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Dueling Pianos

4-3-2015 (Sawtelle)

Those of you who were at last year's show know just how much fun this event is.

What are dueling pianos?
It is a massive "to the top of your lungs" sing along with all your friends! Two grand pianos  are center-stage with a team of outrageously talented pianists that seem to know every song ever written.

Watch Videos HERE  &  HERE  &  HERE

Each show is different because it's all request. And you or your friends might get called up onstage for a bit of good humored fun and some unforgettable u-tube moments. These shows are request oriented, interactive sing-a-longs wherein two piano players sit across from each other and trade songs. The dueling piano audience is used for the dueling aspect of the show. Audience members are pitted one-side-against-the-other. Examples of rivalries include country vs. rock, men against women, etc.

People do love to interact and have fun. The piano players act as the "Entertainment Directors," responsible for maintaining enthusiasm and maximizing laughs. Hand-picked from only the finest regional talent, they are experts on keeping audience members involved, happy and singing.


Dueling piano shows often take unexpected turns, like involving wait staff members, changing song lyrics or roasting popular audience members. There aren't many boundaries. It's an all-ages show that is the perfect entertainment anyone who like to have fun; one big sing-along party, swaying to the music and bellowing-out familiar lyrics. You're not just being entertained by the piano players - you are part of the show!

"Think YOU won't sing along? Just TRY not too.... I dare ya!" - Bill Connors

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Danny Klein's Full House

4-4-2015

Danny Klein's Full House
Celebrating the music of the J. Geils Band


Danny Klein, founding member and the one-and-only Ace On Bass for the mighty J. GEILS BAND, rips through all the J. Geils songs you know and love with his own band of local heroes, DANNY KLEIN'S FULL HOUSE!!! This is where you will hear all the J. Geils Band tunes, played the way they were meant to be played by the guys that know how to keep 'em rockin'. Danny was there at the beginning and he's still keeping the legend alive. You won't even believe how much fun you'll have at this show.

The band features Danny Klein on Bass, Artie Eaton on Lead Vocals, Dave Quintiliani on Keys & Vocals, Jim Taft on Drums & Vocals, Steve Gouette on Guitar & Vocals and Richard "Rosy" Rosenblatt on Harmonica.
 
DK and the boys can be found at clubs, casinos, festivals, and private parties, rockin' the house to classic tunes like Centerfold, Freeze Frame, Musta Got Lost, Whammer Jammer, First I Look at the Purse... the list goes on and on, and so does the House Party!
Not your mama's cover band, for sure.

Watch Videos HERE
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The Darren Bessette Band

4-10-2015

Darren Bessette is a Nashville recording artist who has had the honor of touring with Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, JoDee Messina, Hank Williams Jr., and many more...

Darren moved to Nashville in  late 2005 and made his way up in the ranks in the music business never slowing down. He found himself surrounded by some of Nashvilles finest talent and incredibly, he was being featured on several tours throughout the East Coast and MidWest as well as countless award show events such as the CMT Awards and the CMA's, where he was nominated for his song "Country Philosophy."

Darren's daughter, Grace Mackenzie Bessette entered the world on July 13 2007 and it changed his life forever. He moved back home to raise his daughter. Being on the road was no longer as important as watching Grace grow up.

A brand new album is in the early stages and he still travels back and fourth to Nashville writing with an array of incredibly talented writers, a humbling experience to say the least.
His current band is: Darren on guitar & vocals, Elle Wine on vocals, Chad Taylor on bass, Michael Paolucci on guitar and Tim DeLongchamp on drums.

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Whitney Doucet - Whitney is a country singer from central Mass who recently she sang for the Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots, at Gillette stadium. Last summer, she sang with country superstar Keith Urban at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield Mass during his "'raise em up' tour."

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Pure Prairie League

4-11-2015

Pure Prairie League's biggest hits include “Aimee," “Two Lane Highway," "Falling in and out of Love," "Early Morning Riser" and the musically less-representative pop song, “Let Me Love You Tonight.” In the '70s and '80s they rode the same country-tinged rock wave that carried the Eagles, Buffalo Springfield, Poco and The Band to popularity. Vince Gill, later to become one of Nashville’s biggest solo stars, sang and played guitar with the band in the early 1980s and recorded an updated version of “Aimee” for their greatest hits album.

Influenced by bluesy drive of the Byrds and the seamless fusing of country and rock first introduced by bands like the Flying Burrito Brothers, PPL benefits from tight slide guitar, dueling solos and plenty of jammy Americana, mixing country rock, southern boogie, bluegrass and blues. Whether they are “Pickin To Beat The Devil” or taking you for a ride down a “Two Lane Highway,” PPL is a sure fire good time.


The current long-time lineup is: John David Call (pedal steel, vocal), Mike Reilly (guitar, vocals), Rick Schell (bass) and Scott Thompson (drums)
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“PPL does what it's always done: they remain true to themselves, creating a sound that doesn't compromise their vision, yet manages to capture the ears of their adoring faithful "prairiedog" fans, as well as a new legion of listeners. If there is a formula to PPL's longevity and success that may very well be it.” - Country Music Online
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Bob Marley - Comedy

4-16-2015

He's back again to keep you laughing in 2015.


This guy's not funny, he's a riot.
Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Marley has also appeared in several films, including the cult favorite, “Boondock Saints,” where he played Detective Greenley.

Marley, a Maine native and University of Maine at Farmington graduate, uses biographical and observational material for his high-energy routines. He began his career in his hometown of Portland, and then moved to Boston to gain experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. He works nonstop throughout the country, in such cities as Los Angles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York and Denver. And after living in Los Angles for several years, he, his wife and three children have returned to Maine to live.

Watch video clip HERE         -              More info at: www.bmarley.com

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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

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Town Meeting - 2nd show added!

4-17-2015 (Ballroom)

Because their show on 4/18 sold out so quickly,
we've added this 2nd show on 4/17
!

Luke and Russ Condon, founding members of Town Meeting, grew up in Ayer, MA and share a love of listening to and creating great music. They also happen to be brothers. Brendan (Babe) Condon is also a brother and is now a member of the band. He plays a mean harmonica and vocals. Dean Adrien, formerly of Orphan, joined the band in April of 2013. Having played music most of his life with the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush and others from the Boston Folk scene, Adrien was already a well accomplished musician when he joined the band. Tim Cackett began playing Bass in High school and was heavily influenced by jazz and funk. After high school he played guitar and toured with various hardcore bands, until he realized he belonged with Town Meeting and now gives the band a bigger and more wholesome TM sound.


??Influenced by a wide range of musical acts (Dawes, The Avett Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) when Dean, Tim and the Condon brothers get together it's nothing short of spectacular. Their songs are original, well written and harmony driven with a real emphasis on musical quality and arrangement. In other words, they don't just write a song, they take some time and craft one.??

Since the spring of 2013 when they officially formed, Town Meeting has been playing venues in New England from Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA to colleges in RI and cafes in NH. Whether for a few or for many, when these guys perform, it's always entertaining. (Just ask someone who's seen them!)
sold out
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Allman Neville Pitchell Band

4-18-2015

Every once in a while, you get a combination of singers, songwriters, musicians  who, not only have recognized achievements, but combine their unique talents to present an unforgettable show! And this is definitely one of those shows!

