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.