Boston Music Showcase and Wine Night
in partnership with The Urban Grape
Join us for the Athenæum’s 2nd annual music showcase! A lively night that is likely to sell out, this event will feature three sets of music by some of Boston’s most exciting up and coming young artists! In short order, we'll hear the harmonies of a fantastic folk duo, be transported to warmer climes with a classically trained cuatro player, and be graced with the soaring notes of opera arias. Each performance will be expertly paired with wine from the one and only Urban Grape. And, of course, delectable nibbles will be available throughout the evening's festivities. Come celebrate and support Boston talent while sipping away on sumptuous pours from one of Boston's most beloved independent wine stores.
Sweet Petunia, composed of Mairead Guy and Madison Simpson, is a harmony-driven, lyrically complex Folk-Americana band from Boston, Massachusetts. They play music packed with political ideology and themes of self love, urging everyone around them, regardless of race, sexuality, ability, or gender identity, that they deserve happiness and empowerment. Established in the summer of 2017, they have gone on to perform up and down the Eastern seaboard, mesmerizing crowds with their ability to silence a room at the turn of a voice and a word. Their self-titled debut EP was released in December of 2018, and is available to stream on all services.
Puerto Rican cuatro player Fabiola M. Méndez Quiñones was born on February 20, 1996. She started taking Puerto Rican cuatro classes at age 6. She was a student at the Humacao Musical Institute, the Antonio Paoli School of Music in Caguas, and the Conservatorio de Artes del Caribe. In 2018, she got her Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, becoming the first student to graduate with the Puerto Rican cuatro as principal instrument. Fabiola has participated in several cuatro competitions and has won numerous prizes, including being selected as the winner of the “National Cuatro Player Competition” in 2011 by the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. In addition, she has participated in multiple recordings. Foremost among them are: Banco Popular Christmas CD “Eco” (2008), Fabiola Mendez & Herencia Criolla (2009), Ready for Departure (2014), and Guille & the B.Band (2015), and her latest release “Al Otro Lado Del Charco” (2019) available on all digital platforms. Fabiola has had the chance of playing for and with artists such as: the Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra, Totó la Momposina, Pedro Capó, Victoria Sanabria, Cucco Peña, Eddie Palmieri, Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Danny Rivera, Edwin Colón Zayas, Los Rayos Gamma, among many others. Fabiola has had the privilege of receiving acknowledgements such as the dedication of the Mapeye Festival 2011, the Quincy Jones Award 2016, ambassador at the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC 2018, and a commendation from the PR House of Representatives for being the first Puerto Rican cuatro player to graduate from Berklee.
The Urban Grape is an award-winning wine, craft beer, and spirits store located in Boston’s vibrant South End neighborhood. UG is the first store in the world to utilize Progressive Shelving, a unique system of organizing wines by their body, rather than varietal or region.