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Davy Knowles

1-20-2017

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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John Davidson

1-21-2017

Yes! This is the John Davidson who hosted The Hollywood Squares, That's Icredible, and guest hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson more than any other singer. But you gotta see his live show. John comes out and talks to the audience like he's a stand up comic establishing a relationship with his crowd even before he picks up his guitar and starts to play. Everyone is won over before the second song. I really dig his political stance in songs like "Hard To Be A Liberal" and "Wall Street Blues," and his religious beliefs in "Atheist In The Wood." His cool covers of The Del Vikings' "Come Go With Me," has the people loudly clapping along with the classic, and Harry Chapin's "Cats In The Cradle" goes over just as well. He walks around the stage singing and playing instead of just sitting down in a chair and just strumming along with the words. And like a true folkie he is always commenting on society. '70 Sucks' is an anxious example of one of his messages.

Sometimes you get the feeling he is singing specifically to you and this uplifting style lends to an interaction between artist and audience lacking in many other current concerts. John has a theatrical voice and he sings convincingly and passionately. A real 21st century troubadour in every sense of the word. In fact, he is almost like a one man band when he clicks in the female voices harmonizing with his own, and when he uses his heel to have a bass company his acoustic guitar. It’s a neat night of upbeat, political folk music with social messages. And done by one of the most talented veteran artists around today. - A. J. Wachtel
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Headliners Comedy Series

Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

1-27-2017 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club.
This month's comics are Kyle Crawford, Rob Steen and Scott MacNeil.


Kyle Crawford’s quick wit and broad range of subject matter (with a slight twist) will captivate you from the moment you catch his magnetic stage presence. He has been featured on the internationally syndicated talk show The Steve Katsos Show. Kyle was the first runner up in MCAM televisions New Hampshire’s Last Comic Standing, and has been featured on Comcast Comedy Spotlight twice.

Rob Steen - Rob Steen began as a street performer at the age of 12 in Boston MA. Using his juggling and improv skills he decided to try Stand-Up! Rob plays over 350 shows per year and has been featured on The Late Show with Dave Letterman where he is a frequent guest. He has been compared to Robin Williams due to his fast paced delivery & quick wit. It is no wonder he is one of the most request comedians in the Northeast.

Scott MacNeil - Scott keeps the ball rolling with his own peculiar view of his world. This Massachusetts native has been on the comedy circuit for many years and he'll be opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Bull Run later this year.

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The Willie J Laws Band

1-27-2017

"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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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 2017 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.

This year's Special Guests include: Jim LaRoche, Jerry Sabatini, Weldon Hendricks, Alex Meehan, Lizzy Marquis, Joe Mazzarella, Emily Mazzarella, Marcus Washington, Mark Holloway, Richard Judah, Russell Watts, Anthony Albano, Jay Frigoletto, Noah Bestgen and Stephanie Rogers.

Join us for this very special show and 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 .
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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams

2-3-2017

Called everything from ‘Hillbilly-Pink Floyd’ to ‘folk-pop’ to ‘surreal Americana’, New York’s Slambovian Circus of Dreams “is a riveting, mesmerizing, crazy, amazing machine of music.” – Chronogram Magazine.

A rootsy psychedelica that Maverick Magazine calls “Mightily impressive and hugely original rock from the cool end of Americana”, their melodic avant-folk conjures with an exotic instrumental arsenal and a palette of styles ranging from dusty Americana ballads to huge Pink Floydesque cinematic anthems. The Slambovians charm from the first note with thought provoking lyrics for thinking audiences.
Formed in Sleepy Hollow, NY over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Having headlined major music festivals and venues across the US, Canada and UK, this band has a devoted cult following.
The band is led by songwriter Joziah Longo (vocals/guitar/harmonica) “Soothing and bewitching as a snake oil tonic, the entire root system of Rock Family Trees is embedded in Longo’s voice.” – The Big Issue, Scotland, UK, and joined by Sharkey McEwen (guitar, mandolin), Tink Lloyd (accordion, cello, etc), and Felipe Torres (drums, percussion). They create a captivating vibe that feeds the soul.

