Monday, March 26, 2018

Outpost 186 April 2018 Concerts & Events

Bengisu - Weds. 18 April

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

Interview with Bern Nix

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.



Sunday 1 April @ Outpost, 4pm $10 or b/o


Eliot Cardinaux - piano, poetry

Flin van Hemmen - drums, percussion, cymbals

Join us Easter Sunday afternoon for a rare Boston, matinee appearance of a visiting drummer from New York: Flin van Hemmen, live in concert with the pianist and poet Eliot Cardinaux, as the duo "Gestures.

“Originally from Holland, van Hemmen approaches classical precision with a decidedly roguish and unfussy physicality, so his playing feels both utterly spontaneous and quite poised.”

- Clifford Allen (Ni Kantu blog/NY Jazz record)

Sunday 1 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Citizens' Loft Presents

Raavi & The Houseplants release show

Raavi & The Houseplants + The Chestnuts + False Pocket + Trash Compactor

Monday 2 April @ Outpost, 8:30 pm $10 or b/o

Dave Bryant Quartet

Dave Bryant – keyboards
Neil Leonard – saxophones and electronics
Eric Hofbauer – guitar
Gabriel Solomon – violin

Tuesday 3 April @ 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.

Wednesday 4 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Neksys / Eric Dahlman / Bonnie Kane & Walter Wright

Set 1 :  Eric Dahlman - trumpet , overtone singing, electronics 

Jim Warshauer - reeds and flutes

Set  2 : Bonnie Kane - tenor saxophone and flute

Walter Wright - drums and electronics

Set  3 : NEKSYS

Eric Zinman – drums, synthesizer 

Bob Moores - trumpet , electric guitar, sfx 

Mike McCaw - electric guitar

Thursday 5 April @ Outpost, 8pm $15

Steve Langone / Jim Repa Quintet
Steve Langone - drums
Jim Repa - alto and soprano sax, flute
Rick DiMuzio - tenor sax
Doug Johnson - piano
Keala Kaumeheiwa - bass
Steve Langone and Jim Repa co-lead an ensemble of outstanding jazz musicians to perform original compositions by Steve and Jim as well as a few jazz standards.  Some of the works have been inspired by the rhythmic explorations in Steve's 2-volume book series "Advanced Rhythmic Concepts for the Modern Drummer."   Other works draw on the "world music" experience of the group's members.  Join us for an exciting evening of jazz and world music.

Friday 6 April @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o

Outpost Duo Series

8pm: Shane Liss Riordan - piano / Seajun Kwon - bass

8:45pm:  Ross Wightman – bass / Utsav Lal - piano

9:30pm: Inna Dudukina – voice / Guy Bernfeld - bass

10:15pm: Robbie Pate - voice / Alex Gasser - bass

Friday 7 April @ Outpost, 4-6pm by donation

poetry readings @ Outpost 186 presents :

Kevin Gallagher & Sam Cha

Wednesday 11 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Spring Beats Vol. 3

Act 1- FGN
Act 2 - Maë
Act 3 - Shansen

Spring Beats is back again with a new edition featuring fresh artists from Latin America!

SHANSEN an electronic beats duo created in Boston formed by Argentinian Nicolas Ejchenbaun and Sasha Zuker. The main focus of the band is to explore the limits between live performance and electronic beats. Influences like Flying Lotus, Kaytranada set the mood for a chill and groovy situation. 

Julian Picado- a musician/producer from San Jose, Costa Rica. He recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Guitar Performance and Professional Music. He has collaborated/worked with artists such as Janek Gwizdala, John Funkhouser, Alejandro Gonzalez and Igor Ikaza. Lately he has been working on creating a style of improvisational music that blends the jazz tradition with modern electronic music aesthetics. 

"Franky Gonzalez (FGN) - Boston based Costa Rican drummer and electronic producer, who incorporates elements of his Trip-hop and Progressive influences into his music. His performance is set around his first album 'Timeless', in which the boundaries of the tracks are expanded to create a fresh new experience."

