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JUDY COLLINS' - Holidays & Hits

JUDY COLLINS

12-18-2014
 
Few singers have the staying power of folk icon, Judy Collins. For nearly 45 illustrious years, her gorgeous voice and poetic lyrics have galvanized a generation. She has released more than 40 albums, has had numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations and gold and platinum selling albums.

Her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" on her classic 1967 album, "Wildflowers," has since been entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame. In 1975 Judy's version of "Send in the Clowns" won "Song of the Year." And even though it had been recorded by 200 people before her, Judy's version still is the first and only song of Stephen Sondheim's to reach the Top 10.

A longtime (49 years) New York City resident, Judy has appeared on "Sesame Street," dueting with Big Bird and performing an aria with Snuffleupagus, and testified at the trial of the Chicago 7. Her newest album, Paradise, features contributions from Joan Baez (a duet on "Diamonds and Rust"), Stephen Stills, Jimmy Webb ("he plays the conch") and Annie Liebovitz (the cover photo).

"The way I look at it, and this is 50 years I've been doing this: songs, I don't find them, they find me. They locate me. And the ones that I write locate me, too," - Judy Collins
7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

POPA CHUBBY

12-20-2014

Urban blues was becoming rather monotonous and repetitive when up popped (or is it exploded?) Popa Chubby from Brooklyn who gave the whole thing a damn good shaking up.

Warning: this blues is not for wimps; this is the hard stuff that respects no rules, or anything else for that matter. This blues gets straight to the point and no messing about. This is the blues of the 21st century; New York City Blues, "know what I'm talkin' about"?

His "Brooklyn Basement Blues" album was a revelation; "The Good the Bad and the Chubby" was even more hard-hitting and largely inspired by the 9/11 attacks that were deeply felt by Chubby.
His first release on Provogue Records was the Blues Rock masterpiece "The Fight Is On." 2010 saw his highest grossing year to date with concerts in 11 countries. In 2011 Popa rocked the "Monsters Of Blues Rock Tour" with the legendary Walter Trout, in France, Germany, Switzerland and The U.K.

Popa Chubby is an artist who stands for musical and personal integrity. His shows are always hot; red hot. This is not music to sit and contemplate subtle chord changes and lacy fills. This is a freight train barrelling down the mountain. Get onboard or step aside.

Popa's last album, "Universal Breakdown Blues" proves, once again, that Chubby is a major force to be reckoned with. Get onboard...
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

North Shore Acappella: SPECIAL HOLIDAY SHOW

12-26-2014
 
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - Every time they play we get flooded with emails to have them back. A truly great Holiday show for the whole family.
 
For over 30 years North Shore Acappella has excited audiences throughout New England adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm and tempo to songs from the 1940's through today. They sing everything from Doo-wop to R&B and classic radio hits. Every performance is arranged in a way that showcases each singer in a lead role - a trait that very few acappella groups in the country can claim. This harmony is brought to you by Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia, and Guy Chiapponi.

 
In 1991 North Shore Acappella won The National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Rafael, California, defeating six other top finalists from across the country. The special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore Acappella is all about. This award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire comprising hundreds of popular hits.
 
In 2011 they were featured on NBC’s The Sing Off, dazzling listeners across the country. Thirty-five groups auditioned in Boston alone, and 250 auditioned nationwide for the contest. They have also appeared as the opening act for The Temptations, The Platters, Ben E. King, Johnny Maestro, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Frankie Vallie, and Gene Pitney. Most recently they opened for Jay Leno at The Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA.

HINT: Since it's the day after Christmas, tickets to this show will make a great present...

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Improv 3

Improv 3 (Ballroom)

12-27-2014 (Ballroom)

Improv 3 perform quick witted, fast paced improvisational skits, games and songs.  Every show is unique, using audience suggestions and participation.  They create new characters, employ hysterical games, and share their high energy in every skit they do. They make up everything as they go, so no show is ever the same.  Come be part of the show or sit back and watch the fun! 
All performances are family friendly.

Performing together since 2008, Marisa Olson, Jessica Cernak, Lauren Malsick, Rachel Olson, Emily Olson and Chloe Malsick began as a competitive team, but loved improv so much they took their show on the road. You will love it too. And when you do, tell all your friends; if you hate them, tell your enemies!
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Rusted Root Holiday Show

12-28-2014

Pittsburgh's
quintessential live band, Rusted Root were formed in the early 90's by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki. Their worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. To date they have released 8 albums and sold over 3 million records worldwide. After debuting in 1992 with the self released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough "When I Woke," which featured the massive hits Send Me On My Way, Ecstasy and Martyr. Their huge success allowed the band to tour with Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, HORDE Festival and, perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour.

What was indubitably a first for Rusted Root was that NASA engineers chose Send Me On My Way as "wake-up" music for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, for Sol 21.

"Rusted Root is a state of mind shared and explored by many people - we are a community that supports one another. The fans are as much a part of this as anyone. As to what you'll hear at an upcoming Rusted Root show, "Our set is a really cool mix of old classic Rusted Root and the new songs," Liz Berlin says. "It's been fun to play them. A lot of the development of (the new album) has happened on stage; what fans have been into has helped with the direction of the songs."

After their explosive appearance at the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock, they will be touring relentlessly throughout the fall and winter of 2014. This will be a very special Holiday Show.

OPEN: The Adam Ezra Group -
"Hands down, the best roots rock band to come out of Boston since the Del Fuegos." - The Alternate Root Magazine

"They are one of the few bands out right now whose music is deep and real. It was an honor to tour with them." - Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root

sold out
7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

NEW YEAR'S EVE with NRBQ

New Year's Eve with NRBQ

12-31-2014 - NEW YEAR'S EVE

Ring in the New Year with "the Q"

If anything embodies the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, this music does.” It's been an amazing 47 year run for NRBQ, perhaps the most beloved cult band in America. And though Terry Adams, visionary, driving force and "untamed genius of the keyboards," is the only remaining founding member, "the Q" remain true to the long standing spirit of the original band. The quirks, the drive, the perfect-pop sensibility and cooing ballads, the nods to space-jazz, serious blues, real country and rockabilly, the good-time-music vibe - it all still there.
Adams reignited the legendary Quartet with the addition of Scott Ligon on guitar & vocals, Bobby Lloyd Hicks on drums and Casey McDonough on bass & vocals. AND, for this show NRBQ will be joined by the Whole Wheat Horns: Klem Klimek on tenor saxophone and Carl Q on trombone.


