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Local Calling: Boston Calling and Cornerscape Present Honeysuckle, Dietrich Strause + The Blue Ribbons, and Oompa

  • Lizard Lounge 1667 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)


Calling all friends old and new for Local Calling, a free showcase of Boston-based acts a few days ahead of Boston Calling Music Festival. Sponsored by Boston Calling and produced by Cornerscape, a local music event production company, this event is your chance to hear some incredible homegrown talent while they're in town. A huge thank you to one of our favorite venues, Lizard Loungefor hosting!

Other highlights: A raffle with great prizes, all proceeds to benefit local music nonprofit The Record CoGet your chance towin 2 passes to Boston Calling!

This concert is free and open to the public, but registration is required. This event is for ages 21+.



Honeysuckle is a progressive folk act that blends older influences and traditional instrumentation with modern effects and inspiration. Comprised of Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz, the trio can frequently be found performing in the Boston area and surrounding cities in the Northeast, playing alongside bands like Drive-By Truckers, The Ballroom Thieves, Boy & Bear, Sam Moss, The Western Den, The Novel Ideas, Shook Twins, John Craigie, Grey Season, Damn Tall Buildings and others. In 2015, Honeysuckle performed at Newport Folk Festival, was chosen as a Converse Rubber Tracks artist, and was nominated for Best Folk Artist of the Year, and Best Americana Artist of the Year at the annual Boston Music Awards. In 2016 the group played Lollapalooza on the Pepsi Stage as well as CMJ in New York City.They have also been nominated again for the categories Best Americana and Best Folk Artist at the 2016 Boston Music Awards, as well as new nominations, Americana/Roots Act Of The Year and Album Of The Year for Red Line Roots' 2016 Big Reds. As a recipient of Club Passim's Iguana Music Grant, Honeysuckle recently released a new full-length album on March 24th, 2016 to a sold out crowd at Club Passim. Also available is their debut EP, "Arrows," released on April 29th, 2015.


It's a classic love story. A young doe-eyed songwriter meets an avant-garde rock band. Such is the story of Dietrich Strause and The Blue Ribbons' collaboration, after meeting seven years ago sharing back-to-back Tuesday night residencies at a small rock club in Boston.

The Boston Globe has said The Blue Ribbons “combine upbeat disillusionment and celebratory fatalism with musicianship." An unlikely and exciting match for Dietrich Strause's meticulously crafted songs - which WBUR says are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a "virtuosic command of imagery." Boston Music Award winning four piece The Blue Ribbons have a fearless sound; evolved over a decade of tirelessly and joyously playing bar rooms, clubs, and festivals. Their influences are rooted deeply in the jazz and rock and roll anti-traditions, described as “Ray Charles and Tom Waits on a pirate ship with Sun Ra and Captain Beefheart." In his eight years living in New England, Dietrich Strause has evolved in his own parallel way, from writing Appalachian nostalgia porn to mid-century modern pop rock. He has cut his teeth on the road supporting a wide range of artists from Anais Mitchell and Sarah Jarosz, to Gregory Alan Isakov and Lake Street Dive.


Oompa is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, ophaned, hood kids and them.

Oompa is 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, and a finalist at the 2016 National Poetry Slam. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, NPR Boston’s The ARTery, Vanyaland, among others.

Oompa's debut album, November 3rd, was named one of Dig Boston's Top 30 Local Albums of 2016 and one of Allston Pudding’s Favorite albums of 2016. With sounds often compared to that of Lauryn Hill and J. Cole, she was nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2017 Boston Music Awards, is one of Boston Herald’s New Favorites of 2018, is currently working on her highly anticipated, second full-length album.