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

"Mightily impressive and hugely original... 'tis truly an epic soundtrack." - Maverick Magazine, UK
"They took the stage by storm." - New York Times

VIDEO 1 - VIDEO 2 - VIDEO 3

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The DAVID BROMBERG Quintet

2-4-2017

“The reason man created stringed instruments. David touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.” - Jerry Jeff Walker on David Bromberg

David Bromberg, the musician’s musician, decorated multi-instrumentalist and acclaimed singer-songwriter can awe an audience into pindrop silence or have them up on their feet and rockin'. He has played with everyone and toured everywhere. His sensitive and versatile approach to guitar or any stringed instrument has earned him a coveted position as the first-call, "hired gun" for recording sessions, ultimately playing guitar, dobro, fiddle and mandolin on hundreds of records by artists like Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Vince Gill, Dr. John, Levon Helm, Keb Mo, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Widespread Panic and well, just about everyone.

If you have never attended a David Bromberg concert, you're in for an unforgettable experience! He is one of the most engaging, indeed mesmerizing, of performers. The guitar virtuoso, bandleader and former session man and his band of masterful musicians will enthrall you with an eclectic mix of blues, country, jazz and folk that is impossible to classify. His eponymous 1971 debut included “The Holdup,” a songwriting collaboration with former Beatle George Harrison, who also played slide guitar on the track. David also met the Grateful Dead and wound up with four of their members playing on his next two albums. David has spent his life absorbing music from its surviving creators and their recordings so convincingly, while adding his own instrumental twists, that he has become a part of music tradition itself, as close to the source of American roots music as anyone alive. Folk, blues, bluegrass, ragtime, rock, jazz, you name it – he has become The Real Deal.

His new album, "The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues," was just released on Red House Records. Produced by three-time Grammy winner Larry Campbell, it’s a wonderfully curated selection of deep cuts from the blues genre, with luminous originals and traditional material given the full Bromberg treatment. Be sure to get one signed after the show.

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The Weight Band

2-9-2017

Featuring members of THE BAND, LEVON HELM BAND & THE RICK DANKO GROUP

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.

 VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2
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The Response CD Release

2-10-2017

Sprouting from the soil of a wooded Boston suburb, "The Response" began as a casual neighborhood pick-up band that unexpectedly bloomed into something glorious. Unusual instrumentation, thought-provoking lyrics, and rich vocal harmonies create a live performance that is energetic and uplifting.

The core of the band’s music germinates through Jic Davis and the hypnotic sound of his “batar” (an electric guitar/bass hybrid instrument). Using a combination of tapping and strumming techniques, this instrument weaves a web of root-rumbling lows and sparkling highs. Vocalist Emilie Faucher fronts the band with authenticity, powerful poetic lyrics, and a magnetic open-hearted energy. Mac Ritchey brings an unusual instrument to the mix, the electric oud. This modern imagining of the ancient Arabic lute is routed through guitar pedals, effects, and a looping device, creating synthesizer-like textures and sonic atmospheres. Percussionist Jon Golden anchors the quintet with a rock steady groove and stylistic versatility, while guitarist George "D'Powell" Middleton’s melodic playing and colorful support are a perfect match for this song-driven ensemble.

Drawing on a vast range of influences, their music is unconventional yet familiar, with catchy melodic hooks and nods to classic music of the 70’s and 80’s. Forged from friendship, trust, and community, The Response is proud to be sharing the music and magic that stems from such an endeavor with old friends and new faces on this celebratory evening at the Bull Run with the release of their full-length debut studio recording.
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Johnny A

2-11-2017

Fresh off the road from his wildly successful tour with The Yardbirds,
Johnny A is back with his own band and ready to "let the music do the talking."

For the better part of three decades, this Massachusetts-based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working-class bars to international amphitheaters, and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he’s just as adept at captivating serious students of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar.

Widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists, Johnny spent a year and a half at Berklee School of Music, but had no real interest in the textbook bebop they were dishing out at the time. His first group, "Squanty Roo" played Fusion and by ’75 he had a much more stripped down basic rock unit called "The Streets", who scored a major radio hit with “What Gives."

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

Johnny's new album, "Driven,"
serves up plenty of guitar wizardry and great melody, in more flavors than Baskin-Robbins and Ben and Jerry’s combined. From the Motown-inflected party-starter “C’Mon, C’mon” to the introspective “A Mask You Wear” (a song that’s flecked with subtle slide playing redolent of George Harrison’s vintage work). What he proves again and again is that "you can have all the chops in the world and be voiceless – but I always want to have a voice."

"Driven" is on sale now and will be available for signing at this show.

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Shirley Charitable Foundation Fashion Show

2-12-2017

CELEBRATE THE LOVE OF FASHION & COMMUNITY !

