Main Street, Nashua NH
May 5th, 12pm – 10pm
A Celebration of Inspired
Experimentation in Music & the Arts
Nu Muse, expected to draw as many as 5,000 to Nashua’s Historic Downtown in its second year, will bring a day-long music festival featuring an eclectic array of what the national music scene has to offer. The unique festival will also feature the roll out of the Nashua Street Pianos, City Arts Nashua’s Comeback Kitchen Table public art installation, street performers, an arts and artisans market, food trucks and more! This event is free and open to the public!
Thank you to the City of Nashua, for their vital support in seed funding this creative endeavor! Thank you also to our generous supporters Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar!
This is one of three music festivals coming to downtown Nashua. The second being the Merrimack Valley Battle of the Bands on 7/22, and the third being the New England Roots Festival on 9/29.
Great American Downtown is still accepting applications for the Nu Muse arts and artisans market. You will find arts/artisan vendor applications here. We will not accept applications from multilevel marketing vendors. Please direct all applications to Ben Ruddock, Arts Coordinator. Please direct all sponsorship requests, with event presence opportunities available, to Paul Shea, Executive Director.
Nu Muse 2018 Lineup:
NU MUSE STAGE
AND THE KIDS
HOUSE OF WATERS | AVA LUNA | THE GO ROUNDS
SOULSHA | MAMMAL DAP
PEOPLE LIKE YOU | SLAM KITCHEN
MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE:
8:50pm – 10:00pm: AND THE KIDS
7:30pm – 8:30pm: HOUSE OF WATERS
6:00pm – 7:10pm: AVA LUNA
4:40pm – 5:40pm: THE GO ROUNDS
3:20pm – 4:20pm: SOULSHA
2:00pm – 3:00pm: MAMMAL DAP
1:00pm – 1:40pm: PEOPLE LIKE YOU
12:00pm – 12:40pm: SLAM KITCHEN
ALL OTHER STAGE SCHEDULES
7:00pm – 8:30pm: WILLIAM THOMPSON FUNK EXPERIMENT
5:45pm – 6:45pm: THE MUSHROOM CLOUD
4:30pm – 5:30pm: ROLLING NECTAR
3:30pm – 4:15pm: EARTHMARK
2:15pm – 3:15pm: SUNDRIFTER
1:15pm – 2:00pm: VOYAGERS
12:00pm – 1:00pm: FOXES
8:00pm – 11:00pm: THE B3 KINGS
5:00pm – 7:00pm: IMPERVIOUS BELLOWS
2:30pm – 4:30pm: THE NEW ENGLANDERS
12:00pm – 2:00pm: LINDSEY SAMPSON
6:00pm – 7:30pm: POTSY
4:00pm – 5:30pm: AFTERIMAGE
2:00pm – 3:30pm: SONIC ECLIPSE
12:00pm – 1:30pm: JONEE EARTHQUAKE BAND
5:00pm – 7:00pm: GNAWBOX
2:30pm – 4:30pm: CODY POPE
12:00pm – 2:00pm: RABIHAH
5:00pm – 7:00pm: VOCAL VOYAGERS
2:30pm – 4:30pm: PAUL DRISCOLL
12:00pm – 2:00pm: THE OLD ROCHELLE
5:00pm – 7:00pm: BOIRE YOUTH DANCE COMPANY
2:30pm – 4:30pm: JULIE HOOPS AND DOMINIC COLE
12:00pm – 2:00pm: BLUE STRING MARIONETTES
6:00pm – 7:30pm: THE TOE TRUCK BLUES BAND
4:00pm – 5:30pm: BUSTER
2:00pm – 3:30pm: VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE
12:00pm – 1:30pm: CRESCENDO’S GATE
1:00pm – 5:00pm: BLUES JAM
Take a Listen
Take a Look
And The Kids channel existential crises into pop euphoria. With this sleight of hand, the quartet manages to conjure chunky indie rock, blissful new wave, chamber folk, jarring avant-garde, and brawny classic rock. Mohan navigates this expansive creativity with aplomb. Effortlessly she swoops heavenly for high tones, digs deep for swaggering rock n’ roll low tones, and manages to mash up sweet sass with new wave bliss for a vocal feel that masks sage wisdom beneath sweet innocence. In addition to Mohan, And The Kids is Rebecca Lasaponaro on drums, Megan Miller on synthesizers and percussion, and bassist Taliana Katz.
