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A December to Remember

For the past six years Monica Rizzio has created a unique holiday concert across Cape Cod. This year it returns to the Cotuit Center for the Arts where it started in 2013. She’ll be joined by regional powerhouse singers Danielle Miraglia (Boston) and Lisa Bastoni (Northampton) for a “December to Remember.”

Tuesday, December 11 at 7:30pm
Tickets $30, $25 for balcony
$5 discount for members, $2 for seniors

About the Performers

Monica Rizzio
Monica Rizzio grew up on a ranch, barrel racing in East Texas. Somehow, many years later, she found herself crossing over the iconic bridges of Cape Cod and seeing the ocean for the first time. The versatile performer now calls Cape Cod home and her album ‘Washashore Cowgirl” is completely autobiographical, telling stories from that journey from Texas to the Cape. Rizzio was the former front woman for Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, but left behind the acoustic condenser mic style and has brought back the cowgirl attitude and East Texas roots. ‘Washashore Cowgirl’ was nominated for Independent Music Awards Country Album of the Year and has received many accolades, including this from Raul Malo of the Mavericks: “Monica paints a picture and tells a story with her music. And not only is she a great musician, but it’s her voice that really draws you in and keeps you there.”

The singer-songwriter has become one of the most reliable supporting acts as well, having shared the stage with Chris Botti, Boz Skaggs, Diana Krall, Joan Osborne, Hayes Carll, Hunter Hayes and Brett Eldredge to name a few. She also performed with Tom Rush, but as Rush says, “I made the tactical error of inviting Monica Rizzio to share the stage with me at Symphony Hall and she went and stole the audience right out from under me!” Rizzio has also played the main stage at The Red Ants Pants Festival in Montana with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Jeffrey Foucault and Turnpike Troubadours and is a frequent collaborator with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. www.monicarizzio.com

Danielle Miraglia
Danielle comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. Her latest "All My Heroes Are Ghosts," released with her band Danielle M and The Glory Junkies touches on a lot of what might be on your mind these days – from the loss of so many musical heroes on the title track, to our collective anxieties on “All On Fire,” and more.. The music itself blends influences of some of Miraglia’s own musical heroes - The Rolling Stones, Prince, Janis Joplin along with Danielle's lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst. Danielle M and The Glory Junkies are nominated for a 2018 Boston Music Award for "Blues Artist of the Year" and Danielle was nominated for a 2015 Boston Music Award for Singer-Songwriter of the Year. "Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself." - Lauren Daley, The Boston Globe https://daniellem.com

Lisa Bastoni
Following a ten year break from music, a career change, and two children, Lisa Bastoni has returned with The Wishing Hour (2017). Produced by Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Felix McTeigue (Anais Mitchell/Lori McKenna), the album debuted as #1 most played on Boston's WUMB. In the past year, Lisa has been selected to showcase at the New England Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference, as well as the Falcon Ridge and New Song Music/LEAF Festivals. Her song "Rabbit Hole" was grand prize winner of the Great American Song Contest. She has opened for artists such as Lori McKenna, The Low Anthem, Regina Spektor and Arlo Guthrie. "Americana of the highest order...along the lines of Gretchen Peters or Patty Griffin" (Maverick-UK. www.lisabastoni.com