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Shirley is a rural industrial town located on the lowlands of the Catacoonamaug River. A handful of colonists arrived in 1720 and settled on scattered farms throughout the town.

Early in its history Shirley was supported by its many farms and orchards. There was an increase in industrial activity around 1790 and the first paper mill was opened followed shortly after by a small iron works and nail factory.

The location of the water to power industries served to create an industrial village along the narrow valley where Shirley is located. Many of the period brick towered mills still survive and create an authentic period landscape.

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Bees Deluxe launch new Acid Blues CD at the Bull Run in Shirley
Bees Deluxe launch their Bluesaopocalypse CD at The Bull Run in Shirley Massachusetts. Bees Deluxe release their latest CD Bluesapocalypse just in time to celebrate their debut at the Bull Run Concert Series. They open for the Darrell Nulisch Band on Saturday, June 11th. Boston’s most eclectic acid blues band, Bees Deluxe, created and hosts Bluesapocalypse, an annual benefit for the Arlington Center for the Arts. For the past two years, Bluesapocalypse has attracted hundreds of music fans who are lucky enough to score tickets to this sold-out event. This year, after the second encore, a fan slipped the sound engineer a bootleg recording of their entire performance, and it’s in the spirit of sharing that this CD was created. Bees Deluxe, led by guitarist & vocalist Conrad Warre, explore acid blues, rock and Blue Note era jazz and mixes original tunes with their own take on Billie Holiday, J.B. Lenoir, Joe Zawinul, Amy Winehouse, the Meters, Miles Davis, Robben Ford and Etta James. Joining Warre on stage at the Bull Run show on June 11th are Carol Band on keyboards, Allyn “Aldo” Dorr on bass and Patrick Sanders on drums. The Bull Run, a 200-year old tavern in Shirley, Massachusetts attracts top-name artists. Johnny Winters, Matt Scofield, Blue Oyster Cult, John Hiatt, Marcia Ball and Los Lobos have all appeared on the stage. Bees Deluxe are honored to join their ranks. Darrell Nulisch is a former vocalist frontman for Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters and the James Cotton Band.The Bull Run is at 215 Great Road, Shirley, Massachusetts. Doors open at 6pm for the 8pm show. Advance tickets are available here, or from www.beesdeluxe.com For a live video Bees Deluxe stage performance of one of the tracks from the new Bees Deluxe CD Bluesapocalypse please see: https://vimeo.com/166812280

When: Jun 11, 2016 8 PM to Jun 11, 2016 10 PMin Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: $16 (Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20 )
Micah Scott - Zack Slik
Age Limit: All Ages

Micah Scott

Zack Slikwebsite:http://zackslik.com

When: Jun 30, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: 10 (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19 )
Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash w/ A Fine Connection & The Not Fade Away Band
7-30-2016

When: Jul 30, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 Jul 2016 20 )
Air Traffic Controller
6-16-2016

When: Jun 16, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19 )
Bees Deluxe- Darrell Nulisch
Opening for Darrell Nulisch who is one of the finest vocalists singing Blues/Soul music today. He spends a lot his time on the road as guest vocalist with Grammy-winning Chicago blues harmonica legend James Cotton. He’s recorded vocals for ex-Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Boston pianist David Maxwell, and Detroit guitarist Kenny Parker.

When: Jun 11, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Jun 2016 19 )
Liz Longley

6-5-2016

Liz Longley
with Special Guest Brian Dunne.

For painters, the joy and challenge of creation begins with a blank canvas. For Liz Longley, it started in an empty room.

"I was living in Boston and my roommate had just moved out, so I paced the hardwood floors of her room with my guitar," Longley recalls. "I walked back and forth until the songs were done. It was as though they were stuck in the apartment walls."

Longley has a gift for culling musical treasures as though straight from thin air. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share them with listeners on her self-titled album, her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.

The collection of 11 songs was recorded in Nashville with an all-pro band, and in a pulse-quickening fashion so rare in today's world of overproduced, airbrushed records. "I love being in the studio and feeding off the energy of other musicians. It's not something I get to do often on the road because I've mostly toured solo."

While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith, all artists she's supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style and confidence that's all her own. You can hear it in the subtle-yet-soaring vocals on "Memphis," the dagger directness of "Skin and Bones," the bittersweet farewell that drives "This Is Not the End" (featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives). They're all cuts that dare you to hold back the goosebumps.

VIDEO: BAD HABIT   -    VIDEO: PEACE OF MIND

Special Guest: Brian Dunne - With his sharp lyrical prowess and country-influenced vocals, Brian's music has won the attention and praise artists such as John Mayer and many others. His newest release, "The Brooklyn Bridge EP," has charted on the US iTunes singer/songwriter charts, as Brian tours in the U.S. folk scene far and wide.



When: Jun 5, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19 )
Brian Dunne Music
Age Limit: All Ages

Brian Dunne Music



When: Jun 5, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Jun 2016 19 )
Beaver Life in the Spruce Swamp


When: Jun 5, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: $5; Nonmember: $10

(Sun, 05 Jun 2016 00 )
Garland Jeffreys Band

8-5-2016

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!