Their newest album "Brass Tacks," showcases many new original tunes from Adams (especially "This Flat Tire" and "Greetings From Delaware") and is one of their best to date. Their cover of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Getting to Know You" feels so right that you'd think they wrote it if you didn't know better.
Why this band isn't in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame yet is truly bewildering.


And live? “…the current incarnation lives up to the legacy. They reclaim not only the vast NRBQ catalog of songs and loose-as-a-goose sound, but also the band’s wildly unpredictable spirit on stage. Their willingness to step way out on a limb has always been one of NRBQ’s most endearing qualities, and in the contemporary world of pre-packaged, cookie-cutter pop stars, it’s sure great to have them back,” said the Albany Times-Union. Added the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Meet the new Q, as fun as the old Q. NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz – you name it, Adams claims it and reframes it. The new band is a revelation, capable of playing nearly the whole NRBQ catalog, which dates back to 1966.”  - Hats off to the NRBQ dynasty.
“Ability to groove like no other band on the planet,” - popmatters.com.
“Fans will find spontaneity, humor, breadth, and musical know-how…” - No Depression.
“Music no one can make anymore.” - Detroit Metro-Times.


Watch NRBQ HERE  and HERE

$85 ticket includes Dinner, Show, Champagne Toast, Hats, Noisemakers, tax & Tip.
For $285 you can buy our "New Year's Eve Package for 2" which includes all of the above for two, plus a room for two at the nearby Devens Marriott.
For $305 you can add ground transportation for 2, to and from the hotel & show.

9:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Delta Generators and Barrence Whitfield & the Grits & Groceries Orchestra

1-2-2015

If you saw them when they opened for Johnny A at the Bull Run last year, then you know what they can do. This one very funky soulful blues/rock band.
 
Delta Generators were founded in 2008 and they've already shared the stage with Robert Cray, Three Dog Night, James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Candye Kane, and Sonny Landreth.
 
The Delta Generators won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues Challenge in 2008, which earned them a spot in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in 2009. The band finished as a Top 10 Finalist out of over a hundred bands. They also won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Album category for their debut album, "Devil in the Rhythm." In 2009 they won Best Blues Band in Worcester Magazine for and were nominated for Best R&B Act in the Boston Phoenix in 2010. Their 2nd album "Hard River to Row" was selected by the Blues Foundation as a Top 5 Finalist (out of entries worldwide) in the Best Self-Produced CD competition at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. This album also placed nationally at #8 on the JamBand Radio Chart, #17 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and #25 in the Roots Music Report. The DG’s  were nominated for Best Blues Act 2011 by The Boston Music Awards, and Best Blues Band 2013 by Worcester Magazine Music Awards. They are currently touring behind their new album “Get on the Horse," which has already been nominated for “2014 Blues Album of the Year” by the Independent Music Awards! - Watch Videos
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Barrence Whitfield is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience. Barrence is a rarity in this business, one of the few black, rock & roll singer/entertainers who Spin Magazine says maintains a frenzied performance. Whitfield is so consumed with satisfying his audiences that he has been called ‘crazed, frenetic and completely unhinged, made up of equal parts Arthur Alexander, Nolan Porter and James Carr. He already has 7 Boston Music Awards under his fiery belt.
Barrence was discovered by guitarist Peter Greenberg, of the legendary Boston bands DMZ and The Lyres. For this show Barrence is with The Grits & Groceries Orchestra.
Watch Videos
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Way Up South

1-3-2015

Way Up South is a new Southern Style Jam Band out of Northborough, MA playing a high energy, danceable mix of original music and favorite covers from The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, Delbert McClinton, Little Feat and many more.

The players are all New England music scene veterans (Mike Zecco on Drums, John Brigham on Bass/Vocals, Bubba Maider on Piano/Vocals, Dave Osoff on Organ, Charley Carrozo on Guitar/Vocals and Paul Ferguson on Lead Guitar/Vocals) who have developed what they are calling their "Big Sky" sound. The music of Way Up South is like a winding ride through the mountains on a wide open sunny road. Listening to one of their many extended jams you will be transported to those natural wide open spaces in your mind where you can breathe easy and do some soul dancing. Fresh vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity and dynamic energy transference between the musicians and the audience are the hallmarks of Way Up South.

Put on your boots - come on out and dance with us.

OPEN:
Grin Whistle-  a Massachusetts based folk-band infusing bluegrass, americana, and roots-rock with artful storytelling. Eclectic, high-energy performances combining delicate storytelling with foot-stomping grooves.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Private reading with Psychic Martha Dawson

1-9 & 10-2015 (Noble Room)

Martha Dawson looks upon readings as a tool of self-empowerment. During a session you may meet one of your spirit guides, gain insight into any aspect of your life, understand the opportunities to learn that are set before you, and receive guidance on how to live this adventure called life. Readings are a way to experience the unconditional love of Divine Source and to become aware that we do not walk this journey alone.
Ticket includes $20 credit toward meal or drinks.

6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

1-9-2015

BIG NEWS: Sugar Ray & the Bluetones just received seven BMA Nominations! - Band of the Year - Album of the Year - Traditional Album of the Year - Harmonica (Sugar Ray Norcia) - Bass (Michael "Mudcat" Ward) - Traditional Male Artist for Sugar Ray Norcia - Song for "Things Could Be Worse"

Singer and super-harp man Sugar Ray Norcia's career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl. In the 90's Norcia spent seven years with the legendary Roomful of Blues. He cut five albums with the group including 1996's "Turn It On, Turn It Up," which also received a Best Traditional Blues Grammy nod. More recently he teamed up with guitar phenom "Monster" Mike Welch and many fans and critics alike think they are both at the top of their game.

Norcia has appeared on nearly 50 albums including discs with the Bluetones, Ronnie Earl, Otis Grand, Ann Peebles, Michelle Willson, Sax Gordon, Duke Robillard and his 1999's Best Traditional BluesŁ Grammy nominated collaboration with fellow harmonica virtuosos James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch called "Superharps." Their last album, "Evening," earned them five Blues Music Award nominations including Band of the Year and Album of the Year.

Not limited to one style, but able to play Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Billy Boy Arnold; Kansas City Swing in the style of "Big" Joe Turner; Texas Blues like "T" Bone Walker and Freddie King; and the swampy Louisiana sounds of "Lazy" Lester - all played with the distinctive originality of band leader Sugar Ray Norcia, vocals and harmonica, guitarist "Monster" Mike Welch, Anthony Geraci at the piano and Hammond Organ, Michael "Mudcat" Ward playing acoustic and electric bass and drummer Neil Gouvin.

