WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The two joke with each other about their different playing styles. Bua is more of a one-man acoustic guitar act invited to play in living rooms and backyards of friends and neighbors, whereas Tellalian is booking gigs for GFD at venues like Angry Ham's Garage in Framingham and rocking out on the Wellesley Town Hall Green. Richie Oleson, Angry Ham's manager, books all the talent for the sports bar and grill and likes giving new bands their moment in the limelight. He recognizes that locals don't always want to trek to Boston or Worcester for a show, but will treat themselves to a fun night out with friends closer to home. So when bands like GFD have a strong set list of popular covers and can bring out their own loyal following, he's more than happy to give them the stage. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the musicians or their "groupies" are having more fun, Bua says. He describes most of the musicians in the underground scene as being happily married, professionally successful, and at a stage of life when their kids are becoming more independent. "So what's a parent to do?" Bua joked about the classic set up for the proverbial mid-life crisis. "Start a band!" His own involvement with the guitar happened quite by chance. He was watching his kids and those of a family friend one day when he learned the ten-year-old played guitar. He thought he'd humor him by asking for a song. "The kid played Dire Straits and I was blown away," Bua says. He gathered up kitchen pots and wooden spoons and set up an impromptu jam session. It was so much fun he decided to buy his very first guitar. Bua went to a second-hand music shop and joked that the owners must have thought they'd hit the jackpot: middle-age guy imagining himself a rock star – and the bankroll to fund such a fan- tasy. But rather than outfit himself with the most expensive equip- ment, Bua bought a beater guitar and gave himself three months to see if he could make music anyone else could stand to listen to. Before those three months were up, a neighbor insisted he play a "living room set" at an upcoming cocktail party. "What makes music fun is getting to be a part of it," Bua says, so he thought of ways to get others in on the act. He brings notebooks with the lyrics to popular songs and invites requests from the audience. 138 The Underground Music Scene W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4

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