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Samantha Fish


If you've been following Samantha Fish's career, then you know just how fast she is shooting to the top. And if you've seen her sold out shows at Bull Run, then you know what she can do to a live audience. If you're not aware of her, you should take notice now. She is all over the place, pouring her heart out in her music, her shows, backing her favorite players and never forgetting her fans. She is the whole package with icing on the cake.

Kansas City-based Samantha Fish has been on a major roll ever since she teamed up with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde on Ruf’s 2011 release, Girls with Guitars. Fueled by the trio’s Blues Caravan tour of Europe and the U.S., she created an international buzz in the blues world. Later that same year she recorded "Runaway," her debut on Ruf, which mixed gutsy riff-blues rockers like “Down In The Swamp” with the mellow small-hours jazz of “Feelin’ Alright,” and earned her a string of rave reviews and radio airplay, climaxed by her winning the Blues Music Award (BMA) for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012. Earlier this year Samantha joined labelmate Devon Allman for a sultry duet of the Tom Petty classic, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

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

It wasn’t that long ago that a teenaged Samantha Fish showed up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, and began soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, then going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.” With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and even a tip of the hat to Heart, in putting together a sound that would become her own. “It’s all the sounds I grew up with,” she explained at the time, “with my own spin.”
It's been a wild ride for Samantha Fish and she has proven her staying power every inch of the way. I don't have to tell you to get here early for this one. You already know it will be crazy, wild fun.

Videos HERE and HERE

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Mojo Rodeo - The Paul Rishell and Annie Raines Band


You saw them play with John Sebastian. Now see them with their full band, Mojo Rodéo (pronounced Ro-DAY-oh).

After 17 years and six albums, including the W.C. Handy award-winning "Moving to the Country", Paul Rishell and Annie Raines have become the blues' most dynamic duo. And with their band, Mojo Rodéo, you can experience the big full range of their appetite for the Blues. The band features the stellar talents of Brad Bensko on Bass and vocals, Chris Rival on guitar, Kathleen Parks on fiddle, and Marty Richards on drums, with Annie switching between harmonica, guitar and keyboards and Paul on guitar and doubling on pedal steel guitar. They combine searing Chicago Blues, genuine old-time Honky-Tonk music and Oldies.

"W.C. Handy Award-winners Rishell & Raines are rousing interpreters of country blues, the original acoustic style that gave birth to electric blues, R&B, and rock. While their guitar, harmonica, and vocals are roiling, muscular, and masterful, their shows are down home-friendly and fun-loving." -- Scott Alarik, BOSTON GLOBE

"Rishell's ability to convey the essence of acoustic Delta Blues is shocking. His guitar playing is tremendous. His vocals are exceptional..." -- SKYLAND BLUES NEWS
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Valentine's Day: Jimmy 2 Suits' All Star Blues Bash Band


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Jimmy “2 Suits” Capone and his All Star Blues Bash Band. You might remember Jimmy "2 Suits" Capone as the funny man with Bellevue Cadillac. Jimmy leads the way to fun with his Las Vegas Style front man talents, having spent years in Las Vegas working with and learning from some of the best in the business, like Sam Butera, The Temptations, Sammy Davis Jr. and many others.

Jimmy gathers some of Boston’s most in-demand Musicians for this upbeat, fun-filled extravaganza: Eddie Scheer (the Love Dogs), Big Jack Ward (Luther "Guitar Jr.”Johnson), Johnny Juxo (Racky Thomas Band), Johnny “Blue Horn” Moriconi (JBH & The Caretakers and the Chicken Slacks), Sven Larson (Toni Lynn Washington, James Montgomery and John Axis) and Bobby “The Breeze” Holfelder (Knickerbocker All-Stars and Bellevue Cadillac).

Each Musician gets a shot at the mic to display their individual talents round robin style. Members of the band never know who is going to be called next to do a tune and none of the musicians know what song they will be called to play. Even the audience gets involved in this fast paced event as they randomly pick their favorite musician to perform!

You will dance, you will laugh, you will tap your feet and hum along to jumpin' blues, swingin' standards and crazy callouts.

Valentine's Day will never be the same.
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Ballroom Songwriter Series February

2-18-2016 (Ballroom)

Each month we will be presenting the best new
singer-songwriters in our area.

Munk Duane: With a sound that is traditional in its inception and modern in execution, Boston based Artist/Producer/Film Composer Munk Duane’s style is born of the late 60s, early 70s singer-songwriter inspired rock and soul of Bill Withers and The Rolling Stones, filtered through a 21st century aesthetic. "Munk crafts his music with intelligence and panache. Can superstar status be far behind?" - BOSTON GLOBE

Sarah Barrios: Sarah has been labeled as New England's Rising Star by many & is considered a quiet storm that’s taking over the music scene throughout New England & beyond. Sarah's career literally started just over 2 years ago when she auditioned for The TV show "The X-Factor" and was ranked in the top 200 out of over 10,000 artists! Upon returning home from the experience, it was full steam ahead & she hasn't stopped since! In 2013 she was honored to have won Infinity Music Hall's very FIRST Big Stage Competition. In 2014, Barrios won The New England Music Award’s “Best New Act of the Year” & as of 2015, a nominee for “Best Female Performer of The Year”.

