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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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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.”
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When: Jun 2, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 02 Jun 2016 19 )
DJ Sha- boo (MDF/Hustle Squad DJs)
Karaoke every Thursday. 9pm - 1am 4 Ayer Rd in Shirley, MA

When: May 5, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 May 2016 20 )
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 

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When: Jun 8, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19 )
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 )
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 )
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 )
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix

5-14-2016

PROFESSOR LOUIE & THE CROWMATIX was born when Aaron "Professor Louie" Hurwitz' produced "Jericho" (1993), The Band’s first album of new music in 16 years, and their final group recordings, "High on the Hog" and "Jubilation." The Crowmatix also worked on numerous solo recording projects and live performances with Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm. “Working with Rick, Garth and Levon for 15 years was a great honor, and a lot of fun, and we’re proud of the music we created together,” says Louie. “Their love of crafting musical stories based on American history had a strong influence on us, and I like to think we’re continuing that tradition in The Crowmatix recordings.”

Multi-instrumentallist "Louie," who plays Hammond organ/keyboards/accordion and exceptional vocals, was tagged "Professor Louie" by The Band vocalist/bassist Rick Danko while they performed together as a duo. Louie & the Crowmatix were also the backing group for solo CD's by Danko and Hudson.

They began touring and recording their own music in 2001 and now have 12 recordings. Their 2010 CD, "Whispering Pines", was nominated for five Grammys. Their CD "Century Of The Blues" averaged #20 for six months on the Americana Radio Roots charts and their music has consistently stayed on these charts for the past eight years. Their latest release, "Music From Hurley Mountain," showcases music written by Louie and his songwriting partner, vocalist, pianist and percussionist, Miss Marie (Rick Danko). Drummer Gary Burke (Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson), guitarist/vocalist John Platania (Van Morrison) and bassist/vocalist Frank Campbell (Steve Forbert, LevonHelm) complete the talented and versatile quintet.

"A tasty mix of rhythm and blues and rock & roll. Americana at it's best" - Village Voice 2012

“Light In Your Eyes.” This song would be heard in every household and would be a bona fide hit if there was any fairness in the world at all. - Blues Bytes

Killer stuff throughout, after years of winning albums, the band really hits it out of the park with their definitive statement here. - Midwest Record Entertainment

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When: May 14, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 14 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

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When: Jul 28, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19 )
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 )
Brian Dunne Music
Age Limit: All Ages

Brian Dunne Music



When: Jun 5, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 05 Jun 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 )
Public Program Assistant- Farandnear
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When: May 7, 2016 12 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 May 2016 12 )
Marc Ford of The Black Crowes
5-11-2016

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

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

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

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

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

When: May 11, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Wed, 11 May 2016 19 )
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.

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When: Jul 22, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20 )
Air Traffic Controller
6-16-2016

When: Jun 16, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 16 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



When: Jun 17, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 17 Jun 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.

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When: Jun 26, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 26 Jun 2016 19 )
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 )
Ponding in the Woods


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

(Sun, 12 Jun 2016 00 )
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.”

Video 1  -  Video 2  -  Video 3



When: Jun 23, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 23 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 )
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 )
The Queen Bee Festival - A Festival for Women


When: Apr 30, 2016 12 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12 )
The Garcia Project
5-13-2016

Performing classic Jerry Garcia Band shows from the 70s, 80s & 90s.

The Garcia Project returns from their successful West Coast tour to celebrate spring in New England! Get your tickets now and get ready to experience the greatest classic Jerry Garcia Band show setlist recreations!

The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. For anyone that never had a chance to experience them or for fans that want to relive a classic show, The Garcia Project delivers the goods. With precise arrangements and the proper instrumentation and feel for any and all given eras, they faithfully channel and project the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the JB Band and fans through many years of musical bliss. It’s about family, soul searching, rejoicing, contemplating, celebrating, seeking truth and loving one another.

"The Garcia Project was on point with the whole experience and it didn't seem like a cover band more like a mirrored band...they are just as real as the Jerry Garcia Band. " – Buffalo FM Review

"The Garcia Project’s attention to detail on intonation and performance structure does set them apart as an authority on Jerry Garcia." – NYSMUSIC

“If you close your eyes, you’ll swear you are at a Jerry Garcia Band show.” – ecoLocal Magazine

"it was hard to tell that it wasn’t Jerry signing on “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”” – NYSMUSIC

“In order for a tribute band to be successful, fans need to look at them as the authority on the artist they are emulating. The Garcia Project pulls it off effortlessly. Go see them live ...The Garcia Project is the whole package.” – Upstate Live

Mik Bondy (Guitar & Vocals), Kat Walkerson (Vocals), Dan Crea (Bass), Greg Marshall (Keys) & Bobby Belanger (Drums).