When: Aug 5, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 05 Aug 2016 20 )
Darrell Nulisch Band

6-11-2016

Darrell Nulisch is one of the finest vocalists singing Blues/Soul music today. He spends a lot his time on the road as guest vocalist with Grammy-winning Chicago blues harmonica legend James Cotton. He’s recorded vocals for ex-Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Boston pianist David Maxwell, and Detroit guitarist Kenny Parker. But his roots lie squarely in Lone Star soil. He's been called a "blue-eyed soul" singer, but he pays no attention to that. “People say that all the time. I’m not particularly fond of that,” he says. “I never thought about whether these cats were black or white, or any of that. It never was a concern. I just liked the music.”

Growing up in Dallas, Darrell was surrounded by blues and soul music at an early age. “My Dad and Mom used to take me to these honky tonks sometimes when there would be live bands on Sunday afternoons,” he recalls. Jimmy McCracklin and Freddie King were early favorites, along with a kid in the neighborhood named Jimmie Vaughan. “One of his first bands, the Chessmen, used to practice down in the park about three blocks from my house,” says Nulisch. “I would ride my bicycle down and watch those guys play.” And from the beginning, Nulisch exhibited a natural flair for phrasing a lyric, a quality that underscores his relaxed, soulful performances today. He began singing full-time in 1978 as one of the founding members of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. Their 1981 recording, "Talk to You by Hand," was the first album in the catalog of New Orleans-based Black Top Records. After spending seven years as front man for the Rockets (also appearing on 1985’s "She Knocks Me Out!"), Nulisch put in a year with Dallas-based Mike Morgan and the Crawl before joining forces in 1987 with Boston-based Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. He cut two albums as their front man ("Soul Searchin’" and "Peace Of Mind") before leaving in 1990 to form his own band, Texas Heat ("Business as Usual"). And he continued to mix blues and soul on the aptly named "Bluesoul," a 1996 release, and "The Whole Truth," his debut for Severn Records in 1998.

“I never tried to beat anybody over the head with my stuff,” says Nulisch of his relaxed, emotionally rich style. “I’ve tried at times to push a little bit harder, but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t feel comfortable doing it and I don’t think it’s a true representation of my style or what I am. You have to be who you are and just hope that people catch on to what it is. And the people who get it really dig it.”

The Darrell Nulisch Band is: Darrell Nulisch – harmonica and vocals;
Nick Adams – guitar; Mike Law – bass; Chris Rivelli – drums

Check out these videos from the new CD: VIDEO 1   -   VIDEO 2

OPEN: Bees Deluxe -
Boston’s most eclectic acid blues band mixes original tunes with their own take on Billie Holiday, J.B. Lenoir, Joe Zawinul, Amy Winehouse, the Meters, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Etta James. Their new CD,Bluesapocalypse, will be released just in time for this show. Bees Deluxe are: Conrad Warre: guitar & vocals, Carol Band: keyboards, Allyn “Aldo” Dorr: bass and Patrick Sanders: drums.



When: Jun 11, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 11 Jun 2016 20 )
NRBQ & the Whole Wheat Horns

7/7/2016

THE Q ARE BACK!
If anything embodies the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll,
        this music does.”

Terry Adams, visionary, driving force and "untamed genius of the keyboards" for NRBQ since the band's inception over four decades ago, is one of music’s true originals. Adams reignited the legendary Quartet with the addition of Scott Ligon on guitar & vocals, Bobby Lloyd Hicks (Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, Steve Forbert, The Skeletons) on drums and Casey McDonough on bass & vocals. AND, for this show NRBQ will be joined by the Whole Wheat Horns: Klem Klimek on tenor saxophone and Carl Q on trombone.

"If you were to take every NRBQ album ever released and grade it for sheer joy and listenability, well, you probably should spend less time grading and more time listening." - Rolling Stone
“Ability to groove like no other band on the planet,” - popmatters.com
“Fans will find spontaneity, humor, breadth, and musical know-how…” - No Depression
“Music no one can make anymore.” - the Detroit Metro-Times

And live? “…the current incarnation lives up to the legacy. They reclaim not only the vast NRBQ catalog of songs and loose-as-a-goose sound, but also the band’s wildly unpredictable spirit on stage. Their willingness to step way out on a limb has always been one of NRBQ’s most endearing qualities, and in the contemporary world of pre-packaged, cookie-cutter pop stars, it’s sure great to have them back,” said the Albany Times-Union. Added the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Meet the new Q, as fun as the old Q. NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz – you name it, Adams claims it and reframes it. The new band is a revelation, capable of playing nearly the whole NRBQ catalog, which dates back to 1966.”
Watch NRBQ HERE and HERE



When: Jul 7, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19 )
Everybody Tango


When: Jun 10, 2016 6 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18 )
Backyard Songwriters Series - On the Patio
6-30-2016

Two great acts perform on our outdoor patio.
Full menu and bar available under the stars.

Micah Scott is a singer/songwriter with a minor prophet’s name. raised in a small northern New York State town with Revolutionary War bones in its fields. He had retro taste early, drawn to The Ventures, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and the Beatles, and shortly after that he discovered Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson.  the die was cast. Today, he counts as seminal influences Muddy Waters, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt and John Fahey.

