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Feb
21
Tue
Three Leaves Left
Feb 21 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:30 am

“Three Leaves Left is a Springfield based acoustic group, influenced by the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and Fleetwood Mac. With a combined 40 years of musical expertise/experience, Three Leaves Left features musical stylings by guitarists Rob Ackilli and Kevin Crane, and vocalist Caity Welz.

They play a mix of Americana, classic rock, and blues.”

Feb
22
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Feb 22 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Feb
23
Thu
The Big Sway
Feb 23 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 24 @ 12:00 am

The Big Sway is a hard hitting experiment in funky, groove-based rhythms, delivered with the urgency and DIY energy of punk rock.

Featuring Mike Grenier on drums, and founding front-men, Joe MacFadzen on bass and Tim Zucco on guitar, The Big Sway is wild and experimental rock’n’roll, intended to inspire movement, mischief, mayhem, and pure reckless fun in their live show.

Since the band’s conception in the summer of 2007, The Big Sway has released two EPs, played countless shows throughout the New England area, worked their way onto the local festival scene, wrote, directed, and released an official music video, and continued to build a reputation for themselves as hard-working, hard-playing and hard-partying purveyors of rock’n’roll.

With their two releases, 2011’s “The Cheese EP”, and 2012’s “GODDAMN!” under their belts, The Big Sway is currently looking ahead at their first full-length record, and playing bigger and better shows all the time. Keep up with The Big Sway at www.thebigsway.com, or on your favorite social media websites!

Feb
24
Fri
The Mike Crandall Band
Feb 24 @ 9:30 pm – 11:55 pm

The Mike Crandall Band has been playing throughout New England and beyond for the past 25 years. The band can be seen at many of New England’s premier blues clubs and festivals. The band is 3 time winner of Connecticut Blues Society blues challenge, in 2000, 2005, and 2008. The Mike Crandall Band also was the winner of the Boston Blues Challenge in 2009, and the Granite State Blues Challenge in 2014. The band has also made it to the finals in both 2000 and 2008 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. The band churns out crowd pleasing traditional blues, swing, jump and original music that wows crowds wherever they go. The band features Mike Crandall on vocals, who also blows greatness on diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Hartford Connecticut’s Shawn Leonard is on guitar, and his powerful and soulful sounds are the backbone of the band. Former Roomful of Blues bassist Ed “The Rock” Parnagoni and drum veteran Liviu Pop, For a great night of live, rock the house fun, come and see the Mike Crandall Band.

Feb
25
Sat
Murali Coryell
Feb 25 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Son of jazz-rock fusion guitar legend Larry Coryell and author/actress Julie Coryell, contemporary soul blues artist Murali Coryell grew up surrounded by great music – by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and Carlos Santana. Murali began playing drums at age 8 and continued through junior high school.  He started playing guitar after discovering the blues in his early teens.  “I was into the music of Led Zeppelin, particularly a minor blues tune called ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’.  My dad told me if I wanted to hearsome REAL blues to get B.B. King’s ‘Live At The Regal’ which to this day, I consider one of the greatest recordings ever made.  The emotion and sadness in B.B. King’s voice and guitar really spoke to me.  That’s When I first picked up a guitar.” He took lessons for a while but picked up most of what he learned from listening to the music of other blues guitar greats…besides B.B., from early Clapton, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix and Albert King.
 
The big turning point in Murali’s musical career came at age 15 when he attended the National Guitar Summer Workshop in Connecticut.  “For the first time in my life I got serious about my music.  I started playing all the time.  I got into jazz.”  He joined a jazz ensemble at college, studied classical guitar and graduated with a degree in music theory and composition.  He founded a soul/blues band, The Ambassadors, in upstate New York in the late 80s.  The band quickly became a regional favorite in New York’s Hudson Valley area.  In the summer of ’94, while a faculty member at the Guitar Workshop, Murali met Duke Robillard who was teaching a master class. Robillard heard me sing at a concert and asked to sit in with my band.  He called me a month later and hired me as second guitarist for his upcoming world tour.  He featured me on a couple of vocal tunes, Ray Charles’ ‘I Got A Woman’ and Albert King’s ‘The Hunter'”. Soon after, Murali was signed by the fledgling Big Mo Records label as a solo artist resulting in his Stax/Volt influenced debut CD, “Eyes Wide Open”  In 1999 Murali recorded “2120” for Marshall Chess’ CZYZ label.  Rolling Stone magazine named Murali “One promising new hound”.  Since that time he’s released several albums including 2003’s “Strong As I Need To Be”, 2005’s “The Future Of Blues”, the solo
acoustic album “Don’t Blame It On Me” in 2007, 2008’s “The Same Damn Thing” and 2009’s “Sugar Lips” as well as a collaboration with his father Larry and brother Julian “The Coryells” (2000/Chesky Records).
 
In additon to performing with his own group, Murali has toured as a featured artist with award winning blues artist Joe Louis Walker and his father, jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell.

