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A Ton of Blues and The Mike Crandall Band


A Ton of Blues is: Mike Kelly: Vocals, Scott LeBlanc: Guitars, Vocals,
Jeff Lorenzen: Bass, Vocals, "Shakey" Steve: Harmonica, Vocals and
James Thomas: - Drums

Adopting a modern, aggressive approach to the old school blues format, ATOB burst onto the New England Blues Circuit in the summer of 2010. While taking notes from the likes of Ronnie Earl, Gary Clark Jr and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as the old Chess Records' stable of blues masters, this award-winning guitar and harmonica driven, 5-piece powerhouse has been winning audiences over wherever they perform with their high energy show and first-rate musicianship.
Winner of the Worcester Music Awards (WMA's) for Best Blues/R&B Act for the last six years (2011 - 2016) and winning the 2011 Boston (MA) Blues Challenge, earned them the opportunity to compete at the 2012 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
The band has made it a priority to create quality Blues music, emit a positive presence among the Blues community and rekindle support for American Blues and Roots music. Their 2012 debut CD, "Crooked Avenue", earned the band critical acclaim, and they are currently in the studio writing and recording new songs for a followup CD due out later this summer.

The Mike Crandall Band from Southeast Connecticut, (home to several world renowned blues greats such as Roomful of Blues, Sugar Ray Norcia) churn out traditional, hard driving blues and swing. Mike Crandall’s brilliance on diatonic & chromatic harmonica and vocals, the soulful guitar of Shawn Leonard, authentic bass of Ed Parnagoni, and masterful drumming of Liviu Pop make this a band to remember. They were the winners of Blues Society Challenges in Connecticut (2000, 2002, 2008), Boston (2010), and New Hampshire (2014), finishing in the finals in 2000 and 2008. Their latest CD, “Deep Blue C”, was recorded live at the Knickerbocker Café in Westerly, RI on September 25, 2015.

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8:00 pm
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Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash w/ A Fine Connection & The Not Fade Away Band

- August 1 is  Jerry Garcia's  birthday -
We're having a Bull Run Jam to make Jerry grateful...

with two great bands

A FINE CONNECTION - A Central Mass based tribute band comprised of four (sometimes 5) diverse musicians that put a unique and personal twist on the Garcia/Grateful Dead catalogue. Rather than mimicking the Dead exactly, A Fine Connection chooses to tap into Jerry’s energy and style as a foundation on which to build. The result is healthy balance of creativity and tradition. Just like Garcia himself, the band is constantly pushing the envelope, growing together as musicians and performers. Jim Stevens: guitar/vocs, Daniel Cormier: keys/vocs, Steve Bragg: bass, Aaron Morey: drums.

THE NOT FADE AWAY BAND: A Grateful Dead and classic rock cover band with members from all over the New England. Greg Thom - Guitar & Vocals, Jason Lambert - Guitar & Vocals, Charlie Weir - Keyboards & Vocals, Doug Wheaton - Bass Guitar, Sven Gallee - Drums

The long strange trip continues......
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Eric Taylor

8-4-16 (Ballroom)

If you're not familiar with Eric Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a lyrical genius and guitar master whose time is long overdue. He was just nominated for an Emmy for musical compositions written for the Storyworks TV documentary "Road Kid to Writer: The Tracks of Jim Tully."

In 1977 Taylor was a winner of the "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. "Shameless Love," his first album, came out in 1981, and after a hiatus of almost 14 years, he returned with the self-titled "Eric Taylor," released in 1995. His eponymous release was chosen as the 1996 Kerrville Folk Festival Album of the Year. Three years later he released "Resurrect," and it was subsequently named one of the "100 essential records of all time" by Buddy magazine. Taylor has headlined the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, played National Public Radio's "Mountain Stage" and has appeared on both "Late Night With David Letterman" with Nanci Griffith and "Austin City Limits" with Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and Robert Earl Keen.

Nanci Griffith has recorded several of Taylor's songs, including "Deadwood," "Storms," "Dollar Matinee" and "Ghost in the Music," which they wrote together. Lyle Lovett, who has recorded Taylor's "Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning," “Whooping Crane,” “Understand You,” and with whom Taylor co-wrote the immensely popular "Fat Babies," compares Taylor's narrative voice to that of Bruce Springsteen. Iain Matthews claims, "Once you become a Taylor fanatic, it gives one immense joy and pride to be able to enlighten others to the man's work."

In early 2011 Taylor decided to bring together some of his oldest friends and favorite musicians for a live recording at The Red Shack studio in Houston, Texas. There was a film crew and live studio audience. Nanci Griffith flew in from Nashville to sing, Lyle Lovett came in to sing, Denice Franke and Susan Lindfors Taylor came in to sing, Marco Python Fecchio flew in from Milan, Italy to play electric guitar, and James Gilmer came in to play percussion. The performances are stunning, and this "Live At The Red Shack CD" is unlike anything out there; named One Of The Top 10 Albums Of The Year (Texas Music magazine) and Best Of 2012 – Live Album (Third Coast Music magazine).