David Corson: “David Corson is the real deal. His performance, songwriting, vocals, and stage presence are put forth with the confidence of a seasoned veteran of the music industry. Compare him to greats like Ray Lamontagne, Ed Sheeran, and Matt Nathanson.

Aldous Collins: Winner of the 2014 New England Music Award for Best in State of NH and the following year snagging his second NE Music Award as "Best Live Act" in 2015 this New Hampshire native shows no signs of slowing; while the release of their latest track "Bernadette" has the attention of AAA radio all over the region.

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Lenny Clarke, the "Crazy Train" of Comedy


Nationally known comedian, Lenny Clarke, with the heavy Boston accent and the Don Rickles attitude, might do just about anything. You really don't know what will come out of his mouth next. He came up in the 1980s, the heyday of Boston Comedy, with fellow funnymen Steven Wright, Martin Olson and Denis Leary. In fact he was roommates with Olsen, and their apartment, known by comedians as "The Barracks," was a notorious "crash pad" for visiting comics, and the subject of a documentary film as Clarke and Leary explain in "When Standup Stood Out."    

Lenny has appeared in several television shows like Lenny, Contest Searchlight, The Job, The John Larroquette Show, It's All Relative and most recently he played the role of Uncle Teddy on Rescue Me. His film credits include Monument Men, Fever Pitch and Southie. Currently he is busy working on the television series, The Winner.

“Crazy train” is the term late-night host Jimmy Fallon used to describe Lenny when they worked together on the 2005 movie “Fever Pitch.”
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Headliners Comedy Series

Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

2-19-2016 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club.
This month's comics are Jody Sloane, Jay Grove and Rob Steen.

Jody Sloane:
For the past fifteen years Jody has honed her skills as a “sit down” comic working as a “Conducktor” for Boston Duck Tours.  She created and developed her tour guide persona; Penny Wise, a tongue-in-cheek, saucy, southern belle. Five years ago Jody took a “stand” bringing her act to venues throughout New England. She has been a three time contestant in the Boston Comedy Festival, performed in the Laugh Your Asheville Off Festival and was a Finalist in the Funniest Comic in New Hampshire Contest. Impishly perverse, her style is thoughtful, yet edgy; touching on age, divorce, and being raised by wolves. She’ll have you convinced that in the darkest corners of truth is comedy.

Jay Grove:  "Unlike some comics who pretend they’re from Boston, Jay Grove always boasts about his New Hampshire roots. He even calls himself “The Granite Gun” and has a knack for keeping hecklers at bay; anyone wondering who’s being paid to talk should try to interrupt one of his shows. On second thought, don’t." - The Hippo Press

Rob Steen has been doing comedy for 25 years. He began as a street performer in Boston at the age of 12. Using his juggling and improv skills he decided to try Stand-Up! Since then he has a full schedule of over 350 shows per year! Rob has been featured on several TV shows including The Late Show with Dave Letterman where he is a frequent guest. His high energy and quick wit have brought comparisons to Robin Williams and he is one of the most requested comedians in the northeast. "Rob's act is fresh and always different. He has a gift for working the crowd into his act and taking them on a ride into his off-beat world!" - Boston Globe
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Big Sam's Funky Nation


Trombone powerhouse Big Sam Williams refuses to let an audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when Big Sam's Funky Nation takes the stage!
Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” This band is a driving force of urban funk, led by Big Sam, who was the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.”
The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk.

Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.
They are festival favorite across North America and their contagious tunes and memorable live performances have attracted fans far and wide, ranging from France, to the United Kingdom, to Greece, to Brazil & Canada.

- Trombone & Vocals,

"He's got the chops of Louis, the charisma of Dizzy, the oomph of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the understanding that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing... and a whole lotta funk." - Rachel Levitin, WeLoveDC.com
“As long as groups like Big Sam's Funky Nation helm communal happenings like this one the funky fever is bound to spread.” - Aaron LaFont
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Dan Baird & Homemade Sin


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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Rusted Root


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

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

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

Move back the tables and chairs. Get ready for a jam/dance/party. Rusted Root is back in town.

OPEN: Rolling Nectar: a vintage-style rock 'n roll band playing Americana and British blues laced with psychedelic overtones and old-school R&B. They were finalists in The 2015 Last Band Standing competition at The Hard Rock Cafe, Boston.
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NO STATIC: Tribute to Steely Dan


If you saw them here last year, you know what a great show this is.

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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Selwyn Birchwood


If you saw this show last June, I know you'll be back for this one.
If you didn't see it, do it now before he's playing arenas. Selwyn & band had everyone, young and old, up on their feet.
A seriously amazing show.

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience, any audience, is proven night after night on the bandstand.

In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. Living Blues says, "Selwyn Birchwood is making waves, surprising people and defying expectations."

His debut album, "Don’t Call No Ambulance," is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, "Don’t Call No Ambulance" is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.”

