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Feb
13
Tue
FAT TUESDAY w/ Krewe les Gras
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 14 @ 12:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

Current Line-up

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

Feb
14
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Feb 14 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 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

Feb
15
Thu
Eran Troy Danner-solo acoustic
Feb 15 @ 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.

Feb
16
Fri
Jeff Tuohy
Feb 16 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Jeff Tuohy is a Billboard Award-winning songwriter and rock musician based out of New York City. A “daring and multifaceted” performer, Jeff has shared bills with The Black Crowes, Rusted Root, Natasha Bedingfield,
Smash Mouth, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, and more. He has toured nationally across 41 states and his debut album, BREAKING DOWN THE SILENCE was featured on 120+ radio stations in North America and ranked a D.I.Y. Pick of Performing Songwriter magazine.

Hailed by Writer’s Bone as “one of the best up-and-coming songwriters in North America,” Tuohy melds classic rock, Red Dirt country, hip-hop, and R&B to produce “a high level of musicianship and pop songwriting expertise” (Amplifier Magazine) that has “a little bit of grit and a whole lot of soul” (Newport Mercury). He has headlined for thousands for over five years and counting as a fixture at the Mount Snow Brewfest, Stratton Mountain’s 4th of July Bash, The Chicken Box in Nantucket, and across New England and the downtown New York City music scene.

His most recent release, COCOON features the New Orleans-themed BOURBON STREET; soon to be heard on airwaves and outlets across the US. The sophomore album features performances by Lenny Pickett (SNL/Tower of Power), Terry Adams (NRBQ), and Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams and the Cardinals).

Known for his “mind-blowing rock vocals, combined with his electric stage presence,” when not on the road, Tuohy works nationally as an actor, having recently originated the role of Simon in the NJ and NYC premieres of the rock musical- The Twelve and Brad in Lovesick or Things That Don’t Happen at 59E59 Theaters.

Feb
17
Sat
Joe Moss and Lauren Mitchell
Feb 17 @ 9:00 pm – Feb 18 @ 12:00 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!

Feb
20
Tue
Alex2e
Feb 20 @ 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/

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

Feb
22
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Feb 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.

Feb
23
Fri
Tommy Whalen & The Ragged Edge
Feb 23 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 24 @ 12:25 am

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.

Feb
24
Sat
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers
Feb 24 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

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

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

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

Feb
27
Tue
Brian Chicoine & Friends
Feb 27 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 28 @ 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.

Feb
28
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Feb 28 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 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

Mar
1
Thu
Robert Ashley Band
Mar 1 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Mar
2
Fri
George Boone
Mar 2 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 3 @ 12:00 am

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.

Mar
3
Sat
Chris McDermott
Mar 3 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 4 @ 12:00 am

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

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

Mar
6
Tue
Alex2e
Mar 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/

Mar
8
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Mar 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.

Mar
9
Fri
The Willie J. Laws Band
Mar 9 @ 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”.

Mar
10
Sat
Cheryl Arena
Mar 10 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Cheryl sizzles with excitement as she mesmerizes audiences with her sultry voice and powerhouse energy. She is a triple threat- a great songwriter, vocalist and blows harp like there’s no tomorrow…

Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, she began playing harmonica and immersing herself into the Blues in 1987. Boston was an inspiring place to be as she was surrounded by so many talented harmonica and horn players. Her earliest childhood memories relating to music were listening and singing along with her mother’s Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday records. Her true passion though was in learning to play an instrument so at age 8 her grandmother set her up with accordion lessons..not exactly what she had in mind, but it was a start and lead to playing other instruments like guitar and bass guitar, and eventually finding the one instrument that truly resonated with her…the harmonica. She knew this was her calling so she went looking for a job that she could support herself while at the same time focusing on practicing harmonica…that job was driving limos.

For the next 4 years she spent most of her time behind the wheel of a big black stretch practicing her harp while waiting for clients. Almost immediately she was out testing the waters at jam sessions around town and within a year or so she had established her own Blue Monday Night Jam at Wally’s Cafe in the south end of Boston, a stone’s throw from Berklee College of Music, which she ran for 3 years… By then it was time to quit the limo job and go full time as a musician which she has been doing since 1991.

Her next project was holding a steady Tuesday night gig which ran for 6 years at the Marketplace Cafe in the Historical Fanueil Hall…this was different than a jam..it was more like an invitational jam where the house band changed every week and featured different guest artists. This was by far some of the best schooling she could have ever had, playing with some of the most talented local, regional and at times national artists that would come through town who had heard about the “scene” at the Marketplace. But alas the place got sold and that was the end of that…next stop…the road. Since then Cheryl has been touring regionally, nationally and internationally.

She has recorded on several cds with her most recent one, being her 1st solo effort, “Blues Got Me” including 7 original songs, backed by a stellar 7 piece band and produced by Duke Robillard, who also plays on a few cuts.

In 2001 Cheryl started sharing her gift and passion with others teaching harmonica lessons privately and to groups. In 2007 Jason Ricci introduced her to Jon Gindick who was holding one of his harmonica jam camps in Dallas TX. It wasn’t long before she got the call from Jon to teach at his next camp which was being held in Tampa Florida later that same year.

