The all-volunteer Me&Thee music series will kick off its winter season on Friday, Feb. 2 with the hot Pan-Latin sounds of Sol y Canto, the award-winning ensemble led by Puerto Rican and Argentine singer and percussionist Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist, singer, and composer Brian Amador.
Featuring Rosi’s crystalline voice and Brian’s lush Spanish guitar and inventive compositions, Sol y Canto is known for making their music accessible to Spanish- and non-Spanish-speaking audiences of all ages. Since 1994, Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the California World Music Festival, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Puerto Rico’s Museo de Arte, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The season continues on Friday, Feb. 16 with contemporary folk and Americana artist Amy Speace, who is traveling to Marblehead directly from Nashville. Heralded by Rolling Stone and Billboard magazine, Amy’s music has been recorded by Judy Collins and Janis Ian, among others. Erin Ash Sullivan will open. On Friday, March 1, songwriter and humorist Vance Gilbert returns to the Me&Thee with Andrew Dunn and Todd Dennison opening. Richmond Magazine wrote that “if Joni Mitchell and Richie Havens had a love child with Rodney Dangerfield as the midwife, the result might be something close to the great Vance Gilbert.”
Fiery dobro player Abbie Gardner will be featured on Friday, March 15 at the Me&Thee. An original member of the Americana harmony trio Red Molly, Gardner plays impeccable lap style slide guitar. Her latest recording “DobroSinger” hit #11 on the Billboard Blues Chart.
Later in the year, songwriting duo Pete and Maura Kennedy will play selections from their latest top-rated album, “Headwinds,” on Friday, April 5. One of the most famous jazz ensembles in New England, The New Black Eagle Jazz Band, will return to the Me&Thee on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m. The Nields will be featured on Friday, May 5 in a concert that was delayed last year due to illness.
No-fee general-admission tickets and student tickets are only available at meandthee.org. Locally, tickets for all concerts are on sale at Arnould’s Gallery on Washington Street. No phone orders are accepted and no other ticket websites are authorized.
Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the music begins shortly after 8 p.m. Me&Thee is an all-volunteer, nonprofit arts organization at the UU Church, 28 Mugford St., now in its 54th season.