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Coco Montoya


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

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

The rest is History! 

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

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7:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA



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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We Were Astronauts

We Were Astronauts (Ballroom)


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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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

Lauren Passarelli, Kate Chadbourne and Bird Mancini (Ballroom)


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 called the music world’s wonder woman for being a songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, recording engineer, owning a record label & being a Berklee College of Music Guitar Department Professor since 1984. A multi instrumentalist, singing & playing many parts on her own records, she has two CDs with arranger, Cindy Brown, under the band name; Two Tru, and six CDs on her own. Her music has been featured on daytime TV: CBS, NBC, & WGBH. Lauren also recorded other artists including: Ruth Mendelson, Kate Chadbourne, Crave, Thaddeus Hogarth, & Jane Miller. Pat Metheny has called her a great guitar player. Lauren’s early musical influences were: The Beatles, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Carly Simon, & Fleetwood Mac. New Englander’s know Lauren as, George Harrison, when she toured with the Beatles’ Tribute Band; Get Back, later renamed, All Together Now, from 1995-2007. Noticed on youtube, Lauren is now the lead guitarist in the solo Beatles’ Tribute Band, AfterFab since 2014.

Kate Chadbourne is an award-winning songwriter and poet, a scholar and teacher of Irish language and folklore with a PhD from Harvard, and a beloved performer at venues throughout New England.  She has been honored as a “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 released four solo CD’s, two collections of poetry, and has collaborated on recordings and live performances with Tim Janis, Lauren Passarelli, The Chanticleers, The Celtic Kates and many others.  Named as one of “The Most Fascinating People” in Central Massachusetts by the Sentinel and Enterprise Newspaper, Kate is also the founder of The Bardic Academy, a school for great-hearted people at the crossroads of art and magic.  She brings to her audiences the sounds of the harp, piano, tin whistle, Irish flute, and melodeon, a deep love and knowledge of traditional Irish story, a warm and welcoming presence, and a voice often described as “the voice of an angel.”

 VIDEOS:  Moonlit Apples – The Blackberry Flower


Boston's Bird Mancini is a cosmopolitan fusion of blues-tinged rock, Latin-flavored bossa nova, country-folk balladry, and woolly psychedelia, with lush vocals, guitar, accordion, and a variety of percussion, bells and whistles. In recent years they’ve toured the West Coast and performed for the International Pop Overthrow Festival in Boston, NYC, and The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. The duo features Ruby Bird-vocals, accordion, melodica, harmonica, percussion; Billy Carl Mancini-vocals and guitar. Critically acclaimed and ASCAP/Boston Music Award nominees, Bird Mancini were twice named among the Top 10 Year's Best by Metronome Magazine. They've opened for Leon Russell, David Crosby, Joan Osborne, Gregg Allman, Jonathan Edwards, The Stompers, The Outlaws and others. 


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7:00 pm
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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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8:00 pm
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Jodie Rachman, Kenny Selcer, Emilie Faucher and Roland Ochsenbein

Jodie Rachman, Kenny Selcer, Emilie Faucher and Roland Ochsenbein (Ballroom)

9-17-2016 (Ballroom)

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

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

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

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

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

Buckle your seatbelt and enjoy!
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8:00 pm
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Dinner on the Bridge


Join Executive Chef Stephen Barck and your Innkeepers for a "Feast of the Fields" dinner elegantly served on our Bull Run Covered Bridge. You'll enjoy 4 wine paired courses during this delectable meal as Chef Stephen walks you through how the meal was prepared using locally sourced ingredients inspired by the New England landscape.

You'll also learn the history of our iconic lattice-truss Covered Bridge built from an historic Eli Whitney design.

This one-of-a-kind dinner includes a starter, entree and dessert, plus a little "amuse bouche" or 'gift' from the kitchen. A complete wine pairing is included and you'll be welcomed to the event with live classical music. Join us for a great meal, a little history, a unique dining venue, lots of laughs and lively discussion with good company.

An unforgettable New England experience!

Tickets are $100 per person & includes dinner, all wine, tax, gratuity and great conversation. 

Seating is limited to 30 people.

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4:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

BETSY SAWYER DAY: International Day of Peace


The Pages for Peace Foundation and the family of Betsy Sawyer along with very special guests The Honorable U.N. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury and 9/11 First Responder John Feal invite you to attend the first annual Betsy Sawyer Day International Day of Peace Celebration and Banquet.

