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The No Reply Band - A Celebration of Beatles Music

9-11-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

The incredible Beatles cover act "No Reply" returns to the Bull Run after raising the roof in another sold out performance last year.

"No Reply" goes beyond the average cover band by pushing the attention to musical and vocal detail to new limits. While not a look-a-like costume band, the goal of this act is to play Beatles songs from all eras precisely, but with a live energy and sound that perhaps the Beatles could have provided had they been able to perform with today's modern amplification (and not all those screaming young girls drowning them out!).
With the extensive bag of tricks Sir George Martin used in the studio with the Beatles, it also would have been impossible for them to recreate their great songs with just John, Paul, George and Ringo. For that reason, "No Reply" consists of 6 well rounded and seasoned locally bred musicians performing every bit completely live. Top notch music and unparalleled vocal harmonies make this a must see show. An extremely entertaining multi-media presentation runs during the show as well.
Book early as last year sold out and people were turned away!

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Headliners Comedy Series

Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

9-11-2015 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club. This month's comics are Jay Grove, Jeff Koen and Sandi Titus.

New Hampshire comedian Jay Grove’s fast-paced and punched-up tales of small town upbringing, coupled with his rapport with crowds and love of having a good time, have made him a crowd favorite from coast to coast.  His material and references are always customized for the venue, giving comedy fans the feeling that they're joking around with an old friend instead of sitting through an "act"; and earning him the title of "Everyone's Hometown Comic".

Jeff Koen is a comedian and actor who stars in the independent film "Heavy Times." The film has earned him fans all over the world, some of whom write to his Facebook page and ask if they can stay at his house when they visit the U.S. Koen performs standup in and around the Boston area and has toured New England theaters as the opening act for Juston McKinney. He's also performed with the themed standup show "How Men Think (Or Do They?)." In 2011, he won the first O'Brien's Comedy Contest in MA, beating out a field of 40 other professional comedians. In 2015 Koen won $10,000 on America's Funniest Home Video's.  

Sandi Titus is an up and coming comic who is no stranger to the Central Massachusetts comedy scene.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Dinner on the Bridge

9-13-2015

Join Executive Chef Isaac Carter and your Innkeepers for a "Feast of the Fields" dinner elegantly served on our Bull Run Covered Bridge. You'll enjoy 3 wine paired courses during this delectable meal as Chef Isaac walks you through how the meal was prepared using locally sourced ingredients inspired by the New England landscape.

You'll also learn the history of our iconic lattice-truss Covered Bridge built from an historic Eli Whitney design.

This one-of-a-kind dinner includes a starter, entree and dessert, plus a little "amuse bouche" or 'gift' from the kitchen. A complete wine pairing is included and you'll be welcomed to the event with live classical music. Join us for a great meal, a little history, a unique dining venue, lots of laughs and lively discussion with good company.

An unforgettable New England experience!

Tickets are $80. per person & includes 3-course dinner, all wine, tax & gratuity. 

Seating is limited to 30 people.

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5:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Ana Popovic Band

9-17-2015  (Sawtelle Room)

Ana Popovic is an award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add in her incredible stage presence and you have an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.

In 2013 she appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player's Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album 'Can You Stand The Heat' was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. In 2014 she received her 5th Blues Music Award nomination for 'Contemporary Blues Female Artist' of the year. Nearly all of her albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio. Her newest album, "Blue Room" already has a single out, "Catfish Blues" which is ripping up the Blues airwaves.

Ana and her phenomenal four-piece band as well as her Mo' Better Love Big Band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. She has most recently been sharing and headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN.

If you missed her last show at Bull Run, please do not make the same mistake twice.

See Ana on the cover of BluesBlast Magazine HERE 

Watch and listen HERE
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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Shirley Meeting House Presents

9-18-2015

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC
featuring: The Mark Marquis Group

Join us as we embark on a musical journey that is a unique blend of jazz, blues and fusion. Critically acclaimed local guitarist Mark Marsquis and his band, The Mark Marquis Group, are sure to provide an evening of music that is the perfect follow up to our deliciously tempting dinner buffet.
6pm Cocktails - 7pm Buffet Dinner - 8:30pm Concert
 
Starter
Creamy Butternut Ssquash Bisque
Mains
Beef Sirloin Stroganoff - Organic Chicken Piccata
Sides
Honey Glazed Carrots - Buttered Egg Noodle Pasta
Dessert
Sour Cherry Chocolate Cannoli

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6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Jim Hurst

9-18-2014 (Ballroom)

If you were at Jim's Bull Run show last year then you know what an amazing guitarist/performer he really is. If not, take my word for it, he's one-of-a-kind.


To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances. Perfect timing, tone and his unusual picking style has enchanted guitar players from the novice to his peers.
His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought after session musician. Jim honed his musical style after being influenced by the likes of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed.
He received national exposure with Holly Dunn’s Rio Band, toured with Trisha Yearwood and several high profile television and radio appearances led to performances with Travis Tritt, the McCarter Sisters and Sara Evans. Itching to play more bluegrass, Jim joined the Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and her Front Porch String Band in 1995 where he teamed up with kindred spirit bassist Missy Raines. Jim and Missy earned IBMA Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002, performing as a duo. With four solo works to his credit, Open Window , Second Son , A Box of Chocolates, and his latest 2012 release Intrepid.
Jim’s virtuosity shines as he sways audiences with his deft finger work and smooth vocals. Jim performs his solo show full time and teaches at guitar workshops and music camps in North America and Europe.
While he occasionally collaborates with other bluegrass greats, notably David Grisman, and Rob Ickes, his solo performance is what keeps audiences mesmerized.


“When I met Jim Hurst for the first time last summer, I was almost surprised to discover he has just two hands." - David Morris - Bluegrass Today
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8:00 pm
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The Rafters and Elizabeth Lorrey

9-19-2015 (Ballroom)

THE RAFTERS
The modern pop-folk duo of Miki and Dave Fitzgibbons met in college and have been playing shows all over the Northeast US ever since. Miki’s compelling lead vocals and thoughtfully crafted lyrics are backed by husband Dave’s atmospheric guitar, vocal harmonies, and recording expertise. Their new EP “Departing,” released in April of 2015, (produced and mixed by Crit Harmon) was preceded by 3 self-produced CDs and one LIVE CD.

ELIZABETH LORREY
Elizabeth Lorrey crafts a dark blend of edgy, intense acoustic rock. Engaging and funny onstage (and off!), she delivers a compelling combination of humor, energy, and power to create a very personal connection with each new audience. She has shared the stage with Suzanne Vega, Amy Ray, Catie Curtis and more, and is currently writing and recording her third CD.

OPENER: ADAM FAROUK
Adam Farouk, a Malaysian musician based in the US, has worked extensively across genres, collaborating with a colorful array of talented artists from around the world to develop a style that is both distinctly global and grounded in the heart. His current brand of art-pop seeks to bring about both enjoyment and healing through music.
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8:00 pm
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Wishbone Ash

9-24-2015

"Back by popular demand" - You asked for them and here they are!


