Club 321 makes its Mechanics Hall debut on November 3 with Nellie McKay


WORCESTER – Mechanics Hall and 90.5 WICN Public Radio, longtime partners in the production of the popular Brown Bag Concerts series, have teamed up again to present Club 321, a new live music experience in downtown Worcester.

Described as “a cross between a jazz club and a cafe,” Club 321 will feature an eclectic mix of musicians playing Americana, jazz, world, blues and more at Mechanics Hall’s Washburn Hall , 321 Main St., select Thursday evenings throughout the year.

Club 321’s first performance, featuring singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, will be at 7 p.m. on November 3.

Upcoming dates and artists include Americana/alt-country band These Wild Plains on November 17; and indie rockers Aaron and the Lord, with debut Evan Kenney, on December 8.

Seating for Club 321 will be at cabaret-style tables in Washburn Hall, with a cash bar and light refreshments available for purchase.

“We are thrilled to partner with WICN again to introduce a new Hall experience for adults looking to get out and hear contemporary music,” said Kathleen M. Gagne, Executive Director of Mechanics Hall. “Club 321 adds to the growing vitality – from a thriving arts and culture scene to fabulous new restaurants – that makes downtown Worcester the place to be now,” she said.

“Club 321 continues a long WICN/Mechanics Hall tradition of bringing great music – both old and new – to Worcester,” said WICN chief executive David Ginsburg. “For this new venue, we’ll spotlight emerging artists, rising stars and seasoned artists with an eclectic mix that will satisfy connoisseurs of contemporary music – and make for a fun night out.”

McKay, born in England, has been called a whimsical activist, a musical maverick and “a glorious mass of dichotomy, but the one thing that never falters is the silent tidal wave of talent…”

McKay’s music has been heard on “Mad Men”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Weeds”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “NCIS”, “Nurse Jackie” and “SMILF”. She has appeared on TV shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman”, “Conan”, “Ferguson” and “The View”. McKay has made numerous radio appearances on NPR’s “Mountain Stage”, “A Prairie Home Companion”, “eTown”, and “Marion McPartland’s Piano Jazz”. The Chase Brock Experience produced a ballet from her third album, “Obligatory Villagers,” and she contributed to the preview for the 20th anniversary edition of “The Sexual Politics of Meat.” His writing has also appeared in The Onion, Interview and The New York Times Book Review.

Tickets for the Nov. 3 show are $20 purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Ticket holders must be at least 21 years old.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.mechanicshall.org/club321.

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