OPEN: Ben Knight - Ben writes Rock n Roll songs and performs them on the street and stage. He is currently focused on writing the best songs ever made and creating the best live show ever seen.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Private reading with Psychic Martha Dawson

1-9 & 10-2015 (Noble Room)

Martha Dawson looks upon readings as a tool of self-empowerment. During a session you may meet one of your spirit guides, gain insight into any aspect of your life, understand the opportunities to learn that are set before you, and receive guidance on how to live this adventure called life. Readings are a way to experience the unconditional love of Divine Source and to become aware that we do not walk this journey alone.
Ticket includes $20 credit toward meal or drinks.

6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Best of Boston Comedy with

1-10-2015

                     TONY V, DOUG BLAY & MATT BARRY

Tony V
wandered into Boston's Comedy Connection one night looking for a little stress relief from a high pressure job as a case worker at the Somerville Mental Health Center. Not long after that he took to the stage himself. His street-wise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit. In 1986 Tony V was named “Funniest Person in Massachusetts” by Showtime television. He followed this achievement with several performances on HBO, the Arts and Entertainment Network, Comedy Central and MTV. Appearances on Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn and several sit-coms including Seinfeld, Boston Common, The Single Guy and Dr. Katz Professional Therapist followed. He later hit the big screen in "State and Main," "Celtic Pride," "Housesitter," "One Crazy Summer" and "Shakes the Clown" as well as the independently produced "By the Sea" and "Abracadabra." He has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Adam Sandler and has opened for Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Beach Boys and Joan Jett.

Doug Blay was the winner of New England’s Best Bar Comic, a finalist in The Boston Herald’s Funniest Minute, and has been a finalist or winner in many comedy contests including Stand Up or Shut Up and Maine's Funniest Comic. He has toured with "What Men Think (Or Do They?)," appeared in Boston Comedy Festival fringe and showcase shows and has been featured for his work in comedy by the "New Hampshire Chronicle."

Matt Barry is one of New England’s fastest rising stars in comedy. A mischievous, post-grad stoner, Matt’s act centers around a transition into adulthood he isn’t ready to make. Applying to jobs, rolling joints, and living with his parents – it’s all part of his everyday struggle to grow up.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Claudia Schmidt

Claudia Schmidt (Ballroom)

1-10-2015 (Ballroom)

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present. Her concerts are an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world.

Claudia has developed the rare ability to remain fresh. She enjoys her talent to entertain as much as the audience enjoys being entertained.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Mike Zito & The Wheel

Mike Zito & the Wheel

1-16-2015

You might know multiple Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito as the hot guitarist/singer with Royal Southern Brotherhood. But if Mike had a dollar for every mile of tarmac he’s burnt since his breakout in the early ’90s, they’d be piled up to his chin. Zito began touring the Midwest circuit at the age of eighteen and has since crossed twenty-plus countries as guitarist with the Brotherhood. “In my band, 'The Wheel,' if you’re not already with us, you’d better get on board,” he grins “because otherwise we’re gonna knock you down!”

Zito’s newest release "Songs From The Road" is a two-disc set that captures him & band at full throttle on his adopted home-turf. “This DVD and live album were recorded on January 10th, 2014, at Dosey Doe to a sold-out crowd of crazy Texans,” he recalls. “The audience was on fire from the first note."  This album captures the push ‘n’ pull between Mike and his all-star lineup of Jimmy Carpenter (sax/vocals), Scot Sutherland (bass/vocals), Lewis Stephens (piano/organ) and Rob Lee (drums/percussion) - white-hot chemistry meets world-class material.

In 2014 that endless freeway is still a siren-call that this lifelong road-dog can’t ignore. “The road is part of the story,” he concludes, “and that’s why there are so many songs about it. When a tour ends, I can’t wait to get home. But by the week after, I’m itching to get back out there. It’s like the song says, the road never ends.”

VIDEO

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert (Ballroom)

1-17-2015 (Ballroom)

Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-jazz singer who was knocking 'em dead at open mikes. The word spread of this Philadelphia-area born and raised performer to New York; Shawn Colvin invited Vance Gilbert to be special guest on her Fat City tour. Gilbert took audiences across the country by storm ("With the voice of an angel, the wit of a devil, and the guitar playing of a god, it was enough to earn him that rarity: an encore for an opener" wrote the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Gilbert's three albums for the Rounder/Philo label - EDGEWISE (1994), FUGITIVES (1995), and the celebrated, arrestingly sparse SHAKING OFF GRAVITY (1998)- are all essential additions to the American singer-songwriter collection. With guests as varied as Tuck and Patti, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Larkin, Dee Carstensen, Vinx and Jane Siberry, all three albums found significant niches on NAC (New Adult Contemporary) and Non-Commercial A3 (Adult Album Alternative) radio. These discs were followed by the self-released SOMERVILLE LIVE (2000), his live recording lionized by the Boston Globe as the disc "young songwriters should study the way law students cram for bar exams," and ONE THRU FOURTEEN (2002), a stylistically varied tour de force that New York's Town and Village calls "lively, eclectic, electrifying and transcending.” Follow that with SIDE OF THE ROAD (2003), a duo album with Ellis Paul, lauded as “haunting, artful, and lovely" by Boston Magazine and nominated for a 2004 Boston Music Award. And who else would name their most recent album “Old White Men” and actually have recorded a groundbreaking, heartbreaking title song to back it up? It's an amazing, must-hear album by an amazing must-see artist.

"He is that rare performer for whom people lean forward in their seats as eagerly between songs as they do during them. These 'Vance-heads' see him over and over again, always expecting to be surprised, never being disappointed." - Boston Globe
VIDEO
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Bob Wolfman Band w special guest Murali Coryell

Bob Wolfman Band w special guest Murali Coryell (Sawtelle)

1-17-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Two world class musicians reunite for one very special night.

Born and raised in New York City in the early seventies surely helped to put the ‘soul’ in Bob Wolfman's sound, having played with legends like Joe Beck, Chick Corea, Grover Washington Jr., and his lifelong mentor, teacher and friend Larry Coryell. He has also performed with John Payne (sax player with Van Morrison), blues singer Toni Lynn Washington, blues and jazz Harmonica icon Mike “Turk” Richards, bluesman James Montgomery and many more. Known in the 1980’s as a “hired gun” for recording sessions with numerous bands and singers, Wolfman thrills and delights audiences with his rich blend of blues, rock and jazz with a touch of r&b and gospel.   -   “Simply one of the best guitarists in the U.S. today!” - Boston Globe
Keyboardist Bruce Mattson (of the Gregg Allman Band) on the B-3 organ and piano, Dorian Randolph on drums and Bill Foster on bass round out this finely tuned band.

