WUMB August Program Guide


SAMW 20th Anniversary Gala- The Secret Is Out!

We’ve had to keep it under wraps until today, but I am very pleased to announce that the SAMW 20th Anniversary Gala special musical guest will be…The David Bromberg Quintet, which includes our very own Mark Cosgrove!!!

The Gala is being planned to honor the founders of Summer Acoustic Music Week, (SAMW), – Dick Pleasants, Lorraine Hammond and Bob Franke. The event will take place at the Marriott Hotel in Quincy, MA on September 26th and will feature cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and concert. All proceeds will go to benefit SAMW and WUMB.

Tickets are on sale, and will be available to past SAMW attendees and current WUMB Members for the first 48hours at a discounted rate. On July 3rd, ticket prices will increase.

There are only 300 tickets available, and we anticipate they will go fast, so don’t wait!

You may purchase tickets here or for more information you may also call 617-287-6915.

I look forward to seeing you at the Gala!

Patty Domeniconi
Camp Director, SAMW
General Manager, WUMB

WUMB Summer Events

During the Summer we like to get out into the sunshine and support local festivals in Massachusetts as well as hold our own free concert series on Carson Beach.   Be sure to swing by and say hi if you’re in the neighborhood!

July 4th Weekend:  New Bedford Folk Festival

July 9th: Lowell Summer Series – Wood Brothers

August 1st: WUMB/Berklee Summer Series – Selina Elsie,  2pm
Lowell Summer Series – Gordon Lightfoot

August 8th: WUMB/Berklee Summer Series – Covey, 2pm

August 15th: WUMB/Berklee Summer Series – Tash, 2pm

August 22nd: WUMB/Berklee Summer Series – Evelyn Horan, 2pm

August 27th: Lowell Summer Series – Taj Mahal/John Hiatt


June Fundraiser Success!!

We did it!!

We raised $53,937 from 521 donors!

This is the ninth consecutive membership drive that we have surpassed our goal!  Thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered to take pledge calls.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

Summer Acoustic Music Week’s 20th Anniversary

SAMW Gala Fundraising Challenge


We met our $12,500 challenge!!
We are grateful to each of you for your contribution to the WUMB/SAMW Gala Fund, and delighted that those dollars will be doubled. Thank you for your generosity, and for your commitment to both the radio station and the Summer Acoustic Music Week programs.

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The Miracle of Fundraising

Every call we get and every pledge form we receive on line is a small miracle.  It means that another WUMB listener is joining the public radio partnership and supporting something they enjoy and depend on.

This public radio partnership, as it developed in this country, is unique worldwide. It is a true social compact of the best sort. Government combining with educational institutions, non-profit organizations, business and individuals to provide a commercial free, and there for free from commercial influence, broadcast system. There is nothing like it, and it all works because listeners like you support it.

We do not take this for granted. With every song we share, every interview we conduct and every special program we present, we know that we can only do this because of you. For that we are eternally grateful. You have put your trust in us, and we do our best to live up to your expectations. Read More…

International Women’s Day

So here we are in March with just a few more weeks of Winter.  I hope this finds you well and I hope you’ve endured this terrible Winter as best as humanly possible!

Now that we’re officially into the month of March, I wanted to give you an update regarding a very special tribute that we’ll be doing.  International Women’s Day is officially Sunday, March 8th, but we decided to make this a month long feature honoring the countless musical contributions that Women have made through the years.  Every Monday through Friday during March we’re going to be spotlighting some of these amazing artists.  We’ve been working very diligently in our Production Studio over the last few months getting these segments ready and it’s been a lot of fun!  Read More…

Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music

With my interest in all things Canadian I don’t know how I missed this one, but I did. Published in 2009, Whispering Pines: The Northern Roots of American Music . . . from Hank Snow to The Band purports to be “the first comprehensive history of Canada’s immense songwriting legacy, from Gordon Lightfoot to Joni Mitchell.” That imposing title could well be translated as the Canadian influence on popular music in the United States. Read More…

First Night Re-cap with WUMB

I would have been interested in going to this show anyway:  Dom Flemons opening for Patty Larkin.  Getting to put on the Top Hat and MC for the 4th annual WUMB New Year’s Eve live concert broadcast was tasty gravy.  If you were in the crowd at the Berklee Performance Center, thanks for such great energy.  Without it, a radio broadcast just isn’t the same, right?

Thanks to First Night Boston and Berklee College of Music for doing this with us again.  Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation for joining in with First Night.  Thank you, Matt for helming the broadcast from the station that night.  And a tremendous thanks to Dom Flemons and Patty Larkin for putting on terrific shows.  It was a great night.  Now let’s all have a great year!


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-Perry Persoff

SAMW 20th Anniversary Reunion

This year is Summer Acoustic Music Week’s 20th Anniversary so our Reunion is going to be even more spectacular than usual!  If you are attending please email samw@umb.edu or call 617-287-6915.  Make sure to let us know if you will be bringing a guest, and their name!

When:  January 11th, 2015

Where: UMass Boston Campus

What time: 1pm-5pm


See you there!