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Tret Fure CD Release

3-4-2016 (Ballroom)

Tret Fure’s musical journey has a unique trajectory. She started out as vocalist/guitarist with Spencer Davis, penning the single for his album “Mousetrap.” Her first solo recording was produced by Lowell George of "Little Feat." With the success of that release she opened for bands like Yes, Poco and J. Geils. In the 1980’s Tret left the pop music world and, over time, became a highly influential and well-loved figure in the women’s music movement. She has been a major player in that field ever since, recording with and producing some of the best of women’s music including the legendary “Meg & Cris at Carnegie Hall.” She worked as a duo with Cris Williamson throughout the 90s releasing 3 CDs together during those years. Tret has garnered the prestigious Jane Schliessman Award for "Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music" and was voted “Pride In The Arts Favorite Female/Lesbian Musician” in 2009. She is president of Local 1000, the Traveling Musicians Union of the American Federation of Musicians.  

And she continues to turn out marvelous albums, her latest being “Rembrandt Afternoons,” which Tret claims as her “best work yet, encompassing topics of freedom, justice, transgender issues, love songs, personal journeys and tongue in check blues. The musicianship is top-notch. I've worked with the same rhythm section for over 5 CDs and we just get tighter and tighter.”

Get a signed copy at the show.

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Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Tribute


Satisfaction - The International Rolling Stones Show is the international touring tribute show to the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. This Billboard & Pollstar listed show is now in its ninth year of production with over 1600 performances. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast & costuming of its kind. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and cast bring a colorful performance to over 45 years of classic hits. 

Featured in Rolling Stone, Showbiz Magazine, Las Vegas Today, CBS Sunday Morning news and hundreds of national newspapers, magazines, television & radio as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones and their legacy.

Highlights of their career include: In 2005 the production became the first ever Rolling Stones show to debut on the Las Vegas strip to outstanding reviews. The show was also a featured artist on national television news in the 2007 CBS News/New York special on the rising popularity of the tribute industry. For 2008 the show was chosen by Paramount Pictures and the IMAX Corporation to help promote the new Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light” by Martin Scorsese throughout the USA. The group closed out 2008 as a headline artist for New Years Eve on Fremont Street in Las Vegas to a capacity of 30,000. The beginning of 2009 finds the group performing in January for two Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington D.C.

Rolling Stone magazine: "One of the best tribute shows in the world"

Las Vegas Sun: "Shined just like the real Stones on the strip" 

Showbiz Magazine: "They have you in the aisles like Jumping Jack Flash"

CBS News New York: “A must see….get SATISFACTION!”

Washington Post: “Satisfaction is a dead-on portrayal to the Rolling Stones”

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


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

 AND It's DON'S BIRTHDAY, so come and help us celebrate.

There's just no telling what surprises might be in store...!

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 fabulous and hilarious show.

Christine Lavin
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.

Promo Video        Video 2

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Los Lobos


Four decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, "Just Another Band from East L.A." Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title - Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots. These triple-Grammy winners have been influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul and traditional Spanish and Mexican music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. Get ready to dance to "Don’t Worry Baby," "The Road to Gila Bend," "Will the Wolf Survive?,"  "Maricela" and, wait for it, "La Bamba" plus many, many more great songs.

Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut "How Will The Wolf Survive?" in 1984. And though the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band, David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin, saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse musical mix “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well, and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973. Their new album, "Gates of Gold" is out and getting rave reviews. Get a copy signed at Bull Run.

Ten years ago, on their 30th anniversary, Rolling Stone magazine summed up that distinctive, diverse and spontaneous Los Lobos aesthetic perfectly: “This is what happens when five guys create a magical sound, then stick together for 30 years to see how far it can take them.
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Glenn Hughes with Joanne Shaw Taylor and Jared James Nichols


Glenn Hughes is proclaimed as “The Voice Of Rock." This being said about others might sound like an outrageous boast, but with Glenn it is completely accurate. Starting in 1969 with Trapeze then moving on to Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Hughes/Thrall, all the while doing literally dozens of session/guest appearances on records. From 2009 to 2013 he formed and fronted Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa and Jason Bonham and from 2013 to 2015, California Breed.
The Glenn Hughes Band performs as power-trio and plays material covering his career. Special guest on this tour will be Doug Aldrich, Ex Whitesnake and Dio guitarist. And on drums, Pontus Engborg.

British blues guitarist/ singer Joanne Shaw Taylor was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16, and the British music publication, "Blues Matters!," called her "the new face of the blues." Since her debut release in 2008, Taylor has been captivating audiences with her stellar playing and soulful voice. Her new album "The Dirty Truth" continues in this tradition. Her talent and audience continues to grow, making her a solid headline act in England with word spreading around the world as her reputation grows.

Jared James Nichols
plays a bad-ass mix of 70’s rock and blues and is starting to get attention and press. His debut album was just released and has both swagger and soul. "I want them to know great blues rock exists" Jared says. "If I can give someone the same inspiration I was blessed with, I've done something right."
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Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters

03-12-2016 (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.

