September 14, 2019 - 8:00 pm
Danielle Miraglia with special guest Jess Novak
This performance is sponsored by our good friend and photographer, Jack Bocchino.
Danielle Miraglia comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. Her latest "All My Heroes Are Ghosts," touches on a lot of what might be on your mind these days – the loss of so many musical heroes on the title track, the chaos of “fake news” on “Monster,” our collective anxieties on “All On Fire,” and more. The music itself blends influences of some of Miraglia’s own musical heroes - The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin along with Danielle's lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst. Danielle M and The Glory Junkies are nominated for a 2018 Boston Music Award for "Blues Artist of the Year" and Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
"Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself." - Lauren Daley - The Boston Globe
Danielle has shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy,, Joan Osborne, John Oates, Colin Hay, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Bettye Lavette, John Hammond Jr., Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray, Rodney Crowell and many more.
Raised just outside of Boston in Revere, MA, where its famous beach is better known for girls with big hair than its history as a popular tourist attraction, Danielle was raised on a variety of popular music, from her parent's Motown records to the classic rock influences like The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin that encouraged her to learn to play guitar at thirteen. A passion for the arts and an outstanding gift for writing lead her to Emerson College in Boston's downtown theater district. After graduating with a degree in Creative Writing, she put her writing skills, originally intended for novels, towards songwriting and began performing at open mike nights in the Boston area. Here she "found her tribe" as she describes it and set out on a full time musical career.
Danielle's debut full length record "Nothing Romantic" was a breakthrough for Miraglia as a serious songwriting force, who could put into words what so many feel - a true explorer of the complexities of the human condition. Jon Sobel of Blogcritics.com described her song "You Don't Know Nothin'" as "One of the best new folk songs I've heard in years. Its depiction and dissection of human misunderstanding is both sharp and tender. All you need to know about what drives people apart and what draws them together can be witnessed in a few hours spent in a bar. Many of us feel something along those lines, but Danielle Miraglia is that rare songwriter who can put it into words."
Danielle's second release “Box of Troubles,” explores the highs and lows that life has to offer with bare bones instrumentation. Alternate Root says “Danielle Miraglia’s guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive. Her steady thumb and playing style trace a direct line to the blues of the field and chicken shacks. Vocally, Danielle’s voice digs in, twisting within the delivery, seeming to break but more likely soaring before the fall. ‘Box of Troubles’ balances good times with the bad, her characters' roles’ defined and believable.”
With a fiddle on fire and powerful vocals, Jess Novak brings passion to every performance. Having touched audiences across the country – from Burlington, VT to Key West, FL to San Diego, CA – Novak plays more than 250 dates annually, bringing soulful originals and choice covers around the United States.
With a solo show that features Novak on guitar (with looper), piano, percussion, violin and vocals, the performances bring a variety of tastes and textures. From wild violin solos to soft piano ballads, Novak dances around the musical spectrum, always keeping the audience engaged with both music and charisma.
Named the 2018 Best Female Vocalist by the Syracuse New Times, Novak now performs solo, with her duo, Safe Word (with Ben Wayne) and with her full group, The Jess Novak Band. Her song, “Rat a Tat” also won the Indigo Productions Songwriting Competition in 2018.
Novak released her solo debut album,, in December 2013. Her group, , released their self-titled debut album in August 2014 and their follow-up, , in October 2015. The Jess Novak Band released on November 5, 2016. The album won the Syracuse Area Music Award for "Best Pop" in 2017. JNB released a live album, Live at Nelson Odeon in June 2017 and Fireworks and Fairytales in November 2017. Novak’s latest work, Fear is the Cage. Love is the Key., released December 31, 2018, is a double-album that features her in a variety of musical settings – from solo songs at the piano to duets to full-band rockers. Novak plans to release Risein the fall of 2019, a four-song EP recorded in Nashville featuring her duo partner Ben Wayne.
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