notloB Music announces first of eleven Spring concerts – Octopladd @ Somerville Armory


Wednesday, March 23


Somerville Armory Café, 7:30pm

Admission by free-will offering ($5-10 suggested)


notloB Music’s Spring season kicks off with a return by OctoPladd, who performed to a large and enthusiastic audience last Fall. OctoPladd is comprised of Noah Harrington on bass, Sam Leslie on guitar, Ethan Setiawan on mandolin and Julian Pinelli on violin. Accomplished instrumentalists in their own right, together they create an ensemble sound bigger than the sum of its parts. The name refers to the fact that, in an ideal world, all the band members would be wearing two plaid shirts at the same time while playing shows, resulting in there being 8 plaid shirts onstage!


Ethan Setiawan is a mandolinist from Goshen, Indiana. Before turning 18, he managed to participate in Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar, was awarded a full ride scholarship to Berklee School of Music, performed on NPR syndicate Prairie Home Companion and won the 2014 National Mandolin Championship. While he started on cello in third grade, he was drawn to the mandolin after getting bored learning ukulele. Soon after, Ethan was traveling around the country going to mandolin and music instructional events such as the Mandolin Symposium, the Swannanoa Gathering and the Berklee 5-Week Summer Performance Program. Though Ethan is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, he took lessons from jazz mandolinist Don Stiernberg through high school. Other artists he’s studied with include Clarice Assad, Bela Fleck, Julian Lage, Daniel Hope, and Mike Marshall. He’s performed with such diverse artists as the Steel Wheels, the Don Stiernberg Trio and Andy Hatfield (2011 International Guitar Champion, 2013 National Mandolin Champion), as well as having taught mandolin at TG School of Music in Goshen, Indiana.


Julian Pinelli first began playing violin at age 4, and soon after began playing bluegrass and fiddle tunes with his father. As a young teenager, Julian became serious about music as a career. Since then, discoveries and pursuits have ranged from intense classical studies, to the expressive world of jazz and improvising, as well as many fiddle and folk traditions. The Appalachian music surrounding Julian’s home in Asheville NC has been central to his musical upbringing. In addition to gigging and playing in various bluegrass and folk bands, the most developmental experiences have been the countless hours of jamming and learning from fellow musicians. Julian is currently a 3rd semester student at Berklee College of Music where he studies jazz violin among other styles and skillsets.

Julian’s passion for music is rooted in its emotional impact, and the power it has to transcend reality and unify people. Overall, Julian strives to be at the forefront of musical innovation and create down-to-earth music that respects existing musical traditions while staying fresh at the cutting edge. 


Noah Harrington is an award-winning bassist originally from Lexington, MA, currently studying at Berklee College of Music. He has studied with such luminaries as Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, Dave Holland and (currently) John Lockwood. Noah has co-founded the Scarlett//Harrington big band and frequently performs with a range of small ensembles at dances, weddings, house parties, festivals, and musicals. Noah was named Outstanding Unamplified Bassist at the 2015 “Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition,” leading the competition’s “Overall Most Outstanding Rhythm Section.” He was twice named outstanding soloist at the Charles Mingus High School Jazz competition, and was one of 16 musicians nationwide invited to participate in the 2015 Savannah Acoustic Music Festival workshop. 


Sam Leslie was born (in the south land some 20 odd years ago) and raised in Evergreen, Colorado. He grew up in a very musical family and was always surrounded by music. He started out playing bluegrass flat-pick guitar, but also plays jazz, blues, swing, and any other styles that he can get his hands around. Having a background in American folk music, he can also play mandolin, fiddle, bass, and banjo. He’s won multiple first place awards in the state of Colorado’s Reflections Songwriting Competition and a honorable mention for the national level, as well as been the runner up in the Rockygrass Guitar Contest. 


notloB Music has been on something of a Winter hiatus, but it is coming back strong! Between March 23 and June 25, notloB will present an ELEVEN concert Spring series consisting of four Berklee College of Music student concerts (4th Wednesdays), five professional concerts (4th Saturdays plus one Monday), all at the Somerville Armory, one concert at Unity Somerville and one additional date in conjunction with the James Joyce Ramble at the Endicott Estate in Dedham.


Admission to the Wednesday concert series is by free-will offering. Make reservation at


About the series

Founded in 2007, notloB Music has presented close to 200 folk, old-time, blue grass, string band and Celtic concerts in unique venues throughout the greater Boston area.



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Food and getting there.

Food, coffee/tea and beer/wine are served by the Armory staff.

Free parking in the back lot and on street.

MBTA: Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MBTA Red Line. Also served via MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop, or from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

Bicycle: The Armory is four blocks (down Lowell Street) from the Somerville Community Path.

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notloB Music also presents concerts in Cambridge, Arlington and Newton. See its full schedule at Tickets for all concerts are available at For more information see its Facebook page – – or email

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