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Johnny A


Johnny A is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so, their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests. The public thinks so too, his latest works have sold many thousands of copies. Johnny spent a year and a half at Berklee School of Music, but had no real interest in the textbook bebop they were dishing out. His first group, "Squanty Roo" played Fusion and by ’75 he had a much more stripped down basic rock unit called "The Streets", who scored a major radio hit with “What Gives”.

In the ‘80’s he hooked up with legendary J. Geils Band front man Peter Wolf, playing on his albums and co-producing one of them, as well as touring with Wolf around the world. After Wolf, Johnny put out a string of solo instrumental guitar albums which brought him much notice and acclaim with their warm guitar tones and alluring melodies. This led to signing with Steve Vai's Favored Nations label and an ever-widening circle of gigs with the likes of B.B. King, Robert Cray, and Jeff Beck plus an appearance at Eric Clapton's “Crossroads Guitar Festival” in '04. And, most recently, he was picked to be a guitarist in The Yardbirds tour this fall.

Johnny's new album, "Driven," is available for limited sale now and will be fully released soon. Don't miss this one
It’s been a long way from his first $49 guitar to Gibson's Johnny A. Signature Edition, but Johnny is still doing what he loves most, playing guitar and creating music.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Stompers Annual Thanksgiving & Anniversary Celebration!


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!

With VERY SPECIAL GUESTS: BIRD MANCINI - “…a cosmopolitan fusion…pop music in the most adventurous, inclusive sense of the term.” - The Boston Globe
 “Bird Mancini is a mélange of pop perfection, incorporating virtuoso musicianship, a knowledge of musical forms and the smarts to deliver everything with joy and gusto!”  - The Noise

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Bob Marley - Comedy


Bob is back! Are you ready to laugh?

Bob Marley is 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

7:30 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


* 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

Bill Kirchen's Honky-Tonk Holiday w/ Special Guest Commander Cody

12-5-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Bill Kirchen and Commander Cody (George Frayne) re-united for this special HONKY-TONK HOLIDAY show.

If you saw the Kirchen/Cody show last year, then you know just how easily these two road warriors re-connect . The Commander will Join Bill & his band, Too Much Fun, for this very special Honky-Tonk Holiday.

This show will feature seasonal songs from Rock 'n' Roll, Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Country; forgotten classics from the golden age of music such as Red Simpson's "Truckin' Trees For Christmas" and Hank Snow's "Reindeer Boogie", Albert King's "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin'", some Commander Cody stuff like "Dadd'y's Drinkin' Up Our Christmas", Christmas tunes from Chuck Berry, Merle Haggard, Elvis and much more, celebrating an American musical tradition where country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass and the Western swing of Texas and California honky tonks. AND of course your old favorites from the Kirchen and Commander Cody classics.

Commander Cody was the fearless leader and keyboard man of the the Lost Planet Airmen and Bill Kirchen was the original guitarist. They were a hell-on-wheels, rip snortin' party band with The Commander leading the musical mayhem and controlled chaos, sporting his legendary antics and sparking up even the toughest crowds and Bill puttin' the twang in that Hot Rod Lincoln sound, which was a runaway hit in 1972. They found themselves on bills with the Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, Led Zeppelin & The Eagles; headlining The Fillmore & other legendary rock clubs. Their album "Live From Deep in the Heart of Texas" was named as Rolling Stones 100 Greatest of all time. They were the essence of American Roots Music with songs like "Truck Drivin' Man," "20 Flight Rock," "Down to Seeds & Stems Again," "Lost in the Ozone," "Smoke Smoke Smoke that Cigarette" and "Diggy Liggy Lo."

Bill Kirchen, the "Titan of the Telecaster," has been on stage & recordings with Nick Lowe, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Danny Gatton and Hoyt Axton. He received a Grammy nomination in 2001. In 2002 he was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association Hall of Fame along with Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and John Phillip Sousa as well as winning 10 additional Wammies including Artist of the Year and Musician of the Year. In previous years, he won 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.

Nick Lowe calls Bill, "A devastating culmination of the elegant and the funky, a really sensational musician with enormous depth."
Indy Week calls him "One of the best guitarists in the land."
I call him "lightning in a bottle."
Buy tickets to this show for Christmas for someone you like - they'll be thanking you for years to come.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Kennedys Holiday Show

The Kennedys Holiday Show (Ballroom)

12-5-2015 (Ballroom)

Pete and Maura Kennedy met at the Continental Club in Austin Texas. Within a few weeks, they went on their first date at Buddy Holly's grave in Lubbock, TX, and within a year, they were touring together, as part of Nanci Griffith's band, and as the opening act on Nanci's two month tour of the British Isles. In a dusty little dressing room on the top floor of Dublin's Olympia theatre, they penned the songs that would become their first CD, "River of Fallen Stars". The CD was awarded the "Indie" award in 1995 for "Best Adult Contemporary CD" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Eleven CDs and several side-projects later (The Strangelings, The Stringbusters, and their solo projects), they enjoy loyal followings in both the guitar camp and the singer-songwriter set. Ultimately it's their tight harmonies, their chemistry and their unashamedly idealistic outlook that has carved them their own niche in the studio and onstage.

