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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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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OPENER: Paige Davis - Paige
is an award winning 16 year old Nashville recording artist from New England. She won the Massachusetts Horizon Award for "Most Promising New Artist" at the 2013 NEMCO Showcase, and would go on to win two NECMO "Female Vocalist of the Year" awards. She was later invited to showcase at the 2015 North American Country Music Awards in Tennessee.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

For the Common Good

3-5-2017

Making a Difference by Protecting Special Places

Sunday Brunch with Two Short Film Screenings
and Remarks by Marion Stoddart and Alison Tocci.

Be inspired by the stories of five local individuals whose actions “For the Common Good” have made our communities the special places we enjoy today.

Beginning at 11:30am, the Nashua River Watershed Association is offering a screening of the documentary film, Work of 1000 (30 min.), the story of Groton resident Marion Stoddart and her efforts to clean-up the Nashua River in the 1960s. Today portions of the Nashua River and its tributaries are being studied for possible designation as national Wild and Scenic Rivers.

At noon, enjoy a delicious Bull Run breakfast buffet.

After brunch, view the short film Greenway Heroes (10 min.).  Hear the first-hand accounts of three individuals who chose to protect their land permanently for the common good.  In the film, Tom Jarvela of Townsend, Leigh Hudson of Princeton, and Harley Holden of Shirley each tell their story - why they protected their land, and the emotional impact of their legacy gifts. 

Following Greenway Heroes, we’ll hear in-person from Marion Stoddart, a founder of the Nashua River Watershed Association, and Alison Tocci, Bull Run innkeeper, on their sense of place and commitment to protecting our local treasures.  Marion’s connection to the Nashua River led her to work to clean-up the polluted river in the 1960s.  Alison’s connection to the landscape of Shirley, brought her back to her roots after years in New York City. 

$26, includes buffet & gratuity, films, and the speaking program.

This event is presented by the Nashua River Watershed Association, an environmental non-profit providing water and land protection, and environmental education programs in 32 communities.

The films Work of 1000 and Greenway Heroes were both produced by Pepperell resident and filmmaker Sue Edwards; Greenway Heroes was co-directed by Joy Reo of Westford.
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11:30 am
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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7:30 pm
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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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Brittany Fund Boston Marathon Fundraiser

3-10-2017 (Studio Room)

In April of 2013, Brittany Loring, was waiting for her friends at the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombings went off. Brittany had been badly injured in the bombings and endured many operations and months of rehabilitation. Brittany received an outpouring of care and support from the community and realized that not every traumatic incident is notorious and that not every person receives that same level of support and care. This led her to start the Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery (BFTR). The funds distributed through this fund help recipients alleviate some of the financial burden so they can focus on their recovery.
 
On Monday, April 17th, Groton-Dunstable teacher, Mollie Kavanagh, will be running her first ever Boston Marathon. As a recreational runner since college she has completed numerous 5k’s, 10k’s, and half marathons. In 1998 she ran the Marine Corp Marathon, which satisfied her dream of running a marathon.When Mollie found out that Brittany had room on her team, she did not hesitate to apply. The Loring's had done so much for her family and had given so much to the community, that she wanted to be part of this wonderful cause. The creation of BFTR was so inspiring and motivating that Mollie decided to come out of marathon retirement and greatly appreciates your support as she raises money for this great cause!

$30 ticket includes:
antipasti, flatbreads, meatballs, vegetable crudite, hummus and pitas.
Cash Bar.
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6:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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

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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7:30 pm
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St. Patrick's Day with THE KELLY GIRLS

3-17-2017

Get your St. Patrick's Day party on with The Kelly Girls. St. Patrick's Day is all about having fun and this lively and talented, four-piece, all female band are all about kicking up your heels and having fun. There are lively drinking songs, feisty political tunes, silly ditties and of course a few sad ballads to round out the evening & keep your Irish blood true.

All the girls have been performing in New England, Canada and Ireland for many years for all kinds of parties, weddings, festivals and special occasions. They celebrate traditional music that crosses all generations and cultures, while also introducing original material that will one day certainly become your favourites too!

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

And of course we will have corn beef & cabbage on the menu.
And Guinness & Jameson to grease the wheels a bit.

Because, as the saying goes, "On St. Patrick's Day - everyone is Irish!"

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

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

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Weight Band

3-23-2017

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.

