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C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band


Known as “the crown prince of zydeco,” C.J. Chenier has become one of Louisiana’s greatest musical exports. C.J.'s father, Clifton Chenier, was the undisputed "King of Zydeco" who was almost solely responsible for popularizing the entire music genre. And C.J., as singer and accordianist has for the last thirty years upheld the great Chenier family legacy with verve and style.

Throughout college, C.J. studied keyboard and saxophone, playing mostly jazz and R&B. But when a spot opened up in his dad’s band, the acclaimed Red Hot Louisiana Band, he joined up with his father to learn the zydeco tradition. In 1987, after a decade performing together, Clifton passed away, leaving the band to C.J. The following year, he made his recording debut on Arhoolie Records. C.J. does not try to imitate his father's playing: "I play it the way I play it. All my father really told me was to do the best I could do with my own style."

Without missing a beat, Chenier took the Red Hot Louisiana Band all over the world, touring the festival circuit and recording the music his father helped create. Over the past decades, Chenier recorded acclaimed albums for some of the most respected labels in the country, including Slash, Alligator and World Village. He was featured prominently on Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints record (and subsequent tour) as well as having a guest appearance on the Gin BlossomsNew Miserable Experience. His 1995 appearance on the Jon Stewart Show and CNN brought C.J.’s music to his widest audiences yet. But all this attention didn’t change his philosophy toward his music. “You go to a gig by a jazz band,” he says, “and everybody's sitting down, sipping drinks. You play zydeco and you see shoes flying off. You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music, and it makes you dance.”

Over the last few decades, C.J. (along with his friend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr.) has been one of the world’s biggest ambassadors of Louisiana music and culture. The Chenier musical legacy is in good hands.
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Comics & Cocktails for Cameron's Crusaders


Join us and Comics for a Cure on October 28 for an evening of laughs with Jerry Caruso, Mark Turcotte & Dave Decker from "Comics for a Cure" to raise money for Cameron's Crusaders.
Cameron’s Crusaders Corp. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides non-medical supplemental financial assistance to children and their families battling medical issues in the New England region. 
Cameron’s Crusaders helps children and their families during difficult times by providing funds and or assistance to help with their needs that are not covered by insurance and would otherwise be a burden for the families.
Jerry Caruso - A 23-year veteran of the Boston scene and co-founder of ‘Comics for a Cure’. He's worked with Larry The Cable Guy, Lisa Lampanelli and Anthony Clarke!

Mark Turcotte - In 2016 Mark was a semi-finalist in the World Series of Comedy at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota, FL. He was selected to perform in the Boston Comedy Festival, Cleveland Comedy Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and Maine Comedy Festival. He competed in the Last Comix Standing competition at Foxwoods Casino and was a finalist in the 2014 Funniest Comic on the East Coast Contest at Mohegan Sun.
Dave Decker - a native of Massachusetts, performs regularly at clubs from Boston to New York City. Winner of the coveted Betty Crocker Award in 1975, Dave Decker brings his distinct point of view to the stage in a way that both engages and charms audiences. His intelligent and clever humor along with his definitive stage presence make him a hit for venues large and small.
         $30 per ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and show!
         Cash Bar
         Silent Auction

For more information or to make a donation please visit the website at www.cameronscrusadsers.org and on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/cameronscrusaders.org
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Chelsea Berry & Rachael Kilgour

Chelsea Berry & Rachael Kilgour (Ballroom)

10-29-2016 (Ballroom)

“A voice of remarkable power and control with a joyous soul. Brave and bright, Chelsea Berry is the real thing.” - Livingston Taylor
“[Chelsea Berry is] Great, talented, beautiful… her future is so bright you’re gonna have to wear shades.“ – Chris Smither

A favorite among venue owners up and down the East coast, Chelsea’s beautiful voice and commanding stage presence has brought her across the U.S. as regular support for Livingston Taylor as well as headliner of her own shows from California to Washington, Minneapolis, New York, and everywhere in between. Her presence has been described by listeners as “compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame.” Born and raised in Alaska, she now makes her home on Boston’s North Shore.


Based out of Duluth, MN, singer-songwriter Rachael Kilgour has built a devoted following over the last ten years, captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passionate musical delivery, and a charmingly witty stage presence.
Kilgour has performed across the country in coffeehouses, concert series and radio studios as well as protests and picket lines. She’s shared the stage with such folk luminaries as Cheryl Wheeler and Greg Brown and, specifically as of 2015, has made a big splash in the folk world with her vulnerable and driven performances. She was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 NewSong Music Contest. The win earned her a performance at the ASCAP Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival, a future performance of her own at the Lincoln Center in NYC and an EP recorded and produced in Asheville, NC at the Echo Mountain Studio. Kilgour also took fifth place in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Competition and was named the winner of the 2015 LEAF NewSong Contest in North Carolina.
She has written a collection of new, powerfully intimate material, and is currently recording the work with audio engineer Crit Harmon and producer Catie Curtis.

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Blues super group, Royal Southern Brotherhood, has a brand new CD “The Royal Gospel” on RUF Records. And like all super-groups, they have evolved. It may have taken a shake-up to get there, but the entire journey has been well worth it. With the amazing Cyril Neville on vocals & percussion and Yonrico Scott still anchoring down the drums, we now have Nashville's Bart Walker and Austin Texas guitarist Tyrone Vaughan as the new ace guitarists. And newest member Darrell Phillips on bass make RSB the most rock-solid, funky blues bands on the planet.

Cyril, who is known for his amazing vocals and percussion skills as a member of the Grammy Award winning "Neville Brothers" and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees "The Meters," says "As far as the men making the music and playing the songs, the mission of the band has never changed. The way we did this record is the way it was done back in the day, live in the studio, everybody eyeball to eyeball. You don’t hear take 41. Maybe two takes at the most, and the gumbo is cooked.”