Zack Slik was raised in the mill towns of Central Massachusetts, His music was influenced by the trains, rivers, and characters he's met. All performed in a unique one-man band style, Zack brings a mix of American roots, blues, and jugband jazz to his original songs and traditional arrangements. Whether behind the mandolin, banjo, or guitar, Zack shares his love for the music with a traditional feel and modern touch.

When: Jun 30, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 30 Jun 2016 19 )
Livingston Taylor

6-17-2016

Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of thirteen, beginning a forty-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads.

Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.

As a full professor at Berklee College of Music since 1989, Livingston shares his experiences and knowledge of professional touring with young artists, just beginning to hone their skills. His course, Stage Performance (I and II) is one of the most popular at the College, and it gives him the ideal forum in which to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. His book, Stage Performance, is drawn from those classes, and is available now.
Watch Liv live on NECN HERE


OPEN: Rebecca Leobe



When: Jun 17, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Jun 2016 20 )
Richard Shindell
6-3-2016

Widely acclaimed as one of today's finest narrative songwriters, Richard Shindell has that rare gift for using detail to illuminate his characters' motivations and actions without ever getting mired in minutiae. An expatriate New Yorker now living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Shindell is a meticulous song craftsman whose eight studio albums and 2 live recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. Innovative, original and occasionally spiritual, Shindell's songs weave tales that interchangeably champion the downtrodden, exalt the disaffected or wax empathetic to those lost to society's fringes. From his first record, Sparrow's Point (1992) to the newest album Not Far Now (2009), Shindell has demonstrated a penchant for songwriting at once passionate and profound.

Not Far Now's nine new compositions (complimented by a pair of outside songs) are haunting vignettes that exist vividly beyond the song that documents them: Shindell gives the listener a window into these lives, but their story continues long after the window is shut. "Time deposits me, the character I'm writing about, and a listener there at the first line," he observes. "Then, at the end of the song, at the end of the last line, life and time go on. The song happens in between those two moments."

“Shindell is a master of subtle narrative.” - The Wall Street Journal

“Shindell has uncanny sense of the theater of a song, building his ballads sparely and subtly, set to sweeping graceful melodies.” - The Boston Globe

“A tour-de-force of brilliantly crafted songs, passionately delivered songs that consistently create three-dimensional visual and emotional images which move through the listener’s mind’s eye.” - Stereo Review

VIDEO 

When: Jun 3, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 03 Jun 2016 20 )
Shirley Hoe Down


When: Jun 4, 2016 11 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Jun 2016 11 )
Music in the Trees: an outdoor concert for all ages


When: Jun 18, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: $10 Adults, Kids free, Nonmember: $15 Adults, Kids free

(Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00 )
Jorma Kaukonen

6-2-2016

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



When: Jun 2, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19 )
Britt Connors - Bruce Marshall Group
Age Limit: All Ages

Britt Connors

Bruce Marshall Groupwebsite:http://www.brucemarshall.net/

When: Nov 18, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: $25 (advance)/$30 (day of) (Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20 )
Anthony Geraci- Sugar Ray and the Bluetones
A great night of Blues featuring Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Darrell Nulisch and Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson. Fifty Shades Of Blue has been nominated by the Blues Music Awards/Blues Foundation Memphis, TN for Album of the Year, Traditional Album of the Year, Song of the Year for the title track. Sugar Ray and the Bluetones are nominated for Band of the Year, and band members Monster Mike Welch-guitar, Michael “Mudcat” Ward-bass, and Anthony Geraci-piano have been nominated as well.

When: May 28, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 28 May 2016 20 )
Ponding in the Woods


When: Jun 12, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: $5; Nonmember: $10

(Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00 )
Ana Popovic Band
6-8-2016  (Sawtelle Room)

Ana Popovic is an award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blending smoking electric funk & slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add in her incredible stage presence and you have an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.

In 2013 she appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player's Gear Guide and American Blues Scene. Her album 'Can You Stand The Heat' was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. In 2014 she received her 5th Blues Music Award nomination for 'Contemporary Blues Female Artist' of the year. Nearly all of her albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio. And as the only female guitar-player Ana was added to the 2014 -'16 all star Experience Hendrix lineup; a nationwide tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix with Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zakk Wylde and many more world renowned artists.

Ana and her phenomenal band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz and rock festivals around the world. She is endorsed by Fender, Mesa Boogie, Ovation and DR strings. She has most recently been sharing and headlining stages with B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr, Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang and many others. When not on tour, she resides in Memphis, TN.

See Ana on the cover of BluesBlast Magazine HERE 

VIDEO 1   -   VIDEO 2   -   VIDEO 3   -   VIDEO 4

When: Jun 8, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19 )
Bob Marley - Comedy

7-14-2016

Bob is back!  It's laughing time again. If you missed him last time around - buy early.


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

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



When: Jul 14, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19 )
The DEVON ALLMAN Band
7-21-2016

You remember Devon Allman as the fiery guitarist and soulful vocalist in Royal Southern Brotherhood, when they rocked the Bull Run like no other band had done in quite a while. Devon also plays with his own band, The Devon Allman Band, and you should expect nothing less of him at this show.

Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Growing up with his mom, Devon was listening to anything on the radio he could find. "Something would come on the radio and I would always ask my mom who it was. She would say ‘That’s John Lennon’ or ‘that’s Styx.’ One time “Midnight Rider” came on, and I asked her ‘Mom who’s that?’ and she said ‘That’s your dad, Gregg’”

Allman made his own musical way for decades. After playing in local bands and working in Guitar Center in St. Louis, he formed Honeytribe in 1999. One part blues, one part rock, and one part jam, Honeytribe was named the 1999 Jam Band of the Year in St. Louis. Then, in 2011, his musical fate changed. Royal Southern Brotherhood was formed during JazzFest in New Orleans. Combining the vocal and musical talents of Devon, Mike Zito and the legendary Cyril Neville with the veteran rhythm section of Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott, their debut self-titled release in 2012 caught fire the moment it hit the streets and catapulted them as major new attraction on the music scene. In May they picked up a Blues Award for their live DVD/CD, "Songs From The Road."

The Devon Allman Band's new album, "Ragged & Dirty," is Devon’s ticket to the big show. “I have to say that playing with RSB took my career to a new level. It’s given me more confidence and a new found love for the music. I’m delighted that there’s a new shot of fire in my music.”

Read the interview with Devon in Guitar Player Magazine HERE

Videos:
Devon Allman Band   -   Devon band w/ Erica Blinn   -   Devon and Gregg


When: Jul 21, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19 )
Marty Nestor & the BlackJacks
7-9-2016 (Ballroom)

Marty Nestor will be playing his new CD "Live From the Bull Run." It's a great CD that captures the spirit of Marty's music live, but with the quality of a studio recording.

Marty Nestor's music has been described in a lot of ways; edgy roots rocker, blues player, folk singer, songwriter. It is a melting pot of many different musical styles. His songwriting conjures up comparisons to The Band, Leon Russell, Tom Petty and Dylan and his writing brings a sense of hope and dark reality that make listeners want to be involved as he weaves his tale.
 
Marty started playing the local folk mass when he was 11 years old and has toured extensively over the years in the New England area. He has been in a number of well know regional acts over the years and has shared the stage with a host of National acts. Numerous radio stations are playing songs from his record " Saint of the Highway" as he continues to write new original music that he will release in the near future. Marty will be joined by his band, Jeff Root, Lloyd llsley and Carl Johnson.

"Marty's music is a bit like Arlo Guthrie meets John Hammond Jr. All compositions are folk ballads and Americana and are very personal and introspective. His playing is solid and voice expressive and some of his music is stripped down to just a n acoustic guitar. When he flexes his muscles, his tunes are done with the slight swagger and confidence of a first rate barroom band." - A.J. Wachtel- Noise Magazine

OPENER: Carl Johnson - “A guitarist’s guitarist, Johnson's signature guitar style is smooth with harmonized leads and crisp snapping chords. Unearthing a vein of craftsmanship that’s rarely seen these days without the aid of a drum machine." - Howl in Lowell


When: Jul 9, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 09 Jul 2016 20 )
Joe Krown Trio w/ Walter "Wolfman" Washington & Russell Batiste
7-16-2016

Joe Krown (Hammond B-3), Walter "Wolfman" Washington (guitar & vocals) & Russell Batiste (drums & background vocals) started playing together in March 2007, where they play every Sunday at the New Orleans nightclub, the Maple Leaf Bar. If you can't get to New Orleans, here's your chance to see them here.

The combination of the soulful vocals of Walter with the big sound of the Hammond B-3 and the masterful drumming of Russell Batiste Jr. is a unique sound; instantly familiar, but all their own. They have 3 CDs, "Live at the Maple Leaf," (which won a 2009 Offbeat Award for Best R&B/Funk CD) "Triple Threat" and their latest, "Soul Understanding" (which charted at number 7 in Relix’s Jam Band radio play charts). They won a 2009 Big Easy Award for Best R&B Band. In 2010, they did an 18 city tour with Allen Toussaint & Nicholas Payton called “New Orleans Nights," where they had a feature set and then backed up Nicholas & Allen on the their sets. “A killer collaboration between three of New Orleans greatest players!” - Jan Ramsey, offBEAT Magazine.

Joe Krown held the keyboard chair with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown & Gate’s Express from 1992 until Gatemouth’s passing in the fall of 2005. Joe also did a 62 date world tour as the opening act for Eric Clapton and Gate’s Express is featured on Carlos Santana’s Carlos Santana Presents Blues At Montreux 2004 (2006) DVD. Joe's bands have played all of the local New Orleans clubs, Tipitina’s, House of Blues, Maple Leaf, Rock & Bowl, etc. and have toured all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and Brazil.
In the fall of 2007 Joe was invited to be a feature artist in the Solid Blues Tour, a 38 U.S. city tour featuring Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, the North Mississippi All-Stars and Joe. Joe has released 10 CDs ranging from solo piano performances to trios, up to a 6 piece band playing both piano and Hammond B-3 organ.