MICHAEL ALLMAN, eldest son of Gregg Allman, American rock/blues, Rock Hall of Famer, who not only sings like his father, but looks like him as well! Michael is an original songwriter but you will also here some of the Allman Brothers greatest hits!

CHARLES NEVILLE, Grammy Award winning legendary Neville Brother, is a vocals, sax, flute man, who has gold/platinum records from six different countries! CHARLES has performed  on such popular TV shows as the "The Today Show," "Oprah," Saturday Night Live," "Tonight Show," "Letterman," etc!  CHARLES ethereal performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have made him be invited every year to perform there! CHARLES has also performed with Ray Charles, James Brown, Santana, The Grateful Dead, etc!

JEFF PITCHELL, singer/songwriter/guitar player and was invited earlier this year to perform w/ the ALLMAN BROTHERS in NYC  to a sold-out Beacon Theater. JEFF blends Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Jimi Hendrix experiences with his own soulful, superb vocals. His song "Eye for an Eye"  won an International Songwriting Contest  and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. Jeff  won Best Guitarist in State of CT, and w/Texas Flood Best Band in CT, and this year won Best Blues Show in New England in six state vote! Jeff has performed with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils, etc.

Along with Jeff's backup band, Texas Flood, The ALLMAN, NEVILLE, PITCHELL BAND bring together three phenomenal multi-talented artists, to provide an incredible evening of music!

VIDEO(RegentTheater) - VIDEO(MidnightRider) -  VIDEO(Pitchell w/Allman Bros)
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Town Meeting

Town Meeting (Ballroom)

4-18-2015 (Ballroom) SOLD OUT!  See 2nd show added on 4/17.

Luke and Russ Condon, founding members of Town Meeting, grew up in Ayer, MA and share a love of listening to and creating great music. They also happen to be brothers. Brendan (Babe) Condon is also a brother and is now a member of the band. He plays a mean harmonica and vocals. Dean Adrien, formerly of Orphan, joined the band in April of 2013. Having played music most of his life with the likes of Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush and others from the Boston Folk scene, Adrien was already a well accomplished musician when he joined the band. Tim Cackett began playing Bass in High school and was heavily influenced by jazz and funk. After high school he played guitar and toured with various hardcore bands, until he realized he belonged with Town Meeting and now gives the band a bigger and more wholesome TM sound.

Influenced by a wide range of musical acts (Dawes, The Avett Brothers, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) when Dean, Tim and the Condon brothers get together it's nothing short of spectacular. Their songs are original, well written and harmony driven with a real emphasis on musical quality and arrangement. In other words, they don't just write a song, they take some time and craft one.

Since the spring of 2013 when they officially formed, Town Meeting has been playing venues in New England from Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA to colleges in RI and cafes in NH. Whether for a few or for many, when these guys perform, it's always entertaining. (Just ask someone who's seen them!)

sold out
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

JOAN OSBORNE: The Love & Hate Tour

Joan Osborne: The Love & Hate Tour

4-19-2015

Whether you know Joan Osborne for the mega-hit "What if God Was One of Us" or for her fiery cover of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" from the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown, it's clear that the singer is no cookie-cutter alt-babe.

This diverse and soulful singer-songwriter earned seven Grammy nods, sang lead with The Grateful Dead, shared stages with such divergent talents as Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith, graced the Grand Ole Opry stage and participated in the Lilith Fair. "I just love so many different kinds of music. I know the conventional wisdom about having a career is to define yourself very clearly and just be that one thing really well," Joan says. "But I always felt that I wanted to try everything that I was drawn to. I have been very lucky that I've been welcomed into all these different musical worlds and musical environments."

Osborne's new album, "Love and Hate" is one of her most personally-charged, creatively ambitious efforts to date. “This one feels a little different,” Osborne says of her new release. While she has already earned a reputation as both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter, her soulful songcraft reaches a new level of musical and lyrical resonance on Love and Hate.

Joan will be accompanied by her amazing pianist, Keith Cotton, at this show, so you can expect many familiar favorites along with selections from this wonderful new album.

"There's a substance and depth here that is not easily achieved.. Osborne is getting more interesting with time." - RollingStone.com
"4 stars... a triumph of ‘love'... Osborne's back with a sparkling theme album…a fine, and focused, collection of music." - New York Daily News
"Her sweet yet husky voice is a wonderfully expressive instrument, bringing emotional honesty, a.k.a. soul, to every performance..." - American Songwriter
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The JAMES HUNTER Six

4-24-2015

In the early Nineties, Van Morrison caught James Hunter 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

Onstage, the fifty-one-year-old British singer and songwriter has the energy of a man half his age, or younger. He's a former railroad construction worker with a soulful tenor that recalls a range of R & B giants like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles or 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 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

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The Mark Marquis Group

4-25-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Mark Marquis, critically acclaimed guitarist, is one of the finest musicians you will hear anywhere.
Along with his band, The Mark Marquis Group, he has been performing his music in concert, clubs, and festivals for the past thirty years, combining a blend of jazz, blues, rock, fusion and world music with a fantastic line up of musicians.

In addition to performing his compositions, Marquis has been known to pull out and place his own spin on music by such artists as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and more. His solo guitar segments are often a highlight of his concerts. But whatever direction he may take, Mark has a way of bringing his own unique style to the tunes being played.

Marquis has written arranged and produced a number of CDs, including, "Above the Clouds," "The Invisible Ray" and "Right Place, Right Time." His annual “Most Peaceful Night of the Year” holiday concerts are some of the most popular and well attended shows in the Worcester County area.
Fantastic guitar playing and always a great band: a night of music you don’t want to miss. This is as good as it gets!

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Charlie Farren

4-25-2015 (Ballroom)

Charlie Farren is known for great songs, great singing and outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Alone onstage with acoustic guitar in hand, he captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, memorable songs, soaring vocals and subtle yet innovative guitar style. ?
Bursting onto the national scene in the early '80s as lead singer and guitarist with The Joe Perry Project, he established himself as one of the hottest young singers on the Boston music scene, writing the hits "Listen To The Rock," "East Coast, West Coast" and "I've Got The Rock And Rolls Again."?
In 1986 Charlie, along with Dave Hull (Joe Perry Project) and John Muzzy, formed Farrenheit and released a self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers. Three singles from that album, "Fool in Love," "Bad Habit," and "Lost in Loveland" and video exposure on MTV, established Farrenheit as one of the premier new rock acts receiving awards, media attention and new fans across the country.
?Charlie has since released "World Gone Wild," "Four Letter Word," and "Live at Club Passim" as a solo artist. His new CD, "Tuesday" is his best work to date, featuring a song that was written but never released by longtime friend, the late Brad Delp, powerhouse vocalist for the legendary band Boston.?
Charlie Farren continues to be one of America's most original and compelling musical artists. He takes the stage alone, and leaves the stage with a roomful of new believers.?

"Charlie is contagious, displaying a candor rarely demonstrated by former arena rock stars. It's clear he has not lost the ability to captivate a room full of people no matter what the size." - Tom Dempsey, SoundCheck magazine.

SPECIAL GUEST: Katrin Roush

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The Smithereens

4-26-2015

If you wanna rock, The Smithereens are for you - their live show is over the top as they blast through their biggest radio hits, "A Girl like You," "Only a Memory," "Top of the Pops," "Tell Me When Did Things Go Wrong," "Blues Before And After," "Yesterday Girl" and a host of others. Their concerts are legendary.

