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Oct
13
Fri
Brass Attack of Springfield
Oct 13 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 14 @ 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.

Oct
14
Sat
Ryan Hartt and the Bluehearts
Oct 14 @ 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”.

Oct
17
Tue
Alex Rohan
Oct 17 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The creativity of music is what continues to change me as a person! Listen and share!

Oct
18
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Oct 18 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 19 @ 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

Oct
19
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Oct 19 @ 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.

Oct
20
Fri
The Amplifiers- featuring the Kosher Kid
Oct 20 @ 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.

Oct
21
Sat
The Hot & Heavy Band
Oct 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

In the early months of 2013 a new Blues band formed in Springfield, Ma. While “Hot & Heavy” may be a new band each member brings at least 25 years of experience to the stage. Previously individual members have performed on tour with the likes Ronnie Spector, The Contours, The Crests, Julie Grant, and others. While touring over the years the musicians of “Hot & Heavy” have graced thousands of stages up and down the east coast, through-out the Midwest, the Bahamas and even the Royal Albert Hall, London!

“Hot & Heavy” consists of Jeannie Reynolds, Joe Bronner, John Reynolds, and John Palmer. In addition to their years of stage experience each member brings a common love and passion for the Blues. Their set list includes some very “HOT” Blues songs. The band also pays tribute to all the “HEAVY” legendary blues guitarists; Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, and many others.

“Hot & Heavy” play the most recognizable Blues songs from the past 100 years… fans will love the set list.

www.HotandHeavyBand.com

Oct
24
Tue
Date Night
Oct 24 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Oct
25
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Oct 25 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 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

Oct
26
Thu
HCC Jazz Night
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

Oct
27
Fri
The Eric Ducoff Band
Oct 27 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 28 @ 12:15 am

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.

Oct
28
Sat
Professor Harp
Oct 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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.

Nov
1
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Nov 1 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 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

Nov
2
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Nov 2 @ 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.

Nov
3
Fri
Night Train
Nov 3 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 4 @ 12:15 am

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.

Nov
4
Sat
Danny Draher Band
Nov 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Danny is a recent winner of the Josie Music Awards as the Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year!

Nov
7
Tue
Alex2e
Nov 7 @ 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/

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

Nov
9
Thu
The Big Sway
Nov 9 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 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!

Nov
10
Fri
A Ton of Blues
Nov 10 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 11 @ 12:30 am

Adopting a modern, aggressive approach to the old school blues format, A TON OF BLUES burst onto the New England Blues Circuit in the summer of 2010. While taking notes from the likes of Ronnie Earl, Gary Clark Jr and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as the old Chess Records’ stable of blues masters, this award-winning guitar and harmonica driven, 5-piece powerhouse has been winning audiences over wherever they perform with their high energy show and first-rate musicianship.
ATOB were voted the Best Blues/R&B Act at the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 Worcester (MA) Music Awards and won the 2011 Boston (MA) Blues Challenge, earning them the opportunity to compete at the 2012 International Blues Challenge on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
The band has made it a priority to create quality Blues music, emit a positive presence among the Blues community and rekindle the support for American Blues and Roots music.

Nov
11
Sat
Darrell Nulisch
Nov 11 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Growing up in Dallas, Darrell was surrounded by blues and soul music at an early age. “My Dad and Mom used to take me to these honky tonks sometimes when there would be live bands on Sunday afternoons,” he recalls. Jimmy McCracklin and Freddie King were early favorites, along with a kid in the neighborhood named Jimmie Vaughan. “One of his first bands, the Chessmen, used to practice down in the park about three blocks from my house,” says Nulisch. “I would ride my bicycle down and watch those guys play.”

From the beginning, Darrell exhibited a natural flair for phrasing a lyric, a quality that underscores his relaxed, soulful performances today. He began singing full-time in 1978 as one of the founding members of Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. Their 1981 recording, Talk to You by Hand, was the first album in the catalog of New Orleans-based Black Top Records. After spending seven years as front man for the Rockets (also appearing on 1985’s She Knocks Me Out!), Nulisch put in a year with Dallas-based Mike Morgan and the Crawl before joining forces in 1987 with Boston-based Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. He cut two albums as their front man (Soul Searchin’ and Peace Of Mind) before leaving in 1990 to form his own band, Texas Heat (Business as Usual).

Nulisch continued to mix blues and soul on aptly named Bluesoul, a 1996 release, and The Whole Truth, his debut for Severn Records in 1998.

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

Nulisch has been categorized as a “blue-eyed soul” singer, but the overused term isn’t too accurate. “People say that all the time. I’m not particularly fond of that,” he says. “I never thought about whether these cats were black or white, or any of that. It never was a concern. I just liked the music. I can’t help what I like, and the stuff I like happens to be black music.”