Russell Batiste Jr. is a longtime member of one of N’awlins legendary musical families. He plays multiple instruments and has been at the drum kit since the age of four. He joined the Funky Meters in 1989 and has recorded with Allan Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, Harry Connick, Jr.; performed on the last two Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians’ CD’s and two CD’s of The Funky Meters featuring the JB Horns. He's also played with Mike Gordon (Phish), Eric Krasno (Soulive), Champion Jack DuPree and Maceo Parker. In 2001 he joined the legendary trio Vidal Blue with Page McConnell (Phish) and Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros).

Walter “Wolfman” Washington has been an icon on the New Orleans music scene for decades. His searing guitar work and soulful vocals have defined the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk and blues since he formed his first band in the 1970’s. Wolfman was on the road by his late teens backing the great vocalist Lee Dorsey who was touring in support of his smash hits, “Ride Your Pony” and “Working in a Coalmine.” Before he went out on his own with his Solar System Band, he also did stints with acclaimed New Orleans songstress Irma Thomas as well as with the legendary jazzman David Lastie’s Taste of New Orleans Band. During the 1970s, Washington began a 20-year association with the late, great Johnny Adams. Dubbed “the Tan Canary” for his peerless vocal stylings, Adams was a mentor to Washington who developed his singing style. Washington's sound reflects the full range of New Orleans music. He certainly can howl the blues, hence his nickname, but his musical talents have always defined pure Crescent City soul.

When: Jul 16, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 16 Jul 2016 20 )
Guy Bergeron


When: May 27, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 27 May 2016 20 )
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



When: Aug 4, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 04 Aug 2016 19 )
The Allman, Neville, Pitchell, King, Charles Band
8-12-2016

Michael Allman (Son of Gregg Allman)
Charles Neville (One of the Neville Brothers)
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

Charles Neville, Grammy Award winning legendary Neville Brother, is a vocals, sax, flute man, who has gold/platinum records from six different countries! CHARLES has performed  on such popular TV shows as the "The Today Show," "Oprah," Saturday Night Live," "Tonight Show," "Letterman," etc!  CHARLES ethereal performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have made him be invited every year to perform there! CHARLES has also performed with Ray Charles, James Brown, Santana, The Grateful Dead, etc!

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, Charles on Sax and 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)

When: Aug 12, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 12 Aug 2016 20 )
Butch Trucks and the Freight Train Band
8-7-2016

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.

When: Aug 7, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 07 Aug 2016 19 )
Low Lily & Lula Wiles
5-28-2016 (Ballroom)

The Bull Run presents a co-bill of New England Music Award nominees Low Lily & Lula Wiles! These two new acoustic Americana trios draw from the old while pioneering the new, and are quickly gaining recognition for their vocal and instrumental prowess, as well as their compositional chops.

Low Lily:
Dubbed "exceptional and refreshing" - No Depression, and a "vocal and string trio with serious chops" (Country Standard Time), LOW LILY (the new incarnation of the group Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration. 2015 New England Music Awards nominee -  Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger have deep relationships with traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, English, New England and Old Time sounds.

Lula Wiles:
Lula Wiles is an acoustic trio of songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Their songs combine folk traditions with a distinctly modern sensibility. Combined with their effervescent vocal harmonies, deep musical chemistry, and evocative arrangements, they create a live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart. "A delicate balance between feverous passion and harmonious light and charm and grace. 2015 New England Music Awards nominee - "It's organic and raw in a way that is honest and real, It's just plain beauty incarnate." - Red Line Roots

When: May 28, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: $10 advance; $15 day of show (Sat, 28 May 2016 20 )
Boston Blues AllStars
5-28-2016

The Boston Blues AllStars featuring Anthony Geraci with Sugar Ray & the BlueTones. And Special Guests Michelle "Evil Gal" Willson and Darrell Nulisch.

In 2016 "Fifty Shades Of Blue" is nominated for “Album of the Year” - “Traditional Album of the Year” - “Song of the Year for “Fifty Shades Of Blue," and Anthony Geraci is nominated for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year from the Blues Foundation/Blues Music Awards.

"Geraci’s exquisite piano work has been spotlighted in the past with Sugar Ray & The Bluetones and with Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. As impressive as those gigs were, nothing prepared me for this album from Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All-Stars."- Mark E. Gallo-Blues Bytes Magazine

"Anthony Geraci has long been known as one of the finest blues piano players on the planet – a reputation he cemented with bands like Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones." - Blues in Britain (UK) Review by Mick Rainsford

VIDEOS:

Fifty Shades of Blue  (Geraci) Featuring Sugar Ray Norcia and Michelle Willson vocals

Diamonds & Pearls   (Geraci) Featuring Toni Lynn Washington

The Blues Never Sleep (Geraci) Featuring Darrell Nulisch vocals and harmonica

When: May 28, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: $20 advance; $25 day of show (Sat, 28 May 2016 20 )
DJ Sha- boo (MDF/Hustle Squad DJs)
Karaoke every Thursday. 9pm - 1am 4 Ayer Rd in Shirley, MA

When: May 26, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 26 May 2016 20 )
Boogie Stomp!

