To our donors and friends:
Your support and investment during the 2016-2017 school year generously supported our music programs in the Boston area to serve more than 100 students in guitar and drumming lessons - and hundreds more through our website, performance and awards programs.
Throughout the year, Pavoh successfully engaged full classes at Boys and Girls Club sites in Dorchester, Watertown, Woburn and Waltham where the energy and enthusiasm for music resonated. Other accomplished young musicians played at venues and festivals in and around Boston. The 2017 Pavoh Music Award winner, Ava Suppelsa played at the All You Got Tour and the New England Music and Arts Festival - two new opportunities that have emerged for the youth music scene.
In October 2017, a turning point for the organization, I along with Pavoh’s board of directors, reflected on our accomplishments for youth while noting the many new opportunities that have emerged, offering an improved and nimble network for youth musicians. After much thought and discussion, we voted to officially close the organization and website pavoh.org at the end of this year having fulfilled our mission - “to provide young people with accessible music opportunities that drive artistic growth and empower self-expression.“
We are grateful to all of our musicians, teachers, donors, volunteers, sponsors, staff, partners and supporters of all kinds - and of course, our dedicated board of directors. It has been a rewarding and inspiring 5 years! Thank you!
Laura Lamere - Founder and President, Pavoh
Pavoh has met the needs of thousands of young people each on his or her own journey to self-expression and belonging through music - from the youngest guitar student to the most accomplished indie band member.
On Sunday night February 26, 2017, the 2017 Pavoh Music Awards featured six solo performers and bands chosen from submissions from all over New England.
The Hard Rock Boston was once again home for this event that rocked with amazing sound, talent and showmanship. After performances by four singer songwriters - Lydia Barnes from New Hampshire; Gracelyn Rennick from Rhode Island; Julia Russo from Connecticut; and Ava Suppelsa from Massachusetts; and two bands, Moment of Clarity and TOS, both from Massachusetts - the guest judges Brad Faucher, Joe Graham, Emily Grogan and Victoria Wasylak chose the winners: Best Performance: Ava Suppelsa; Best Singer Songwriter: Ava Suppelsa; and Best Band: Moment of Clarity.
David Koopman, Emcee, opened the event and introduced the performers. Also recognized at the event were Diane Young of TCAN's Rock Off Main Street and Joe Graham of The New England Music Awards - for their work in improving access to youth music opportunities and venues. Each received the first Pavoh Music Awards Youth Music Advocate awards.
Pavoh Music Awards winners received: Cash, Gift Certificates, Special appearances, and exclusive gigs. Thanks to sponsors and donors: All You Got Tour, INDIE SCENE RADIO, Boston Youth Music and Arts Festival, Music Go Round Boston.
Youth Artists and Youth Music Advocates, Diane Young, Joe Graham, Receive Awards
In it’s fourth year of recognizing exceptional youth musicians, the Pavoh Music Awards gathers every February at the Hard Rock Cafe to highlight original youth music and recognize the best and the most promising in New England. Pavoh is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that aims to to provide young people with accessible music opportunities that drive artistic growth and empower self-expression.
For the first time, Pavoh will also recognize local youth music advocates Diane Young, of Rock Off Main Street at The Center for The Arts Natick, and Joe Graham, Producer of The New England Music Awards, who align with the organization’s mission and improve the music scene’s accessibility to youth musicians.
This year's six Pavoh Music Awards finalists were chosen from entrants under the age of 21, who submitted their music on www.pavoh.org between June and October 2016. They compete live for the titles Best Band, Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Performance today at the Pavoh Music Awards Show at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston on Sunday February 26, 2017 between 5-8pm. Tickets are $20 at the door. Kids are free.
The Pavoh Music Awards finalists were chosen by a selection panel of musicians and youth music industry experts who were looking for originality, musicality and promise. Four singer-songwriters were selected including: Lydia Barnes from New Hampshire; Gracelyn Rennick from Rhode Island; Julia Russo from Connecticut; and Ava Suppelsa from Massachusetts. Two bands were also chosen: Moment of Clarity and TOS, both from Massachusetts. All will compete for the titles: Best Singer Songwriter; Best Band; Best Performance. Pavoh Music Awards winners receive: Cash, Gift Certificates, Special appearances, and exclusive gigs. Thanks to sponsors and donors: All You Got Tour, INDIE SCENE RADIO, Boston Youth Music and Arts Festival, Music Go Round Boston.