Thursday 12 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

“Somewhere Else” with

Departure Duo contemporary chamber music

Edward Kass – double bass / Nina Guo – soprano

featuring world premieres of pieces by Joseph Bozich, Dan Lewis, and Quentin Tschofen

Friday 13 April @ 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

Sunday 15 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

the ad hoc music series presents

Set 1 - Federico Balducci - guitar/electronics

Kevin Dacey - percussion

Set 2 - Eliot Cardinaux - piano/poetry

Grant Beale - guitar

Dan O'Brien - woodwinds

Monday 16 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Skyy + Tiny Pyramids + Neta Ranaan Quintet

SKYY - 8:30-9:30
Matt Stubbs – clarinet / Kei Matsumaru – alto sax / Youngchae Jeong – bass / Yair Amster – drums

original compositions, with a kick

Tiny Pyramids - 9:30-10:30

Dan Elbert – alto sax / Milena Casado – flugelhorn / Willis Edmundson – drums / Charlie Lincoln – bass

the music of Dewey Redman, Sun Ra, Paul Motian, Ornette, and others

Neta Ranaan Quintet - 10:30-11:30

Neta Raanan – tenor sax / Cosimo Boni – trumpet / Eviatar Slivnik – drums / Michael Gonzalez – guitar / Stefano Battaglia – bass

original compositions

Tuesday 17 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Sudden Duo + Kafari + Nick Joliat + id m theft able

Sudden Duo : Dylan Sherry - saxes/electronics / Chris Southiere - drums with special guest Ian Kovac - bass 

Kafari (Portland ME) - keyboards/electronics

Nick Joliat - keyboards/electronics

id m theft able (Portland ME) assorted/?

An eclectic and varied lineup of talented New England acts, spanning groovy sampled beats, lo-fi original compositions, free improvisation and noise.

Wednesday 18 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Bengisu is a Turkish artist who has graduated from Berklee College of Music on December 2017. She released 2 Turkish singles during her time at Berklee and now she is working on her US debut album. She will perform her original songs, some covers with her wonderful band and guest artists! Besides popular songs of today, the play list includes 80's 90's legendary songs Get ready for some good music, fun arrangements, a whole new perspective to popular music and fun! We will be more than happy to share this evening with you...

Thursday 19 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club
+ The Danny Kamins Trio (Texas)

Charlie Kohlhase - alto, tenor & baritone saxs / Seth Meicht - tenor sax / Daniel Rosenthal – trumpet & flugelhorn / Jeb Bishop – trombone / Josia Reibstein – tuba / Aaron Darrell - bass / Curt Newton – drums

Music of Charlie Kohlhase, Aaron Darrell, Makanda Ken McIntyre, Roswell Rudd and John Tchicai

Danny Kamins Trio

Danny Kamins - baritone saxophone / Josiah Reibstein – tuba / Luther Gray - drums

Friday 20 April @ 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 21 April @ Outpost, 3:30-4:30pm $10 or b/o

Conflict Zone: A Play of Mental Health and Other Wars – a one-woman play

Leahy Ardon (Leahy Ish Shalom), an Israeli - American artist, is the author of the one - woman show, Conflict Zone. The play presents the journey of recovery from an eating disorder in a unique and relatable way: taking the audience on a ride through laughter and tears.

Conflict Zone explores the connections between internal and external war leaving the audience touched and shaken. The play is meaningful for both those who suffered from this disorder and their loved ones, as well as for those who know little about it.

