vibes / Soojung Lee - alto sax / Brandon Xue -  piano / Matteo Padoin – bass / Taehyun Kim - drums

Born at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Lucas Amorim Quintet will present compositions by Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Clifford Jordan and other jazz masters past and present. 

Wednesday 15 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Citizens' Loft Presents

Citizens' Loft Houseband + Back and Forth + Space Plantains

Citizens' Loft Houseband : collaborate, dance, percussion (Boston, MA)
Back and Forth :
acoustic, psychedelia, glam (Albany, NY)
Space Plantains :
cumbia, latin, psychedlia (Boston, MA)

Thursday 16 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club

Charlie Kohlhase - alto, tenor & baritone saxs / Seth Meicht - tenor sax / Josiah Reibstein – tuba / Eric Hofbauer - guitar / Tony Leva - bass / Mike Connors – drums

Friday 17 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

The Johnny Horner Trio Jazz jam session. Come and play

Johnny Horner – piano / Dave Mann - drums / Ricard-Hale Shaw - bass

Saturday 18 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or /bo

Leap of Faith -

PEK- clarinets, saxophones & double reeds

Glynis Lomon – cello, aquasonic, voice

others TBA

Sunday, August 19 @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

The Ad Hoc Music Series presents:

Chris Cretella / Lautaro Mantilla Duo

Grant Beale / Dan O'Brien Duo

Monday 20 August @ Outpost 8:30 pm $10 or b/o

Eugene Kim + Jeff Gordon NEC Prep Recital

Eugene Kim - piano

Jeff Gordon - guitar

Hyunwoo Shin - drums

Christopher Stryker Ross - bass

Eugene Kim and Jeff Gordon present their long-overdue joint NEC Prep jass recital.

Wednesday 22 August @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o

Nafan Trio Live at the Outpost

Ara Sarkissian - piano

Fabio Pirozzolo - percussion, voice

Gian Pangaro - bass

From the mountains of Armenia, to the fields of the Balkans and to the vineyards of Italy, the Nafan Trio musically combines these landscapes into one elaborate canvas: from ancient folksong to new creations, this music will feed your soul. Come experience it for yourself.

Friday 24 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

James Merenda & Tickle Juice

James Merenda - alto sax / Tom Duprey – cornet / Vanessa Morris – piano / Paul Dilley &/or Scott Sandvik – guitar  / Maria Gorkun – violin / Jon Dreyer – bass / Miki Matsuki - drums

With their debut album Roots to the Stars in 2014, improvisation meets liquid jazz, Bulgarian reggae and Michael Jackson at a rock concert, shaken (not stirred) with your local orchestra and resident street musicians. These parched and passionate improvisers meet the music of James Merenda, exploring beyond where dreams take you.

Friday 25 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Kit Demos Dark Matter Series

Tuesday 28 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Chase / Lantner / Gray

Allan Chase – saxes

Steve Lantner – piano

Luther Gray – drums

Wednesday 29 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Michael Knoblach - multiple percussion
Jimmy Zhao - violin, viola, various Chinese strings and winds
Eric Dahlman - trumpets, overtone singing, electronics, percussion
David Williams - flutes
JMDE quartet blends elements of whirled music, Chinese folk, free jazz and ambient soundcapes.

Thursday 30 August @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Twaddle Septet + Peter DaSilvia Trio

Nick Biagini - saxophone

Sean Britt - guitar

Jack Griffin - bass

James McCarthy - drums

Grace McKay - voice

Eric Smith - trumpet 

Matt Twaddle - piano 

Friday 31 August @ Outpost 8pm $15 or b/o

Matt Levelle's Cambridge Quartet

Matt Levelle – trumpet

Dave Bryant – piano

John Voigt – bass

Syd Smart - drums


Sunday 2 September @ Outpost, 2pm $10 or b/o

West Street Trio

 Fable Grazer

Clemydia & Maszkowicz (PL-CH) - brainwaves & feedbacks

Emma Souharce (FR-CH) - loops & synths

Sunday 2 September @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
The Inflatable Wonderboy + Subject : Matter Tap + Max Ridley
the Inflatable Wonderboy -

Subject:Matter Tap -

Max Ridley -

Fred Lonberg-Holm & Frode Gjerstad

Frode Gjerstad

Thursday 13 September @ Outpost, 8pm $15 or b/o

Frode Gjerstad Quartet

Frode Gjerstad (Norway) - sax/clarinet

Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello 

Jeb Bishop - trombone

Curt Newton - drums 

Frode Gjerstad has for many years declared his enthusiasm towards small line-ups, and especially trio. With almost 120 recordings as a leader/co-leader he has established himself as a major saxophonist on the international scene. His trios have included strong drummers and bass players such as John Stevens, Hamid Drake, Paal Nilssen-Love, Rashied Bakr, Johnny Dyani, Kent Carter, Jon Rune Strom, and William Parker.

