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Johnny A

1-31-2015

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

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Big Little Band

Big Little Band (Ballroom)

1-31-2015  (Ballroom)

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

2-5-2015

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

Videos HERE and HERE

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Albert Lee Band

2-6-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rory Block

2-7-2015

Five time Blues Music Award winner, Rory Block, has way too many other awards to name here. So let's just say she's been there, paid the dues and grabbed the gold ring. Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

Playing guitar by age ten, her early teens were spent sitting in on the Sunday jam sessions in Washington Square Park. During these years, her life was profoundly changed by personal encounters with some of the earliest and most influential Delta blues masters of the 20th century. She made frequent visits to the Bronx, where she learned her first lessons in blues and gospel music from the Reverend Gary Davis. She swapped stories and guitar licks with seminal bluesman Son House, Robert Johnson’s mentor (“He kept asking, ‘Where did she learn to play like this?’”). She visited Skip James in the hospital after his cancer surgery. She traveled to Washington, DC, to visit with Mississippi John Hurt and absorb first-hand his technique and his creativity. Block Recalls nearly forty years later.” I now realize how lucky I was to be there, in the right place at the right time. I thought everyone knew these incredible men, these blues geniuses who wrote the book. I later realized how fleeting it was, and how even more precious.”

Today, after more than twenty highly acclaimed releases and five Blues Music Awards, Block is at the absolute height of her creative powers, bringing a world full of life lessons to bear on what she calls “a total celebration of my beloved instrument and best friend, the guitar.” Her newest project, titled "The Mentor Series," is a growing collection of tribute albums to those blues masters she knew in person. Her recent release "Blues Walkin’ Like A Man - A Tribute to Son House," was followed by "Shake Em On Down - A Tribute to Mississippi Fred McDowell."

"Rory Block has been an inspiration to me since we started out years ago. Her singing, playing and songwriting are some of the most soulful in traditional and modern blues." - Bonnie Raitt

"Some of the most singular and affecting country blues anyone, man or woman, black or white, old or young has cut in recent years."- Rolling Stone

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Duke Robillard

2-13-2015

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

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

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

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

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Bellevue Cadillac - Valentine's Day Ball

2-14-2015

"The best Valentine's Day band ever"

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

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

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

More info and videos at: www.BellevueCadillac.com

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The Mallett Brothers Band

2-19-2015

Maine alt-country/rock act the Mallett Brothers are quickly making a name for themselves beyond Maine. Sons of the prolific songwriter Dave Mallett, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Slightly more rock than country, theirs is a musical melting pot that's influenced equally by folk and singer/songwriter influences as by harder rock, punk and psychedelic sounds. Led by brothers Luke and Will Mallett, the band is rounded out by Brian Higgins on drums, Nick Leen on bass, and Wally on dobro and electric guitar. It's song-driven music that holds up under the lens of solitary listening, but that's equally apt to crank a room full of rockers into whiskey-fueled high gear. The Mallett Brothers Band were recently named "Band of the Year" and received the "Album of the Year" award for "LAND" at The New England Music Awards in Feb 2014. Dispatch Magazine calls The Mallett Brother Band a "six-piece living inferno."

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Open: Maris Otter - Named after a barley used to brew beer, Maris Otter is committed to crafting original music that makes people happy... in bars that serve good beer on tap.

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Edwin McCain Trio

2-20-2015

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


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


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

This philosophy, this innate ability to write songs that somehow every listener claims as their own, is not just reserved for the love songs but also in the soul-drenched party songs that fans fill the clubs to hear.
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James Cotton and Jay Geils

JAMES COTTON and JAY GEILS

2-21-2015

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

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

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


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

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

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The Tab Benoit Band

The TAB BENOIT Band (seats added)

2-25-2015

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

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

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An Evening with GREG BROWN

An Evening with Greg Brown

2-27-2015

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

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

"There can be no doubt that at his best Greg Brown is among the finest writers and performers of his generation" - Stuart Henderson, Pop Matters
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INVISIBLE SUN - Police Tribute Band

2-28-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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Christine Lavin & Don White

03-06-2015

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

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

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

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

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The Danielle Nicole Band

The Danielle Nicolle Band

3-12-2015

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


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

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

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

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Improv 3

3-13-2015 (Ballroom)

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

Performing together since 2008, Marisa Olson, Jessica Cernak, Lauren Malsick, Rachel Olson, Emily Olson and Chloe Malsick began as a competitive team, but loved improv so much they took their show on the road. You will love it too. And when you do, tell all your friends; if you hate them, tell your enemies!
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Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band

Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt_A_Whirl Band

3-14-2015 - Back by popular demand.