Toddy Nulisch spends a lot his time on the road as guest vocalist with Grammy-winning Chicago blues harmonica legend James Cotton. He’s recorded vocals for ex-Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin, Boston pianist David Maxwell, and Detroit guitarist Kenny Parker. But his roots lie squarely in Lone Star soil.

Nov
14
Tue
King Arthur Junior
Nov 14 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

King Arthur Junior was born and raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. A talented athlete growing up, hockey was his main sport. He was recruited to play Division III college hockey at Castleton University. This led him to meet a friend who made him listen to The Allman Brothers Band “Live At The FIllmore East.” King Arthur Junior’s life would be forever changed. Up to that point, he had only played acoustic guitar. His primary influence was Dave Matthews, but, once those electric blues lines were ingrained, an electric guitar was a must. With his first Telecaster at the age of 21, King Arthur Junior has set out to figure out how to play those lines just like the greats: Hendrix, Clapton, Allman, and all of the Kings.

King Arthur Junior resides in Rutland, Vermont with his young children and his Wife, Melissa. He now has the ability to play in front of crowds. King Arthur Junior is on a mission to spread peace and love across the land, playing out everywhere he can. The King was recently selected for the Massachusetts Solo Artist Awards and looks forward to using this opportunity to expand.

Taking his playing to the next level, he has decided it is time to share his knowledge and will be giving guitar lessons locally.

Be on the look out for a three track EP coming this fall.

Nov
15
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Nov 15 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 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

Nov
16
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Nov 16 @ 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.

Nov
17
Fri
The Medicinal Purpose
Nov 17 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 18 @ 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.

Nov
18
Sat
The Delta Generators
Nov 18 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

In the last couple of years, the Delta Generators have shared the stage with such acts asRobert Cray, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Three Dog Night, James Cotton, Jimmie Vaughn, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Walter Trout, Popa Chubby, Bonerama, Candye Kane, Michael Burks, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Sonny Landreth among many others. Notable musicians have also sat in with the Delta Generators on stage including Brad Whitford (Aerosmith).

The Delta Generators have accomplished a lot since forming in 2008. They won the Boston Blues Society’s Blues challenge in 2008, which earned them a spot in theInternational Blues Challenge held in Memphis in 2009. The band finished as aTop 10 Finalist out of over a hundred bands. The Delta Generators also won anIndependent Music Award for Best Blues Album category for their debut album, Devil in the Rhythm in 2009. In 2009 they won Best Blues Band in Worcester Magazine for and were nominated for Best R&B Act in the Boston Phoenix in 2010.The DG’s 2nd album Hard River to Row was selected by the Blues Foundation as aTop 5 Finalist (out of entries worldwide) in the Best Self-Produced CD competition at the International Blues Challenge in 2011. This album also placed nationally at #8 on the JamBand Radio Chart, #17 on the Living Blues Radio Chart and #25 in the Roots Music Report. The DG’s were nominated for Best Blues Act 2011 by The Boston Music Awards, and Best Blues Band 2013 byWorcester Magazine Music Awards. The band plans to tour in 2014 behind their new album “Get on the Horse”.

Nov
21
Tue
Brian Chicoine & Friends
Nov 21 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 22 @ 1:00 am

Brian is the lead singer for the band Truck Stop Troubadours. During his solo shows he performs familiar classics of all music genres. Alternative, folk, rock & plenty of traditional country!! Brian’s guests usually consist of several familiar names from the valley and round out the night of music, keeping all of the fans on their toes.

Nov
24
Fri
George T. Gregory Band
Nov 24 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

delighting audiences from New England to the San Francisco Bay Area for many years with his modern mix of original and cover songs in R & B, Electric Blues, Motown, Pop Jazz, and New Orleans style rock and roll. His band provides a flavorful mix of music that makes everyone get up and dance.
As a member of the James Cotton Blues Band from Chicago, George did three U.S. tours and two Canadian tours. Along with his friend, Matt “Guitar” Murphy of the Blues Brothers, George was a featured soloist on the blues great’s last album for Buddah Records, entitled, “The James Cotton Band Live and On the Move”. The band appeared in major concerts with acts such as Steve Miller, Marshal Tucker, Johnny Winter, Poco, Savoy Brown and headlined at the Monterey Jazz and Blues Festival.

George left the James Cotton Band and formed one of the most successful club bands on the East Coast. The George T. Gregory Band headlined many of the same clubs as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roomful of Blues, The Nighthawks, and The Fabulous Rhinestones.
The George T. Gregory Band appeared in concert with Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, Little River Band, Pappa John Creech, The Chambers Brothers, Elvin Bishop, Climax Blues Band, The Fabulous Rhinestones, NRBQ, John Lee Hooker, Hugh Masekela and many others.