Composer, cellist, and improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm studied composition at Brooklyn College
(BS) and Mills College (MA) and was active during that time in the downtown New York
improvised music scene. From 1995 to 2017 he was based in Chicago where he led his own
groups, including the Valentine Trio, Terminal 4, and Seval, and participated in numerous
projects, including the Peter Brötzmann Tentet and the Vandermark 5. Now living in Kingston,
NY, he currently is a member of Joe McPhee’s Survival Unit III, the NRG Ensemble, Fast Citizens,
Party Knüllers, Boxhead Ensemble, and Ballister among many other projects. He also leads
several ensembles, including his trio Stirrup and the Lightbox Orchestra. Fred has appeared
and/or had works performed in numerous festivals around the world, including Saalfelden,
Kongsberg, Moers, A L’Arme, Chicago, Morelia, Tokyo, and Newport, among others. He has
worked with a wide variety of improvisers, including Lotte Anker, Jaap Blonk, Peter Brötzmann,
John Butcher, Axel Dörner, Peter Evans, Mats Gustaffson, Shelly Hirsch, Charlotte Hug, Mazen
Kerbaj, Ikue Mori, Don Moye, Paal Nilssen-Love, Rob Mazurek, Avreeayl Ra, and Michiyo Yagi,
as well as numerous others. His extensive discography includes free improvised and free jazz
recordings for Delmark, Clean Feed, Trost, NotTwo, Atavistic, Emanem, among others.

Frode Gjerstad and Fred Lonberg-Holm have been collaborating for almost 2 decades.  During that time they have made several duo records as well as a record with Paal Nilssen-Love and Amit Senn, Michael Zerang and two with VCDC (with S. Solberg and S. Motland). 

Writing for All About Jazz, Eyal Hareuvini says: "Gjerstad and Lonberg-Holm are excellent partners for this kind of free-form improvisations, both experienced and creative musicians, fast thinking, collaborative and supportive and ready for any sonic challenge."

Wednesday 17 October @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff CD Release:

Three Minutes to Four (on Whaling City Sound)

An evening of jazz, ragas, and free improvisations!

Lewis Porter - piano

Phil Scarff - saxes

John Funkhouser - bass

Bertram Lehmann – drums




Occasional Series:

Rob Chalfen presents: subconsciouscafe new chamber music series
Rob Chalfen's long-running improvised music series continues at OUTPOST. Innovative chamber music at play on the spectra of jazz, electronic, classical and world. Also may be dug by the non-subconscious mind.

Dave Bryant - veteran Ornette Coleman Living Color pianist presents an ever-changing ensemble of originals and avant classics (jazz) Monthly, tba

Jessica Bozek presents : The Small Animal Project Reading Series - poetry & fiction (occas. Tuesdays)

Jacob Williams Para Quintet - the great bassist presents various combinations


Boston Poetry Marathon - annually, usually 2nd weekend of August 
Regular Monthly Series:
1st Tuesdays: Gillian DeLear presents Jazz Barracudas - jazz jam 

4th Tuesdays: Steve Lantner presents: jazz originals & free-improv with a tight group of sympaticos

4th Wednesdays: Michael K. Harrist presents Original Music drawing from the Ottoman Art Tradition


3rd Thurdays: Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club - challenging & humorous arranged pieces by Kohlhase, John Tchicai, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker & others, mid-size ensembles (jazz)

4th Fridays: James Merenda presents Tickle Juice - featuring James Merenda - alto sax & his regular band (jazz) "high-energy original music, jazz & beyond!"

4th Saturdays: Kit Demos presents Dark Matter Series
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Thank you,
Harlan T. Flash
Corresponding Secretary,
Outpost World Enterprises