Feb
28
Tue
FAT TUESDAY w/ Krewe les Gras
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:30 am

Starting on Ash Wednesday, and for the next 40 days you must purge yourself and cleanse your soul…but on the eve of Ash Wednesday, FAT TUESDAY, all bets are off!!! Come Indulge yourself in the spirit of Mardi Gras as we prepare to hunker down for the final stretch of this wintry season by gorging on BBQ and getting down to the FUNKIEST of music!! COSTUMES HIGHLY ENCOURAGED!!!

Show starts at 7:30 and it’s FREE!!
ALL AGES until 9:00, then its 21+ (Sorry kiddos)

Krewe Les Gras is a collective of top notch Valley talent coming together to celebrate the music of New Orleans and beyond.

Inspired by the sounds of the Crescent City, the birthplace of so much American music, Krewe Les Gras seeks to bring the New Orleans experience to the masses. Cajun rhythms, funky grooves, and wild improvisations are sure to keep you on the dance floor all night and day. Mardi Gras happens only once a year but we like to keep the spirit going all year round!!

Krew Les Gras involves a revolving roster of talent but it’s always top notch!

Current Line-up

Dan Thomas – Guitar/Vox
Nick Borges – Trumpet/Vox
Kat Rapacki – Trombone
Steve Yarbro – Alto Sax
Darby Wolf – Keys/Organ
Chris Ball – Bass
Colin Jalbert – Drums
Tim Harrington – Percussion

Mar
1
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Mar 1 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Mar
3
Fri
Maxxtone
Mar 3 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Born in Springfield, MA by founding member Aaron Fay (lead vocals) in the spring of 2003, Maxxtone has travelled the US bringing their genre-hopping brand of good times from Maine to Miami and beyond.

Along with longtime guitarist Pete Maserati, drummer Jesse Casinghino, and bassist Nathan Fay Maxxtone is a band that can meet any and all of your entertainment needs. Diversity is the key, and Maxxtone can seamlessly play private parties, weddings, colleges, corporate functions, or rip it up at any bar or roadhouse in America.

Mixing a vast arsenal of cover songs as well as two independent original releases, Maxxtone has shared the staged with Switchfoot, Howie Day, Mandy Moore, Paula Cole, Stereophonics, Mute Math, Jeffery Gaines, Duncan Sheik, Motley Crue, Eve 6, Tiffany, Better than Ezra, Strangefolk, DADA and Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees.

Mar
7
Tue
Robert Ashley
Mar 7 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 8 @ 1:00 am

After 25+ years of performing with some of the best bands in the Northeast, Robert Ashley is striking out on his own with a solo acoustic project!

Mar
8
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Mar 8 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 9 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Mar
10
Fri
Diane Blue
Mar 10 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 11 @ 12:15 am

Boston’s DIANE BLUE is the newest member of Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, touring as lead singer with the legendary band.

Ms. Blue is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd-pleasing entertainer. Voted “Outstanding Female Singer” in The Blues Audience 2015 and 2011 Readers’ Polls, Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B. Ms. Blue and her band won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She was nominated “Best Blues/R&B Act” and “Best Female Vocalist” in 2007 by the Providence Phoenix and also nominated “Best Local Blues Act” by Motif Magazine in 2007. Diane has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist extraordinaire Ronnie Earl, as well as international performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.S. and abroad as a featured performer, in addition to her duties with the Broadcasters.

Mar
15
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Mar 15 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 16 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Mar
16
Thu
The Mummers
Mar 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Aqua String Band is an all volunteer string band, best known for their participation in Philadelphia’s annual Mummers Parade.

Mar
17
Fri
Bo Fitz and the Yankcelt Band
Mar 17 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Although it has been rumored for several years, The YankCelt Band is making it official: the 2016 schedule of shows has been dubbed “#26… The Farewell Tour”. It will mark the last time the band will be performing as a group.

Twenty-Six years ago, Bo Fitzgerald, Jeff Sullivan, Craig Eastman and Guy Devito began performing as Bo Fitz & The YankCelt Band. Over the years, Billy Klock and Mixie Clark were invited to join the ensemble. The YankCelt band has become an annual tradition in the Valley every March since 1990.

Become a part of the local legends’ last performances as they good-bye and thank you to all their loyal fans and friends.

Mar
18
Sat
Cold Shot
Mar 18 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 1:00 am

Hailing from Chicopee, Cold Shot gives tribute to yesterday’s and today’s best blues and classic rock.

Band members:
Vinnie Pagano ( guitar and vocals)
Zach Pine (drums and vocals)
Jeff Fortier (Bass)

Mar
21
Tue
The Voodoo Fix
Mar 21 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 1:00 am

With a gritty and soulful take on blues-rock that hits a heavy, primal groove, The Voodoo Fix make a hypnotic sound that truly seems infused with a powerful magic. Formed in Los Angeles in ’07, the band quickly hit the road hard, relentlessly touring, and developing an astounding, must-see live show. Infiltrating the jam-circuit with their heavy, “hypno rock”, the band readily stood out from the pack, earning a legion of supporters (known as the “Voodoo Crew”), and building serious buzz. Now, the band has just released a brand new EP, “Step Right Up”, a compelling blend of Rock, Blues, & Hip-Hop. The EP was recorded with Jarco Mayes Records, a Nashville-based label, and captures the unique, dynamic essence of The Voodoo Fix.