It's chemistry. You either have it, or you don't. And when the five members of RSB convened in February at Dockside Studios, Louisiana, there was magic in the air. Just seven days later, they emerged triumphant with "The Royal Gospel," the fourth album in their rocket-heeled rise and further proof of a lineup born to play together. And while Cyril's history may speak for itself, it was his 2013 solo release "Magic Honey" that satisfyingly received critics praise and multiple accolades from around the world including 4 Offbeat Music Awards and a Blues Foundation nomination for "Best Contemporary Blues CD." “It’s not often that you find a connection like me and Cyril,” says guitarist Tyrone Walker, whose Nashville home is some 800 miles from Neville’s base in New Orleans. “It got to the point where we were almost in each other’s heads - and we had already worked out what the other one was gonna say.” “The whole record is geared toward making a joyful noise,” says Neville, “but while we’re partying, we still need to be thinking about what’s going on around us.” And what's going on around them is a whole lot of magic.

Get a signed copy of "The Royal Gospel" at this show and you will go home with a smile on your face and a brand new groove in your heart.

VIDEO: The Royal Gospel   -   VIDEO 2    -    VIDEO 3

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Shemekia Copeland


If you were here for last year's show, then you know just what a force of nature Shemekia can be on a live stage. Get ready for a ride.

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

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

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

Pat Donohue (Ballroom)

11-04-2016 (Ballroom)

Pat Donohue is one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world. As the guitarist for the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s "A Prairie Home Companion," for twenty years, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. His musical tastes are eclectic. And though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat’s influences are rooted in bluesmen: Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including "Sushi-Yucki" and "Would You Like to Play the Guitar?"

Pat's newest CD, "Blue Yonder," released in May 2016, is a fine collection of original Folk, Blues and Rock tunes showcasing his mastery of finger style guitar and clever, well composed song lyrics. This most excellent CD also features a few members of “The Prairie All-Stars,” also formerly on "A Prairie Home Companion."

“Donohue is a clever songwriter who uses intelligent, creative rhymes and wastes few words. His instrumentals display his characteristic of clarity and ingenuity...” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Opener: Steven Pelland

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The Security Project


The Security Project gives new wings to the timeless music of Peter Gabriel. Original Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta, former King Crimson touch guitarist Trey Gunn, ex-Shriekback guitarist Michael Cozzi, and keyboardist David Jameson recreate the sonic vibe of Gabriel’s halcyon days, while bravely taking it forward. Vocalist Brian Cummins nails the classic Gabriel sound, right down to detailed inflections and cadences.
The reviews have been glowing: ‘Scary Good Show!’ raves Progression Magazine after their premiere in New York City. Noted musicians also have given a thumbs up, including Tony Levin, Larry Fast (both from Gabriel’s band) Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jon Anderson (Yes), Gabriel Mixer/Producer Tom Lord-Alge and Gabriel analyst Lilywhite Leigh. With Gabriel now a double-inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (both with Genesis as well as his solo career) The Security Project specializes in the most adventurous, often un-played, music from his first five solo albums ‘ Car," "Scratch," "Melting Face," "Security" and "Plays Live."
Founding member Jerry Marotta says: ‘Peter was always great at setting the table for us as musicians; he always got us started with great ideas. As we were creating "Security" we had no idea we were making something so unique. I’m proud that with Security Project we’re able to deliver the deepest of those songs, and do it with real conviction, playing them live.’

This group goes far beyond conventional tribute band territory, infusing the songs with new arrangements and elements while staying true to the spirit of the material. Gabriel enthusiasts across the board will be taken by the band’s high-octane approach full of drive, determination and energy.” – Anil Prasad, Innerviews

“The Security Project Live is a beautifully reverential and creative reinterpretation of these Peter Gabriel classics!” - Kevin Killen, engineer of Gabriel’s “So” record

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New England


New England features all original members: guitarist/vocalist John Fannon, drummer/vocalist Hirsh Gardner, keyboardist/vocalist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Gary Shea. In 1979, they broke out of the Boston area and onto the international scene with the release of their self-titled debut album on Infinity/MCA. Their first single “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” became a national hit and cracked the Billboard Top 30. Produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley (Kiss), the album was followed up on a North American tour with Kiss and as a special guest of Journey / ACDC throughout 1979. They continued touring for the next several years with the likes of Cheap Trick, Styx, Journey and many more. Two additional studio albums followed, "Explorer Suite" and "Walking Wild," which was produced by Todd Rundgren.

The architecture of a rock band is a fragile thing. Egos, external pressures, business demands and creative differences can all act as elements in pulling things apart. But New England touched the hearts of what would become diehard fans in a very lasting way. And after an extended time apart, we're very happy to say they've re-united and released their first new single since the 1980s, entitled “I Know There’s Something Here.”

New England has accumulated an extraordinary catalog of studio, live, compilation and solo albums. And with a brand new release under their belt, Fannon, Gardner, Waldo and Shea, the orginal four, have a major tour ahead of them. Old and new fans alike will not want to miss this one.

VIDEOS:   I know There's Something Here     -     Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya

Special Guest Opener: MASS -
Known throughout the rock world for the hit song "Do You Love Me", which was in heavy rotation on MTV and made their RCA album New Birth nearly go gold, Mass has been delighting audiences for 30 years. Lead singer Louis St. August and guitarist Gene D'Itria will start the evening off with a rare acoustic set.

Also, in celebration Of Veteran's Day any veteran will get a free New England CD and a photo with the band.
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The Outlaws


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

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

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

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


Opener: THE STEPPING STONES - Hannah Wickland (guitar/vocals), Ian Jones (drums), and Andrew Ottimo (bass/vocals) began following their passion for music at ages when most kids still take afternoon naps and in less than ten years they've put out four releases and shared stages with Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell and Rusted Root.

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Samantha Fish


If you've been following Samantha Fish's career, then you know just how fast she is shooting to the top. And if you've seen her sold out shows at Bull Run, then you know what she can do to a live audience. If you're not aware of her, you should take notice now. She is all over the place, pouring her heart out in her music, her shows, backing her favorite players and 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.”

Fish, will raise eyebrows with her newest studio release, "Wild Heart" produced by Luther Dickinson (The North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes). With Samantha on guitars and Luther on various stringed instruments; they rounded out the lineup with Grammy Award-Winning Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris/Bob Dylan) on drums. Special guests include Lightnin Malcolm (guitar), Sharde Thomas (drums) and Memphis session singers Shontelle Norman-Beatty and Risse Norman. The result is a stunning representation of Americana roots music.

