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

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!

Cape Island Weddings!

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The band’s summer has been off to a busy start!   This past month we’ve played at two weddings at the Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm, a farm-to-table event in Portland, Maine and two Cape Cod island weddings!

JERRY DOUGLAS – Friday Night in Harvard Square!

Monday, April 7th, 2014

JERRY DOUGLAS with Special Guests: Emy Phelps and Darol Anger

The First Parish Church, Harvard Sq.
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138    Venue Information

Friday April 11, 2014 8:00 PM

Our favorite dobro player returns to Harvard Sq. performing a rare solo and acoustic show in this intimate Cambridge landmark. Jerry is very likely the most sought after musician on the planet. From Alison Krauss’s Union Station to Elvis Costello’s acoustic project to the famed Trans-Atlantic Sessions.

Here are a few of his credits:

  • 13 Time Grammy Winner
  • 3 Time Country Music Association MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
  • Distinguished Recipient of the NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP from The
  • National Endowment Of The Arts
  • Performed on over 2000 albums


Craft My Wedding – This Weekend!

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of a totally fresh, cool new take on the traditional Wedding fair! If you only attend one Bridal Event, this should be it!

Talk one on one with totally original, enthusiastic artists, designers and small business owners you won’t find at other fairs! We only want the best, so each vendor has been hand selected to guarantee a unique event! Explore outlets to help you express your creative vision and talk custom ideas.

Have fun! No stuffy, “take a number” attitudes here! Just a good time where you can see potential vendors in action and enjoy your afternoon

Support local talent and businesses in the community! The Goodtime Stringband will be performing to help support this great local event! Come hang out with us on Sunday! It will be a Good Time!

Bubba’s Bluegrass Stash – Rare Appearance!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

According to Internet rumors and hushed back room conversations, the fabled band “Bubba’s Bluegrass Stash” will be making a extremely rare appearance this Saturday night at a venue in Lowell, Massachusetts.

With several members of the legendary act’s band being of French-Canadian descent, the rumor consensus seems to be that the musical phenenom will occur at 9pm (neuf heures) at La Boniche in downtown Lowell.

Fans and groupies are already camping out on the sidewalks hoping to catch a rare glance at this epoch ensemble of musicians.  Human levitation and bluegrass conjurings have long been associated with their rare performances, and I hope that this weekend’s rumored appearance is not exception!



Laura Smith on Saturday Night!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Laura Smith will be performing tomorrow night at the “Not Just Another Coffeehouse” in Sharon, MA. Should be a great show!

It’s HAPPENING in Lowell this Saturday Night!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014


Jess McDonald is hosting an event to benefit out friend, sister-Goddess & co-worker Kiely Quinn Carifio who has recently suffered serious burns to her hands in a small house fire. This event is being held to offset her insurmountable medical bills. Kiely is a beautiful source of light & love who has given so much to our community. Many amazing, local Musicians, performers & community members have generously offered to donate their time & talents to this worthy cause. It is certain to be a night of revelry, love & support! Mark your calendar because you certainly do not want to miss this amazing evening of generosity & support.

SCHEDULE Event begins at 6:00 ending at 1:00…
6:30 Om Belly Co
7:00 President Soup
8:00 The Goodtime Stringband (with special guest Mary Casiello)
9:00 Om Belly Co
9:30 Rockspring
10:30 Melvern Taylor
11:30 Alligator Wine
(DJ Jesse Gallagher in between & ending the fantastic eve)

OUR SPECIAL GUEST!  Mary Casiello will be performing with the Goodtime Stringband!Originally from Traverse City, Michigan, Mary came here to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music and study songwriting.  She’s a fantastic keyboard player/vocalist, and aspires to have the bottom of her feet tattooed this year.