"He's one of those songwriters that has the ability to plop you down in the middle of a story or a situation and make you care that you're there." - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

"He's the real deal. Eric Taylor was one of my heroes and teachers when I started playing around Houston in the early 1970s." - Steve Earle

"To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement. Eric is a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time." - Nanci Griffith

"An audience instinctively knows to shut up and pay attention." - Charlie Hunter: Flying Under the Radar Productions

"I'm always the opening act when I'm around Eric. I love his voice and he has a great narrative quanlity and sense of detail. He sort of takes you out of your own reality and into the reality of his songs. It's good writing no matter how you cut it." - Lyle Lovett
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7:30 pm
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Tony Joe White

Tony Joe White (Sawtelle Room)

8-4-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

Louisiana born Tony Joe White, or The Swamp Fox as he's aptly called, is an American Original; a national musical treasure; the real deal - really. White is best known for 1969’s “Polk Salad Annie” and for "Rainy Night in Georgia," which he wrote but was first made popular by
Brook Benton. He also wrote "Steamy Windows" and "Undercover Agent for the Blues" both big hits for Tina Turner in 1989; those two songs came by way of Turner's producer at the time, Mark Knopfler, who is a friend of White. Dusty Springfield had a hit with “Willie and Laura Mae Jones” and Elvis Presley brought “For Ol’ Times Sake” and “I’ve Got a Thing About You Baby” to the charts.

But White has always been a singular performer in his own right; the honeyed burr of his baritone, his alternately tough and tender vocal delivery and liberal use of his “whomper stomper” wah-wah pedal lend him a completely distinctive sound. Simply put, nobody, but nobody, sounds like Tony Joe White. He's got the down-home swampy bayou thing down, not because he studied it, but because it's who he is - it's in his blood.
Some of his songs, like “They Caught the Devil and Put Him in Jail in Eudora, Arkansas” and “My Kind of Woman” could blow the doors off any roadhouse south of the Mason-Dixon line. While his ballads, like "Louisiana Rain" will show you where Blues came from and still lives…..
He has worked with all the greats in the business, including the legendary team of Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd with the mighty Muscle Shoals sessioneers in support. But despite his illustrious past, he feels no pressure to top himself. “Maybe I’ll stop playing shows and making records when the songs quit coming to me" he says. "But they still come to me…"

Tony Joe recently made a guest appearance with the Foo Fighters on Letterman for the performance of “Polk Salad Annie.” Watch the video HERE    
Also catch the Foo Fighters HBO series "Sonic Highways" Nashville episode featuring Tony Joe White, which aired Friday, Oct. 31.

Tony has just released "Tony Joe White: The Complete Warner Brothers Albums" an amazing 2-CD collection of all the
classic albums he recorded for Warner Bros. in the early ‘70s (all of which are out of print and costing a mint online) plus some non-LP singles, not available anywhere else.

AND he has a brand new CD coming out in May called "Rain Crow."  Tony will be signing copies of these albums at the show.

More great videos:   Hoodoo NowSwamp Rap   -   Lake Placid Blues

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7:30 pm
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Intro to Swing Dance


Ben & Katelyn are back!  Join us for an exciting date night out with them as they teach a class on Swing Dance at Bull Run.

This program offers participants an opportunity to learn the basic steps of Swing dancing, a fun & lively partner dance for all skill levels. The class will begin with a demonstration, followed by instruction & plenty of practice time with guidance as well as free dance time. A private cash bar will be available in the Studio Room from 6pm to help loosen you up!

Instructors Ben & Katelyn have competed all over New England and were both members of the Clark University Competitive Ballroom Dancing. 

$65 per couple i
ncludes light hors d'oeuvres plus a $5 voucher good toward food or drink in our Tavern before or after your lesson! Limited to 10 couples only.

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6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Garland Jeffreys Band


A Brooklyn native who could fairly be called the quintessential New York City musician, Garland Jeffreys is enjoying the kind of creative second wind most artists can only hope for the first time around, earning a swarm of critical accolades and experiencing his most prolific stretch in decades. After a long hiatus Garland Jeffreys came roaring back into the spotlight with 2011’s "The King of In Between," which included contributions from Duncan Sheik and old friend Lou Reed. “As good a classic roots rock record as you’re going to hear from anybody” - (NPR). The album earned raves and led to his second appearance on David Letterman as well as sharing the stage with pals Bruce Springsteen, Levon Helm and Chuck Ragan. The experience fueled a creative revitalization for Jeffreys, whose ebullient, late-stage creative energy colors every note of his most recent release, "Truth Serum (2013).

??Long known for his amazing roster of supporting musicians  (Dr. John, Sonny Rollins, James Taylor, Phoebe Snow) Garland is an edgy singer-songwriter / urban poet whose work should be taught in schools. From his first big hit, "Wild in the Streets," Garland has shown an amazing ability to fuse Rock, R & B, Soul, Jazz, Blues and Pop into something truly his own and unclassifiable. ? ?After a string of records in the seventies including "American Boy & Girl," "One-Eyed Jack" and "Ghost Writer," the eighties brought the fiercely rocking "Escape Artist," which yielded radio favorites “R.O.C.K.” and a cover of garage classic “96 Tears.” After "Guts for Love," a record chronicling the ups and downs of a long-term relationship, Jeffreys returned with "Don’t Call Me Buckwheat," a complex and searingly honest exploration of being biracial in America.