Hailing from Carteret New Jersey, They have been going strong since 1980, churning out some of the hookiest power pop around, inspiring countless alternative rockers (Kurt Cobain while writing Nevermind) and straddling the gap between The Byrds and AC/DC. Their signature sound was an anomaly in the college rock scene of the late 80s. Ever unique, they brought devil may care weight to british invasion melodies. They gained popularity with “11” the album that spawned college campus favorites “A Girl Like You”, “Blood and Roses” & “Blue Period." They may be a cult act, but they bring something for everyone. Whether it’s their shimmering melodies, or their low down marshall sound, Pat DiNizio & the boys seem to hit every eclectic mark.

Of their newest album, "2011," Pat DiNizio says "I think it's as good as anything we've ever done." Indeed, the 13-song album shows them to be making some of the most urgent music of their three-decade career, delivering their timeless brand of punchy, heartfelt rock 'n' roll with as much fire as ever. Such instantly memorable new tunes as "Sorry," "One Look At You," "A World of Our Own" and "Rings On Her Fingers" exemplify the trademark brand of punchy melodic songcraft, driven home by DiNizio's expressive vocals and emotionally complex lyrics, along with fiery ensemble performances that show off the uncanny musical chemistry of longstanding musical partners DiNizio, Babjak and Dennis Diken, and later addition Severo "the Thrilla" Jornacion, who joined in 2006.
DiNizio points out, "We still feel like we have something to prove. We have to hit a grand slam every night, and we have to be twice as good as bands half our age. And we've got this body of work that spans over 30 years, so we'll play at least two, two-and-a-half hours every night and bang through the songs like a freight train."


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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.

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The Grand Slambovians

5-1-15

Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians) pioneered the alt-folk/americana genre, staying on the fringes of the music industry while producing several critically acclaimed studio albums.

To be fully appreciated they must be seen live. Their melodic avant-folk conjures a quirkier Tom Petty or a fuller Buffalo Tom with an exotic instrumental arsenal. And though their studio albums are full of wild brilliance and dynamic hippie soul, you just haven't had the full experience until you've survived the Alice-in-Wonderland, full-frontal assault of a live show. If you like Dylan, Bowie, The Decemberists, you’ll find a lot to love about this band which features an other-worldly slide mandolin, accordion, cello and styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. Headlining major music festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada and the UK, they built their career from the ground up with a loyal fan base supporting them all the way….

Fronted by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) whose voice is “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic” says The Big Issue, UK and goes on to say “the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in his voice.” The band features guitarist/mandolin player Sharkey McEwen (think lovechild of David Gilmour and Duane Allman); multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, uke, theremin, melodica); and Eric Puente (Percussion.)

"Gandalf Murphy & the SCD is simply one of the finest American bands out there..." - All Music Guide
"Casting a wide net, their music energizes anyone who hears it." - Relix Magazine

"Mightily impressive and hugely original... 'tis truly an epic soundtrack." - Maverick Magazine, UK
"Lively songs that are imbued with mystical stirrings." - New York Times

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Jenny Tolman

5-2-2015

Soft-spoken in conversation, 19-year-old Jenny Tolman is bold and courageous behind a guitar, able to make sense of life’s challenges by putting them under a verbal microscope. Her voice mixes the smokiness of Shelby Lynne with the accessibility of your next-door neighbor, and her self-written stories ring true for just about anyone who hears them.

"Her songwriting, inspired by real-world issues, is beyond her age." says producer Judy Rodman, an Academy of Country Music award-winner. "So is her motivation."

“My music is very honest,” Tolman says. “My goal is to help other people. If I keep myself hidden, then that’s not really going to help anyone.”

Her song “Damn Cigarettes” placed second in the country category in the Unsigned Only songwriting competition, which features such notable judges as Rosanne Cash, Dustin Lynch and Craig Morgan.
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Ari Hest

5-7-2015

With every record he makes, Ari Hest says his music is progressively more reflective of who he is. At 34, the Bronx-based singer/songwriter's musicianship has evolved from writing songs on imagery to real-life experiences coming from an honest, intense place. On his upcoming June 8th release 'Shouts and Whispers', Hest creates a non-typical collection of tracks that ultimately form a cohesive narrative. With songs of sadness and resignation giving way to lucidity and catharsis, Hest's introspection and intelligence are on display, creating moments of magic within his poetic, spare lyrics and backing them up with his ear for haunting melodies. Hest conceived half the album as an acoustic set, while the other half took shape via keyboards, as he explains below. 'Shouts and Whispers' begins with the swirling, hypnotic 'Harvest', soon followed by a centerpiece track, the stunning, understated 'Into the Empty White'. 'How We'll Always Be' is perhaps a declaration of giving up the fight, and the melancholy 'No One Can Stay' has an elegant darkness. There's a glimmer of hope within 'Bona Fide', and finally a cathartic yowl as 'After The Thunder' builds to its crescendo.

Hest has released seven albums, three EPs, and "52" in 2008, an innovative project whereby he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for a full year. In addition, Hest is half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea, along with longtime friend Rosi Golan.

His music has been featured on numerous television shows including Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. Recently, Ari's song "The Landlord" appeared in an episode of NPR's "All Things Considered". He's also scored a film called 'Dreamriders,' which won several independent film awards. And throughout his career, he has toured worldwide to support his records, most recently in Germany as well as several European countries, and built the kind of loyal fan base any musician would envy. While "Shouts and Whispers" is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show may leave even more of an impression. Watching him play, one can't help but be thrust into his world, hanging on every word like a child listening to a ghost story.

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7:30 pm
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JOHN SEBASTIAN w/ Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

5-8-2015

The songs of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution... You know the songs by heart: "Do You Believe In Magic?" "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice." "Daydream." "Younger Girl." "Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?" "Summer In The City." "Rain On The Roof." "Nashville Cats." "Six O'Clock." "Darling Be Home Soon." "Younger Generation."

The Lovin' Spoonful was not his first act, and it certainly wasn't its last. After leaving the Spoonful, he moved into a solo career with performances at Woodstock and its English equivalent the Isle of Wight Festivals. And, of course, "Welcome Back Kotter". Throughout the '70s and '80s he continued to record and tour, pleasing old fans and winning new ones. The '90s also saw John return to the group format with the J-Band, a contemporary celebration of his jug band heritage. And his induction into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2000 hasn't slowed him down a bit.
John is still out there spreading his gospel of American roots music. Perhaps because it has been the product of heart and soul and history, the oldest song in the Sebastian catalog is as fresh and vital as the song he's about to write tomorrow. That's why you still hear his music everywhere - in movies, on television, in cover versions and samples - and why it's always welcome. Listen

Special Guests: Paul Rishell & Annie Raines -
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines' masterful performances have won them fans around the globe. They have released four albums, including the W.C. Handy Award winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, Moving to the Country.
Paul and Annie will do an opening set and also accompany John during his set.

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Peter Mulvey

5-9-2015 (Ballroom)

Over the past 20 years, Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician - immersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner – his attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.


Peter is touring in support of his new CD, "Siver Ladder," which is an artistic rebirth for Mulvey, the work of an artist who has discovered his inner rock-and-roller, a man who has been through the eye of the needle and come through it with a haul of songs to spark and encourage his fellow humans.