Mar
22
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Mar 22 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 23 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Mar
24
Fri
Chris McDermott
Mar 24 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 25 @ 12:30 am

Chris McDermott is a very busy musician playing all over America, Europe, and the Caribbean for over 25 years. Posessing a truly unique rhythmic style he draws from what seems to be every available musical color in the palette. He is also one of the bravest and most energetic musicians you will ever experience live.
Playing solo or surrounding himself with some of the best international musicians in the world, Chris lives for that real “in the moment” exchange with his audience, his players and the vibrations created by all involved.
Chris McDermott is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer. Born in Delaware to British parents and based in Boston.
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Started out touring as sideman to many blues greats-
Eddie Kirkland, Carrie Bell, Nappy Brown, Zorah Young, Marva Wright, Toni Lynn Washington among others.

As band leader worked with some of the Best Jazz/Blues/Soul Players in the world-
Bernard Purdie, Clyde Stubblefield, Rakalaam Bob Moses, John Lockwood, Matthew Garrison,many more.
Released 5 albums. Produced and played on many more.
Former staff writer for Warner/Chappel publishing.
Part time instructor at Berklee College of Music.
Played the emerging artists stage at Woodstock ’99.
Most recent release “Radio Ghosts” is currently receiving airplay on over two hundred stations across U.S.A.

Mar
25
Sat
Ric Mysterie
Mar 25 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

We are a mix of professional performers, based out of the New York City area who are a close-knit group joined by a love for music. We range in age from twenty-somethings to, well, let’s just say older-somethings. Our members have played in Trio’s and Orchestras, Vegas and Broadway, Hollywood Movies, and on World Concert Tours. The group’s instrumental mix includes: 2 trumpets, 1 trombone, 3 singers, 2 saxes, 1 drummer, 1 bassist and 1 keyboard.

Mar
28
Tue
Adam Buynicki
Mar 28 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 12:00 am

Current vocalist and guitarist of the rock band Buynicki, Buynicki, Stroetzel & Deis.

I’ve been playing in bands and touring the country for the past 10 years of my life.

Playing popular cover songs ranging from rock and country to dance and pop.

Mar
29
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Mar 29 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Mar
30
Thu
Jo Sallins
Mar 30 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 31 @ 12:30 am

Jo Sallins invites you to celebrate his 58th trip around the Sun! With some very special musical guests.

Apr
1
Sat
Shakedown (CTs premier Grateful Dead Tribute band)
Apr 1 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 2 @ 1:30 am

Shakedown is New England’s Dead Tribute Band. starting 26th year.
Dave Frankel: Guitar: vocals, Mark Haberfeld: Bass and Lead vocals
Johhny Chang: Drums, Scott Guberman Organ, Keys and vocals, Jeff Martinson: Rhythm Guitar and vocals.

Apr
4
Tue
Alex2e
Apr 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Alex2e (actual name Alex Tuohey) is an acoustic folk and pop artist from Western Massachusetts.
More importantly, Alex2e is a storyteller. In 2012, he picked up a guitar and started writing and performing original music. His songs connect to a variety of audiences, bridging the gap between folk and pop music, while drawing comparisons to artists and bands such as Jack Johnson, Mike Posner and Dispatch.
In just a few short years, Alex has played many notable venues. From local bars and taverns in New England, to concert venues in Chicago and NYC, and supporting national acts such as Griffin House, Casey Abrams (of Postmodern Jukebox & American Idol) and Joshua Davis (of The Voice), he has proven himself as a true musician, just beginning to make his mark.

Apr
5
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 5 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 6 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Apr
7
Fri
Brass Attack of Springfield
Apr 7 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 12:00 am

Brass Attack of Springfield, a staple of area night clubs and festivals, performs classic hits from the last fifty years. From Chicago, Cheap Trick, KC and the Sunshine Band to Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan and Bruno Mars, Brass Attack of Springfield puts on a high energy show with outstanding musicianship you won’t want to miss.

You’ve seen them perform at major New England music festivals, ski and summer resorts, Northeast fairs, musical events as well as the Hampton Beach Seafood festival. You may have also seen Brass Attack of Springfield at Foxwoods Resort Casino as well as some of the leading live music venues in New England.

Voted in the summer of 2013 by Springfield’s Republican Newspaper Reader Raves as Best Local Band and together since 1995, this eight piece horn band calls Western Massachusetts home.

Apr
11
Tue
Brother Sal (of The Medicinal Purpose)
Apr 11 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 12:30 am

Soulful, bluesy rock and roll… losing and learning all wrapped up in one heavy sound… Brother Sal’s soul flows through both like a morphine drip, but it does even more so in his guitar playing.