While in New England, George was also an original member of the Shaboo Allstars, a band formed by vocalist David “Lefty” Foster, featuring many of the top musicians who appeared at his night club, the Shaboo Inn. The band included Matt Murphy, guitarist of the Blues Brothers, James Cotton and Howlin Wolf; Harvey Brooks of Electric Flagg and The Fabulous Rhinestones on bass; Jack Scarangello, drummer with Stevie Wonder; and, Shelton Laster, organist for jazz guitar great, Grant Green and Jeff Pevar guitarist for Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Ricki Lee Jones, David Crosby and many more.

George moved to the San Francisco Bay area, signed with Blue Devil Records, and released, “After Hours”, his first solo recording. It was during this time that he began to appear in Salt Lake City with the Tempo Timers. The performances included being the featured artist on the live radio show from the Dead Goat Saloon and appearances at the Zephyr in SLC, Steeps in Park City and other venues.
While living in San Francisco, George performed with his own band and also appeared on shows with Malo; Jimmy Pugh, keyboardist with the Robert Cray Band; Mike Osbourne, guitarist for John Lee Hooker; Michelle Bastian of Big Brother and the Holding Company; and, recording sessions for David Frieberg of the Quick Silver Messenger Service.

George was on the Board of Directors for the Bay Area N.A.R.A.S. (Grammy Awards) Chapter, serving for two years as the conductor for the all-star band at the Chapter’s Grammy Awards Banquet.
Since moving to Utah in 2006, George has appeared with Harry Lee and the Back Alley Blues Band, the Sensations, Shades and Souled Out, a band he formed with keyboardist Kelly Brown.

Nov
25
Sat
Peter Newland & RadioXile
Nov 25 @ 9:00 pm – Nov 26 @ 12:30 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.

Nov
28
Tue
Amanda McCarthy
Nov 28 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 29 @ 12:30 am

Amanda McCarthy is an award winning, multi-genre singer/songwriter from the greater Boston area. She is also available for hire to play cover based gigs. She recently released her long awaited debut EP, The Good, The Bad & The Awkward, and you can be on the lookout for her new EP to be released in Fall 2015.

You’ll usually find Amanda playing a solo acoustic set, or as an acoustic duo with brother/lead guitarist Mark McCarthy, but once in a while you may catch Amanda playing with a full band, or playing another instrument. (Piano, ukulele, or select percussion)

Although she will always sing the songs her fans have known since she was a teenager, Amanda’s also been shining light of a lot of newer original music moving in a new direction. Her sound and style centers around the pop genre, but each individual song combines elements from other genres including rock, alternative, country, indie and blues.

“With clever yet introspective songwriting delivered through a powerful voice and equally powerful guitar, Amanda has proven that she has the talent and wisdom to get onstage with the heavyweights and stay there.”
-Daniel Kilgour, Our City Radio Portsmouth

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

Nov
30
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Nov 30 @ 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.

Dec
1
Fri
The Mojomatics
Dec 1 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 2 @ 1:00 am

The Mojomatics was formed by singer/harmonica player Manny Foglio, guitarist Bill Barrett and joined by their drummer, Scott Logan. Their 2006 CD, My Kind of Crazy, was chosen by the Connecticut Blues Society as the best independently released CD of 2006. In 2007, Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio selected them as the Blues Breaker of the week and 8 songs from the CD were featured on Blues Ears Internet Radio and in constant rotation for a year.

Dec
2
Sat
General Gist & The Mexican Cadillac
Dec 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

General Gist And The Mexican Cadillac is a local cover band playing favorites from past decades, as well as some current stuff… with their own little twist!

They cover Classic Rock era songs from the 1970’s as well as Alternative Rock era songs from the 1990’s. Sometimes they’ll throw some more recent material into the mix to keep their set a little more current. They also like to put their own spin on some of the tunes, just to shake things up a bit. Typically, they have something for everyone who likes rock and roll music!

Dec
5
Tue
Alex2e
Dec 5 @ 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/

Dec
6
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Dec 6 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 7 @ 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

Dec
7
Thu
Brother Sal
Dec 7 @ 9:30 pm – 11:55 pm
Dec
8
Fri
Balkun Brothers
Dec 8 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 9 @ 12:30 am

Mixing traditional styles of delta and electric blues, with heavy modern rock and funk grooves, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. The band is fusing the past with the present and pushing the sonic bounds of blues into the future. Though the band’s sound is deeply rooted in blues tradition, Balkun Brothers draw from a vast range of influences. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between blues, rock, funk, jam, psychedelia and everything in-between.

Founding members Steve Balkun (guitar/vocals) and Nick “The Hammer” Balkun (drums/percussion/vocals) are gaining followers across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ swagger. Balkun Brothers are becoming known for their explosive live shows and are quickly evolving into one of the United States’ premier blues-rock acts.