The Shirley Charitable Foundation presents FASHION SHOW
  with clothes by Christopher and Banks.

$30 ticket includes:

Dessert Bar 2 - 3 pm (Chocolate Trifle Celebration, Warm Apple Crisp, Bread Pudding with caramel and raspberry sauces on side) 

Fashion Show 3 - 4:30 pm with clothing from Christopher and Banks.

Coffee & Cash Bar available

Tickets available at: (Shirley) Hazen Memorial Library and Noyes Insurance Agency. (Ayer) Owens Jacobs Spa and Union Coffee Roasters.

Or online HERE  

Or contact Claudette Williams at 978-425-9264


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2:00 pm
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Leon Russell

2-15-2017

** By now most of you have heard the sad news of the passing of Leon Russell. "The Master of Time & Space" passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, November 12. We at Bull Run were honored that he stopped by
to sing for us many times along his journey. He will surely be missed.

For those of you who had tickets to the February show, please call Bull Run at: 978-425-4311.

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Delta Generators

2-17-2017

Delta Generators won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues Challenge in 2008, which earned them a spot in the International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in 2009. The band finished as a Top 10 Finalist out of over a hundred bands. They also won an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Album category for their debut album, "Devil in the Rhythm." In 2009 they won Best Blues Band in Worcester Magazine for and were nominated for Best R&B Act in the Boston Phoenix in 2010. Their 2nd album "Hard River to Row" was selected by the Blues Foundation as a Top 5 Finalist (out of entries worldwide) in the Best Self-Produced CD competition at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. This album also placed nationally at #8 on the JamBand Radio Chart, #17 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and #25 in the Roots Music Report. The DG’s  were nominated for Best Blues Act 2011 by The Boston Music Awards, and Best Blues Band 2013 by Worcester Magazine Music Awards. Their newest CD "Hipshakers and Heatbreakers" garnered 5 stars in the Roots Music Report, who called them "A kickass confluence of guitars, blues harp and rhythm meets up with consistently strong vocals and an ear-grabbing array of fresh and varied originals, from the searing to the soulful."

In 2016 Brian Templeton joined them as vocalist and harmonica player. Many of you know Brian from his former Boston-based band, The Radio Kings or from his great solo albums. They've come a long way from their founding in 2008. Catch them now, on their way up.

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Marshall Crenshaw Trio

2-18-2017

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

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

Marshall brings his trio out for this show to fill out his great songs, impassioned singing and sly, dry wit.
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John Nemeth

2-19-2017

It really only happens once in a while - a fresh young talent, whose star power can't be denied, comes along to take the blues by storm. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray did it in the '80s. John Nemeth is the next young blues star to do it in the new millennium. John has an amazing voice and has developed into one of the top harp players on the scene. His commanding performances keep all eyes and ears riveted to the stage. This man has the showmanship of Mick Jagger, a voice on par with Buddy Guy, harp skills worthy of Junior Wells and a slew of catchy-as-hell songs. No doubt about it, he's got it all the outstanding voice, the musical prowess, the charismatic showmanship, the sharp-dressed good looks and the catchy original material.

Like the title of his irresistible song (that dares you to not sing along on the chorus), the 31-year-old harp blower sounds "Too Good To Be True." And like a magnet, he pulled in some major talent - none other than famed guitarists Elvin Bishop, Junior Watson and Anson Funderburgh - to assist in the studio for his two critically-acclaimed CDs on the Blind Pig label.

In 2013, Németh was nominated in five categories for a Blues Music Award. These included 'B.B. King Entertainer', 'Contemporary Blues Album', 'Instrumentalist - Harmonica', 'Soul Blues Album', and 'Soul Blues Male Artist'. He relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in early 2013, and he had the Bo-Keys back him on his next recording. In 2014, he won a Blues Music Award in the 'Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year' category. And he was just nominated for the 2016 Blues Music Award "BB King Entertainer of the year.

Drawing on the classic blues, soul, and R&B influences that inform his stunning vocal style, John is a true original who must to be seen to be believed. See him here now before he hits the arenas.