Saturday 21 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Leap of Faith – Fractured Symmetries

PEK – clarinets, saxophones, double reeds

Glynis Lomon – cello, aquasonic, voice

Yuri Zbitnov – drums, percussion

Others TBD

On Leap of Faith: "Alien yet familiar, bizarre yet completely fascinating. Expanding, contracting, erupting, settling down, always as one force..." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

Sunday 22 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Citizens' Loft sjhowcase presents

Havins (jazzy-folk & singer songwriter)

Other artists include:

Sophia Jane (Singer-Songwriter)

Jonathan Haase (Jazz-Pop)

Thunk. (Neo-Jazz Progressive Music)

Julian Yeboah (Jazz, R&B and Soul)

Ethan Porter (Jazz)

Will Jobst (wo;;) (Progressive Jazz)

Luke+Dan (Jam)

Kira Topalian (Singer-Songwriter)

photo credit : Peter Gannushkin and Etienne Magonauxho

Monday 23 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Ellwood Epps – trumpet / Damon Smith – bass / Luther Gray - drums

Outpost 186 welcomes back Montreal trumpeter Ellwood Epps who will perform in a trio setting with the rhythm section of bassist Damon Smith and drummer Luther Gray. While this all-improvised performance will be the trio's first, these musicians have worked together in various settings, and all three are hard working, dedicated improvisers who have spent most of their lives pursuing the very best in sound.

Tuesday 24 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Chase / Lantner / Gray

Allan Chase - saxophones

Steve Lantner - piano

Luther Gray - drums

Wednesday 25 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Çeşni Trio - Original music inspired by the Ottoman Art Music Tradition

Tev Stevig - tanbur, fretless guitar, alterna-telli
Michael K. Harrist - contrabass, yayli tanbur, ney
Fabio Pirozzolo - darbuka, riq, bendir, cajon, tombak, armenian dhol
We've been working on new material and arranging old pieces with new instrumentation as we look forward to a series of concerts and recording sessions to come. The trio is excited to be continue the monthly series at Outpost!

Thursday 26 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Charles Overton Group

Charles Overton - harp

Gregory Groover Jr. - tenor saxophone

Max Ridley - bass

Peter Barnick - drums

The Charles Overton Group is a Boston-based band that hopes to offer a fresh take on the tradition of small ensemble jazz.  Their goal in their music is to pay homage to this century-old tradition through their explorations in spontaneous composition and other improvised forms while also hoping to tread new ground by allowing their own distinct musical backgrounds to shape and color their approach to playing standards, music of today's artists, and their own original music.  Since coming together in the Spring of 2015 they have made a name for themselves in Boston starting with headlining their own show at Sculler's Jazz Club in April of 2016.  More recently their first CD for commercial release entitled "Convergence" was made available in July of this year, and in the 2017-2018 season are set to appear at several festivals including the Camac festival in Washington D.C. and the Ancenis Harp Festival in Ancenis, France.  Whether playing recognizable pop melodies, unique arrangements of standards, or exploring more eclectic and dissonant sound worlds, it is the goal of the Charles Overton Group, through the vehicle of improvised music, to create a musical environment that is accessible, inviting and can resonate with any audience.

Friday 27 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

James Merenda & Tickle Juice

James Merenda - alto sax / Tom Duprey – cornet / Vanessa Morris – piano  Paul Dilley - guitar / Scott Sandvik – guitar  / Maria Gorkun – violin / Paul Dilley - guitar /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.

Saturday 28 April @ Outpost, 11am – 12pm

Open Mic For Morning People

This meetup is for musicians who would enjoy performing at an open mic held on weekend late mornings in the Cambridge/Somerville area and audience members who would enjoy them. Our vision for an open-mic for morning people is to create an atmosphere that is safe, supportive, fun and inclusive, of different kinds of music and people. First-timers and any kind of inter-generational collaborations are strongly encouraged. While the focus is on acoustic music, all genres and ages are welcome. Poetry, stand-up, or other kinds of performance art welcome, as well.

