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Suzy Bogguss' Swingin' Little Christmas

12-11-2016

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


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

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

Watch a VIDEO of Suzy's Christmas show.
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7:30 pm
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Deadbeat w/ Special Guest Sonny Mone of "Crazy Horse"

Deadbeat w/ Special Guest Sonny Mone of

12-16-2016

Gratefully jammin' "The Bull"

Don't miss the party! 

DEADBEAT is a Grateful Dead Tribute Band in MetroWest Boston playing your favorites from The Dead & The Jerry Garcia Band, and a handful of others for the dead-head crowd! DeadBeat gigs are upbeat, fun, wild... perfect for dancers, twirlers & everyone looking to have a "real good time!"

Deadbeat is: Mike (Bails) Bailey, Bass Guitar - Gary Barth, Rhythm Guitar; Vocals - Rich Cesarini, Keyboards - Jennifer Markard, Vocals - Joe Pulitano, Drums - Brian Stormwind, Lead Guitar.

AND Special Guest: Sonny Mone of Neil Young's band "Crazy Horse."
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8:00 pm
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Steven Pelland CD Release

Steven Pelland CD Release (Ballroom)

12-17-2016 (Ballroom)

www.stevenpellandmusic.com

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

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

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

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

12-17-2016

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

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

Savoy Brown have released 38 albums. Ex-members of Savoy Brown have also been members of other rock & blues acts like Fleetwood Mac, Robert Cray Band, Black Sabbath, Humble Pie, U.F.O., Chicken Shack, Ten Years After & Foghat. Kim was recently inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame.

With 5 decades behind them, they are one of the longest, continuously running Blues/Rock bands in the world today.

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

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8:00 pm
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Sugar Ray & the Bluetones CD Release

12-23-2016

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

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

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Roomful of Blues' New Year's Eve 2016

12-31-2016 - New Year's Eve

Because last year's show with Roomful of Blues was so amazingly fun, we brought them back for another year. So if you're lookin' to party on New Year's Eve, this is the band to do it with. No one can really get you up and going like Roomful of Blues!

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

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

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

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

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

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

* TICKETS INCLUDE DINNER, SHOW, CHAMPAGNE TOAST, HATS, NOISEMAKERS, TAX & TIP.

** If you get a room at the nearby MARRIOTT SPRING HILL or HILTON GARDEN INN, we will have shuttle service to and from the show so you can have a blast and get home safe - MORE INFO.

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

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Albert Lee Band

1-6-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Vance Gilbert

1-7-2017

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

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

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

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Brooks Williams

Brooks Williams (Ballroom)

1-7-2017 (Ballroom)

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

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

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

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8:00 pm
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Way Up South and Grin Whistle

1-13-2017

Way Up South is an electric guitar driven American Rock and Roll Band out of Northborough, Massachusetts. Way Up South’s music goes in directions and to places beyond the Southern Rock or Jam Band genres, and has earned them the right to call their music “Big Sky” sound, incorporating a maturity and musicianship that weaves in and out of southern, blues, country, jazz and Americana rock songs with precision and finesse that still retains the loose spacey qualities that are the hallmark of improvisational rock. Listening to one of their many extended jams, you will be transported to those natural wide open spaces in your mind where you can breathe easy and do some soul dancing. Fresh vocal harmonies, instrumental virtuosity, and dynamic energy transference between the musicians and the audience are the hallmarks of Way Up South.

Grin Whistle is a Massachusetts based folk band infusing bluegrass, Americana and roots rock with artful storytelling. The band members are: James Terrasi on electric and acoustic guitars, Noah Hill on drums and percussion, Mark Renczkowski on bass and mandolin and Joshua Hill on acoustic guitar and vocals. They keep emphasis on eclectic and high-energy live performances by melodically combining delicate storytelling with foot-stomping grooves.

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

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8:00 pm
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Melvern Taylor & his Fabulous Meltones

An evening with Melvern Taylor

1-13-2017 (Ballroom)

A story teller and a constant music man, Melvern Taylor has an unhealthy obsession with penning tunes He described as; "happy songs about miserable people."

Along with His Fabulous Meltones, Melvern and the boys entertain to the umph degree with a genre bending sound and style all their own. With His Uke in hand Melvern shares his stories through music and tells the jokes in a way that can only be labeled as unique. A modern day showman with a retro vibe - Melvern Taylor and His Fabulous Meltones is post-modern parlor music. Come and enjoy this special night - an "Evening with Melvern Taylor" will not disappoint.

Melvern Taylor - Ukulele & vocals

The Fabulous Meltones are: Matt Murphy - Upright Bass; Dave Livingston - Slide Guitar; Sir Bob Nash - Drums

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8:00 pm
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Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson

1-14-2017

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

1-19-2017

Southern blues-rocker Tinsley Ellis may speak no evil, but he sings and plays with the conviction of, as Billboard wrote, “...a man possessed.” Over the course of 11 albums and literally thousands of live performances, Ellis easily ranks as one of today’s most electrifying blues-rock guitarists and vocalists. He attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, in the same tradition as his Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman and Freddie King and his old friends Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis “the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.”

