Too Worn To Mend

American Beauties full-length debut album “Too Worn To Mend” is available digitally and on CD at cdbaby, or you can stream the record on our “Music” page.

The Band

American Beauties is an original indie folkrock band from Boston, Massachusetts.  The music is reminiscent of the LA, San Francisco, and East Coast folkrock bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s and mixes both contemporary and roots influences.  The band performs live at local clubs and festivals in the Boston area and occasional indie festivals around New England.  Their debut album “Too Worn To Mend” was released in October 2012.  The indie release was recorded at Ice Station Zebra in Medford, Massachusetts by Grammy award winning engineer Ducky Carlisle who played drums and co-produced the album with songwriter Michael Gray. 

The band’s been compared to artist’s such as CSNY and The Jayhawks and conveys the radio-friendly qualities of folk, rock, and pop that these bands are well-known for.  The record has received extensive airplay on college and independent radio in the US, Canada, and the UK and continues to receive airplay on internet radio and local stations around Boston. 

Upcoming Shows

Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference Showcase – March 27 and 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Very happy that American Beauties was selected to play a showcase set at the 8th Annual Cape May Singer Songwriter Conference.  The headliner for this year’s event is New England legend Patty Larkin.  Michael will be performing solo acoustic at the showcase in honor of the singer-songwriter tradition.  The final venue and time for the show will be posted when available.

Plough and Stars – Cambridge, Massachusetts – Wednesday April 9, 2015 @ 9:30 to 12:30 PM

We were invited back to the Plough and Stars for an encore performance in April.  We have all the regular Beauties for this one.  Hope you all can catch it.

Recent Shows

Plough and Stars – Cambridge, Massachusetts – Saturday January 31, 2015 @ 4:30 to 7:00 PM 

Our first show at the fabled Plough and Stars, which is one of the longest running live music venues in the City.  We’ll be playing the early show, so it should be a great opportunity to get out, have some food and drink, and still get home for an early retirement if that’s what’s happening.  Or it could be a great stepping stone to a later night out.  

We will have Steve Chaggeris on drums for the show along with the standard cast of characters Jonas, Justin, and the lovely Amber Casares on vocals.   Hope you’ll join us.   

Sally O’Brien’s – Union Square Somerville, Massachusetts – Friday January 16, 2015 @ 9:00 PM 

Playing at our favorite hometown venue with The Beauty Way for their CD release show.  

St. John’s Coffee House 74 Pleasant Street Arlington, Massachusetts – Saturday October 25, 2014 @ 7:00 PM  

w/ Chris and Meredith Thompson, Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli, Stuart Ferguson, and Chris Nauman.   A concert for causes including the NEADS Organization for Service Dogs.   

Oktoberfest Harvard Square Church Street Stage – Sunday October 12, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

w/ The Zac Mack Band,  Amy & the Engine, Blue Light Bandits, and When Particles Collide.  The Beauties play a set of music at one of Harvard’s largest events with a great list of local indie artists.       

NRT Harvest Fair @ The Sheep Pasture (Rt. 138) Easton, Massachusetts – Sunday October 5, 2014 @ 1:00 PM 

The Beauties 5th Anniversary Show at the place where it all began.  

Paradise Café Dedham, Massachusetts Friday September 26, 2014

We’ll be playing two sets of music at this great up and coming venue in Dedham, Massachusetts.  The Paradise Café hosts music on Thursday through Saturday nights right in the middle of Dedham’s town center off of Route 1.  They serve food, beer, and wine, so it’s a great spot to spend an evening out.  Music starts at 8:30 and goes to 10:30 PM.  We’ll be taking the month of August off, so please join us for our first fall show of 2014.      

Keene Music Festival – Keen New Hampshire – Saturday August 30th, 2014

The band was selected to play at the Keene Music Festival up in the beautiful City of Keene, NH.   Our first trip up to Keene and our first NH show.  

Memorial Beach Park – Sharon, Massachusetts – Wednesday July 30th, 2014

We will be ending our Spring/Summer string of shows in Michael’s hometown of Sharon, MA playing the Summer Lakeside Concert Series on Lake Massapoag.  We are honored to play this great outdoor event on the lake and will be playing a full two hours of original Beauties music.  This will be our last event of the summer and it’s likely we won’t play another local show until fall.

Midway Café Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts – Sunday July 20th

The acoustic Beauties will play the very hip Midway Café in Jamaica Plain on July 20th for their Sunday Acoustic Concert Series.  We’ll have Chuck Vath on bass, Evan Harriman on keyboards, and Amber Casares (vocals) that night for a stripped down version of the Beauties.  The Midway has been a great live music venue in the Boston area for as long as I can remember.      

Atwood’s Tavern – Cambridge, Massachusetts – Sunday June 26, 2014

At the one and only Atwood’s with the Autumn Hollow Band.  Really excited to play one of the most intimate venues in the City.