Cheryl now teaches at 4 camps a year, 3 of which are held in the “Heart of the Delta” in Clarksdale, Mississippi at The Shack Up Inn and one to be in Ventura California.

The harmonica has brought her to many exotic places and afforded her a wealth of wonderful experiences! So whether it’s on a big festival stage fronting her own band, playing an acoustic duo in some cozy little wine bar, singing and playing with a 20 piece orchestra in Dallas TX, touring around Italy, being a side person in someone else’s band, giving harmonica lessons on Skype or teaching at Jon Gindick’s Jam camps, Cheryl’s beloved pocket pal is always close to her side ready for the next musical adventure!

Mar
13
Tue
Jeff King’s Irish Sing-Along, Pub Songs
Mar 13 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Join us for a day of traditional Irish song, dance and our favorite Irish Pub sing along songs! Local musician, Jeff King, will be joined by Tom Coburn (piano) & Emma Kales (fiddle) while singing songs of leprechauns, Jameson, and good times with friends.

St. Patricks day only comes once a year so don’t miss out on your opportunity to spend it with friends, a Guinness in hand, and down at Theos!

Mar
14
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Mar 14 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 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

Mar
15
Thu
Stars and ShamRocks post Party!
Mar 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

for after fight reception (open to the
public) to meet the Olympians. Performances by Aqua String Band, Holyoke
Caledonians and the newly formed Monson Mountain Tinkers.

Mar
16
Fri
Annual Mummers Aquastring Band Pub Crawl
Mar 16 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Because this is a pub crawl. The time is extremely loose. Be 8pm or it could be 10pm. They generally play for about 30-45 minutes.

For over 90 years, The Aqua String Band has entertained countless people and has shared its unique Mummers tradition and sound across the globe. Whether it be concerts, parades, parties, weddings, or corporate functions, Aqua brings a taste of Philadelphia and the famous Mummers Parade to any event, any time of year.

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

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

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

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

Mar
20
Tue
Arthur James solo
Mar 20 @ 9:00 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.

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

Mar
22
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Mar 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.

Mar
23
Fri
Roberto Morbioli
Mar 23 @ 9:30 pm – 11:55 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar
24
Sat
Ryan Hartt and the Bluehearts
Mar 24 @ 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”.

Mar
27
Tue
Brian Chicoine & Friends
Mar 27 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 28 @ 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.

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

Mar
29
Thu
Catfish Howl
Mar 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

A New England based 5 piece Zydeco band performing Zydeco (Blues, Rock, Country, New Orleans Style) and maybe even a Cajun tune.

Mar
30
Fri
The Mary Jane Jones
Mar 30 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 31 @ 1:00 am

The Mary Jane Jones is a collective of musicians led by singer/songwriter Mandy Pachios. Recorded as a quartet, the band released their first album, SHAKE, in 2013. Now performing with up to nine musicians, the band boasts rhythm section and horn players from favorites The Primate Fiasco, Fat Bradley, Mammal Dap, The Varlets, and Outer Stylie, to name a few. The Mary Jane Jones dishes out the real deal to your heart’s content!

Mandy Pachios (vocals, songwriting);
Dan Thomas (guitar, arranging);
Monte Arnstam (drums – Outer Stylie; Brotherhood of Thieves);
Colin Jalbert (drums – Mammal Dap);
Chris Ball (bass – Mt. Crushmore; Wolfman Conspiracy);
Kathryn Rapacki (trombone, background vocals – Wolfman; Fat Bradley);
Steve Yarbro (sax);
Jeff Fennell (sax – Primate Fiasco);
Nick Borges (trumpet);
Marc Seedorf (bass);
Jimmy Robitaille (drums);
Jesse Meyers (drums);
Reed Sutherland (bass – The Varlets);
Josh Hirst (guitar – Fat Bradley; Mt. Crushmore)
Tim Harrington (drums);
J Witbeck (bass);
Rhees Williams (bass – Mammal Dap; Jamie Kent & the Options);
Darby Wolf (B3);
Brandon Goulet (bass);
Zack Cross (keys – Mammal Dap);
Joe Fitzpatrick (drums – Eric Olsson Band);
Dave Hassell (bass);
Ben Golder-Novick (sax, melodica, etc – Post Modern Jukebox);

Mar
31
Sat
Ozzie Williams and the Soul Raiders
Mar 31 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Ozzie and The Soul Raiders will be performing at Theodores’ Blues Booze & BBQ’ Blues Booze. Joining Ozzie will be Marcus Childs on guitar, Charlie Vatalaro on sax, Gregory Gavin on drums, and Doug Long on bass. Come out and join the dance all night while Ozzie and the band serve up some classic Rhythm and Blues, Soul, and Motown.

Apr
4
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 4 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 5 @ 1:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

Apr
5
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Apr 5 @ 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.

Apr
6
Fri
Eran Troy Danner
Apr 6 @ 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.

Apr
7
Sat
Professor Harp
Apr 7 @ 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.

