Ides of March – Willie B, Anna Coogan and Johnny Dowd

Born in Boston and raised in rural Vermont, Anna Coogan has been deeply involved with music for as long as she can remember. Originally training to be an opera singer, she studied at Das Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria before turning to songwriting. Now celebrating her tenth year as a performing songwriter, Coogan has released five critically acclaimed full- length records and toured extensively around the US and Europe, including performances at the Blue Balls Festival (CH), Celtic Connections (UK), Glasgow Americana, (UK) and the Maverick Festival (UK).

Willie B was born Brian Wilson on February 13, 1975, and grew up on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts.  The first records he owned, Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, John Coltrane “Love Supreme”, and Led Zeppelin “Presence”, left a huge impression on his childhood. At age 12, he tried to convince his parents, after years of pestering, to let him get a set of drums. After a few summers painting houses, he finally earned enough money and walked down to the local music shop, and bought the first set he saw.  Drumming for many bands through his high school he went off to college in Ithaca, NY.   After a year of school, Willie headed back to his hometown area to teach drumming at DiCenso’s Drum Shop in Quincy, MA. Although teaching proved to be an invaluable experience, Willie returned to Ithaca, NY to pursue some promising musical projects. He played drums for various bands and recording projects working with producer Alex Perialas of Anthrax and Bad Religion fame.

Forth Worth, Memphis and Pauls Valley, Oklahoma have all had the great fortune of  Johnny Dowd calling them home.   Now based in Ithaca so long we consider him a hometown hero, Dowd’s music is specifically his own.  After receiving a record player for Christmas in 1956 he was inspired by an early age by the sounds of Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and James Brown. a singer-songwriter his work has been called absurd, gothic, humorous, and romantic.

Boston’s up first with a set from Anna Coogan and Willie B, then Johnny Dowd takes the stage.  This free show is open to the public!