Formed in 1969, Wishbone Ash has more than 20 original studio recordings and several live albums to their credit. The group has appeared at all the major music festivals and enjoys a history with some of the world’s classic music labels, Universal and Atlantic Records.
Back in the day, Wishbone Ash cut their teeth on the US stadium circuit first opening for The Who. Once they began headlining in the States, Wishbone’s opening acts included Springsteen, Kiss and Aerosmith.
Citing Wishbone Ash as an influence on their style, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Southern Rock outfits like Lynyrd Skynyrd and, more recently, heavyweights like Opeth and some of the guitar-based Indie/ Alternative bands, have all taken a little something from the legendary twin-guitar approach of Wishbone Ash. Truly, there is no other rock band on the planet that has done more with the twin guitar concept than the Ash.

Their 24th album “Blue Horizon” once again features their signature twin-lead melodies and powerhouse rhythm section from one of the most influential guitar bands in the history of rock. 10 new studio tracks reflect the diverse realm of styles and moods we've come to expect from a Wishbone album. Watch a trailer for "Blue Horizon" HERE

The group coalesces around strong songwriting and serious chops. Founding member Andy Powell, who Rolling Stone Magazine named as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time, handles lead vocals and trades licks with Finland’s guitar wizard Muddy Manninen. Bassist Bob Skeat, a 14-year veteran of the band and in-demand studio musician, keeps the bottom rocking with Joe Crabtree, one of the best of Britain’s new breed of drummers, having played with Pendragon and David Cross of King Crimson

Watch video HERE

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7:30 pm
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Ellis Paul

9-25-2015

Quintessential New England singer-songwriter Ellis Paul helped to revitalize both the Boston/Cambridge and the national Folk scene in the 1990's. His urban, literate, folk rock style has the rare ability to take dead aim at a subject while avoiding the in-your-face approach of many of his contemporaries. The newest album, "Chasing Beauty" takes shots across the bow at some touchy subject matter and is as spectacularly stunning as any of his material has been over a 20-plus year career.

"I got a word machine in my head. It's a damn noisy contraption. Constantly running. No 'off' switch," says Ellis. After growing up on a potato farm in northern Maine, he began writing songs while attending Boston College on a track scholarship and was laid up for several months with an injury. He's often called the quintessential New England songwriter, and he's got a baker's dozen Boston Music Awards to prove it. Ellis's passionate, literate character sketches, delivered in a soaring, lyrical voice, have influenced a generation of folksters toward the shamelessly poetic. The Boston Globe calls him "literate, provocative, urbanely romantic." Whatever you call him, he's one of the major songwriters of our time.

The new release, "Chasing Beauty," was produced by Kristian Bush of the country band Sugarland.

Absolute Punk, which you might not think would be reviewing Ellis's albums, says: "Everyone can relate to Ellis Paul and his songs, and for that reason he continues to be a national treasure."


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OPEN: Rebecca Leobe
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POPA CHUBBY

Popa Chubby

9-26-2015

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...
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8:00 pm
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Ameranouche (Ballroom)

9-26-2015 (Ballroom)

Ameranouche - Gypsy Flamenco Swing
"In my opinion, more than an exceptional form of gypsy oriented jazz, Ameranouche is a capture of joyfulness itself.” - Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino

"An infectious blend of fiery jazz, old world traditional music and soulful pulses…" - Celebrity Cafe
 
"Sun Shine Soul enfold the riches of flamenco, gypsy music, jazz and swing to create a fresh, sophisticated listen into a contemporized version of the swing band with some welcomed surprises on tap for listeners… takes musical flavors and traditions and propels them forward with utter and complete joy." - World Music Central

The New Hampshire trio Ameranouche (pronounced ‘uh-Mare-uh-noosh') features two European designed and built acoustic jazz guitars and an upright bass, and is a winner of the “Best of New Hampshire Acoustic Act“ award as well as being veterans of the famed Newport Jazz Festival. The group tours nationally, year-round, and has released five albums of largely original music in a style they call ‘Gypsy Flamenco Swing. 'This rip-roaring ensemble is a super-force of hot acoustic Gypsy inspired music, mixing flamenco, bebop, Philly soul, traditional Turkish and jazz swing influences, producing music that is rhythmic, vigorous, passionate and elegant.Ameranouche's brand new CD, Sun Shine Soul, is a collection of originals and interpretations that reflect their many musical influences, all done in their Gypsy Flamenco Swing hybrid Style.

If you've never experienced hot acoustic swing music, now's your chance to fall in love with the joyful, uplifting, and dance-inducing sounds of Gypsy jazz.

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8:00 pm
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Asleep at the Wheel

9-27-2015

Their newest album "Still The King" celebrates the music of their biggest influence, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys.
This album marks the band's third full-length Bob Wills tribute album following 1998's Ride with Bob and 1993's A Tribute to the Music of Bob Wills, with four GRAMMY awards and over half a million copies sold collectively. The new album features genre-spanning collaborations with critically acclaimed artists, old friends and new favourites including Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Merle Haggard, George Strait, The Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and Lyle Lovett.

Asleep at the Wheel, the famed western-swing, boogie, and roots-music outfit are, amazingly, still on the upswing. That’s saying something, too, considering the group’s been around for nearly 40 years, turning out an incredible 25+ albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, while playing an unrelenting schedule of one-nighters that would make a vaudevillian dizzy. In 1971, the band signed their first record deal after Van Morrison mentioned they "play great country music" in an interview in Rolling Stone

“In terms of how many people we played for, what we accomplished, and how much money we made – well, we didn’t make any money – this year was absolutely our best year ever,” says Wheel founder and front man Ray Benson with a chuckle.

And even as the Wheel rolled on, the reinvention had begun. You could see and hear it in their live shows, where new vocalist Elizabeth McQueen invited comparison with the classic female vocalists of the band’s earlier era, and fiddler-singer Jason Roberts gave the band a second male lead voice to complement Benson’s immediately identifiable baritone.

These days, the reinvented Wheel is also rolling down a couple of new avenues. One involves to the critically acclaimed musical play, "A Ride With Bob," which stars Benson as himself -- encountering the ghost of Bob Wills on a tour bus – Roberts as the young Wills, and McQueen as Minnie Pearl and other famed entertainment figures, with the rest of the band members featured as well. Originally designed as a one-off celebration of Wills’ 100th birthday in ’05, A Ride With Bob quickly took on a life of its own and, notes Benson, “it’s absolutely a part of what we do now.” Another success has been the adaptation of the Wheel’s repertoire for pops symphony. 

Over the last 42 years, Asleep at the Wheel has boldly defied the fickle lures of the mainstream and thrived by sticking to their cause of keeping Western Swing alive and kicking. For their efforts, theyve earned nine Grammy awards.

“Clever lyrics, speed-demon picking, and lightness of spirit characterize great Western Swing, and Asleep at the Wheel – a phenomenon since the ‘70s - is one of America’s most gifted purveyors of the genre.“ - Chelsea Now

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7:30 pm
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Ryan Montbleau

10-1-2015

Ryan Montbleau, who has been recording and touring as both a solo act and bandleader for much of the last 15 years, moves people. A gifted songwriter, he has developed a very special history and bond to a deeply-rooted fanbase that now stretches all over the United States and beyond. His transcendent songcraft and powerful, uplifting voice can tackle intense topics just as easily as expressing life's simple, everyday joys. He continues to speak to a generation of fans who have been along for his rise. Like an intense, slow-burning wildfire, Montbleau has toured relentlessly and connected with audiences night after night, year after year.

