4 to 7PM: A lot going on at Blue between 4 and 7pm! The Blue Happy Hour – All drafts, except Guinness, are half off – Anna Low’s Art Opening featuring a series of gum prints – St. Joseph’s Alumni social
8PM: Merrily James – Merrily was adopted with her twin sister from a musical family in England and grew up in Seattle. As a little white girl, Merrily learned to sing by touring with the Total Experience Gospel Choir, and later formed her own 7-piece funk band called “The Bucket of Soul.” At age 17 she was picked up by “Showtime at the Apollo” and had the audience singing along with her to Aretha Franklin on the national TV series hosted by Sinbad.
A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Merrily has performed for Linda Ronstadt and Smokey Robinson and has shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Don Was, and Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power). She was selected as the sole performer for Google‘s Grand Opening Celebration (Cambridge) in 2008 and has been featured with the New York Songwriters Circle
10PM – OKBARI – Amos Libby & Eric LaPerna play music from the richly varied contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish Classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas. Okbari will be joined by two bellydancers from the Maine Belly Dance Studio.