Westbound Train

Fri Mar 29 2024

7:00 PM

Sonia

10 Brookline St. Cambridge, MA 02139

$20.00

Ages 18+

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The Middle East presents: Westbound Train , Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers), The Macrotones - 18+, $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show, 7:00 PM Doors

 

NO VAPING OR SMOKING IN THE BUILDING

 

 

The Middle East presents:
Westbound Train

  • Westbound Train

    Westbound Train

    Ska

    "The old Stax records and Motown crooners of yesteryear have left their mark across a broad spectrum of musical genres. But for all the bands mining this musical genre today, Westbound Train have the most literal interpretation of that rich soul groove." -Alternative Press

    "a modern take on '60s-era reggae and ska with touches of jazz, soul, blues, Motown, and even rock." -Billboard

    "Boston is far from both Jamaica and England geographically, but local boys Westbound Train have created a musical shortcut to both. Trafficking in a deeply soulful brand of ska, Westbound Train have found a languid sweet spot where the snap of English two-tone and lilting island rhythms comfortably co-mingle like wind currents...Songs like “Ain’t Gonna Be Easy” and “So Many Things a Man Can Say” are as heartfelt and accomplished as Motown originals." -ALLMUSIC



    If the classic soul, smooth reggae, upbeat ska and distinctive storytelling found all over Westbound Train's new album, Come and Get It, has you stepping into your neighborhood record shop in search of Otis Redding, the Wailers, or The Specials, nobody would be more stoked than the members of Boston's best modern reggae/soul outfit. 

    ...Westbound Train wants to be your gateway drug. 

    Shattering musical boundaries while embracing the best of several genres, the septet has fully come into their own with Come and Get It, their second Hellcat release. The new album invites listeners on a journey, traveling through all of the band's previous influences while creating an exciting new sound that they are eager to reveal to the world in 2009. 

    "We are a band that isn't afraid to take risks. We take what we do seriously," explains lead vocalist/trombone player and band co-founder Obi Fernandez. "I hope that we can be a band that makes people want to trace our music back to its sources - Sam Cooke, the Four Tops, The Maytals, or whomever. The farther you go back, the more you realize that all of these styles that sound a lot different today have a whole lot in common."

    After years of nonstop touring in support of their Hellcat debut, Transitions, the band's members took some time off from touring to refocus and further improve the cohesion of the group. They soon enlisted new members Eric Novod (drums) and Luke Penella (tenor sax), whose shared love of soul and jazz greatly contributed to the new sounds found on Come and Get It. 

    Compared to the band's three previous albums, Come and Get It is the best representation of Westbound Train to be captured on record thus far. Two stand-out tracks include "So Many Things a Man Can Say," an old-school ballad that captures Fernandez's love of the Motown sound, and the highly orchestrated second track, "Ain't Gonna Be Easy," written about Fernandez's father. "In addition to the song being about my father, a lot of stuff was going on that was making life a little more complicated," Fernandez says.

    "Check Your Time," is a reggae track near and dear to Fernandez's heart that features the band's infectious groove and a sing-along chorus that is sure to become a new fan favorite. 

    The album's hard-hitting title track, co-written by bassist Thaddeus Merritt, mixes two different points-of-view with dazzling effect. "I wrote it with Thad, so you get his perspective and my perspective in the same song," Obi explains. "The song is really a conversation revolving around what I've been through along with what I've seen Thad go through. It makes it a really fun one to perform every night." 

    Additionally, the ska tune "Cheers The World's Almost Over" serves as a mission statement for what Westbound Train has always dreamed to be as a band. "I just love the groove of the song," Fernandez says. "As a songwriter, I really enjoyed sharing the chorus of that tune with the band. Everything about that song encompasses our sound, our vibe, what we're about."

    When the time came to capture this newfound Westbound sound on tape, the band brought in the legendary Dave Hillyard (Slackers, Rocksteady 7) to produce Come and Get It. "Dave had great ideas about everything," Obi explains. "He's all about the music and really knows how to get performances out of people. He definitely brought the jazz mentality to the table - and it's definitely helped us in the way we think about playing our new tunes - and our old tunes as well. It's not so much about the execution as it is about what we're trying to say. He is really talented. I loved working with him." 

    The release of Come and Get It has offered Westbound Train a unique moment to think about their legacy, and how they ultimately want to be perceived as they move forward. 

    "We want to make music for everyone. I want to be known as being in a band with great musicians who want to have a great time and can take people somewhere regardless of where they're at, or what they're into," Obi says thoughtfully. "By the end of the show, we'll have you smiling and dancing and hopefully during our time together the world seemed to be a much better place. I hope we can be that band for people.

  • Vic Ruggiero

    Vic Ruggiero

    Pop

  • The Macrotones

    The Macrotones

    Reggae

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The Middle East presents:

Westbound Train

Fri Mar 29 2024 7:00 PM

Sonia Cambridge MA
Westbound Train

$20.00 Ages 18+

The Middle East presents: Westbound Train , Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers), The Macrotones - 18+, $20 Advance / $25 Day of Show, 7:00 PM Doors

 

NO VAPING OR SMOKING IN THE BUILDING

 

 

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Ages 18+
limit 10 per person
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Gen Admission | Fees Apply To All Online/Phone Purchases
$20.00

Delivery Method

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Will Call

Terms & Conditions

This event is 18 and over. Any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 18 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. FAQ:

*WILL CALL CUSTOMERS* - Will Call pick up is located at the Door when doors open, night of show (*NOTE: Will Call never closes), you'll just need to show your I.D.

**PLEASE NOTE: The time listed on the ticket is the time when doors open, not when the performance starts. For up to date set times, check www.twitter.com/MidEastClub or call our Box Office Hotline at 1-617-864-3278 and enter *100 at the prompt.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

NO VAPING OR SMOKING IN THE BUILDING

I understand that my email address will be added to the venue and/or promoter's email update list and I know that I am welcome to unsubscribe at any time.

I understand that VALID I.D. is required for entry for events that are 18+ or 21+ and that if I do not provide a VALID I.D. I will be denied admission.

I understand that for All Ages events VALID I.D. is only required by anyone over 21 who wishes to purchase or consume alcohol, regardless of apparent age - NO EXCEPTIONS.

I understand that if I am over 21 and do not provide valid I.D., I will not be served alcohol.

I understand that anyone who consumes alcohol without having provided proper I.D. or is under 21 will be ejected from the venue without refund.

I understand that, per order of the City of Cambridge, only the following forms of I.D. are considered valid:
* a current US- or Canada-issued driver's license,
* a current Massachusetts liquor I.D.,
* a current US Military I.D., or
* a current Passport.

I understand that student I.D.'s and foreign driver's licenses are NOT considered valid. I understand that if I try to use a student I.D. or foreign driver's license, I will be denied admission.

I realize that this I.D. policy is required by law and not subject to staff discretion.