Ryan entered a new chapter of his career with the release of "Growing Light" on April 21st. The 10-song set is bold and barrier-breaking, organically blending rock, funk, soul, folk and psychedelia to create a sonic kaleidoscope where tunes like the percolating first single “Pacing Like Prince” and the cinematic title track co-exist in refracted bliss. The album pairs Montbleau’s most artfully crafted and sincere lyrics with vocal performances of exceptional grace and heart. The songs also benefit from the near-telepathic rapport of Montbleau and his band, which developed over a decade of touring. And those qualities are enhanced by the adventurous production of Galactic’s Ben Ellman and inventive mixing by Mikael “Count” Eldridge, who has worked with DJ Shadow, Radiohead and No Doubt. The new songs trace the bloom-and-fade cycle of finding and losing love through the arc of a relationship. They also come at the end of a decade-long era with his band – a group who came of age together while touring the jam band circuit, where the Massachusetts-born Montbleau built his initial following.

Today Montbleau continues to maintain a busy touring schedule, dividing gigs between solo shows and various line-ups of the Ryan Montbleau Band. “You learn how to push yourself to write lyrics that get as close to what you want to say as possible, or to find the right music to say it with, or to sing in a way that really carries the message in your heart." Montbleau reflects. "That’s where I feel like I’ve arrived today, and I’m excited to find out where I’m going next. Whether it's solo acoustic, with a trio, or with a full band of amazing players, my goal is to put on a great show every single night and to sing my truth as clearly as I can. I think I've been doing that and it's what I love to do."
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7:30 pm
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Anthony Geraci & the Boston Blues All-Stars

10-2-2015

This is a pre-release party for "Fifty Shades of Blue," the new CD by Anthony Geraci. Playing on the album AND playing at this show are: Sugar Ray Norcia, Darrell Nulisch, Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson, Toni Lynn Washington, Monster Mike Welch, Michael "Mudcat" Ward, Marty Richards and
Neil Gouvin.
Who else might show up? We can't say for sure yet, but.....
The official album release will be a couple of weeks later, so get it here first - and get it signed by all the players.


If you were to think of any modern Blues Legend chances are that Anthony Geraci has backed them up: B.B. King, Otis Rush, Big Mama Thorton, Chuck Berry, Big Walter Horton and countless others have had Anthony’s fiery piano accompanying them. Anthony is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones and their latest release "Living Tear To Tear" (penned by Anthony) has received Seven Nominations from the Blues Music Awards-Blues Foundation. Anthony has been nominated for two 2008 W.C. Handy and the Blues Foundation awards for best Blues Album "My Life, My Friends, My Music" (Severn Records) and for Song of the Year "The Last Words of a Fool" with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. Anthony was also nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for his work on "Super Harps I" (Telarc Records) that also features James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Branch, and Sugar Ray Norcia. In 2012 Sugar Ray and the Bluetones  were nominated for Five Blues Awards from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN for their previous recording "Evening" on Severn Records.  Nominations include: Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year, Sugar Ray Norcia, instrumentalist of the Year-Harmonica; Mudcat Ward, Instrumentalist of the Year-bass. You can also hear Anthony on Ronnie Earl’s first two releases on the Black Top record label; "They Call Me Mr. Earl" and "Smokin’." He has backed up just about everyone in the business, from Jimmie Rodgers and Hubert Sumlin to Van Morrison and Dickey Betts.

You want this album. And you definitely want to see this show!
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Roy Book Binder

10-3-2015 (BALLROOM)

Back in the early 1960s, Roy Book Binder learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer, Reverend Gary Davis. After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own. Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who, by the way, was the "Pink" in Pink Floyd). Pink's stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on.

Roy has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna and J.J. Cale. He's played at many festivals around the country including: The New Orleans JazzFest, the Chicago Blues Festival, The National Story Telling Festival and MerleFest, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 14 years.

A few years ago, the PBS Emmy Award-winning series "Arts Across America" joined him on the road, documenting his colorful career in a segment titled "Keeping Traditions Alive." For almost 40 years Roy Book Binder has traveled the world as a "keeper of the flame" and ambassador of the blues. He is certainly a national treasure and one of the finest fingerpickers working today.

Open: Todd Albright
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SHEMEKIA COPELAND

Shemekia Copeland

10/3/2015

From the softest whisper to a growling, full-throated blues roar, vocalist Shemekia Copeland boasts a dynamic range and a vibrant personality that together have the music world hailing her as a diva in the making. Daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, Shemekia was schooled in his Texas-style blues. But her experiences growing up on the streets of Harlem have infused her music with a deeply personal touch that remains decidedly accessible. Following the release of her debut album, "Turn the Heat Up", Copeland began receiving a long list of accolades from critics and fans alike. The Village Voice called Shemekia's voice "nothing short of uncanny," while Living Blues referred to it as "pure, beautifully unaffected and powerful." And The Boston Globe proclaimed "She roars with a sizzling hot intensity." While still in her 20s, she's opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and John Mayer. Heir to the rich tradition of soul-drenched divas like Ruth Brown, Etta James and Koko Taylor, Copeland was presented with Taylor’s crown by her daughter, Cookie, on June 12, 2011 at the Chicago Blues Festival and given the honor of the new “Queen of the Blues” by official proclamation of the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
Her newest album, "33 & 1/3" received a Grammy nomination for "Best Blues Album" in 2012.
Her current band lineup is: Willie Scandlyn (rhythm guitar),  Robin Gould (drums), Kevin Jenkins (bass) and Arthur Neilson (guitar).


"She belongs to the school of blues belters whose roars could move rocks up hills" - Jay Ruttenberg, Time Out NY

Watch Shemekia's performance on The Letterman Show HERE
With Gary Clark Jr. at the White House HERE
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Vanilla Fudge

10-08-2015

In 1967, Vanilla Fudge rocked the world with a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans. They were "one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became 'heavy metal." Things started to pick up for the band in 1968: early in the year, they headlined the Fillmore West with the Steve Miller Band, performed "You Keep Me Hangin' On" on The Ed Sullivan Show, and released their second album, The Beat Goes On. That summer, Atco reissued "You Keep Me Hangin' On," and the second time around it climbed into the Top Ten. It was followed by Renaissance, one of VF's best albums, which also hit the Top 20. The band supported it by touring with Jimi Hendrix, opening several dates on Cream's farewell tour, and late in the year touring again with the fledgling Led Zeppelin as their opening act. While the band did record original material, they were best known for their loud, heavy, slowed-down arrangements of contemporary pop songs, blowing them up to epic proportions and bathing them in a trippy, distorted haze. 1970.

Bogert and Appice first formed the hard rock group Cactus, then later joined up with Jeff Beck in the aptly named Beck, Bogert & Appice. Currently, three of the four original members, keyboardist Mark Stein, guitarist Vince Martell and drummer Carmine Appice are touring along with Pete Bremy replacing Tim Bogert on bass. Their big hits, “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “Take Me For A While” and "Season Of The Witch" are still played on classic rock stations.

