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Ken Jeong (The Hangover) dances to the bluegrass music of
the Goodtime Stringband during the filming of "Furry Vengeance"

Somerville Bluegrass Fridays!

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

On the last Friday of every month. The Goodtime Stringband presents a monthly evening of bluegrass-flavored music at the Arts at the Armory Café in Somerville! Our monthly residency resumes on Friday January 23, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm!

“Bluegrass Fridays” will be hosted by this surprisingly popular non-traditional wedding band and their musical friends.  Expect a great night of music performed with bluegrass instrumentation

The Center for Arts at the Armory is located at 191 Highland Avenue between Davis and Union Squares in Somerville, Massachusetts. The Arts at the Armory Café can be found on the left-hand side as you enter the first floor.  A free 44-space parking lot is located behind the Armory.  Additional overflow parking lots are available.


Free, donations welcome and appreciated!

An Improper Wedding Band

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Hey Everyone! Pick up a copy of this month’s Improper Bostonian Wedding Issue.  The Goodtime Stringband is featured/profiled as a local wedding band!  Special thanks to Jodie and Mike who were interviewed about their wedding and the band’s part in their special day!

Here’s an excerpt from the article (read the full version here):

The band’s fans include Jodie Giordano, who danced to a downhome rendition of “Rainbow Connection” at her recent reception: “I never dreamed about my wedding day as a kid, but I’ve known since I was little that it would be Dad’s and my song, so that meant a ton,” she explains. Having taken banjo lessons for a few years herself, she even stepped in to play an Irish waltz during her wedding reception at Stonehurst in Waltham. Her husband, Mike, is a professional guitarist, so it was important for them to incorporate live music without overpowering the intimate estate.


Holiday Sip, Shop and Smudge!

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ho ho ho! We’re kicking off the holiday season with a Holiday Sip & Shop hosted by Smudge Ink Studios on November 5.

We’re looking forward to an evening of sipping, snacking, and shopping for great holiday gifts from local businesses. We’ll also be performing some live bluegrass and watch Smudge folks show off their presses with a fun demo.

Join us for an awesome night with our friends at: Elizabeth Benotti Ceramics, Salt Cellar Shop, Wild Folk Studio2 Fresh Threads, EHChocolatier, Northlight Baking Co, Idle Hands Craft Ales, Whole Foods Charlestown, Boston Organics, and us, the Goodtime Stringband. And we’re especially excited to donate part of the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club of Charlestown. We hope to see you there!



Celebrate Fall at Family Day at the Davis!

Friday, October 10th, 2014


Family Day at the Davis Museum – Wellesley College

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – 11:00am
Location: Collins Cinema, Davis Museum Lobby, Davis Museum Plaza, Collins Cafe

Join us at the Davis to celebrate our favorite things about fall! Listen to live bluegrass music (provided by the Goodtime Stringband) and eat some treats on the Davis Plaza, or head into the galleries to embark on a scavenger hunt. Watch Wellesley College faculty featured in “New View” as they demonstrate their art making process, and then try your own hand at pumpkin carving!

Family Day is generously supported by The Palley Endowment Fund for Davis Museum Outreach Programs.

Topsfield Fair, Eight Years Ago…

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Goodtime Band played at the historic Topsfield Fair on this date eight years ago.  Andy’s daughter Elizabeth was photographed by the Associated Press that day and made famous!   Check out this clipping!


Somerville Whole Foods Birthday!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Somerville’s Whole Foods turns “one” today and  we are helping them during their Birthday Bash on Saturday, September 6th from 12-4pm!

Special guests Dave DeLuca (guitar/vocals) and Michelle Canning (banjo) will be performing with the band.  It should be a fun day of food, fun, bluegrass and Americana music.

The store is located at 45 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143 at the former Johnny’s Foodmaster.



Neighbors Say Barn Weddings Raise a Rumpus

Friday, August 15th, 2014

There’s a interesting article in the New York Times this month about barn weddings, and their impact on communities.  I guess it reinforces our band’s belief that louder music isn’t always better.  We pride ourselves on performing at appropriate sound levels and being respectful of local sound ordinances.  This is why we are on the preffered vendor list of many New England barn wedding venues!

Grooms and brides say the barns are part of a cultural shift away from traditional weddings. At a typical barn wedding, formal china and glassware are out, in favor of carefully mismatched plates and Mason jars for sipping cocktails. Guests nibble casual fare like grilled corn on the cob and barbecued pork. If the weather cooperates, the evening often ends with people gathering around a bonfire and toasting s’mores under the stars.

Resources helping engaged couples dream up decorating ideas have proliferated in recent years. Pinterest boards and suggest adding touches like sofas made of hay bales and wine bottles repurposed as candle holders. Websites recommend out-of-the-way venues, as the shopping blog Racked did last year in “The Most Beautiful Spots Around Chicago for a Barn Wedding.”

You can read the article here.

Yaniv Joins the Goodtimes!

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Hailing from the great state of Colorado, Yaniv Salzberg plays primarily bluegrass and country music, with influences of jazz, swing and rock. We’re thrilled to have him on board!

In 2011, Yaniv won the Kiowa flatpicking guitar championships in Colorado. In 1999, Yaniv began performing internationally in both Israel and Brazil. Shortly after, he toured the Caribbean playing on guitar on Carnival Cruise Ships.

In 2010, Yaniv and Katie Glassman performed as a duo throughout France. Adding to his repertoire of styles, Yaniv is a first call musician for Klezmer and other traditional Eastern European Jewish music. He has also appeared on stage as Hank Williams!