In April Pete & Maura celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of their new album, "West," online. Get a signed copy here on the night of the show.

“West” is a gem of an album; thirteen varied and beautifully-crafted songs played and sung with taste and sensitivity by two very gifted people...I haven’t heard a better album in a long time.” 5 out of 5 stars. - Allan McKay, MusicRiot.co.uk
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Five O'Clock Shadow

12-6-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Five O'Clock Shadow - More than 20 years ago (1991 to be exact), five guys got together to do some street singing. They started with simple doo wop and jazz harmonies. At a time when doo wop was considered “contemporary” a cappella, these five guys wanted more from vocal music. They began to experiment. They found ways to make drum sounds with their mouths and imitated instruments such as trumpets, harmonicas, and guitars. Eventually, imitation simply wasn’t enough. With the help of simple stomp pedals, they incorporated wahs, tremolo, phaser, flanger, and distortion into their arrangements. What began as a simple a cappella group morphed into a vocal powerhouse unlike anything the world had heard or seen before. Audiences across the United States, Europe, and Asia have been witness to this revolutionary form of a cappella.
FOCS has bred many of the world’s greatest vocal percussionists including Jeff Thacher, Wes Carrol, Samrat Chakrabarti, and David “Stack” Stackhouse. Their award winning album “Wonders of the World” was labeled as “one of the most influential CDs of the past decade.” This album garnered so much fame, the group was able to perform the title track as part of the “Wonders of the World Halftime Show” at the NFL hall of fame game in Canton, OH. They have toured with many famous acts including, but not limited to The Boston Pops, Aaron Neville, Edwin McCain, Patty LaBelle, Cool and the Gang, Blessed Union of Souls and James Brown.
VH1 labeled them as “the best undiscovered vocal band,” and Instant Magazine wrote, “these guys take the ‘art form’ of a cappella music to a new jaw-dropping level…what ‘true’ alternative means.”
Over the years, members have come and gone, but one thing remains the same…they continue to maintain a high level of musicality and innovation.

"A cappella that rocks" - The Improper Bostonian

"it's all voices, all the time, though you'll swear you hear drums and guitar" - The Washington Post

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6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA




Upon the release of Blue Oyster Cult's self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy-yet-heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BOC's canon includes three stone-cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: The truly haunting "(Don't Fear) The Reaper", from 1976's "Agents of Fortune," the pummeling "Godzilla" from 1977's "Spectres" and the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You" from 1981's "Fire of Unknown Origin." We won't even get into "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll" or "Then Came the Last Days of May" or the many other album songs that resonate so loudly with their worldwide legion of fans who seek their pioneering brand of intelligent hard rock.
BOC occupy a unique place in rock history as being one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. They are often cited by other acts such as Metallica as a major influence, and they were listed in VH1's countdown of the "greatest hard rock bands of all time.

The intense creative vision of BOC's original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar & keys, and the longtime rhythm section of bass guitarist Kasim Sulton & drummer Jules Radino.

"We realized we're a 'classic rock' band. That's what we are, that's what we do best, that's what we know. The band members are proud of BOC's classic sound, and pleased the band is creating vibrant work for disenfranchised music lovers who don't like the homogenized, prefabricated pop or sound-alike, formulaic rap-metal, which monopolizes the radio airwaves and bestseller charts." - Expect to hear the hits and the deep album cuts.

Watch video of BOC - HERE

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Allman, Pitchell, King, Charles Band


Michael Allman (Son of Gregg Allman)
Jeff Pitchell (voted "Best Blues Musician" in New England)
Claudette King (daughter of BB King)
Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles).
This is the band we've been waiting for - They've been selling out theaters all over New England - An amazing lineup.

Michael Allman, son of Gregg Allman, not only looks like his father, he sounds like him as well. Michael is an original songwriter and performs many of the Allman Brothers greatest hits!  Watch Michael HERE

Jeff Pitchell, singer/songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire, was invited last year to perform with the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater. Blending Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and Jimi Hendrix with his own soulful chops, Jeff has won many National & International awards. His own song "Eye for an Eye" won an International Songwriting Contest and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. He has shared stages & licks with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils and many others. Watch Jeff HERE

Claudette King is the youngest daughter of iconic blues master B. B. King.
She is quick to cite her father as her main inspiration. Trained in the gospel of the Baptist church from age 13, King was mentored by two legendary singers: Aretha Franklin & Etta James. Blues, Jazz, R&B and Soul are truly in her blood.