Saturday 28 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Dark Matter

Carla Restivo (Palermo) – alto sax / Laura Campirsi (Palermo) – vocals / Pat Battstone – piano / Kit Demos – bass / Joe Musacchia - drums

Jeff Lipsky – live painting

Sunday 29 April @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


Warren Senders — voice

Lloyd Thayer — dobro

Mac Ritchey — oud, bass

Junko Fujiwara — ‘cello

Jerome Deupree — drums, percussion

Songs from the American traditions, dronally reimagined by this group of freewheeling improvisers.  Warren Senders’ decades as a Hindustani vocalist transforms the group’s renditions of American song material into entirely new experiences.  Featuring originals and songs by Pete Seeger, Ornette Coleman, Harold Arlen, Bob Dylan, Hoagy Carmichael, and others.

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

Laura Campirsi (Palermo) & Pat Battstone - duets

Laura Campirsi – vocal

Pat Battstone - piano

jazz interpretations of traditional Italian tunes from Sicily & elsewhere

Sunday 6 May @ Outpost 8pm $10 or b/o

Dave Bryant Trio

Dave Bryant - keyboards
Jacob William - bass
Bob Gullotti – drums

Monday 7 May @ Outpost, 7 – 9:30pm, free

Arts Fuse hosts a discussion on exploring the value of the small online arts magazines in the Boston area. It will also examine ways in which they might find support at a challenging time for independent arts journalism. Participants will include Greg Cook of Wonderland, Franklin Einspruch of Delicious Line, the visual arts magazine, as well as other prominent editors and bloggers. Admittance is free.
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Tuesday 8 May @ Outpost, 8pm $5 or b/o

Jeff Robinson Trio perform "Getting Fixed"

Jeff Robinson - saxophone, vocals

Blake Newman - bass

Phil Neighbors - drums

The award-winning Jeff Robinson Trio perform their epic concept recording "Getting Fixed" written by poet Marc Goldfinger and the Jeff Robinson Trio.  Based on a true story about heroin addiction and motorcycles this music and spoken word mashup will make you laugh, cry and curl your toes all at the same time!  There will be a Q&A with author Marc Goldfinger and the Jeff Robinson Trio after the performance

Friday 11 May @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

LA Bones At The Outpost 186

John Licata - trombone
Max Acree - trombone
John Horner - piano
Dave Gold - bass
Jillian DeLear - drums

Monday 14 May @ Outpost, 6pm

poetry reading featuring

Eileen Cleary, Steven Riel, Quintin Collins & Kevin McLellan

Saturday 18 May @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
String TheoryForms of Matter
PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds
Glynis Lomon – cello, aquasonic, voice     
Matt Schutchfield – violin
Silvain Castellano – bass
Reverend Grant Beale – guitar

Wednesday 30 May @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o


RETRIBUTION BODY (Boston) is Matthew Azevedo, a musician, teacher and acoustician currently based in Boston whose performance practice is centered on creating unique, immersive sound environments.  Retribution Body uses analog electronics, high amplification, and a custom speaker array capable of reproducing subsonic energy to reproduce the mental and emotional states which arise in Zen meditation.
KNIVES OF SPAIN (NC) is 21st-c trobairitz by Gwen Young on electrified classical guitar, accordion, flutes, vintage analog synth, modular synth, broken autoharp, field recordings, words, voice and more.  Edgy and eclectic electroacoustic sets, braiding aspects of dark folk, avant-psych, improvisation and electronic experimentation. CENOTE  (NC)

Wednesday 13 June @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o

Cardinaux / Hull / Ridley / Talesfore, Jr. / Bishop

+ Hull & Talesfore Jr.

Eliot Cardinaux - piano

Matt Hull - trumpet

Max Ridley - double bass 

Patrick Talesfore, Jr. - drum set                  

+Matt Hull and Patrick Talesfore, Jr. duo

Matt Hull - trumpet

Patrick Talesfore, Jr. - drum set                  

Group improvisations. Patrick is on tour from California

Saturday 16 June @ Outpost, 8pm $10 or b/o
Leap of FaithProof of Theory
PEK - clarinets, saxophones, double reeds
Glynis Lomon – cello, aquasonic, voice
Yuri Zbitnov – drums, percussion
Others  TBD​


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