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


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St. Patrick's Day with YOKE SHIRE

3-17-2016  St. Patrick's Day

If you were lucky enough to catch Yoke Shire at their sold out Bull Run appearances on St. Patrick’s Day 2012 or 2013, then you know why we’re so excited to have them back this year! "Yoke Shire know how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day celebration!” declared Bill Copeland’s Music News in their review of Yoke Shire’s 2013 St. Patrick’s Day performance at the Bull Run. Yoke Shire has established themselves as New England’s Premiere Traditional Irish Music Group performing at prominent Boston venues over the past few years including The Harp, The Hard Rock Café, Cheers and Faneuil Hall. Yoke Shire has also been a featured performer in The Boston Irish Festival for 4 years in a row, including headlining the show in 2015.

Brothers Craig and Brian Herlihy have combined their musical talents with their cultural heritage and created a fresh take on Irish music. Band leader Craig is a talented multi-instrumentalist who performs on piano, mandolin, tin whistle, melodica, bass guitar and sings. Together with Brian’s guitarwork and their trademark vocal harmonies, the duo deliver Irish Pub Favorites that will have you clapping & singing along.

Yoke Shire’s 2011 Irish CD “Awakening Celtic Spirits” was mastered at the renowned Gateway Studios by Grammy Award winning audio engineer Adam Ayan. The album has received praise from both fans and critics. The Boston Herald stated: “These Irish-American brothers can certainly play, enlivening “Irish Rover,” “Danny Boy” & “Finnegan’s Wake” with a whirlwind of tin whistle, bodhran & dulcimer.” Metronome Magazine touted “Awakening Celtic Spirits, is a masterfully performed and recorded assemblage of traditional Irish folk tunes with beautifully crafted arrangements, stunning vocals and masterful performances."

Revel in the Irish spirit & grab your tickets now to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in grand style with Yoke Shire at The Bull Run. We’ll being serving delicious corned beef dinners and have plenty of Guinness on tap!

Check out these videos of Yoke Shire performing live & see what the excitement is about:  VIDEO1   VIDEO2   VIDEO3
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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! 

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Aaron Neville: Up Close & Personal


Having one of the most evocative and recognizable voices in American music, Aaron Neville is an international ambassador of New Orleans R&B, though his soaring falsetto sounds at home in many styles. Coming of age in the incredibly creative 1950s Crescent City R&B scene, Neville gained national attention with the Wild Tchoupitoulas, a touring Mardi Gras celebration that led to the creation of the Neville Brothers band - an institution in itself that would confirm Neville's iconic status. Over his multiple Grammy-winning solo career, Aaron has scored a string of hits starting with 1966's #1 hit "Tell It Like It Is," which held the Number One spot on the R&B charts for five weeks. He went on to win Grammy Awards for his triple-platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind" and reached the Country charts with the title track of 1993’s "The Grand Tour."

A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, his 2010 project was the gospel album "I Know I’ve Been Changed," celebrating his 50th year in recorded music. Most recently in 2013, paying tribute to the songs of his youth, Blue Note Records released Neville's "My True Story," a collection of twelve classic doo-wop numbers performed in his utterly inimitalbe vocal style, produced by Don Was and Keith Richards and with backing by musicians such as Benmont Trench and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “I attended the university of doo-wop-ology,” he says. “Anything I do has got some doo-wop in it. It’s just part of me - it’s the texture that I’m singing in, it’s the endings, it’s the harmonies. At 3 o’clock in the morning, I wake up with a doo-wop song going in my head and I can’t go back to sleep because I’m singing it over and over." My True Story represents a culmination of Aaron Neville’s incredible career, which has seen him move seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers.

8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA



Known as the "Father of the British blues," John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. 

In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has schooled some of the most famous blues and blues-rock musicians of all time, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Aynsley Dunbar, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser (of Free), John Almond, and Jon Mark.

Using Chicago style blues as a starting point for their sound, which has evolved from album to album, John and the Bluesbreakers have amassed an enviable body of work. And while at one point John was playing a fairly jazzy sound, he has always come back to the blues.

His live shows are the stuff of legend.  High Energy, Rockin' Blues. Always an exciting night with one of the Masters of the genre.
Very highly recommended...if you're a fan of the blues, don't miss it!

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Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA



Legendary guitarist Steve Kimock is breaking new ground with his new album "Last Danger of Frost." It is scheduled to be released on March 18, just before this show. Kimock's ability to articulate tone, melody and emotion into music combined with technical brilliance has earned him the title “Guitar Monk” (Relix Magazine) for his commitment to guitar and his ability to make it speak with its own original voice. His variegated brand of guitar, alternately subdued and vibrant, defies easy categorization. At times prog rock/jazz-inflected and at other times gypsy-straightaway. His crystal clear tone has been captivating audiences for more than thirty years. Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his "favorite unknown guitar player," Kimock has performed as part of Bob Weir's Kingfish and toured both in 2007 and 2014 with RatDog, in addition to post-Grateful Dead ensembles including The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.