Watch Claudette HERE

Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the incredible Ray Charles is a singer/songwriter, jazz, gospel and soul artist. She creates her own distinct sound and delivers "spine-tingling" renditions of her father's best known songs from "Georgia" to "Hit The Road Jack." Incidentally, her dad was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the 2nd greatest singer of all-time!
Watch Sheila Raye HERE

With Michael on lead vocals, Jeff on guitar with his band Texas Flood, Sheila Raye and Claudette on backup and lead vocals, this band is a Texas Twister!
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Kelly Girls' Celtic Christmas

The Kelly Girls Celtic Christmas (Ballroom)

12-12-2015 (Ballroom)

The Kelly Girls are a lively and talented four-piece all female band, playing rousing Irish, American and Canadian tunes, ballads, folk and pub songs. All the girls have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals and special occasions. The Kelly Girls celebrate traditional music that crosses all generations and cultures, while also introducing original material that will one day certainly become your favourites too!

With Dublin native Aisling Keating on tinwhistle, bodhran, ukulele and vocals; Theresa Gerene on fiddle, award-winning singer-songwriter Christine Hatch on banjo, guitar & vocals; and award-winning singer-songwriter Nancy Beaudette on guitar, mandolin, clavietta, bouzouki and vocals, these ladies bring the party to you. So kick up your heels, dance, clap and sing along with The Kelly Girls!

"What an incredible performance that had the crowd on their feet! It stirred up emotions that life is not just about the here and now, but we come from a past that we must remind ourselves about as we direct our future.” - Karen Burgoyne

"They are a talented and energetic group of women, each a multi-instrumentalist, who know how to treat an audience to a good time.” - Pat Kenneally
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA


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

This year Tom will be accompanied on keyboards by Matt Nakoa, and of course, on guitars and harmonies 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

North Shore Acappella Holiday Show

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

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

HINT: Tickets to this show will make a great early Christmas present...

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds


Savoy Brown's latest CD, "Goin' to the Delta" hit #5 on the Billboard Blues Chart, #2 on the Roots Report and #1 on Amazon Blues sales.

One of the earliest of British blues bands, SAVOY BROWN (with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm) helped launch the UK blues/rock movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin, becoming part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today. In 1967 they opened for CREAM's first London gig. In 1969 Kim jammed onstage in London with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Burdon.

Savoy Brown have released 37 albums. Ex-members of Savoy Brown have also been members of other rock & blues acts like Fleetwood Mac, Robert Cray Band, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, U.F.O., Chicken Shack, Ten Years After & Foghat. Kim was recently inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame.

With more than 3 decades behind them, they are one of the longest, continuously running Blues/Rock bands in the world today.

"Make no mistake about it: Simmonds isn't just up on his game, he gets better and better with age."---Michael Lisi - Gazette Reporter

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8:00 pm
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"Madly creative, Pizzarelli's extraordinary musical talents are matched by a wry humor, a quick wit and easygoing manner." - LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Hip with a wink. Dressed snazzily, he barnstorms through international concert and club dates, records critically acclaimed CD's and delivers wisecracks, anecdotes and nuanced, highly skillful renditions of jazz and American Songbook standards." - TOWN & COUNTRY

"Mr. Pizzarelli is innately cool, sly and playful in the mode of his biggest influence, Nat "King" Cole - a great comic storyteller and mimic whose verbal precision matches his dexterity as a high-speed finger-picker who scats in unison with his guitar solos." - THE NEW YORK TIMES
JOHN PIZZARELLI has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings, he has recently established himself as the consummate entertainer and radio program host with the launch of "Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli" a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey.

Pizzarelli has been playing guitar since age six, following after his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Bucky exposed John to all the great jazz of the era, from Count Basie and Les Paul to Django Reinhardt and, of course, Nat "King" Cole. "I've always said in my concerts that Nat "King" Cole is why I do what I do." Using greats like Ellington, Cole and Sinatra and the songs of writers such as Rodgers, Gershwin and Jobim as touchstones, Pizzarelli is among the prime contemporary interpreters of the great American songbook, bringing to the work his signature style and brilliant guitar playing.
Watch videos of John's previous shows HERE  and  HERE

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Installers Day-After-Christmas Party!


The Installers are always a Bull Run favorite. They have been rockin' people in clubs around New England for over twelve years, playing with some of the best: Roomful of Blues, Duke Robilard, Sugar Ray Norcia and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Jay Geils, who produced their first album and joins them sometimes at shows.

The music is hot blues/rock/jazz; uptempo stuff that you will dance to and blues ballads to tear your heart apart. This is always a party night. Will go home happy? You will!

Their current line-up is: Stephen Clarke: Leads Vocals, Kevin Visnaskas: Lead Guitar, John Bruner: Bass Guitar, Shawn McCann: Keyboards, Jim Burns: Drums. The House Wrecking Horns are Jeff Giacomelli: Tenor Sax, Johnny Blue Horn: Trumpet.

