DECEMBER 5, 2020 AT 7 PM
Please join us for a night of inspirational seasonal music with incredible national and regional
musicians. In place of our annual Keep the Promise gala, which was cancelled due to COVID,
we are bringing our supporters together virtually to enjoy sounds of the season and to continue
keeping our promise to support our families in their time of greatest need. We rely on the
generosity of our extended community to provide critical services to families in need, and
this support is more critical than ever. Will you join us in celebration on December 5th?
Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned over 50 years, encompassing performance, songwriting, and teaching. Described as "equal parts Mark Twain, college professor, and musical icon, Livingston maintains a performance schedule of more than a hundred shows a year, delighting audiences with his charm and vast repertoire of his 22 albums and popular classics. In addition to his performance schedule, Livingston has been a full professor at Berklee College of Music for 30 years, passing on the extensive knowledge gained from his long career on the road to the next generation of musicians.
While attending Boston University, where he earned a degree in English literature, Mr. Montgomery started the James Montgomery Band. By the time he graduated from college his band was on the cover of the Boston Phoenix. His harmonica playing, singing, and energetic stage show gave his band a reputation as one of the hottest on the New England music scene. Montgomery has toured with many artists, including Aerosmith,The J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, The Steve Miller Band, The Blues Brothers with (Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd), and others.
Ellis is a gifted singer/songwriters. Though some may refer to him as a folk singer, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love...intimate, passionate, and enduring.
Talia Piqué is an accomplished reggae soul artist, having performed regularly in the New England area for the past six years. Forming and Headlining her band, Ladycap, back in 2018, she has appeared at The BeeHive, The Beat Brasserie, Paradise Lounge, Lizard Lounge, Harlow’s Pub, Stone Church, Regent Theatre, and at many other festivals and events. She has opened for International Artist, Paul Beaubrun from Haiti and has shared the stage with Bob Marley’s Saxophonist, Glen DeCosta. LadyCap is currently in the studio recording their first album, and hoping to release their first single in 2021.
Launching her music career as a member of the New York-based girl group The Chiclettes at the tender age of 18, Peasley developed a deep love and appreciation for the innocent, yet catchy songs of the girl-group era. After the birth of her first child, Stacey began to write songs focused on the amazing things she observed as a new mom. Little did she know, this would develop into a brand-new career combining both of her passions—music and working with children. Stacey has since written and recorded three critically acclaimed albums with awards from Creative Child Magazine, Parents’ Choice Foundation, and NAPPA. Her album Lucky Day was named one of the top 20 albums of 2014 by Musical Merry Go Round.
Phil Stacey is a Christian recording artist. You may have been introduced to him as a finalist on the 6th season of American Idol, watched him perform on Ellen or the Tonight Show, seen him as a featured artist on tours with Michael W Smith or Natalie Grant, or even attended one of the thousand concerts he's headlined around the world in the last six years. His performances are marked by soulful and passionate performances combined with powerful testimonies that demonstrate the faithfulness of God.
Bringing together Nashville style and Boston swagger, singer-songwriter Alec MacGillivray brings a party atmosphere with him wherever he goes. The former college football player made the decision in 2015 to forgo his senior season on the field and pursue a musical career full-time. Since then, his songs have been streamed more than four million times. With his dynamic live performances making him a "must-see" emerging artist, Alec has entertained audiences across America and supported such major touring acts as Sam Hunt, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, and Cole Swindell.
Chris is a storyteller. With his soulful, honeyed tenor, sly humor, and an uncanny knack for melody, Chris has traveled the world over, performing to a dedicated and ever-growing fan base with nothing but his guitar and his songs. Raised on Prine and Kristofferson, Trapper's first foray in the music industry was as frontman of the critically acclaimed alt-rock band The Push Stars (Capitol Records). Over the past decade, Chris has become a modern day acoustic troubadour, performing over 150 dates a year as a headliner and sharing the stage with the likes of Colin Hay, Martin Sexton, and even John Prine himself.
Bobby Tynes & Tracy Rose
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Bobby Tynes' love for music and the saxophone has taken him all over the United States and abroad—touring with bands in France, Belgium, Amsterdam, Italy and Poland. He has produced two original CDs, The Journey and Living Life. Bobby has performed with great musicians such as Danilo Perez, Howard Levy, Najee, Victor Wooten, Etta Jones, and many others. He has also opened up for Betty Carter, Diane Shure, Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, Gato Barbieri, Bella Fleck and the Flecktones.
Sultry vocalist Tracy Rose developed her unique blend of jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues due to her love for all types of music. Her lush tones breathe life into every song that she sings. Her command of the stage and her connection with the audience testify of her love for performance. Tracy has found great success as a vocalist and singer-songwriter. She can be seen performing jazz, R&B and her original music at jazz clubs, coffee houses, Bean Town Jazz Festival, music stores, the Fleet Center, Convention Centers, and at numerous private events.
