Sunday, September 25, 2016

Mark Poniatowski Situation - Oct 7

The Mark Poniatowski Situation headlines a BLACK BOX Jazz concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7. Led by bassist, composer and arranger Mark Poniatowski, the Situation also features Walter Platt on trumpet, Jon Garniss on trombone, Kenny Hadley on drums, Mark Shilansky on piano and Dino Govoni on saxophone. 

The Mark Poniatowski Situation released a self-titled CD of jazz instrumentals composed and arranged by Poniatowski in 2010. An associate professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production department at Berklee College of Music, Mark Poniatowski has performed with artists including the Bruce Katz Band, Toni Lynn Washington Band, Kenny Hadley Big Band, Soul Kitchen, Floyd Dixon, Sid Caesar, Rita Moreno, Bob Newhart, Junior Watson, Janiva Magness and Kid Ramos. 
Mark Poniatowski
Mark Poniatowski

Among his performances throughout the US and Europe are the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz and Blues Festival, Boston Blues Festival, The River Festival, and The Natt Jazz Festival in Norway. Recordings include Two Sides with Joe Bargar and the Soul Providers, Mississippi Moan with the Bruce Katz Band, and The George Carlin Show soundtrack. 

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Dean College to perform “The East”

The School of the Arts at Dean College will perform the play “The East” from Oct. 12-16 at Campus Center, 99 Main St., Franklin.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $5 to $22 and can be purchased online.

“The East” is an original play by Dean faculty members Matt Greene and Craig Handel.

The Dean College production of “The East” will take place on the Main Stage in the Campus Center.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Chick Magnets and Ben Gardner’s Boat - Oct 1

On Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m., THE BLACK BOX Local Artist Series presents a double bill featuring The Chick Magnets and Ben Gardner’s Boat

Led by Massachusetts State Representative Jeff Roy, the acoustic rock band Ben Gardner’s Boat also features Don Larsen, Tom Grillo, Pat DeGregorio and Scott Mueller. The five have played together since the 1990s. 

The Chick Magnets showcases a lineup of veteran players and multi-instrumentalists, featuring bluesy keyboards, saxophone and trombone, plus a healthy commitment to vocal harmonies. The seven-piece group, including Barry Madden of Franklin Ford, performs Rhythm and Blues and older rock and roll, including what Madden calls “a lost jukebox selection.” 

For tickets and more information, visit or call (508) 528-3370.

Ben Gardner’s Boat
Ben Gardner’s Boat

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