Apr
12
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 12 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Apr
13
Thu
HCC Jazz Night
Apr 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Students, faculty, and Alumni put on a very special night off Jazz performences.

Apr
14
Fri
Roberto Morbioli
Apr 14 @ 9:30 pm – 11:55 pm

Roberto was born in Verona and started playing the guitar at an early age. At the age of 15 he discovered his greatest passion to be THE BLUES.

After several years of activity in the Italian music scene, he was asked to play in the ‘Tao Ravao Blues Band’ in 1987, with whom he recorded his first album: “From Madagascar To Chicago”.

In December 1989 he joined “Rudy’s Blues Band” and with them recorded his second album: “Reason To Live”. With this band, he also played at the biggest European festivals such as: Amsterdam Blues Festival, New Orleans Music Festival in Ascona, Sanremo Blues Festival, etc.

Roberto performed at the historical places of the Blues in the USA such as “Antone’s” in Austin, Texas where he shared the stage with artists like “Anson Funderburgh” and “Sue Folley”.

In 1991 he finally set up his own band MORBLUS which has brought him much recognition and many awards, playing in all the biggest national and international blues festivals and events. In 1998 he toured with MORBLUS around the USA where he played at the B.B. King’s Bluesclub in Memphis and in most popular American Blues clubs. Roberto writes and arranges the music and lyrics of all the original songs recorded by MORBLUS published on various CDs

“Let The Good Times Roll”, “101% Pure Morblus”, “7 Days Of R&B”, “Push!” (Live), “Mrs. Miller” (co-produced with the song writer Massimo Bubola), “I Can’t Go Wrong” (14 original songs reflecting on 25 years of music and important collaborations), “On the Way Back” (Live), “Live At Camploy” (from the DVD “Road Tracks”) and “Green Side”.

Roberto’s personality and unique playing style are evident in all his interpretations while at the same time recalling the styles of blues greats such as Freddy King, Albert King, B.B. King, Albert Collins, T. Bone Walker, Steve Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton.

Roberto is a passionate and commanding guitarist, demonstrating great groove in every song he plays. Each note comes straight from his heart. As a singer, Roberto’s powerful voice recalls the styles and tones of Sam Cook, O.V. Wright, Little Milton, Otis Redding, Robert Cray, and Donny Hathaway.

Apr
15
Sat
Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Jeff Pitchell is an internationally acclaimed dynamic singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Jeff achieved national recognition when his last CD, Heavy Hitter (Pyramid Records/EMI) reached #7 on the Billboard Charts, selling more CDs than Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Johnny Lee Hooker & Muddy Waters. Jeff has recorded with such greats as Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, james Cotton and Clarence Clemons. Jeff received international recognition when he toured Europe and then was asked to join the Commitments as a special guest

Texas Flood consists of Jimmie Biggins on sax (formerly with James Taylor and The Temptations), Marty Richards on drums (drummer for J Geils Band, Joe Perry’s Band, and Peter Wolf’s Band), Dave Natale on bass, Dan Fontanella B3 Organ. These seasoned musicians unite to bring a high energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock Soul, Pop and funky Texas Blues.

The Jeffettes 4-piece vocal harmony group consists of Linda Ransom, Theresa Wright, Diane Cooke and Carolyn Hawkins. They have performed for 25 years with various Gospel and jazz groups throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Their soulful harmonies are truly amazing and their lead vocals are breathtaking.

Together, this accomplished group of musicians will entertain you with their hard driving brand of thunder and lightning blues, rock, funk, and soul music.

Jeff Pitchell is an international recording artist, and an award winning singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor. Jeff was recently chosen by the Boston Red Sox to sing “God Bless America” to a sold out Fenway Park and nationwide TV and radio audience. Jeff has had such musical greats as Charles Neville, J Geils, Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, James Cotton, Clarence Clemons play on his CDs and “dueled” with Dickey Betts founding member of the “Allman Brothers”, and also performed with Peter Tork of the Monkees, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Tommy Shannon (SRV’s bass player) and recently returned from a tour of Europe. Jeff has performed in the Caribbean and was a special guest of The Commitments in a United States/Canadian tour and debuted as an actor in a movie entitled “Cathedral Pines.” Jeff has now written songs w/Acadmy Award winner Jeff Silbar, ” Wind Beneathe my Wings”, and at the request of James Woods, Oscar and Academy award nominee…has written songs for a new script for a movie entitled “American Girl.” Jeff had this CD to released by Vizztone which is entitled American Girl produced by David Z and features J Geils, Rock Hall of Fame nominee, as a special guest…

Apr
19
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 19 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 20 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Apr
21
Fri
The Amplifiers- featuring the Kosher Kid
Apr 21 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Kosher Kid & The Amplifires cover a wide swath of blues–Little Walter, Muddy, Wolf, Sonny Boy, Junior Parker, and some Basie, Cleanhead Vinson, T-Birds, Paladins, Hooker, Albert Collins and others They also play originals in a similar mold.The quartet is lead by harp king and vocalist Dave Robbins (The Kosher Kid) and is supported by the firey Ryan VoodooChild Newman on guitars, thumpin’ rootsmaster Mike Speranza on bass, and Mark Hennessy on drums and vocals.

