Somerville resident to host Sept. 19 benefit concert at the Armory

Charity concert at the Armory will benefit Passim School of Music


Somerville resident Janet Feld, a veteran singer-songwriter on the New England folk circuit, firmly believes in giving back to the community and has organized a series of quarterly acoustic concerts that will assist local charities. Her upcoming event on Saturday, Sept. 19, will benefit the Passim School of Music, located at 26 Church St. in Cambridge. Feld has been teaching music at the school since February of 2000.


The music series is called “Janet’s Planet: Concerts for Humanoids” and the show takes place at the Arts at the Armory Café, 191 Highland Ave in Somerville. Feld ( will perform with singer-songwriters Bernice Lewis and Adam Rothberg.


The music starts at 7 p.m. and the suggested donation is $20. There will also be a raffle for free tuition for a series of six classes at the Passim School of Music. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for the school.


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“I speak for all of the instructors at the school in saying that musical education should be available to anyone who wants to learn,” says Feld, a Somerville resident for more than 20 years. “There are individuals who simply can’t afford to pay for classes and we want them to have this opportunity. As long as they are dedicated and passionate about their music, we want them to take classes with us.”


Feld, who has performed all over the country and in Europe, is not only an outstanding singer and songwriter but also a dazzling guitarist who uses a variety of innovative styles. Her engaging original songs and wry sense of humor have made her a crowd favorite wherever she plays.


In addition to raising money for music scholarships, Feld is looking forward to reuniting with longtime friends Bernice Lewis and Cambridge’s Adam Rothberg. The show will use an in-the-round format, with each performer taking turns and occasionally backing one other.


Lewis ( has been a featured performer on NPR’s Mountain Stage program, as well as at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Her well-crafted songs are designed to send a message that strongly resonates with her many fans. “Bernice is a voice full of light and hope,” says renowned singer-songwriter Roseanne Cash.


Rothberg ( plays everything from guitars, bass and mandolin to keyboards and drums, embracing a folk-rock-pop style that is energizing and delightful. He has performed with Joan Baez and produced and recorded with some of the nation’s top singer-songwriter talents, including Dar Williams.


 “We want to make the classes available to more people in the community,” says Feld. “I was fortunate enough to afford guitar lessons when I was young. Not everyone is. That’s what this show is all about.”



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