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.