7-28-2016

Boogie Stomp! spent the last four months at The Elektra Theatre in NYC and is now off to Russia.

This is the incredibly entertaining musical history of Boogie Woogie and how it has shaped popular music through blues, roots, swing, gospel, jazz, improvisation, syncopation, rhythm & blues and the beginnings of rock & roll. Two pianos, one stage, 100 years of American music. Filled with humorous, fascinating real life stories and music that is simply spectacular, Boogie Stomp is played by two of the best piano players in the country - Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza wailing on two grand pianos.

The show includes videos and pictures of the early innovators of America's Music starting in Marshall, Texas through New Orleans to St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit. Boogie Stomp! attempts to preserve “America’s forgotten music” and bring it into the modern age, making it accessible to contemporary audiences; a show you won't soon forget.
It's music - it's theater - it's history - it's really fun.

"Explosively memorable. This show is the most satisfying theatre experience everyone should have the opportunity to see.” - The Knockturnal

"Boogie Stomp! is two hours of non-stop fun.” - Theaterscene.net

"BOOGIE STOMP! is a journey you will be glad you took – educational, inspirational, and just plain fun.” - ELJNYC.com

“Boogie Stomp! is the show to catch. Both performers are excellent musicians, and it is particularly interesting that they represent two different generations connecting the past to the present and give it a future.” - Nytheatreguide.com

VIDEO



When: Jul 28, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19 )
Glenn Hughes
With recent sold out live shows in South America, Europe and the Far East, GLENN HUGHES, the legendary 'Voice of Rock', is extending his Solo Tour throughout 2016. Backing Hughes on this incredible tour will be guitarist SØREN ANDERSEN and drummer PONTUS ENGBORG. Support for the tour is JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR, the queen of British blues, whose latest critically acclaimed album, "The Dirty Truth", has received many accolades from press and fans alike.

When: Aug 13, 2016 7 PM to Aug 13, 2016 11 PMin Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 13 Aug 2016 19 )
Ayer High School All 70's Reunion
7-2-2016Buy Tickets HERE
Please join in the FUN for an evening of reconnecting with old friends and making a few new ones as well. Five years ago this was a GREAT event hosted by the Class of '76, so don't miss out this time around. Tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 per person at the door. Price includes hot & cold hors d'oeuvres & dessert stations followed with Bull Run pizza later in the evening. Cash bar.
 
Event hosted by the Class of '76 in honor of their 40th Reunion. Even if your High School years were not completed at AHS, PLEASE feel free to join us, as this was often the case with many Devens students, as well as grade school friends that attended private or trade schools. Hope to see you there!!!... Oh, and PLEASE share this with all your Facebook Friends as well so that we may reach as many classmates as possible...Go Panthers!!!

When: Jul 2, 2016 6 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18 )
SUGAR BLUE
6-18-2016

One of the foremost harmonica players of our times, Grammy award-winning Sugar Blue has been called both the Jimi Hendrix and the Charlie Parker of the harmonica, both appropriate names for this revolutionary and eclectic harpist. He bends, shakes & spills flurries of notes with simultaneous precision and abandon, combining dazzling technique with smoldering expressiveness and gives off enough energy to light up several city square blocks.

Raised in Harlem, New York, where his mother was a singer and dancer at the fabled Apollo Theatre. He spent his childhood among the musicians and show people who knew his mother, including the great Billie Holiday. In a career spanning decades, Blue has played and recorded with Willie Dixon Stan Getz, Frank Zappa, Johnny Shines, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones,… That’s his harmonica blasting on their platinum disco hit “Miss You” from the "Some Girls" album.Besides his work on the Some Girls album, he can be heard on Emotional Rescue and Tattoo You. He appeared live with the Stones on numerous occasions and was offered the session spot indefinitely, but he turned it down, opting instead to return to Chicago and learn from the masters of blues harmonica, Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell, James Cotton and Junior Wells. He also spent two years touring with his friend and mentor Willie Dixon as part of the Chicago Blues All Stars before putting his own band together in 1983.

He received the 1985 Grammy Award for his work on the Atlantic album, Blues Explosion, recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. He has performed at the most prestigious festivals across America, Europe and Africa with the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, The Stones, Frank Zappa, Prince, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Art Blakey, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton and many more.

His newest album, "Voyage," will be released in May of 2016, just in time for this show at Bull Run. Get a signed copy.

"An extravagantly lyrical harmonica player" - The New York Times.

"A very strange and talented musician" - Mick Jagger.