After a ceremony at Groton's Prescott School at 3:00 P.M., join us for Cocktails & Dinner in the Sawtelle Room at Bull Run at 6:00 P.M.

Dinner, Raffles & Silent Auction. Cash bar.

$40 tickets include dinner & program.
$50 tickets include dinner & program plus a $10 donation to the Pages for Peace Scholarship fund.

To learn more about The Big Book Project and Pages for Peace,
  please visit the website: www.pagesforpeace.org

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6:00 pm
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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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7:30 pm
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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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8:00 pm
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1740 Club: Bull Run Beer & Food Pairing


The 1740 Club at Bull Run in association with The Long Trail Brewing Co. presents "An Evening of Beer & Food Pairing."

Join us for a delectable multi-course, beer-paired dinner with Executive Chef Stephen Barck and our friends from Vermont's
Long Trail Brewery!

You may be familiar with the brewery's Long Trail Ale, but this is your opportunity to learn firsthand about their many other exciting brews.
Bull Run's Chef Stephen will walk you through how each course of his sumptuous meal has been prepared using locally sourced ingredients while you drink, enjoy and learn about each new beer pairing.

You'll meet "the Long Trail Guys" and hear the fascinating history of their sustainable craft beer company, all while enjoying a great meal, lots of beer & new friends.

Be ready for some great brews and a local culinary adventure!

More info on The Long Trail Brewing Company at:  longtrail.com/

$60 per person includes dinner, all beer, tax & gratuity

6:00pm, Garden Room @ Bull Run - Limit 25 people ­ - ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
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6:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

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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7:30 pm
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Roy Book Binder

Roy Book Binder (Ballroom)

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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8:00 pm
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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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8:00 pm
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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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8:00 pm
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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.

Her debut album In The Blink Of An Eye that featured three top charting singles, "Shame on Me" (#1 on iHeartRadio Top 20 On Demand Adult Chart and #46 on the Billboard Hot AC Chart), "OPM" (#26 Billboard Hot Dance) and "So Eden" (Billboard Hot AC Top 50.) Katrina was named iHeartRadio's "Artist to Watch in 2011" and was the opening act in the U.S.
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Bobby Rush


Blues Great Bobby Rush has been entertaining audiences around the world for over 50 years. Over the course of his storied career, Rush, who is affectionately known as the "King of the Chitlin' Circuit" has been nominated for three Grammys and has also been nominated for 41 Blues Music Awards, 10 of which he has won. Bobby was so young when he started out, he donned a fake moustache to play in local juke joints in and around Louisiana & Arkansas where he befriended the late, great Elmore James. When his family moved to Chicago his new neighbor was Muddy Waters, and it didn't take long til Bobby was performing on the circuit with Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Muddy. In the early 1970's his self-penned "Chicken Heads" cracked the Billboard R&B charts. Chicken Heads would become Rush's first gold certified record in 1971, and would again enter the Billboard charts 30 years after its release as a result of its feature in the film "Black Snake Moan." His next album to become gold certified would be “Sue” in 1981, and “Ain’t Studdin’ Ya” in 1991. Bobby was the first bluesman to perform at China's Great Wall, earning him the title “International Dean of the Blues.” In 2014 he performed with Dan Aykroyd on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. And in 2015, after winning two Blues Music Awards in the 'Soul Blues Male Artist' and 'B.B. King Entertainer of the Year' categories, Bobby Rush was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS.

Bobby's newest release on Rounder Records, "Porcupine Meat," will be released in September of 2016 with guest soloists including Joe Bonamassa and Keb' Mo'. The album features all new blues, funk and R&B songs written or co-written by Rush. Produced in New Orleans by Rounder's Grammy-winning VP of A&R, Scott Billington, the album features an all-star band that includes drummer Jeffery "Jellybean" Alexander, bassist Cornell Williams, sousaphone player Kirk Joseph (from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band), keyboardist David Torkanowsky, guitarist Shane Theriot, and Rush's longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson.

Bobby Rush remains one of the most creative and vital voices from the original generation of postwar blues artists.

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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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Doyle Bramhall II


If you were lucky enough to get tickets to last year's show here, then you know what he can do. If you missed it then, buy early. This will sell out quickly.

Doyle Bramhall II stands as one of the most distinctive vocalist, guitarist, composer and producer in contemporary music. Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has collaborated for more than a decade, calls him "one of the most gifted guitar players I have ever encountered."

