Upper State Street

Expression Mondays East Runs From Poetry To TV Pilots

by Karen Ponzio | Oct 11, 2017 6:42 am

“Good morning America, how are you?” sang Expression Mondays East cohost Bobcat Carruthers, playing “City of New Orleans” — the Steeve Goodman song that Arlo Guthrie made famous — with guitarist Sal Fusco and Terence Clarke on harmonica.

Others in the audience answered with their own instruments, and another night of sharing and expression began.

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Musicians Pay Tribute To Never Ending Books

by Karen Ponzio | Aug 20, 2017 12:44 pm

Bassist Carl Testa, who began the Uncertainty Music Series ten years ago, spoke about the word “uncertainty.” “It’s partly about the music itself but with some unknown element that’s different every time you play it,” he said. “This series started as a chance for me to play original music, but then became about asking the audience to take a chance and having myself and other musicians take a chance as well.”

Another person who took a chance on this series of experimental music was Roger Uihlein, owner of Never Ending Books on State Street, who offered his space up as a home for the series on the second Saturday of every month ten years ago and, according to Testa, “never asked for anything in return.” As a thank you to Uihlein, Testa set up the final show of the series at Never Ending Books on Saturday, Aug. 12, with proceeds from the show going to the venue. The Uncertainty Series will itself end with a two-night sendoff at Firehouse 12 on Sept. 23 and 24.

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