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, wild fun.

Videos HERE and HERE

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The Roberto Morbioli Band


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

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

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

Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

11-11-2016 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club.
This month's comics are Tom Hayes, Suzi Berlin and Rob Steen.

Tom Hayes -
Known to his friends as a Professional Kid with more than 64 years of experience, Toms’ greatest achievement has been just getting this far! After losing his leg to cancer at the age of 13, Tom embarked on an ambitious and fearless journey - Comedy. He is today a nationally recognized comedian, magician, impostor, writer, entrepreneur and motivational and keynote speaker.

Suzi Berlin - Boston-based comedian and actress Suzi Berlin has performed at the 2015 Boston Comedy Festival, 2015 Sacramento Comedy Festival, 2015 Foxwoods Last Comix Standing and second-place winner at the 2014 Chevalier Laff Off Contest. She has been in several movies, most recently Ted 2 and Joy. She is the weekly co-host on Boston Comedy Festival Radio. Suzi is a wicked funny comic.

Rob Steen - If New Hampshire has a King of Comedy, it's probably Rob Steen. With over 30 years in the business, he wears every hat and works every role. He is simply one of the best stand-up comics around.

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The Bare Hill Band


Bare Hill has been winning over fans of both classic and contemporary rock since 2008. The Bare Hill "sound" blends their unique song arrangements and vocal harmonies with their favorite rock, folk, psychedelic and R&B tunes. What results is a vibrant mix that will rock you and inspire you to dance and sing along. The audience is always a part of the show!

The Bare Hill experience can best be described as the punch line to: “So...Neil Young, CCR, The Stones, Patti Smith, ELO, Van Morrison, The Talking Heads, Lucinda Williams, The Dead, Cream, The Decemberists, The Eagles, Warren Zevon, The Jayhawks and Zombies and Yardbirds and The Velvet Underground walk into a bar...” Spend an evening with Bare Hill and you will be in that bar. Wrap your Head around that or, better yet, join THAT party!

Based in Harvard MA, Bare Hill is Don Sugai: Vocals, Ukulele, Percussion; Eric Peterson: Guitars, Vocals; Andy Bollman: Bass; Johnny Murzycki: Drums, Percussion, Vocals; Ted Noyes: Guitars, Vocals; and, Joel Skoletsky: Keyboards, Vocals.
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Fundraiser Dinner with Southern City Band


Southern City Band is a Boston-based country music band. Although one rarely associates Boston with country music, the band members have set a new standard and passion to the genre that comes across in their tightly crafted songs and rowdy performances that leaves the crowd wanting to see them again. The band members are a talented group of Berklee-educated musicians that come from all across the U.S. They anchor themselves in the country and southern rock roots of their home states of Tennessee, Virginia, New Hampshire and California.
SCB has become a staple around their region, touring all over New England with their fan base steadily growing. They showcase their talents everywhere from high-visibility private events to festivals performing alongside Rodney Atkins, Cassadee Pope and The Brothers Osborne. They are surely a band to watch as they look to expand their presence beyond New England and onto the national stage.

All proceeds from this event to benefit Middlesex GWOT
(Global War on Terrorism) Veteran’s Monument. MGWOT is seeking to erect a monument in Pepperell, MA honoring those veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars post 9/11. This monument will be a symbol of the sacrifices made by these veterans and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The goal is to raise $200,000 to erect and preserve a monument that will commemorate and honor these servicemen and women.
MGWOT believes in the premise that “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”

Three course dinner includes salad, choice of prime rib or bbq chicken served with mashed potato, vegetable medley dessert & coffee - Cash Bar.

For more information or to make a donation please visit the website at www.middlesexgwot.org
  and on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/middlesexgwot

Middlesex GWOT is a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit comprised of Veterans, military family members and civilians.
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Bruce Marshall Group w/ Special Guest Britt Connors


Bruce Marshall’s music career spans 6 decades and over 8 thousands shows including appearances with over 200 national acts. Known equally well for his riveting band shows with the Bruce Marshall Group and his soulful, heart felt solo performances, he’s also half of the Montgomery and Marshall acoustic duo with bluesman James Montgomery. A tireless performer armed with great originals, an expressive, soulful voice and a commanding guitar style, both on electric, acoustic and steel dobro, he’s earned a reputation as one of New England’s best.

“Bruce, I can't believe how much the music business has changed, but it's been great that you've been a constant through all that time. You've always deserved respect -- and earned that respect.” - Steve Morse Music Editor, Boston Globe

Special Guest: Britt Connors blends blues, folk, and country with jazz voicings and pop sensibilities. For Britt's latest album "Warmer Season" she put together her talented band, Bourbon Renewal, made up of some of Boston's finest musicians, creating its own sub-category of Americana they've deemed "Y'all-Ternative" music. Britt has honed her craft as a songwriter while building a loyal following and performing at some of the top venues in the Boston area, including Club Passim, Johnny D's, Toad Cambridge, plus venues throughout New England and the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.

"Britt Connors draws you in with folky charm and then sucker punches you with her amazing pipes!" - DJ Joltin' Joe Pszonek of Radio Nowhere 90.3 in NJ
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Joey & Maria's Comedy Italian Wedding

11-19-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

You're invited for a evening of interactive comedy
     and fine Italian Cuisine.

You'll eat, dance & laugh yourself silly.

$40 ticket includes: Dinner, Dancing & Show.

Space is limited - buy your tickets today!

Buy tickets online here, or call: 978-339-3419.

* Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ayer, Shirley, Harvard, Devens.

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Melissa Ferrick

Melissa Ferrick (Ballroom)

11-19-2016 (Ballroom)

Melissa Ferrick’s 12th original album is a coming home. She has arrived in a place musically that is both familiar and new. Melissa is a better writer, engineer, producer, and overall artist. The self-titled album is, in many ways, a new beginning for Ferrick. Written in just over a year, recorded at home, and released on her own relaunched label, "Right On Records," Melissa Ferrick has given us a simple, eloquent and honest acoustic album with an undeniable level of maturity. For long-time fans, this will be a welcome new arrival. For those who are just discovering Ferrick, this is a superb way to be introduced. A completely solo effort in its process, creation and release, Melissa Ferrick is marking the middle of her career with a perfect return to songwriting, and to herself.