Doyle was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock & roll sounds that are indigenous to Texas; the state of his birth. His father, Doyle Bramhall the first, played drums for blues legends Lightning Hopkins and Freddie King and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist. Bramhall was a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends, Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, composing such signature classics as “Change It” and “Life By The Drop”.

At 18, Bramhall was recruited by Jimmie Vaughan to play with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Two years later he co-founded the blues-rock band Arc Angels with Charlie Sexton, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon. In the aftermath of two critically acclaimed solo albums "Jellycream" and "Welcome," Bramhall II's unparalleled skills as guitarist won the attention of both Roger Waters who featured the guitarist on his "In The Flesh tour," and Eric Clapton who recruited Bramhall and the rest is history. Doyle toured with Clapton, collaborated on songs and left an indelible mark on albums such as "Searching Robert J," "Reptile" and 2013's "Old Sock" which he also co-produced. ??In addition to Clapton, Bramhall has been in demand as composer, guitarist and producer, collaborating with such as artists as Sheryl Crow, Tedeschi/Trucks, Elton John, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John and many others.

Doyle is now completing his much anticipated fourth solo album, launching the next chapter in an extraordinary musical journey.
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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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The No Reply Band - A Celebration of Beatles Music

10-22-2016 (Sawtelle Room)

The high energy Beatles act No Reply returns for a sixth year at the Bull Run, bringing their truly incredible reproduction of the catalog of the Beatles from the very early years to the more complex and instrumentally challenging final albums.
While not a look-a-like costume band, the goal of this act is to play Beatles songs from all eras precisely, but with a live energy and sound that perhaps the Beatles could have provided had they been able to perform with today's modern amplification (and not all those screaming young girls drowning them out!). No Reply has always held true to their mantra to perform all the music on stage completely live, with no prerecorded tracks or modern day sequencing equipment. Clearly the reason No Reply employs 7 highly capable, seasoned musicians from the Massachusetts area to accurately play all your favorites with note for note precision and vocal harmonies that are spot on. The show is like listening to Beatles record copies but with a live energy and feel. Mike Bray on keyboards, lead guitar and backing vocals, Tom Bray on keyboard, guitars and backing vocals, Dave Cintollo on guitars and lead vocals, Dan Gorman on lead vocals, Rob Male on bass and lead vocals, Marty Salvatore on percussion and vocals and Artie Testa providing the exact Ringo beats on drums.

There are lots of Beatles covers and tributes but this one is worth seeing if you haven't yet...buy tickets early as they typically sell out!

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Eric Johnson Solo - An Evening of Acoustic Guitar and Piano


Guitar lovers rejoice, your dreams have come true. The platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning Eric Johnson is making his first trip to Bull Run. Eric's stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, platinum album, Top 10 hits like “Cliffs Of Dover,” praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. But the full hand of his talents marks him as well as a gifted songwriter, dynamic live performer, singer, pianist, song interpreter, and creator of a rich and diverse musical legacy. Guitar Player magazine has called Johnson "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet." And he was voted No. 47 on "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time" by Guitar World's readers.

His myriad and distinctive musical gifts are vividly evident on Johnson’s aptly titled new album, "Up Close," released on his own Vortexan Music label via EMI Distribution. The new 15-track disc finds the noted master craftsman cutting loose, roaming through variations on the rock, blues, pop, country and jazz all found at the core of his sound, pushing the dynamic range of his artistry, and mixing it up with such friends and peers as guitarists Jimmie Vaughan and Sonny Landreth and guest singers Steve Miller, Jonny Lang and Malford Milligan.

“I decided to let go a bit and allow things to happen and just go with the flow,” explains Johnson of his approach to the album. “I think that’s a direction that works better for any artist, and especially for me. I like my work to have a high proficiency, but I also wanted to go for the energy and magic of the performances. It really boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day, If it doesn’t have that it gets boring for me.”

Eric's shows are over-the-top amazing and sell out rather quickly, so don't hang in the slow lane on this one.
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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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Comics & Cocktails for Cameron's Crusaders


Join us and Comics for a Cure on October 28 for an evening of laughs to raise money for Cameron's CrusadersCameron’s Crusaders Corp. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides non-medical supplemental financial assistance to children and their families battling medical issues in the New England region. 
Cameron’s Crusaders helps children and their families during difficult times by providing funds and or assistance to help with their needs that are not covered by insurance and would otherwise be a burden for the families.