Watch live clips HERE   and   HERE

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Al Kooper & the Funky Faculty

10-9-2015

Legendary keyboardist, songwriter, and producer, Al Kooper created and played the classic organ riff on Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," appeared on Dylan's albums Highway 61 Revisited (1965) and Blonde on Blonde (1966) and produced New Morning for Dylan in 1970. He also toured as a member of Dylan's band off and on over the years. He was a member of the influential group The Blues Project with Danny Kalb and Steve Katz from 1965 to 1967. He formed Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1967, remaining with the group for its debut album Child Is Father to the Man (1968). Kooper was also the principal songwriter for both bands. As if all of that weren't enough, he also appeared on and produced 1968's platinum Super Session album with Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills

In addition to his legendary '60s work, Kooper has recorded and released over 10 solo albums over the last 40 years, including his latest release, 2008's White Chocolate. He has played as a sideman on albums by George HarrisonThe Rolling StonesJimi HendrixB.B. KingThe WhoCream, and many more. He also discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd and produced the band's first three albums, which include the iconic tracks "Sweet Home Alabama," "Free Bird," and "Saturday Night Special." 

Kooper has also lent his production talents to The Tubes, Nils Lofgren, Mike Bloomfield, Stephen Stills, Appaloosa, The Don Ellis Band, Lenny White, B.B. King, Green On Red, Jimmy Vivino, David Essex, Johnny Van Zant, a Harry Nilsson tribute album and many other projects. His autobiogarphy, Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards, was published in 1998 and was critically hailed as one of the best rock books ever written.

Al Kooper has been there, done it all and lived to tell about it. A one of a kind show.

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Seamus Kennedy

10-09-2015 (Ballroom)

Irish Entertainer - and so much more!
Seamus Kennedy, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for the past 32 years. His ready wit and vast store of songs will make you forget your cares for a while as he encourages the crowd to sing along to silly lyrics and daft ditties. The endless supply of rib-tickling jokes, the stories and one liners will leave you delighted. And when he plays a lively Irish jig, you might even jump up and dance.

He travels from Alaska to Florida, Maryland to California, performing for audiences which range from Popes and presidents to bartenders and bricklayers, from college students to kindergartners.
But the Irish have their serious side too, and when Seamus performs one of the more somber ballads such as Tommy Sands' There Were Roses or Pete St. John's Dublin In The Rare Old Times you can hear a pin drop as the words sink in. That moment of silence before the applause can raise goosebumps.

Washington Area Music Awards (WAMA):
Best Irish/Celtic Male Vocalist, Ten Years Running -1993-2002
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8:00 pm
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Ashley Jordan

10-10-2015 (Ballroom)

Those who have been following Ashley Jordan's career know all too well that she is a star on the rise. The Harvard, Massachusetts native is catching the ear of the music industry's top brass. With dozens of awards to her name, including Best Vocalist, Best Country/Americana Act (2013 Worcester Music Awards) and seven New England Country Music Awards this year alone, she's clawing her way to the top and not stopping along the way.

Ashley was just recently named a first round Grammy Nominee for her single, "Angels". While she's putting the finishing touches on her new album, Ashley will be playing select dates in the US. "He's Crazy" is slated for release in January 2016. If you're not familiar with her yet, you will be as she'll be a household name in no time!

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Devens Chili Cook-off for a Cause

10-11-2015 (Rain or Shine)

Join us for a spectacular day of over 20 varieties Chili, Cold Beer, Live Music featuring The Glue Factory, Kids Activities, Cash Prizes & more outside at the Devens Common Center.

Enter your chili to win the Grand Prize or bring the whole family to enjoy the day! Proceeds from this year’s chili cook off will go to benefit the HealthAlliance Community Mental Health Fund. Each year hundreds of young adults in the North Central Mass Region contemplate suicide as a result of mental illness, depression and other life challenges along the way. Through this Fund, HealthAlliance Hospital will be able to provide Mental Health Navigators, Social Workers and Case Managers to young adults who visit the Emergency Department with Behavioral Health issues whether it be mental illness and/or substance abuse.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER
One chili entry will be chosen to win our Grand Prize. The winning chili entry will win a Cash Prize, a Trophy announcing that you made the Best Chili in Central Massachusetts and be featured on the Bull Run Restaurant's menu for one week. On the Saturday night of the week your winning chili recipe is featured at Bull Run, you will act as "Celebrity Host" for the evening, greeting guests at the door and urging them to try your chili!

TO ENTER YOUR CHILI IN THE CONTEST
$5 per entry includes one free beverage ticket! After purchasing your chili contest ENTRY ticket below, print out & bring your confirmation code to the event. You MUST provide your phone number and email address. EACH CHILI CONTEST ENTRANT MUST PLAN TO PROVIDE 7 - 10 GALLONS OF CHILI. Devens Chili Cook Off for a Cause will provide you with 4 oz. cups, spoons & napkins. For additional questions, please call 978-772-0188.

TO ATTEND THE CHILI COOK-OFF
$10 Donation provdes access to the event & all you can eat chili. $8.00 of your donation goes directly to Health Alliance Community Mental Health Fund.
Kids under 10 are free!

For more information, contact the Devens Complex Sales Office at 978-772-0188.

Thanks to our generous sponsors: UMass Memorial Health Alliance Hospital, The Devens Common Center, The Bull Run Restaurant, Spring Hill Suites Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Wachusett Brewing Co., & Bemis Worldwide. PLEASE NOTE: This event does NOT take place at the Bull Run Restaurant. The event will be held on the grounds outside at the Devens Common Center in Devens, MA.


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Devens Common Center Devens, MA

Kathy Mattea's "Acoustic Living Room" with Bill Cooley

10-16-2015

Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville's most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meet as old friends, welcoming you into their "Acoustic Living Room" to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts - including Kathy's beloved classics such as "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses," "Where've You Been?," "455 Rocket" and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material.

Long known as an impeccable songcatcher, her 17 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A genuine storyteller, Kathy draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots and is a torchbearer for often overlooked musical legacies like those of Hazel Dickens and Jean Ritchie. Her most recent album, "Calling Me Home," is a collection of songs that celebrate the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.


Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. During her radio-ruling days in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Kathy charted mainstream country hits, with16 of them reaching the top ten. These days, she sings with the perspective of an Appalachian whose career took her elsewhere, which is what makes her as contemporary as she is traditional.

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Maria Muldaur's "Way Past Midnight" Tour

10-17-2015

It has been 40 years since "Midnight at the Oasis" was riding the top of the pop charts. And now Maria Muldaur had the brilliant idea to put together a show where she chronicles her 50-year musical journey through American Roots Music, to the Oasis and Beyond. Maria and her Bluesiana Band perform her iconic hits, including "Midnight at the Oasis," "I'm a Woman," "Richland Woman Blues'" "Don't You Feel My Leg" and many others, as well as many oft-requested "fan faves' from the 40 albums she has recorded in the past 40 years.

She treats her audience to previously unseen photographs and videos, (A PowerPoint presentation) and shares fascinating, often humorous personal stories from every stage of her 50-year career - from her early days in the '60's with The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, through her years of "pop stardom" and on to her continuing exploration of the many forms of American Roots Music; Blues, Bluesiana, Jazz and Gospel, Maria has sung it all. And through the years her voice has deepened, strengthened and become even more convincing. She sings with enough soul and raw power to recharge the emotional batteries of anyone in the audience.

"She has spent much of her career as a musical hobo, riding the rails from jazz to bluegrass, gospel to Appalachian folk, blues to Tin Pan Alley. She never loses the sassy, teasing sexuality that has always served as her calling card." - Critic's Choice
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Town Meeting

10-17-2015 (Ballroom)

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!)