Apr
22
Sat
The Matthew Stubbs Band
Apr 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Currently, Matthew Stubbs is performing with the legendary Charlie Musselwhite Band, as well as his own band, The Matthew Stubbs Band. He recently was named the 2009 Outstanding Guitarist from Blues Audience Magazine and was a 2009 Boston Music Award Nominee for Blues Act of the Year.

As a bandleader and composer, Stubbs has earned himself a reputation for penning soul-drenched Roots & Blues guitar instrumentals. His well-crafted songs are melodic and original; echoing the sounds of historic greats such as Booker T and the MGs, Earl Hooker, Lonnie Mack, and Freddie King. Blues guitarist Rick Holmstrom sums it up best: “The thing I like best about Matt Stubbs playing is that he leaves space. There are plenty of young blues guitarists who can play a whole lot of guitar, and Matt can hang with ’em all, but there are very few who understand that it’s important to let it breathe. I dig the economy and simplicity of Matt’s playing. He’s got an old soul.”

Matthew Stubbs released his first solo record “Soul Bender” on the VizzTone label group in August 2008, which received much critical acclaim. He will be following this with a new release in March 2010 entitled “Medford & Main” on Chicago based label Blue Bella Records.

In addition to playing with The Charlie Musselwhite band, Stubbs has also toured and recorded with many top Blues and Soul acts such as Junior Watson, John Nemeth, Janiva Magness, Lynwood Slim, Brian Templeton and Sax Gordon. Stubbs continues to maintain a full touring schedule, both as a bandleader and sideman. With the release of Medford & Main and many upcoming tours, 2010 looks to be one of his busiest years yet.

Apr
25
Tue
Arthur James solo
Apr 25 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 26 @ 12:30 am

The southern New Hampshire guitarist Arthur James applies his craft to meaningful original blues guitar and vocals. His voice is so hefty you’d think he was seven feet tall. His guitar sounds larger than life too, due to the volumes of emotive release he offers throughout his music.

His songs are, vocally, melodically, and rhythmically, beautiful expressions of what has been going on inside him for quite some time. This singer-songwriter has the blues down pat. It’s a form of music that can expressed the highest highs and lowest lows of the human experience.

www.arthurjames.org

Apr
26
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 26 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 27 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

Apr
27
Thu
Robert Frahm
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Young Robert Frahm has played and
sung with everyone from Nighthawk alumni, Big Joe and the Dynoflows to Gina Sicliia
makes his way up from the south to Sally’s along with ex Delbert McClinton Drummer
Mike Clarke and Bassist TomTerry…..If You love Soulful Guitar Blues this is for you!

Apr
28
Fri
Dynamite Johnny
Apr 28 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 29 @ 12:45 am

DYNAMITE JOHNNY AKA JOHN CLARK Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist born a Gemini in Detroit, Michigan former band member in: The James Montgomery Band

Apr
29
Sat
The Love Dogs
Apr 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

The Love Dogs’ Recipe For The Blues

Take one red-hot horn section – we’re talkin’ alto, tenor, baritone saxes and trombone – down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business”, and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road tearing up juke joints, festivals and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It’s a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it’s THE LOVE DOGS.

Based out of Boston, this hard swinging septet just celebrated its 20th year wowing audiences and critics alike with their combination of great musicianship and pure fun. The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll into their own powerhouse sound. You can hear it loud and clear on their three Tone-Cool cds “I’m Yo Dog” (1996), “Heavy Petting” (1998) and “New Tricks” (2000). Many of the cuts from these three discs have been blues radio favorites, several of the Dogs’ signature original songs have been used in feature films and on television, and one has even been sampled for use on the upcoming Run-DMC cd!

But as much fun as the Dogs’ studio discs are, it’s nothing compared to seeing them live. FMQB magazine called Love Dogs’ concerts “the stuff of legend” where “soulful vocals, killer grooves, spontaneity and pure entertainment play equal parts”. With their newest cd “Live And On Fire” The Love Dogs have finally captured the unbridled energy of their live show on disc. Far from a live retread of previously recorded tunes, “Live And On Fire” features ten brand new tracks captured live on a summer weekend at the famous Sea Note nightclub on the outskirts of Boston.

“It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next.” says lead vocalist and songwriter EDDIE “DUATO” SCHEER, a former sideman of R&B legend Johnny Adams. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh. When a crowd can see that, it becomes contagious. Pretty soon they’re giving us back as much energy as we’re putting out, and the whole thing keeps escalating. We call it the ‘tribal love vibe'”.