Ferrick's life has always been an open book. Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-'90s, she helped represent a new wave of alt-rock females, like Liz Phair, PJ Harvey and college-mate Paula Cole, who sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Morrissey proved an early champion when he personally invited her to tour as his opening act, and Ferrick eventually went on to found her own label and release a number of albums in which she played every instrument herself. Her life took dips and turns along the way, and she chronicled every detail in her songwriting amidst the warm backdrop of pedal-steel guitars and rootsy harmonies.

"Ferrick released one of the year’s most singular albums...Ferrick’s self-titled latest is worth finding if you missed it. “Melissa Ferrick” is an unfussy record built around her prowess on guitar, with her voice expressive and closely miked." - James Reed: Boston Globe

"Melissa has simply delivered an eloquent and honest acoustic album with an undeniable level of maturity." - Charlotte Robinson: Huffington Post

"Ferrick punches out a perfect pop hook with her sublime cadence and ace acoustic guitar strumming. She unwinds the tale of an August night when the stars exalted the spirits of a whole seaside town - and helped Ferrick “get good with getting old.”" - Jeb Gottleib: The Boston Herald

Open: Abbie Barrett
2015 Boston Music Award Winnner for Best Songwriter. "Such boldface names as Neko Case, Lana Del Rey, Cat Power, and Fiona Apple have been tossed about to describe the sound of Boston’s Abbie Barrett; refreshing, and a bright light among others of her genre." - Noise Magazine

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Five Cents Extra Reunion


The Night Before Thanksgiving Party!

Five Cents Extra was formed  in 1976 with the nucleus of Johnny Girouard on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica, Ducky Belliveau on vocals, acoustic, electric and pedal steel guitars and Ron Gagnon on backing vocals and bass.

They play an assortment of roots Americana, Rockabilly, Swing and old time country music. During their tenure together they played on shows with Carl Perkins, Dick Curless, John Lincoln Wright, The Blend, The Estes Boys and many, many Boston based bands in and around Boston and the New England area.

They are reuniting  for a one night only here at the Bull Run on the evening before Thanksgiving.

Joining them will be special guests Mark Marquis on guitar and Dan Tessier on fiddle.
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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Paula Poundstone


Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics,
Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy. She makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT…DON'T TELL ME! where she holds the record for game losses. "The others cheat," she says magnanimously, "You wouldn't think NPR would put up with that."

Paula tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country. Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe writes: "You know she’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one - there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” Paula’s interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval received by less artful comics. "With the exception of that one time" Paula claims.

The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. In 2016 Paula voiced the character "Forgetter Paula" in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature film, INSIDE OUT. In June 2016, her first double-live CD,"NORTH BY NORTHWEST: PAULA POUNDSTONE LIVE!" (HighBridge) debuted at #1 on both Amazon’s “Hot New Releases – Non Fiction” and “Comedy CD” lists. The CD was recorded at performances at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI and the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, OR. Says Paula, “It’s a joyous romp through a field of cheeseheads and hipsters.”

Paula is also an author. Her second hardcover book (Algonquin Books), will debut on May 9, 2017. An avid reader, she is a staunch supporter of our nation's libraries and in 2006 the American Library Association invited her to become the national spokesperson of United for Libraries, a post she holds to this day. United for Libraries is a grass roots support group with members across the country who raise much-needed funds for their local libraries.

In July this year, Paula appeared on the hit television drama, MAJOR CRIMES. She has also done commentaries for CBS SUNDAY MORNING. She has never been one to brag, "except," she says, "when I'm alone," but since this is her bio, and we are supposed to tell you something about her, over the years Paula has amassed a list of accolades and awards that stretch the length of a great big tall guy's arm.

In 1992 she became the first woman to share the stage with the President and host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner, a role not until then offered to a woman in its seventy-two year history. Only four other women have followed in her pioneering footsteps. That same year, she rocked the comedy establishment when her HBO special, CATS, COPS AND STUFF won the Cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special - the first woman to ever receive that award. Her second special for HBO, PAULA POUNDSTONE GOES TO HARVARD was the first time the elite university allowed their name to be used in the title of a television show. Paula is included in Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time – comments Paula: "Especially meaningful because lots of other Neanderthals were overlooked.” - and won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic -- Paula: "They ran out of people to give it to." She has guested on all the late night talk shows, several television specials, and Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Still, Paula considers her greatest achievement being a Mom of 3 children. She lives in Santa Monica where she also has 2 dogs, 14 cats, and one ant left from her ant farm.

Follow her on TWITTER
Go to her WEBSITE, brimming over with Paula personality.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Nick Locapo - Magic Tricks - 2nd show added!

Nick Locapo - Magic Tricks - 2nd show added (Ballroom)

11-25 and 11-26-2016 (Ballroom)

* We've just added a 2nd show on Friday, Nov. 25
because the Saturday night show has just about sold out.
   Get your tickets quickly before they're gone.

Magic Tricks have been Nick Locapo's life for the last 20 years. Originally from Massachusetts, Nick is one of the busiest working magicians in America. 
He has been a featured magician at Universal Studios in Orlando, performed for celebrities, and appeared at countless corporate functions and colleges all across the country. Today Nick is the high-energy host of the legendary P3 Magic Theater in Columbus Ohio. P3 showcases the world’s foremost illusionists in front capacity crowds week after week. He is also currently on tour around America performing, speaking, and teaching the art magic to magicians.
In his second appearance here in The Bull Run Ballroom, Nick will be debuting his new one-man show. It's filled with new illusions, miracles, mysteries and laughs. 
It is interactive, involving members of the audience both onstage, and from their seats. A perfect night out of the ordinary. Not for children.
His last appearance here completely sold out. And with limited seating available, do not miss your chance to see this special night.
"You were a hit!" - NBC Universal
"Our guests keep asking when Nick and his hair will be back!" - Seminole Hard Rock Casino
"The best hair in magic. Period." - The Magic Estate Awards.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Nick Locapo - Magic Tricks - 2nd show added!

