Gallery X at 169 William Street in New Bedford is about to become a regular music venue.

Thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Gallery X is beginning a series of music performances next month entitled "Gallery X Unplugged." Most performances will be held on the second Thursday of every month as part of "AHA Night" in downtown New Bedford.

Other performances will be held to coincide with the opening of new exhibits at Gallery X.

All performances will be free.

Musician John Nieman joined me this week on Townsquare Sunday to discuss the new program. Nieman has a long history of playing music locally and being involved with Gallery X. He said organizers are grateful for funding from the Cultural Council and are now lining up performers.

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Nieman said the music will be acoustic in nature and have a softer sound, and some of the performances will be instrumental only. When warmer weather comes our way, some of the performances may be moved outdoors. He said there's lot of enthusiastic interest in "Gallery X Unplugged" by both musicians and supporters of Gallery X.

John Nieman's Townsquare Sunday interview can be heard here:

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