"He's my idea of an up-and-coming blues singer. I don't see a lot of them out there, but I know one when I see him." - Elvin Bishop

“Definitely one of the best club shows that I’ve ever seen. John Németh is simply the Blues artist that I feel is most deserving of more recognition. Check the man and his band out whenever you might get the chance. Don “T-Bone” Erickson, BluesWax

“I remember telling friends up North in ’80 that they should go see Stevie Ray Vaughan, but they weren’t impressed because he wasn’t famous yet. It will give me great pleasure to say, “I told you so!” about John Németh. You’ll see.” Bob Margolin, Blues Revue Magazine

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Matthew Curry

2-23-2017

Seemingly out of nowhere, Matthew Curry has been creating a serious buzz these past few years, seeing rock star-like standing ovations at key festivals both in the U.S. and abroad. And the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners.

Curry’s roots certainly run muddy-waters deep, something that’s not been lost on the guitar legends he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with over the past few years. “Curry is a phenomenal guitar player,” marvels Peter Frampton. “A highlight from my tour last year was jamming with him. He’s the next guitar hero!” Echoing that sentiment is Steve Miller, whom Curry both opened for and joined onstage during an exhilarating nine-date run in Canada as well as dates all across the US. Steve Miller declares that Curry is a “wonderful guitar player and great songwriter in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.”

As much as Curry is invested in summoning the spirit of the blues (a commitment that’s in full display on the three smokin’ hot albums he’s released to date, 2011’s barn-burning If I Don’t Got You and 2014’s hard-charging testifier Electric Religion and the Newest, 2016’s Shine On) he likes to take a much broader view of his style. “If somebody came up and asked me what I would call my music, I would actually say, ‘good music.’ Blues is my first love, but I also love ’60s rock like Cream, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. And I’m also into things like Southern rock, Chet Atkins and The Allman Brothers.”

This 20 year old guitar slinger and soulful singer from Illinois has been touring with the Steve Miller Band, the Doobie Brothers and Peter Frampton. Curry’s guitar riffs are so strong for his age that Peter Frampton had to give him kudos on his Facebook page: “I see a big future for Matthew. Someone asked me in an interview today if I thought there could be any more guitar heroes. Well, hell yes of course and Matthew is one who will prove that to be true."

"Kid can shout like Joe Cocker, play guitar like a young Jeff Beck and rock like he's still inside his first pair of shoes." - Edmonton Sun

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Jim Messina

2-24-2017

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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Claudia Schmidt

2-25-2017 (Ballroom)

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present. Her concerts are an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world. She has that rare ability to remain fresh and enjoy her talent to entertain as much as the audience enjoys being entertained.

Claudia has a new CD out with Sally Rogers called "We Are Welcomed." This is their fourth collaboration and it's a whole different sonic experience. Their amazing vocals are front and center, but surrounded with wonderful textures and rhythm and the lively accompaniment of Duke Levine, Richard Gates and Dave Mattacks, with piano and strings, oboe, reed organ and even a Hammond B3 organ. Get a signed copy at this show.

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The FOOLS

2-25-2017

The Fools
barged their way onto the Boston music scene with their first single "She Looks All Right in the Dark". Known for their outrageous live performances the band quickly gathered a loyal and ever-growing audience. Their first national (and then international) hit record, "Psycho Chicken," was a parody of Talking Heads' Psycho Killer.
With the signing of the band to EMI Records came the first two albums "Sold Out" and "Heavy Mental". A second single "Its a Night (For Beautiful Girls)" then charted, followed by a cover of Roy Orbison's "Running Scared". Touring North America first with The Knack and then with Van Halen helped to place the band firmly on the national stage. European tours including shows with Cheap Trick and Journey resulted in huge overseas record sales. Back home again The Fools released their biggest album "World Dance Party". The band then enjoyed MTV video success with their remake of Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy" and the title track video "World Dance Party". The album also racked up four big radio songs: "Doo Wah Diddy", "World Dance Party", "Life Sucks...Then You Die" and "She Makes Me Feel Big"
The mix of great music performed by uniquely talented musicians with a hefty helping of fun comes together in an unmatched charm that has been lighting up millions of smiles over the years. Be a fool - smile for yourself.


In 2010, front man Mike Gerard published the book "Psycho Chicken & Other Foolish Tales". Take a front row seat to their circus-like high jinks as the band suffers the trials and tribulations of being the opening act for an egotistical rocker who thinks they're trying to copy his pep squad stage moves, a business manager who doesn't quite get their comedy shtick, drunken adventures with English rock stars and maybe even an encounter with Bigfoot along the way...oh, and there were monkeys, lots of dammed monkeys...and live adult penguins. Fans of The Fools and eighties rock aficionados alike will love this tale of one of America's most enduring bands as told by irreverent front man Mike Girard.
Check out the book HERE

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Town Meeting

3-3-2017

In the beginning they played in our smaller upstairs room. They sold that out and we added a second show. That sold out too and we had a long list of people who couldn't get in. Then we moved them into the big room and that sold out with a long list of people on a waiting list hoping to get in.
Don't be on the list this year, buy your tickets early.