Dec
12
Tue
Date Night
Dec 12 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Dec
13
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Dec 13 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 14 @ 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

Dec
14
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Dec 14 @ 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.

Dec
15
Fri
“Young” Neal Vitullo and the Vipers
Dec 15 @ 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, ……………

Dec
16
Sat
The Love Dogs
Dec 16 @ 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

Dec
19
Tue
Alex Rohan
Dec 19 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The creativity of music is what continues to change me as a person! Listen and share!

Dec
20
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Dec 20 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 21 @ 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

Dec
21
Thu
Tone Wolf
Dec 21 @ 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.

Dec
22
Fri
The Willie J. Laws Band
Dec 22 @ 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”.

Dec
23
Sat
Hash Brown
Dec 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Hash Brown has been playing the Blues since 1973.
he plays guitar, harmonica, and sings.
He moved to Dallas, TX in 1983, and cut his eye teeth playing with an assortment of Dallas Blues royalty including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Sam Myers, Big Al Dupree, Robert Ealey, Willie Willis, Ray Sharpe,U.P. Wilson, Little Joe Blue, Ernie Johnson, and many, many more.
He has 3 CDs under his own name, a number of compilations and also appears as a side man on no less than 30 recordings; including ZuZu Bollin, Henry Qualls, Barbara Lynn, Robert Ealey, Hosea Hargrove, and many, many others.
He continues to make Dallas, TX his home and plays continually around the metroplex, and a short tour every now and then.

Dec
27
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Dec 27 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 28 @ 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

Dec
28
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Dec 28 @ 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.

Dec
29
Fri
Seth Rosenbloom
Dec 29 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Hailed as ‘the future of guitar playing’, and commanding the highest respect and praise from his colleagues and audiences alike, Seth Rosenbloom brings a highly personal, inspired and expressive approach to his music. Seth’s dazzling lines and singing vibrato on the guitar along with his distinctively sultry vocals result in his own interpretation of the blues.

Seth was born into a musical family in Waltham, Massachusetts. After playing violin in his earliest years and raised on a backdrop of Mozart and Beethoven, Seth took up guitar at age eleven, originally influenced by Elvis Presley and The Beatles. He soon began performing whenever he could at blues jams and solo concerts at local venues where he was able to distill and forge his own musical style and personality.

At the young age of sixteen, Seth won acceptance with a performance merit scholarship, to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. At his entrance audition, upon playing ‘Glasgow Kiss’ by John Petrucci, one judge declared that he had never heard such a technically clean performance of the piece. A dean’s list student at Berklee, Seth developed his compositional and technical skills in both jazz and improvisational music, extensively expanding his musical vocabulary.

Seth also had some of his most inspiring and memorable formative experiences as a student during summer sessions at the Raleigh Music Academy. Coming full circle in recent years, Seth has felt highly honored to be a featured artist at that very event, teaching and performing alongside Andy Timmons, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses) and Andy Wood (Rascal Flatts, LoCash). Seth has also been a regular at the International Musicians Summit (formerly International Guitar Summit) held annually in Durham, NC. He has been very active as a featured artist at many other performances, clinics and musical conventions throughout the country.

With a sound rooted in the blues, Seth draws inspiration from classic influences including Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, and Jimi Hendrix, as well as more contemporary guitarists such as Eric Gales, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks. What makes Seth’s performances so special is his deeply committed intensity. Combined with his engaging and sincere personality, Seth never fails to delight audiences.

2017 is an especially exciting time, with an expanded East Coast touring schedule, performances at festivals, and especially the recording of Seth’s debut album.

Dec
30
Sat
Aaron Norcross and the Old Dogs
Dec 30 @ 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.

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

Jan
5
Fri
Arno and the Low Down
Jan 5 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Arno & The Low Down have all been playing in bands for years, out of the same old cliche’ songbooks, wondering, “What happened to all of these great rock tunes that no one covers?” Well, a great song is a great song, no matter where or when it came from! So we’ve put our sound on, modernized, and revived the “Old School” rock style that we grew up with, mix in some of our own, and apply that passion to some current music too,
So come on out and strap in for a great time!

Jan
6
Sat
The Juke Joint 5
Jan 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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.

Jan
9
Tue
Alex2e
Jan 9 @ 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/

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

Jan
11
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Jan 11 @ 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.

Jan
12
Fri
The Matthew Stubbs Band
Jan 12 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 13 @ 12:00 am

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.

Jan
13
Sat
Blue Devil Bluez
Jan 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Blue Devil Bluez is a dynamic Blues Rock/Rhythm and Blues band with a big sound. This band is out of Western Mass. and features experienced and multi-talented musicians from Mass, Ct, and New York.