Special Guest: Murali Coryell, who was inducted into the New York State Blues Hall of Fame in 2013, is a triple threat contemporary blues artist who can sing, write and play guitar with the best in the business. As the son of guitar legend Larry Coryell, Murali grew up around the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, & Carlos Santana. He has been a main stay touring act at Buddy Guys’ Legends in Chicago ever since his first CD release in 1995. His 2009 CD release "Sugar Lips" reached #5 in 2010 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and was recorded in Nashville with Tom Hambridge.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

John McEuen

1-23-2015

A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, John McEuen brings with him 48 years of worldwide performing with his banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. Often referred to as ‘the String Wizard’, he weaves stories of his travels and family life (he has raised 7 kids), taking us where his musical path has taken him.

In 1972 John instigated what Rolling Stone called “The most important record to come out of Nashville” and what the 2004 ZAGAT survey called “the most important record in country music” – "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," (inducted into the Library of Congress as "one of America’s most important recordings"). John has made over 40 albums that have earned 4 platinum and 5 gold recognitions. He has earned Emmy nominations, Grammy Awards, CMA acclaim, The Western Heritage Award, IBMA record of the year and many other accolades.

Proud to be an integral part of the first American band to go to Russia in 1977 (watch VIDEO), John’s love of performing is evident when during his shows he takes us ‘behind the curtain’ of the music world that so many of us know of only as listeners, and shows us how we have all been a part of it, more than we may know. In 2012 The Allman Brothers released "Live at the Beacon Theater," featuring John.

McEuen’s XM radio show, Acoustic Traveller, is in its 7th year, and you can find his new Americana Music Show on Syndicatednews.net (of which he is CEO)
As winner of the 2010 "Best of the West Performer Award" from the Folk Alliance organization, John’s show is sure to be one enjoyed by all. He also won Best Bluegrass Album Grammy that year for his production of "The Crow" – Steve Martin). John in June of 2013 was honored with the Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award in North Carolina.
With music from 1860′s to now, original songs laced with known hits, and a special tribute to the ‘Circle’ album music (and the stories behind it), it all comes to life in an evening of acoustic music in overdrive.

Videos:  John McEuen: A Life in Music  -  Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Murder Mystery Dinner

1-24-2015

A Dance with Death

Join us for an adult-themed Murder Mystery at The Bull Run.

This 1950’s prom is a doo wop disaster! When a death on the dance floor makes this prom night a party foul, it is up to you to figure out whodunit and get this dance back on track. Trade clues with your guests, gather information about the crime, and reveal the punk that made this prom nowheresville. This night of laughter and dancing is now too heavy to razz anyone’s berries, so it’s up to you to find the murderer!??

Word from the bird is this is one show you will not want to miss. This night is shootin' to be swell despite the disaster. Ladies, bows and pins in your hair will go nicely with your puffy sleeved prom gowns. Gents, you will look sharp in white and black suits or tuxes. Get ready to put on your thinking caps; you’ll need your wits about you to solve this crime.

$50 ticket includes a 3 course meal with garden salad, choice of crispy fried country chicken with wild rice and roasted root vegetables with cranberry gravy OR pan seared salmon with seasonal vegetable medley and country mashed potatoes and New England Cheesecake for dessert.

Cash bar.

6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Big Little Band

Big Little Band (Ballroom)

1-31-2015  (Ballroom)

The Big Little Band plays slick, colorful tunes with a big fat sound. Their usual, unusual repertoire of Blues, Swing, R & B, plus re-imagined standards from the ‘30s through ‘60s, B-sides, original music - and the occasional tango.
They play arenas, festivals, theaters, opera halls, clubs, bars, restaurants, weddings, parties and house concerts. Guest musicians often show up with us to rock your world!
 
The Big Little Band is: J-Bob - guitar/vocals, Lefty - bass/flute/percussion, Cattle Annie - vocals/percussion, Little Britches - vocals/percussion and Big Jon - drums/percussion.
 
“The Big Little Band makes my existence bearable!” ~  composer David Amram 
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Johnny A

1-31-2015

Johnny A is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so, their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests. The public thinks so too, his latest works have sold many thousands of copies. Johnny spent a year and a half at Berklee School of Music, but had no real interest in the textbook bebop they were dishing out. His first group, "Squanty Roo" played Fusion and by ’75 he had a much more stripped down basic rock unit called "The Streets", who scored a major radio hit with “What Gives”.
In the ‘80’s he hooked up with legendary J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf, playing on his albums and co-producing one of them, as well as touring with Wolf around the world. After Wolf, Johnny put out a string of solo instrumental guitar albums which brought him much notice and acclaim with their warm guitar tones and alluring melodies. This led to signing with Steve Vai's Favored Nations label and an ever-widening circle of gigs with the likes of B.B. King, Robert Cray, and Jeff Beck plus an appearance at Eric Clapton's “Crossroads Guitar Festival” in '04.
Johnny's new album, "Driven," is available for limited sale now and will be fully released soon. Don't miss this one
It’s been a long way from his first $49 guitar to Gibson's Johnny A. Signature Edition, but Johnny is still doing what he loves most, playing guitar and creating music.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Samantha Fish

2-5-2015

Have you been following Samantha's career? Did you see her sold out show last year at Bull Run? If not, you should take notice now. She is all over the place, pouring her heart out in her music, her shows, backing her favorites, never forgetting her fans. She is the whole package with icing on the cake. Kansas City-based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on Ruf’s 2011 release, Girls with Guitars. Fueled by the trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S., she created an international buzz in the blues world. Later that same year she recorded "Runaway," her debut on Ruf, which mixed gutsy riff-blues rockers like “Down In The Swamp” with the mellow small-hours jazz of “Feelin’ Alright,” and earned her a string of rave reviews and radio airplay, climaxed by her winning the Blues Music Award (BMA) for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012. Earlier this year Samantha joined labelmate Devon Allman for a sultry duet of the Tom Petty classic, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
Rather than trying to duplicate her first success, on her latest release, 'Black Wind Howlin',' Samantha re-defines her sound throughout the tracks. She can be brutally rocking on cuts like the tour bus snapshot of “Miles To Go” (“Twelve hours to Reno/ten hours til the next show”), the swaggering “Sucker Born” (“Vegas left me weary, LA bled me dry/skating on fumes as I crossed the Nevada line…”) and the venomous “Go To Hell” (“Oh, this ain’t my first rodeo/You hit yourself a dead end/Your voodoo eyes, ain’t gonna cast a spell/So you can go to hell!”).
It wasn’t that long ago that a teenaged Samantha Fish showed up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, and began soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, then going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.” With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and even a tip of the hat to Heart, in putting together a sound that would become her own. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained at the time, “with my own spin.”
It's been a wild ride for Samantha Fish and she has proven her staying power every inch of the way. I don't have to tell you to get here early for this one. You already know it will be crazy and fun.