HOUSE OF WATERS
“In today’s world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound. House of Waters’ music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds. But to truly experience House of Waters, see them live. “It’s the benefit of this band’s versatility—we fit in so many different fields,” says Max. To that end, you might experience the band at any number of huge jazz or folk fests. Possibly at an Indian classical show. And maybe opening for the likes of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Cliff or the performing arts ensemble KODO. With musical and cultural influences that stretch from India and Senegal through Ireland and the heart of New York City, you have, as one critic noted, “The most original band on the planet.” </p>
New York’s favorite ‘nervous soul’ outfit, Ava Luna began in 2007 when Carlos Hernandez, then a music composition student, set out to combine the heartfelt soul of Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis with the raw intensity of bands like Wire and The Raincoats. After self-releasing several EPs, their debut LP Ice Level was released in 2012 to a groundswell of support, lauded by SPIN as “ice-cool vintage ’80s no wave grooves and extra-lush three-part girl group harmonies,” and by Pitchfork as “glorious.”Playing +100 shows in support of Ice Level, the band solidified its current line-up – Carlos Hernandez, Becca Kauffman, Felicia Douglass, Ethan Bassford and Julian Fader – and signed to Western Vinyl. Sophmore LP Electric Balloon, released in 2014, earned still more critical acclaim, notably from the Village Voice, Wax Poetics, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, who praised it as “pulsating from one energy to another, suggesting art project and ritual.”Their third record, Infinite House, which was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), was released on Western Vinyl in 2015. Pitchfork said the album had “loose, playful energy, and always seems ready to pounce on you”.
The Go Rounds are bits of all your favorite bands exploded into rock n’ roll confetti. Their unique brand of Psychedelic Americana Pop crosses, blends, and deconstructs genres from indie to country to art-rock and baroque folk; creating an accessible and engaging experience that will leave you talking. The songs are catchy, twangy, and trippy – led by lead singer Graham Parsons’ spellbinding vocals, which weave through lush sonic textures and the band’s master class of intricate arrangements.
Soulsha is a party, a revolution, and an adventure through different traditions. It brings together some of Boston’s top musicians in Scottish, West African, and Funk music to create a sound you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. Soulful call and response singing, masterful improvisation, traditional Senegalese and Scottish dancing and incredible energy make every Soulsha show an unforgettable live experience. Intricate rhythms, soaring bagpipe melodies, and New Orleans-infused horn lines come together seamlessly, reminding us that we’re all in this together.
Mammal Dap is adventurous, psych-fusion from Northampton, Massachusetts, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (synths), Reed Sutherland (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Together they interweave hypnotic beats with pumping bass, lush pads and soaring hooks. Balancing a deep love of nostalgic tones with a digital-age sensibility, their sound evokes the aesthetics of Bonobo, Flying Lotus and Tycho. Their energetic live shows and rigorous touring have elevated crowds from New England to New Orleans, leading them to share the stage with acclaimed acts including The Motet, The Nth Power, Tauk, Marco Benevento and many more.
People Like You is a freewheelin’ freak folk traveling circus band from Portsmouth, NH that creates rifts in the fabric of space and time. Music for the people, by the people, with no specific people in mind. Juxtaposing psychedelic alt-rock madness and gypsy-folk granola punk mischief with curious vocal/lyrical content and bizarre pop sensibilities, the sound is charismatic, inspired, a bit haunting, kooky, and captivating.
Slam Kitchen is a jazz/funk/hip hop group based out of the Lowell area. They are a group dedicated to pushing the boundaries of music through the mixing of different styles of music.They are a very versatile group and enjoy bringing new music to new audiences featuring a variety ranging from sweet piano jazz, hard hitting funk, jazz infused hip hop and even the occasional Nirvana cover!