New England music industry volunteers judge the Pavoh Music Awards live performances and include:
Pavoh Music Awards Youth Music Advocate, Diane Young is the Founder and Director of Rock Off Main Street at The Center for the Arts (TCAN) in Natick, MA providing 850 young bands and solo artists much needed opportunity to share their songs in a venue they where they feel respected and affirmed. At 20 years old, Rock Off Main Street is arguably the longest running all-ages venue for local teen and young adult bands. Young’s goal has always been to give youth a platform: “to take their eclectic mix of music out of their basements and put it on stage where it belongs, performing for their peers.” When her son Neil was fourteen and his first rock band was ready to play outside my basement she realized there was no place for a young band to play. At the same time The Center for Arts in Natick just opened and she approached the director about an event that would showcase teenage musicians.
Joe Graham, Co-Founder and Producer of The New England Music Awards, scheduled for April 29, 2017 at Showcase LIVE, Foxboro, MA, is the second recipient of the Pavoh Music Awards Youth Music Advocate Award. The New England Music Awards are presented every year to the musicians who call New England their home and whose dedication, spirit, and achievements over the last year have without a doubt established them as a contributing force to the most robust and diverse music scene in the country. The NEMA nominating committee represents all six New England states and every awards category. Not only does Graham donate his time to serve on the Pavoh Music Awards Selection Committee and as a Judge at the Awards event, but also was integral to founding the Pavoh Music Awards (formerly the RADAR Award) and continues to highlight youth bands and musicians giving them unique access to the New England music scene.
PAST AWARD WINNERS: The 2016 winners included: Rodolfo Arteaga, latin/pop singer-songwriter from Massachusetts, James MacPherson, singer-songwriter and Bosaii Trees band from Connecticut, and Playing With Fire, female-fronted rock band from Massachusetts.
The 2015 winners included: Lizzy Marella, (now using the name Elytta) singer-songwriter from New Hampshire (placed on the Official Ballot for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards by The Recording Academy in the following categories: Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album), The Brazen Youth, an alternative rock duo from Connecticut (nominated for a 2016 NEMA Award), and 21st Century Fugitives, (the youngest band to ever compete in the Boston Rock and Roll Rumble) a classic rock group with a modern edge from Massachusetts.
The 2014 winners included: The Cranks from Massachusetts, Closer Than We Appear from Massachusetts, and The Meadows Brothers from Connecticut, who later won a 2015 NEMA Award for Best in Connecticut.
Learn more about Pavoh and the Pavoh Music Awards at www.pavoh.org. Learn more about TCAN and Rock Off Main Street at www.natickarts.org/rock-main-street#tcan. Learn more about The New England Music Awards at www.nemusicawards.com/ .
by Victoria Wasylak
With the 2017 Pavoh Music Awards (formerly RADAR Awards) just around the corner this weekend, it only seems fitting to boast about what last year’s winners have accomplished in twelve short months. Here’s a quick recap of what James MacPherson, Rodolfo Arteaga and Playing With Fire have been up to since being named the Pavoh Music Awards’ Class of 2016.
Soloist James MacPherson had a busy 2016 both inside and outside the studio. MacPherson spent the last year recording two albums simultaneously, one for his solo project, and the other for his band Bonsai Trees, named Not Bitter. Bonsai Trees toured the East Coast in 2016, hitting up New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston, and returning home to perform at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hartford. In February, Bonsai Tress announced that their entire catalogue on Bandcamp would be “pay what you want,” and that they would donate all proceeds to the ACLU. MacPherson capped February off with an audition for The Voice.
Rodolfo Arteaga started the first steps of his post-graduate life in August when he graduated from Boston’s Berklee School of Music and went to Venezuela for a small tour in September. Arteaga now lives in Miami and works as a music educator and performs at venues local to him in Florida, such as La Bohemia Show and Baru Latin Bar.
Playing With Fire recently hit the stage at the Regent Theatre in Arlington to compete in the LME Boston Battle of the Bands. In 2016, the band celebrated the release of the Two Weeks EP in November, a four-track sampler of their musical career thus far. Riding the wave of their release, Playing With Fire rocked ‘First Night’ in Worcester to ring in the new year. They also appeared on WEMF radio and NewTV in 2016.
