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April 10, 2014

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Two acts bring many genres to Crossroads Coffeehouse

Crossroads Coffeehouse continues its 25th season Saturday, April 12, with a split-bill featuring Liz Frame and the Kickers and the trio Big Blue World.

Frame wrote her first song at age 9 and has been performing her own brand of rootsy Americana music since her early teens. While Frame delivers her songs with strong, distinctive vocals that fall somewhere between Dwight Yoakum’s twang and k.d lang’s soul, one can’t listen to her music without also hearing the influences of people like Merle Haggard or Johnny Cash. She is backed live by her band, the Kickers, a group of friends whose raw, acoustic sound and sweet harmonies help to deliver the material with distinction.

Big Blue World is a roots-based band from Boston, combining 3-part harmonies layered over rock and world-beat grooves. They have developed a unique sound that moves smoothly from original reggae and rock to West African and Cuban music. The band is made up of Conor O’Brien on guitar, electric mandolin and lead vocals; Chris Chitouras on acoustic and electric guitar and vocals; and Keith Kirkpatrick on electric, and upright bass and vocals.

Crossroads is a listening room with general seating and space for dancing. Run by volunteers of the North Parish UU church, Crossroads is located at 3 Great Pond Road, North Andover. Tickets, $15, may be purchased in advance at www.crossroads-coffeehouse.org or at the door on the night of show (cash only). Doors open 7:30. Desserts, coffee and tea are available for purchase. Crossroads is an all-age venue.

Explore ‘Landscapes’ by plein air artist

An exhibit of work by plein air artists from around the region is on display in Londonderry, N.H., at Coffeeberries, 4 Orchard View Drive, through April 30.

Boasting about 300 members, NHPleinAir Artists come from all over New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. They paint outdoors, some of them year round. In Londonderry, a collection of 30 artworks by a dozen members are hung for viewing and purchase. The paintings depict a variety of typical New England scenes and subjects that were created on location by each artist.

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