It's the day after Christmas - you know you want to go out and party!

Open: TBA
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Roomful of Blues' New Year's Eve

12-31-2015 -New Year's Eve

If you're lookin' to party on New Year's Eve, this is the band to do it with. No one can really get you up and going like Roomful of Blues!

Call about our New Year's Eve Package, which includes
and shuttle to and from the show
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At 46-years-old, New England’s Roomful of Blues has been around even longer than Alligator Records. For all that time, they’ve celebrated jump blues, R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll music of the horn-powered golden era of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Inspired by the spirit of the groundbreaking bands of the post-World War II decade, they breath new life into vintage songs, infusing them with boundless energy and fiery, swinging solos and vocals.

For the last two decades, Roomful has been led by Chris Vachon, one of the most underrated guitarists in the blues. For 40 years, their hard-charging horn section has been sparked by Rich Lataille on tenor and alto sax. Energizing the band since 2010 is their terrific vocalist, Phil Pemberton. Phil’s performances showcase his flamboyant, multi-octave voice, fun-loving attitude and his deep understanding of the era when jumping blues bands were fronted by huge-voiced singers like Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris and Big Joe. They are universally referred to as the "best little big band in America."

"Aim the beat at their feet!" is the tireless maxim that expresses the character and guiding principle of Roomful of Blues.

Excellent, marvelous wall-to-wall grooves… between the wicked guitar work and the brassy horn section, things never stop swinging. - USA Today

Roomful Of Blues plays an inspired, lively and heated brand of rippling, up-tempo, horn-dominated R&B. – Rolling Stone

Few bands swing the blues more exuberantly than Roomful of Blues…boisterous and relentlessly upbeat. – Entertainment Weekly


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7:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Way Up South and Grin Whistle


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

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

Grin Whistle - A Massachusetts based folk-band infusing bluegrass, americana, and roots-rock with artful storytelling. Eclectic, high-energy performances combining delicate storytelling with foot-stomping grooves.
The band members are: James Terrasi on electric and acoustic guitars, Noah Hill on drums and percussion, Mark Renczkowski on upright bass and mandolin and Joshua Hill on acoustic guitar and vocals.

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

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Marshall Crenshaw


Over the course of a career that’s spanned three decades, 13 albums and hundreds of songs, Marshall Crenshaw’s musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of melody, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base. After an early break playing John Lennon in a touring company of the Broadway musical "Beatlemania," his growing fame in his adopted hometown of New York City helped to win Crenshaw a deal with Warner Brothers Records, which released his self-titled debut album. With such classics as “Someday, Someway” and “Cynical Girl,” that LP established Crenshaw as one of his era’s preeminent tunesmiths.

Along the way, Crenshaw’s compositions have been successfully covered by a broad array of performers, including Bette Midler, Kelly Willis, Robert Gordon, Ronnie Spector, Marti Jones and the Gin Blossoms, with whom Crenshaw co-wrote the Top 10 single “Til I Hear It From You.” He’s also provided music for several film soundtracks, appeared in the films La Bamba (as Buddy Holly) and Peggy Sue Got Married, and was nominated for a Grammy and a Golden Globe award for penning the title track for the film comedy "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story."

Marshall's solo shows are filled with great songs, impassioned singing and his sly, dry wit that puts everyone at ease and is always entertaining.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA




Gratefully jammin' "The Bull"

Don't miss the party!

is a Grateful Dead Tribute Band in MetroWest Boston playing your favorites from the Dead & the Jerry Garcia Band, 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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Deadbeat is: 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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Peter Asher and Albert Lee



As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher's voice "literally soared through Carnegie Hall," while Albert Lee has been called "the ultimate virtuoso" by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as a duo. 
Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton and Emmylou Harris. A 25 year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr ("The Concert for George"). Even with all this, he found the time for over 10 solo and band albums under his own monniker. His numerous studio sessions have led to 4 Grammy Awards nominations and two Grammy awards.
We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut "A World Without Love" topped the charts in the U.S., U.K., and over 30 other countries. His days as A & R Director for the Beatles' Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. He remains the only Artist Manager to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and his studio work has led to two Grammy Awards for "Producer of the Year." 
Theirs is a history of song, and these duo shows will reflect that history. From the Peter & Gordon catalog, Peter Asher and Albert Lee will harmonize on "World Without Love," "I Go To Pieces" and more. From Albert Lee's back pages, expect the Jimmy Webb penned title track from his new acoustic album, "The Highwayman," Glenn C amp bell's "A Better Place" and the Jimmy Jones/Otis Blackwell classic "Handy Man." Inspirations to both artists such as the Everly Brothers provide "Crying in the Rain" and "Bye Bye Love," while from Buddy Holly comes " Well All Right." As Peter & Albert tell us stories of the travels that brought them to so many of the intersections of music history, the two legends bring these timeless songs to life.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Willie J. Laws Band with Charles Neville