At just 19 years old, Ava Suppelsa has already had a career that rivals musicians twice her age. She is a self taught guitarist and accomplished songwriter. She played her first live show at age 13 and never looked back. She’s received national recognition for her songwriting from the International Songwriting Competition, American Songwriting Awards, Great American Songwriting Contest and more.
In 2015, she was named a Young Arts Winner, a competition supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. Out of 11,000 applicants, she was one of 6 selected Singer/Songwriters. There she worked with and was mentored by legendary artists like Chris Young, Josh Groban and Desmond Child. A captivating performer, Ava has performed at venues across the country and has opened for artists such as Grammy-Nominee Hunter Hayes, popular indie songwriter Andrew Belle, and more. She is currently a sophomore at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where she studies songwriting and music business. She continues to write and perform and released her debut EP on February 10th.
"This is a song that I wrote about addiction and the way it has personally affected my life. Addiction awareness is a cause that is very close to me - when I was 14 my dad went into treatment for alcoholism. It's something that I don't think gets enough help and attention and carries a heavy stigma along with it. I hoped that by writing this song and sharing my side of the story, I could shed some light on what it's like for the addict as well as family members. I plan on donating a portion of the sales from my debut EP, which includes "Finish Line", to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation to support this cause."
How would you characterize your musical style?
I like to call my style "country without the twang." I'm a city girl born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up listening to country and fell in love with it at a young age. I love the storytelling and the songwriting of the genre and started writing like that from an early age. However, I sing with more of a pop style, which keeps my music from having the traditional country "twang," fusing the two styles together.
Who are you - what is your story?
I'm your typical teenage girl: I go to college, I like to hang out with my friends and watch Netflix. But I'm also a self proclaimed obsessive musician. I read a quote that said "Don't give up on anything you can't go a day without thinking about." I've applied that to my life since I was 12 and started playing. I'm self-taught and simply started writing music to get my emotions on paper. People seemed to like what I wrote and things just took off for me. It's easy to be dedicated to something you love so much.
What do you think is the difference between good music and great music?
I think the difference between good and great music is honesty. The best songs in history are the ones that are genuine, honest and tell a story people can relate to. There's nothing like a song that bares the writer's heart and soul so much that you feel like it's your story as well.
What are the biggest challenges of being a young musician?
A big challenge I've faced in my life as a young musician is trying to balance being a kid and a student as well as a professional musician. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to have a career in music so young. I remember missing a lot of school in high school because of amazing music opportunities. The downside was that I missed out on social things: school dances, friend's birthdays, and school work. It was completely worth it but it's important and hard to find the right balance.
What does it mean to be chosen as a Pavoh Music Awards Finalist?
It's incredibly exciting to be chosen as a finalist. It's validation that what you're doing is good and that you should continue to work and pursue the dream. Of course all artists have their doubts from time to time about whether or not they actually have what it takes to be successful, and these kind of things are outside validation that you shouldn't give up. It's a huge honor to get to share a stage with these other talented young artists and to play at such an iconic venue as well. I can't wait.
Now in the fourth year of recognizing talented youth bands and singer-songwriters in New England, Pavoh has announced the finalists for the Pavoh Music Awards (formerly RADAR Awards) Show on Sunday February 26, 2017 at the Hard Rock Cafe Boston.
After a tough review process - tough because of the amazing talent who entered the contest! - the Pavoh Music Awards Selection Committee selected six finalists for the 2017 Pavoh Music Awards.
We are pleased to have representation from NH, CT, RI and MA! Congratulations to all who submitted!
Official Pavoh Music Awards finalists:
2015 WINNERS MARCH ONWARD
by Victoria Wasylak
The 2015 winners of the Pavoh Music Award Program remain a particularly ravenous bunch. Selected in February 2015 as three of the best New England acts under 21, Lizzy Marella from New Hampshire, 21st Century Fugitives from Massachusetts, and The Brazen Youth from Connecticut remain on the move and in the studio, garnering awards, records, and releases.
Interlochen Academy student Lizzy Marella has released her first album under her new stage name, Elytta. Her debut work, aptly named Release, features the single “I Want You,” accompanied by an eye-catching technicolor music video for the springy track. Release, recorded and produced at Rocking Horse Studios, garnered the title “Merit Winner” from the YoungArts Foundation, and Marella hopes to release a sophomore album by December.
