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What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

  • Mr. Lif and Akrobatik – collectively known as The Perceptionists, a hip-hop group which rose to prominence in Boston and beyond in the early 2000s, performed at Harlow’s Pub on Friday night. “We quadrupled the black population here,” quipped Akrobatik about his two-man crew coming to Peterborough. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Katherine Schimke Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 5:30PM

Looking for some entertainment to ring in 2019? Well, look no further than two local hot spots for live music to help usher in the new year Monday night.

Harlow’s will host Adam & The Flood with Charlie Chronopoulos as the opener, while Nelson’s Candies’s Local Cafe is home to a lineup brought together by Hippy Hollow Recordings in Greenville, headlined by Brother Seamus.

Harlow’s Pub

Adam Arnone, lead singer of Adam & The Flood, said the current version of the band has been together for about six months and is set to release an EP with five songs at the end of January and is now working on a full length album.

They were looking to play a show to highlight the upcoming release, but Harlow’s didn’t have any open slots until the end of February. Then the idea of playing a New Year’s Eve show came up and seemed like a great opportunity for a debut show in the area.

The band has actually been around for two years, but has seen changes.

“It’s a story within a story within a story,” Arnone said. “We really are still trying to figure it out – how to write new music together – but I realized the chemistry we had together was so much better than anything I had written on my own.”

Arnone knows that New Year’s shows can be a little tricky, which is probably why Harlow’s doesn’t typically host them, but the area has been so supportive of his music career, through solo work and previous bands.

“That’s like family over there,” Arnone said. “They were willing to have us and we’re going to give it a try.”

The Flood features two guitarists Josh Blair and Jon Braught, a bassist, Walker Landis, and Justin Gregory on drums. Arnone, on the other hand, doesn’t play an instrument or read music, but he understands the structure and can hear what he wants songs he’s written to sound like, which is why he creates beats and then lets the musicians take it from there. He’s a vocalist, mostly known for his hip hop work, but this band is far from whatever anyone would consider hip hop.

Arnone said to think of Radiohead (even though he doesn’t like comparing his work to others), and that it’s high energy and intense.

“The goal is to put on a good show,” Arnone said. “And it’s definitely not background music.”

In addition to a lot of material that people haven’t heard, Adam & The Flood plans to do a couple covers – something Arnone rarely does.

“We’ve got a couple surprises planned,” he said.

The show begins at 9:30 p.m. with Charlie Chronopoulos as the opener. Arnone and Chronopoulos have collaborated on songs in the past and have a duo together, Brave Son, that is kind of on the back burner right now.

“He’s the greatest guitar player I’ve ever seen,” Arnone said.

Tickets are $10 and available at Harlow’s and adamandtheflood.brownpapertickets.com.

Local Cafe

The listening room tucked inside Nelson’s Candies on Wilton’s Main Street is known for its blues show. They bring in national acts once or twice a month, and have developed a faithful following over the last eight years.

But this isn’t a blues show – or even a Local Cafe created show. Hippy Hollow Recordings in Greenville has pulled together a collection of its artists for four performances and a show that will take you right up to the ball drop.

Nelson’s doesn’t typically do a New Year’s Eve show, but Kate Schimke of Hippy Hollows, who has an art studio right next to Nelson’s, and Local Cafe creator Rachael Barnard started talking just before Thanksgiving and the idea came up.

“It’s different than what we usually do here, but Kate and I are good friends and wanted to do something together, and do something that would support local musicians,” Barnard said.

While not all blues, headlining act Brother Seamus of Wilton does fit that mold. He will be joined on stage by musical friends to create a Grateful Dead cover band beginning at 10 p.m.

“It’s a new project for him,” said Schimke.

She describes Brother Seamus as bluesy, scrappy and sexy, and his latest creation has more of a jam band feel. “I always want to move when I listen to him,” Schimke said.

Schimke and her partner Aaron Derman will begin the night at 8 p.m. as the duo Darling Hill.

“I like to play music so figured I’d steal a little stage time,” she said. “We play a lot of pop covers, but sound pretty folky.”

Nick DiCicco, a solo guitar act, from Greenville will take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

“He’s like one band in one person,” Schimke said.

Derek Russell Fimbel is on at 9 p.m. followed by a half hour intermission before Brother Seamus. During that time, the candy shop will be open and pizza for sale.

“It’s going to be a good mix of musicians,” Barnard said.

The Local Cafe is BYOB, and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Seating is limited.

Other options

■The Peterborough Chamber will host a New Year’s Eve Gala on Monday at the Woodbound Inn in Rindge starting at 7 p.m. depending on what people are looking for. There will be live music by Protege, dancing, dinner, champagne toast and a midnight fireworks show by Atlas Pyrotechnics. Cost is $120 per person for dinner, dancing and fireworks. Those who wish to skip dinner and just enjoy the music and fireworks, cost is $55. For more, visit www.woodbound.com

■There will be a contra dance in Nelson on Monday that includes a potluck dinner at 7 p.m. with dancing to start at 8 p.m. Music and calling by Harvey Tolman, Lloyd Carr, Roger Treat, Lisa Sieverts, and friends. Suggested donation $5.

■Pearl Restaurant will be offering a special three-course dinner featuring Char Siu Octopus Skewers, beef tournedos and crab duo and lemon roulade cake with an optional wine pairing in addition to its regular menu.