Nick Locapo - Magic Tricks (Ballroom)

11-25 and 11-26-2016 (Ballroom)

* We've just added a 2nd show on Friday, Nov. 25
because the Saturday night show has just about sold out.
   Get your tickets quickly before they're gone.

Magic Tricks have been Nick Locapo's life for the last 20 years. Originally from Massachusetts, Nick is one of the busiest working magicians in America. 
He has been a featured magician at Universal Studios in Orlando, performed for celebrities, and appeared at countless corporate functions and colleges all across the country. Today Nick is the high-energy host of the legendary P3 Magic Theater in Columbus Ohio. P3 showcases the world’s foremost illusionists in front capacity crowds week after week. He is also currently on tour around America performing, speaking, and teaching the art magic to magicians.
In his second appearance here in The Bull Run Ballroom, Nick will be debuting his new one-man show. It's filled with new illusions, miracles, mysteries and laughs. 
It is interactive, involving members of the audience both onstage, and from their seats. A perfect night out of the ordinary. Not for children.
His last appearance here completely sold out. And with limited seating available, do not miss your chance to see this special night.
"You were a hit!" - NBC Universal
"Our guests keep asking when Nick and his hair will be back!" - Seminole Hard Rock Casino
"The best hair in magic. Period." - The Magic Estate Awards.
sold out
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

THE STOMPERS: 7th Annual Thanksgiving 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!
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Rusted Root


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

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

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

Yes, there will be a dance floor. Get ready for a jam/dance/party. Rusted Root is back in town.

OPEN: The Adam Ezra Group - "Hands down, the best roots rock band to come out of Boston since the Del Fuegos." - The Alternate Root Magazine
"They are one of the few bands out right now whose music is deep and real. It was an honor to tour with them." - Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Suzanne Vega


Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Her neo-folk style has ushered in a new female, acoustic, folk-pop singer-songwriter movement that would include the likes of Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, and Indigo Girls.

When her self-titled debut album sold 1,000,000  records, it was clear that Suzanne’s voice was resonating around the world. "Marlene on the Wall" was a surprise hit in the U.K and Rolling Stone eventually included the record in their “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980’s.” Her 2nd album, "Solitude Standing," elevated her to star status with the mega-hit, "Luka," and was nominated for three Grammys including "Record of the Year" and went platinum. The opening song on the album, "Tom's Diner," about a non-descript restaurant near Columbia University uptown, was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo “DNA” and bootlegged as “Oh Susanne.” Suddenly her voice on this obscure tune was showing up in the most unlikely setting of all: the club. Suzanne permitted an official release of the remix of “Tom’s Diner” under its original title which reached #5 on the Billboard pop chart and went gold.

Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. In short, her Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful, and as creative and musical now, as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 20 years ago.


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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy (Ballroom)

12-02-2016 (Ballroom)

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

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

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

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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

12-3-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

Bill Kirchen and Commander Cody (George Frayne) re-united again 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. And the energy between these two ex-bandmates will have the room buzzin'.

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

Phoebe Legere

12-3-2016 (Ballroom)

"Phoebe Legere is an American Original...  A true artist whose beautiful voice will take your breath away..." - National Public Radio

Phoebe Legere is a musician, a poet and an artist, combining multiple art forms in her performances and videos. She had her Carnegie Hall debut and was signed to Epic Records when she was 16. Her original song Marilyn Monroe was a hit on college radio in 1990, and her accordion song Amazing Love was in the Top 40 on Adult Contemporary in 1997. Legere has starred in independent cult films including Mondo New York and Toxic Avenger 2 and 3. She opened for David Bowie on his national tour in 1991, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music in 2000. In 2002 her musical work about Queen Weetamoo, her Native American ancestor, won the New York State Council of the Arts grant. In 2014 she received the prestigious Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant Garde.

Legere has released fifteen CDs of original music, and has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS City Arts, and Charlie Rose. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the Congres Mondial Acadian. Legere was featured singing her original song “Hip Hop Frog” on HBO March 23rd. Her CD Acadian Moon with her cousin Ray Legere was played on 40 college stations in Canada. Her recent musical Shakespeare and Elizabeth ran for 3 sold out weeks Off Broadway.

The New York Times raved: “Legere plays the piano with enormous authority in a style that encompasses Chopin, blues, ragtime, bebop and beyond, and she brings to her vocal delivery a four octave range, and an extraordinary palette of tonal color and meticulous phrasing.”
Provincetown Magazine writes, “Often copied, never equaled, Phoebe Legere is a transmedia virtuoso force that zaps the listener into a new reality. Legere personifies the divine feminine; her multi-octave voice has been compared to Edith Piaf, Aretha Franklin and Maria Callas…Legere is a nuclear, spinning, multi-dimensional, creative force not to be missed.”

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Five O'Clock Shadow

12-4-2016 (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

Bob Marley - Comedy


Bob is back!  It's laughing time again. If you missed him last time around - buy early.

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

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Joe Louis Walker


Joe Louis Walker has been nominated for 2 categories in The Blues Foundation’s 2016 Blues Music Awards: Rock Blues Album of the Year for his new CD "Everybody Wants a Piece" and Contemporary Blues Male Artist. For many years now Joe has been raining fire with his guitar and spitting brimstone with his vocals. His playing "blows all over the map…gutbucket blues, joyous gospel, Rolling Stones-style rock crunch, and aching R&B. Walker’s guitar playing is fine and fierce." - Billboard

Already renowned for crafting innovative blues that merge gospel, jazz, soul, funk and rock, Joe turns the heat up, breathing fiery new life into guitar-stoked houserockin’ blues. The New York Times raves, "Walker is a singer with a Cadillac of a voice.. His guitar solos are fast, wiry and incisive, moaning with bluesy despair." Rolling Stone simply calls him "ferocious." Walker finally takes his rightful place among the pantheon of legendary electric blues singer/guitarist/songwriters like B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Luther Allison. This Blues Music Award winner and Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise favorite has been releasing critically acclaimed albums and touring the world since 1986.
Joe has opened for Muddy Waters and Thelonious Monk, hung out with Jimi Hendrix, Freddie King and Mississippi Fred McDowell, and was a close friend to Mike Bloomfield. At one point, he left behind a promising career as blues guitarist to play for a gospel group. In 1986, he returned to the blues; and some 20 albums later, still rises above the doldrums of the contemporary blues scene by drawing on his experience with both the early heroes of electric-blues guitar and what remains of the blues-rock movement of the late 1960s.