Garland was inducted into the NY Blues Hall of Fame and featured in the Wim Wenders blues film “The Soul of a Man”. He is a recipient of the prestigious Schallplattenkritik Prize in Germany, the Tenco and Premio Prizes in Italy, and performed at world-class festivals such as Byron Bay Blues, Montreux Jazz, Ottawa Folk, Calgary Folk, Fuji Rock, and at venues from Alaska to Japan. And forty-plus years into his storied career, Garland Jeffreys has no intention of slowing down.

“If there's a better record this year, I haven't heard it... an old-school rocker with a timeless mind. His new album is an urban poet's masterpiece." - Steve Morse

"A seriously satisfying, hi-octane show." - Huffington Post

"He will still jump from the stage and strut through the audience. When one story ends there's always another about to begin…" - No Depression

 "This record is a good a classic roots rock record as you're going to hear from anybody this year." - NPR “All Things Considered"??

      Videos: The Arte Lange Show  -  Letterman  -  Wild in the Streets 
                           L'Oreal commercial with Victoria's Secret models!

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8:00 pm
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Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band


Legendary drummer and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band play all your favorite Allman Brothers jams with that familiar Butch backbeat. Joining him on bass is none other than Berry Duane Oakley Jr., son of late Allman Brothers bass player, Berry Oakley. Also in the band is Vaylor Trucks, Bruce Katz, Damon Fowler, Heather Gillis and Tad Isch.
Butch and "Jaimoe" Johanson pioneered the famous Allman Brothers' two drummer sound which was the solid rock rhythmic drive that became the foundation for all of the Allman Brothers material. Dickey Betts once said of Trucks' role in the band, "...When Butch came along, he had that freight train, meat-and-potatoes kind of thing that set Jaimoe up perfectly. He had the power thing that we needed."

Butch continues to be a leading component in the Roots Rock Revival summer music camp. Roots Rock Revival is a four night, five day all-inclusive intensive that features master classes, jam sessions, Q&A sessions, open rehearsals and more. Its an intimate look at the Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band and the music that forms the foundation of Rock ‘n Roll. Some of the young attendees are often invited to perform with Butch at local gigs.

Whether you're an avid ABB fan or just love yourself some southern rock, don't miss this chance to get up close with a living legend. Forty years later and Oakley and Trucks are back where it all began.
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The Allman, Pitchell, King, Charles Band


Due to unforseen circumstances Charles Neville will not be playing at this show. If you need more info, please call the Bull Run at: 978-425-4311.

Michael Allman (Son of Gregg Allman)
Jeff Pitchell (voted "Best Blues Musician" in New England)
Claudette King (daughter of BB King)
Sheila Raye Charles (daughter of Ray Charles).
Here's the show you've been waiting for - They've been selling out theaters all over New England - An amazing lineup.

Michael Allman, son of Gregg Allman, not only looks like his father, he sounds like him as well. Michael is an original songwriter and performs many of the Allman Brothers greatest hits!  Watch Michael HERE

Jeff Pitchell, singer/songwriter and guitar player extraordinaire, was invited last year to perform with the Allman Brothers in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater. Blending Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King and Jimi Hendrix with his own soulful chops, Jeff has won many National & International awards. His own song "Eye for an Eye" won an International Songwriting Contest and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. He has shared stages & licks with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils and many others. Watch Jeff HERE

Claudette King is the youngest daughter of iconic blues master B. B. King. She is quick to cite her father as her main inspiration. Trained in the gospel of the Baptist church from age 13, King was mentored by two legendary singers: Aretha Franklin & Etta James. Blues, Jazz, R&B and Soul are truly in her blood. Watch Claudette HERE

Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the incredible Ray Charles is a singer/songwriter, jazz, gospel and soul artist. She creates her own distinct sound and delivers "spine-tingling" renditions of her father's best known songs from "Georgia" to "Hit The Road Jack." Incidentally, her dad was voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the 2nd greatest singer of all-time! Watch Sheila Raye HERE

With Michael on lead vocals, Jeff on guitar with his band Texas Flood, Sheila Raye and Claudette on backup and lead vocals, this band is a Texas Twister!

VIDEO (Regent Theater) - VIDEO (MidnightRider) -  VIDEO (Pitchell w/Allman Bros)
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Glenn Hughes with Joanne Shaw Taylor


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.

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.
8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

The Tab Benoit Band


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

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

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7:30 pm
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Hot Club of Cowtown


Since their meteoric liftoff in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become their global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), and “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls them “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” while the New York Times, reviewing a live performance in New York City in 2011, describes the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”

The Austin-based HC of C explores the space where "Texas swing meets early jazz." Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin have perfected a unique and infectious hybrid that playfully blurs musical boundaries, conjuring the spirit of both Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and jazz legend Django Reinhardt. If you've seen them before, be advised that they're only getting better - they went on hiatus, got back together, and came out of it stronger. By now they're one of the great improvising bands in any genre. Their latest album, "Rendezvous in Rhythm," is their first ever dedicated exclusively to the Gypsy jazz and French swing of Paris in the 1930s, featuring the band’s sparkling spins on standards in the style of legendary hot jazz titans Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Along with the Hot Club’s dedicated cult following worldwide, they have toured with Bob Dylan, (Elana has also recorded with him), opened several shows for Willie Nelson, toured with Nelson and Dylan during a summer-long stadium tour, and recently opened seven nights of Roxy Music’s sold-out “For Your Pleasure” U.K. stadium tour. In the U.K. the Hot Club has been featured at the Glastonbury Festival and has been a returning guest on "Later With Jools Holland," the Cambridge Folk Festival, and BBC Radio 2’s Radcliffe and Maconie and Bob Harris Country shows.
In February they were winners of the 2015 Ameripolitan Music Awards: Hot Club for "Western Swing Group," and Elana James for "Western Swing Female."