Mulvey draws on an extremely broad swath of influence; he is always reading, listening, and eager to hear new poetry, modern minimalist composers, old-time fiddle tunes, Argentinean trip-hop, or top-shelf bar bands.

“Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores. A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style. A joy to see.”
- The Irish Times

“A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper...surrealistic beauty...gorgeous.” - Rolling Stone

“Gleefully mercurial...equal parts breezy jazz and whispery folk. His voice feels like fine old leather, and his guitar sounds like it’s on steroids...a superb technician with a fondness for ignoring the rules...a genre-defying traditionalist — a knuckleballer with finger-picks” - The Boston Globe
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Tinsley Ellis: Tough Love Tour

5-14-2015

James Brown once said the definition of Soul is “being proud of where you came from." Without question, Tinsley Ellis is proud to be from Georgia, a state blessed with a rich Rhythm and Blues heritage, having spawned James Brown, Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers Band and numerous other major influences. Tinsley wears his Southern roots proudly and that is most evident on his latest album, "Tough Love," wherein he blends the red clay soul of those who came before him with the finely honed power of blues guitar and heartfelt vocals. Tough Love takes the listener on a musical journey from the Georgia roadhouse through the Blues juke joint and beyond. This is the third offering from Ellis’s own label, Heartfixer Music, and with help from longtime veterans of Delbert McClinton’s band, including Nashville keyboard whiz Kevin McKendree (Brian Setzer), bassist Steve Mackey, and drummer Lynn Williams (John Hiatt) they combine first rate musicianship with Tinsley’s expert production guidance to produce this sonically superb music.
“This album just flowed out of us in the studio, and that's a good thing for a blues album to do,” says Ellis about the recording sessions. “Making a record is all about capturing a vibe in the studio and the vibe was great during these sessions. Each song had a different groove. We used an arsenal of vintage guitars, amps, drums and keyboards to make the songs sound more quirky. You can't go wrong making an album for the fans, and that's what we tried to do with Tough Love.”

 
"Atlanta musician's 18th album, 'Tough Love,' is a blazing tour de force. Tough Love stands as perhaps the finest effort of his career so far…" - Lisa Love: GeorgiaMusic.org
 
"In the last five years, no one has released more consistently excellent blues albums than Atlanta's Tinsley Ellis..." - Philip Van Vleck, Billboard.com
 
"the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell." - Atlanta Magazine

 
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Jorma Kaukonen

5-15-2015

In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.
Jorma currently, as he has for many years, tours the world bringing his unique styling to old blues tunes while presenting new songs of weight and dimension. Jorma is releasing his next solo album, "Ain’t In No Hurry," early in 2015 on Red House Records.
Jorma Kaukonen, Jr. was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. He was a devotee of rock-and-roll in the Buddy Holly era but soon developed a love for the blues and bluegrass that were profuse in the clubs and concerts in the nation’s capitol. While learning guitar he met Jack Casady, the younger brother of a friend and a guitar player in his own right. And though they could not have known it, they were beginning a musical partnership that has continued for over 50 years.
Jorma moved to California, where he returned to classes at Santa Clara University and earned money by teaching guitar. It was at this time, that he met Paul Kantner and was asked to join a new band. Although Jorma’s true passion was roots music, he decided to join. That band was the Jefferson Airplane. Jorma invited his old musical partner Jack Casady to come out to San Francisco and play electric bass for Jefferson Airplane, and together they created much of Jefferson Airplane’s signature sound. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. They performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock(1969) and Altamont (1969)—as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival (1968). Their 1967 record "Surrealistic Pillow" is regarded as one of the key recordings of the "Summer of Love". Two hits from that album, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", are listed in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Jorma and Jack would jam whenever they could and would sometimes perform sets within sets at Airplane concerts. The two would often play clubs following Airplane performances. Making a name for themselves as a duo, they struck a record deal, and Hot Tuna was born. Jorma left Jefferson Airplane after the band’s most productive five years, pursuing his full-time job with Hot Tuna.
Over the next three and a half decades Hot Tuna would perform thousands of concerts and release more than two-dozen records. The musicians who performed with them were many and widely varied, as were their styles—from acoustic to long and loud electric jams but never straying far from their musical roots. What is remarkable is that they have never coasted. Hot Tuna today sounds better than ever.
In addition to his work with Hot Tuna, Jorma has recorded more than a dozen solo albums on major labels beginning with 1974’s "Quah" and continuing with his recent acoustic releases on Red House Records—2007’s "Stars in My Crown" and "River of Time," produced by Larry Campbell and featuring Levon Helm.
As the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, Jorma and his wife Vanessa Lillian operate one of the world’s most unique centers for the study of guitar and other instruments. Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp is located on 125 acres of fields, woods, hills, and streams in the Appalachian foothills of Southeastern Ohio. Since it opened in 1998, thousands of musicians whose skills range from basic to highly accomplished gather for weekends of master instruction offered by Jorma and other instructors who are leaders in their musical fields.
Jorma Kaukonen is constantly looking to take his musical horizons further still, always moving forward and he is quick to say that teaching is among the most rewarding aspects of his career. “You just can’t go backward. The arrow of time only goes in one direction.”
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The Roberto Morbioli Band

5-16-2015

Roberto Morbioli plays the Blues. He can breathe fire from his ax like a young Clapton or Stevie Ray. Crowded, noisy bars hush a bit when he steps up and folks look around to see who this is making such a holy wail.

Roberto was born in Verona, Italy and picked up the guitar when he was very young. He has played at some of the biggest European festivals like: Amsterdam Blues Festival, New Orleans Music Festival in Ascona and Sanremo Blues Festival. He has performed in the USA at B.B. King’s Blues club in Memphis, and “Antone’s” in Austin, Texas. In 1991 he founded his own band MORBLUS (more blues) which brought him critical recognition and awards.

His personality and unique playing style shine through all his interpretations so much that, even while recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker, Steve Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, you see and hear that every note coming out ot this Italian bluesman is coming straight from his big heart. And it's so infectious that you're caught up in it before you realize what's happening. Morbioli’s guitar playing is nothing short of magic, and as a singer, his powerful voice recalls Sam Cook, O.V. Wright, Little Milton, Otis Redding, Robert Cray and Donny Hathaway. You don't even think about it, you just know that the blues flow so naturally for Roberto Morbioli, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, he sounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy
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Chris McDermott

5-16-2015 (Ballroom)

Chris McDermott - Guitarist, composer, singer, producer of fine recordings and Viking oarsman, Chris has released 5 albums and produced and played on many more. A former staff writer for Warner/Chappel publishing and part-time instructor at Berklee College of Music (guitar theory), he has also toured as sideman to blues greats Eddie Kirkland, Carrie Bell, Nappy Brown, Zorah Young, Marva Wright, Toni Lynn Washington and many more. As band leader, he's played extensively all over the globe for the past 25 yrs. His last release "radio ghosts" is still receiving airplay on over two hundred stations across the U.S.A. Look for Chris on most internet radio stations, iTunes, and CDBaby.
His current shows feature more acoustic style guitar, showcasing his talent for masterful composition, guitar technique and a rhythmic wild ride.
“The sheer versatility in outrageous aggressive accoustic guitar, left field electric blues and a great songwriter to boot!" - Acoustic Fingerstyle Magazin
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Devens Rock 4 Warriors

5-17-2015

An outdoor benefit concert for wounded veterans presented by RAISING RAIDERS in association with The Bull Run Concert Series and GE Smith's Green Mirror Corp.