Videos HERE and HERE

7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Albert Lee Band

2-6-2015

Eric Clapton called Albert Lee, “The greatest guitarist in the world.” Known for his lightning speed playing, Albert has played with some of the biggest names in the business. If you saw him here last year and your jaw wasn't hanging down to your knees, then you weren't really watching. Albert is just plain stunning live.
He first came to prominence during a 1964-68 stint with British Blues and R & B stalwarts Chris Farlowe’s Thunderbirds. His reputation grew and he nabbed appearances on “The London Bo Diddley Sessions” for Chess and Jerry Lee Lewis’ “The London Sessions”. He later appeared on Don Everly's “Sunset Towers” and Jackson Browne's debut album. The mid seventies found him playing in the Joe Cocker Band and releasing his first solo album. In 1976 he replaced James Burton in Emmylou Harris' Hot Band on tour and played on her great seventies albums albums “Luxury Liner”, “Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town”, “Blue Kentucky Girl”, “Roses in the Snow” and “Evangeline”. In 1978 he joined Eric Clapton's band, where he recorded and toured for 5 years. All the while he found time to contribute his guitar-fire to three albums with Roseanne Cash, Dave Edmunds, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Carlene Carter, and countless others. When the Everly Brothers reunited on September 23, 1983 at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Albert was on hand as guitarist and Musical Director. He continued in that role for over 20 years until the Brothers retired.

Albert remains an occasional member of The Crickets, and tours regularly with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. Sugar Hill records released Albert’s solo efforts “Heartbreak Hill” in 2003 and “Road Runner” in 2006.  A summer 2011 jaunt with John Jorgenson prompted Albert to form his own U.S. band for the very first time. The Albert Lee Band includes John Thomas, aka  “J.T’, on keyboards, who played for 23 years with Bruce Hornsby. Bass player Will MacGregor has worked with the likes of the Pretenders, Pat Boone, Exene Cervanka and more. And Jason Smith brings both the subtlety of jazz and pounding pulse of rock to his drum stylings.

The first ever documentary film about Albert Lee featuring original songs and documenting the history of Albert's career is in the works. It will feature interviews with many of Albert's family, closest friends and musicians documenting his life and career from his humble childhood in England, through becoming a professional musician at 15 years old, moving to America in the 1970's, touring the world with musical greats, right up to the making of the album he has always wanted to make.

“Albert is in every sense of the word, a genuine guitar wizard" - Earl Scruggs

"Albert is one of my all-time guitar gods..." - Brad Paisley

Special Guest: The Atlas Gray Band: Steeped in the traditions of funk and soul, their sound is instantly recognizable yet entirely new.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Duke Robillard

2-13-2015

Blues guitar wiz, Duke Robillard, is a founder and 12-year member of Roomful of Blues, which accompanied Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and many more on record and in live appearances during his tenure. After leaving the group, Duke played briefly with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, then replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds after spending the previous decade touring with his own band and recording 5 critically acclaimed albums for Rounder Records.

The Duke: guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer, session musician and a one-man cheering section for the blues, Duke has worked with Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues and the Canadian band
The Rockin’ Highliners.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! In 2007 he received a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove-a-rama" CD and was also honored with the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for "excellence in the arts."
BB King himself has called Duke "One of the great players," The Houston Post called him "one of God's guitarists. And the New York Times says "Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality.

“Robillard’s ability to play across the spectrum of blues is legendary. Few players can move stylistically from Texas to Kansas City to Chicago’s West Side, but Robillard makes it seem easy.” - Guitar Player

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Bellevue Cadillac - Valentine's Day Ball

2-14-2015

"The best Valentine's Day band ever"

This is a multi-generational musical experience filled with dancing, joy, wonder, comedy, audience participation and the zaniest stage show currently on tour! Imagine flying trombones, spinning trumpets and sizzling saxophones leaping off the stage and dancing with the crowd! Everybody rides in this big Cadillac as it cruises through Hot Jazz, New Orleans R&B, Delta Blues, Kansas City Jump, R&B, Philly Soul, Doo Wop and anything else that rocks. Highly original yet familiar, Bellevue Cadillac is a wild romp through America's rich history of cars and rock 'n Roll, for a musical experience you'll never forget.

You've heard their music in the tv shows The Sopranos, Las Vegas, Ed, Sex and the City, Touched by an Angel, Brimstone, and Good and Evil and the motion picture Shallow Hal. They've appeared with Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray, Joe Pesci, Aerosmith, kenny Rogers, Matt Damon, Tara Reid, Shannon Elizabeth, the New England Patriots, and The Boston Red Sox. They've played with Ray Charles, James Brown, Tito Puente, Patty Austin, Kool and the Gang, Ruth Brown, Percy Sledge, Keith Richards and Bo diddley.

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"Teetering on the brink of insanity, Bellevue Cadillac sets the bar for all other performers to follow, that is if they can keep up..." SwingTime

More info and videos at: www.BellevueCadillac.com

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Edwin McCain Trio

2-20-2015

Taking the stage for what’s easily the 100th time in almost as many days, Edwin McCain casually joins his band as they start off another set that’s impossibly tight and laid back at the same time. By the time his vocals kick in, it’s clear that this is no ordinary troubadour on the club circuit. This is Edwin McCain, the voice that is romance incarnate, has launched a thousand marriages and stirred up Southern soul for over 20 years.


For the guy who always dreamed of a life on the road, Edwin’s massive pop hits “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” were like pulling into glamorous, exciting towns along his never-ending tour. They were life changing and sent him off with incredible memories and nifty souvenirs but were always just a part of the journey, not the destination.
“I’ve been lucky enough to experience a pretty broad range of stardom, and the lack thereof, throughout my journey as a musician,” he once said with a chuckle. “I’ve been on television shows and won awards, but I’ve also lived in the back of a truck, and I’ve even worked the Drive-Thru at Krispy Kreme singing wedding songs.”


