atac: downtown arts + music
160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA

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Hosted by James Merenda / Tickle Juice, atac’s monthly Jazz Jam and Show is an open, inviting opportunity for both players and fans to find the MetroWest beat. Each session opens with an hour-ish performance, followed by an open jam.


Rock Off Main
2022-2023 Season

7:00 PM Doors, 7:30 PM Show
$8 General Admission, Members 10% off 

160 Hollis Street
Framingham, MA


l Christmas Presents: Hot and Heavenly Cabaret.

Join us for a special night of drag, burlesque, and comedy.

Saturday Feb 11, 2023
$25, 18+


  • Pearl Buttons
  • Xiomarie LaBeija
  • Leather Pixie
  • MT Hart
  • Monica InitaSign Monroe
  • Lucifer Christmas

Explora is a low-key creative drop-in space in downtown Framingham, MA. One Saturday of each month, we open our doors to artists of all ages and skill levels for some quality shared studio time.Families with younger kids can create alongside local artisans and grown-up makers, and our pay-what-you-can model means the venue’s a resource for the entire community. We’re always adding new materials, tools, and resources to our library; you’re welcome to use them, or bring your stuff. You can also just hang out. This isn’t a class and there are no expectations. Our friendly staff will be there to show you around, and you can leave with whatever you create. Let’s Explora!


Joshua Davis was raised in the folk tradition: the music, the social movements, the land.

“Just like his heroes Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie Davis doesn't just sing the songs, he lives the songs.” —M Live


An evening of experimental and electronic music, curated by Christian Gentry.

Sets from
+ Maribo
+ Dave Seidel
+ Lou Bunk


“Richard has the fire of a rock god and all of the talent and skill of a master musician.” — Time Out Magazine, London, UK.


The Sea The Sea, Chuck E. Costa and Mira Costa, is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo featuring what Bob Boilen (NPR’s All Songs Considered) calls “excellent harmonies” & Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.”


Tonight: An amazing double-header!

Jazz saxophonist, flutist, and composer Greg Abate has the chops. A Berklee grad, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra, formed the influential Boston outfit Channel One, cut a live record at Birdland NYC in '91, and is an adjunct professor of Jazz Studies at Rhode Island College. Greg will be leading a group to headline tonight's event — those coming for the early set won't want to miss.

Opening up our evening, pianist Matt Savage leads an acoustic jazz quartet for a set consisting primarily of original music. The tunes combine post-bop intricacy with pop sensibilities. When not on stage, Matt's on the faculty of Longy and Bunker Hill Community College.  


Malik is a national touring comedy magician who has performed all over the United States and overseas. His performances include modern takes on classic magic, original creations, and a healthy dose of dry humor. Sleight of hand and magic of the mind are at the forefront, with performance pieces refined over a 30 year performing career.

Malik's audiences include corporations, colleges, comedy clubs, and some exclusive private groups, so there is something here for everyone.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door


Someone Like You is a Live Band Karaoke bash featuring the talents of Radio Honey. The 5-pice outfit offers a catalog of over 400 songs ranging from karaoke classics to modern pop hits. 

Remember, karaoke isn't a contest. If you can sing: awesome. If you can't, just bring the party with whatever voice the universe has gifted / burdened you with.

Arrive early to sign up! Cover does not guarantee a slot to perform. A sample song list will be shared at closer to the event.


“Her songs feel at once fresh faced and firmly rooted, driven by the whispery sensuality of her voice.” -The Boston Globe

“She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody.” -Neil Dorfsman, Producer


"Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant ...grown-up music for an adolescent age." —New York Times


$15 Suggested
$10 Discounted

Knock, Knock. Who’s there? It’s Know Orchestra!

Know Orchestra is a quintet of violin, cello, clarinet, piano, percussion, and voice. They first formed as a trio in 2001, growing out of the free improv and third stream scene in the Boston area. Their projects have ranged from in-the-moment settings of Kerouac texts to microtonal music to interactive children’s concerts.

This afternoon, the group hosts a fun, judgement-free Creative Open Mic for all ages to come out, enjoy music, and share ideas.


"It's a tribute to Boston's Ball in the House that the first thing you marvel at upon hearing it's debut is the beauty of the songs - a tasty melange of classic street corner soul, funk and hip hop - and the remarkable way the band's five voices interlock." - The Boston Herald


"The Love Dogs are funny, funky, and push a beat 50's style until you can't help but tap your feet. With big thick horns and humorous, sexy lyrics, this band is built for fun. -Blues Review
"Even though the music could make Leonardo's David dance, it's the songwriting that separates these Dogs from the rest of the pack. -The New york Post

"If these guys don't make you want to dance, look in the mirror. You're the dog. -The Boston Herald
"Steamy R&B from great players with an unabashed love of rhythm! -The Boston Globe


Have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years. Not limited to one style, but able to play Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy Waters. Little Walter and Billy Boy Arnold; Kansas City Swing in the style of "Big" Joe Turner; Texas Blues like "T" Bone Walker and Freddie King; and the swampy Louisiana sounds of "Lazy" Lester-all played with distinctive originality.

All of the members of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones have been featured on other Artists recordings which include Roomful of Blues,Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond, Johnny Winter, J.Geils, Otis Grand, Pinetop Perkins, The Mannish Boys, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl and many more.


$25 General Admission
$20 for Students & Seniors

Back Bay Ringers is an advanced, auditioned community handbell ensemble based in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 2003, BBR has quickly developed a reputation for excellence with performances at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Symphony Hall, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the Prudential Center, and has collaborated with renowned local arts organizations including The Handel and Haydn Society, The Boston Pops, Coro Allegro, and the Boston Children’s Chorus.

  • Doors open one hour before show start
  • Plenty of parking on site
  • Members enjoy 10% off. Become a member today!

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