$30 per ticket 
Ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and show!
Cash Bar
Silent Auction

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6:30 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA



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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8:00 pm
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Pat Donohue

Pat Donohue (Ballroom)

11-04-2016 (Ballroom)

Pat Donohue is one of the most listened-to finger pickers in the world. As the guitarist for the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s "A Prairie Home Companion," for twenty years, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. His musical tastes are eclectic. And though he considers himself foremost a folk guitarist, Pat’s influences are rooted in bluesmen: Blind Blake, Robert Johnson, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters and Miles Davis. He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including "Sushi-Yucki" and "Would You Like to Play the Guitar?"

Pat's newest CD, "Blue Yonder," released in May 2016, is a fine collection of original Folk, Blues and Rock tunes showcasing his mastery of finger style guitar and clever, well composed song lyrics. This most excellent CD also features a few members of “The Prairie All-Stars,” also formerly on "A Prairie Home Companion."

“Donohue is a clever songwriter who uses intelligent, creative rhymes and wastes few words. His instrumentals display his characteristic of clarity and ingenuity...” - Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Opener: Steven Pelland

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The Security Project


The Security Project gives new wings to the timeless music of Peter Gabriel. Original Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta, former King Crimson touch guitarist Trey Gunn, ex-Shriekback guitarist Michael Cozzi, and keyboardist David Jameson recreate the sonic vibe of Gabriel’s halcyon days, while bravely taking it forward. Vocalist Brian Cummins nails the classic Gabriel sound, right down to detailed inflections and cadences.
The reviews have been glowing: ‘Scary Good Show!’ raves Progression Magazine after their premiere in New York City. Noted musicians also have given a thumbs up, including Tony Levin, Larry Fast (both from Gabriel’s band) Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jon Anderson (Yes), Gabriel Mixer/Producer Tom Lord-Alge and Gabriel analyst Lilywhite Leigh. With Gabriel now a double-inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (both with Genesis as well as his solo career) The Security Project specializes in the most adventurous, often un-played, music from his first five solo albums ‘ Car," "Scratch," "Melting Face," "Security" and "Plays Live."
Founding member Jerry Marotta says: ‘Peter was always great at setting the table for us as musicians; he always got us started with great ideas. As we were creating "Security" we had no idea we were making something so unique. I’m proud that with Security Project we’re able to deliver the deepest of those songs, and do it with real conviction, playing them live.’

This group goes far beyond conventional tribute band territory, infusing the songs with new arrangements and elements while staying true to the spirit of the material. Gabriel enthusiasts across the board will be taken by the band’s high-octane approach full of drive, determination and energy.” – Anil Prasad, Innerviews

“The Security Project Live is a beautifully reverential and creative reinterpretation of these Peter Gabriel classics!” - Kevin Killen, engineer of Gabriel’s “So” record

Special VIP seating with Meet & Greet available.
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New England


New England features all original members: guitarist/vocalist John Fannon, drummer/vocalist Hirsh Gardner, keyboardist/vocalist Jimmy Waldo and bassist Gary Shea. In 1979, they broke out of the Boston area and onto the international scene with the release of their self-titled debut album on Infinity/MCA. Their first single “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” became a national hit and cracked the Billboard Top 30. Produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley (Kiss), the album was followed up on a North American tour with Kiss and as a special guest of Journey / ACDC throughout 1979. They continued touring for the next several years with the likes of Cheap Trick, Styx, Journey and many more. Two additional studio albums followed, "Explorer Suite" and "Walking Wild," which was produced by Todd Rundgren.

The architecture of a rock band is a fragile thing. Egos, external pressures, business demands and creative differences can all act as elements in pulling things apart. But New England touched the hearts of what would become diehard fans in a very lasting way. And after an extended time apart, we're very happy to say they've re-united and released their first new single since the 1980s, entitled “I Know There’s Something Here.”

New England has accumulated an extraordinary catalog of studio, live, compilation and solo albums. And with a brand new release under their belt, Fannon, Gardner, Waldo and Shea, the orginal four, have a major tour ahead of them. Old and new fans alike will not want to miss this one.

VIDEOS:   I know There's Something Here     -     Don't Ever Wanna Lose Ya
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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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7:30 pm
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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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The Roberto Morbioli Band


Roberto Morbioli plays the Blues. He can breathe fire from his ax like a young Clapton or Stevie Ray. Crowded, noisy bars hush a bit when he steps up and folks look around to see who this is making such a holy wail.

