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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

Jun
1
Thu
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.

Jun
2
Fri
“Young” Neal Vitullo and the Vipers
Jun 2 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

orginator and name sake of Young Neal And The Vipers, Guitarist /Frontman Neal Vitullo has honed his craft through 30 years of countless club dates and concerts. That conviction and tradition continues with all Neal And The Vipers shows.
Neal has furthered his reputation by playing with and sharing the stage with such greats as. Roy Buchanan, B.B. King, Albert Collins, Jimmie Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Dixon, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Johnny Copeland, ……………

Jun
6
Tue
Alex2e
Jun 6 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

My name is Alex Tuohey (or Alex2e) and I’m here to explain what I’m about. To be honest, I was never a music kid growing up. I played sports my whole life and never took to music like some others did. At my high school it was seen as “uncool” and although I never thought that, I wanted to be on the jock side of the house.

Later on in life at the age of 23, a major surgery laid me up on the couch for 2 months and I hit a pretty low place in my personal life. I’m not much of a TV guy and always had a “bucket list” type thought that I’d like to learn to play guitar. So that’s what I did. Through watching countless YouTube videos and online lessons I begin to teach myself guitar and drive my parents and later roommates insane in the process. The hours turned into months that turned into years. At 24 I begin to try and sing. I worked my ass off at both and finally played my first live show at 25, accompanying a local recording artist as part of a duo. Now at 28, I play roughly 10-12 shows a month, in cities like Hartford, Boston, Burlington, NYC and Chicago. Eventually I would like to play across the country. Impossible? That’s for you to decide. As cliché as it sounds, I don’t believe anything is impossible. I plan to keep grinding, outworking and taking any opportunity to let my music be heard. Whether it’s in front of 100s of people or it’s just in “My Mother’s Bathroom”, I will ride this dream until I can’t anymore.

My new EP is named “My Mother’s Bathroom” because for awhile it was the only place that would let me play. The Talkboy you see me using (giving “Home Alone” nostalgia) is a logo I use because as a kid I would hold it up to the TV and radio to try and catch my favorite songs on a cassette tape. It’s an honor that you even took the time to read this far to get to know me a little better. Eventually, I’ll have much cooler stuff to put in here but for now I think this is a good starting point. I hope to meet you soon.

http://www.alex2e.com/

Jun
7
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jun 7 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 8 @ 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

Jun
8
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Jun 8 @ 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.

Jun
9
Fri
Professor Harp
Jun 9 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 10 @ 12:00 am

Professor Harp, born in Boston, Ma, 1951— main vocal influences: Muddy Waters and Magic Sam. Main harmonica influences: George Harmonica Smith, Little and Big Walter. Forte–Texas-style Blues, R&B and Gulf-Coast Rock N Roll.

Jun
10
Sat
Night Train
Jun 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Night Train is a main stay of the New England blues and roots music scene for going on 15 years. Based out of dirty Worcester, Night Train is made up of a caravan of refugees from a host of Nee England bands that get together to frequently travel slightly different roads than their normal gigs. Night Train features Jeff “JB” Berg on guitar and vocals, Tim Brown on drums, and Mike Law on bass. In addition you can almost always expect a special guest or two along for the ride.

Jun
13
Tue
Date Night
Jun 13 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Jun
14
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jun 14 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 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

Jun
15
Thu
Matt Brady of Milk
Jun 15 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Matt Brady, the voice of Boston rock band Milk, is a passionate and relentless force of creativity. As a composer, his ideas capsulate mysteries anywhere from the existential to the day to day. Described as a “velvety tenor” he also sports a sound that is seasoned and raw, well beyond his years. Matt is excited to play a solo show at the Flask Lounge in Portland ME on October 5th. Meanwhile Milk is currently finishing up an LP to be released soon and continuously performs throughout the Northeast.

Jun
16
Fri
Mike Law Birthday Bash
Jun 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Mike Law Birthday Bash-4 Bands and more ! Ryan Hartt/Carl Ricci/Jr Krauss/Night Train and many special guests sitting in.