“The RADAR Awards (now rebranded as The Pavoh Music Awards) was an amazing experience for me. I had never been in a competition for my music before and to receive such great feedback from judges that I respected and admired gave me much more confidence as a performer and songwriter,” Marella said. “I also credit my win with being able to preform at more venues around the New England area.”
Even before the Pavoh Awards, 21st Century Fugitives was a force of nature, far from fledgling, despite their youth. Prior to the awards, the supergroup had already opened for Boston legends Dropkick Murphys in 2014. After nabbing the Pavoh title, the boys went on to open for the Murphys again in 2015, as well as become the youngest band to ever compete in the Boston Rock and Roll Rumble. Perhaps most impressing of all, the group will be featured as “The Future of Rock” un the upcoming release “RAT SUITE,” a video compilation of Rathskellar-era bands performing at the RAT Suite in the Hotel Commonwealth.
“The Pavoh Award was important to 21CF, and to MANY young musicians, as there are many who won't give young people the opportunity to prove that they are truly musicians,” band manager Artie Lucas said. “PAVOH does just that, and the bands selected feel honored to be awarded. 21CF always references their gratitude at having been a Pavoh Award Winner!”
Connecticut indie-pop duo The Brazen Youth have been working on their album The Bristlecone Man and have released the sparse acoustic single “Reassess Me.” Co-founder Charles Dahlke described the process that he and band partner Nick Lussier have been using for the production of their forthcoming album.
“We’ve spent the last two years confined inside a tiny room that smells of dust, working on a concept album which uses first and third person narration to explain the life of The Bristlecone Man who lives and dies and lives and dies and never forgets his previous lives,” Dahlke said. “The Pavoh Awards was the first time either of us ever felt an overwhelming amount of adrenaline on stage and we are thankful for the opportunity the award brought us,” he added. “Judging art is a very subjective thing but supporting art is a very important thing and the Pavoh association does a great job of displaying their opinions as their opinions and they do a great job supporting young and emerging artists.”
Pavoh will present a celebration concert on Friday August 5 2:00-4:00pm at the Boys & Girls Club of Dorchester's Walter Denney Youth Center 270 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester, MA. Pavoh guitar instructor Ryan Carraher will perform with Talia Rubenstein, Finger-style Guitarist, and Jalen Rance, R&B singer-songwriter and Pavoh featured Artist of the Week.
The concert is the culmination of a five-week pilot program where Pavoh provided guitars (thanks in part to sponsor Music Go Round) and instruction. Students ranging in age from 5-11 have received guitar instruction from Carraher during July. The program is offered free to this community organization and is supported by generous donations from Pavoh supporters.
Pavoh is a 501c(3) non profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Please support us and bring music to kids across New England! Our mission: To provide young people with accessible music opportunities that drive artistic growth and empower self-expression.
By Victoria Wasylak - Special Report
Past RADAR Award (now called the Pavoh Music Awards) winners don’t sit still, nor were they made to. Every year, Pavoh awards the most talented and hardworking New England musicians under 21 with the hopes of recognizing and fostering young talent. Two years later, the class of 2014 is still hustling in New England and beyond. Check out what the first winners are up to in 2016.
The Meadows Brothers
After touring the East Coast and making stops at Rhythm ‘N’ Blooms festival in Knoxville, Tennessee and Roots on the Rails festivals in Vermont, The Meadows Brothers (Chester, CT) released their debut 8-track album Won’t Be Troubled in June of 2015, and have another Americana rock ‘n’ roller in the works. Stay tuned for their exclusive live session with WGBH Boston, and catch them at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival and Black River Folk and Blues Festival this summer. Check out their extensive tour dates here.
The Meadows Brothers
Right after the release of their EP Cute Hat, The Cranks (Groton, MA) welcomed fourth member and lead guitarist Connor Storms to their alt-rock ensemble. The group has branched out to touring in New York and New Jersey, and has rocked the stage at Granite State Music Festival, the Jersey Shore Festival and Floralia at Connecticut College. They plan to churn out a new Cranks album in the near future. Catch some Cranks near you here.