Featuring HOT TUNA, LO CASH, THE PERSUASIONS, THE G. E. SMITH BAND and VETTED (
Americas' first Wounded Warrior band) with guest GARY HOEY.

Location: WILLARD FIELD, DEVENS, MA - 4 - 8pm, rain or shine.


20% of ticket sales will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

For tickets and more information, go to: devensrock4warriors.com

 

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4:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

VanRet

5-22-2015

This female acoustic duo performs rock and blues covers.

Coretta Sellars
hails from the small town of Lunenburg, MA, contributing her neutral sound and passionate lyrics to the musical blends of Country, Blues, and Folk/Rock stylings. Having already recorded five albums between 1996 and present day, Sellars has created a prolific catalogue of songs that have become popular and personal amongst her fellow listeners and fan base. Sellars recently formed the duo VanRet with friend and musician Krista Van Guilder. The duo performs a wide range of cover songs, and originals as well. VanRet is a show not to miss! Rockin' two long sets, bringing soul, intensity and conviction.

Krista Van Guilder
, originally from Shirley, is a singer/guitarist/songwriter currently living in Worcester, MA. She has spent the last 15 years fronting heavy metal bands playing in the New England area. Balancing her love for heavy metal and acoustic rock, Krista brings attitude and passion to her acoustic performances. Her setlist includes a mix of popular songs from varying time periods and genres but with a twist and originals crafted with passion and experience. In recent years she has reunited with her former highschool classmate Coretta Sellars to form VanRet.

Opener: The Coretta Sellars Band - The band is back! Performing all new originals with members KJ Duval, Derrick Butler, and Tim Kelly (Tastes Like Chicken Band) This is a show not to be missed!!

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Outlaws

5-28-2015

For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre. Now they return with new music, new focus and an uncompromising new mission: It’s about a band of brothers bound together by history, harmony and the road. It’s about a group that respects its own legacy while refusing to be defined by its past. But most of all, it’s about pride.

"It’s About Pride" is the new album from The Outlaws, a record 4 years in the making and perhaps 20 or more in the waiting. And for original Outlaws singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Paul, it’s a hard-fought revival whose success can be measured in old fans and new music. “Because The Outlaws have been out of the public eye for so long, it’s almost like starting over,” he explains. “But because of the band’s history, we’re seeing this as a new chapter. We’ve written and recorded this album on our own terms, and we’re out to make a significant impression. What our fans loved then they still love now, but most of all, they recognize the heart & soul of what it is we still do.” For co-founding drummer/songwriter Monte Yoho, the journey is both bittersweet and jubilant. “I still think about the friends we made when we first came into this industry, how we struggled to define this thing that became known as ‘Southern Rock’,” Yoho says. “This new album embodies all the things we shared musically and personally, as well as the relationships we have with our fans to this day. It’s about where we’ve been, where we’re going, and why we still love to do this.”

Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums "The Outlaws," "Lady In Waiting" and "Hurry Sundown" – featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass & High Tides”, “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man” – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. Known as ‘The Florida Guitar Army’ by their fans, The Outlaws earned a formidable reputation as an incendiary live act touring with friends The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band as well as The Doobie Brothers, The Who, Eagles and The Rolling Stones.

For Henry Paul, Monte Yoho, Billy Crain, Chris Anderson, Dave Robbins and Randy Threet it’s about a band of brothers who love playing their own style of rock, and who 40 years ago first got the chance to take it from Florida to the world.

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Deadbeat

5-29-2015

Gratefully jammin' "The Bull"

DEADBEATS are a Grateful Dead Tribute Band in MetroWest Boston playing your favorites from the Dead & JGB, and a handful of others for the dead-head crowd! DeadBeat gigs are upbeat, fun, wild... perfect for you dancers, twirlers, & everyone looking to have a "real good time!
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Deadbeats are: Mike (Bails) Bailey - Bass Guitar - Gary Barth - Rhythm Guitar; Vocals - Rich Cesarini - Keyboards - Jennifer Markard- Vocals - Joe Pulitano - Drums - Brian Stormwind - Lead Guitar; Vocals

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Quinn Sullivan

6-4-2014

If you saw this sold-out show last year, you already know what an incredible guitarist/performer Quinn Sullivan is. Forget about the fact that he's fifteen year's old, he's simply amazing.
Watch the piece that "Chronicle" did on him last year HERE

Seven years ago multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when eight-year-old guitarist Quinn Sullivanjoined him on stage. Guy was so taken with his incredible guitar skills that he invited him to play on his Grammy™ nominated album “Skin Deep” (that also included guest performances from Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) and tour with him nationally. Quinn's blistering solo on the record was the aptly titled ”Whose Gonna Fill Those Shoes?”

He was soon being invited to perform at festivals, TV and radio programs. So far, he has appeared Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show and was featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. He has been actively building his craft sharing stages nationally with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and BB King at iconic venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Apollo Theater and the Beacon. Quinn received a major honor being the youngest artist to play the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and will be performing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April, along with an all-star lineup.

Now fifteen, Sullivan has an album on SuperStar records, "Getting There." Produced and co-written with Grammy, ASCAP and BMI award winner, Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, BB King), the album will appeal to hard-core blues fans and rock aficionados and to fans craving authentic, guitar driven, grooves and melodies. Quinn, as it happens, is as adept at vocals as he is at making his beloved Stratocaster sing.
John Heithaus of SuperStar Records, said: “Triple threat artists like Quinn are truly rare. He is a prime example of today’s new breed of songwriters, musicians and performers and we have high aspirations for him!”
Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin said: “He’s unbelievable … and he plays just like Jimi (Hendrix)!”

Buddy Guy says: “You don’t come across talent like this every day. People called Ray Charles a genius? I think you’ve got another one here.”

Watch Quinn on Leno HERE  and   at Buddy Guy's Legends HERE

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Lisa Loeb

6-5-2015

Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. And 20 Years after she struck gold with “Stay” the song still remains relevant in pop culture, appearing prominently in TV shows like the hit series, “Orange is the New Black,” “Workaholics,” and “The New Girl” with Zooey Deschanel.
 
The story of Loeb’s early success is well known. A native of Dallas, Texas, Loeb earned her degree in comparative literature from Brown University, where she experienced her first taste of real musical success with the duo, Liz and Lisa. The pair built a substantial following on campus and often booked shows in New York on the weekends. Fellow singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik also played in the band during Lisa’s final year of college. When Loeb moved to NYC after graduation, she continued to develop her vision, this time as a solo artist, and hone her artistic talents while carefully managing the business side of her career. This led to Reality Bites and “Stay” in 1994, and the rest, as we say, is history.
 
Today, Loeb continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with a creative zeal and an inner drive not often seen. While becoming a mom of two, she is also in the process of releasing a new eyewear line, in partnership with Classique Eyewear, Lisa Loeb Eyewear; her second children’s book “Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Moving and Shaking” out April 2, 2013; and another adult studio album, "No Fairy Tale," out February 5, 2013. Forever the fearless performer, Lisa Loeb is constantly exploring her creativity and telling original stories; whether by writing a book, producing a TV show, or continuing to develop her acting career.

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Selwyn Birchwood

6-6-2015

If you haven't heard of him yet, you will soon. Believe me, this one is going up.

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience, any audience, is proven night after night on the bandstand.