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

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

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

Their first album, "If I Die" came out this summer and, if you don't have it yet, you will want to get a signed copies at this show.

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

03-04-2017

 This is DON WHITE'S 60th BIRTHDAY show so come & be a part of the madness
as we say goodby to Don's 5th decade on the planet.

Christine Lavin and Don White ARE two of the funniest entertainers on today's music scene. This is a double trouble show. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll laugh some more.
Two of America's most-loved songwriters and raconteurs join forces for this one-of-a-kind event.

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

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

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

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Martin and Kelly

3-4-2017 (Ballroom)

Martin and Kelly is the incredibly talented duo of Jilly Martin and Ryan Brooks Kelly. They have become the next must-see act from New England to Nashville, and over the years have been featured as support acts for Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Justin Moore, Jana Kramer and Sara Evans.

Standouts in today’s crossover country music scene, Jilly & Ryan’s songs bridge the boundary between traditional and new country. Having made their mark with highly-acclaimed original music, they are winning over audiences each and every time they perform. Martin and Kelly’s compelling song-writing, dynamic vocal harmonies and stunning musicianship have them poised for a breakthrough in the music industry.

Catch them here in our intimate Ballroom before that happens.


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Duke Robillard

3-5-2017

Blues guitar wiz, Duke Robillard, is a founder and 12-year member of Roomful of Blues, which accompanied Big Joe Turner and Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and many more on record and in live appearances during his tenure. After leaving the group, Duke played briefly with rockabilly king Robert Gordon, then replaced Jimmie Vaughan in the Fabulous Thunderbirds after spending the previous decade touring with his own band and recording 5 critically acclaimed albums for Rounder Records. He as also toured and recorded with Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Known for his amazing guitar work, powerful songwriting and skillful session work, "The Duke" is a one-man cheering section for all things blues.

The Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C.Handy Awards) have named Duke Robillard "Best Blues Guitarist" four years out of five (2000,2001,2003,2004) making him the second most honored guitarist for that award! He was also nominated in that category in 2005, 2007 and 2008. The Acoustic Blues and Roots of Duke Robillard was named "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year" for the 2016 Blues Music Awards and #45 of the 50 best blues albums of 2015 by Living Blues Magazine. In 2007 Duke received a Grammy nomination for his "Guitar Groove-a-rama" CD and was also honored with the prestigious Rhode Island Pell Award for "excellence in the arts."
BB King called Duke "One of the great players," The Houston Post called him "one of God's guitarists." The New York Times says "Robillard is a soloist of stunning force and originality." And Guitar Player Magazine says “Robillard’s ability to play across the spectrum of blues is legendary. Few players can move stylistically from Texas to Kansas City to Chicago’s West Side, but Robillard makes it seem easy."
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The Tab Benoit Band

3-8-2017

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

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

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Adam Ezra Group

3-10-2017

The Adam Ezra Group is constantly proving that they are more than just a band, musically, personally and socially. Ezra has spent time farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa... and he crams it all into the music. Always challenging our perspective, and often teetering between sensitive poet and ballsy rocker, (as anyone who's seen AEG can tell you can tell you) Adam and his smokin' band raise the roof! Never walking on stage with a set-list, Ezra's band comes ready for anything, whether it's playing a request for a song they haven’t performed in years, to dropping traditional instruments in exchange for trash can lids and 2x4's, to leaving the stage altogether in order to perform unplugged in four-part harmony.

AEG currently dedicates around 25% of their touring to benefit events in communities across the country, and almost all of their tour dates incorporate some form of "giving back." Ezra has created his own non-profit organization called RallySound, which officially received 501c3 status in the fall of 2011. It's mission: to help create socially conscious, live music events that inspire communities, grassroots activism, and civic engagement.

Having toured with Rusted Root, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, and many more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national stage with a momentum that is catapulting them towards being one of the country's most talked about bands

"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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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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Marc Cohn

3-16-2017

After winning a GRAMMY for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,”
Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.


Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point Time Magazine called him "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" and Bonnie Raitt declared, "Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for."


Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn's early records for Atlantic, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998, Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with "Join The Parade." Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, Parade is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date.

About his album "Listening Booth: 1970," a collection of reimagined classics from that seminal year in music, Rolling Stone said, "Cohn has one of rock's most soulful croons - a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own." In late 2014, Cohn released, “The Coldest Corner in the World,” the title song to the documentary "Tree Man" and his first original song released in more than seven years.

On March 25, 2016, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Marc proudly released "Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities" and the bonus album, "Evolution of a Record," featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut and the Grammy Award that followed.


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David Lindley

3-18-2017

David Lindley is a multi-instrumentalist (or, as Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him "a maxi-instrumentalist") who performs music that redefines the word "eclectic." Well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, he has long championed the concept of world music. Lindley's electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad "Mr. Dave's" uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.

David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga Canyon Banjo and Fiddle Contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne, serving as Jackson's most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on 'Bop Till you Drop' and 'The Long Riders' sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.

In 1981, Lindley created his own remarkable Band El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood's most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield, Dolly Parton and many others - but his live performances are expansive and eclectic and truly one of the most unique concert experiences you will ever have.
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Dan Baird & Homemade Sin

3-19-2017

Dan Baird formed The Georgia Satellites in 1980. Being the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter, he penned their runaway radio hit "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." They were one of the most ferocious bands of the 1980’s. What set them apart from the other 100,000 bands who cranked their amps up to eleven was that their wild riffs and tanked up cries came from a band who, from the start, understood it’s place in the rock tradition and fought hard to solidify it with each recording. Dan left the band in 1990 to pioneer what became known as "Cowpunk" and "Alt Country." He tours and records with his band Homemade Sin, which today features two ex-members of The Georgia Satellites, Baird and drummer Mauro Magellan. Homemade Sin also includes guitarist Warner E. Hodges, who tours and records with Jason & the Scorchers. Dan & the band play a mixture of Baird's solo material plus the many hits and fan favorites from his years with the Georgia Satellites. They are, and always have been, one of the most fun and exciting bands out there hitting the clubs and halls of America.

"Dan Baird is the Savior of Rock 'n' Roll." - Hooked On Music

"It's been along time since people made albums as fun, as strong and as satisfying as this one." - Billboard

"Amazing songs delivered with gap toothed, shit kicking passion." - Classic Rock

"Completely unpretentious and totally irresistible!" - AltCountry
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JOHN SEBASTIAN

3-24-2017

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

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

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INVISIBLE SUN - Police Tribute Band

3-25-2017 (Sawtelle Room)

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

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

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

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

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

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The Nick Moss Band

3-30-2017

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

16-time Blues Music Award nominee Nick Moss is one of the top draws on the blues circuit and one of the most exciting, dynamic performers working today. A gifted songwriter and storyteller, Nick is a walking encyclopedia of blues and music knowledge. His deep understanding of the Blues shines through everything he does. And on his new CD, "From the Root to the Fruit," with special guests David Hidalgo, Jason Ricci and Sax Gordon, Nick has gone back to the future, expertly creating an album that feels like a career retrospective, but with new songs. He reaches back to his early days playing Chicago blues the way he learned it as apprentice to the legends. Equally remarkable is how he has pulled from his past and present without recycling old ideas. He and the band reach beyond Chicago, masterfully exploring Texas swing and shuffles while co-vocalist Michael Ledbetter’s voice drips with the kind of soul reminiscent of the Memphis greats. That nimble agility is deployed to similarly powerful results when the band cuts loose and synthesizes all these influences in searing extended jams that soar and explore without wandering. “People are always debating the blues; what it is and what is is not and should not be. There are purists who believe true blues cannot be played by people with long hair wearing holey jeans and tee shirts,” says Moss. “To me, a pure approach to the blues has more to do with the emotion the music evokes and the heart of the player; what someone looks like says very little about their musical heart.”

There has always been something rambunctious about Nick. While other artists settle into a genre, he has always been about discovering new sonic territory, new textures and new musical frontiers. His recording career spans decades and his albums are staples at blues radio worldwide, and are now in rotation at stations with jam and rock formats. It’s not just chords and progressions and songs that make up Nick’s music mentality, but his desire to elevate an audience; to evoke a feeling of euphoric energy between performer and listener; to capture sound as well as sensation.