In the 1980s he co-founded the psychedelic rock ensemble “Zero” through which he became known nationally. With the addition of Judge Murphy in 1991, Zero recorded "Chance in a Million," their most successful album to date, featuring songs penned by Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter. In 1998 Kimock and Zero bandmate Bobby Vega, joined with Ray White and drummer Alan Hertz to form the band KVHW, which toured nationally. And in February 2000 he formed the Steve Kimock Band, bringing in Grammy Award winning drummer, Rodney Holmes.

On the heels of his new album he has also announced a tour this year with his new band "K I M O C K," which includes his son, John Kimock, long-time bassist Bobby Vega and special guest vocalist Leslie Mendelson. The tour begins in early March on the West Coast and swings by the Bull Run on March 24, just in time for the new album release. Expect lots of new songs and the classic Steve Kimock guitar genius. His devotion to live improvisation is matchless and his unparalleled ability to embrace and capture his audience musically is the stuff of legends.

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Johnny Winter All Star Band w Paul Nelson & James Montgomery


The 2015 Grammy award winning Paul Nelson and The Johnny Winter All Star Band present a joyful celebration of the music and legacy of the legendary Rock/ Blues icon Johnny Winter on his Birthday Anniversary.

The Johnny Winter All Star Band Featuring Paul Nelson and James Montgomery have been wowing audiences everywhere performing the incredible music played and loved by the late great Blues/Rock legend Johnny Winter. Join Paul Nelson and Johnny’s Band in a concert experience that promises to be a Rock and Blues bash like no other. Amazing musicians and fans will have a chance to gather and celebrate the music and spirit of one of the greatest Blues Guitarists of all time. If you’re a fan of Johnny and/or the Blues and Rock music in general, you can’t miss this!

Due to the tremendous outpouring of emotion from Johnny Winter’s Fans since we lost him, this official “Johnny Winter Concert Event” has been put together with the approval of his brother, Edgar Winter and his family. The show features the original members from Johnny’s latest band including his protege guitarist Paul Nelson, who toured the world with Winter, recorded on and produced his last #1 Billboard Blues charting, Grammy & BMA winning Album “Step Back” as well as performing on Letterman & Jimmy Kimmel broadcasts.

The band is fronted on vocals/ harmonica by former Johnny Winter band member- James Montgomery with Johnny Winter Band members:  Paul Nelson on guitar,  Scott Spray on Bass Guitar and Tommy Curiale on Drums.

A new feature film "Down and Dirty - The Johnny Winter Story" will be released in cinemas worldwide on March 4th. Watch a trailer of the movie HERE.
The Johnny Winter All Star Band will be performing a series of concerts to celebrate Johnny's music legacy and the release of this amazing new film.

Johnny played at Bull Run many, many times in the past and we are very happy to be presenting this All Star celebration of his work with all his former bandmates.


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Wanda Jackson & her Rockabilly Orchestra

3-26-2016 - Re-scheduled from December 4

“Wanda Jackson, an atomic fireball of a lady, could have a smash hit with just about anything.” - Bob Dylan
"The Queen of Rockabilly," Wanda Jackson, first toured in 1955 and 1956 and she was placed on a bill with none other than Elvis Presley. The two dated during this time and Jackson says it was Presley, along with her father, who encouraged her to sing rockabilly. She had her first U.S. Top 40 hit in 1960 with "Let's Have a Party," a song Elvis had cut earlier. Her recording career bounced back and forth between country and rockabilly and she did this by often putting one song in each style on either side of her single. In 1966, she hit the U.S. Top 20 with "The Box It Came In" and "Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine." She toured regularly, was twice nominated for a Grammy and was a big attraction in Las Vegas through the 1970s. Jackson had her own syndicated TV show, "Music Village," which was packaged by her husband/manager Wendell Goodman.

Since the early '80s, Jackson has been invited to Europe numerous times to play rockabilly and country festivals. American country artists like Pam Tillis, Jann Browne and Rosie Flores have acknowledged Jackson as a major influence. After releasing the critically acclaimed, "Heart Trouble", and "I Remember Elvis".. Wanda continues to tour all over the world to sold out venues.
In 2009 Wanda was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen were just a few of the high-profile artists that encouraged "the Hall" to induct her. In 2011 she released a new album with Jack White, "The Party Ain't Over." It included a cover of the Bob Dylan rockabilly song, "Thunder on the Mountain" as well as a fiery cover of Amy Winehouse's hit song "You Know I'm No Good". "The Party Ain't Over" was well-received by many critics and fans around the world.

“Her voice conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time. It’s not something that can be developed.” - Bruce Springsteen
"She's like my rockabilly Etta James. I love her, she's so brilliant. I don't think 'Rollin' in the Deep' would exist if it wasn't for Wanda Jackson." - Adele
“Here is a one-of-a-kind voice as fresh now as it was in 1958. A voice this big will never be living in the past.” - Stephen King


* We have a VIP package for this show, which includes:
2 tickets (fee included), 1 hotel room for 2 with shuttle to and from the concert.

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Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser featuring "Dueling Pianos"

Habitat for Humanity Fundraiser featuring Dueling Pianos 2


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.

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!

$65 for all-inclusive Dinner and Show tickets.  $30 for show-only tickets.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA



Golden State-Lone Star Revue is a cross country meeting of the minds between California and Texas musicians who have known each other for years and share a deep passion for real Blues.