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Rod Picott

Rod Picott (Ballroom)

03-25-2017 (Ballroom)

It's been 15 years since Rod Picott laid down his work belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and put a permanent end to his gig as a sheet rock hanger. He'd been writing music in private for years, but it was 2001's "Tiger Tom Dixon's Blues" - a debut album that bridged the gap between between folk and Americana - that officially introduced him as a singer/songwriter, kick-starting one of the more acclaimed careers in modern-day roots music. Since then, he's focused on a different kind of construction: building a catalog of songs that spin stories of hard work, heartache and the human condition. Musicians like Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Fred Eaglesmith have recorded Picott's songs, showing their support for a self-sufficient songwriter who plays most of his shows alone, relying on his voice and acoustic guitar to pack a punch.

On "Fortune," he turns his focus inward, using himself - not the people around him - as the album's main character. It's his seventh solo release, written and recorded after years of heavy touring. Looking to make a record that could serve as a raw, authentic document of his live show, Picott recorded Fortune quickly, cutting six songs during his first day in the studio and finishing the entire album within a week and a half.

Decades ago, during his sheet rock days, Picott promised himself that he wouldn't release an album until he figured out who he was as a writer. Having a good voice wasn't enough; he needed an opinion, a perspective, an ability to turn the world around him into music. With Fortune, he shines a light on himself, strips bare what he found rattling around in his heart and invites the listener to follow a deeper and more intimate journey.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Marshall Crenshaw Trio

3-26-2017

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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Nick Moss Band

3-30-2017

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

The Nick Moss Band has been nominated for Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at the Blues music Awards!

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.

"... 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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Anna Madsen / Sarah Barrios

Anna Madsen / Sarah Barrios (Ballroom)

3-30-2017 (Ballroom)

Anna Madsen - Born and Raised in Utah, Anna currently calls New England home. Taking inspiration from classic romanticism, fairy tales, and her personal experiences, Anna uses story telling through music as a way to create worlds that listeners can enter and completely absorb. Often described as "Lana Del Rey meets Enya," yet , her music is completely her own and expands beyond one genre. Her influences include contemporary classical composers, church hymns from her childhood, world music, and modern Alternative Rock and Folk / Americana. A 2016 New Act of the Year nominee at The New England Music Awards, Anna was recently a featured act on New Hampshire Chronicle.
 
Sarah Barrios - A quiet storm that has been taking over the music scene throughout New England & beyond! This young lady and her Pop/Indy/Blues vibe, is a unique voice that has won her many accolades from music awards, to television appearances that have captured the attention of many. Most recently, a past American Idol contestant - Sarah also placed in the TOP 5 out of over 14,000 artists to be named to Guitar Center's National Singer Songwriter Grand Finale, and in 2014 Barrios was named "New Act of the Year" at The New England Music Awards. Connecting through her music to her fans has always been her main focus. Says Sarah about her music; "Music is a universal language that can reach many no matter where you live in this world. I hope that I can share what's in my heart & on my mind in a way that people can connect to it."
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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Golden State Lone Star Revue & The Bruce Katz Band

3-31-2017

Golden State/Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California. Grammy nominee Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist and bandleader) has been on the road since 1984, releasing 17 albums and CDs. He has been nominated for three years in a row for Best Harmonica by the BMA Awards. Anson Funderburgh from Texas (guitarist and Rockets bandleader) has spent most of his life playing the blues and earning the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan & Ronnie Earl. Little Charlie Baty (ex-Nightcats bandleader and guitar hero) who, according to Rolling Stone, "plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together," RW Grigsby (bassist extraordinaire) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer) has played with a who's who of Texas music royalty. They are currently up for four Blues Music Awards in Memphis for  Best Blues Band, Best Traditional Blues Album, Best Harmonica Player & Best Bass Player!

Legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) Bruce Katz has released 7 CDs as a leader and has appeared on nearly 70 other CDs with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman and many, many others. He was a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years and toured with the Allman Brothers as well. He is a four time BMA nominee (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” award, which is the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys”.
The Bruce Katz Band is: Bruce Katz on Hammond B3 organ and piano, Chris Vitarello on guitar/vocals and Ralph Rosen on drums/vocals.
"This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I've ever heard." - John Hammond
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser featuring "Dueling Pianos"

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser featuring

4-1-2017

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. And to help raise money for that honorable goal, they are presenting a show where everyone has the opportunity to have fun.

The evening starts with a 3-course dinner, including salad, choice of entree and dessert. The salad course will be served promptly at 6 pm, so we ask all dinner and show ticket-holders to arrive by 6 pm. 