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

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

Watch video HERE   &  HERE

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Vanilla Fudge

4-6-2017

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

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

Watch live clips HERE   and   HERE

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Jonathan Edwards Trio

4-7-2017

Rocker Jonathan Edwards burst on the scene nearly 40 years ago with the mega-hit "Sunshine Go Away Today" and everyone's favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, "Shanty." He has one of the most beautiful and memorable voices in the business and is still a vibrant, energetic performer who has measured his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades. Jonathan maintains that it's the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. "It is really gratifying to hear someone say, 'Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.'"

Following up his smash hit singles with hits like “Emma,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” "Sugar Babe," "Everybody Knows Her," "Athens County," "Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy" and many others, Jonathan has recorded 15 albums. Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends - such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has grown sweeter with age. A vital and relevant artist in today’s folk and Americana scenes, he recently released his newest CD Jonathan Edwards Top 40 highlighting his most requested songs from the past 40 years.

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Rust Never Sleeps - A Live Neil Young Retrospective

04-08-2017 (Sawtelle Room)

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

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

More info: www.rustneversleeps.net/

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the Subdudes

4-9-2017

The Subdudes are a true legend in American music. Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, they have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.

This New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness - not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.

Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk and R&B with their own harmony vocals. Their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.

VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2

 

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Carolyn Wonderland

4-15-2017

A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

WATCH CAROLYN HERE or HERE - IN GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE HERE


"She'd grown up as the child of a singer in a band and began playing her mother's vintage Martin guitar when other girls were dressing dolls. She'd gone from being the teenage toast of her hometown Houston to sleeping in her van in Austin amid heaps of critical acclaim for fine recordings "Alcohol & Salvation," "Bloodless Revolution," "Miss Understood," "Peace Meal," and most recently, "Live Texas Trio."

Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland's ability to whistle remains most unusual. By age 15 she had absorbed Houston influences like Little Screamin' Kenny and soaked up the Mad Hatter of Texas music, Doug Sahm. The Lone Star State was as credible and fertile a proving ground for blues in the '80s as existed, especially in Austin with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Angela Strehli, Omar & the Howlers, and Lou Ann Barton all in their prime. By the following decade, Austin's blues luster thinned, but Houston, always a bastion of soul and R&B, boasted the "Imperial Monkeys" with the effervescent Carolyn Wonderland as ruler of the jungle. Her circle of musician friends and admirers broadened to include Ray Benson, the late Eddy Shaver, Shelley King, and yes, Bob Dylan, who likened her composition "Bloodless Revolution" to "a mystery movie theme." She also claims membership in the all-girl Sis Deville, the gospel-infused Imperial Crown Golden Harmonizers, and takes aw-shucks credit for inspiring Amsterdam's annual WonderJam.

"Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal! She's an amazing guitar player. She whistled a solo & even played the trumpet! And damn, can she sing." - Los Angeles Times

"One of the most impressively powerful voices recently heard anywhere, regardless of sex." - Matt Weitz, Dallas Observer

"A seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist. And she can write, too!... No wonder Dylan is an avowed fan." - Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald

"Her voice can be as beautiful as an angel and as powerful as a Class 5 hurricane all within the drop of a hat" - Dante Dominick, Rockzillaworld Magazine

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Gilbert Gottfried

4-21-6-2017

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

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

4-23-2017
 
"Madly creative, Pizzarelli's extraordinary musical talents are matched by a wry humor, a quick wit and easygoing manner." - LOS ANGELES TIMES
 
"Hip with a wink. Dressed snazzily, he barnstorms through international concert and club dates, records critically acclaimed CD's and delivers wisecracks, anecdotes and nuanced, highly skillful renditions of jazz and American Songbook standards." - TOWN & COUNTRY
 

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

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

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Eilen Jewell Band

4-28-2017

As hard as it is to categorize Eilen Jewell’s music - terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir and Americana get used a lot - it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility, musical stories and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire. She does so much, so well.


A few examples: Butcher Holler, Jewell’s acclaimed 2010 tribute to Loretta Lynn, underscores her love for tough traditional country music, coal miner’s daughter style, while her electrifying cover of Shakin’ All Over, originally a 1960 chart-topping British hit for Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, was one of the surprise highlights of 2009’s Sea of Tears. Propelled by Jerry Miller’s shimmering guitar dazzle, the song remains a live showstopper where hints of ’60s surf instrumentals and “Paint It, Black” are deftly thrown in for good measure. On 2011’s Queen of the Minor Key, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Big Sandy and Zoe Muth, Jewell penned all the songs. One of its radio favorites is Warning Signs, with references to a black widow, a rattlesnake, and a beady-eyed raven. Jewell calls the song “creepy.” The Boston Globe called Minor Key, “emotionally raw and riveting,” and an NPR commentator declared, “She’s got a sweet and clear voice with a killer instinct lurking beneath the shiny surface.”