Mark Hummel has been on the road since 1984, releasing 17 albums and CDs. His latest is a Little Walter Tribute called "Remembering Little Walter" on Blind Pig w/Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray & James Harman. He has recorded for Flying Fish, Tone Cool and ElectroFi Records. Mark has been nominated for three years in a row for Best Harmonica by the BMA Awards. He's has been performing and producing the Blues Harmonica Blowouts in CA since 1991 and has performed with some of the top players across the planet.   "A specialist in West Coast Blues, he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience." - The New Yorker

Little Charlie Baty is the former leader and master guitarist from Alligator Records' Little Charlie & the Nightcats. They have recorded 12 albums on Alligator and have been one of the West Coast's most successful blues acts, touring the globe for over 25 years and playing every major Festival and blues joint from Maine to Spain.  "Baty's straight blues playing is eye-popping... he stretches solos to the breaking point, skittering on the edge, where one wrong note will bring the whole thing crashing down… he plays as much guitar as Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy put together"  - The Village Voice
"He is one of the swiftest, most fluent guitarists working in any genre" - Guitar World

Anson Funderburgh: A native of Texas who has spent tmost of his life playing the blues and earning the respect of artists like Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan & Ronnie Earl. Funderburgh recorded with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on their "Butt Rockin'" album. He went solo in 1981 with "Talk to You by Hand" on Black Top Records. After releasing nine albums on Black Top, he changed to Bullseye and released "Change in my Pocket," which won several W.C. Handy Awards.
"He'll explode into a fiery and melodic solo, and then seamlessly recede into a song at just the right moment to propel the rhythm...he makes sure the songs both breathe and burn." - Blues Revue
"None of the younger crop of blues guitarist come close as Anson does to achieving the classic Stratocaster tone defined by Otis Rush in the '50's and Magic Sam in the '60's." - Guitar Player

Rounding out the Revue are RW Grigsby on bass & famed Texas drummer Wes Starr.

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7:30 pm
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Bob Marley - Comedy


Bob is back! It's laughing time again.

Bob Marley is a riot.
Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, Bob Marley is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV circuit: “The Late Show” with David Letterman, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, “Late Night” with Conan O’Brien and “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn. A regular at the Aspen and Montreal comedy festivals, Marley was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” Marley has also appeared in several films, including the cult favorite, “Boondock Saints,” where he played Detective Greenley.

Marley, a Maine native and University of Maine at Farmington graduate, uses biographical and observational material for his high-energy routines. He began his career in his hometown of Portland, and then moved to Boston to gain experience in a city known for spawning comedy all-stars. He works nonstop throughout the country, in such cities as Los Angles, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., Boston, New York and Denver. And after living in Los Angles for several years, he, his wife and three children have returned to Maine to live.

Watch video clip HERE

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Albert Cummings


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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Ari Hest

Ari Hest (Ballroom)

4-9-2016 (Ballroom)

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

Hest has released eight albums, three EPs, and "52" in 2008, an innovative project whereby he wrote, recorded and released a new song every Monday for a full year. And while his newest album, 2014's Shouts and Whispers, is an excellent indication of what Hest is capable of, his live show leaves even more of an impression. In addition, Hest is half of the folk pop duo The Open Sea, along with longtime friend Rosi Golan.

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

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Rust Never Sleeps - A Live Neil Young Retrospective

Rust Never Sleeps - A LIve Neil Young Retrospective (Sawtelle)

04-09-2016 (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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John Nemeth


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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Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Mark Marquis Group


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

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

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

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David Lindley


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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The Jay Geils All-Star Quintet: From Blues to BeBop


Jay Geils needs no introduction around these parts. Original founder and lead guitarist of the J. Geils Band, he is also a producer, writer, singer, sports car restoration expert and rockin' master of the blues. A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominee, Jay wrote several of the classic hits for the J. Geils band and is distinguished by his soulful approach to the blues. In 1985, after many albums and mega-hits, the band broke up.

In 1992, Jay joined his old bandmate Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz to form "Bluestime," which released two records: the self-titled Bluestime (1994) and Little Car Blues (1996) on Rounder Records.

This new All-Star lineup will be Jay's first new band since BluesTime, 25 years ago. The All-Stars are: Billy Novick on horns, Jesse Williams on bass, Marty Richards on drums, Bruce Bears on keyboards, special guest vocals by Tenny Komar and of course Jay on guitar.
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Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-A-Whirl Band

4-23-2016 - Back by popular demand.

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

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

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Martin and Kelly

4-23-2016 (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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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Janiva Magness Band


Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today, possessing an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, she is a gutsy and dynamic powerhouse. She received the coveted 2009 Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor was the first). She also won Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year, an honor she received in 2006 and 2007. She has received a total of seventeen Blues Music Award nominations. In 2015 she was nominated for Song of the Year for "Let Me Breathe" - Contemporary Blues Album for her newest, "Original" and she won
Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year.