Watch Sugar Blue at Bull Run: HERE  and   HERE

When: Jun 18, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Jun 2016 20 )
CHRIS SMITHER

9-10-2016

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



When: Sep 10, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: $26 (Sat, 10 Sep 2016 20 )
Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
7-22-2016

Multi-instrumentalist-vocalist Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams have rocked many a venue, as both center stage performers and invaluable assets to world class acts. A shortlist of artists who’ve benefited from their talents, live and in studios, reads like a Who’s Who of Music Icons: Bob Dylan (Larry spent eight years on the Never Ending Tour), Paul Simon, Little Feat, Hot Tuna, Phil Lesh, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Mavis Staples, and, for one miraculous seven-year stretch, Levon Helm. Now, with an eponymous debut album, the couple brings it all back home. Larry and Teresa may have been simmering awhile, but the timing is perfect; the eleven tracks, produced by Campbell, distill everything into a potent, infectious blend of Americana style and timeless soul, offered with a relaxed generosity that can only come from rich experience.
The seeds for a duet project were unwittingly planted in their courting days, when Larry and Teresa sang and played with the locals under her great-great grandmother’s Tennessee cedar tree, the same one under which they married. (These gatherings continue to this day.) Later, when the duo was song-swapping all night with the band in the back of Bob Dylan’s tour bus, Dylan’s longtime manager Jeff Kramer told Larry he was crazy not to make hay with what they had as a duo. But their schedules kept the idea on the back burner until 2005, when Levon Helm called. He’d beaten cancer, was invigorated as never before, and was putting together a band for the soon-to-be legendary Midnight Rambles at his barn-studio in Woodstock, NY. He wanted some Campbell-Williams mojo to help make the most of his surprise fourth act. This humble beginning – playing in a barn on a dirt road – inaugurated the greatest musical experience of Larry and Teresa’s lives.
Larry became the unflappable leader of the shape-shifting Midnight Ramble Band, earning three Grammys for producing Levon’s final three CDs; Teresa, as an indispensable band member, frequently brought the house down. "Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams" is an extension of that time, featuring eight originals and three covers honed on the carpet of Levon’s barn, under the gaze of grateful fans. They not only bring a lot to the table, they bring the table itself – plus the house, the still, the church, the marriage bed, the sawdust-covered floor, and abiding, unconditional love, all carried in two voices harmonizing across hills, hollers, porches, and fire escapes. Those close harmonies ride atop music made in a mountain refuge, far from the madding crowd, connected to a spirit that lives on in song.

VIDEO

When: Jul 22, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20 )
Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek
6-26-2016

Sara Watkins spent most of her younger years, nearly two decades, as singer and fiddle player for the Grammy Award-winning, hybrid band "Nickel Creek," a trio she’d started performing in when she was a mere eight years old, alongside her guitarist brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. She also plays Ukulele, guitar and even played percussion while touring with The Decemberists. Stepping away from that marquee name alone was a huge leap and Watkins may have felt trepidatious, but, as old fans and new listeners could attest, the transition seemed effortless, natural. As the BBC put it, “Watkins’ time in the spotlight is a triumph with her agile playing and the kind of voice that gives your goose bumps the shivers.”

Her self-titled debut album was produced by John Paul Jones, the former Led Zepplin bassist and formidable song arranger. Jones led Watkins and a stellar group of L.A. backing musicians in extensive rehearsals before capturing live-in-the-studio takes of all the material, with very little overdubbing or edits.

Then after two formative years on the road fronting her own band and making stops at such events as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and Glasgow’s Celtic Connection along the way, Watkins returned to LA to record her second disc, "Sun Midnight Sun." This time she built the tracks around a core trio consisting of herself, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills and her brother Sean, with whom she has been co-hosting the Watkins Family Hour for the last nine years at L.A.’s eclectic club Largo. Her raw rendition of “When It Pleases You,” a song she nicked from composer Dan Wilson, co-writer of Adele’s recent hits, and an equally fiery back and forth between Watkins and guest vocalist Fiona Apple on a surprisingly dark-around-the-edges reimagining of the Everly Brothers’ staple, “You’re the One I Love,” is worth the price of the disc by itself. Backing vocals by old friend Jackson Browne is the icing on the cake.

VIDEO

When: Jun 26, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19 )
Rickie Lee Jones - The Bull Run


When: Aug 27, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 27 Aug 2016 20 )
Investigate Nature, Close-up


When: Jul 9, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: Free; Nonmember: $5

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Investigate Nature, Close-up


When: Jul 2, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: Free; Nonmember: $5

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Evening Walks in the Woods


When: Jul 3, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Members $5, Nonmembers $10, all kids FREE

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Marcia Ball

6-10-2016

Marcia Ball, Queen of New Orleans boogie-woogie piano, has earned worldwide fame for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls onto the stage. Her groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans worldwide. In 2010, she was inducted into the Gulf Coast Hall Of Fame and in 2012 into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. She’s received a total of six Living Blues Awards and nine Blues Music Awards (and has a whopping 42 nominations). She’s received five Grammy Award nominations, including five of her six previous Alligator albums.

Born in Orange, TX in 1949 to a family whose female members all played piano, Ball grew up in the small town of Vinton, Louisiana, right across the border from Texas. In 1970, she set out for San Francisco, but her car broke down in Austin and while waiting for repairs she fell in love with the city and decided to stay. It was around this time that she delved deeply into the music of the great New Orleans piano players, especially Professor Longhair. “Once I found out about Professor Longhair,” recalls Ball, “I knew I had found my direction.”
 
