The Loop is a showcase of singer-songwriters in the Boston area. It is held each month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Four Performers play 30 minute sets . Formerly held at Arts at the armory in Somerville, the show is now online until further notice . We encourage performers to present their original music to our listening audience. The monthly shows are run in turn by Linda Marks and Rick Drost, and other volunteers
The September show is on the fourth Thursday. sept 22
show will appear on the Loop at the armory group page:
and be carried on the Loop at the armory YouTube channel
The Players will be:
John Schindler - Boothbay Harbor, ME - johnschindler.reverbnation.com
Ronnee Stolzberg - Warwick, RI - ronneesongs.com
Roberta Lamb - East Providence, RI - robertalamb.com
Rick Drost - Cambridge, MA - rickdrostsongs.com
Details on the performers:
Originally from Saint Louis Missouri, John was influenced early on by that town's rhythm
and blues and his Oklahoma mother’s singing. This funky start was drastically tempered
by a nine-year stint in a Catholic seminary where silence and Gregorian chant were his
daily bread. After leaving the brotherhood, and armed only with his vow of poverty, John
moved to New England and pursued the path of an itinerant musician, playing in sundry
bands and bad barrooms. It was during this time, he realized, that his audience could not
Winner of both the 2003 Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and the 2006
Rose Garden Coffeehouse Song Contest, John has also been a finalist in many other
His CD Memory Train was CD of the Week on Chicago’s WFMT’s Midnight Special.
His new CD is Two-Step Man.
John lives in Boothbay Harbor ME with his wife, Jane and fat cat, Iko.
“John's the best singer songwriter I've run into in the last 10 years or so"~ Bob Franke
"John Schindler is full of wonderful, insightful songs that will find their way into the repertoire of other
folksingers. John's songs really connect!" ~ Dick Pleasants, WUMB
“Wise, witty and dark." ~ Charlie Hunter of FLYING UNDER RADAR
“New Hampshire's John Schindler knows how to translate life into wise, oddly witty songs and his new
Memory Train album collects many of the calm little gems he's been writing in recent years" ~ Dan Gewertz,
“A true original.” ~ WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival
“We could use some more John Schindler in the world!” Chris Darling, WMPG, Portland
Contact John at (603) 562-6788 or email@example.com
John’s website: http://www.reverbnation.com/johnschindler
Roberta’s songs range from catchy with a groove to impassioned ballads that touch close to the bone. No matter the song, she brings it straight to the heart with her clear, strong voice and her magnetic stage presence. Her fans describe her music as sophisticated, engaging, sometimes humorous, sometimes bittersweet - and always beautifully performed.
A singer-songwriter with unique influences, Roberta Lamb draws on her classical vocal training, her love of blues and pop, and her appreciation for a timeless tune to entertain at a variety of venues. Audiences will be drawn into Roberta’s songs, delivered with her expressive voice and her easygoing way of engaging audiences with humor, honesty, and passion. She boldly tackles topical subjects that touch the hearts and sometimes funny bones of those lucky enough to be in the house when she lights up the stage.
She has performed at a range of venues from The Burren in Somerville, MA, The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, MA, to Providence’s AS220, Nick-a-Nee’s, the Rhode Island Folk Festival, NERFA Guerilla Showcases as well as at many popular spots such as Concord MA’s Main Street Café, the Common Ground in Arlington, MA the Fresh Ground Coffee House in Gardner, MA. She can be heard at local farmers markets such as the Weaver Library in East Providence and the Pawtucket Village Farmers Market.
Self-taught at age sixteen, singer/songwriter Ronnee Stolzberg sat at the back of her high school guitar class, picking out chords to the current pop tunes while the rest of her classmates were still learning how to tune the instrument. Under the guidance of some close friends, she soon found herself writing original songs and performing onstage within the first year of picking up the guitar. Growing up with a transistor radio as her constant companion, Ronnee began learning to play the music she knew best. Songs by artists such as America, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Harry Chapin and The Eagles quickly began to fill out her repertoire, and by her early college years her performances on campus drew the attention of students and other local musicians who enjoyed her easy-going style and voice. As a member of the university's music club she participated in the recording and production of the school's annual album release, fascinated with the experience of working in a professional recording studio for the first time.
After college, Ronnee began performing the local folk clubs and coffeehouses, first at Open Mike events and later as the featured artist. Her original compositions, "Without A Dime" and "Mama Don't Sing No More", won her a place as the sole musical performer at a local art gallery's exhibit opening entitled "Homes and Homelessness". During this time, Ronnee also pursued a day-time career working for major music-industry manufacturers, including Guild Guitars, Celestion Speakers, and Kaman Music Corporation (makers of Ovation and Takamine acoustic guitars). Her experience working for acoustic guitar manufacturers has given her insight and a first-hand understanding of the instrument from the expert craftsmen who build them.
Having spent several years living in nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut, Ronnee returned to her native Rhode Island to emerge once again on the local music scene. She has continued performing in clubs and coffeehouses throughout the southern New England area for more than 20 years, playing "Classic Rock" covers and originals, including those from her self-produced CD, “Spirit of the Heart”. Ronnee's upbeat “acoustic-rock” style and choice of material continue to draw her audiences' praise and applause.
Contact Ronnee at ronneesongs.com
Rick writes and sings songs with depth and heart- songs that repay repeated listening and convey a long love of classical music, natural wonders, poetry. His songs treat life from a varied angles - Jilted lovers, swans in the Public Garden, leftover lobsters, and meditations on meditation. Longtime inspiration came from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen; Originally from Western New York, Rick travels from Cambridge, MA to sing at coffeehouses, house concerts, small festivals and Folk Alliance Events from New England, to Colorado to the Southeast. His 2017 album “Turning the World” still gets occasional radio airplay
See www.rickdrostsongs.com for tunes, videos, etc.