"If there were any justice in the world, Janiva Magness’s newest, "Original," would be as ubiquitous as Adele’s last album. You should hear her songs pouring out of car windows, women (and men) singing along, tears in their eyes from the sheer power of it. Magness has an unbelievable voice, emotive and strong and writes personal lyrics that speak to everyone... She needs to be heard by a wide audience. She’s amazing." - Melissa Bratcher, PopShifter Review

USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Magness sings superbly, with a scorching intensity.”

Born near Detroit, Magness immersed herself in records by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and all the other R&B greats. She formed her first band, Janiva Magness and The Mojomatics in 1985, and soon after the influential Phoenix New Times named her group the city’s Best Blues Band. The Chicago Sun-Times raved, “Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty,” while Blues Revue called her “a blues interpreter of the highest rank…punchy and tough…swaggering, incendiary vocal performances.” Fueled by all the positive press, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition profiled Magness, putting her in front of an audience of millions and expanding her ever-growing fan base. Living Blues declared, “Accolades come easy when you’re this good. Magness is blessed with smoky, seductive pipes that bend the blues into pure enchantment. Her steely conviction is authentic, soulful and playful. The emotion rings true.”

"Hopefully, this recording will bring the rest of the world to Janiva, and then they'll know, like I know, that she's one of the "real deals" out there." - Bettye LaVett
“One of the most fiery and original vocalists in contemporary blues and soul… Thoughtful, inventive and almost unerringly on the money.” - MOJO

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Melissa Ferrick


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

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

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

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

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

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8:00 pm
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John Hammond


Multi Award winning Bluesman John Hammond remains one of the world's premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33 + albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for 50 + years.

One of the most awarded musicians around, John, who won a Grammy for his performance on Blues Explosion (1985), has
8 Grammy nominations, most recently for Album Of The Year for his 2010 release "Rough & Tough. He is a 10 time Blues Music Award winner with the most recent two being in 2014 for both Album Of The Year and Acoustic Artist Of The Year. He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John's band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield,
JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains the only person who has ever had both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time. A tireless performer, he continues to tour world-wide on an annual basis and has just released "Timeless", marking 50 years as a recording artist.

"John's sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it... He's a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down." - Tom Waits

"John Hammond is a master... He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer... A Modernist... John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin' Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He's sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night... The Big Boom. Boom the room." - T Bone Burnett

"…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson's and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…" - The New York Times
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The Quebe Sisters Band


When The Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are transfixed, and then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time. And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound.
Not surprisingly, the sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens. Their past is as colorful and eventful as their future is bright. Growing up in Burleson, a southern suburb of Fort Worth, TX, Hulda, Sophia and Grace were ages 7, 10 and 12 in 1998 when they attended their first local fiddle competition in nearby Denton. They earned solo and group accolades early on, winning state and national championships in their respective age groups in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The Quebes’ evolution from the whiz-kid Western swing fiddlers they were back then to the smokin’-hot young adult Americana band they are today is a remarkable story. Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.

Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world, and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters. Their unbridled passion for American music, along with talent, skills and a lot of hard work, have taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.

“One thing is for sure, you don’t see a group like The Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you’re not already, you too, will become a fan.”

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8:00 pm
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Marc Ford of The Black Crowes


MARC FORD is one of the most gifted, celebrated and in-demand rock guitarists of his generation. If you know Ford's back story in full, you know it's about a multi-faceted reputation as the fabled lead guitarist with the Black Crowes; at the helm of his own bands such as the Neptune Blues Club and the Sinners; as a vital component of key records and/or tours by acts from Govt. Mule to Izzy Stradlin, from Booker T to Ben Harper; and as the producer of choice for artists such as the great roots-rocker Ryan Bingham and English country-soul talents Phantom Limb.

Ford's early memories were Beatles, Creedence and Simon & Garfunkel albums, and Miracles and Chuck Berry singles. Later came Led Zeppelin and Elton John. "Then I found the first two Jeff Beck records, 'Truth' and 'Beck-Ola,' and wore those out. Then a friend of mine sat me down and put on Band of Gypsys. It scared me to death, it changed everything for me. I was like, 'I didn't know you could do this.'"    

After high school, Marc formed his own outfit, "Burning Tree," the acclaimed LA trio whose powerful local reputation led to a deal with Epic and a 1990 album. Noticed by a bunch of Atlanta scenemakers of the day called the "Black Crowes," Ford joined them for 'The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion,' which hit No. 1 and sold two million copies in the US alone as they climbed to the top of the world. His guitars were also front and centre of 1994′s 'Amorica' and 'Three Snakes and One Charm.'

In 2014 he delivered what will undoubtedly stand as one of the finest Americana albums of the decade, "Holy Ghost." It has plenty of space for Ford to demonstrate that his incredible guitar sorcery. Reinvention is an overused word in the creative arts, but 'Holy Ghost' overflows with subtle and surprising pleasures, liberal use of pedal steel, Fender Rhodes, mellotron and banjo, and the best songwriting of Ford's career. It shows off an artist refreshed and refuelled, taking life at a better pace at home in California these days.

