Indie-rock band The Brew churns it up

The Brew’s “Roots and Roads” show pays tribute to some of the artists that have shaped the band’s sound.
The Brew
The Brew’s “Roots and Roads” show pays tribute to some of the artists that have shaped the band’s sound.

ROCK ON TAP: The Amesbury-based independent rock band, the Brew, takes a break from touring to return home and perform at the Firehouse Center for the Arts  in Newburyport on Feb 1.

“Roots and Roads” pays tribute to some of the artists that have shaped the band’s sound and songs during 10 years of touring across America.

The band was founded in 2002 by four friends from high school — brothers Chris and Joe Plante, Dave Drouin, and Kelly Kane


Kane, a drummer, left in 2012 and was replaced by Aaron Zaroulis,  who performs on drums and vocals.

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Chris Plante is featured on keyboard and vocals, and Joe Plante plays bass and sings. Drouin adds guitar and vocals.

“Roots and Roads,” is an evening of three-part harmony, songs, and stories of encounters on the road with Levon HelmBruce HornsbyBill KreutzmanGregg Allman , and others.

Songs by those artists are paired with the original Brew tunes they inspired.

The Brew is joined by some old friends and Boston session-musicians on trumpet, pedal steel, pan flute, mandolin, and more.


The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for Firehouse members. 978-462-7336 or  

INSPIRED BY BIRDS: The Radius Ensemble performs a bird-themed concert at the

Radius Ensemble performs at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Shalin Liu Performance Center
 in Rockport on Feb. 2.

A nine-member ensemble of wind instruments, strings, and piano, the group’s mission is to reinvigorate classical music for a new generation.

It plays a blend of standard repertoire and more modern, even experimental, music.


It also promotes the work of living and local younger composers.

The ensemble, based in Cambridge, recently received a 2013 Chamber Music America, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for adventurous programming.

The program on Feb. 2 includes Larsen’s “Black Birds, Red Hills,” a portrait of six paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe;” Schumann’s “The Prophet Bird;” Ravel’s “Oiseaux Tristes;” Tower’s “Island Prelude;” Morrison’s “Lonesome Whistle;” and Bates’ “Life of Birds.” 

The concert is at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $19 to $34. Call 978-546-7391, visit the box office at 35 Main St., Rockport, or  

AUTHOR’S CORNER: Michael Tougias  gives a slide presentation on the subject of his new book, “A Storm Too Soon: A True

Author Michael Tougias

Story of Disaster, Survival and Incredible Rescue,” at the Peabody Institute Library  in Danvers 7 p.m. Jan. 30. The book is about the rescue of three men from a capsized 47-foot sailboat 250  miles out at sea. Tougias is the author of 20 books including several true sea survival thrillers. . . . Author Aine Greaney  leads a discussion at the Emma Andrews Library and Community Center in Newburyport 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 31 on how to balance creative writing with a day job and/or parenting. The event is free, but donations to the library will be accepted.

IN LOCAL GALLERIES: “The Extended Family,” an exhibit of paintings by Eleanor Sackett, is at the Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios in Lowell Jan. 30 through Feb. 24. The subjects of the paintings, ranging in age from 2 months to 84 years, are all people Sackett knows well. A reception with the artist is 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2. . . . “Places Near and Places Far,” an exhibit of photographs by Mark Gooby  of Ipswich, is at the Provident Bank   in Amesbury through March 1. A reception with the artist is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31. The photographs show a contrast in landscapes that Gooby has seen around the corner and across the country. The color and black-and-white images depict rugged mountains, wide-open prairies, and characters he has photographed in the American West, as well as the salt marshes and tidal flats that lie just beyond his riverfront home in Ipswich. In addition to the traditional and nontraditional landscape images, the exhibit includes a number of pieces from Gooby’s collection of abstract textures and patterns that he has photographed along the dry docks and shipyards in Gloucester and Rockport.

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