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Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones

10-23-2015

Over ‘Lost Time’s’ twelve tracks, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave’s words “the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music.”  Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers’ own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner.  The Alvins met Big Joe as teenagers, and he would mentor them for the remainder of his life. They remain his humble students, and cut four Turner songs for ‘Lost Time.’ If their GRAMMY-nominated 2014 album ‘Common Ground’ was the sound of a partnership rekindled, ‘Lost Time’ is a four-alarm fire. Dave’s guitar work slithers and stings as never before, and Phil’s feral howl cuts to the core. Dave and Phil both sing and play guitar throughout ‘Lost Time,’ and are joined by a crack band including Lisa Pankratz (drums), Brad Fordham (bass), and Chris Miller (guitar).

The Alvin brothers founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, blending American roots and blues with searing punk energy to critical acclaim. Rolling Stone hailed their “bright, raw playing, terrific taste and …Phil’s full-bodied vocals.” Robert Christgau of the Village Voice wrote that Dave was “a major songwriter, one with John Fogerty’s bead on the wound-tight good times of America’s tough white underbelly.” The band performed with everyone from X and Black Flag to The Cramps and Queen, and even gave early breaks to Los Lobos and Dwight Yoakam by inviting them on the road as openers. As AllMusic puts it, “it’s practically impossible to imagine the roots rock scene of the ’80s and onward existing without The Blasters as a roadmap.” After Dave left the group in 1986 they did not record an album together again until ‘Common Ground.’ In addition to its Grammy nomination, that record earned wide critical acclaim, and features with NPR’s Fresh Air, The LA Times, Wall Street Journal and more. Dave and Phil will tour extensively behind ‘Lost Time’ with Dave’s band The Guilty Ones.

"Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin have solidified their own legacy as one of roots music’s most exceptional duos. Grammy Nominated in 2015 and Simply the Best!  ... A Roof-raising performance..."  LA Times

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The Tubes w/ Fee Waybill

10-25-2015

Don't miss The Tubes' annual "Pre-Halloween Show" at Bull Run

From humble beginnings in Phoenix, Arizona to the streets of San Francisco THE TUBES were catapulted into Rock and Roll’s limelight in the mid 1970’s with such classic rock staples as White Punks On Dope, What Do You Want From Life, Mondo Bondage, Don’t Touch Me There, Sushi Girl, Talk To Ya Later and their Number 1 Billboard hit She’s A Beauty.
No matter how memorable their recordings were, the lifeline of the band has always been their live performance. From the exuberant and imaginative to the outrageous, they continue to perform for hordes of fans throughout the world. Their current line up (still retaining four original members) consists of the enigmatic and unforgettable vocalist Fee Waybill, the elusive guitarist Roger Steen, the solid bass playing of Rick Anderson, the legendary Prairie Prince on drums, and keyboardist extroardinaire David Medd.
The Tubes will go down in the rock history books as one of the most exciting, in-your-face, tight- knit group of musicians who epitomized the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into the ultimate rock’n’roll extravaganza. Their live shows involve mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing ‘White Punks On Dope’, exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers. They didn't invent the idea of rock & roll as theater, but they have certainly thrived on the concept. Few bands have had a more entertaining and over the top live show. Their influence can be seen in many of the visually oriented groups of today such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson and others. Though they may have been ahead of their time in the eighties, they haven’t lost a step and continue to reinvent themselves. In a world where visual stimulation is king, they are right at home and masters of their domain. They’ve been recognized not only as a great band to watch, but a great band period! They continue to write clever, provocative material as heard on their most recent critically acclaimed release "Genius Of America" and continue to add to their body of work with DVD/Video releases from their live shows including "The Tubes World Tour" and the 2005 release "Wild In London."

At their best, they have the uncanny ability to highlight the absurdity of everyday American life, occasionally shocking audiences, but always making them think twice. Perceived by fans and media alike as the ‘Marshall McLuhans of rock’n’roll’, the Tubes became both the medium and the message, stimulating the senses through their dynamic, controversial and politically incorrect audio visual live spectacles. They continue to innovate, evolve and ignite, no matter where they go by combining art with trash, comedy with tragedy, and rock theatre with consummate musicianship.

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Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams (Ballroom)

10-30-2014 (Ballroom)

Brooks Williams is one of the premier guitarists, singers and songwriters on the Roots n' Blues scene. Lauded as one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, this blues-singing, guitar-picking, bottleneck-slide-playing certified road warrior has been wowing audiences worldwide for 25+ years with his silky voice, hook-laden songs and rollicking acoustic and resonator slide guitars. To every show he brings the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions. He is quite simply one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on the circuit today. From coast-to-coast, country-to-country, Williams and his guitars roll and tumble like nobody's business. The San Antonio Light called him "a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!"
"Absolutely beyond criticism" - fNotes
"Soulful guitarist with talent, taste and astonishing technique" - Blues Revue
"A consummate artist,... ranks among America's musical treasures." - Dirty Linen
"melodic virtuosity on guitar that runs like liquid from his fingers" - The Irish News
"Harmonically sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful..." - Guitar Player
"Dazzling guitar work!" - Acoustic Guitar
"Deft, tasteful guitar chops." - Rolling Stone

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8:00 pm
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Entrain - Pre-Halloween Party

10-30-2015

Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception. Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain has recorded eight albums, available on Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song. "The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major. "The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!"
Their latest record "Reason To Feel Good" has enjoyed heavy rotation in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston, Cincinnati, and Nashville, and is climbing industry trade charts like CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin Report. The first single from the album, titled "Lucky Just to Be Alive," was number 2 in WMVY's top 25 songs for 2011. Combining top notch musicians with great songs, and infused with some passionate and conscious lyrics, this CD is undoubtedly the best work from the production team of Major/Alex.
The band with Tom Major on drums, Brian Alex as guitar wiz/lead singer, M'Talewa on bass, Rob Loyot on sax/keys/percussion, Hilary Noble on sax/percussion and Lennie Peterson on trombone/keys have jammed with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, Blood Sweat & Tears, Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley.
Their goal according to Tom Major is "…to create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces of all ages and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling."

"Entrain zips along like a lively summit conference between the Dave Matthews Band and Little Feat.” - Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

“Entrain . . . merges funk, rock, reggae, swamp, and worldbeat rhythm into a sweaty good time . . .” - The Boston Herald

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Kofi Baker's Cream Experience

10-31-2015 - HALLOWEEN

The "Cream" were undeniably the first rock "supergroup" of the 1960s. And though they were together for less than 3 years, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton left a gigantic impression on the world of rock music forever.

Now Ginger Baker's son Kofi teams up with super guitarist Godfrey Townsend to pay humble tribute to the world's greatest power trio.

As the son of legendary drumming icon Ginger Baker, Kofi Baker has a name that’s synonymous with drumming excellence. And Kofi lives up to his name. With his outstanding skills, drive & dedication, he continues the great Baker legacy. Kofi's first live performance was with his father on the UK television show "The Old Grey Whistle Test"...at just six years of age, he proved that he had inherited more than just his father’s name.
In the early 80's, Kofi and his father performed drum duets throughout Europe, amazing audiences with complex African polyrhythms. Later, Kofi toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), gigged in London with Steve Waller (Manfred Mann) and Randy California (Spirit). He also toured Europe with Steve Marriot (Humble Pie). During the 1990's Kofi toured with Jack Bruce in Budapest; Signed with Scotty Brothers label & recorded the album Lost City; Recorded "Abstract Logic" with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane; and toured extensively...including more drum duets with dad, Ginger Baker.
After seeing his father play in the Cream reunion of 2005, Kofi was inspired to start his own band. He wanted to continue where Cream and his father left off. Kofi’s band is the ultimate Cream tribute...combining Cream's innovative and experimental style with virtuoso talent.