Featuring some of the Northeast’s best players, it’s impossible not to notice the high level of musicianship in this band. “We’re all lifetime fans of blues, jazz, and R&B, and we all have a real reverence for the music. Part of what makes this band special is that we really play together as a unit, and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The band’s lineup consists of SCHEER, ALIZON LISSANCE (keyboards, vocals), MYANNA (alto/tenor sax, vocals), GLENN SHAMBROOM (guitar, baritone sax), RANDY BRAMWELL (bass, vocals), STEVE BROWN (drums, vocals), along with part time Dogs MARIO PERRETT (tenor sax/vocals), MARK PAQUIN (tenor sax, trombone) and old friend “SAX” GORDON BEADLE (tenor and baritone sax).

Voted “Best New England Band” by Blues Audience magazine, the Dogs are Part Rat Pack party, part 20th century musical encyclopedia, and part revival meeting. The New York Post says “Even though the music could make Leonardo’s David dance, it’s the songwriting that separates these dogs from the rest of the pack” and Blues Review agrees “If there were a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead.”

– See more at: http://www.thelovedogs.com/band_bio/#sthash.v8YOZ9aD.dpuf

May
3
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 3 @ 10:00 pm – May 4 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

May
4
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
May 4 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Looking for something truly unique? New England’s award winning live band karaoke show can make you and your guests honorary rock stars for the night. Choose from over 500 songs on the band’s list and get on stage like a rock star! Just you, the microphone, and the band.

May
5
Fri
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers
May 5 @ 9:30 pm – May 6 @ 1:00 am

Charismatic singer and guitarist Erin Harpe, along with her band the Delta Swingers, have become favorites around New England, with a growing fan base around the world. Their unique brand of dance music is rooted in vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues, then shaken and stirred with other genres like soul, funk, and reggae, evoking a wild southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody’s dancing.

Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers features Erin on vocals and lead guitar, backed by Jim Countryman on bass, Matt Charles on harmonica and Kendall Divoll on drums. Their critically acclaimed debut album Love Whip Blues (VizzTone) has been very well received, getting 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and airplay around the world including SeriusXM’s Bluesville!

Love Whip Blues is a refreshing, rootsy take on the blues, with songs about trains, hard luck and good luck, and of course (in the vein of Harpe’s other band, Lovewhip) shakin‘ your booty. Ten swinging tracks include four originals, Harpe’s take on songs by 1930’s blues artists, and a very unorthodox version of the classic John Prine song, “Angel From Montgomery”, famously recorded by Bonnie Raitt. Produced by Dave Gross (Candye Kane, Chris O’Leary, Albert Castiglia, Gina Sicilia) at Fat Rabbit Studios, the album shows off the band’s signature Charles River Delta Blues – their own country blues/roots/americana cocktail – including an appearance by guest star guitarist Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters band).

May
6
Sat
The Eric Ducoff Band
May 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Whether your talking about the legendary Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones and Cream, or present day rockers like Jack White and The Black Keys, there’s one common trait they all share: They all evolved from a deep passion for vintage blues music. The Eric Ducoff Band shares this same pedigree. Each member a long-time stalwart of the New England blues scene, the trio came together in 2007 with a vision to create music that melds their intimate knowledge of vintage blues with their love for roots and rock staples like The Band, Los Lobos, Dylan, Hendrix etc.

On any given night you may see the band shift from the most traditional of blues, to heavy guitar oriented roots rock and back again all in one set. That’s what makes this band so dynamic — their ability to always keep you guessing, and their innate ability to cover such a wide range of musical styles at the drop of a hat.

The band is currently working on their first full-length record.

May
9
Tue
Gerry Moss
May 9 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Gerry Moss was born in Massachusetts in 1950 to an Air Force father. He was the oldest of 8 children.

As a musician, Gerry has lived and worked in Europe, New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and Hardy, Arkansas.

He started to play guitar wile in England at the age of six. He watched an entertainer playing a guitar and he was hooked. He instantly knew he wanted a guitar.

Gerry attended a private high school where he began to write music. He wrote some rock tunes for a high school show that were well accepted. He began to perform in talent shows and began to attract attention as a performer.

In addition to guitar, Gerry is accomplished on Banjo, mandolin, bass Guitar, dobro Guitar and keyboards.

He is also a capable producer and engineer. As an example, a CD he produced and engineered called “Maiden Voyage” for The Michael Gray Band can be listened to in the “Music” page of this site.

Gerry has enjoyed teaching music and how to perform to young people with a patience and enthusiasm that has inspired them to meet their full potential.

Gerry can perform and headline either as a solo artist accompanying himself on guitar or with his band, MOSSMAN.

MOSSMAN performs as a 3 or 4 piece group. Each member of MOSSMAN contributes enormous skill and experience. Drummer John Ware was a member of the bands for Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Michael Nesmith. MOSSMAN performs with abandon, yet is tight. Their performances are liberated but not reckless. You may view the MOSSMAN videos on this site (“Red Rooster” & “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”). These videos will say more about MOSSMAN than words can tell.

Gerry also performs with bands named Red Barn Ramblers and Reckless Red.

Gerry’s first love is the blues. Much of his music reflects this. However, on the “Music” page of this site you can listen to Gerry performing other genre’s also as he performs solo on acoustic guitar. (See Nickels ‘n Dimes).