He has won four Blues Music Awards, including the 2010 Album Of The Year Award for "Between A Rock And A Hard Place," and has been nominated for 43 more. He has also recorded as guest with some of the blues world's best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton. Blues Revue calls Walker "one of contemporary blues' most dynamic and innovative musicians, releasing consistently exciting music... soulful, heartfelt and spellbinding." Living Blues says, "His fretwork is indelibly stamped with his own trademark blend of emotional heat and impeccable precision. Even at his most flamboyant, Walker sounds as if he's playing ideas, not just notes."
He's a modernist at ease with mixing, matching and sometimes trampling as his heart dictates; attacking each song like the gospel vocalist he once was while his guitar rips down the walls.

Videos:   VIDEO 1    -    VIDEO 2

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA


Tom Rush

12-10-2016 (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

The Kennedys

The Kennedys (Ballroom)

12-10-2016 (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, 2015 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

Suzy Bogguss' Swingin' Little Christmas


Grammy winning singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss had a string of Top 10 singles in the 1990s, including "Outbound Plane," "Drive South," "Hey Cinderella," "Letting Go" and "Aces." You may also have heard her on Garrison Keillor's
"A Prairie Home Companion." This small-town girl from Illinois who made her way to Nashville, is one of country music’s enduring treasures.

In this fun holiday show, Bogguss and her band will perform songs from her two beloved Christmas albums: 2003’s "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," featuring the merrymaking, uptempo “Two-Step ’Round the Christmas Tree”; and 2010’s "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." She'll also include selections from her recently released acoustic album of songs written by Merle Haggard, "Lucky" along with some of her own hits. It's a show that will make even the Grinch smile; a festive evening of traditional songs and spontaneity. The whole family will enjoy this Swingin’ Little Christmas Show!

The musicianship is jaw-dropping and Suzy’s rich voice is perfect for this warm & cozy Holiday show, which Suzy has been doing for almost 20 years now. It's her favorite time of year. And if you've seen her Christmas show in the past, "don't worry, it's always different." she says. "And it's not all Christmas music. I still do the hits I had on country radio in the '90s, and I do a little bit of folk music interspersed in there as well. For the most part, it's your traditional favorites with some that are different. For instance, I do a song called 'Mr. Santa' that's an alternate lyric for the classic song 'Mr. Sandman.' And I do 'I'll Be Home for Christmas' and 'Rudolph'… it's a pretty family-oriented show. There are a couple of things that are sentimental. We do 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' and I go out in the audience and have them sing
'White Christmas' with me. A lot of classic things, old style, makes you feel like Bing Crosby or something...

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Deadbeat w/ Special Guest Sonny Mone of "Crazy Horse"

Deadbeat w/ Special Guest Sonny Mone of


Gratefully jammin' "The Bull"

Don't miss the party! 

DEADBEAT 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 dancers, twirlers & everyone looking to have a "real good time!"

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.

AND Special Guest: Sonny Mone of Neil Young's band "Crazy Horse."
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Steven Pelland CD Release

Steven Pelland CD Release (Ballroom)

12-17-2016 (Ballroom)


Steven Pelland started his musical journey at seven by studying accordion and organ. His father, a professional guitarist and vocalist, influenced Steven to study electric bass and voice. During his teens he studied voice with the great bass baritone, Ron Nadeau. At nineteen Steven graduated from the Modern School of Music, and freelanced as a bassist in Boston's jazz scene.

He recently completed the recording of his new album, "These Days," and is conducting a Northeast tour this year to promote the new recording.

His lyrics reflect the images of his surroundings; growing up in Fall River, MA, exploring the tidal marshes of the Mount Hope Bay and watching the changes in the once thriving city as the textile industry closed down, as well as time spent in North Carolina and Concord, MA.

Steven has written hundreds of songs, and performed across the country. He is an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, pianist and vocalist, influenced by musical greats including Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Dougie Maclain and even Bach. His lyrics move and intrigue the listener and his consummate guitar skills guide the audience to an engaging musical experience.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Savoy Brown featuring Kim Simmonds


Savoy Brown's latest CD, "The Devil to Pay" is a blast furnace. Driven by classic blues and age-old human truths – but dragged into contemporary relevance by stinging musicianship and modern savvy – Kim Simmonds’ new songs have arrived when we need them most. “In many ways,” considers the legendary guitarist, “this is the best album I’ve ever done. It’s fresh and new, and belongs to the twenty-first century.”

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 38 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 5 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
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones CD Release


Sugar Ray & the BlueTones - Blues harp master Sugar Ray Norcia has fronted the Bluetones for over three decades. Their new CD "Seeing is Believing" contains 11 originals and a scintillating instrumental cover of B.B. King’s “You Know I Love You,” which sweep out of the speakers with the power of a gale force wind. This follows their highly-successful 2014 CD, "Living Tear to Tear," which garnered them seven Blues Music Award nominations, including “Best Band,” plus individual nominations for Sugar Ray as “Traditional Male Blues Artist” and “Instrumentalist - Harmonica,” and a song nomination for “Things Could be Worse.” At the most-recent Blues Music Awards in May, the group was again nominated for “Band of the Year,” as well as individual nominations for keyboardist Anthony Geraci, guitarist Monster Mike Welch and bassist Michael Mudcat Ward.