Jun
17
Sat
The Willie J. Laws Band
Jun 17 @ 9:30 pm – 11:50 pm

www.williejlawsband.com
www.facebook.com/williejlawsband

The Willie J Laws Band sound is rooted in deep Texas Roots Music, add some Funk, and Jazz influenced bass patterns, and the influence of various Afro-Caribbean centric drum beats, all tempered with a groove from Motown, Memphis or Muscle Shoals, New Orleans or Houston, Cincinnati or Los Angeles. The sound is traditional African-American music with a unique twist, skillfully played and performed. The Willie J Laws Band is winner of the Mass Blues Society Challenge 2011, Semi-finalist at the International Blues Competition 2012 and Beale St Kings Awards. A two time nominee for New England Music Award – Best Blues Act 2015 and 2016, 2015 Nominee for Boston Music Award – Best Blues Act 2015. Come see what some are calling the “Real Deal”. Come see “The Prophet of Funky Texas Music”.

Jun
20
Tue
Prateek Prodder
Jun 20 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Prateek Poddar is a singer-songwriter from Weston, Massachusetts. At the age of 11, he picked up the guitar. At the age of 20, he started writing songs that reflected his love of classic folk artists such as Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Simon and Garfunkel, as well as contemporary artists such as Jason Isbell and Ryan Adams. In 2016, he recorded his first EP, “Walking in My Sleep,” in his bedroom.

Jun
21
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jun 21 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 22 @ 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

Jun
22
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Jun 22 @ 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.

Jun
23
Fri
Peter Newland & RadioXile
Jun 23 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 24 @ 1:00 am

Former front man of the local iconic band Fat, Peter brings his own band into Theo’s for another night of old school Rock and Roll.

RadioXile Band Members are well known to Valley audiences: Guitarist Mark Pappas played with the legendary Jack Veronesi and Friends, performed with The Top Hat Band featuring Earl Davis, and more recently played with FAT and with Peter Newland’s Duo. Bassist Guy DeVito was a founding member of FAT, and was musical director at The Agouti Nightclub on Montserrat, where he and guitarist Christopher Newland created the worldwide hit “Hot, Hot, Hot.” DeVito’s eclectic record production credits include Salamander Crossing’s debut Bluegrass album and Robert Emmett Fitzgerald’s collection of Celtic songs called “The Minstrelsy”, as well as Joel Zoss’s “Bob Marley International”. Drummer Chet Pasek has toured New England, New York, the U.S. and Canada, performing with Michael Gregory, Ray Mason, Peter Newland, FAT, Vast Ed Vadas, Ed Mari, and Larry Chesky, and in Broadway plays with Stella Parton, Jennifer Flowers and Ronee Blakely. Keyboardist Ralph Whittle, known for his expertise in the jazz idiom, performed for 5 years with vocalist Carol Hahn and plays currently with popular Springfield area jazz singer Ethel Lee. He has performed with contemporary jazz mainstays Peter Erskine, Rufus Reed, Marvin Stamm and others.

Jun
24
Sat
Bruce Katz featuring Chris Vitarello and Liviu Popp
Jun 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Bruce Katz is a four time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015) Nominee for the Blues Music Award (W.C. Handy Award) for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year”, selected by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN.
While Blues is a very important part of his music, Bruce’s music has more angles and influences, occupying a unique space where blues, “soul-jazz”, jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own. He is equally comfortable playing Hammond B-3 Organ and Piano.
Besides leading the Bruce Katz Band, Bruce performs regularly with the Delbert McClinton Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, John Hammond, and other artists as well. He was a member of the Gregg Allman Band from 2007-2013.
Bruce was also an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music for fourteen years (1996-2010), teaching Harmony, Hammond organ labs, Private Instruction and Blues History.
As a performer, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band. He has played and recorded with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as Ronnie Earl, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Witherspoon, Paul Rishell, Mighty Sam McClain, Debbie Davies, David “Fathead” Newman and many others.
Bruce has a lengthy background in classical piano. After hearing a Bessie Smith record when he was 10 years old, he started teaching himself blues and early jazz on the piano. He then heard boogie-woogie and swing music and continued his musical journey into more aspects of jazz and American roots music. Bruce attended Berklee College of Music in the mid-1970s, studying Composition and performance.
For the next fifteen years, he performed with many of the leading musicians in New England, and played “on the road” for long stretches of time. After a particularly long stint of touring in the late ’80s with Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, he decided to come off the road and enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance and studied with Geri Allen, Paul Bley, Cecil McBee and George Russell. It was during this time that he conceived of and started writing music that became the Bruce Katz Band.
In 1992, he met Ronnie Earl, who soon invited him to join his band, The Broadcasters. During his nearly five-year stint with Earl, Katz toured the world and performed on six albums, writing and co- writing many of the tunes, such as “The Colour of Love,” “Ice Cream Man,” and “Hippology.” The album “Grateful Heart” (Bullseye) won the Downbeat Critics Poll for Best Blues Album of 1996.
In 1992 as well, Katz debuted his first solo album, “Crescent Crawl”, on the AudioQuest label. He released “Transformation” the following year. Just before the release of “Mississippi Moan” in 1997, his third solo album, Katz left the Broadcasters to concentrate on a solo career. At that point, the Bruce Katz Band began touring the U.S. and Europe, and has been his ongoing focus, in addition to his many other projects.
In these years, Bruce played with Duke Robillard (2001-02), John Hammond (2005 – present), Gregg Allman (2007-13) and many other high profile roots, blues and rock performers, while continuing to tour and record with his own band.
Bruce’s 2008 CD, “Live! At the Firefly” (Brown Dog Music/Vizztone), was received with critical acclaim. The CD rose to #11 on the National Living Blues Radio Chart, and received substantial play on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio His newest CD, “Homecoming (American Showplace Music, 2014) is receiving international acclaim and wide radio play, putting this album at or near the top of many radio charts, including the Living Blues Radio Chart for 4 months and The Roots Music Report for 18 weeks, rising to #3 on the Contemporary Blues Chart.
Bruce has also been the subject of a feature stories and reviews in most of the leading blues and jazz publications throughtout the world.
In addition to performing, Katz teaches piano, Hammond organ and theory privately at his studio in West Shokan, NY. He also conducts Master Classes in Hammond B3 and Blues History, which he has done at various schools and music festivals worldwide.