If you've been to a Dueling Pianos show, you know just how much fun this event is. Dueling Pianos is a massive "to the top of your lungs" sing along with all your friends! Two grand pianos  are center-stage with a team of outrageously talented pianists that seem to know every song ever written. Watch Videos HERE  &  HERE  &  HERE

Each show is different because it's all request. And you or your friends might get called up onstage for a bit of good humored fun and some unforgettable YouTube moments. The dueling piano audience is used for the dueling aspect of the show. Audience members are pitted one-side-against-the-other. Examples of rivalries include country vs. rock, men against women, etc. And people do love to interact and have fun. The piano players act as the "Entertainment Directors," responsible for maintaining enthusiasm and maximizing laughs. Hand-picked from only the finest regional talent, they are experts on keeping audience members involved, happy and singing.

This is an all-ages show that is the perfect entertainment for anyone who like to have fun; one big sing-along party, swaying to the music and bellowing-out familiar lyrics. You're not just being entertained by the piano players - you are part of the show!

$70 for all-inclusive Dinner and Show tickets (dinner begins at 6 pm)
$30 for show-only tickets (show starts at 7:30 pm)
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6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Sarah Blacker

Sarah Blacker (Ballroom)

4-1-2017 (Ballroom)

With roots in the folk, rock, jam-band and funk scenes, Sarah Blacker and NE Groove Association fuse their vibrant musical worlds together to create an original, soulful sound. 

Sarah Blacker & Aaron Z. Katz, both award-winning songwriters and performers whose influences include Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Erykah Badu and Jamiroquai to name a few.  Katz with over 20 years of national and international touring, is the singer/songwriter/producer/drummer from the successful jam-band, Percy Hill. Percy Hill won the Jammy Award for ‘Album of the Year’ in 2000 and continues sell-out rooms on the jam club and festival scene. Blacker was named ‘Female Performer of the Year’ in the 2013 New England Music Awards, and has built a devoted following both nationally and internationally via extensive touring, passionate singing and songwriting, and belief in the power of music
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Opener: MB Padfield - Alternative Singer/songwriter based in Boston, MA. Her music is a fusion is pop, hip-hop, jazz and rock. MB is a dedicated guitar player and skilled in an unorthodox style of live looping.  As a smokey vocalist and meticulous lyricist, she's broken new ground as a singer/songwriter.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Dale and Ray

4-5-2017

…Just Two Young Country Singers (backed by a full band).

Dale Watson and Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel were meant to sing together. Both hailing from Bedsore, TX, Dale and Ray have both individually worked their way through the local honky tonks and beer joints, entertaining crowds with their own Classic Country and Western styles. But, they have never recorded a record together… until now!

“Dale and Ray,” was released in January 2017, and is sure to be a Classic Country Record for the ages. Channeling from the likes of Willie and Merle, The Louvin Brothers, Buck Owens and Don Rich, Dale and Ray will be showcasing their own new original songs like “Bus Breakdown,” “It’s Crying Time Again,” “Dale and Ray,” “Feeling Haggard,” to covers like “Write Your Own Songs” (Willie and Waylon) and “I Wish You Knew” (The Louvin Brothers).

Dale Watson, the unapologetic proponent of old-school honky-tonk music and Bakersfield country, carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music, to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon, Willie and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

Ray Benson, front man and founder of the nine-time Grammy-winning western swing band Asleep at the Wheel has released over twenty albums and has charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. They have received six Austin Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Songwriter of the Year (Benson), Country Band of the Year, Record Producer of the Year (Benson), Male Vocals of the Year (Benson), and Acoustic Guitar Player of the Year (McQueen). Benson was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and was given the Texas Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.


Watson and Benson both sing harmonies and share lead vocals. “Our vocal range is perfect for each other,” Benson says. “We understand each other and know the history of the music, so we don’t have to explain it to each other." Watson plays lead guitar with Benson on rhythm. The band members are The Wheel’s fiddler, Dennis Ludiker, and the rhythm session of Watson’s Lone Stars - Don Pawlak, steel guitar; Mike Bernal, drums; and Chris Crepps, upright bass.


Get ready to see and hear Country’s newest sound from Texas!

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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.

VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Rachman Selcer Band

4-8-2017 (Ballroom)

Jodie (vocals, percussion and ukelele) and Kenny (guitar, vocals) came together as a duo when they found they had a mutual love and passion for old rock and roll, jug band, blues, New Orleans, country, r&b and The Grateful Dead. Jodie’s high energy voice, steeped in blues and old traditonal country and Kenny’s mesmerizing guitar, with roots in rock, jazz, funk and Americana, combined with Emilie’s (vocals, percussion) wide musical influences and Roland’s (keyboards) New Orleans flavored rock and roll piano, make “a high energy blend of blues, country and Americana that will get your toes tappin', knees rockin' and get you bouncin' out of your seats!"

Jodie Rachman's influences are Beatles, CSN, Neil Young and Grateful Dead. She plays the ukulele and roams freely around classic country, blues, gospel, New Orleans style funk and much more.

Kenny Selcer brings his heart and soul to guitar playing, melding the blues rock of Eric Clapton, the lyricalness of Jerry Garcia, with a hint of jazz, composing while he plays. He is influenced by rock and roll, world music, folk, Americana, jazz and everything in between.

Emilie Faucher has soaked up a bounty of musical flavors. Edith Piaf, Jimi Hendrix, the BeeGees, the Cheiftans and The Fantastics. Grease and Free To Be You and Me soundtracks are consumed on a regular basis, building a foundation of passionate musicianship.

Roland Ochsenbein plays American blues and roots piano in the styles of Pinetop Perkins, Otis Spann, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Jelly Roll Morton, Jimmy Smith, Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Leavell, Bill Payne, and many others. He loves to drive rhythms and cook up innovative solos that sometimes soar and sometimes end in spectacular trainwrecks.

Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy!
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Jen Kearney

Jen Kearney (Ballroom)

4-15-2017 (Ballroom)

Jen Kearney has spent a lot of time experimenting and seasoning her particular musical style and flavor and it clearly comes to fruition with Her latest album; "Age of Blame" - an amalgam of that musical style ranging from soul, R&B and funk- to rock, latin and jazz, while maintaining a singer/songwriter’s attention to lyrics. Jen stirs the eight cuts of the album through boiling points and gentle simmers that concentrate that flavor down to hit all points salty, sour, sweet and bitter. Lyrically, Age of Blame offers deeply personal and hopeful perspective on a myriad of subjects—the main theme being the importance of maintaining balance and love in an ever-evolving world where blame, fear, self-sabotage and deflection are all too easy to succumb to as human contact has receded.

Steve Morse from Rolling Stone says this; “Jen Kearney is a gifted singer who can belt out a song with the best of them. A refreshing new spin on funk music, but also modernizing it with thoughtfully conceived lyrics that surround the fun with a lot of stately maturity. Her new album further includes top-notch balladry and a touch of Latin excitement.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Robby Krieger Band - Celebrating 50 years of The Doors Music

4-19-2017

Guitarist Robby Krieger is one of the legendary figures in rock. This celebration of the music of The Doors, which Robby had no small part in creating, is a one-of-a-kind experience that could only be performed by the man himself. Helping pen the majority of the group’s songs, Robby had a very inventive approach to rock guitar playing, bringing in blues, Indian, jazz, flamenco and even classical styles to the band's other worldly songs.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Robby was studying physics and Indian music at UCLA and playing in bands with friends when he bumped into a drummer he’d met a few years before, John Densmore. The two began jamming on blues together, while Krieger’s interest in Indian music and culture continued to flourish, as he began dabbling with sitars (studying at the Kinnara School, which was founded by Ravi Shankar), and attending meditation classes. It was at one of these meditation classes that Krieger met keyboardist Ray Manzarek. Manzarek eventually convinced Krieger to come down and rehearse with a poet/singer he’d been working with, Jim Morrison. Their first rehearsal supposedly resulted in the penning of “Moonlight Drive,” resulting in the birth of the Doors. Quickly building a name for themselves in L.A. with their unpredictable live shows, the Doors were signed to Elektra Records, and issued their debut album, the Doors, in 1967. The album would become one of rock’s all-time classics, as it spawned the monster hit “Light My Fire,” a tune penned entirely by Krieger. Subsequent studio releases — 1967′s Strange Days, 1968′s Waiting for the Sun, and 1969′s the Soft Parade — all included several classic songs, and by the dawn of the ’70s, the band issued a pair of strong releases, 1970′s Morrison Hotel and 1971′s L.A. Woman.

Krieger would go on to issue solo albums (debuting in 1977 with Robby Krieger & Friends), in addition to playing live dates, and guest appearances on albums by other artists (the Butts Band, Blue Öyster Cult, etc.). In the early 21st century, Krieger and Manzarek resuscitated the Doors (with the Cult’s Ian Astbury taking Morrison’s position, and the Police’s Stewart Copeland initially taking Densmore’s spot) for live shows and recordings.