Sugar Ray and The Bluetones are part of the "blues syndicate" that grew out of Rhode Island in the late 1960's and 70's. They have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years. Not limited to one style, but able to play Chicago Blues in the style of Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Billy Boy Arnold; Kansas City Swing in the style of "Big" Joe Turner; Texas Blues like "T" Bone Walker and Freddie King; and the swampy Louisiana sounds of "Lazy" Lester. And they do it all with the distinctive originality of band leader Sugar Ray Norcia on vocals and harmonica, "Monster" Mike Welch on guitar, Anthony Geraci at the piano and Hammond Organ, Michael "Mudcat" Ward playing acoustic and electric bass, and Neil Gouvin on the drums. All of these band members have been featured on other artists recordings including Hubert Sumlin, John Hammond, Johnny Winter, Otis Grand, Pinetop Perkins, The Mannish Boys, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl and many more.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Roomful of Blues' New Year's Eve 2016

12-31-2016 - New Year's Eve

Because last year's show with Roomful of Blues was so amazingly fun, we brought them back for another year. So 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


OPENER: BEES DELUXE - Bees Deluxe's unique repertoire include over three sets of floorboard-stomping originals and 60s, 70s, and 80s covers from Little Feat, The Meters, Billie Holiday, Derek Trucks, Donny Hathaway, Steely Dan, B.B.King, ZZ Top, Robben Ford, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Mayfield, Albert King, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Jimi Hendix, SoulLive, Roy Buchanan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Amy Winehouse, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Derek & the Dominoes, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

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7:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Albert Lee Band


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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Vance Gilbert


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

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

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

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Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams (Ballroom)

1-7-2017 (Ballroom)

Brooks Williams is one of the premier guitarists, singers and songwriters on the Roots n' Blues scene. Lauded as one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, this blues-singing, guitar-picking, bottleneck-slide-playing certified road warrior has been wowing audiences worldwide for 25+ years with his silky voice, hook-laden songs and rollicking acoustic and resonator slide guitars. To every show he brings the deepest and most intense interpretations of everything from early blues songs to his recent original compositions. He is quite simply one of the most entertaining and engaging performers on the circuit today. From coast-to-coast, country-to-country, Williams and his guitars roll and tumble like nobody's business. The San Antonio Light called him "a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!"

Brooks' new album, "My Turn Now," is once again astonishing; like drinking whiskey from a honey jar. You'll want a signed copy of this one at this show.

"Absolutely beyond criticism" - fNotes
"Soulful guitarist with talent, taste and astonishing technique" - Blues Revue
"A consummate artist,... ranks among America's musical treasures." - Dirty Linen
"melodic virtuosity on guitar that runs like liquid from his fingers" - The Irish News
"Harmonically sophisticated and breathtakingly beautiful..." - Guitar Player
"Dazzling guitar work!" - Acoustic Guitar
"Deft, tasteful guitar chops." - Rolling Stone

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson


Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson is one of the premier blues artists to emerge from Chicago’s music scene. Hailing from Itta Bena, Mississippi, Johnson arrived in Chicago in the mid-fifties a young man. At around the same time, the West Side guitar style, a way of playing alternating stinging single-note leads with powerful distorted chords, was being created mostly by Magic Sam and Otis Rush. Originally developed because their small bands could not afford both lead and rhythm guitar players, this style grew into an important contribution to modern blues and rock, influencing such notables as Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler. In the 1960's he played with Magic Sam, whose West side style remains integral to Johnson's sound today. He was a major player in Muddy Waters Band from 1972 1980. In 1976 he cut his own debut album, "Luther's Blues," during a European tour with Muddy. By 1980 he was on his own, recording with the Nighthawks as well as four tracks on Alligator's second series of "Living Chicago Blues" anthologies.
With his own band, the Magic Rockers, and the Roomful of Blues horn section, Johnson released "Doin' the Sugar Too" on Rooster Blues in 1984. Since 1990, Johnson has been signed to Ron Levy's Bullseye Blues logo; his three albums for the firm have been sizzling, soul-tinged blues with a strong West Side flavor often slicing through.
No stranger to critical acclaim, "Guitar Junior" has captured numerous awards throughout his career. His live rendition of "Walking the Dog,", was included on the Atlantic Records collection Blues Explosion, which captured a Grammy Award in 1984. In 1999 Luther's second Telarc release, "Got To Find A Way", was nominated for a Grammy as Best Traditional Blues Album. Johnson’s super-charged performances consistently thrilled audiences in the world’s leading concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center and Radio City Music Hall as well as at music festivals in Newport, Antibes, New Orleans and countless others. During his association with Muddy Waters, Johnson also shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter and he made a guest appearance in the movie The Blues Brothers.
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Davy Knowles


Former "Back Door Slam" frontman Davy Knowles has a brand new album, "Three Miles from Avalon," to be released this Fall. Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric blues, provided Knowles with a landscape steeped in legend, inspiring him to creatively explore the genre of music he’s always loved - energetic, guitar-driven, blues-rock.

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."  

Davy's brand new album, "Three Miles from Avalon," is already causing quite a stir with critics: "Chicago based Davy Knowles is at it again... Dripping with classic blues riffs and intricate guitar work, this is exactly what we have come to expect from an artist who has not one, but two, top three billboard blues chart albums. This newest venture Three Miles From Avalon does not disappoint. My
favorite track “Oxford MS”, a story song of violence and torment pushes this album from amazing, to astronomically amazing. Meanwhile, “Never Gonna Be The Same” sounds like Knowles stretched the south side of Chicago all the way down to the bayou. It has a slick and humid sound that leaves you sweating for more. Moving right along we have the albums namesake, “Three Miles From Avalon,” which creates a downbeat whirlpool that pulls you in and keeps you there. This album is a powerful and compact explosion of blues that brings together the classic sound of Chicago with southern and delta blues."

VIDEO 1 with Peter Frampton & Sonny Landreth       VIDEO 2  with David Grissom and Lance Lopez 
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The Willie J Laws Band


"The Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues"

If you haven't been to a Willie J. Laws concert, you really need to check this one out. Think Robert Cray meets B.B. King while visiting Jimi Hendrix. It can't help but groove you. 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.
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Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Jazz Depot Players Showcase

1-28-2017 (Sawtelle Room)

The Bull Run and The Jazz Depot are very proud and excited to be hosting the Second 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 .

