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Without a Net - Bull Mansion Ballroom- August 4th

$25.00 On sale

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Without a Net

A musical event combining trust and chance, to benefit the UMass Memorial Cancer Center of Excellence

Saturday, August 4, 7 – 10 p.m.

Bull Mansion, 55 Pearl Street, Worcester

Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door
(ALL tickets are WILL CALL, nothing will be shipped, shipping fee is actually just a merchant processing fee)

Free parking is available in the Bull Mansion parking lot on Pearl Street and Chestnut Street, entrance to lot is on Chestnut street)

A metaphor for dealing with cancer: preparation, trust…and chance:

The Without A Net concerts are a balance of planning, trust and chance—a metaphor for how we deal with cancer.

No one ever rehearses having cancer. When you receive a cancer diagnosis, you want to surround yourself with experts who collaborate on care plan to get you well. But there are never any promises for the outcome.

Similarly, Without A Net brings together experienced musicians who collaborate on a set list. They know what songs they will perform and in what keys—but they purposely do not rehearse. Instead, they bring their skill and expertise to live in the moment. Part plan and part improvisation. And like life—like dealing with cancer—there are no promises for the outcome. It’s playing without a net.

“This is a very unusual event, where everyone—performers and audience—have shared in the experience of cancer,” said Arny Spielberg, who organizes Without A Net together with his wife, Pam. “Every single person in the room is tuned into the moment and to each other. None of us—including the musicians—knows for sure how things will turn out, but we’re ready to support each other and go there together—just like the cancer journey.”

A deep and talented line-up:

The fourth edition of Without A Net again features some of the area’s most experienced and well-respected musicians. (Previous events took place in 2014, 2015, and 2016.)

Featured players include singer/songwriter Keri Anderson; Dave Blodgett and Toni Ostrow (well known as The Hipswayers; bassist/guitarist and singer Lynne Feldman; versatile guitarist/songwriter Mike Ladd; folk and Celtic fiddle player Myra MacLeod; jazz saxophonist Jim Russo; and bassist/flutist/songwriter Nicole Sutka.

Backing musicians include: guitarists Rob Coltun, Walter Crockett, and Bob Sarkala; bassists Peter Allard, Erik Cohen, and Bill Fisher; drummers Kent Byron, Bob Gordon and Rick McCarthy; keyboardists Sten Gustavson and Robert Plotkin; cellist Mary Carfagna; pedal steel player Tim Bowles; and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Keenan.