Robby is currently playing Doors songs with his Robby Krieger Band and special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger.
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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

COCO MONTOYA

Coco Montoya

4-20-2017

Coco Montoya has a brand new double CD set on RUF Records, "Songs From The Road," which will be released on March 24, 2017, just in time for this show. Ruf Records’ Songs From The Road concept is driven by the philosophy of placing a world-class artist in a real-world venue with an up-for-it crowd, then capturing the sparks with premium recording equipment and a heavyweight producer. This latest release sticks to that winning formula, showcasing a classic Coco Montoya show at Seattle’s famous Triple Door venue on August 17 and 18, 2013 with producer Jim Gaines taking charge of a mix that’s as potent as the performance. This is a monster live album from a monster guitarist and showman. You'll want to get a signed copy at the show.

Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.” From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring. It all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer. Albert took an immediate liking to Montoya, becoming his mentor and teaching his new protégé the secrets of Collins’ “icy hot” style of blues guitar. Five years later, British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Coco was asked by Mayall to pack his Strat and follow previous Bluesbreaker guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor in the Bluesbreakers. “I would never be doing what I’m doing now if I hadn’t gotten the phone call from John Mayall."

Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. In 1993 it was time to take the lessons from his two musical fathers and begin to sculpt a solo career. In the early 1990’s he was signed to Blind Pig Records and released three critically acclaimed discs, "Gotta Mind To Travel," "Ya Think I’d Know Better" and "Just Let Go."
In the middle of his Blind Pig days, Coco also received national recognition when he was named the Blues Foundation’s Best New Blue Artist at the 1996 Blues Music Awards. In 2000, Coco took his music up a notch and signed with Alligator Records, the country’s top blues label. In his seven years with Alligator, Coco released three more outstanding records, "Suspicion," "Can’t Look Back" and 2007’s "Dirty Deal."

The rest is History! 

“Smoldering blues and southern-fried rock ‘n’ roll
           with a master touch and killer soloing.” - GuitarOne
“An astounding guitar virtuoso and a forceful singer.” - Billboard
“Awe inspiring.” - Village Voice

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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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8:00 pm
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The End of America and Ladybird

The End of America and Ladybird (Ballroom)

4-22-2017

"Best Discovered Act of the 2016 Philadelphia Folk Festival"

The End of America is a band of friends, singers and travelers who blend three-part harmony with rock and Americana, resonating with fans of Ryan Adams, CSNY and Dawes.

Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard met on tour in 2005 and went on to form a trio that highlights their vocal chemistry and captures the raw honesty of their performances. Their recently released debut LP (self-titled), follows-up their previous EPs, "Shakey" and "Steep Bay." They have performed at SXSW, Savannah Stopover and the Baltimore Folk Fest, and have shared the stage with Larry Campbell, David Bromberg, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers) and joined Beck in Los Angeles to perform for his Song Reader sheet music release show. Their album, “The End of America”, was named #1 Album of 2016 on WPKN's "Music My Mother Wouldn't Like."
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Ladybird is a multi-instrumental, harmony-based folk/bluegrass trio. Drawing on a wide array of influences spanning from the traditional American songbook to Swedish folk and jazz, these ladies take to the stage with fiddle, dobro, banjo, guitar, and mandolin, blending their powerful original songs with fresh takes on old folk and bluegrass favorites.
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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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Joe Lynn Turner

5-3-2017

Joe Lynn Turner's music career was turned around one day when, after extensive touring in the NJ band "Fandango," he received a call from legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who enlisted Joe to be the frontman between Blackmore and Roger Glover in "Rainbow," a band they formed after leaving Deep Purple. "Stone Cold" was Rainbow's first Top 40 pop radio hit and the band's innovative videos were in heavy airplay rotation on MTV. Turner co-wrote and/or sang on Rainbow singles that helped define the melodic rock genre: "I Surrender," "Can't Happen Here," "Jealous Lover," "Death Alley Driver," "Street of Dreams" and "Can't Let You Go."

In 1984, Blackmore reunited with Deep Purple, giving Turner freedom to work on his first solo album, "Rescue You," produced by Roy Thomas Baker, known for his work with Queen and The Cars. JLT co-wrote most of the songs with keyboardist Al Greenwood (Foreigner). The first single, "Endlessly," received extensive airplay on radio and MTV. A tour with Pat Benatar and acting role in the movie, "Blue Deville" followed.