Guitarist Godfrey Townsend has worked with many of rock music’s most influential names. In the past decade alone, he has performed with John Entwistle (bass guitarist of The Who), Jack Bruce (bass guitarist/vocalist of Cream), Dave Mason (guitarist/vocalist of Traffic) and Alan Parsons (producer/engineer/recording artist). After hearing Godfrey jamming on some Cream tunes in a club one night, Eric Clapton's guitar tech, Lee Dickson commented to John Entwistle of The Who: "This guy's got Clapton down better than Clapton!" Townsend's mastery is so complete that Jack Bruce has been recruiting him and his band to back him up for the past eight years.

If you never saw Cream live, and you probably haven't, this is the closest you'll ever come to the real thing outside of the real thing itself. Continuing where Cream left off, Kofi Baker's Cream Experience is the ultimate Cream tribute, combining Cream's innovative and experimental style with amazing virtuoso talent.

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Lucky Peterson

11-5-2015

Lucky Peterson played his first gig at age three and by five recorded his first single, produced by the legendary Willie Dixon. By six, he was propelled into the national spotlight with TV appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and even "What’s My Line?" As a child prodigy, Lucky was somewhat of a novelty act. But he grew into a true blues veteran. Over the last three decades he has played to audiences around the world, dazzling fans and critics with his multi-instrumental talents (keyboards, guitar, bass, drums & trumpet), his soulful vocal style and his youthful approach to the blues.

Born Judge Kenneth Peterson in 1963, Lucky was raised on music in Buffalo, New York. His Father, James Peterson, was a blues singer and owner of the Governor’s Inn, a northern version of a Deep South “chitlin circuit" roadhouse. Artists like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor played there regularly. Virtually growing up on stage, little Lucky began playing almost before he could talk. He started on drums, but later became fascinated by the Hammond B-3 organ. After some lessons from the legendary Jimmy Smith, Lucky focused most of his energy on the organ. In his spare time, he mastered bass and piano, becoming good enough to sit in with his father’s band and touring artists like Lightin' Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. Word of this child prodigy soon spread among the blues community. Willie Dixon heard Lucky and produced the boy’s first record, a single entitled "1 2 3 4" and a follow-up album for Chicago’s Today Records. The single hit the airwaves with a bang and the national TV appearances followed.


Lucky learned from and jammed with some of the best blues players in the world. When Little Milton’s band came up short an organ player, Milton asked the 17-year-old Lucky to sit in. One gig was all it took for Milton to fall in love with Lucky’s playing, and he was soon in the band. After seven months, Lucky became Milton’s bandleader. Opening shows with his own set on vocals and keyboards, Lucky’s three-year stint with Milton led to another long gig with Bobby “Blue" Bland as Bobby’s featured soloist. His did regular session work for King Snake Records. His funky keyboards sparked Kenny Neal’s "Big New From Baton Rouge!!", Rufus Thomas' "That Woman Is Poison!" and Lazy Lester’s "Harp And Soul." Alligator later released Lucky’s third solo outing, "Lucky Strikes!" He co-wrote three songs for the album and played all of the keyboard parts and all but one of the guitar solos. Lucky tours the world and has many hit albums, including "Triple Play" (Alligator), "Lucky Peterson" (Polygram) and "Double Dealin'"(Blue Thumb). His newest, "Son of a Blues Man," has been called his "most well-rounded and personal album yet." His guitar lead on the title track is a marvel of crying, elegantly balanced phrasing, almost horn-like or vocal-like, and it speaks and sings like the marvel it is. It coheres in a wonderful arc, capturing the blues, like Lucky himself, as an ever-flowing, joyous and ultimately uplifting thing.


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Gilbert Gottfried

11-6-2015

At the young age of 15 Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and after a few short years, became known around town as "The Comedian's Comedian." After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late night comedy show "Saturday Night Live" became aware of him and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. A few years later MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to television appearances on "The Cosby Show" and "Late Night with David Letterman."
Gottfried's work in television soon led to roles in film. Most notable was his improvised scene as business manager Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II," for which the New York Daily News said, "Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene."
Aside from his glowing reputation in comedy clubs, Gottfried began to gain a reputation as the king of quirky roles in both movies and television. He appeared in such movies as "Problem Child," "Problem Child II," "Look Who's Talking II" and "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." He was also the host of the very popular late night movie series "USA Up All Night."

After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic "Aladdin," Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voiceover talents, lending his voice to several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. He is also the voice of DIGIT in the long running PBS Series "Cyberchase," can be heard on the Comedy Central series, "The Annoying Orange," and as the voice of the horse on "Family Guy."
Gilbert has appeared on the ABC series "Celebrity Wife Swap," numerous Comedy Central Roasts and the Comedy Central series, "The Burn with Jeff Ross." His hilarious viral video reading of "Fifty Shades of Grey" (College Humor) received over 4 million views on YouTube. Gilbert was a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Howard Stern Show." In addition, has had a recurring role on "Law and Order" SVU as TARU tech Leo Gerber.
Gottfried stole the show in the hit comedy documentary "The Aristocrats," with Entertainment Weekly saying that "out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier - or more disgusting than Gilbert Gottfried."
"Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes" was released on both DVD and CD, featuring 50 non-stop minutes of Gottfried telling the funniest and filthiest jokes ever. The show was filmed live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Also featured on the DVD are some of the funniest bonus features ever, including wild stories, indignant ranting and celebrity impressions.
As a famed comics comic, Gilbert puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries.
Stephen King says of Gottfried, "More than a national treasure, he's a secret weapon. If we had had Gilbert Gottfried in World War II, Hitler would have given up in 1942."
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Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli with Patty Barkas

Lori Diamond & Fred Abetelli with Patty Barkas (Ballroom)

11-7-2015 (Ballroom)

The elusive luminary Patty Barkas has recorded and toured nationally and internationally with the region's most notable players; from the eccentric, alt-rock madness of "The Bentmen" to the acoustic venues with Greg Greenway and Laurie Geltman; and everything in between - Rubyhorse, Peter Wolf (of J. Geils Band), RTZ (Brad Delp of Boston), November Group, Laurie Sargent and Face To Face. Her voice is an instrument of passion, mysticism, and daunting beauty; in one moment softly ethereal, and in the next, charged with soaring intensity. Until this solo effort, you have yet to experience Patty in her truest form. This new project is her passionate response as she emerges from "featured back up diva" to become the image weaver of her own vision.

Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli: Lori is an award winning songwriter (finalist, Great American Songwriting Contest 2010, Best Female Vocalist, Pulse Magazine 2011, 2012), combining alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing with Fred Abitalli's solid solid bass and guitar. Lori & Fred's newest CD, "Lifted" was just named "Best CD of 2015" by Pulse Magazine. Fans of Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell will quickly become fans of Lori & Fred as they explore Jazz, Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Gospel and blues with their own fresh style.