"Think Robert Cray meets B.B. King while visiting Jimi Hendrix. It can't help but groove you"

If you haven't been to a Willie J. Laws concert, you really need to check this one out. Fans who are longtime concert-goers say "Where has this guy been?" Willie will make a believer of you in the first 10 minutes. After that, you're in for the ride. And what a ride it is. With over 25 years of performing experience, he has traveled the world making music. Raised in the Gulf Coast of Texas, Laws developed his "funky blues" guitar and vocal sound in Texas roadhouses and juke joints. He'll blaze through Texas Blues and R&B, Tex-Mex Tejano/Conjunto, Louisiana Zydeco and Country. His influences are eclectic, rooted in Texas music tradition but uniquely American roots.

Over the past 25 years Willie has performed as the house band at The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans as well as Margaritaville in the "Crescent City." He performs nationally and internationally with the Grammy award-winning Tejano band "Los Texmaniacs." While living in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada and California he repeatedly opened for BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and numerous others. He was mentored by, and toured throughout the U.S. with, the late Blues great and Texan, Phillip Walker, which you will definitely hear in Willie's playing style. We are now lucky to have him living in Massachusetts, traveling from NH to NYC to Texas and beyond, playing his hardcore, authentic Blues with a twist of Zydeco, R&B and Funk.

Tonight's special guest is the Grammy Award winning Charles Neville of Neville Brothers fame. Charles is a vocals, sax and flute man who has gold & platinum records from six different countries. He's been in movies, on the the "Today Show," the "Oprah Winfrey Show," and has performed with the likes of Ray Charles, James Brown, Santana, the Grateful Dead and many, many more.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Davy Knowles


Former "Back Door Slam" frontman, Davy Knowles, is back out touring in support of his latest studio album, "The Outsider." His upcoming film documentary "Island Bound" and a series of new blues recordings scheduled for release in early 2016.

Hailed by Peter Frampton as, “The Gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century” Davy has been hitting Festivals like Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits, and touring with legends such as Beck, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynryd, and Joe Bonomassa. Knowles has created a unique Rock/Blues sound that caused Joe Satriani to call him “My favorite modern bluesman.”

Knowles grew up in the Isle of Man, UK and learned guitar by listening to Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall from his father’s record collection. Arriving in America age 19 with his band "Back Door Slam," and an acclaimed debut album, he recieved rave reviews at SXSW 2007. (“I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix “ - Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times). From that dynamic introduction he proceeded to make a significant impact across US media, with memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, and a three year run at radio with the singles 'Come Home' from the debut album "Roll Away" and 'Tear Down the Walls' and 'Coming Up For Air' from the Peter Frampton produced sophomore album. Both albums topped 3 Billboard Blues Charts.
In 2011 Knowles's song "Reach Higher" was the official anthem for the Youth Commonwealth Games, and in 2012 his 'birthday' tribute to Woody Guthrie - a stunning electric version of Pastures of Plenty - was released in aid of “WhyHunger?”  

From the very start Knowles earned the respect of fans, media and musicians alike, including some of his own musical heroes such as the aforementioned Peter Frampton, Joe Satrianni, and Warren Haynes. British Blues Legend Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake, Moody Marsden Band) is another fan: “Davy Knowles continues to amaze me - he's still so young and yet he plays, writes and sings with such maturity… He's a rare bird, one I will continue to watch and study."  

Throughout this musical journey, Knowles has kept 'the blues' close to his heart; “I love the guitar as an instrument, it’s so versatile and endlessly challenging. But whilst I will try to play any style to meet that challenge, blues is the music I first fell in love with, and I have always connected deeply with it. I enjoy playing the historian, and am fascinated by all facets of the genre, from the earliest field recordings, to the more recent guitar gods that electrified and supercharged this music. It’s from all along this timeline that I like to draw influence from.”

VIDEO 1 with Peter Frampton & Sonny Landreth       VIDEO 2  with David Grissom and Lance Lopez 
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7:30 pm
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AfterFab: The Beatles Solo Years


AfterFab is America’s only tribute to the solo years of all four Beatles – and their unique concept has fans buzzing. The genius of The Beatles didn’t stop with “Abbey Road,” and AfterFab brings the brilliant solo careers of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr to life with high energy and high fidelity to the original recordings. Over 70 hit singles and numerous iconic tracks compose one of the best-loved classic-rock canons ever, from “Band on the Run” and “It Don’t Come Easy” to “Imagine,” “What Is Life” and dozens more.
AfterFab has attracted praise from noted Beatles experts and authors such as Robert Rodriguez and Ricardo Pugialli. “They did the solo stuff and "rocked it!” declared promoter Charles Rosenay following AfterFab’s 2014 performance at his Danbury Fields Forever Fab Four Music Festival. Beatles radio show host Ken Michaels remarked, “Passion. You could see it in their faces. They’ve really studied the music. And the lead singer, he was outrageous!”