This show, promoting that album, is with his own band, the Neptune Blues Club and is another stunning feather in Marc Ford's already colorful hat.
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Quinn Sullivan


Eight years ago multi-Grammy™ winning blues guitarist Buddy Guy had a remarkable encounter when eight-year-old guitarist Quinn Sullivan joined him on stage. Guy was so taken with his incredible guitar skills that he invited him to play on his Grammy™ nominated album “Skin Deep” (that also included guest performances from Eric Clapton, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi) and tour with him nationally. Quinn's blistering solo on the record was the aptly titled ”Whose Gonna Fill Those Shoes?”
He was soon being invited to perform at festivals, TV and radio programs. So far, he has appeared Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Ellen, Oprah and The Today Show and was featured in Guitar Player and Guitar World magazines. He has been actively building his craft sharing stages nationally with Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and BB King at iconic venues including the Hollywood Bowl, the Apollo Theater and the Beacon. He received a major honor being the youngest artist to play the world renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and he performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden last April, along with an all-star lineup.

Now sixteen, Sullivan has an album on SuperStar records, "Getting There." Produced and co-written with Grammy, ASCAP and BMI award winner, Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, BB King), the album will appeal to hard-core blues fans and rock aficionados and to fans craving authentic, guitar driven, grooves and melodies. Quinn, as it happens, is as adept at vocals as he is at making his beloved Stratocaster sing.

John Heithaus of SuperStar Records, says “Triple threat artists like Quinn are truly rare. He is a prime example of today’s new breed of songwriters, musicians and performers and we have high aspirations for him!”
Legendary jazz guitarist John McLaughlin said: “He’s unbelievable … and he plays just like Jimi (Hendrix)!”
Buddy Guy says: “You don’t come across talent like this every day. People called Ray Charles a genius? I think you’ve got another one here.”
Watch the piece that "Chronicle" did on him last year HERE

Watch Quinn on Leno HERE  and   at Buddy Guy's Legends HERE

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7:30 pm
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Taking Back Eden

Taking Back Eden (Ballroom)

05-21-2016 (Ballroom)

Taking Back Eden is one of the most arresting bands to emerge from the Western MA music scene. Formed in the five-college town of Amherst, MA, this indie-folk-rock band features four amazing women: Carolyn Walker on vocals, guitar, and violin; Sylvie Abate on guitar and banjitar; Jen Spingla on bass, guitar and vocals, and Christine "Tina" Abate on full kit and percussion.

TBE's talent is deep and diverse, offering a blend of textures and instruments to create a unique foundation for soulful vocals, harmonies and thoughtful lyrics. Each woman is a songwriter in her own right and together they produce passionate, literate, sensitive music that speaks about contemporary social issues and fragile discoveries of love and relationships.  ??TBE has captured the heart of New England where the band is currently booked up to a year in advance and has developed a large social media following. In addition to colleges, festivals, concert halls, clubs and coffee houses, TBE has appeared on Cape Cod television, SKOPE Radio, the Valley Homegrown Show on GCTV, Music of the People Radio WNCB, and is a favorite on Women of Substance Radio. Their latest EP titled "Beautiful Disaster" was recorded at Signature Sounds and will be released in March, 2016.

“refreshing, accomplished, thought-provoking, meaningful, inventive, seasoned, powerful, brilliant and masterful."
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8:00 pm
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Jeff Root CD Release


Jeff Root – CD Release with Zack Root & Grant Clark
and special guests - The Flair Band

Jeff, Zack and Grant invite you to help them celebrate the release of their latest CD, “My One and Only”.  Jeff and Grant were two founders of the Boston band Hot Dates who scored several top hits in the early 80s. Jeff Root has collaborated with and/or shared the stage with Kink’s Ray Davies & Dave Davies, Leon Redbone, The Tubes, Edgar Winter and comedy writers Martin Olson and Steven Wright. Zack has played in several Boston area bands including Pesky J. Nixon and The Bella Birds and has also opened for Ray Davies with Jeff. 

Flair, the songwriting team of Roger Fluet & Lee Villaire, return to the Bull Run with their talented bandmates Elizabeth Lorrey, Marc Feldman and Jo Thackeray. Known for their powerful performances and fun live shows, Flair brings their special brand of blues-infused alternative pop back to the Bull Run after two sold-out shows last year.

Opener: Whitney Doucet – Award-winning country singer/songwriter, she’s sung the national
anthem for both the Sox and the Pats and shared the stage with Keith Urban.
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7:30 pm
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Jorma Kaukonen


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

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Ayer High School All 70's Reunion

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Please join in the FUN for an evening of reconnecting with old friends and making a few new ones as well. Five years ago this was a GREAT event hosted by the Class of '76, so don't miss out this time around. Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 per person at the door. Price includes hot & cold hors d'oeuvres & dessert stations followed with Bull Run pizza later in the evening. Cash bar.
Event hosted by the Class of '76 in honor of their 40th Reunion. Even if your High School years were not completed at AHS, PLEASE feel free to join us, as this was often the case with many Devens students, as well as grade school friends that attended private or trade schools. Hope to see you there!!!... Oh, and PLEASE share this with all your Facebook Friends as well so that we may reach as many classmates as possible...Go Panthers!!!
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6:30 pm
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