Jun
27
Tue
Gregg Daigle
Jun 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Gregg Daigle has been teaching and performing professionally since he moved to New Mexico in 1995. Previous to that time, he had earned a music degree at the University of Lowell in Massachusetts. He also worked for a short time at Rounder Records in Cambridge, MA where he received a wealth of exposure to traditional folk and bluegrass music. Gregg teaches at Guitar Associates in Albuquerque and maintains a student load of 30-40 people. He teaches several styles of guitar, including flatpick, blues, and folk, as well as Scruggs style banjo and basic mandolin. For several years now, he has offered a course titled ‘Bluegrass Jamming Skills 101’ where the basics of group playing are learned.

Gregg’s other passions are performance and recording. His first CD release came in 1997 with the pioneering newgrass group Grass Soup. His next endeavor came with the regional band Raising Cane. Two releases, one in 2004 and another in 2006 both received regional acclaim. He has performed in festivals from Santa Fe to Pueblo and Westcliffe, CO. Several flatpick contests also accent Gregg’s career. In 2002 he won the flatpick championship in Santa Fe, then placed at Wild Life West festival in 2007. Gregg is currently maintaining a studio of 40 students, actively recording and performing with his band The Gregg Daigle Band, and is also recording with a new trio playing ‘Roots of Bluegrass’ styled Blues and Gospel. He is planning a spring release for both groups.

Jun
28
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jun 28 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 29 @ 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

Jun
29
Thu
Tone Wolf
Jun 29 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Tone.Wolf is a Western Mass acoustic-based act heavily influenced by Americana,Soul,Bluegrass,Traditional Irish music, and Reggae. Footstompin’ Music.

Jun
30
Fri
Friends of the Park Music Blowout
Jun 30 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Musical performances by Forest Parkers….Frankie Manzi with Jake Manzi, Dave Robbins (kosher kid) and Johnny Marino play The Blues with The Incredible Amplifires!!

THIS WILL BE A BLAST! PLEASE MSSG ME WITH ANY QUESTIONS!

Jul
1
Sat
The Mark Nomad Band
Jul 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

MARK NOMAD’S music has been heard on radio stations all over the world and has been used in commercials and in film. Nomad’s blues have been tempered by years of living and experience; expressed by the plaintive cry of a bottleneck on acoustic guitar or the driving funk of his electric band.

The Nomad moniker was born in Chicago when he sat in with the Jimmy Johnson Band at B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted Street. Nomad began playing the blues in the 1960’s and by the 70’s, was sharing the concert stage with many of the biggest names in show business. He was co- founder of the original Little Village. Their debut album is considered a collector’s item and the band was legendary in the Northeast. Nomad penned a jingle for the Subway fast food chain in their early days. Another composition was used as the theme for WBAB, a major New York radio station, for 10 years. Nomad has performed at venues such as the Bottom Line, House of Blues, Bushnell Memorial, Toad’s Place, China Club, Iron Horse, Palace Theater, New Haven Coluseum and scores of colleges and blues festivals.