One of Gerry’s previous bands, “the Famous Unknowns,” was the house band at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis, TN for over 2 years. A subsequent band, “Gerry Moss And The Drive” was also a regular at B.B. King’s.

At one time, due to his popularity and demand, Gerry performed up and down Beale Street headlining as a single or with a bad so often and at so many venues and events, he was referred to as “The Iron Man Of Beale Street.”

As a solo artist, Gerry has been the opening act for Leon Russell (3 times), Richie Havens (twice), Mose Allison, and Robby Krieger (guitarist for the Doors). Terry has been the band leader for David Lynn Jones’ band. He was also the bass guitar player for Lloyd Price (Personality, stagger Lee, Lawdy Miss Claudy).

Gerry has performed in shows with R&B and blues artists such as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert Collins, Rufus Thomas, Edgar Winter, Joe Walsh, Steve Winwood, Johnny Rivers, Mose Allison, Albert King, and Buddy Guy.

Gerry has also performed with C&W artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Hank Williams, JR., and Clint Black’s band.

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Gerry Moss performed at Ronald Reagan’s second inauguration as a member of the Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band. Jerry Lee Lewis and Kool And The Gang were also on the bill. This is a photo of him at the inauguration with a friend. Nice threads, Gerry. Baby blue tux, white shoes. Crazy!

May
10
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 10 @ 10:00 pm – May 11 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

May
11
Thu
Adam UP
May 11 @ 9:30 pm – May 12 @ 12:30 am

The finger-picking slap shot styling’s of AdamUp has kept heads swinging and feet stomping across New England since the late 1990s. His dedicated fan base has packed venues across the Northeast and his musical dexterity has earned acclaim from the Hard Rock Café and a host of indie music media.

Acoustic guitar matched to Dylan-esque lyrics and a Mos Def delivery resonates politically, as well as musically—as motivating as entertaining. He has opened for several national performers, including Trust Company, Breaking Benjamin and Keith Kane of Vertical Horizon.

When not laying his own tracks, AdamUp is in the studio developing new bands on his label, AdamUp Productions. Yet today his main focus is “Blood Diamonds,” the much anticipated studio release follow-up to “Until Next Time” in 2002. A new album for the new world, its uncut full length iTunes release will precede the albums official launch. If you’re going to give it to the people, give it to them raw.

May
12
Fri
Ryan Hartt and the Bluehearts
May 12 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

“YOU GOT TO LIVE IT TO GIVE IT”, states the first line from Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts’ latest CD, “Call My Name”. In their 12 years together, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts have, indeed, lived it. They’ve logged countless gigs and countless miles in a Honda minivan, playing clubs and festivals throughout the Northeast and beyond. Being in a blues band in today’s music market is never easy. Nonetheless, the band keeps moving forward, outlasting musical trends and clubs that have come and gone.

Though the band will always be rooted in the Chicago and West Coast blues they have built their reputation on, “Call My Name” expands their sound with soul, proto-rock & roll and even ska. Their songwriting has matured equally. Certainly the common blues themes of love lost and found are here, but the songs on “Call My Name” also reflect the changes and growth of the band members over the last seven years with topics ranging from depression to choosing music over a relationship to the grind of a gigging blues band. Yet no matter what, as the last line of the of the last song says, Ryan Hartt & the Blue Hearts “will be back next Friday night”.

May
13
Sat
The Racky Thomas Band
May 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo CD and do some gigs around the Boston area. Thomas spent ’96 and early ’97 abroad before returning to Boston, with the intent of putting the band back together and taking another stab at cracking the blues scene.

After an invitation to enter Boston’s 1997 Battle of The Blues Bands and the addition of pianist Ron Poster, the band went on to win and traveled to Memphis to compete on a national level. After not making the finals in Memphis, the band traveled home, humbled, yet with a stronger resolve.

Following the departures of Larkin and Poster, the band, in various formations, forged ahead, releasing four critically acclaimed, independently produced CD’s, including their most recent effort: Hard Travelin’, and making numerous club and festival appearances, opening for such luminaries as Luther “Guitar” Jr. Johnson, Ronnie Earl, and Sue Tedeschi; and highlighted by a trip to France in 2010 to perform at the Terri Thouars festival.

May
16
Tue
Kosi
May 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Kosi (née Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she’s more than just a drama queen. She’s got piercing eyes and a voice that’s larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won’t fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.

She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influences, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she’s-sweet-now-she’s-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. “I am not creating anything,” she says, “nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough.” She’s more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing… if you can handle it.

Kosi is currently the lead vocalist of straight-ahead jazz group Sweet Blue Fire and indie rock group The Goddess Lakshmi.

May
17
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 17 @ 10:00 pm – May 18 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

May
18
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
May 18 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Looking for something truly unique? New England’s award winning live band karaoke show can make you and your guests honorary rock stars for the night. Choose from over 500 songs on the band’s list and get on stage like a rock star! Just you, the microphone, and the band.

May
19
Fri
Slam Allen
May 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

American Showplace Music recording artist Slam Allen is one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today.