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

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

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Modern Man

Modern Man (Ballroom)

3-14-2015 (Ballroom)

In this crazy world of music and performing, Modern Man are a delightful change of pace. A cross between Crosby, Stills & Nash and the Marx Brothers, David Buskin, Rob Carlson and George Wurzbach are three celebrated singers and songwriters, "terrific instrumentalists with gorgeous voices and hilarious wits." Together they quickly redefine something-or-other and delight audiences as they interweave themes ranging from God to Godzilla, from manliness to cluelessness, from ESPN to the FBI with a vocal blend that has not been heard since Ella and F. Scott Fitzgerald went their separate ways. As Showbusiness Weekly put it: "Buskin, Carlson and Wurzbach should be arrested for being so funny."  Or as Back Stage put it: "...these guys are the Thomas Alva Edisons of humor.  They're inventive. You know, the bulb goes on."

Folk fans will no doubt remember David Buskin from "Buskin and Batteau," (he was Buskin) and from his songs recorded by Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Roberta Flack, Peter Paul & Mary, Tom Rush, Pat Benatar and Sadao Watanabe.
Rob Carlson is a writer, producer, comedian and regular contributor to "The American Comedy Network." He also runs "The Producers," his own Creative Services studio in Fairfield, CT.
Brooklyn's own George Wurzbach is an award winning composer, performer and producer. His songs and arrangements have been performed by Johnny Cash, Kathy Mattea, Roy Clark and many others. He is the author of "Country Riffs for Piano," published by Hal Leonard.

Modern Man won Back Stage Magazine’s “Bistro Award” in 2002 for Best Musical Comedy and the 2008 New York Nightlife Award for Best Comedy group in New York. They perform in clubs, cabarets, coffee houses, concert halls and festivals from Maine to Florida plus Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and Canada.  

"For a night of great songs, heavenly harmonies, polished musicianship and pure unabashed entertainment, you really want to see this show." - GT

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The EDGAR WINTER Band

3-20-2015

By the time Edgar Winter blew out of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960's, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium, music, film and television. A prolific writer, his music encompasses many different genres; rock, jazz, blues and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, "Entrance," he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. His early recording of "Tobacco Road" is a powerful, emotionally devastating masterpiece that propelled him into the national spotlight. He followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, which enjoyed huge successes with the 1971 release of, "Edgar Winter's White Trash" and 1972's follow-up live gold album, "Roadwork."

In late 1972 Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created the number one "Frankenstein" and the ever popular "Free Ride." Frankenstein revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound. In 1973 he released "They Only Come Out at Night" which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 and double platinum in November 1986.

Edgar later released "Shock Treatment," featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose. Later albums included "Jasmine Nightdreams," "The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer," a live album, "Together Live With Johnny Winter," "Recycled," a reunion with White Trash, "Standing On Rock," "Mission Earth," "Live In Japan," "Not A Kid Anymore," "The Real Deal," and "Winter Blues." His music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What's Love Got to do With It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. His live shows consistently receive rave reviews and his live performances continue to thrill audiences, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style.
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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

03-21-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

Ronnie's back for his annual "Birthday Show"

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

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

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

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Livingston Taylor

3-27-2015

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

Open: Yael Deckelbaum: Three songs off her first album were featured on the TV series “The L Word” and two were featured in the movie “Antarctica," in which she was also one of the actors. After her second album “Joy & Sadness," she was invited by Mashina (Israel’s most highly regarded rockband), to join them for a two year tour across Israel & the U.S.

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Rust Never Sleeps - A Live Neil Young Retrospective

Rust Never Sleeps - A Live Neil Young retrospective

03-28-2015

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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City Music presents FutureStars Showcase 2015

3-29-2015

Calling all FutureStars 2015! Apply now - City Music is accepting applications for our 15th Showcase  for musicians 18 years and under, to be held at the Bull Run on Sunday, March 29th, 4-8pm. We welcome ALL genres of music (content of music must be appropriate for all ages).

So, if you and your friends have been looking for a place to play, this is your chance.

Plus, the group with the best ticket sales wins a recording session at The Root Cellar, in Westminster.

And you will be supporting music in our schools!  City Music donates the proceeds from this and all FutureStars events to public school music programs – more than $13000 since 2005. The 2015 Showcase will benefit the Leominster Public Schools.

Go HERE for more information.

HURRY! Applications must be turned in to your nearest City Music by February 21st.

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4:00 pm
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Albert Cummings

4-17-2015

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

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The Allman Neville Pitchell Band

4-18-2015

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

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

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

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

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

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The JAMES HUNTER Six

4-24-2015

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

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


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

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

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


Watch "Chicken Switch" from the new album HERE

Watch James with Sharon Jones HERE

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The Mark Marquis Group

4-25-2015 (Sawtelle Room)

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

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

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

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Charlie Musselwhite

4-29-2015

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

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

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7:30 pm
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The Grand Slambovians

5-1-15

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

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

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

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

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

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Ari Hest

5-7-2015

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

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

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

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7:30 pm
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Jorma Kaukonen

5-15-2015

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

6-5-2015

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

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