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8:00 pm
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Headliners Comedy Series

Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

8-19-2016 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club.
This month's comics are Kyle Crawford, Gregg Boggis and Chris Gagne.

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

Greg Boggis, a talented local standup comedian and actor, who has performed throughout New England and beyond for more than 17 years, will be teaching the art of standup comedy writing and performance. His favorite quote is: "We'll either find a way or make one." Hannibal

Chris Gagne is a funnyman from Methuen, MA who plays guitar, writes, tells jokes on stage and enjoys a good burrito.

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8:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Adagio Big Band: 100th Birthday Tribute to Ole Blue Eyes


The Adagio Big Band creates a magical evening of the golden era of Big Bands. The great clubs of this era offered up a romantic night out where patrons dressed "to the nines" to enjoy fine dining and dancing.

Join us on August 26 when the Adagio Band will bring that golden era back! This "Big Band Supper Club” night, features a Special 100th Birthday Tribute to Frank Sinatra. "Ole Blues Eyes" as Sinatra was known, had a career spanning over fifty years in film, music & Broadway. He garnered more prestigious awards and international recognition than any other artist of his time. Starting with his first hit release "My Funny Valentine," Sinatra established memorable hits such as "Fly Me To The Moon," "Under My Skin," "That’s Life," "All The Way," "Lady is A Tramp," "New York New York,"  and of course "My Way" - his signature closing song. Frank's music continues to resonate with new generations of fans, young and old.

The Adagio Big Band brings together the Sinatra swinging big band arrangements, with four featured vocalists; the sensational Monica Espinosa, crowd pleasing Andrea Capozzoli, Spanish tenor Santiago Paredes and MC and producer Bobby Kinney. Together they present Sinatra’s most memorable music with a show stopping finale.

This show will surely make the “Chairman of the Board” proud. So get dressed up and come out for a night of great food & old school fun from the golden era of big bands!
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8:00 pm
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Rickie Lee Jones


Two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona over 15 critically acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as 'confessional' songwriter performances.

Her latest album "The Other Side of Desire" was written, recorded and rooted in the city of New Orleans, where Jones lives on the opposite side of the street made famous by Tennessee Williams. Produced by John Porter (of Roxy Music) and Mark Howard, this is the first new music Jones has written in over a decade. "This work is inspired by many years of sitting with all the events of my life until I had something to paint with," says Rickie. "I came to New Orleans to write and to live a different way than what I have known on the west coast.... Here is another record then, made of my imagination, and whatever else that has no words, using the clay of this place and the shapes of my eyes to form some kind of picture of my life, or my heart, that I alone can understand, and hopefully that others can enjoy."

"The Other Side of Desire"... recalls the fervor and crafty accomplishment of her best early work. The album is inspired by Jones's new home of New Orleans, a city she'd previously occupied while writing her masterpiece of heartbreak, 1981's "Pirates." Jones consciously honors the musical styles birthed within America's most sonically spectacular city." - Ann Powers, NPR Music

"She can sound like a nun who has closed the door in the chapel to sing quietly to herself. She can sound dissolute, louche, exalted, elegant, or like a figure howling against a menacing sadness... She sings like a shy person somehow released of inhibition by singing. Every word she writes and sings seems earned. Her songs are cunning and serious or playful and exuberant but always carefully made... [Jones expresses] a human truth: over time, we cannot be other than ourselves.” - Alec Wilkinson, The New Yorker

Limited VIP seats are available at front-row tables 53, 63 & 73, and will include an exclusive aftershow Meet & Greet with Rickie Lee, personal photo with Rickie, a limited edition lyric print autographed by Rickie, a collectible, autographed tour poster (numbered, limited print) and an exclusive Rickie Lee Jones VIP merchandise item.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

We Were Astronauts


Rock Act of the Year at The 2015 New England Music Awards,
We Were Astronauts is a four piece rock band hailing from Boston and hitting the pavement with tasteful guitar licks, strong rhythms and memorable vocal melodies. Inspired by and named for every kid whose dream of becoming an astronaut was crushed the day NASA’s shuttle program was closed, the band presents a melodic rock sound that is as timeless as the American dream. 

Recently named by CBS Boston as one of the regions best live acts, catch them live in the intimate space of The Bull Run Ballroom for a special (and rare) unplugged all acoustic performance as they play songs from their award winning CD - "Artificial Light"
produced by music veteran Warren Huart, whose roster includes Aerosmith, The Fray and Augustana, and engineered by Phil Allen, Grammy winner for Adele’s 21.

“In a musical era that hails experimental sounds and the avant-garde pop-star, revisiting rock ‘n’ roll roots can be a breath of fresh air. Combining modern pop sensibilities with the more rugged aspects of rock, We Were Astronauts aims to occupy that role” - Milford Daily News
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For all of you who've been asking when they're coming back - here they are! Last year's show was one heck of a party!

Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic six piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception. Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain has recorded eight albums, available on Dolphin Safe Records, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles - from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk - often within the same song. "The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we've got that.... anything goes, everything goes," explains Major. "The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!"

Their latest record "Reason To Feel Good" has enjoyed heavy rotation in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New England, Upstate New York, Aspen, Santa Fe, Houston, Cincinnati, and Nashville, and is climbing industry trade charts like CMJ, Album Network, FMQB, and The Gavin Report. The first single from the album, titled "Lucky Just to Be Alive," was number 2 in WMVY's top 25 songs for 2011. Combining top notch musicians with great songs, and infused with some passionate and conscious lyrics, this CD is undoubtedly the best work from the production team of Major/Alex.
The band with Tom Major on drums, Brian Alex as guitar wiz/lead singer, M'Talewa on bass, Rob Loyot on sax/keys/percussion, Hilary Noble on sax/percussion and Lennie Peterson on trombone/keys have jammed with James Taylor, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, Blood Sweat & Tears, Grateful Dead alum Bob Weir and rock legend Bo Diddley.
Their goal according to Tom Major is "…to create music that makes people feel good. When we look out from the stage, all we see is smiling faces of all ages and bodies moving. You can't beat that feeling."

"Entrain zips along like a lively summit conference between the Dave Matthews Band and Little Feat.” - Steve Morse, The Boston Globe

“Entrain . . . merges funk, rock, reggae, swamp, and worldbeat rhythm into a sweaty good time . . .” - The Boston Herald

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8:00 pm
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Great music sounds easy. And great musicians make it so. The bluesmen on the Delta and the Appalachian mountaineers made timeless art with just voice, guitar and a stomping foot. And that is the root of the art of Chris Smither. Over the last decade Smither has released one gem of an album after another. His music draws as deeply from the blues as it does from American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. Guitar-heads are drawn to his Lightnin' Hopkins/John Hurt derived fretwork; spiritual seekers nod in recognition at the hard-won knowledge and deep, wise songs, casually tossed off in taut lyrics. And just plain music fans who have come to him on their own - or have learned of his music from the multitude of artists covering his songs - return again and again.

"Still On the Levee," released in 2014 is Smither's career-spanning retrospective double CD. Recorded in New Orleans with studio-mates, The Motivators, the record plays host to special guests including Allen Toussaint and Loudon Wainwright III. The record highlights the vast catalog of an American music master. His music continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. 'Link Of Chain', a tribute album of Chris Smither originals with stellar versions by Dave Alvin, Tim O'Brien, Bonnie Raitt, Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Jorma Kaukonen, Eilen Jewell and others also released in 2014.

Chris Smither's music never shouts; it whispers. This is deeply passionate American music that can be easy to underestimate. But when you stop to listen you know that in a world dominated by cartoonish depictions of good and evil, where rebellion is a marketing concept and the natural world is merely a means to sell mass-produced consumables, to make music such as this is an act of supreme defiance and serene confidence.

Watch a video of Chris HERE

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Lauren Passarelli, Kate Chadbourne and Bird Mancini


Share an evening of Artistry with friends, Lauren Passarelli, Kate Chadbourne & Bird Mancini - master musicians - for a warm, funny, intimate, musical, soulful, great time, with collaborations, and surprises. You will hear, guitars, voices, accordion, harp, piano, harmonica, melodica, melodian, poems and stories. You will feel entertained, enlightened, charmed and connected.

Lauren Passarelli has been a guitar professor at Berklee College of Music since 1984. She’s an entertaining Performing Song Writer, Beatles’ Expert, Creativity & Technology Clinician, Recording Engineer, Music Producer & Music Arranger. Lauren has conducted song writing workshops, guitar presentations & concerts of original music throughout New England. 

Kate Chadbourne is a singer, storyteller and poet whose performances combine traditional tales with music for voice, harp, flutes, and piano. She has been a featured “tradition bearer” in the Revels Salon series and in the Gaelic Roots Concert Series at Boston College, and her music has been featured on NPR’s programs, “Cartalk” and “All Songs Considered.”  She has published two collections of poetry:  The Harp-Boat, about her father, a Maine lobsterman, winner of the Kulupi Press Sense of Place Chapbook Contest, and "Brigit’s Woven World & other poems of Ireland."

Bird Mancini is the power duo of
Ruby Bird and Billy Carl Mancini. Their intriguing songs feature eclectic and at times psychedelic acoustic rock pop style with lush vocal arrangements, blues-tinged guitar, accordion, harmonica, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. They were twice named among the Top 10 Year's Best by New England's Metronome Magazine.
“…a cosmopolitan fusion…pop music in the most adventurous, inclusive sense of the term.”  - The Boston Globe
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Cheryl Wheeler


It has always seemed as if there were two Cheryl Wheelers, with fans of the New England songwriter relishing watching the two tussle for control of the mic. There is poet Cheryl, writer of some of the prettiest, most alluring and intelligent ballads on the modern folk scene. And there is her evil twin, comic Cheryl, a militant trend defier and savagely funny social critic. The result is a series of delightful contrasts. For really Cheryl Wheeler is a woman of many musical personalities - heart-wrenching romantic balladeer, marvelous observational humorist, poet of ordinary New England scenes and people, committed activist, irascible grump.
But Cheryl really has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read about her and nothing you hear from her albums will prepare you for just how entertaining a performer she is. And if you’re not already familiar with her, you've probably heard her music. Her songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O'Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea and Holly Near.
From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people's comments about her you learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really quite believe what you've been told about her. Interestingly enough, almost half of the songs she performs during her shows have never been recorded! And each time she tells a story, it will be a little bit different, so even if you've heard it before, you still find yourself laughing.