Singer/songwriter Angelina Botticelli (Boston, MA) is currently a 9th grade vocalist at Boston Arts Academy. She has been preparing to perform with the Landmark Orchestra in August at the Boston Hatch Shell, and will write both her own music and lyrics for her part of the performance. Angelina also collaborated with Carter James on his EP “Settled,” and is the new vocalist for Miyagi and The Kids. She opened for The Ballroom Thieves on June 21 at ZUMIX. Tune in to her ZUMIX radio show Mondays from 4-5pm at Galaxy Alive.
by Laura Lamere
I am so excited to announce that Pavoh award-winning musicians will appear at Outside The Box Festival on Boston Common on Friday July 15 at 12 noon! It is so rewarding to have a professional arts institution like this recognize not only Pavoh the organization, but also youth musicians as a whole - they are serious, talented and worthy of opportunities like this.
About Pavoh: Pavoh helps young people of all backgrounds and means come together to make their music. We work in New England to provide modern music skills development, performance and recognition to build self-confidence in youth during their critical pre-teen and teen years. Pavoh's mission is to provide young people with accessible music opportunities that drive artistic growth and empower self-expression.
About the performers: Performing at Outside the Box Festival along side the likes of Daughtry and Smash Mouth will be: James MacPherson and Rodolfo Arteaga. They were both 2016 Pavoh Music Awards finalists (known as the New England RADAR Award at that time) and became two of three identified as the best in New England. They have played at Pavoh created and identified gigs all over New England as part of the Pavoh Summer Tour sponsored by Music Go Round Boston including: Make Music Boston, LymeStock, Emerson College TV, Pavoh's Summer Bash, Not Your Average Joe's Waltham to name a few.
About James MacPherson:
James has been passionate about music since childhood. His parents, also musicians, noticed his natural abilities at a very young age. At 8, James played bass guitar in the school band and soon started taking guitar lessons. As a preteen, he was already performing at family events and recording his songs on ProTools in his home studio.
At 13, James made his professional debut on ukulele, performing an original song for hundreds of people at a local benefit concert honoring his first musical mentor, Steve Shore. At 16, James was interviewed and performed live on CT’s Fox News. In his spare time, James is also a professional actor who has worked in the Amazon Prime series “Red Oaks” and the HBO series “Vinyl”.
At 19 years old, James MacPherson is already an accomplished musician who has performed for more than 5 years. He is a talented singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording engineer, producer, and is the lead singer/guitarist for the popular Connecticut band Bonsai Trees.
Bonsai Trees is a high-energy alternative rock trio from Connecticut currently performing around the Northeast to promote their 2nd release entitled “Live Free and Die“, a follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut CD “Minimalist“. The band also includes drummer Nick Sokol and bassist Sean Millane. Their music has a wide appeal mainly due to radio-friendly original material that resembles such popular bands as The Black Keys, Green Day, Nirvana, The Strokes. The band has been performing regularly for over 4 years and has developed their own unique sound.
In February 2016, James won Pavoh's RADAR Award and has toured throughout New England both with his band and as a soloist.
About Rodolfo Arteaga:
"Musician until the rest of my days…” This is how this young singer-songwriter born in Venezuela describes himself. Rodolfo started down his music path at the age of 8, singing in choirs and learning “Cuatro”, a traditional instrument. His passion for music was more than clear and as he was growing up he realized that music was not a hobby for him. Music was his entire life!
At this point he had already mastered multiple instruments: Cello, Guitar, Cuatro and Voice. He joined his town's local Symphony Orchestra playing the Cello and at the same time was the bandleader of a Tropical-Pop band called “Yanama”. It was with Yanama that Rodolfo started songwriting and recording his first singles for the group.
In 2011, Rodolfo started his solo career, beginning an album called “Todo va a estar bien”. In the same year, Rodolfo moved to the U.S. to pursue his dreams. At 17 he lived in Miami by himself, going to school, learning English and recording a new project called “El resto de mis dias”. In 2014, Rodolfo released his first formal single with a music video called “Cuando estoy contigo”. That same year he was accepted to the Berklee College of Music and moved to Boston. In 2015, Rodolfo went on an intense tour in his country, gaining a lot of fans and respect in the music business with his brand new single “Como no quererte”. In February 2016, Rodolfo won Pavoh's RADAR Award and has toured throughout New England.