After releasing six critically acclaimed solo titles on the Rounder label, Marcia finished work on a similar “three divas of the blues” project for Rounder, this time in the distinguished company of Tracy Nelson and her longtime inspiration, Irma Thomas. The CD "Sing It!" was released in 1998 and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, Marcia and band appeared in the nationally televised Public Television special In Performance At The White House along with B.B. King and Della Reese. She has been featured on leading television and radio programs, including Austin City Limits, NPR’s Fresh Air and Piano Jazz. She performed in "Piano Blues," the film directed by Clint Eastwood included in Martin Scorsese’s "The Blues" series which aired on PBS television nationwide in 2003. Marcia has also appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. In 2012, she had a role in the independent film "Angels Sing" starring Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.

Her newest album, "The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man," is an irresistible tale of true love at the travelling carnival. It’s a story that nobody but Ball could spin, filled with vivid details, universal truths and a rambunctious sense of fun and desire. With raucous horns punctuating Ball’s legendary piano pounding and emotional, melodic vocals, the song kicks off the CD of eleven originals and one glorious cover (Hank Ballard’s "He’s The One"). The release mixes Ball’s Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her legendary career.
 
“Marcia Ball plays two-fisted New Orleans barrelhouse piano and sings in a husky, knowing voice about all the trouble men and women can get into on the way to a good time.” - New York Times
 
"Ball’s voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker." - Boston Herald
 
"Marcia Ball’s rollicking R&B rave-ups, her barrelhouse playing, her relentlessly feel-good party tunes, and her soulful roadhouse band are iconic in the Gulf Coast music universe." - USA Today



When: Jun 10, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 10 Jun 2016 20 )
Mike Zito & the Wheel

7-15-2016

You might know multiple Blues Music Award winner Mike Zito as the hot guitarist/singer with Royal Southern Brotherhood. But if Mike had a dollar for every mile of tarmac he’s burnt since his breakout in the early ’90s, they’d be piled up to his chin. Zito began touring the Midwest circuit at the age of eighteen and has since crossed twenty-plus countries as guitarist with the Brotherhood. “In my band, 'The Wheel,' if you’re not already with us, you’d better get on board,” he grins “because otherwise we’re gonna knock you down!”

Zito’s newest release "Keep Coming Back" mixes ripping slide guitar with a lived in vocal that moves from the celebratory opening title track to the self affirming Americana of ‘Get Busy Living’, one of 3 well crafted co-writes with the weighty Anders Osborne. While his previous studio album ‘Going To Texas’ was a conceptual metaphor for some major changes in his life – not least the move from his native St. Louis to Texas – ‘Keep Coming Back’ is more of a celebration of his own broad based songwriting style with passionate vocals, great playing and deep songs that twist and turn into unforeseen directions. it's his ability to draw on social realist lyrics allied to a killer groove and a linear slide line that draws the listener in and makes Mike Zito more than your average blues rocker.

In 2016 his endless freeway is still a siren-call that this lifelong road-dog can’t ignore. “The road is part of the story,” he concludes, “and that’s why there are so many songs about it. When a tour ends, I can’t wait to get home. But by the week after, I’m itching to get back out there. It’s like the song says, the road never ends.”

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When: Jul 15, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 15 Jul 2016 20 )
Public Program Assistant- Farandnear
Sponsored by: Central Management Unit
Minimum age: 12
Public Program Assistants-FarandnearOverviewThe Trustees is looking for enthusiastic people to work with visitors during public events at Farandnear. Farandnear hosts a variety of public programs all year long. Because these programs attract numerous visitors, public program assistants play a vital . . .

When: Jun 5, 2016 12 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Jun 2016 12 )
Music in the Trees Volunteers- Farandnear
Sponsored by: Central Management Unit
Minimum age: 12
Music in the Trees Outdoor Concert Volunteers- FarandnearOverviewJust in time for Father's Day - bring the whole family to hear (and dance to) Beatles for Sale, as they play all-time Beatles favorites at this outdoor concert set in the Pinetum at Farandnear. We are expecting several hundred visi . . .

When: Jun 18, 2016 3 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15 )
LOS LONELY BOYS

6/23/2016

Los Lonely Boys, made up of brothers Ringo Jr., Henry and Jojo Garza, released their self-titles debut album in 2003. Although originally released on small Or Music label, Epic Records picked up Los Lonely Boys for major-label distribution in early 2004. The album quickly won the band a large national audience. Its lead single “Heaven” became a Top 20 pop hit, reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, and eventually won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Los Lonely Boys solidified their success with 2006’s "Sacred," which brought two more Grammy nominations, and 2008’s "Forgiven," as well as the holiday-themed Christmas Spirit. Meanwhile, the band continued to build its reputation as a singularly powerful live act.

Los Lonely Boys’ most recent album, Revelation, released in January, is a landmark release for the siblings. While maintaining the infectiously melodic mix of bluesy rock ’n’ roll and rootsy brown-eyed soul that’s long endeared Los Lonely Boys to its fiercely loyal fan base, Revelation adds an expansive range of new sonic elements, e.g. the conjunto touches of “Blame It On Love,” the reggae groove of “Give A Little More,” the rustic acoustic textures of “It’s Just My Heart Talkin’ and the baroque pop elements of “There’s Always Tomorrow.”

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When: Jun 23, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19 )

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