Pick up a copy of Cheryl's latest, "Cheryl Wheeler Live," featuring Bull Run favorite Kenny White and such hits-to-be as "Lady Gaga's Singing Program."


Open: Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli: Lori is an award winning songwriter (finalist, Great American Songwriting Contest 2010, Best Female Vocalist, Pulse Magazine 2011, 2012), combining alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing with Fred Abatalli's solid solid bass and guitar. Lori & Fred's newest CD, "Lifted" was just named "Best CD of 2015" by Pulse Magazine. Fans of Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and Joni Mitchell will quickly become fans of Lori & Fred as they explore Jazz, Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Gospel and blues with their own fresh style.
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Ruthie Foster


From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy - sometimes in a single song. Her last two albums, 2009’s "The Truth According to Ruthie Foster" and 2012’s "Let It Burn," moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations; her latest, "Promise of a Brand New Day," releasing August 19 could make her a contender once more.

For this album, Foster put Meshell Ndegeocello in charge as her producer and then got out of the way, letting the lauded singer and bassist call the shots regarding players, takes, and mixing. “I wanted this album to highlight Ruthie’s voice and also communicate her vibe, give a fuller picture of her artistry and ability,” explains Ndegeocello. “She really trusted me with the music and I think we've made something that complements and holds its own alongside the power of her voice.” Ndegeocello played bass and enlisted her regular guitarist Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow) and keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Aimee Mann), plus drummer Ivan Edwards and backing vocalist Nayanna Holley. Foster did request two special guests: guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and singer Toshi Reagon.

Ruthie is mostly considered a blues singer and sometimes a folkie, but if you've seen her, you know her as one of the most soulful singers out there today no matter what she sings. Her shows will lift you up and her spirit will carry you away. A Grammy nominated artist with multiple awards to her resume, she is admired by many of her peers in the musical community. Mavis Staples says, "I love Ruthie Foster. That's my little sister. A phenomenal woman, yes indeed. She's great." And seal of approval from Miss Mavis, is enough for me....

VIDEO: "It Might Not be Right"  -  VIDEO: "Brand New Day"
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The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue


The Nation's Hottest 50's Show is back!

"I know that you're in love with him
   cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
     you both kicked off your shoes

      Man, I dig those rhythm and blues"

The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue is dedicated to preserving and performing the music of the 1950’s Doo Wop era. From New Hampshire to New Orleans and Virginia to Vegas, The Corvettes perform the great music of the Doo Wop era with a fresh new energy. Their incredibly entertaining show and comical stage antics have left many a happy audience screaming for more! In the tradition of legendary Doo Wop revivalists Sha Na Na, every Corvettes show is more than a concert - it’s an all out a Doo Wop Celebration!

In addition to performing their own outstanding concerts, the Corvettes tour  with many legendary Doo Wop groups including The Drifters, The Tokens, Danny & The Juniors, The Platters, The Marvelettes, The Shangri Las, The Shirelles, The Belmonts, Gary U.S. Bonds, The DelVikings, The Teenagers and many more.

Some of the great hits you might expect to hear at a Corvettes Doo Wop Revue show: Come Go With Me - Little Darlin’ - Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On - At The Hop - The Twist - Earth Angel - Sea Crusie - Rock Around The Clock - In The Still Of The Night - Runaround Sue - Runaway - Palisades Park - Twistin’ The Night Away - Splish Splash - Shake Rattle & Roll And many, many more!

"A rollicking ride through the good old days of Rock & Roll"


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Lenny Clarke, the "Crazy Train" of Comedy


For all you folks that couldn't get ticket to Lenny's sold out show here last February, here's your chance. Buy 'em now before he sells out again.

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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Roy Book Binder

9-30-2016 (BALLROOM)

Back in the early 1960s, Roy Book Binder learned his craft from the legendary blind street singer, Reverend Gary Davis. After two years of traveling the folk-blues circuit with his mentor, Roy struck out on his own. Along the way, he befriended Pink Anderson, an old Carolina medicine show performer (who, by the way, was the "Pink" in Pink Floyd). Pink's stories and songs will forever be kept alive as long as Roy has a stage to perform on.

Roy has toured with Bonnie Raitt, Hot Tuna and J.J. Cale. He's played at many festivals around the country including: The New Orleans JazzFest, the Chicago Blues Festival, The National Story Telling Festival and MerleFest, where he has hosted the acoustic blues stage for the past 14 years.

A few years ago, the PBS Emmy Award-winning series "Arts Across America" joined him on the road, documenting his colorful career in a segment titled "Keeping Traditions Alive." For almost 40 years Roy Book Binder has traveled the world as a "keeper of the flame" and ambassador of the blues. He is certainly a national treasure and one of the finest fingerpickers working today.
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Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar


Sonny Landreth and Cindy Cashdollar are making some duo appearances in 2016. Louisiana’s slide guitar wizard will deliver his bottle-neck style slide chops while Austin's sweetheart of the steel guitar will showcase the renowned talent that earned her a spot in the Texas Music Hall of Fame.