Stay tuned for a complete list of the incredible Special Guests at this year's show.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Weight Band



Performing songs of The Band, THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. All of the members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. The group features Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, as well as Albert Rogers who played with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like "The Weight", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Ophelia", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Rag Mama Rag" and so many others. Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band's music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.” Come and take a load off.

Jim Weider (vocals/guitar): Thirty years ago, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Band. Featured on "Jericho," "Jubilation" and "High On The Hog" albums, Jim toured with the group right up until the end and appeared in numerous BAND performance videos and documentary segments.

Randy Ciarlante
(vocals/drums): Personally recruited by Levon Helm, Randy shared The Band’s vocal and drumming duties alongside Levon. He toured with the group for more than ten years, was featured on "Jericho," "Jubilation" and "High On The Hog" albums and also appeared in many of The Band’s live performance videos and archival footage.

Brian Mitchell
(vocals/piano/B3/accordion/harmonica): As a member of The Levon Helm Band, Brian played piano, organ and accordion as well as contributing to vocals. He now fills those same roles within THE WEIGHT. Highly regarded within the music industry as the consummate musician, Brian has performed with Bob Dylan, Al Green, BB King and countless others.

Marty Grebb (vocals/B3/piano/accordion/sax): A talented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Marty’s connection to The Band runs deep. He wrote and recorded on "Jericho" and performed on "Jericho" and "Jubilation" albums, as well as having worked on Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson projects. Like the other members of THE WEIGHT, Marty has toured with many great artists, including Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and Etta James.

Albert Rogers (vocals/bass): Albert plays bass and shares vocal duties as a member of THE WEIGHT. A long-time collaborator with Jim Weider, Albert has played with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, as well as Albert Lee, Jim Quick, and Grayson Hugh.

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Leon Russell



Rock and Roll Hall of Famer
Leon Russell has played on, arranged, written and produced some of rock's most important records. He has released four Gold Albums himself. He penned "Delta Lady" that gave Joe Cocker his huge hit, "A Song for You" for Ray Charles, and "Roll Away the Stone" for Mott the Hoople." George Benson's cover of Leon's "This Masquerade" was the first song in music history to occupy the number one spot on the jazz, pop, and R&B charts and won "Record of the Year" and a Grammy in 1976. Leon produced and played on sessions for Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Delaney Bramlett, Ringo Starr, Elton John, BB King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, J.J. Cale, Ike and Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, The Ventures, Bobby Darin, Wayne Newton, Sam Cooke, Johnny Mathis and on and on. He played on most of Phil Spector's landmark records.

In the 1970's he was reported by Billboard Magazine to be the "top concert attraction in the world." He and his group The Starlighters, which included J.J.Cale, Chuck Blackwell and Johnny Williams, were instrumental in creating the school of music known as the "Tulsa Sound."

His own albums "Shelter People" and "Carney" were responsible for some of his big hits like "Tight Rope", "Sweet Emily", "Smiles Just Like a River", "Magic Mirror" and "Masquerade". After receiving his fourth gold album for "Will O' The Wisp," which included the hit single "Lady Blue," he teamed with Willie Nelson and they achieved success with the "One For The Road" LP which won the Country Music Association's "Best Album of The Year." In the '90s he toured with Edgar Winter on a double bill for two years and shared the stage of Austin City Limits with him. In the 2000's he was touring with Dave Mason of Traffic fame. And most recently he and Elton John recorded a duet album produced by TBone Burnett, "The Union," which was released October 19, 2010. The single, "If It Wasn't For Bad" was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals."

Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and given the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in June 2011. With each new reincarnation, Leon Russell proves why he's still the rock 'n' roll master.

Her debut album In The Blink Of An Eye that featured three top charting singles, "Shame on Me" (#1 on iHeartRadio Top 20 On Demand Adult Chart and #46 on the Billboard Hot AC Chart), "OPM" (#26 Billboard Hot Dance) and "So Eden" (Billboard Hot AC Top 50.) Katrina was named iHeartRadio's "Artist to Watch in 2011" and was the opening act in the U.S.
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7:30 pm
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Jim Messina


Jim Messina’s legendary career spans five decades, three acclaimed rock super groups, a solo career and a dizzying array of producing and engineering credits. He is an indisputable expert in the fine art of making hit music.

Starting out as producer and recording engineer for Buffalo Springfield, Messina later joined the band as bassist. After Buffalo Springfield split up in 1968, Messina’s friendship with group founder Richie Furay led to the creation of Poco. Jim switched to playing lead guitar and the band went on to define a new musical genre that came to be known as country­-rock. After two studio and one live album with Poco, Messina left the group to devote his time to record producing. That fateful decision led to his 1971 collaboration with newcomer Kenny Loggins. The resulting duo, Loggins and Messina, went on to record nine albums over a period of seven years, amassing sixteen million in sales.
“Poco had been some real good-time music,” reflects Messina. “Loggins & Messina just took that a step further and made it more sophisticated and attainable. Through the years, the Loggins & Messina period yielded the stuff I’m most proud of.”

During the 1980s, Messina released three solo albums, as well as recording and touring with the original Poco for its 1989 reunion album Legacy, and two highly successful reunion tours for Loggins and Messina in 2005 and 2009. After a series of acclaimed solo acoustic tours, Messina has now formed a dynamic new band, featuring Poco alum Rusty Young, which features selected hits from all three of his past bands, as well as some new material. With this band and a new album in the works, Messina says, he’s enjoying discovering who he is, where he’s been, and most significantly, where he’s going – all worthy destinations to be revered and celebrated.

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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

03-11-2016 (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.

The Broadcasters are:
Dave Limina on keys, Forrest Padgett on drums, Jim Mouradian on bass and the newest official addition to the band, the fabulous Diane Blue on vocals.

Ronnie's new Album, "Maxwell Street," pays tribute to his dear friend and former Broadcaster, the great pianist David Maxwell, who passed away earlier this year as well
as Chicago’s famed Maxwell Street where blues musicians gathered to play outside for the Sunday morning market goers.

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA
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