Then in the winter of 1989, Blackmore and Deep Purple needed a lead singer to replace Ian Gillan. Turner was invited and found himself fronting one of the major bands he was influenced by as a teenager, releasing the album, "Slaves and Masters" and launching an extensive world. Turner wrote and sang on several tracks for a follow-up album that were never officially released. To this day, Blackmore maintains that "Slaves and Masters" is his favorite Deep Purple record since his reunion with the group in 1984.

With his current band Joe plays Rainbow and Deep Purple tracks along with other classic rock covers from his recently released “Sessions” album.


In a career that spans nearly 40 years and includes over 60 album credits,
Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll's most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists.
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Graham Parker & Brinsley Schwartz

5-5-2017

Graham Parker has worked with guitarist Brinsley Schwarz since 1975 when they first met and rehearsed together in a band that became known as Graham Parker and The Rumour. Since then, Schwarz has often accompanied Parker on post-Rumour records and tours and recently joined him onstage as a duo playing songs from all areas of Parker’s career. Expect songs from early albums with the Rumour, his solo career and the present day with tunes from the two latest Rumour reunion albums, “Three Chords Good” and “Mystery Glue.”

In Spain, Norway and the UK, where a recent triumphant tour ended in a sold out Union Chapel show to 900 enthusiastic fans, the music the duo performed was varied, creative and exciting in equal measure, along with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of humor from Parker as – with the aid of Brinsley’s virtuoso musicianship – he reinvents his prodigious catalog.

Stereotyped early in his career as the quintessential angry young man, Graham Parker was one of the most successful singer/songwriters to emerge from England's pub rock scene of the early '70s. Formed in the summer of 1975, GP and The Rumour released their first album, "Howlin' Wind," in 1976 to worldwide critical acclaim. Their second album, "Heat Treatment," followed six months later, garnering similar critical reaction and propelled Parker to international recognition.

Drawing from Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones, Parker developed a sinewy fusion of driving rock & roll and confessional folk-rock, highlighted by his indignant passion, biting sarcasm, and bristling anger. At the outset of his career, his albums crackled with pub rock energy, snide witticisms, and gentle insights, earning him a devoted following of fans and critics. Mainstream radio hits like ,"Local Girls" and "Passion is no Ordinary Word", brought him an even wider audience. The bands' classic 1979 release, "Squeezing Out Sparks," cemented their position as one of Britain's top live acts and ensured sell out concerts on their seemingly endless world tours. His 2007 album, "Don't Tell Columbus", was hailed by critics as his best album since "Squeezing Out Sparks". He continues to write songs of struggle, compassion, and defiance. Like many of his peers, Graham has adapted to the instability of the music industry by working with independent labels.

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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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Bob Marley - Comedy

5-11-2017

Yes that's right, it's laughing time again.
Trust me on this one thing, buy early - this show will sell out!


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.

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Eric Andersen

5-12-2017

Eric Andersen is a first-generation standout in the Greenwich Village folk revival of the 1960s. At age 20, he was celebrated as an emerging star of the Village folk scene by New York Times critic Robert Shelton, who famously championed the young Bob Dylan a few years prior. His early songs "Violets of Dawn" and "Thirsty Boots" are classics of the folk world. His later songwriting blossomed into beautiful, poetic expressions from a songwriter's songwriter.

Over a career spanning 28 releases, he has embodied the popular transition from acoustic American roots music and politically motivated topical song in the ’60s to the mellower, brilliant and more personally inspired singer-songwriter movement of the ’70s and beyond.
Eric has been known as a ‘songwriters songwriter’. His songs have been recorded by some of the best, ranging from Judy Collins and Fairport Convention to Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Judy Collins and The Grateful Dead among many others. Eric’s voice, songs, guitar and piano playing have created a career that has spanned over 45 years.

Later in 2017, Sony Legacy Records will be releasing a 40 song retrospective on Eric’s career. There will also be a documentary film on Eric’s 50 years in music entitled The Song-poet to be released next year. Always creative, on the top of his game and ready to show new generations why he is “a singer and songwriter of the first rank” (NY Times) and a national treasure.