What can you expect from an AfterFab show? A high-energy, passionate tribute to the mega-classic canon of The Beatles’ solo years, the only one in America, played with high fidelity to the original studio recordings. Beatles fans are absolutely everywhere and this unique concept and focus draws them in droves. It’s something new and different for Beatles and classic-rock fans, and general audiences, thanks to 70 US Top-40 hits and 325 million records collectively sold by John, Paul, George, and Ringo, post-Beatles. The genius didn’t stop with Abbey Road. This is the classic Beatles music that fans have been missing.

AfterFab is a formidable six-member powerhouse of long-experienced Beatles-expert musicians with a dynamic, entertaining front man and a talent for getting the music right. Not impersonators, but a music-first tribute along the lines of Brit Floyd, Get The Led Out, or The Fab Faux. Based in New England, the band began in 2012, designed from the start as a concert attraction for top music clubs, performing-arts spaces, theatres, and venues that desire to present something special for guests. Misson-driven to convey the brilliance of the solo Beatles’ legacy, AfterFab adds extra dimensions of entertainment with back-stories of the songs, fascinating trivia, and video of images of solo Beatles LPs, singles, adverts, and quotations.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Jazz Depot and Friends

1-30-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

The Bull Run and The Jazz Depot are very proud and excited to be hosting the First Annual 2016 Players Showcase!

Many of you know Jazz Depot from their monthly shows in our Tap Room Lounge or their very succesful "Jazz on the Patio" summer series. This organic sextet of Barry Stainer, Eric Clough, Katy Shea, Adam Weber, Staffan Jonsson and Jimmy Morrell perform eloquent Jazz Standards, Swing, Bebop, Latin and Blues with focus on improvisation. Their hot tunes and irrepressible spirit always make for a great night.

Join us for this very special show with the Jazz Depot and guests from Central Mass and beyond! Be a part of the main stage magic as the Bull Run's Sawtelle room is transformed by the talent and magnetism of premiere local players .

Hep cats and kittens include: Weldon Hendricks, Jake Fletcher, Jon Richt, Jay Frigoletto, Russell Watts, Emily Mazzarella, Marcus Baker, Stephanie Rodgers, Lizzy Marquis, Chuck Langford, Steve Wilisch, Gary Morin, Mark Holloway and Charlie Gamble.
The Jazz Depot  is honored to be gathering such amazing friends and players for what will be an unforgettable night of jazz, great food and hijinx!

This is an exceptional group of players - all together for the first time - get your tickets early!
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Liz Frame & the Kickers

1-30-2016 (Ballroom)

"Liz Frame is one of the most compelling, interesting and emotive voices I've heard in a long, long time." - Marian Leighton-Levy/Rounder Records founder

"Once in a while an album cuts right to your heart. Liz Frame and the Kickers' "Sooner" is that record. Every track is a startling, well-honed gem filled with Liz's powerful, experience-rich vocals....(She) has immense talent..." - Steve Morse / Boston Globe, Billboard and Rolling Stone.

Liz Frame has been performing her own brand of rootsy Americana music since her early teens when she picked up the guitar and has been hooked on the process of making music ever since. In the 80’s she became an active member of the
Boston country music/rockabilly scene, fronting her own band and garnering serious interest from major and independent record labels. Her current band, the Kickers, are Pat Chamberlin on lead guitars, Lynne Taylor on bass and Pete Walsh on drums. This group of talented friends whose raw, acoustic sound and sweet harmonies help deliver her material with distinction.
Her critically acclaimed debut recording, "Sooner," was a collection of ten original songs that featured playing by some cream-of-the-crop players, including Bobby Keyes, Duke Levine and Kevin Barry. And her newest EP "Liz Frame & the Kickers"
she continues to write and perform with seemingly nonstop energy and enthusiasm.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Bobby Floyd & the Boston All-Stars


Bobby Floyd's talents as pianist/organist have put him in demand for many well-known artists. He traveled the world accompanying Ray Charles. He currently makes guest appearances with some of the most distinguished orchestras in the country, including The Boston Pops, The Rochester Philharmonic and The Detroit Symphony. He is presently the feature pianist for the world-famous Count Basie Orchestra and he also tours nationally and internationally as organist for the Grammy Award winning Dr. John.

Based in Columbus Ohio, Bobby is the featured pianist & organist with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Byron Stripling, and he has also been featured with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and other arts organizations and venues throughout Ohio.

During these Boston shows he will be accompanied by local all-stars Dan Fox on trombone, Bill Vint on saxophone, Mike Duke on guitar and vocals, Barry Lit on drums and special guest Lydia Harrell on vocals.