Surprising to him more than anyone else, those very songs have endured beyond all wildest expectations, turning into wedding anthems and misty-eyed soundtracks to countless wedding proposals. Over a million Dr. Phil viewers voted “I’ll Be” as the best wedding song ever written, the New York Times dubbed him the “great American romantic,” and at any given moment on this very day a radio station in America is playing one of his songs. “They’re kind of emotional road maps,” Edwin explains, “and each one, especially if you’re connected to it in some real way, can change and grow and lead you in new directions of thought.” “But the highlight of what I do is playing for and connecting with the people that come out to see me live. The fans - and I hate to call them fans - the friends of music that survive the advertising campaign long enough to understand what music is truly about, and have incorporated my music into their lives to the point where it is are part of their memories and emotions - those are the ones I do it all for."

This philosophy, this innate ability to write songs that somehow every listener claims as their own, is not just reserved for the love songs but also in the soul-drenched party songs that fans fill the clubs to hear.
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

James Cotton and Jay Geils

JAMES COTTON and JAY GEILS

2-21-2015

JAMES COTTON and JAY GEILS together for one night, one band, one show!

Grammy Award winner James 'Superharp' Cotton's life is a veritable who's who of the Blues. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, Grammy Winner, and winner of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards, he has shared the stage with B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sam and Dave, The Grateful Dead and many, many others.

In 1954 when Muddy Waters needed a harmonica player, he found Cotton playing a club in Arkansas and took him to Chicago. Cotton remained with Waters for 12 years, playing shows and recording with him on Chess Records. One of the highlights of that period came when Cotton arranged the ever-popular anthem for the blues, 'Got My Mojo Workin', which was played for the first time by the Muddy Waters Band at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1961. In 1966 Cotton formed his James Cotton Blues Band which continues to showcase his immense talent and keeps him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving, seminal blues musicians touring the world today.
His new album, "Cotton Mouth Man" on Alligator records has been nominated for a Grammy. Produced by Tom Hambridge, Cotton is joined on the album by Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Delbert McClinton, Warren Haynes, Keb Mo, Chuck Leavell and Colin Linden for a joyous collection of raucous boogies, sunny country blues and brash Chicago shuffles inspired by Cotton’s colorful and sometime perilous life.


Jay Geils needs no introduction around these parts. The legion of music fans made The J. Geils Band one of the leading acts in the history of rock and roll. Producer, writer, singer and sports car restoration expert, Jay Geils is a rockin' master of the music that was his first love - Blues, the lifeblood that runs through the veins of every rocker. Known for several huge classic hits and a soulful approach to the blues, Jay has now been nominated for the Rock Hall of Fame.

This is the combo we've been waiting for - don't miss it!

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Tab Benoit Band

The TAB BENOIT Band

2-25-2015

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tab Benoit, who makes his home near New Orleans in Houma, Louisiana, is definitely a man with the blues. He's one of a handful of bright rising stars on the modern blues scene who paid his dues as a road troubadour playing 250 nights a year. He's worked each of his brilliant records the old-fashioned way, playing anywhere and everywhere he and his band could play. Unlike so many others before him, Benoit understands that blues is not a medium typically in favor with 50,000-watt commercial rock radio stations. However, in 1992, because of his major breakout tracks, “Nice and Warm” and “Bone Pickin”, radio began playing his music on the same commercial stations that were playing the popular acts of the day such as The Dave Matthew’s Band, Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, etc. It was the first time since the death of the Stevie Ray Vaughn that a new roots Artist was receiving heavy rotation on commercial Rock radio stations across the country.

Since that time Tab has recorded with Junior Wells, Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Henry Gray, and Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie to name a few.
Besides being Louisiana’s No.1 roots export, Tab is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. He also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands.
And now, after fifteen solo recordings, winning the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards), three Grammy nominations and a budding movie career, Tab is a part of Louisiana folklore and legend. And though critics are comparing him to some of the greatest bluesmen and guitarists of all time, Tab doesn't aspire to be the "next" anybody. But his music, like the title of his 2011 album, "Medicine," might be just what the doctor ordered.
Watch and listen: HERE

7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

An Evening with GREG BROWN

An Evening with Greg Brown

2-27-2015

Grammy nominated Greg Brown is, without a doubt, one of the best singer songwriters of our time. He’s an American treasure melding blues, folk, and jazz into his own unique sound. His rich baritone voice cuts to the core of his masterfully written songs. And his haunting images of a midwest upbringing are infectious. A captivating performer and storyteller, Greg will draw you in and hold you spellbound for hours. His songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Greg is the founder of the iconic “Red House” folk label in the early 1980s, and former musical director for Garrison Keelor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” He has recorded more than a dozen albums, including his newest release "Hymns to What is Left." Aside from his Grammy nominations, Brown has won numerous NAIRD Awards (National Association of Independent Record Distributors).

"There can be no doubt that at his best Greg Brown is among the finest writers and performers of his generation" - Stuart Henderson, Pop Matters
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

INVISIBLE SUN - Police Tribute Band

2-28-2015

Invisible Sun started 4 years ago when Scott Babineau, Brian Chaffee, and Chris Reddy decided to play some songs by The Police at a jam session. That session turned into an annual event and with the addition last year of drummer Roger Stebbins, Invisible Sun has become one of the premier Police cover bands around. They cover 25 songs from The Police, spanning all of their recorded work, with special attention to the detail and stylings of the originals.

Brian Chaffee is an accomplished vocalist/keyboardist from the Gardner area who has fronted "The Franks,"  "Krakow" and now regularly performs with his new band "Brian Chaffee and the Players."

Scott Babineau is a fixture in the central Ma music scene as a solo artist, front man for the very popular "Caves on Mars" and session/live work with multiple area musicians including Mark Marquis.

Chris Reddy, besides being a solo artist performing “Acoustic Loops from Hell," is currently working as the lead guitar player for the band "Doctor Robert" and was the lead singer/ lead guitarist for the Prog rock band "Transit" for 25 years. He has opened for Dave Mason, Stan Ridgeway, Jim Weider and Johnny A.

Roger Stebbins, who has been playing drums for over 35 years, has taken the reins as drummer for Invisible Sun. He was a founding member of the 80’s band "Geneva" and has also played with Chris in the fusion band "Sonic Sway" who opened for Gary Hoey.
If you enjoy the music of The Police, you must see this show!
Invisible Sun: Brian Chaffee (lead vocals/keyboards) Scott Babineau (bass/lead vocals) Chris Reddy (lead guitar) Roger Stebbins (drums/percussion)

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Christine Lavin & Don White

03-06-2015

Christine Lavin and Don White ARE two of the funniest entertainers
on today's music scene. This is a double trouble show.
Be prepared for anything!

Christine Lavin's smart and funny songs nail our lives and foibles on the head! With a comedienne's arsenal of irony and wit, Christine's delightfully skewed songs cover a lot of territory. Relationships: "What Was I Thinking?", politics: "Baracolate Chip Cookies", life's injustices: "Attractive Stupid People" and a lot more!

