SHIRLEY — It may not be “The Nutcracker,” but next week, some of central Massachusetts’ most eclectic young musical talents are coming to Shirley for a special holiday reunion.
The concert, which will take place at the Bull Run Restaurant on Dec. 22, will feature full sets by local comedy rock band, Demons of Stupidity; alternative singer-songwriter Gabriel Chicoine of Gardner; and Littleton-based ska ensemble, Schmendrick; along with several choice opening acts.
“There’ll be some variety, to say the least,” said Demons of Stupidity frontman Oscar Goff of Templeton. “The fact that we have a venue as great as the Bull Run makes it even better.”
The Demons, whose tongue-in-cheek repertoire includes songs about cannibalism, narcissism and the banalities of pop music, know a thing or two about eclectic bills; they have played a gig supporting cult movie icon Bruce Campbell, and in February will share the stage with Boston favorites, Apollo Sunshine. This show, however, will be a bit different, as all the performers have known each other since their high school days.
Chicoine shares the sentiment. “There’s a very eclectic assortment of acts and entertainment, something for everyone.” At 18, the singer-songwriter has already recorded his debut album, “So Close & Far Away,” and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Open Mic program. Not one to rest on his laurels, Chicoine is already preparing his second LP, and plans on releasing a brand new Christmas EP the night of the show.
Standing in contrast to Chicoine’s solo act and the Demons’ central trio, third headliner, Schmendrick, features a revolving lineup which incorporates upwards of seven musicians at any given time. The combo, which plays a diverse fusion of rock, jazz and ska, has served as a de facto house band for the Parker Charter School in Devens for the past four years. Not coincidentally, it was at Parker where the three acts met, frequently sharing a stage at the school’s monthly talent shows.
“The opportunity to perform to a large crowd every few months gave a much better platform to launch our current musical lives,” reflects Sellars.
Rounding out the bill will be singer-songwriters Aaron Stockwell and Jackie Dunham (hailing from Littleton and Pepperell, respectively) and Littleton rap-poet Evan Hayward (under his stage name, EVAlutioN), as well as a solo performance by Sellars, showcasing his more serious side.
Admission will be $5, and can either be purchased at the door or pre-ordered through any of the bands’ websites.
Asked for further thoughts on the show, Chicoine joked, “You’re not indie if you don’t come. And all your friends at school will disown you.”