Roberto was born in Verona, Italy and picked up the guitar when he was very young. He has played at some of the biggest European festivals like: Amsterdam Blues Festival, New Orleans Music Festival in Ascona and Sanremo Blues Festival. He has performed in the USA at B.B. King’s Blues club in Memphis, and “Antone’s” in Austin, Texas. In 1991 he founded his own band MORBLUS (more blues) which brought him critical recognition and awards.

His personality and unique playing style shine through all his interpretations so much that, even while recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker, Steve Ray Vaughn and Eric Clapton, you see and hear that every note coming out ot this Italian bluesman is coming straight from his big heart. And it's so infectious that you're caught up in it before you realize what's happening. Morbioli’s guitar playing is nothing short of magic, and as a singer, his powerful voice recalls Sam Cook, O.V. Wright, Little Milton, Otis Redding, Robert Cray and Donny Hathaway. You don't even think about it, you just know that the blues flow so naturally for Roberto Morbioli, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, he sounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy
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The Bare Hill Band


Bare Hill has been winning over fans of both classic and contemporary rock since 2008. The Bare Hill "sound" blends their unique song arrangements and vocal harmonies with their favorite rock, folk, psychedelic and R&B tunes. What results is a vibrant mix that will rock you and inspire you to dance and sing along. The audience is always a part of the show!

The Bare Hill experience can best be described as the punch line to: “So...Neil Young, CCR, The Stones, Patti Smith, ELO, Van Morrison, The Talking Heads, Lucinda Williams, The Dead, Cream, The Decemberists, The Eagles, Warren Zevon, The Jayhawks and Zombies and Yardbirds and The Velvet Underground walk into a bar...” Spend an evening with Bare Hill and you will be in that bar. Wrap your Head around that or, better yet, join THAT party!

Based in Harvard MA, Bare Hill is Don Sugai: Vocals, Ukulele, Percussion; Eric Peterson: Guitars, Vocals; Andy Bollman: Bass; Johnny Murzycki: Drums, Percussion, Vocals; Ted Noyes: Guitars, Vocals; and, Joel Skoletsky: Keyboards, Vocals.
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8:00 pm
Bull Run Restaurant Shirley, MA

Bruce Marshall Group w/ Special Guest Britt Connors


Bruce Marshall’s music career spans 6 decades and over 8 thousands shows including appearances with over 200 national acts. Known equally well for his riveting band shows with the Bruce Marshall Group and his soulful, heart felt solo performances, he’s also half of the Montgomery and Marshall acoustic duo with bluesman James Montgomery. A tireless performer armed with great originals, an expressive, soulful voice and a commanding guitar style, both on electric, acoustic and steel dobro, he’s earned a reputation as one of New England’s best.

“Bruce, I can't believe how much the music business has changed, but it's been great that you've been a constant through all that time. You've always deserved respect -- and earned that respect.” - Steve Morse Music Editor, Boston Globe

Special Guest: Britt Connors blends blues, folk, and country with jazz voicings and pop sensibilities. For Britt's latest album "Warmer Season" she put together her talented band, Bourbon Renewal, made up of some of Boston's finest musicians, creating its own sub-category of Americana they've deemed "Y'all-Ternative" music. Britt has honed her craft as a songwriter while building a loyal following and performing at some of the top venues in the Boston area, including Club Passim, Johnny D's, Toad Cambridge, plus venues throughout New England and the Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.

"Britt Connors draws you in with folky charm and then sucker punches you with her amazing pipes!" - DJ Joltin' Joe Pszonek of Radio Nowhere 90.3 in NJ
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Paula Poundstone


Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics,
Paula Poundstone's quick-thinking, unscripted approach to comedy. She makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT…DON'T TELL ME! where she holds the record for game losses. "The others cheat," she says magnanimously, "You wouldn't think NPR would put up with that."

Paula tours regularly, performing standup comedy across the country. Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe writes: "You know she’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one - there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” 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 received by less artful comics. "With the exception of that one time" Paula claims.

The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short of yodeling. In 2016 Paula voiced the character "Forgetter Paula" in Disney/Pixar’s Academy Award winning animated feature film, INSIDE OUT. In June 2016, her first double-live CD,"NORTH BY NORTHWEST: PAULA POUNDSTONE LIVE!" (HighBridge) debuted at #1 on both Amazon’s “Hot New Releases – Non Fiction” and “Comedy CD” lists. The CD was recorded at performances at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI and the Aladdin Theatre in Portland, OR. Says Paula, “It’s a joyous romp through a field of cheeseheads and hipsters.”