Nomad has been acclaimed as a master slide guitarist, a singer-songwriter and a bandleader. Whether performing solo or with his band, Nomad passionately takes the listener on a journey from where the blues have been, to where they’re going.

Jul
5
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jul 5 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 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

Jul
6
Thu
Adam UP
Jul 6 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 7 @ 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.

Jul
7
Fri
Carl Ricci and 706 Union Ave.
Jul 7 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

Texas Blues,Swing and Soul.

Jul
8
Sat
The Juke Joint 5
Jul 8 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 9 @ 12:00 am

If you’re looking for down home, old school, no-nonsense, house-rocking rhythm & blues, you’ve come to the right place! The Juke Joint 5 focuses on the sounds you might have heard emerging in the early 1950s from some distant, static-crackling, late night radio station: jumped-up urban rhythm and blues; the raw Delta country sound just recently getting electrified in Chicago; Memphis rockabilly; and the primitive beginnings of rock and roll.

The Juke Joint 5 (from left: Richard Malcolm, Silvertone Steve, Gretchen Bostrom, Dick “The Poet” Lourie, John Bunszell). Photo by Mark Layman.
The Juke Joint 5, formed several years ago, is a tight-knit and busy Boston-based group that continually awes audiences with their high energy stage presence and dedication to down home, old school, no-nonsense, house-rocking rhythm & blues. The group’s powerful vocals are provided by Gretchen Bostrom, performing the JJ5’s wide range of material from the group’s originals to songs by Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, LaVern Baker, Don Covay, Big Mama Thornton, Little Richard, Slim Harpo, and other such classic blues/r&b performers. Joining Gretchen in the front line are two old pro blues players: Silvertone Steve is a slide guitar master and veteran of J.B. Hutto’s band; gritty saxman Dick “the Poet” Lourie performed frequently with the late Big Jack Johnson. John Bunszell on bass and drummer Richard Malcolm make up the band’s solid rhythm section. Both Richard and John have played with some of the area’s finest musicians: John has performed with Matt Stubbs, Racky Thomas and more; Richard has toured with Luther “Guitar” Johnson and has performed with a variety of Boston-based groups.

Band members work together on other projects that have grown out of the deeply shared commitment to their style of blues, including regular visits to Clarksdale, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta, where Gretchen and Dick perform with local blues musicians.

Jul
11
Tue
Adam Buynicki
Jul 11 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 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.

Jul
12
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jul 12 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 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

Jul
13
Thu
The Medicinal Purpose
Jul 13 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 14 @ 1:00 am

Rock is alive, but it’s not well…and in desperate need of some healing.

The Medicinal Purpose brings together three of New Jersey’s favorite sons on a mission to cure the masses with their raw style of Rhythm & Blues music. Out front, a voice and lyrics emerge, both shaped by years of hardship and heartbreak. Brother Sal’s soul flows through both like a morphine drip, but it does even more so in his guitar playing. Picking up where Mick Taylor and Sun Ra left off, he and his Telecaster have been known to bend everyone into a state of electroshock euphoria. The relentless pulse of the rhythm section is the product of a longtime friendship between bassist Chris Ball and drummer Andrei Koribanics, who, even at the band’s softest moments, keep everyone moving with an adrenaline-fueled groove.

After years of playing different music with different people in different bands, this line-up has come together for the common good. This is more than rock. This is sonic love that transcends time and genre. It is a product of unfettered musical trust. It is rooted in the blues, and just like all music with a purpose, it is purely medicinal.

Side effects may include shaking of the hips, bobbing of the head, mind explosions, and complex emotions.

Jul
14
Fri
The Mighty Soul Drivers
Jul 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

The Mighty Soul Drivers bring the classic Soul sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals and points South to the hills of New England. The Mighty Soul Drivers take their inspiration from the giants of Southern Soul – O.V. Wright, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding and more and combine that with contemporary tunes written in the classic style. The Mighty Soul Drivers turn every venue they p

Jul
15
Sat
Jake Kulak
Jul 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

I am a 17 year old musician from Connecticut who plays blues and jazz guitar, along with classical piano. I started playing guitar when I was 11 years old. I received a Fender Squire as a Christmas present and immediately taught myself to play Screwdriver by the White Stripes. That song is a perfect example of how one guitar can express so much emotion. I then heard the White Stripes cover Death Letter and that led me to the music of Son House and other blues greats like Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and BB King. The blues is at the heart of so many other types of music. When I play the blues, I play what I feel – not just the notes in front of me.