More that just a singer, writer, and guitar player, Slam connects with his audience like entertainers from a bygone era. Think Otis Redding, BB, Albert, and Freddie King, with a blend of Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Sly Stone and a little George Benson and Jimi Hendrix thrown in – making a Slam show a unique musical experience.

As a solo performer, Slam is the recipient of the prestigious Master Blues Artist award from the New York Blues Hall of Fame, a 2016 Blues Music Award Nominee and the proud endorsee of custom guitars by Gerhards Guitarworks and boutique amplifiers by Soul Tramp Amplification.

Growing up, Slam played drums for the family soul band “The Allen Brothers” and later on, learned guitar from his Dad, Harrison Allen and his Uncle, Cecil Allen. As he progressed in their eyes, the family knew they had a special talent to nurture!

As he developed his own style, Slam went to Chicago to learn the ways of Traditional Chicago Blues. Once there, it didn’t take long before the offer of a fill in gig for the legendary harpist, James Cotton – which led to Slam spending the next 9 years (2001 – 2010) as the lead singer, lead guitarist, and band leader for Mr. Cotton. Slam is also credited with writing and singing on Cotton’s 2011 Grammy nominated comeback album, “Giant.”

May
20
Sat
Aaron Norcross and the Old Dogs
May 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Travers, Vintage Guitar Magazine Interview (June 2015):
Now very few people are playing bluesy, guitar. I’ve met some 16/17 year old’s playing it right; a kid up in Boston, Aaron Norcross Jr.,plays a Telecaster and he’s the real deal. Its amazing some one that young can have so much understanding and expression. So, there are one or two acts out there.

May
23
Tue
Robert Ashley
May 23 @ 9:30 pm – May 24 @ 1:00 am

After 25+ years of performing with some of the best bands in the Northeast, Robert Ashley is striking out on his own with a solo acoustic project!

May
24
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 24 @ 10:00 pm – May 25 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

May
25
Thu
Mikey Sweet
May 25 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

With a sound characterized by deft guitar picking and a raw, haunting voice, Northampton, MA-based singer-songwriter Mikey Sweet connects with listeners’ hearts through the simple universal power of song. With a sound described as song-centric folk-Americana, Sweet writes in the tradition of American storytelling shaped by such legends as Prine, Towns Van Zandt and Springsteen. Revealing a vulnerability rarely seen on stage, Sweet weaves themes of hope and redemption through the apocalyptic backdrop of his songs like a silk thread, evoking an emotional intensity that cannot help but affect the listener.

Self-described as a “haunting fingerprint a young lost traveler of the American landscape,” Sweet’s personal history informs all of his song writing. His cryptic lyrics pay autobiographic homage to the duality between the freedom and the isolation inherent in the transient life (although none of these songs are about him, as he’s known to say with a smirk). The confessional quality of Sweet’s poetry brings fresh nuance to the ancient art of storytelling as the troubled troubadour conjures images of the less than romantic edge of the road dog life. Says Deb Hebert of Blue Bird Reviews, “Most compellingÅ[is Sweet’s] skill for translating matters of the heart in such a way the lesson learned is universal, a trait that parallels some of our generations greatest storytellers in Springsteen, Hiatt and Browne.”

May
26
Fri
Janet Ryan and Straight Up
May 26 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
May
27
Sat
Tommy Whalen & The Ragged Edge
May 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Tommy Whalen has excited audiences all over the world as lead guitarist and vocalist with Eight to the Bar, the renowned CT based swing/rhythm and blues band. Tommy, a Western Mass native, has opened for Ray Charles, Jefferson Starship, The Band, and Ronnie Earl to name a few… Is now making a name with his own project, “Tommy Whalen & The Ragged Edge”.

Known for his soulful vocals and masterful guitar playing, Tommy performs an eclectic mix of blues, rock, soul and funk. A veteran musician, Tommy is recognized throughout New England by fans and fellow musicians. His crowd-pleasing shows always have the audience dancing! The band plays an eclectic mix of Blues, Rock, Soul & Funk.

May
31
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 1:30 am

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives: http://juanitamic.com

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Adam UP
Jun 1 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 2 @ 12:30 am

The finger-picking slap shot styling’s of AdamUp has kept heads swinging and feet stomping across New England since the late 1990s. His dedicated fan base has packed venues across the Northeast and his musical dexterity has earned acclaim from the Hard Rock Café and a host of indie music media.

Acoustic guitar matched to Dylan-esque lyrics and a Mos Def delivery resonates politically, as well as musically—as motivating as entertaining. He has opened for several national performers, including Trust Company, Breaking Benjamin and Keith Kane of Vertical Horizon.

When not laying his own tracks, AdamUp is in the studio developing new bands on his label, AdamUp Productions. Yet today his main focus is “Blood Diamonds,” the much anticipated studio release follow-up to “Until Next Time” in 2002. A new album for the new world, its uncut full length iTunes release will precede the albums official launch. If you’re going to give it to the people, give it to them raw.