When: May 13, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 13 May 2016 20 )
Public Gardens Day- Farandnear
Sponsored by: Central Management Unit
Minimum age: 8
Public Gardens Day- FarandnearOverview Be a part of the effort to bring the beauty of gardens to Farandnear on this nationally celebrated day! Several garden areas installed this past fall will need spring sprucing up, the existing pinetum (arboretum of conifers) will need some basic care, and new g . . .

When: May 6, 2016 9 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 06 May 2016 09 )
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 (Sat, 28 May 2016 20 )
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 (Sat, 28 May 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 )
Tom Hambridge
with Quinn Sullivan

When: May 19, 2016 5 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 19 May 2016 17 )
Jeff Root
Show starts at 7:30 - Jeff Root – CD Release with Zack Root & Grant Clark and special guests - The Flair Band Jeff, Zack and Grant invite you to help them celebrate the release of their latest CD, “My One and Only”. Jeff and Grant were two founders of the Boston band Hot Dates who scored several top hits in the early 80s. Jeff Root has collaborated with and/or shared the stage with Kink’s Ray Davies & Dave Davies, Leon Redbone, The Tubes, Edgar Winter and comedy writers Martin Olson and Steven Wright. Zack has played in several Boston area bands including Pesky J. Nixon and The Bella Birds and has also opened for Ray Davies with Jeff. Flair, the songwriting team of Roger Fluet & Lee Villaire, return to the Bull Run with their talented bandmates Elizabeth Lorrey, Marc Feldman and Jo Thackeray. Known for their powerful performances and fun live shows, Flair brings their special brand of blues-infused alternative pop back to the Bull Run after two sold-out shows last year. Opener: Whitney Doucet – Award-winning country singer/songwriter, she’s sung the national anthem for both the Sox and the Pats and shared the stage with Keith Urban.

When: May 22, 2016 5 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 22 May 2016 17 )
Bees Deluxe


When: May 4, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Wed, 04 May 2016 19 )
Mother's Day Wildflower Walk


When: May 8, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: $5; Nonmember: $10

(Sun, 08 May 2016 00 )
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 )
Town Meeting Band

5-7-2016

Last year they played in our smaller upstairs room. They sold out and we added a second show. That sold out too and we had a long list of people who couldn't get in.
This year we moved them into the big room. 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!)

They are currently working on their first album, "If I Die" and you might be able to get signed copies by this show.

VIDEOS



When: May 7, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 07 May 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 )
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 )
Birding Basics


When: May 22, 2016 12 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts
Cost: Member: $5;Nonmember: $10; Children: FREE

(Sun, 22 May 2016 00 )
Jeff Root CD Release
5-22-2016


When: May 22, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sun, 22 May 2016 19 )
The Quebe Sisters Band
5-6-2016

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

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

VIDEOS:   With Asleep at the Wheel   -    Teardrops from my eyes


When: May 6, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Fri, 06 May 2016 20 )
Candye Kane
5-21-2016  (Sawtelle Room)

Seven time National Blues Awards Nominee Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. A Los Angeles native, she is the 21st century version of Bessie Smith, singing a tough, smart, sassy and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul that takes no prisoners of any persuasion.

Kane has been a lot of things in her life, from a mother and serious student to a pinup girl, actress (both on-stage and in risqué, to say the least, movies) and cancer survivor. She’d be just another fringe player in L.A. except for one thing - she can sing like nobody’s business and she has a sexy, intelligent and passionate musical vision to match her voice.

Backed by her 27 year old Aries guitar slinger from Mountain View, California, Laura Chavez, who has been called "the next Stevie Ray Vaughn," Kane released their third CD together, "Coming Out Swingin’" in June 2013. Featuring thirteen songs, nine of them self penned as a team, and including enough string bending from Laura to satisfy any guitar geek, she wails, she swings, she jumps and boogies and she does it all with a medical journal in one hand and a guitar pick in the other. Kane is her no-holds-barred self, telling heart wrenching stories of pain and survival, lust and heartbreak. Still the sexual dynamo she was in the 80s, she now does it as a petite size 8 but has lost none of the barrelhouse belting that made her a Bessie Smith contender. It’s as if cancer has strengthened these two women, turning them into one powerhouse of guts and determination and one dynamic duo to be encountered, on and off the bandstand. Coming out Swingin -- indeed!