In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. Living Blues says, "Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations."

His debut album, "Don’t Call No Ambulance," is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, "Don’t Call No Ambulance" is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.”

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Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien & Steve Abdu

Eric Lilljequist, Dean Adrien and Steve Abdu (Ballroom)

6-13-2014 (Ballroom)

Sometime in the mid 60's Eric Lilljequist formed the Boston Country-Rock band The Orphans. A few years later, while taking vocal lessons from legendary voice teacher Dante Bavone, who worked with Faye Dunaway, Peter Wolf & Steven Tyler, Eric met his musical partner, guitarist/vocalist Dean Adrien, at the suggestion of Bavone. Their harmonies were a perfect fit, like Lennon/McCartney or The Everly Brothers. Along with bassist Steve Abdu and drummer Richard Adelman, they caught the attention of Epic Records, and released a pair of singles. The name got changed to Orphan and Ed Mottau, who worked with John Lennon, took over as Manager. During this time, they were performing on record and live with Jonathan Edwards of "Sunshine Go Away Today" fame. Four Eric Lilljequist compositions showed up on Edwards' 1973 Atco release "Have a Good Time for Me," the title taken from Eric's song "Have Yourself a Good Time for Me" which also appeared on Orphan's final London release, "More Orphan Than Not." Lilljequist and Adrien played on Edwards' first three Atco albums. Orphan played on bills with Martin Mull, The McKinney Brothers, Travis Shook & the Club Wow and toured the country opening for the Allman Brothers, the Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hot Tuna and Jessie Colin Young, even recording at Young's house. Orphan backed up Chuck Berry at the Cape Cod Coliseum and Lilljequist and Adrien performed with Bo Diddley at Symphony Hall. Later on they became, and still are, Tom Rush's main backup singers; appearing on "Tom Rush; Live at Symphony Hall". Also, see their own show here at Bull Run on December 7.
Seeing Eric and Dean perform together as a duo is a rare and wonderful experience. Their voices still blend together like two pieces of a grand puzzle. Eric's voice is reminiscent of Van Morrison and Boz Scaggs but is pure Eric in the end. And whether he's playing acoustic or electric, his guitar work is first rate. To see them live is to understand the word "perform". What they give out in concert is from the soul and can't be bottled or easily traded on the net. You'll know when you see them that you're witnessing greatness.


And now, at this show, with the addition of Steve Abdu on bass...
This is definitely "More Orphan than Not" !

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Sleepy LaBeef

6-19-2015

"They call him the human jukebox. But Sleepy Labeef is more than just a guy whose buttons you push to reproduce somebody else's sounds. When Sleepy wraps his tonsils around a tune, he owns it, blasting out at you with a window-rattling baritone that sounds like its been drug through Texas behind a team of hosses. LaBeef still retains the fire and power that transforms anything he touches into Sleepy property." - No Depression Magazine

Arkansas-born and Texas-bred musical road warrior Sleepy LaBeef has been playing gigs across America and overseas for more than 55 years. And at 76 he is a master of the genre, at the top of his form. Standing 6'7" with a rumbling basso-profundo voice and driving electric guitar style, he is known to many of his fans as "The Human Jukebox" because of his huge repertoire of songs.
"Sleepy LaBeef rides Again," is a new DVD Documentary that centes on a live concert recorded in Nashville in early 2012 and a recording session at RCA Studio B the following morning. In front of an enthusiastic crowd Sleepy and band take the audience on an epic journey demonstrating that there is no artist alive who has a better grasp of American roots music. He was a witness at the birth of rock and roll, and his music crosses all borders from rockabilly to gospel, country, blues and more. Director Seth Pomeroy weaves four short documentary segments into the live concert, providing essential insight into a unique artist who is into his seventh decade of making music. Studio footage, interviews and archival segments explore the fascinating world of Sleepy LaBeef - the greatest Americana music artist you almost never heard of.
For half a century, Sleepy LaBeef has lived his life on stages, in honky-tonks and on the road. He has released records in six different decades and has had chart success as far back as the sixties and as recently as the year 2000. LaBeef has shared bills with practically every great in music history: Elvis Presley, George Jones, Roy Orbison, Wanda Jackson, Carl Perkins, has numbered in his band over five hundred people (including the likes of Doug Kershaw, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, D.J. Fontana, and Grady Martin), and has been an admitted influence to such a variety of people as Brian Setzer, Bruce Springsteen and the Beatles.
And today, at 76, Sleepy still performs two hundred shows a year and plays with such energy that people a third of his age are annihilated when they attempt to keep up with him. His live sets are truly indescribable. In this day of studio effects and ever-changing technology, many record buyers wonder why a live show even matters. Sleepy LaBeef is the answer.

"Mr. LaBeef is a living, breathing guitar-picking history of American music."
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The New York Times


He possesses one of the most distinctive and compelling baritone voices ever to be heard in rock. Sleepy does not imitate tradition. Sleepy is that tradition."
- Detroit Metro Times


"There are few who have ever forgotten the experience of seeing him perform." - Nashville Tennessean
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Janiva Magness Band

Janiva Magness

6-21-2015

It's Father's Day - Bring your daddy to see Janiva!

Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today, possessing an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, she is a gutsy and dynamic powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor was the first). She also won Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she received in 2006 and 2007. She has received a total of seventeen Blues Music Award nominations, including one for 2012 and 2013 Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year. In 2015 she has been nominated for Song of the Year for "Let Me Breathe" - Contemporary Blues Album for her newsest, "Original" and, once again, "Contemporary Blues Female Artist."

If there were any justice in the world, Janiva Magness’s newest, "Original," would be as ubiquitous as Adele’s last album. You should hear her songs pouring out of car windows, women (and men) singing along, tears in their eyes from the sheer power of it. Magness has an unbelievable voice, emotive and strong, and writes personal lyrics that speak to everyone... She needs to be heard by a wide audience. She’s amazing. - Melissa Bratcher, PopShifter Review

USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Magness sings superbly, with a scorching intensity.”

Born near Detroit, Magness immersed herself in records by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and all the other R&B greats. She formed her first band, Janiva Magness and The Mojomatics in 1985, and soon after the influential Phoenix New Times named her group the city’s Best Blues Band. The Chicago Sun-Times raved, “Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty,” while Blues Revue called her “a blues interpreter of the highest rank…punchy and tough…swaggering, incendiary vocal performances.” Fueled by all the positive press, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition profiled Magness, putting her in front of an audience of millions and expanding her ever-growing fan base. Living Blues declared, “Accolades come easy when you’re this good. Magness is blessed with smoky, seductive pipes that bend the blues into pure enchantment. Her steely conviction is authentic, soulful and playful. The emotion rings true.”