Jul
18
Tue
Arthur James solo
Jul 18 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Jul
19
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jul 19 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 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

Jul
20
Thu
Livio Gravini
Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Livio Gravini has been performing for audiences in New England for many years and is considered a local legend to his devoted fan base. His songwriting style reflects the classic feel for the culture found in this area, rich with blues, and Rock-n-Roll. A seasoned professional, his powerful voice and personality are felt in every performance. His voice has been compared to Rod Stewart, Elton John, Robert Plant, David Coverdale and Steve Perry,
Livio Gravini’s new CD, “Second Time Around” was just released November 2016 with his band, The Free Spirit Society! The Free Spirit Society came together in the studio when they released their first CD, “No More Secrets”, in December 2014! Livio is currently writing his third CD to be released in 2017…so stay tuned!
Hardrock Haven Magazine’s Review: “Livio and his songs are the antidote, the salve, to generic, autotuned disposable pop that crowds the airwaves. This is real rock-n-roll, forged from years of writing, rehearsing, playing live and just plain living.”

Jul
21
Fri
Wildcat O’Halloren
Jul 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Wildcat O’Halloran Band has been thrilling audiences in Western Massachusetts for over twenty years, and is currently promoting its 11th album “Midnight Service Call” building on the success of the last three: “Party Up In Heaven”, “Cougar Bait” and “Drinkin’ With the Harp Girls” each of which was played on over 200 stations, and called “crazy-fun” by the Boston Blues Society and “a great release” by the UK’s Blues Matters. Living Blues Magazine wrote: “Wildcat emerges as one of the most entertaining songwriters in contemporary blues…and his band doesn’t know the meaning of dull!”
The band has opened for just about every major blues artist to visit Massachusetts, from Greg Allman to John Lee Hooker to The Stray Cats, and has been backup band for Bo Diddley and James Cotton. Recently, they opened for Coco Montoya and later Duke Robillard at Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall.
Just back from being featured at Millenium Music Conference, and host of the long-running Sunday Blues Jam in Northampton, the Wildcat (guitar and vocals) will often be accompanied by Matt “Loverboy” McManamon (Bass, vocals), “Dr. Luscious”….Emily Duff (sax), Devin Griffiths (guitar, vocals) and sometime Trailer Park drummer Jopey Fitzpatrick
Living Blues added these kudos while reviewing Cougar Bait “the grooves are so damned infectious, and the guitar playing so stirring….The Wildcat O’Halloran Band can make you dance and make you laugh if you let it…irresistible”…. Midnight Service C

Jul
22
Sat
The Radiators Reunion
Jul 22 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

One night only. The mighty Radiators Rhythm and Blues Revue returns to Theodores’! Power Rock, Blues, Motown, R&B performed by Kenny “The Reverend” Stealy and his original band.

Jul
26
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jul 26 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 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

Jul
27
Thu
Sean Chambers
Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

“Guitarist Chambers achieves the distinctly American blues/soul/country/rock sound that the Stones used to aspire to long ago.” – Jerry Shriver, USA TODAY

Florida born Sean Chambers toured with the legendary Hubert Sumlin as his guitarist and band leader from 1998-2003. Britain’s own Guitarist magazine named Chambers as “One of the top 50 blues guitarists of the last century.” After his tenure with Sumlin, he performed on his own, and in 2003 was asked to headline the prestigious Maryport Blues Festival.
In 2004, shortly after his second CD release, Sean was forced to relocate when his home in Florida was struck by two of the major hurricanes that hit the state, and flooded out his home. In 2009, Chambers went back into the studio to record what would be his most critically-acclaimed album to date, Ten Til Midnight.

When Ten Til Midnight was released in October, 2009, it garnered rave reviews and also appeared on the Living Blues chart for the first three months after its release. It received steady airplay in 45 states around the U.S, as well as many markets overseas. The title cut was featured on “The House of Blues Radio Hour” as a “Blues Breaker;” and the album also generated significant airplay on Sirius/XM Radio’s blues channel as a “Pick to Click.”
The Sean Chambers Band released Live from the Long Island Blues Warehouse in 2011, which featured 10 tracks of mostly originals, along with Sean’s distinctively searing takes on “Full Moon on Main Street,” a highlight song from an early album by The Kinsey Report; as well as a blistering version of Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom,” which recalls Johnny Winter in its approach.

www.seanchambers.com

Jul
28
Fri
Eran Troy Danner
Jul 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Eran Troy Danner is a singer, guitarist and leader of one of Connecticut’s busiest bands. As someone who makes his living playing music day to day, he’s learned to adapt to many different venues – everything from fine dining restaurants to theaters and festivals throughout New England. Any venue big or small, Eran Troy Danner and his band are a perfect fit. Playing approximately 250+ shows a year for the past six years, he has built up a large following and brings a substantial increase in ticket sales opening for National Acts in large venues such as The Palace Theater in Waterbury, Ives Concert Park in Danbury and the Berlin Blues Festival. You’re guaranteed quality, professionalism and a performance you won’t forget.