When: May 21, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 May 2016 20 )
Anthony Gomes
5-21-2016

#1 Billboard Blues Artist, Anthony Gomes, has been creating virtuosic, white-hot blues since his recorded debut in 1998. Anthony is a triple-threat, force-of-nature guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Blues Revue Magazine recently declared that, "Gomes' formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues." His high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today, headlining concerts in 17 countries and sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Eric Clapton, Morgan Freeman, John Goodman, Toby Keith, Jonny Lang, Ron White, Tim Robbins, Travis Tritt and Vince Vaughn have all attended Gomes’ concerts.
Born in Toronto, Canada to a Portuguese father and a French-Canadian mother, Gomes began playing guitar in his early teens and was instantly drawn to the blues sounds of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. He relocated to Chicago in the late '90s to learn from the blues masters. During his brief stint as a sideman for Magic Slim and the Teardrops, Gomes put together his own group and won the first annual Buddy Guy's Legends "Best Unsigned Blues Band" competition in 1998. Later that year, Gomes released his debut CD, "Blues in Technicolor," which introduced him as a guitar-slinger loaded with impressive firepower. He was elevated to the top of the blues field, and 12 releases and numerous awards and ecstatic accolades later, this aptly-named, riff-laden Electric Field Holler crackles with his bare wires passion.

"Hendrix on crank guitar... all the soul of Otis Redding and all the swagger of Steven Tyler." - Blues Rock Review

"One of the Top Ten Guitarists in the World" - Music Taster's Choice

VIDEO 1  -  VIDEO 2

When: May 21, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 May 2016 20 )
Taking Back Eden (Ballroom)
05-21-2016 (Ballroom)

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

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

“refreshing, accomplished, thought-provoking, meaningful, inventive, seasoned, powerful, brilliant and masterful."

When: May 21, 2016 8 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 21 May 2016 20 )
John Hammond
5-5-2016

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

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

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

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

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

When: May 5, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 May 2016 19 )
A better way to ACQUIRE, GROW and RETAIN customers (IBM Analytics)
Attend this complimentary lunch, learn, and discuss panel to see for how you can increase customer satisfaction, maximize customer revenue and reduce customer churn with IBM Predictive Customer Intelligence and Industry Analytic Solutions. If interested, please reach out to rhpark@us.ibm.com to see if seats are available for reservation.

When: May 5, 2016 11 AM to May 5, 2016 2 PMin Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 05 May 2016 11 )
Headliners Comedy Series (Ballroom)

5-20-2016 (Ballroom)

Each month we will bring you the best and funniest comics from the famed Headliners Comedy Club.
This month's comics are Tom Hayes, Kyron Hubdy and Kristin O'Brien.

Tom Hayes fell into the Boston Comedy Scene in its heyday in the 1980's along with such names as Stephen Wright, Lenny Clarke, Bobcat Goldthwait, Denis Leary, etc. Later came such names as Dane Cook and Louis CK. Along the way he rose to a Boston standard and headliner at prestigious Boston Clubs and clubs throughout New England. He has opened for such national acts as Jeff Dunham, Phyllis Diller, The Smothers Brothers, The Four Tops and The Four Seasons.

Kyron Hobdy is an up and coming New England based comedian. He was a finalist in the 2013 Funniest Comic in New England Contest at Mohegan Sun. He has been selected to the Maine Comedy Festival and The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas. In a short time, he has opened up for the likes of Bob Marley, Wyatt Cenac and Dan Soder.
Kyron is a regular at Headliners Comedy Clubs but can be seen performing all over New England. He always brings great energy with his laugh-at-life and self-effacing style of humor and his likeability always makes him a crowd favorite

Kristin O’Brien has been entertaining audiences in New England and Texas for 8 years.  She has performed at The Boston Comedy Festival’s The Dirty Show, The East Texas Comedy Festival and The She Devil Comedy Festival, in NYC. Her perspective on marriage, divorce and dating will keep you in stitches.



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

5-19-2016

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

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

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

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



When: May 19, 2016 7 PM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Thu, 19 May 2016 19 )
Shirley Hoe Down


When: Jun 4, 2016 11 AM in Shirley, Massachusetts (Sat, 04 Jun 2016 11 )
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. Tony will be signing copies of this album 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 )

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