An unforgettable evening of soulful, soaring vocals and songs that will uplift, soothe and stir your spirit! 
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INVISIBLE SUN - Police Tribute Band

INVISIBLE SUN - Police Tribute Band (Sawtelle)

11-7-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

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)

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Alvin Youngblood Hart's Muscle Theory Band

11-12-2015

Alvin Youngblood Hart is the cosmic love child of Howlin Wolf and Link Wray; a master of the blues and beyond. He is a Grammy Award winner, a WC Handy Blues Winner, a two-time Living Blues award winner and has even won the Downbeat Critics' Award for Best Blues album. He performs so much more than traditional blues however, and with his scorching trio, 'Muscle Theory', he'll take you on a transformative musical journey that you can dance to.

Since the release of his 1996 debut recording, "Big Mama's Door" his praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. A devout follower of the “no barriers” approach carved out by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and the late/great Doug Sahm, Hart is always challenging the so-called purists, bringing the blues to a new generation every time he plays. Charley Patton would approve of his version of "Pony Blues" and his cover of "Gallows Pole" is the coolest since Led Zeppelin’s.

A personal career highlight occurred in the summer of 2008 when Hart met the late Irish guitar legend Gary Moore. Moore invited Hart, a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, onstage to jam with himself and original Thin Lizzy drummer, Brian Downey. In the Spring of 2009 Moore requested Hart’s band as the opening act on a tour of Germany. Moore was seen offstage most every night with friends, cheering Hart’s band along during their set.

With Alvin on guitar & lead vocals, Fabio Drusin on bass & vocals and Silvano "Silver" Bassi on Drums, Alvin Youngblood Hard and the Muscle Theory Band will rock your world and leave you wanting more. Be prepared for anything. They play trhe blues, but they move way beyond the narrow boundaries of tradition.

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7:30 pm
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Paul Thorn Band

11-13-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

I get more emails from people to bring Paul back than for anyone.
OK, here he comes.....

Maybe it's because Paul Thorn is an ex-prizefighter and the son of a pentecostal preacher, but they say that attending one of his concerts is like "taking a 6-pack to church!" Proof to that can be found by listening to his song "Mission Temple Fireworks Stand." The first thing you notice is the voice, distinctively soulful and funky, of a man who has walked a long, hot span over dusty Mississippi country roads. For an artist you may never have heard of, Paul has had a long successful career working with musical giants like Sting, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine and Huey Lewis to name a few. Artists like Tanya Tucker, Toby Keith and Sawyer Brown, have covered his songs, but, no one sounds like Paul.
Hailed as the "Mark Twain of Americana", Paul was born in Elvisville (Tupelo, MS), and had the unique background of singing to congregations since early childhood. Connecting with and getting over with the crowd was in his blood from the start. Thorn was working in a chair factory and playing little gigs at night, like pizza parlors etc., in Birmingham, Alabama when Miles Copeland, manager and brother of Stewart (who drummed for the Police), happened to catch one of these gigs, and "discovered" him. On the road to recording a follow-up to his most successful release, 2010's Pimps and Preachers, which was was #1 at Americana Radio for 3 weeks and has spent 7 weeks in Top 5, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter decided to do an album of covers. "I wanted to take a break from myself," he reveals, "do something different, and just have fun." The collection, entitled What The Hell Is Goin' On? found Thorn putting his own gritty rock stamp on some of his favorite songs. The album's centerpiece was penned by blues-rock icon Elvin Bishop, who also played his "wonderfully raw and dirty" guitar solo on the tune. Other special guests on the album were Delbert McClinton and the marvelous McCrary Sisters.
Paul's new album, "Too Blessed to be Stressed," is out now and is probably his best to date. It's full of
charmers like Don't Let Nobody Rob You Of Your Joy, where Thorn's warm peaches-and-molasses singing dispenses advice on avoiding the pitfalls of life. And his trademark humor is abundant throughout. I Backslide On Friday is a warm-spirited poke at personal foibles. This album is a masterpiece and whether you already have it or not, you're going to want Paul to sign this one.

"Paul is one of my favorite artists!" - Bonnie Raitt

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Devens Rock 4 Warriors Benefit Concert

11-14-2015

A benefit concert for wounded veterans presented by RAISING RAIDERS in association with The Bull Run Concert Series.
FEATURING GE SMITH & BILL KIRCHEN, THE PERSUASIONS and VETTED, America's decorated Wounded Warrior Band.

Join the Bull Run as we raise funds for our wounded warriors at this eclectic evening of outstanding musicians paying tribute to our vets. 50% of your ticket purchase goes directly to Wounded Warriors.

Headlining the show are the MASTERS OF THE TELECASTER, GE Smith & Bill Kirchen and joining in will be The Persuasions and rock band Vetted, the first nationally recognized all wounded warrior band.

GE Smith - Through his six hit-making years with Hall & Oates, his decade long run as Saturday Night Live Band Leader, his touring stints with Bob Dylan, and his work with David Bowie, Peter Wolf and Mike Myers, GE Smith is widely hailed as a modern master of the Telecaster. In his honor, Fender created a new Artist's Series Tele.

Bill Kirchen first gained renown as lead guitarist and vocalist for Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen, where the resonant twang of his battered Telecaster drove "Hot Rod Lincoln" into the Top Ten. He's played guitar on recordings and performances with Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Danny Gatton and Hoyt Axton. He won the 2000 Rock/ Roots Rock Instrumentalist of the Year, Roots Rock Album (Raise A Ruckus) and 1999 Instrumentalist of the Year at the WAMA Awards, as well as being a multiple winner in 1997 and 1998, receiving ten awards, including Songwriter of the Year.

Vetted is the first nationally recognized wounded warrior band in the US. They tour all over the nation, playing on military bases, and veterans functions for wounded warriors and their family. Their mission is to empower wounded warriors through a non-clinical form of therapy using music as their weapon against various disabilities with focus on suicide prevention, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury ).

The Persuasions - From their humble beginning of singing on the streets of Brooklyn, New York in 1962, the earthy gospel infused voices of the legendary Persuasions have become a living American musical treasure celebrating 53 years in the art of a cappella singing.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Roberto Morbioli Band

11-15-2015

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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb

11-20-2015

Two Hall of Fame and Grammy-winning songwriters share the stage and their most famous compositions. Karla Bonoff has written hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Lynn Anderson, Warren Zevon and, most notably, Linda RonstadtJimmy Webb provided career-making classics for Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, The Fifth Dimension, Joe Cocker and many, many more. But to call Webb and Bonoff "songwriters" doesn't do justice to the fact that both have also released (and sung on) their own wonderful albums over the years.

Karla Bonoff has been described as one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation and, in her case, the description is not exaggerated. With a career spanning four decades, she has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. Starting out at an open mic at LA's Troubadour Karla found herself singing backup for LInda Ronstadt, who recorded three of Bonoff's songs on her album, Hasten Down the Wind. This led to a recording contract for Bonoff and the release of three albums, the last of which, Wild Heart of the Young, featured the Top 40 hit “Personally." Writing hit songs for Ronstadt and many others, Karla became one of the most successful songwriters of her generation. Billboard Magazine put it best, "Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today." Her songs have also been featured in several films, such as "About Last Night" (with co-writer J.D. Souther), "Footloose" and "8 Seconds."