“Andersen is the most elegant of singers.” – Rolling Stone Magazine


“A singer and songwriter of the first rank.” – New York Times


“Eric Andersen is a great ballad singer and writer.” – Bob Dylan
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Karla Bonoff

5-13-2017

"I Never Really Was a Bad Girl,
          But You Got Me in Trouble Again"

Karla Bonoff has been described as on of the finest singer/songwriters of her generation. And in her case, that is not hyperbole. Billboard Magazine puts it best: "Long before Alanis and Jewel, there was a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthly anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today."

With a career spanning four decades, Bonoff has enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity and the unwavering respect of her peers. In addition to achieving chart success with her own recordings, Karla has seen her songs become hits for such stellar artists as Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt. Many of Bonoff's ballads are now pop classics. All the while, she has continued to tour extensively, playing sold-out shows around the world. Karla's moving vocals on her rich, expressive songs is refreshing, exhilarating, restorative. And hearing them live can be transformative.


In 2007, nearly 40 years into her writing, recording and performing, Karla at last produced a live album. "KARLA BONOFF LIVE" is a superb two-CD set containing 21 songs, including some of Bonoff's most popular material ("All My Live," "Someone to Lay Down Beside Me," "Tell Me Why, " and "Lose Again") plus two brand-new compositions. Many fans and critics prefer Bonoff's own renditions of her songs, and they won't be disappointed here. Like her performances, the instrumentation is clean and spare, giving Karla's voice room to work it's emotional magic on the listener.


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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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Albert Cummings

6-9-2017

Breaking every cliché associated with the blues while producing some of the most powerful music of the 21st century comes as natural to Albert Cummings as swinging a hammer while constructing one of his award-winning custom built homes. This Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. Like everything he tackles, he threw himself headlong into the pursuit, going to festivals and winning several picking contests in high school. Before graduating he heard the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan, however, and was floored by the virtuosity. In 1987 he saw Vaughan perform and he returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve. He had another tradition to live up to first, however, and he studied the building trade in order to follow his family into the home building business. Not until he was 27, an age when other musicians were either already established or had long ago put their dream aside for the realities of life, did Albert finally decide to go for it.

A year later Double Trouble joined Cummings again as he signed with Blind Pig Records to create "True to Yourself." This time they brought in legendary producer Jim Gaines to control the sessions. The all-original release further showcased Albert’s rapidly developing songwriting chops and deeply emotional vocals as well as stunning guitar pyrotechnics that put the metallurgical properties of his strings to the test. Tours and shows with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy and others brought his music to an audience grateful for the opportunity to be rocked hard by a man possessed to play every song like his life depended on it.

His new album, "Someone Like You," is
his first collaboration David Z and guest guitarist Jimmy Vivino. And the critics are loving it. There are plenty of great tunes, soulful vocals and of course Albert's signature ferocious guitar work. Get a signed copy here after the show.

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Now You’re Talking!

Now You're Talking! (Ballroom)

6-10-2017 (Ballroom)

A Storytelling Show for Adults presents "Beginnings"

If you like comedy, tragedy, and every life experience in between, you’ll love “Now You’re Talking!” This live storytelling show features everyday people telling incredible stories from their own lives. Modeled after National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and “The Moth” with a little bit of Kevin Allison’s podcast “Risk!” thrown in for good measure, you’ll hear six storytellers tell funny, heartwarming, engaging tales focused on a “beginning” in their own lives.


Ben Alvord has been writing since his early teens, including work in fiction, screenwriting and sketch comedy. He recently finished his first novel. When not writing, you might find him working in online marketing for a technology startup in Boston or renovating properties with his wonderful wife.

Terry Wolfisch Cole is a writer, yogi, baker, Deadhead, wife and mother.  An expatriate New Yorker, she is a cutthroat mah jongg player who prefers tequila and almost certainly swears more than you do. Terry is a Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion. She has also told stories at Speak Up and the MoUth in Hartford and Valley Voices in Northampton.

Honor Finnegan is an award-winning singer songwriter, storyteller, essayist, and flash flood survivor. She currently resides in New York City with 6 plants, one espresso maker, and an air fryer.

Don Pickard was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn't become bitter.

Tracey Segarra launched her career in NYC as a reporter and editor for local newspapers and national wire services, interviewing politicians, celebrities & criminals. But now all she wants to do is tell stories to strangers about her own life. She has appeared on the Risk! live show and podcast, is a 3-time NYC Moth StorySlam winner, a Moth GrandSlam champion and the host of "Now You're Talking!"