Don White stays right at home to mine comic gold. Coming from the world of stand-up, he is a funny man whose concerts can turn what happens in his home into an onstage biopic! His funny and often touching songs like "How to Get Your Kids to Leave Home", "Be 16 With Me", and "Rascal" go straight to his audience's heart.

Together, Christine Lavin and Don White are a funny, funny 2-fer of comedy and song.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Danielle Nicole Band

The Danielle Nicolle Band

3-12-2015

As founding member and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, winner of the 2014 Blues Music Award for Instrumentalist - Bassist and nominee for "female artist" in the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards, Danielle Schnebelen has spent years growing her fan base around the world. In 2014 she decided to push her musical boundaries further by forming the Danielle Nicole Band, which also features Mike “Shinetop” Sedovic, Jan Faircloth and Brandon Miller.


A natural-born performer, Danielle got her start singing in coffeehouses and open mics in the local Kansas City blues scene. Her talent and on stage charisma played a major role in the success of Trampled Under Foot and helped the band earn numerous awards and nominations over the years, including multiple Blues Music Award nominations for “Band of the Year” and a two nominations recognizing her individual accomplishments as a musician for “Bass Player of the Year." Drawing comparisons to Susan Tedeschi and Etta James, Danielle delivers a sweeping vocal range and powerful telling of her lyrics every time she hits the stage.

Mike “Shinetop, jr.” Sedovic was discovered by The Blues Notions, one of Kansas City’s longest running blues bands, and spent the next eight years honing his skills alongside some of the best and most knowledgeable bluesmen on the scene before teaming up with the Danielle Nicole Band.
Jan Faircloth spent eleven years with the popular blues rock outfit Levee Town, making five records and touring widely around the US and Canada.

Brandon Miller released two full-length albums and shared the stage with Jonny Lang, Foghat, Night Ranger and Eddie Money, before forming the Brandon Miller Band, a powerful, guitar-driven blues-rock trio. Now Brandon brings that rock n roll edge to the Danielle Nicole Band.

VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2

7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band

Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt_A_Whirl Band

3-14-2015 - Back by popular demand.

Jimmie Vaughan is far more than one of the greatest and most respected guitarists in the world of popular music. As Guitar Player Magazine notes, “He is a virtual deity–a living legend.” His musical ethos and personal style have had an impact on contemporary culture, from spearheading the current blues revival with The Fabulous Thunderbirds to his longtime, innate fashion sense of slicked-back hair and sharp vintage threads, to becoming a premier designer of classic custom cars. But for Jimmie, none of that is part of a crusade or a career plan. It’s just his natural way of living life.
At age 15, Vaughan was playing the rough and tumble Dallas nightclub scene nightly. By 16 he joined The Chessman, who became the area’s top musical attraction, eventually opening concerts in Dallas for Jimi Hendrix. He was developing his style; clean, economical and highly articulate; concentrating on rhythmic accents and lead work that relied on his "less is more" approach.
In 1969, he helped found "Texas Storm," a group that dug into blues and soul with a Texas accent. The band migrated to Austin, and it was there that Jimmie helped jump start his brother Stevie Ray’s career when the younger Vaughan joined Texas Storm on bass. Determined to create an ideal vehicle for blues that was both modern in impact and appeal yet true to the tradition, Vaughan founded The Fabulous Thunderbirds with Kim Wilson in the mid 1970s. When Antone’s nightclub opened in Austin in 1975, the Thunderbirds became the house band, jamming with such blues greats as Waters, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King and a host of others, all of whom recognized Vaughan as the man who would keep the music they developed alive.
Vaughan recorded eight albums with The Thuderbirds and, on the strength of hits like “Tuff Enuff,” earned two Grammy nominations and years of worldwide touring. They brought blues back into the pop charts and the contemporary musical lexicon, sparking a revival that continues today. Prior to leaving the group in 1990, Jimmie had joined up with brother Stevie to record "Family Style," an album that reflected their mutually deep musical roots and modern artistic sophistication. But in August, 1990, just a few weeks prior to the album’s release, Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. Jimmie was devastated and retreated from touring and recording, though he continued to play guitar every day. The the success of "Family Style" further enhanced Jimmie’s reputation as a distinctive musical stylist, whose rich-toned exuberance has earned him the respect of many of the greats of contemporary music. He began showing up on albums like B.B. King and Eric Clapton’s "Riding With The King," Bob Dylan’s "Under The Red Sky," Willie Nelson’s "Milk Cow Blues," Carlos Santana’s "Havana Moon" and Don Henley’s "Inside Job."
Buddy Guy once said: “He’s unbeatable when it comes to the blues. He just plays it like it’s supposed to be played.”
And Stevie Ray, when people would compare his playing to that of his brother, would say there was really no contest. “I play probably 80 percent of what I can play. Jimmie plays one percent of what he knows. He can play anything.”

And yet Jimmie Vaughan remains modest when it comes to his life and work. “I’m just trying to have fun like everyone else,” he concludes. “I’ve been playing since I was 13. I play every day. I’ve never stopped. I can’t imagine that I could exist without it.”

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

03-21-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Ronnie's back for his annual "Birthday Show"

Ronnie Earl's got it. Whatever it is that makes The Blues dig down into your soul and stir it up. Whatever it is that can hold your attention with six strings and 22 frets and never sound stale or mediocre. Whatever it is that makes you smile in the midst of a very dangerous and heartless world. Whatever it is, he's got it down.
Maybe it was his years with Roomful of Blues. Or maybe it was the years touring with his own bands throughout the world that makes him equally conversant with the styles of Robert Jr. Lockwood, T-Bone Walker, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Or maybe it's something that you don't get on the road or alone in a room practicing scales. Maybe it's something you find inside yourself and learn to express on guitar, piano, easel, trowel or skillsaw. Maybe he's one of us and we can feel it when he plays, letting us know that, like us, he's been up, down and everywhere in between. Or maybe he's just one of the finest living Blues guitarists on the planet. If you love the Blues and you haven't been to a Ronnie Earl show, do yourself a favor.

