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Boston’s local music has a new venue online as the “Local Music 101” podcast launched its first episode last Saturday (3/12/2011).
At Porter Belly’s Pub in Brighton, the chatter of pub patrons falls peacefully in the background as “Local Music 101” creator, Tom Crossman DJ’s a set of local bands including The Grownup Noise, The Autumn Hollow Band, Hands and Knees, The Alpacas and others.
Each Thursday Crossman has arranged for a different local band to play for Porter Belly’s patrons, free of cover charge. These performances are recorded and featured as part of the podcast.
The two hour long podcast includes a variety of local music from both signed and unsigned artists. Musical genres range from Rock to Hip Hop. “Anyone who is all about the music community is fair game,” says Crossman.
Le Mistral rounds out the first of the live performances. Their easy-going country-folk sound makes a great first impression and offers the promise of an entertaining show.
The band wrote their first song, “Shine on me”, in one night. After that experience violinist Marnie Hall remembers thinking, “we should really make music together.” With that kind of chemistry it is no wonder they caught Crossman’s ear.
Crossman became involved with booking live music for Porter Belly’s years ago when he lived down the street. The pub was looking to entertain customers with music and Crossman was in the know. Now the pub is the recording studio for Crossman’s newest project.
For those who find themselves too busy or without the money to be running around the city in search of local shows, “Local Music 101” provides the convenience of being accessible wherever you can find an internet connection, on ecpromoto.com.
“There needed to be a local music podcast that played more local music,” says Crossman. Not only does “Local Music 101” play all local music, Crossman keeps listeners updated on where featured artists are playing around the city.
For those who still want the atmosphere of a live show Crossman welcomes your presence as he records each episode. “We’re here every Thursday for a good time—to get people interested in local music,” says Crossman.
Written on 3/14/2011 for my Journalism class.