Bart Thompson has been telling stories off and on for most his life and has spent the last couple years performing on stage with The Moth, MassMouth, The StoryCollider, Speak Up,  Live Bait, among others. Bart is the creator and producer of the monthly Now Listen Here storytelling series which features stories from tellers of all backgrounds at the Homestead Cafe in the heart of Dorchester. Remember, tragedy plus time equals comedy. So if you can't laugh, cry. You'll appreciate it later.

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Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel

6-10-2017

Bobby Whitlock, co-founder of Derek & The Dominos, recorded Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, and has  appeared on Rock and Roll's greatest albums including George Harrison's All things Must Pass and the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street. Bobby represents the true southern blues/soul singer. Born in Memphis he was the first white artist to be signed to the Stax Hip label at the tender age of 16. Taken under the wings of Steve Cropper and Donald (Duck) Dunn at the time. In 1969 Bobby left Stax and went to California to become the first "friend" in the group Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. For a short time in Europe, the guitar line up consisted of Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Dave Mason. It was during this time that Bobby became friends with Eric Clapton. After leaving Delaney & Bonnie, Bobby joined Eric Clapton where they began to write together, becoming a formidable writing team and eventually recording "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" which is now celebrating its 40th year and is considered to be one of the most influential and great records in the history of rock-n-roll.. The rest is of course music history.

Bobby is now partnered with wife CoCo Carmel, who began her career in London, England, where she took to the road and played all across Europe. After nearly a decade in Europe, she moved back to Los Angeles. She met and later married Delaney Bramlett. During those years with Delaney, she produced and co/produced many records including her own solo record “First Fruit, which came out in 2010 with Delaney, featuring many songs written by the two of them. Bobby met CoCo after her marriage with Delaney ended in 2001. They immediately got to work writing, singing, recording and performing.

In 2011 Bobby’s autobiography Bobby Whitlock: A Rock-n-Roll Autobiography was released and has been a number one top rated book in rock music on Amazon. The two have been travelling together, playing around the world and making records for the past fourteen years. CoCo engineers and produces all their records, the latest and greatest being Carnival Live from Austin complete with an all-star line up.

As 2015 rings in, so does a wonderful DVD/Blu Ray Documentary The Road to Austin featuring Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Stephen Bruton, Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel. Their performance on the show with an audience of 20,000 (“Layla” and “Why Does Love Got to be so Sad”) is superb.

This year Bobby will be releasing his first solo record in fifteen years, produced by Rob Fraboni (The Last Waltz, Bob Dylan,Eric Clapton, The Band, John Lennon, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker and more).

It is going to be a very good year for Bobby Whitlock and CoCo Carmel.
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NO STATIC: Tribute to Steely Dan

6-16-2017

If you saw them here last year, you already know.
  If you didn't, you're about to find out.

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

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


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

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Walter Trout

7-13-2017

New album "ALIVE IN AMSTERDAM" to be released in June 2017, just in time for this show. Get your signed copy here.

Walter Trout, considered to be one of the finest blues guitarists in the world, was the lead guitarist for Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He formed his own band in 1989 and has since become a global mega star. If you’re a blues/rock fan and have yet to see/hear Walter and his band, don’t miss this, he is truly amazing.

Walter returned to stages across the globe in 2015 following a liver transplant and extensive rehabilitation. The esteemed Bluesman has revived his legendary career of fifty plus years. Trout shares, "The last year has been one where the blues truly came calling, and I came face to face with death more than once. My wife moved me to Nebraska to improve my chances of getting a life-saving liver transplant, and after a long wait, I got my new liver on May 26th, 2014. Since then I have been filled with immense gratitude. Gratitude for the fans who supported me via fundraisers, cards, messages, thoughts and prayers, for the donor and his or her family, for medical science, for my family, and for life itself. Everything matters more to me now. And now, 8 months after my transplant I feel like a new man. I have strength and energy. In some ways I feel like I am in my 20’s again! The past couple of years of playing I was getting dizzy spells, severe cramps in my hand and forearm and played many shows in severe pain. It turns out that was a result of my deteriorating liver. That is gone now! I am able to play better than I have in years. I feel reborn. I cannot wait to get back out on the road again and do what I love to do for my fans. The future looks great! To play my music for people has become even more important to me.  When I think about looking out into the crowds of people and connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back: My family and my music is my lifeline.  These days, it means more to me than ever before.”

As Walter powers into his 27th year as a solo star, there’s no whiff of the creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there’s a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. “It’s hard to believe I’m still alive, to be honest,” he smiles. “I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 63, I’m still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I’m still reaching, y’know…?”

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