Paula is also an author. Her second hardcover book (Algonquin Books), will debut on May 9, 2017. An avid reader, she is a staunch supporter of our nation's libraries and in 2006 the American Library Association invited her to become the national spokesperson of United for Libraries, a post she holds to this day. United for Libraries is a grass roots support group with members across the country who raise much-needed funds for their local libraries.

In July this year, Paula appeared on the hit television drama, MAJOR CRIMES. She has also done commentaries for CBS SUNDAY MORNING. She has never been one to brag, "except," she says, "when I'm alone," but since this is her bio, and we are supposed to tell you something about her, over the years Paula has amassed a list of accolades and awards that stretch the length of a great big tall guy's arm.

In 1992 she became the first woman to share the stage with the President and host the prestigious White House Correspondents dinner, a role not until then offered to a woman in its seventy-two year history. Only four other women have followed in her pioneering footsteps. That same year, she rocked the comedy establishment when her HBO special, CATS, COPS AND STUFF won the Cable ACE Award for Best Standup Comedy Special - the first woman to ever receive that award. Her second special for HBO, PAULA POUNDSTONE GOES TO HARVARD was the first time the elite university allowed their name to be used in the title of a television show. Paula is included in Comedy Central's list of 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time – comments Paula: "Especially meaningful because lots of other Neanderthals were overlooked.” - and won an American Comedy Award for Best Female Standup Comic -- Paula: "They ran out of people to give it to." She has guested on all the late night talk shows, several television specials, and Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. Still, Paula considers her greatest achievement being a Mom of 3 children. She lives in Santa Monica where she also has 2 dogs, 14 cats, and one ant left from her ant farm.

Follow her on TWITTER
Go to her WEBSITE, brimming over with Paula personality.
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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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Nick Locapo - Magic Tricks

Nick Locapo - Magic Tricks (Ballroom)

11-26-2016 (Ballroom)

Magic Tricks have been Nick Locapo's life for the last 20 years. Originally from Massachusetts, Nick is one busiest working magicians in America. 
He has been a featured magician at Universal Studios in Orlando, performed for celebrities, and appeared at countless corporate functions and colleges all across the country. Today Nick is the high-energy host of the legendary P3 Magic Theater in Columbus Ohio. P3 showcases the world’s foremost illusionists in front capacity crowds week after week. He is also currently on tour around America performing, speaking, and teaching the art magic to magicians.
In his second appearance here in The Bull Run Ballroom, Nick will be debuting his new one-man show. It's filled with new illusions, miracles, mysteries and laughs. 
It is interactive, involving members of the audience both onstage, and from their seats. A perfect night out of the ordinary. Not for children.
His last appearance here completely sold out. And with limited seating available, do not miss your chance to see this special night.
"You were a hit!" - NBC Universal
"Our guests keep asking when Nick and his hair will be back!" - Seminole Hard Rock Casino
"The best hair in magic. Period." - The Magic Estate Awards.
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Suzanne Vega


Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Her neo-folk style has ushered in a new female, acoustic, folk-pop singer-songwriter movement that would include the likes of Tracy Chapman, Shawn Colvin, and Indigo Girls.

When her self-titled debut album sold 1,000,000  records, it was clear that Suzanne’s voice was resonating around the world. "Marlene on the Wall" was a surprise hit in the U.K and Rolling Stone eventually included the record in their “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980’s.” Her 2nd album, "Solitude Standing," elevated her to star status with the mega-hit, "Luka," and was nominated for three Grammys including "Record of the Year" and went platinum. The opening song on the album, "Tom's Diner," about a non-descript restaurant near Columbia University uptown, was remixed by U.K. electronic dance duo “DNA” and bootlegged as “Oh Susanne.” Suddenly her voice on this obscure tune was showing up in the most unlikely setting of all: the club. Suzanne permitted an official release of the remix of “Tom’s Diner” under its original title which reached #5 on the Billboard pop chart and went gold.

Bearing the stamp of a masterful storyteller who “observed the world with a clinically poetic eye,” Suzanne’s songs have always tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, often cerebral but also streetwise, her lyrics invite multiple interpretations. In short, her Vega’s work is immediately recognizable, as utterly distinct and thoughtful, and as creative and musical now, as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 20 years ago.


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