Revered for his unique slide guitar technique, Sonny Landreth has collaborated with many legendary performers including John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffett,Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton. In the summer of 2013, Sonny was part of the Peter Frampton led Guitar Circus tour, often closing the night playing with Frampton on an extended 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps." This year Sonny was named Best Instrumentalist/Guitarist at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis by The Blues Foundation.

Cindy Cashdollar's expertise is in great demand on both steel guitar and dobro. She has worked with many leading artists in various genres including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart and Ryan Adams. With the iconic western swing group Asleep At The Wheel, she garnered 5 Grammy awards and was the first woman to be inducted into the Texas Steel Guitar Hall of Fame in 2011. She is one of this year’s Americana Music Association nominee's for Instrumentalist of the Year.

Performing a mix of original songs with contemporary and traditional blues and roots music, this show is electric, virtuosic and tastefully delivered by two masters of the guitar.
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Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur


In the 1960s Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur led the groundbreaking Jim Kweskin Jug Band, admired and imitated by everyone from folk and blues musicians to rockers like The Lovin’ Spoonful and The Grateful Dead, but their new album, "Penny's Farm," isn’t a victory lap or nostalgia trip. Back then they were exciting because they had a gift for combining a loose, good-time feel with an astonishingly high standard of musicianship, making old songs feel quirky, hip, and new, and "Penny’s Farm" is exciting because they still have that magic.

Ed Ward, senior rock critic for NPR, once listed the most important bands of the early 1960s as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, the Byrds, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful recalls that his band, like the Grateful Dead and “a host of others,” started out imitating the Jug Band. Bob Dylan co-billed with Jim in Greenwich Village. They had Janis Joplin as their opening act. And of course Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks were the unofficial succesors to the Kweskin Band's legacy.

The songs reach back to the roots of American folk music, but the performances are sparked by the interplay of two artists deeply immersed in traditional styles, who know each other well, but have distinctly different styles and temperaments: Geoff is a meticulous arranger, while Jim prefers “to find a bunch of musicians I like, work up some tunes, and just let ’er rip.” Working live in the studio with a small group drawn from some of the finest musicians on the contemporary Americana scene, they’ve made a record that perfectly captures that mix of care and energy. It feels relaxed and fun, but with a lot of living behind it - new music from artists who’ve traveled a long way since the 1960s, and never lost touch with their passion.

When it comes to acoustic folk, blues, and ragtime, Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur are unparalleled exponents of the best aspects of American music.

Listen to the Kweskin Jug Band HERE

Read "Stumbling into Jugband OR How I learned to be a Viper"
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Leon Russell


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Their first album, "If I Die" is out this summer and you will want to get a signed copies at this show.


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Matt Schofield Band

10-16-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

British guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Matt Schofield is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive and innovative guitarists to have emerged on the world scene for several generations. He is rated in the "top ten British blues guitarists of all time" Guitar & Bass Magazine, putting him in the company of such iconic names as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. In his relatively short solo career Schofield’s prowess as a blues guitarist has taken his band to twelve countries; seen him playing with iconic guitarists like Buddy Guy and Robben Ford; and brought him high praise in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings as one of only two living British artists in recording history to gain a maximum four-star rating.

The Schofield story is exploding internationally; the world is sitting up and taking note.  Back from another well-received US tour, Schofield is expanding his borders. The LA Times stated, “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades. Head and shoulders above the herd.” And Vintage Guitar Magazine said, “The best of his generation’s European blues players. His feel for the music is incredible. His playing is so interesting that latching onto his records will reward any guitarist.”

British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011 & 2012 (Putting him in the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame)

Mojo Magazine Blues Album of the Year 2011
British Blues Awards Album of the Year 2010

"Another level altogether." MOJO

"The UK’s most exciting blues guitar player." GUITARIST

Watch a video clip HERE and HERE
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JD Souther


JD Souther is one of the most celebrated songwriters of his generation,” writes Interview Magazine. “Raised on a steady diet of big band and jazz during his childhood, Souther has routinely returned to that music, as well as the genius songwriters of the early 20th century (Gershwin, Cole Porter) for inspiration. On his new studio album, Tenderness (Sony Music Masterworks), Souther combines these musical threads, striking a perfect balance between understated jazz and the ineffable pop narratives that have been the backbone of much of his greatest work.”

“Hanging out in the bar at the Troubadour with Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne and playing open mic Mondays, then opening for Poco and The Flying Burrito Brothers - it was the best study in songwriting I can imagine,” reflects Souther. “So many great songwriters came through - Laura Nyro, Kris Kristofferson, Randy Newman, Elton John, James Taylor, Tim Hardin, Carole King, Rick Nelson, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Tim Buckley, Gordon Lightfoot, Taj Mahal and more. It seems impossible now to imagine that much music in a year and a half or so, but that was my life and the Troubadour was our university. It’s also where I met Linda Ronstadt and where Don Henley and Glenn Frey met to form this little country rock band called Eagles that would go on to make musical history.”

Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013, Grammy-nominated Souther has penned countless hits for the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Roy Orbison, James Taylor, Don Henley, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Brooks and Dunn and found success as a solo artist. Produced by Larry Klein, JD’s latest album Tenderness connects “LA’s ‘70s golden age with the Great American Songbook,” writes Uncut, with songs that sound “like standards themselves.” His classic albums John David Souther, Black Rose and Home by Dawn have been released as expanded reissues (Omnivore Recordings).

As an actor, he has appeared in the TV Shows Thirtysomething and Nashville, among others. A passionate animal lover and advocate, JD is also involved with Best Friends Animal Society.

: Trailer for Album Reissues  - Dance Real Slow  - Something in the Dark
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Reckless Kelly


If you haven't heard of Reckless Kelly yet, you soon will. Their songs will grab you on first listen and pull you in deeper with each play, and their live shows are wild contagious fun. They first gained steam as one of the nation's top Americana projects in Austin, Texas, where their high-energy honky tonk packed venue after venue.

Now they come armed with a formidable 8 album discography to blow the roof off. Their 2011 Grammy Nominated "Good Luck & True Love," took home four Lone Star Music Awards, and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio. And their newest from 2013, "Long Night Moon," was produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with Lead Guitarist David Abeyta. Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro).

When Willy Braun, frontman and principal songwriter for the band began writing songs for Long Night Moon, he quickly found a theme emerging. “About halfway through writing this record, I noticed that almost all of the songs I was writing, whether they were songs about the road, life, or love, had something to do with traveling. It started as an accident and I decided to just go with it. Before we knew it, there was a definite theme.” It’s honest, original and constantly evolving. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Long Night Moon is no exception to this rule.

VIDEO 1   -   VIDEO 2
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Blues super group, Royal Southern Brotherhood, has a brand new CD “The Royal Gospel” on RUF Records. And like all super-groups, they have evolved. It may have taken a shake-up to get there, but the entire journey has been well worth it. With the amazing Cyril Neville on vocals & percussion and Yonrico Scott still anchoring down the drums, we now have Nashville's Bart Walker and Austin Texas guitarist Tyrone Vaughan as the new ace guitarists. And newest member Darrell Phillips on bass make RSB the most rock-solid, funky blues bands on the planet.

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

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

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

VIDEO: The Royal Gospel   -   VIDEO 2    -    VIDEO 3

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The Outlaws


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

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

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

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


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

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Paula Poundstone


32 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country, stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. She went on to become one of our country’s foremost humorists. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, a rascal of a weekly news quiz show, "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me." This year she was part of the talented cast in Pixar’s critically acclaimed movie, "Inside Out," and she tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country, causing Bob Zany with the Boston Globe to write: “Poundstone can regale an audience for several hours with her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy.” Audience members may put it a little less elegantly:  “I peed my pants.”

Says, Peter Sagal, Host of NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me: “People love Paula Poundstone and they always have. The amazing thing about Paula is that she has an amazingly distinctive personality. You can see a lot of really, really great comedians, but you may walk away without a sense of who they really are…Paula comes out on stage and she starts talking about her life and then 20 minutes later you realize you're in the middle of her comedy act and didn't really know it.” 

Poundstone’s ability to be spontaneous with a crowd is the stuff of legend. Poundstone says: “No two shows I do are the same. It's not that I don't repeat material. I do. My shows, when they're good, and I like to think they often are, are like a cocktail party. When you first get there, you talk about how badly you got lost and how hard it was to find parking. Then you tell a story about your kids or what you just saw on the news. You meet some new people and ask them about themselves.  Then, someone says, "Tell that story you used to tell," and then someone on the other side of the room spills a drink, and you mock them. No one ever applauds me when I leave a party, though. I think they high five.” Paula's interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval less artful comics receive. 

It has been said that Paula not only shot through the glass ceiling, she never acknowledged it was there. She was never one to stereotype herself as a ‘female comedian’ or limit herself to comedy from a ‘female’ point of view. Over the span of her career, she has amassed a list of awards and accolades that include: The first woman to win the cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special (1992); The first woman to perform standup at the White House Correspondents dinner; (1993); She has starred in her own comedy specials on HBO and BRAVO. In fact, “Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard,” on HBO, was the only time the elite university has allowed their name to be used in the title of a television show. If it means anything to anyone, Paula is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. She won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic, and in 2010 she was one of a select group voted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. "Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me" is now the most popular show on NPR, having reached #1 status in 2014.

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THE STOMPERS: 7th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration


A very special Thanksgiving & Anniversary Celebration!

The legendary Stompers played their very first show in November 1977. The band has long been recognized for their raucous live shows; kept alive for more than three decades by a spirited legion of dedicated fans.

The Stompers music appears in the John Sayles film, "Return Of The Secaucus Seven" and the cult classic, "Fraternity Vacation". Their radio hits include, "Coast to Coast", "Rock, Jump and Holler", "Eastside Girl", "One Heart For Sale", "American Fun" and "Never Tell An Angel" which both appear in Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups" & "Grown Ups 2" respectfully. The list goes on, as do The Stompers!

The Stompers mission has always been to lift the spirt, shake the body and spread the mighty jubilation that is rock n roll. Keeping that tradition alive and kicking for more than three decades, the band continues to deliver the whole barn burnin’ roof raisin’ foot stompin’ ROCK N ROLL CHURCH to sellout audiences everywhere.

Say it loud brothers and sisters - say it proud!
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