Jul
29
Sat
Michael Louis Band
Jul 29 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The Michael Louis Band plays Brooklyn Swamp Music. Blues, Funk, Soul & R&R mixes and swirls to create an original sound.

Aug
1
Tue
Adam Buynicki
Aug 1 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 2 @ 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.

Aug
2
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Aug 2 @ 10:00 pm – Aug 3 @ 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

Aug
3
Thu
Soultree
Aug 3 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

At the end of 2006, Ian I (currently singing and writing for The Alchemystics) was called by Demse Zullo the founder of The Alchemystics (undergoing a transformation), to join. Ian I had already incorporated the fusing of hip-hop and reggae in his own music, so the fit seemed perfect. The Alchemystics provided a great platform for socially conscious lyrics and the chanting reggae rap stylings Ian I developed over the years (exemplified in songs like “Type a Prayer”).
Still, he continued to write other more personal and heartfelt sacred love music inspired by artists such as Sade, Stephen Marley, and more recently, Jhene Aiko. Hence, the birth of Soultree (ambient sultry soul roots). Soultree combines Ian I’s reggae roots with a new school ambient sound, romantic as well as existential themes.

Aug
4
Fri
Joe Moss
Aug 4 @ 9:30 pm – Aug 5 @ 12:30 am

Few blues performers walk the walk to the degree of Chicago based guitarist/bandleader Joe Moss. One of the hardest working performers on the scene today. Not just an imitator of the music’s glorious past, he strives to find his own sound and material within the styles he chooses to play. And the music world is taking notice. This year, Moss will have the honor of being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. The band is tight, featuring some of Chicago’s finest blues musicians. A talented singer, writer, and guitarist, Joe is a consistent and entertaining performer with a monster groove.

A guitarist since the age of 10, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa’s Blues Lounge in Chicago. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy’s Rib Tip band. Moss’ guitar skills quickly became notorious on the local scene and made him an in-demand sideman. In 1996 Joe started his own band and has recorded and toured constantly to date. Some of the people he had the pleasure of playing with include: Buddy Guy, Little Milton,Willy “Big Eyes” Smith, Lurrie Bell, Zora Young, Charles Wilson, Lil’ Smokey Smothers, Syl Johnson, Big Time Sarah, Barkin’ Bill Smith, Lefty Dizz, Magic Slim, A.C. Reed, Billy Branch,Walter Scott, Hollywood Scott, Mike Wheeler, James Wheeler and Little Mack Simmons. Joe has backed these artists all over the world.

2013 Inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame!

Aug
5
Sat
George Boone
Aug 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

george_booneTHE GEORGE BOONE BLUES BAND
George Boone. From his suit and shiny black shoes, to his powerful vocals filled with raw emotion, this veteran musician will immerse you in a deep river of the blues.

George Boone began playing live on stage at the age of 12 in the greater New York area. He won the respect and accolades of the great players in the blues scene. He has graced the stage in the United States, Japan, and Europe, performing at international blues festivals, New York City clubs, concert halls and local dives. George Boone has shared the stage with legendary blues greats such as Albert King, Screaming Jay Hawkins and Johnny Copeland, to name a few.
George Boone, along with Raoul Bowman on five string bass, have toured and played together since they were teenagers, creating the rhythm and blues/jazz sound they are known for. George’s guitar whispers, then screams, with the steady funky bass behind him.

George’s album of original tunes, Stranger in my Hometown, is as down and dirty as it gets. From the autobiographical STRANGER IN MY HOMETOWN to the bad boy CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, this album covers a spectrum of styles, all George Boone. It becomes quite obvious that, as Matt Smith wrote in Metroland magazine “I think George Boone is one of the most amazing guys I’ve seen. He’s the real thing…”

A night with George Boone is an experience. Rocking out, dancing, crying the blues, George Boone is a lesson in what the blues are all about. George Boone lives the blues. George Boone is the blues.