Apr
10
Tue
Alex2e
Apr 10 @ 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/

Apr
11
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 11 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 1:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

Apr
12
Thu
HCC Jazz Night
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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

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

Apr
14
Sat
Jr. Krauss and the Shakes
Apr 14 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 15 @ 12:00 am

Jr. Krauss and The Shakes is a CT based blues band. This five piece group came together in 1999, formed by veteran musicians with a common desire to play blues and jump of the original stars of the postwar blues renaissance. – In the tradition of stars like Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, T-Bone Walker, Howlin’ Wolf, and Elmore James, this band lays it down with conviction and tone.


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

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

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

Apr
19
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
Apr 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.

Apr
20
Fri
Johnny Rawls
Apr 20 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi.

He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar one Christmas morning.
He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70’s, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright’s band director. After Wright’s death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor’s band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.

Recording under Touch Records, Rooster Blues , Rock House, Reach and JSP Records, Johnny has done it all from producing, songwriting, horn arranging, Rhythm, Lead and Bass guitar, keyboard, vocals and background vocals. Johnny started his own record company, Deep South Soul, in 2002 and has released his CD’s Lucky Man , Live in Montana , and The Best of Johnny Rawls . His newest CD entitled Heart and Soul was released in October 2006 and has been nominated for “Best Soul Blues Album of the Year (2007)” by the Blues Foundation . No Boundaries was released under the TopCat, Catfood and Deep South Soul labels in 2005.

Johnny has appeared on the cover of the April 2002 Living Blues Magazine and has been nominated four times for the W.C. Handy Award. His most recent award came from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame for RB Male Vocalist of the Year 2006.

Johnny has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival twice, The Russian River Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Poconos, as well as festivals in Sweden and Poland. He tours constantly, playing well over 200 dates a year. He can also be heard on XM radio’s Bluesville. Whether he is playing in a small club or a large blues festival, Johnny gives it his all and the crowds love him!

In 2008, Johnny released Red Cadillac which charted at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart. He was nominated for Best Male Soul Blues Artist and Best Soul Blues Album by the Blues Foundation. He won the Critics Award for Best Album of the Year by Living Blues Magazine.

Ace of Spades was released in 2009 and charted at #4 and remained in the top 20 for three months. Johnny won Best Soul Blues Album of the Year and was nominated for Best Male Soul Blues Artist of the Year by the Blues Foundation. In addition, Johnny was honored with a Blues Trail Marker located at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He shares the plaque with soul blues legends Tyrone Davis and Little Milton.

Apr
21
Sat
Wildcat O’Halloren
Apr 21 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 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

Apr
24
Tue
Brian Chicoine & Friends
Apr 24 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 25 @ 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.

Apr
25
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 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

Apr
26
Thu
Eran Troy Danner-solo acoustic
Apr 26 @ 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.

Apr
27
Fri
Murali Coryell
Apr 27 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

Apr
28
Sat
The Peter Poirier Band
Apr 28 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Peter Poirier, guitarist, vocalist, musician dedicated to classic 1950’s Blues.

Peter started out in the Boston blues scene of the early 1990’s when he formed his first band City Pete and The Eels. Performing throughout New England when in 1996 he was asked to join The Shirley Lewis Band. With Lewis, Peter was able to see more of the road, as the band was booked nationally. Playing well known venues such as Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, Manny’s Car Wash in NYC, Blind Willie’s in Atlanta, The Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis with numerous trips up and down the East Coast. The Shirley Lewis Band also performed at many festivals including Riverfest in Chattanooga TN, The City of Presidents Festival In Quincy Massachusetts, (where Peter also backed up another Boston legend “Weepin’” Willie) and The Red White and Blues Festival at the Cape Cod Melody Tent.

Check out more at:

peterpoirier.com

May
1
Tue
Grayson Ty
May 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Grayson Ty is a singer-songwriter based out of Western Massachusetts whose soulful tone and meaningful lyrics have been compared to that of James Bay and Ed Sheeran. Grayson tours regularly through the northeast and in December 2016 released his debut EP Believe to a sold-out crowd at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. Since its release, Believe has gained regional as well as international attention with radio play and album reviews emerging everywhere from here in the states to South America and Western Europe. In 2017, Grayson had the pleasure of sharing the stage with several notable acts including Heather Maloney (Signature Sounds), Crystal Bowersox (American Idol runner-up) and Nick Fradiani (American Idol winner). Grayson will be touring the east coast in June 2018.

Grayson works alongside his good friend and bandmate, Jeff Lynch. When performing, they are able to captivate their listeners through their seamless harmonies, soothing melodies and musical craftsmanship. The two are able to manifest an environment in which the connection between performer and audience is both organic and meaningful. Be sure to check out their music on all major music platforms.

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

May
3
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
May 3 @ 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
4
Fri
The Amplifiers- featuring the Kosher Kid
May 4 @ 9:30 pm – May 5 @ 12:00 am

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.

May
5
Sat
The Eric Ducoff Band
May 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

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

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

May
8
Tue
Alex2e
May 8 @ 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/

May
9
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 9 @ 10:00 pm – May 10 @ 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!

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