Adam Ezra Group with special guest Lisa Bouchelle
October 25, 2019 · Friday * 9pm * $15
Adam Ezra Group has graduated from being at the top of the Boston music scene to breaking nationally in a big way. Adam Ezra’s passion for smart, well written lyrics combined with the band’s tight musicianship and powerful live performances are catching the ears of fans across the country.
The band’s live show is now legendary. Adam and the group ignite the stage with a captivating charisma that has often been compared to that of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Jack Casey, the General Manager of WERS, Boston’s #1 radio station for new music commented, “After 2 hours of almost nonstop playing, Adam Ezra gives everything he has to the audience. Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma.”
It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin’ essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but frontman Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community.
Community is epitomized by a belief that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world.
A tireless touring outfit, the Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is constantly on the road, often devoting their time to local charities and always going out of their way to connect with fans. They are creating a powerful, inclusive community around AEG shows that is beginning to be compared to a social-movement as much as a traditional music fan-base. It’s this dedication to fans that inspired the annual “Get Folked Concert Tour” in which Ezra ventures solo/acoustic to the homes of at least 40 fans in as many days and almost as many states to play house concerts throughout January and February.
Ezra started his own non-profit organization called RallySound to better support fans and activists dedicated to making the world a better place. The proceeds from the video for the single “Let Your Hair Down” are being donated toward micro-grants for cancer patients struggling to make ends meet while in treatment. The Adam Ezra Group hosts a free festival each year called The Ramble. Last year over 3,000 people came out and they raised money to help the families of wounded veterans.
AEG’s grassroots efforts recently caught the eye of John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame. For the past few years, Ezra and Oates have been regular writing partners, meeting up in Nashville between tours. Three of their co-writes are featured on Hurricane Wind, and Oates himself joined Ezra in the studio to sing and play on the album. They performed their first co-written song, “All I Am“, live in-studio as an acoustic duet.
Even amid ballooning success, Ezra says it’s been not just easy, but natural for AEG to stay dedicated to its mission and true to its humble roots. Perhaps no song sums this up more than a fan favorite, selected to anchor the new album. Called “I Believe,” it’s a gorgeously layered, nakedly emotional ode to the long path they’ve already traveled as a community – and to the wide-open road ahead.
Lisa Bouchelle is a very up-and-coming indie Americana artist with 2 million+ Spotify, 50K+ Instagram, 34k+ Facebook, and hundreds of thousands of YouTube views. She has sung backup for Bruce Springsteen, and dueted in concert with Jon Bon Jovi. She has toured with and/or opened for Blues Traveler, Meat Loaf, Bryan Adams, Train, Jason Mraz, Ingrid Michaelson, Shooter Jennings, Donavon Frankenreiter, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, America, and many others. The first single off her latest EP, Lipstick Tomboy, is a duet with John Popper.
She also hosts a TV show called Rock Star Kitchen, which is seen from Philadelphia down to Virginia, and in eastern PA. It is the top-rated original content show on The Comcast Network in the Philadelphia region. Guests have included Foreigner, Eddie Money, Chubby Checker, Lita Ford, Tonic, Candlebox, and many others.