Together, Tracy and Bobby are the feature of the Never Say Never Band, performing throughout New England. When they are not performing, they spend a great deal of time together, co-writing and recording music in their home studio.
Ever since renowned guitarist Ronnie Earl chose Dave Keller to sing on his 2010 album, Living In The Light, Keller has been on the rise, earning two nominations for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul/Blues Album, winning the International Blues Challenge "Best Self-Released CD Award," and being chosen for Downbeat Magazine's "Best Recordings of the Year." Based in Vermont, Keller has performed for audiences across the U.S., including major festivals such as the North Atlantic Blues Fest, Discover Jazz Fest, and PA Blues Fest and many of the finest clubs, including B.B. King's in Memphis and Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco.
Fueled by admiration and passion for the music of the Allman Brothers Band, The Peacheaters have been rocking audiences for over 15 years. The Boston Globe, WZLX, Boston's Classic Rock Radio, and many other media outlets have raved about the authenticity of the band's performances. From festivals to concert halls, the band's success has taken them all over the U.S., including performances at venues such as Showcase Live, The House of Blues, The Big House in Macon, GA, and B.B. Kings, NYC. The “Peach” has won multiple “Best Tribute Band” awards, and shared stages with legends such as The Outlaws, Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Matt Abts (Gov’t Mule), The Zen Tricksters, and James Montgomery.
Lori Diamond, Fred Abatelli & Anelise Diamond Merrihew
Lori & Fred are a dynamic & soulful award-winning duo who have been joyfully connecting with audiences throughout the Northeast with their undeniably original soul-folk sound since 2007. Anelise, Lori’s daughter, is a radiantly jubilant, differently-abled young woman from Worcester County. She is the founder and president of her high school’s first and only inclusive music club and is truly living her best life through singing. As life-long professional musicians, Lori & Fred are honored to support and share the stage with Anelise, as they, together, spread their message of inclusion by example, through their highly acclaimed “Quarantine Sessions” that have gone viral on social media.
Vocalist Alli Haber is a high school student and dedicated musician based in Boston. Alli has toured nationally on the Boys of Summer Tour, Piper Rockelle Live, Cash & Maverick’s Whatever It Takes Tour, and New England’s All You Got Tour. She performed at First Night Boston in 2018 and 2019 and “Countdown to Christmas” in Celebration, FL. Alli has released original music with producers Frankie Jonas and Jason Strong and most recently released her latest single "Melatonin" in the spring of 2020. Alli was nominated as "New Artist of the Year" for the 2019 New England Music Awards.
Singer/songwriter Christopher Barber has shared the stage with a variety of recording artists, including; Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Thin Lizzy, Robin Trower, The Marshall Tucker Band, Deborah Gibson, Cheyenne Kimball, The Mighty Mighty Bostones, The Lemonheads, NRBQ, Deep Blue Something, and Flock of Seagulls. As a young musician, he discovered the fretless bass at age 15, drawing style and rhythms from exposure to rock, R&B, soul and later, jazz and fusion. A passionate student of music, Christopher continues to explore new avenues of music, now as an acoustic guitar player and composer.
Steve's musical career spans over four decades playing with some of the most talented musicians in New England. Earlier this year, Steve performed with world-class violinist Violingrrl at The Arlington Regent Theatre, where they opened for comedian Peter Fogel. He is currently the front man for the classic rock band Hot Acoustics, an incredible group of talented friends and musicians. During the current pandemic, Steve has been sharing his music on his virtual World Tour on Facebook, performing dozens of his favorite acoustic based soft rock songs since mid-March. Steve is a longtime resident of Hopkinton, MA where he lives with his wife Donna.
Scalestorm is a student-led a cappella group from Natick High School. During rehearsals, the Scalestorm family can be found laughing, cracking jokes, free style rapping, and, of course, making music. The group performs oldies, classics, pop songs, and everything in between, with many original arrangements. As a student-led group, everyone learns from each other, has a voice in the rehearsal process, and works with their peers to succeed. Scalestorm loves sharing their music with the community and always appreciates the opportunity to perform. In 2020, Scalestorm was a quarterfinalist at the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA).
Retrograde is a student-run treble a cappella group from Natick High School. Founded in 2019, the 15 members have built a reputation for putting on a show. The group's up beat style has created a lasting impression with each audience member. They're excited to share their music with you! More can be found at @nhsretrograde on Instagram.
Choose from two delicious dinners for two, prepared especially for our concert. Click the button above to order your meal online and pick it up at our Day Center on the day of the concert from 12 pm - 3 pm. Add a bottle of wine for the complete package!
Peruse Burton's new fall menu by clicking above and then place your order the day of the concert by calling 774-540-6005. Tell them you are attending the Family Promise Metrowest concert in order to receive your appetizer or an order of key lime pie or 7-layer chocolate cake for free! Add a pitcher of their signature Fall Sangria punch for $30 to make the evening even more festive. Orders must be picked up at the Burton's Framingham location.