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Mojo Rodeo - The Paul Rishell and Annie Raines Band


You saw them play with John Sebastian. Now see them with their full band, Mojo Rodéo (pronounced Ro-DAY-oh).

After 17 years and six albums, including the W.C. Handy award-winning "Moving to the Country", Paul Rishell and Annie Raines have become the blues' most dynamic duo. And with their band, Mojo Rodéo, you can experience the big full range of their appetite for the Blues. The band features the stellar talents of Brad Bensko on Bass and vocals, Sarah Rogo on guitar and vocals and Christie Flemming on vocals, with Annie switching between harmonica, guitar and keyboards and Paul on guitar and doubling on pedal steel guitar. They combine searing Chicago Blues, genuine old-time Honky-Tonk music and Oldies.

"W.C. Handy Award-winners Rishell & Raines are rousing interpreters of country blues, the original acoustic style that gave birth to electric blues, R&B, and rock. While their guitar, harmonica, and vocals are roiling, muscular, and masterful, their shows are down home-friendly and fun-loving." -- Scott Alarik, BOSTON GLOBE

"Rishell's ability to convey the essence of acoustic Delta Blues is shocking. His guitar playing is tremendous. His vocals are exceptional..." -- SKYLAND BLUES NEWS
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Big Sam's Funky Nation


Trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams refuses to let an audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when Big Sam's Funky Nation takes the stage!
Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” This band is a driving force of urban funk, led by Big Sam, who was the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.”
The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.

Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.
They are festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil & Canada.

- Trombone & Vocals,

"He's got the chops of Louis, the charisma of Dizzy, the oomph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the understanding that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing... and a whole lotta funk." - Rachel Levitin, WeLoveDC.com
“As long as groups like Big Sam's Funky Nation helm communal happenings like this one the funky fever is bound to spread.” - Aaron LaFont
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

NO STATIC: Tribute to Steely Dan


If you saw them here last year, you know what a great show this is.

No Static, one of the few Steely Dan tribute bands in the country, is made up of 10 musicians from around the Boston area. They specialize in expertly performing the music of "Steely Dan." Re-creating that bluesy jazz-rock sound that sprung from the fertile imaginations of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker is no small feat. As you Dan-Fans know, the tunes are convoluted and complex, spanning many genres; very precise, with time changes and key changes popping up where sometimes least expected. Vocally and musically challenging, this is not an easy band to pay tribute to.
No Static has been doing it for over 10 years now and their sold-out shows tell the tale. They work at it and they get it right. Over the years they have been lucky enough to share the stage with Steely Dan band members, Walt Weiskopf (saxophonist) and Jon Herington (Music Director/guitarist).

No Static Lineup:
Fil Ramil - Lead Vocals/Guitar, Lydia Harrell - Vocals, Rosemary St. George - Vocals, Jamie Sheldon - Bass, Barry Lit - Drums, Rob Currier - Keys/vocal, Mitch Rodriguez - Guitar/vocal, Robert Holfelder- Trombone/Horn Arrangements, Brad Kohl - Sax and Walter Platt - Trumpet/Horn Arrangements.

"Now it's party time - Wrap your mind - Around this sound - And let the goodness ripple down - Goodbye to Lonely Street - You're in the Catbird Seat" - At THE STEELY DAN SHOW

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Christine Lavin & Don White: On the Funny Side of the Street


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

 AND It's DON'S BIRTHDAY, so come and help us celebrate.

There's just no telling what surprises might be in store...!

You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll laugh some more. Two of America's most-loved songwriters and raconteurs join forces for this fabulous and hilarious show.

Christine Lavin
the mischievous singer-songwriter who brought us "Good Thing He Can't Read My Mind" (she later rewrote it from the male point of view) and "Sensitive New Age Guys" The Washington Post says "Lavin knows how to keep her audience guessing, thinking and laughing all at the same time." With a comedienne's arsenal of irony and wit, Christine's delightfully skewed songs cover a lot of territory. Relationships: "What Was I Thinking?", politics: "Baracolate Chip Cookies", life's injustices: "Attractive Stupid People" and a lot more!

Don White i
s a Lynn, Massachusetts-based songwriter who has the gift of connecting immediately with an audience. Coming from the world of stand-up, he is a funny man whose concerts can turn what happens in his home into an onstage biopic! His funny and often touching songs like "How to Get Your Kids to Leave Home", "Be 16 With Me", and "Rascal" go straight to his audience's heart.

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

Promo Video        Video 2

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Los Lobos


Four decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, "Just Another Band from East L.A." Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title - Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. These triple-Grammy winners have been influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. Get ready to dance to "Don’t Worry Baby," "The Road to Gila Bend," "Will the Wolf Survive?,"  "Maricela" and, wait for it, "La Bamba" plus many, many more great songs.

Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut "How Will The Wolf Survive?" in 1984. And though the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band, David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse musical mix “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well, and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973. Their new album, "Gates of Gold" is out and getting rave reviews. Get a copy signed at Bull Run.