The critical acclaim Jimmy Webb has received during his more than 40 years of success is as remarkable as his accomplishments. The composer and singer is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and is the only artist ever to have won Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration. Jimmy is best known for the astonishing string of multi-platinum hits he has provided for artists such as Glen Campbell (“By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston”), Richard Harris (“MacArthur Park”), the Fifth Dimension (“Up, Up and Away”), the Brooklyn Bridge (“The Worst That Could Happen”), Art Garfunkel (“All I Know”), Linda Ronstadt (“Easy For You To Say”) and the Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson country supergroup The Highwaymen (“The Highwayman”), among many, many others. Whatever your preferred genre of music is, chances are there's a Jimmy Webb song on your personal playlist. Each night during his live shows, Webb reminds audiences why this preacher's son from Oklahoma has been a hit maker since the age of 16 and a beacon through five generations of the Great American Songbook, enhancing his virtuoso performance of iconic tunes with riveting tales of the inspiration behind some of pop music's biggest songs and singers, and a humorous tour into the days and nights of a songwriting prodigy.

More than just a concert, an evening with Karla Bonoff and Jimmy Webb in performance is a master class you can sing along with.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Lee Ann Womack

11-21-2015

2015 Grammy Nominee for Best Country Album - The Way I'm Livin'

Country Royalty if there ever was one, Grammy and CMA Award winning singer and songwriter, Lee Ann Womack, is best known for "I Hope You Dance," “Last Call," “Think of a Reason Later” and “Mendocino County Line" (with Willie Nelson). After spending several years as a professional songwriter, Lee Ann's eponymous album was released in May of 1997. And shortly after its release it reached the Top Ten on the country chart. "I Hope You Dance" followed in mid-2000, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100. It became her signature song. "Something Worth Leaving Behind" appeared in mid-2002, and it was a sure fit for Womack to move into the country mainstream for good. She also earned two Grammy nods: one for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Something Worth Leaving Behind" and Best Vocal Collaboration for her duet with Willie Nelson on "Mendocino County Line."

And now, on a rare tour out with a brand new album, "The Way I'm Livin'," she has already been nominated for another Grammy. Lee Ann made a decision seven years ago to follow her heart. And if people thought she was crazy to walk away from the multi-platinum world of mainstream country to record the songs that moved her, it would seem that Womack’s heart won out. This 9-time Grammy nominee from East Texas just picked up another pair of prestigious Americana Music Awards nominations for "The Way I’m Livin," proving it to be the little record that could. She joins Shakey Graves’ "And The War Came," Lucinda Williams’ "Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone," Sturgill Simpson’s "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" and former North Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens’ "Tomorrow Is My Turn" in the Album of the Year category.

In this world of faster, harder & louder, Lee Ann Womack wants something far more radical; to be real, to strip it all away and get to the core of life, love and raw emotion. Written for the jagged shards of life's rugged spots, turned over with some of the best melodies you'll hear, not fancy, big or glossy, these songs take your breath away.

"It just seems like music is most powerful when it hits you right between the eyes," Lee Ann says.

Video of "The Way I'm Livin'      -      Video of LAW live at the Grand Ol Opry
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Stompers Annual Thanksgiving & Anniversary Celebration!

11-28-2015

A very special Thanksgiving & Anniversary Celebration!??

The legendary Stompers played their very first show in November 1977. The band has long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for more than three decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans.

The Stompers music appears in the John Sayles film, "Return Of The Secaucus Seven" and the cult classic, "Fraternity Vacation". Their radio hits include, "Coast to Coast", "Rock, Jump and Holler", "Eastside Girl", "One Heart For Sale", "American Fun" and "Never Tell An Angel" which both appear in Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" & "Grown Ups 2" respectfully. The list goes on, as do The Stompers!

The Stompers mission has always been to lift the spirt, shake the body and spread the mighty jubilation that is rock n roll. Keeping that tradition alive and kicking for more than three decades, the band continues to deliver the whole barn burnin’ roof raisin’ foot stompin’ ROCK N ROLL CHURCH to sellout audiences everywhere.

Say it loud brothers and sisters - say it proud!

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Wanda Jackson & her Rockabilly Orchestra

12-4-2015  -  Rescheduled from July

“Wanda Jackson, an atomic fireball of a lady, could have a smash hit with just about anything.” - Bob Dylan
 
"The Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, first toured in 1955 and 1956 and she was placed on a bill with none other than Elvis Presley. The two dated during this time and Jackson says it was Presley, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. She had her first U.S. Top 40 hit in 1960 with "Let's Have a Party," a song Elvis had cut earlier. Her recording career bounced back and forth between country and rockabilly and she did this by often putting one song in each style on either side of her single. In 1966, she hit the U.S. Top 20 with "The Box It Came In" and "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine." She toured regularly, was twice nominated for a Grammy and was a big attraction in Las Vegas through the 1970s. Jackson had her own syndicated TV show, "Music Village," which was packaged by her husband/manager Wendell Goodman.
 

Since the early '80s, Jackson has been invited to Europe numerous times to play rockabilly and country festivals. American country artists like Pam Tillis, Jann Browne and Rosie Flores have acknowledged Jackson as a major influence. After releasing the critically acclaimed, "Heart Trouble", and "I Remember Elvis".. Wanda continues to tour all over the world to sold out venues.
 
In 2009 Wanda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen were just a few of the high-profile artists that encouraged "the Hall" to induct her. In 2011 she released a new album with Jack White, "The Party Ain't Over." It included a cover of the Bob Dylan rockabilly song, "Thunder on the Mountain" as well as a fiery cover of Amy Winehouse's hit song "You Know I'm No Good". "The Party Ain't Over" was well-received by many critics and fans around the world.

 
“Her voice conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time. It’s not something that can be developed.” - Bruce Springsteen
"She's like my rockabilly Etta James. I love her, she's so brilliant. I don't think 'Rollin' in the Deep' would exist if it wasn't for Wanda Jackson." - Adele
“Here is a one-of-a-kind voice as fresh now as it was in 1958. A voice this big will never be living in the past.” - Stephen King

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* We have a VIP package for this show, which includes:
2 tickets (fee included), 1 hotel room for 2 with shuttle to and from the concert.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

TOM RUSH

12-12-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Tom returns for his annual just-before-Christmas Show.

From his early days at Club 47, the Cambridge coffeehouse that also gave Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Judy Collins their start back in the 1960's, through 14 albums, to his sold out Club 47® concert series which has filled the likes of Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Tom's knack for finding wonderful songs, writing his own and championing emerging artists has made him a legend.
His music includes healthy doses of both folk and blues influences. He also was the first major artist to record the songs of a then-unknown Joni Mitchell, and also recorded a number of songs from such emerging singer/songwriters of the time as Jackson Browne, Eric von Schmidt, James Taylor and Eric Kaz.
Rush's own compositions are still lauded for their poignant, undeniable lyrics. When U2 performed on last year's Grammys, Bono was heard singing a bit of Tom Rush's "No Regrets.". This version appears in their live sets, and also the live version of the song currently available on iTunes. Bono talked about it in a Rolling Stone Interview. Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, live from Town Hall, NYC featured Tom on April 16th.

"... his voice is outstandingly versatile; his guitar playing is sheer genius; his sense of humor side splitting ..." Trina E. Kingsbury, MARTHA'S VINEYARD TIMES

"Probably the only man alive who should be allowed to sing Joni Mitchell songs" Eric Fidler, CHICAGO TRIBUNE. More info: www.TomRush.com

Openers and accompanying Tom: Eric Lilljequist and Dean Adrian - Founders of the legendary Boston band ORPHAN, Eric and Dean have been opening for Tom at the Bull Run for many years now, to the delight of us all.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA
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