Ronnie's new Album, "Good News," is "another exquisite outing" according to Steve Morse of the Boston Globe. Read the full review HERE

OPEN: The L & M RHYTHM KINGS - The L&M Rhythm Kings perform a blend of rhythm, roots, and blues, featuring full-blooded grooves from the heart and soul of America. The band features a mix of original music and modern interpretations of funk & roots artists like James Brown, the Neville Brothers, and others.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Livingston Taylor

3-27-2015

**PLEASE NOTE - This show has been moved to 3-27-2015. Call Bull Run for more info.

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.
Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.
As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Livingston shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists, just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II) is one of the most popular at the College, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes, and is available now.
More info at: www.livtaylor.com/ Watch Liv live on NECN HERE

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Albert Cummings

4-17-2015

Breaking every cliché associated with the blues while producing some of the most powerful music of the 21st century comes as natural to Albert Cummings as swinging a hammer while constructing one of his award-winning custom built homes. This Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. Like everything he tackles, he threw himself headlong into the pursuit, going to festivals and winning several picking contests in high school. Before graduating he heard the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, and was floored by the virtuosity. In 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve. He had another tradition to live up to first, however, and he studied the building trade in order to follow his family into the home building business. Not until he was 27, an age when other musicians were either already established or had long ago put their dream aside for the realities of life, did Albert finally decide to go for it.
A year later Double Trouble joined Cummings again as he signed with Blind Pig Records to create "True to Yourself." This time they brought in legendary producer Jim Gaines to control the sessions. The all-original release further showcased Albert’s rapidly developing songwriting chops and deeply emotional vocals as well as stunning guitar pyrotechnics that put the metallurgical properties of his strings to the test. Tours and shows with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others brought his music to an audience grateful for the opportunity to be rocked hard by a man possessed to play every song like his life depended on it.

VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The JAMES HUNTER Six

4-24-2015

Onstage, the fifty-one-year-old British singer and songwriter James Hunter has the energy of a man half his age, or younger. With a soulful tenor that recalls a range of R & B giants, from Sam Cooke to Bobby Bland, Hunter leads his band, the James Hunter Six, through strict tempos and lightning-quick switchbacks. He is warm, engaging and likely to be telling a joke while checking with the audience to see if they’re having a good time. Hunter’s tight, taut compositions are rooted in American soul music without being bound to it, while his irreverence allows him to evade cliché and keep the genre vibrant. “Often, that’s where the soul revivalists fall flat,” Hunter says. “They invest the music with a mystique that it doesn’t warrant, which destroys it. I was playing in a club once and a very earnest young French couple said to me, ‘Do you feel your music is like a religion?’ ‘No,’ I said. ‘I take it seriously.

In the early Nineties, Van Morrison caught James at a gig in Wales and subsequently hired him as a backup singer for several years of touring and recording. James appeared on Morrison’s live album, "A Night in San Francisco,", and on the studio set, "Days Like This."
“He’s one of the best voices and best kept secrets in British R&B and soul.” - Van Morrison


In 2006, GO Records/Rounder released "People Gonna Talk," the first James Hunter album ever issued in the US. With its affectionate echoes of Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson, the disc became an airplay staple on some of the nation’s most influential radio stations. The Los Angeles Times praised James Hunter’s “extraordi­nary soul voice”; Rolling Stone called his album “a treat not to miss.” By the year’s end, "People Gonna Talk" was among the Top Ten “Best Albums of 2006” as cited by Mojo, USA Today and the WFUV listeners’ poll, to name a few. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Tradi­tional Blues Album and James himself was nominated as Best New/Emerging Artist in the annual Americana Music Awards.

His next album, "The Hard Way" earned even better accolades, with Rolling Stone calling it “unbelievably awesome” and the New York Times praising Hunter’s “tight, slithery groove” and “sweet growl.”  The album featured a guest appearance by avowed Hunter fan Allen Toussaint, and like its predecessor reached #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart.  Hunter toured extensively behind it, both as a headliner and supporting the likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Chris Isaak, Boz Scaggs and others.

"The new James Hunter Six album, 'Minute by Minute,' on Daptone Records was produced by label co-founder Gabriel Roth, who nails the sound of R&B in its formative years when it was part rock 'n' roll, part jump blues, all swing and swagger. It's a marvelous fit with Hunter's own swoons, croons, screams and rips as he and the group time-warp back to the early days of AM rock radio, minus the static.


Watch "Chicken Switch" from the new album HERE

Watch James with Sharon Jones HERE

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Charlie Musselwhite

4-29-2015

Mississippi born Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world, so casual, soft spoken and friendly in conversation. But unleashed on stage, under the spotlight, in front of a packed crowd, those "entertainer instincts" take over and his whole persona seems to subtlety shift, to take on something deeper, harder, tighter and louder. Hunched over a bit, hands cupped around a harmonica and microphone, he starts blowing like a human blast-furnace, rocking forward and back as he wails, spurred on by the tense grooves of his excellent backing band. The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career (see below) and collaborated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Williams, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tom Waits, Eddie Vedder and John Lee Hooker, to name a few.

Most of his tunes are uptempo shuffles and boogie grooves, and listening to his harp you can almost imagine how it might have sounded echoing his own loneliness off the backstreet blues clubs of Chicago’s south side. “The blues sounded like how I felt growing up" Charlie says. "Too many people think of the blues as sad, but many of these tunes are fun, dancing tunes that lift your spirits. I often tell people that the blues is your buddy in good times and your comforter in bad times. It empowers you to keep going. It is secular spiritual music, the gospel blues. It’s music from the heart instead of the head.”
Born in Mississippi, Musselwhite arrived in Chicago in the early sixties, just in time for the epochal blues revival. In 1966 at the age of 22 he recorded the landmark "Stand Back! Here Comes Charlie Musselwhite’s Southside Band" to rave reviews. Moving to San Francisco in 1967, where his album was being played on underground radio, found him welcomed into the counterculture scene around the Fillmore West as an authentic purveyor of the real deal blues. More than 20 albums later he is at the top of his game, a revered elder statesman of the blues nowhere near ready to hang up his harp belt, his depth of expression as a singer and an instrumentalist unexcelled and only getting deeper.
With music as dark as Mississippi mud or as uplifting as the blue skies of California, in an era when the term legendary gets applied to auto-tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honored as a true master of American classic vernacular music.
2010 Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, 7-time GRAMMY Nominee, 27-time Blues Music Award Winner, 8-time Living Blues Award Winner, 2013 Living Blues Awards (Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica), 2012 Blues Music Award Winner for Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year and for Best Instrumentalist Harmonica, 2011 GRAMMY Nominee for Best Traditional Blues Album – The Well, 2011 Blues Music Award Winner for Best Instrumentalist – Harmonica and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year, 2011 Living Blues Awards  (Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica), 2009 Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Honoree, Beale Street Brass Note Walk of Fame Honoree and in 2008 Charlie’s marker was placed outside of BB King‘s Nightclub in Memphis, TN.

7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA
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