Ten years ago, on their 30th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine summed up that distinctive, diverse and spontaneous Los Lobos aesthetic perfectly: “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them.
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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Glenn Hughes with Joanne Shaw Taylor and Jared James Nichols


Glenn Hughes is proclaimed as “The Voice Of Rock." This being said about others might sound like an outrageous boast, but with Glenn it is completely accurate. Starting in 1969 with Trapeze then moving on to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Hughes/Thrall, all the while doing literally dozens of session/guest appearances on records. From 2009 to 2013 he formed and fronted Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham and from 2013 to 2015, California Breed.
The Glenn Hughes Band performs as power-trio and plays material covering his career. Special guest on this tour will be Doug Aldrich, Ex Whitesnake and Dio guitarist. And on drums, Pontus Engborg.

British blues guitarist/ singer Joanne Shaw Taylor was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16, and the British music publication, "Blues Matters!," called her "the new face of the blues." Since her debut release in 2008, Taylor has been captivating audiences with her stellar playing and soulful voice. Her new album "The Dirty Truth" continues in this tradition. Her talent and audience continues to grow, making her a solid headline act in England with word spreading around the world as her reputation grows.

Jared James Nichols
plays a bad-ass mix of 70’s rock and blues and is starting to get attention and press. His debut album was just released and has both swagger and soul. "I want them to know great blues rock exists" Jared says. "If I can give someone the same inspiration I was blessed with, I've done something right."
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8:00 pm
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Aaron Neville: Up Close & Personal


Having one of the most evocative and recognizable voices in American music, Aaron Neville is an international ambassador of New Orleans R&B, though his soaring falsetto sounds at home in many styles. Coming of age in the incredibly creative 1950s Crescent City R&B scene, Neville gained national attention with the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a touring Mardi Gras celebration that led to the creation of the Neville Brothers band - an institution in itself that would confirm Neville's iconic status. Over his multiple Grammy-winning solo career, Aaron has scored a string of hits starting with 1966's #1 hit "Tell It Like It Is," which held the Number One spot on the R&B charts for five weeks. He went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" and reached the Country charts with the title track of 1993’s "The Grand Tour."

A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, his 2010 project was the gospel album "I Know I’ve Been Changed," celebrating his 50th year in recorded music. Most recently in 2013, paying tribute to the songs of his youth, Blue Note Records released Neville's "My True Story," a collection of twelve classic doo-wop numbers performed in his utterly inimitalbe vocal style, produced by Don Was and Keith Richards and with backing by musicians such as Benmont Trench and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “I attended the university of doo-wop-ology,” he says. “Anything I do has got some doo-wop in it. It’s just part of me - it’s the texture that I’m singing in, it’s the endings, it’s the harmonies. At 3 o’clock in the morning, I wake up with a doo-wop song going in my head and I can’t go back to sleep because I’m singing it over and over." My True Story represents a culmination of Aaron Neville’s incredible career, which has seen him move seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA



Known as the "Father of the British blues," John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. 

In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has schooled some of the most famous blues and blues-rock musicians of all time, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Aynsley Dunbar, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark.

Using Chicago style blues as a starting point for their sound, which has evolved from album to album, John and the Bluesbreakers have amassed an enviable body of work. And while at one point John was playing a fairly jazzy sound, he has always come back to the blues.

His live shows are the stuff of legend.  High Energy, Rockin' Blues. Always an exciting night with one of the Masters of the genre.
Very highly recommended...if you're a fan of the blues, don't miss it!

VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2  -  VIDEO 2

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Ari Hest

Ari Hest (Ballroom)

4-9-2016 (Ballroom)

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 eight 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. And while his newest album, 2014's Shouts and Whispers, is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show leaves even more of an impression. 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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Rust Never Sleeps - A Live Neil Young Retrospective

Rust Never Sleeps - A LIve Neil Young Retrospective (Sawtelle)

04-09-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

RUST NEVER SLEEPS is a unique, live rock show that celebrates the music, and musical career of Neil Young. Capturing the spirit, the sound, and the feel of what can best be described as a "dream come true" concert experience; you will hear selections from The Buffalo Springfield as well as Young's early 70's folk-rock gems. You will savor the sweet harmonies of Crosby, Stills, and Nash as well as the raging guitar duels between Stills and Young. You will feel the high voltage snap of Crazy Horse as well as the plaintive beauty of "Heart of Gold".

Based in the Greater Boston area, Rust Never Sleeps pays "tribute" to Neil Young and his music the best way they know how... with integrity. While some groups in the tribute-band genre are content with a note for note replication of the original recordings, a Rust Never Sleeps show is infused with the passion and truth that comes from musicians using their own unique, creative energy to present these great songs.

More info: www.rustneversleeps.net/

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA
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