"Hopefully, this recording will bring the rest of the world to Janiva, and then they'll know, like I know, that she's one of the "real deals" out there." - Bettye LaVett
“One of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul… Thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money.” - MOJO
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Mason Jennings

6-28-2015

At first glance, Mason Jennings may not look like the kind of guy capable of delivering such amazing vocals. Looks can be deceiving though, because he really has an amazing voice that delivers on the cliché of soothing the soul.
For his 10th studio album, the Minnesota-based musician called on producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, The Pines, Iris DeMent), as well as a wish-list-plucked lineup of guest musicians that includes DeMent and Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell. The result of those “dream collaborations” and his own hard-won inspiration is the latest album "Always Been," Mason’s most radiant and refined effort of his career. Jennings says his main ambition is for the album to uplift its listeners. “Music’s always been very transformative for me. I remember hearing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as a kid and having it hit me in a really deep way,” he says. Noting that the medicinal quality of DeMent’s albums was a major influence on the mood of Always Been, Jennings adds that he ultimately aims to create music with its own healing effect. “I started making music because music saved my life when I was little - it was something I could go to and always have a feeling of connection, even when times were hard,” he says. “Above all else, I want to make sure I always remember that trying to give other people that sort of feeling is the major purpose behind what I’m doing.”
“Love is the most important thing to me, my relationship with my wife and kids,” Mason says, adding “And music has always been as important as breathing to me. I have come to realize that to have it all, I have to take the long view when it comes to integrating all these parts of my life.”

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The Nick Moss Band

7-10-2015

"Nick Moss is my favorite guitarist." - Ronnie Earl

There’s always been something rambunctious about Nick Moss. While other artists settle into a genre, Nick has always been about discovering new sonic territory, new textures and new musical frontiers. His recording career spans decades and his albums are staples at blues radio worldwide, and are now in rotation at stations with jam and rock formats. It’s not just chords and progressions and songs that make up Nick’s music mentality, but his desire to elevate an audience; to evoke a feeling of euphoric energy between performer and listener; to capture sound as well as sensation. It’s his childlike enthusiasm for all kinds of music that is downright contagious and has contributed to his recognition as an artist not defined by blues boundaries. “A lot of my blues fans like what I’m doing with my non-straight blues,” he explains. In 2011, Moss released "Here I Am," which debuted at an impressive #2 on the Relix/jambands.com radio chart. Moss’ 2014 release "Time Ain’t Free“ reaches deeper into soul, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll....” said Billboard Magazine. “I think authentic music, real music, is about experimenting,” says Nick. “I love what I do but I don’t want to do it the same way every performance or on every recording.” It’s Nick’s insistence that he and his band expand territories instead of settling in or settling down to one style.

Whether it’s blistering blues or Allman influenced rock or an apt social commentary set to brilliant music, Nick Moss continues to meld influences and reach into the unknown and experiment with the sounds he finds. And for Nick, it’s not all about his own musical journey. It’s always his desire from his place onstage, to pass along the passion and love of his craft to those who come to see him play. “It’s about the experience,” he says. “A shared love of music and being elevated and enlightened by sound.”

“Merging diverse influences - vintage soul to classic rock, psychedelia to jazz fusion... Moss offers plenty of space for his five-piece to create fresh-sounding compositions.” - Relix

“From soft and moving to scorching and ferocious, he runs the absolute gamut of a blues legend in complete control of his style, form and virtuosity. As relevant as any other master of his craft, Moss proves to be an exceptional force...” - Grateful Web

"... his approach to this music makes him arguably the most exciting young blues player on the scene today. They play with fire and fury but also with control, constructing a brilliant set that never gets boring." - Blues Revue

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Tony Joe White

7-11-2015

Louisiana born Tony Joe White, or The Swamp Fox as he's aptly called, is an American Original; a national musical treasure; the real deal - really. White is best known for 1969’s “Polk Salad Annie” and for "Rainy Night in Georgia," which he wrote but was first made popular by
Brook Benton. He also wrote "Steamy Windows" and "Undercover Agent for the Blues" both big hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner's producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who is a friend of White. Dusty Springfield had a hit with “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and Elvis Presley brought “For Ol’ Times Sake” and “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” to the charts.

But White has always been a singular performer in his own right; the honeyed burr of his baritone, his alternately tough and tender vocal delivery and liberal use of his “whomper stomper” wah-wah pedal lend him a completely distinctive sound. Simply put, nobody, but nobody, sounds like Tony Joe White. He's got the down-home swampy bayou thing down, not because he studied it, but because it's who he is - it's in his blood.
Some of his songs, like “They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas” and “My Kind of Woman” could blow the doors off any roadhouse south of the Mason-Dixon line. While his ballads, like "Louisiana Rain" will show you where Blues came from and still lives…..
He has worked with all the greats in the business, including the legendary team of Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd with the mighty Muscle Shoals sessioneers in support. But despite his illustrious past, he feels no pressure to top himself. “Maybe I’ll stop playing shows and making records when the songs quit coming to me" he says. "But they still come to me…"

Tony Joe recently made a guest appearance with the Foo Fighters on Letterman for the performance of “Polk Salad Annie.” Watch the video HERE    
Also catch the Foo Fighters HBO series "Sonic Highways" Nashville episode featuring Tony Joe White, which aired Friday, Oct. 31.


His new album, "Rattlesnakes & Cookies" was just released on December 10, 2014 and he'll be signing copies at the show.


More great videos:   Hoodoo NowSwamp Rap   -   Lake Placid Blues

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The DEVON ALLMAN Band

7-15-2015

You remember Devon Allman as the fiery guitarist and soulful vocalist in Royal Southern Brotherhood, when they rocked the Bull Run like no other band had done in quite a while. Devon also plays with his own band, The Devon Allman Band, and you should expect nothing less of him at this show.

Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Growing up with his mom, Devon was listening to anything on the radio he could find. "Something would come on the radio and I would always ask my mom who it was. She would say ‘That’s John Lennon’ or ‘that’s Styx.’ One time “Midnight Rider” came on, and I asked her ‘Mom who’s that?’ and she said ‘That’s your dad, Gregg’”


Allman made his own musical way for decades. After playing in local bands and working in Guitar Center in St. Louis, he formed Honeytribe in 1999. One part blues, one part rock, and one part jam, Honeytribe was named the 1999 Jam Band of the Year in St. Louis. Then, in 2011, his musical fate changed. Royal Southern Brotherhood was formed during JazzFest in New Orleans. Combining the vocal and musical talents of Devon, Mike Zito and the legendary Cyril Neville with the veteran rhythm section of Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott, their debut self-titled release in 2012 caught fire the moment it hit the streets and catapulted them as major new attraction on the music scene. In May they picked up a Blues Award for their live DVD/CD, "Songs From The Road."

The Devon Allman Band's new album, "Ragged & Dirty," is Devon’s ticket to the big show. “I have to say that playing with RSB took my career to a new level. It’s given me more confidence and a new found love for the music. I’m delighted that there’s a new shot of fire in my music.”

Read the interview with Devon in Guitar Player Magazine HERE

Videos:
Devon Allman Band   -   Devon band w/ Erica Blinn   -   Devon and Gregg
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Robbie Fulks and Redd Volkaert

7-17-2015

Robbie Fulks is one of the best songwriters this country has to offer, period. Redd Volkaert is among the top Telecaster guitar-slingers you will find anywhere. To have them both together on one stage is a monumental event.

Robbie Fuchs plays by nobody's rules, except the ones he hears in his head. He is prodigiously talented, with the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing the kids ditty "Eggs" and Haggard's "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of his early Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic" and serve as their own Greatest Hits collections. It is a damn shame that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe, Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. And on top of all that, he is also one of the best guitarists around, whipping out in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop or whatever he's feeling at the time.