Her latest album, Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell’s work to date. Rich with cinematic visions, elegant sweet and smoky vocals, and hauntingly autobiographical songs, Sundown is bursting with stellar performances and is likely her most personal, fully realized album yet. And that’s saying a lot! The record, with all its songs penned by Jewell, is a poignant, ever-so-flavorful reflection of her return to Boise after nearly a decade in the Northeast.

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The Everly Brothers Experience: with The Bird Dogs

5-6-2017

The Bird Dogs, Dylan and Zachary Zmed, bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage, celebrating the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies of Don and Phil.

When the guitar became electric, The Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country, Folk and Blues with Rock 'N' Roll classic hits like "Wake Up Little Susie," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Bird Dog," "Cathy's Clown," 'When Will I Be Loved" and "Bye Bye Love." They inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly and many other groups that utilized the blend of two part harmonies. Their career spanned three decades and continue to influence artists around the world.

“Phil Everly was one of my great heroes... with his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don." - Paul McCartney

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10,000 Maniacs

5-7-2017

10,000 Maniacs is a 30 year collaboration of Jerome Augustyniak, Steven Gustafson and Dennis Drew joined by vocalist/violinist/songwriter Mary Ramsey, and in 1993 guitarist Jeffery Erickson. 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 9 million albums with hits including “More Than This,” “These Are The Days,” “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Trouble Me,” “What’s The Matter Here,” “Candy Everybody Wants” and more. They are one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades. Their multi-platinum album “In Your Tribe” was named one of the Top 100 Most Important Releases of the decade by Rolling Stone. Together with artists like R.E.M. they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio.

The band is still driven by “the immaculate jangle and gorgeous vocal/musical arrangements that have informed every Maniacs effort for the last 30 years.” – Buffalo News

In 2016, 10,000 Maniacs launched their “Greatest Hits Live Tour” and released “Playing Favorites,” a compilation of live performances of hits and fan favorites.



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Carl Palmer'S ELP Legacy

5-26-2017

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER LIVES ON!

Carl Palmer
celebrates the music of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and ELP.

Rock legend Carl Palmer is one of the most highly regarded drummers of all time. His explosive technique, speedy hands, sheer power and indulgent, often showy tendencies place him in at the top of the drum pantheon alongside Rush's Neil Peart. Palmer will always be remembered as a founding member of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (ELP), a band that was an exciting and daring progressive outfit consisting of a trio of young superstars: Palmer, bassist/vocalist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and keyboard wizard Keith Emerson (of the Nice). Some will remember that he has also pounded the skins in a number of outfits like The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Asia (with whom he still performs).

The Carl Palmer Band is filled out by two young, virtuoso performers: bassist Simon Fitzpatrick and guitarist Paul Bielatowicz. Bielatowicz has amazing skills, recalling the young Eddie Van Halen, while Clayton lays down a steady rhythm for him dance around. Bielatowicz’s incredible fretwork helps to create a harder, more modern edge as the band, with the veteran Palmer’s relentless drumming at the fore, offers furious takes on some of ELP’s most progressive instrumental numbers.

Hear the greatest rock instrumental hits of ELP, completely re-invented for guitar, bass & drums. Critics have called this one "One of the most exciting live shows currently on tour.

Rolling Stone declares Carl Palmer one of the 10 Greatest Drummers of all time.

Progressive Music Awards, Carl Palmer given the Virtuoso award celebrating a career spanning more than 40 years.

Arguably the greatest drummer since Buddy Rich, Palmer is as good now as he ever was." - Daniel Knighton, San Diego Concerts Examiner

"...a drummer near the height of his powers, clearly in tune with the past and the present." - Ken Micallef, Modern Drummer

"Palmer has lost none of his steam or power... His drums drive the trio's powerful playing with the same energy he brought to ELP in the 1970s." - Howard Whitman, Classic Rock Revisted

Special VIP seating is available. VIP ticket holders will be allowed into the venue early, at 5pm during sound check. Carl with each ticket holder, pose with them for photos and sign photos and other material.


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