Tinsley's new album, "Red Clay Soul,"
debuted at No. 1 on Living Blues magazine’s radio chart in June. And "Circuit Rider" from the album hit Number One on the Roots Music Reports chart. Regarding the new album, Tinsley says "Georgia is where the Blues has got Soul. From the gospel inspired Ray Charles, to the R&B of James Brown and Otis Redding, to the Rock and Roll of Little Richard, to the Blues Rock of The Allman Brothers Band. All these acts have one thing in common. They all have the sound of Georgia and down here we call that sound red clay soul. Rolling Stone says: "Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor's edge... his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival Beck and Clapton."  The LA Times says: "Ellis unleashed a torrent of dazzling musicianship pitched somewhere between the exhilarating volatility of rock and roll and the melancholic passion of urban blues." And The Village Voice: "Raw and righteous, funky and strong."

James Brown once said the definition of Soul is “being proud of where you came from." And without question, Tinsley Ellis is proud to be from Georgia.

 

     VIDEO  -  VIDEO 2 (Tinsley with Gov't Mule)  -  VIDEO 3 (at Don Odell's Legends)
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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Davy Knowles

1-20-2017

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO 1 with Peter Frampton & Sonny Landreth       VIDEO 2  with David Grissom and Lance Lopez 
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Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

John Davidson

1-21-2017

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, John Davidson graduated from White Plains High School, White Plains, NY, and then graduated with a BA in Theater Arts from Denison University. His Broadway debut was playing the juvenile lead in Foxy, starring Bert Lahr. He received a Theater Guild award for Curly in Oklahoma! More recently, he returned to Broadway starring as Able Frake in Rogers and Hammerstein’s State Fair. Off-Broadway, he has starred with Morgan Fairchild in High Infidelity and as Old Henry & Bellamy in The Fantasticks. In regional theaters, John’s favorite roles have been The Wizard in Wicked, Father in Ragtime, Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Teddy Roosevelt in Bully!, King Arthur in Camelot and Billy in Carousel.

When John First arrived in NYC, television producer Bob Banner was responsible for broadening his career as a television variety host (The Entertainers, The Kraft Summer Music Hall, and the Golden Globe Awards), Las Vegas headliner (Las Vegas Hilton, Riviera, Desert Inn, MGM, Caesar’s Palace) and motion picture singer/actor (Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, and The One and Only Genuine Family Band).

John has recorded 12 albums, co-starred with Sally Field in the TV sitcom The Girl With Something Extra, and played the role of Matt in The Fantasticks on The Hallmark Hall of Fame. As a television host, John’s credits include numerous beauty pageants as well as That’s Incredible, The New Hollywood Squares, The 100,000 Pyramid, and a total of 10 weeks of guest hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

 
John is the author of the autobiographical play Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and the educational book The Art of the Singing Entertainer. John has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. His wife Rhonda is a watercolorist. They live in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.
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The Willie J Laws Band

1-27-2017

"The Last Prophet of the Funky Texas Blues"


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

Over the past 25 years Willie has performed as the house band at The House of Blues in both Las Vegas and New Orleans as well as Margaritaville in the "Crescent City." He performs nationally and internationally with the Grammy award-winning Tejano band "Los Texmaniacs." While living in Texas, Louisiana, Nevada and California he repeatedly opened for BB King, Etta James, Buddy Guy, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Lynyrd Skynyrd and numerous others. He was mentored by, and toured throughout the U.S. with, the late Blues great and Texan, Phillip Walker, which you will definitely hear in Willie's playing style. We are now lucky to have him living in Massachusetts, traveling from NH to NYC to Texas and beyond, playing his hardcore, authentic Blues with a twist of Zydeco, R&B and Funk.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Jazz Depot Players Showcase

1-28-2017 (Sawtelle Room)

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

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

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

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

The Weight Band

2-9-2017

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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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The Response CD Release

2-10-2017

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

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

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

2-11-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leon Russell

2-15-2017

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

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

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7:30 pm
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John Nemeth

2-19-2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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7:30 pm
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Matthew Curry

2-23-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Messina

2-24-2017

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

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

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

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Claudia Schmidt

2-25-2017 (Ballroom)

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

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

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

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The FOOLS

2-25-2017

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


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

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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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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
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David Lindley

3-18-2017

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

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

In 1981, Lindley created his own remarkable Band El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood's most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, Curtis Mayfield, Dolly Parton and many others - but his live performances are expansive and eclectic and truly one of the most unique concert experiences you will ever have.
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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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Rust Never Sleeps - A Live Neil Young Retrospective

04-08-2017 (Sawtelle Room)

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

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

More info: www.rustneversleeps.net/

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the Subdudes

4-9-2017

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

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

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

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Gilbert Gottfried

4-21-6-2017

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

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

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

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

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

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7:30 pm
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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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