Redd Volkaert  was a guitarist in Merle Haggard's backing band. He also fronted the superstar hillbilly band the "Twangbangers" with Bill Kirchen and Dallas Wayne. In 2009 he won a Grammy for "Best Country Instrumental Performance." If you were a Danny Gatton fan, you will absolutely love Redd. He won the "Best Electric guitarist in Austin" award two years in a row. Redd is all over his Telecaster like grease on a pork chop, quoting jazz, country, blues and Western swing as effortlessly as turning on the lights in the living room.

“The great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? ...buy it, buy everything.” - Tina Fey??
"Chicago's most fertile musical mind...so good, he's scary" - Chicago Tribune
"When Leo Fender dreamed up the Telecaster electric guitar, it's doubtful he knew what uses it would be put to, especially in the hands of someone like Redd Volkaert." - Jerry Renshaw, Austin Chronicle?

     Video of Robbie Fulks   -   Video of Redd Volkaert
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Toby Walker

7-18-2015 (Ballroom)

Roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso Toby Walker, who blends blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style, has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland.
He has been featured in the New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award - Solo division - given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.


Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says "Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for 6 years.


In 2010 Walker won the NY Music Award for 'Best Instrumental CD,' sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.

Walker has recently released three instructional guitar DVD's for the world famous company Homespun Tapes which have been getting rave reviews. And Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

"A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso" - Happy Traum

"As a blues guitar player, I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker's pickin'! - Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin: Guitarist for Muddy Waters
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Larry Kirwan of Black 47

7-24-2015

Larry Kirwan, legendary Irish-American rocker, founder of Black 47, author, playwright, and the voice of SiriusXM’s Celtic Crush.

In 1989 Kirwan formed Black 47 the Irish political rock band. They played their last date as a band to a sold out house at BB Kings in NYC on November 15th, after having performed over 2500 gigs. They have appeared on Leno, Letterman and O'Brien. Kirwan's songs have been featured in many movies, TV shows and plays, including recent editions of Sons of Anarchy, Gossip Girl and Tom Hanks' "Lucky Guy" on Broadway; they are also used in hundreds of college and high school history and political science classes. He provided all vocal backing for the performance of "Carrickfergus" in Martin Scorcese's Boardwalk Empire “Nights in Ballygrant” episode.
Also an accomplished playwright and composer Kirwan has written 13 plays and musicals. He hosts and produces SiriusXM's Celtic Crush and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo. The Daily News named him one of the Top Fifty most interesting New Yorkers.


“A rock and roll poet with a deep appreciation of his roots.” - Rosanne Cash

“By the end of the evening, the audience is up, cheering and stamping.” - New York Times
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Walter Trout

7-30-2015

Walter Trout, considered to be one of the finest blues guitarists in the world, returns to premier his new album “The Blues Came Callin."  Having been the lead guitarist for Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, he formed his own band in 1989 and has since become a global mega star. If you’re a blues/rock fan and have yet to see/hear Walter and his band, don’t miss this, he is truly amazing.

Walter has announced his plans to return to stages across the globe in 2015. Following a liver transplant, and extensive rehabilitation, the esteemed Bluesman feels strong enough to resume his career of fifty plus years. Trout shares, "The last year has been one where the blues truly came calling, and I came face to face with death more than once. My wife moved me to Nebraska to improve my chances of getting a life-saving liver transplant, and after a long wait, I got my new liver on May 26th, 2014. Since then I have been filled with immense gratitude. Gratitude for the fans who supported me via fundraisers, cards, messages, thoughts and prayers, for the donor and his or her family, for medical science, for my family, and for life itself. Everything matters more to me now. And now, 8 months after my transplant I feel like a new man. I have strength and energy. In some ways I feel like I am in my 20’s again! The past couple of years of playing I was getting dizzy spells, severe cramps in my hand and forearm and played many shows in severe pain. It turns out that was a result of my deteriorating liver. That is gone now! I am able to play better than I have in years. I feel reborn. I cannot wait to get back out on the road again and do what I love to do for my fans. The future looks great! To play my music for people has become even more important to me.  When I think about looking out into the crowds of people and connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back: My family and my music is my lifeline.  These days, it means more to me than ever before.”

As Walter powers into his 26th year as a solo star, there’s no whiff of the creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there’s a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. “It’s hard to believe I’m still alive, to be honest,” he smiles. “I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 63, I’m still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I’m still reaching, y’know…?”

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Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash: A Fine Connection & Bruce Mandaro Band

8-1-2015

August 1 is  Jerry Garcia's  birthday!

We're having a Bull Run Jam to make Jerry grateful...

Two great bands:

A FINE CONNECTION - A Central Mass based tribute band comprised of four (sometimes 5) diverse musicians that put a unique and personal twist on the Garcia/Grateful Dead catalogue. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, A Fine Connection chooses to tap into Jerry’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition. Just like Garcia himself, the band is constantly pushing the envelope, growing together as musicians and performers. Jim Stevens: guitar/vocs, Daniel Cormier: keys/vocs, Reed Brewer: bass/vocs, Bob Belanger: drums/vocs

THE BRUCE MANDARO BAND - Was Nomimated for Best Groove/Jam band in Worcester Magazine's 2007 Turtle Boy Awards. Bruce was the founder of Slipknot, (now known as The Knot) which was active around the New England area for 30 years. With this band Bruce will be playing with Mark Mercier, legendary keyboard player with Max Creek, and featuring members of The Knot and Max Creek.

The long strange trip continues...... 

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Delbert McClinton

8-5-2015

Three-time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas Blues/Roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton's career began in the late '50s, when he played harmonica on "Hey Baby" a #1 hit by fellow Texan Bruce Channel, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics' darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton has won three Grammy awards to date - one for a duet with Bonnie Raitt (Good Man, Good Woman), and two for the albums, "Nothing Personal" and "Cost of Living."

But he began his career dodging flying bottles and whipping through greasy versions of “Watermelon Man” and “Tequila” behind the strippers on the Jacksboro Highway, the infamous Fort Worth honky-tonk row. And during his 40-plus years he has flirted with bankruptcy, burnout and all the standard issues of substance abuse and familial chaos that come along with a career at the ragged edges of a lifelong road trip. These days Delbert finds himself in the strangest place of all - the mainstream - with respectability, acclaim and even, as one of his CDs was called “Room to Breathe.”

Delbert McClinton is now becoming a household name. And as Willie Nelson said: “It's about time. Delbert's stuck to his guns, he's been so good for a really long time, and he's as good as anyone.”
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The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue

8-14-2015

The Nation's Hottest 50's Show !

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the 1950’s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their incredibly entertaining show and comical stage antics have left many a happy audience screaming for more! In the tradition of legendary Doo Wop revivalists Sha Na Na, every Corvettes show is more than a concert - it’s an all out a Doo Wop Celebration!

In addition to performing their own outstanding concerts, the Corvettes tour  with many legendary Doo Wop groups including The Drifters, The Tokens, Danny & The Juniors, The Platters, The Marvelettes, The Shangri Las, The Shirelles, The Belmonts, Gary U.S. Bonds, The DelVikings, The Teenagers and many more.

Some of the great hits you might expect to hear at a Corvettes Doo Wop Revue show: Come Go With Me - Little Darlin’ - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - At The Hop - The Twist - Earth Angel - Sea Crusie - Rock Around The Clock - In The Still Of The Night - Runaround Sue - Runaway - Palisades Park - Twistin’ The Night Away - Splish Splash - Shake Rattle & Roll And many, many more!

"A rollicking ride through the good old days of Rock & Roll"

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