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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!

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

May
10
Thu
9 Volt Radio
May 10 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm
9 Volt Radio is an acoustic trio playing the best hit songs from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s!

May
11
Fri
Chris Fitz
May 11 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Chris Fitz broke into the Boston music scene back in 1994 after a 5 year stint in the San Francisco area. Chris honed his blues guitar chops by floating around all the blues clubs in the Bay Area and finding inspiration in the local and national blues artists who frequented them. He would then spend countless hours holed up in his apartment, guitar in hand and record player by his side, tirelessly teaching himself to sound like the great players he loved to watch live.

Upon moving back to Boston, his hometown, he wasted no time hitting the various blues jams around the city with a guarded confidence that he could play well enough to find his way into a working band. The singing and songwriting would come a little later but the blistering guitar work soon began to make an impact!

Over twenty years and thousands of gigs later, the Chris Fitz Band, with Chris as band leader/singer/songwriter/guitar player, Dan Bunge on Drums and “Fretless Dave Kendarian” on bass remains one of the premier “original” blues and roots acts in all of New England.

Since 2002, The Chris Fitz Band has received more than a dozen music awards including a 2002 Boston Music Award, 2005 Boston Blues Challenge Winners Award, as well as numerous songwriting and best guitar player awards.

The band has toured around New England for the last 23 years and has also spread its wings as far as Europe, Memphis and California. It’s a thunderous band with grooves that pay homage to all areas of American Roots Music. Chris’ songs can be heard on 4 all original award winning studio CD’s and a 5th “double live” CD “Live at Dodge Street Bar & Grill” which has been hailed as the bands best. 

At of the beginning of 2017 Chris released a brand new Solo album; his first, called “Basement Musings” recorded and mixed entirely by Chris in his home studio…Central Street Studios.

The new Album is a bit of a departure from the “in your face” guitar bombast of his previous work and focuses more on rootsy J.J. Cale inspired songwriting although still a guitar record. 

The most enduring thing about the Chris Fitz Band is the ability to appeal to a giant cross section of music fans. You can’t pigeon hole Chris’ music. It resonates with Woodstock era Baby Boomers all the way down to 20 something’s who have never listened to a blues record in their life. Most importantly his energy and enthusiasm for his craft and profession shines through in every performance be it to 20 people in a small cafe to thousands at a festival.

May
12
Sat
Neal Vitullo and the Vipers
May 12 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 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, ……………

May
15
Tue
Toney Rocks
May 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Singer-songwriter, Toney Rocks delivers an intimate concert exploding with diversity featuring his soulful singing supported by acoustic guitars, ukulele and piano. The Las Vegas Weekly recently named Rocks as one of 10 Las Vegas Artists to Watch in 2017. Kathy Forste, Music Director of KC Cafe Radio said, “Toney Rocks voice is cool and sweet, rocking and lyrical. His songs are thoughtful and hummable…”. Ray Sang from UK blog IndustryME says, “I was sold as soon as I heard the husky tones of Toney’s voice”. Toney Rocks songwriting is steeped in folk, blues and rock influences which has led to Toney Rocks sharing the stage as a guest with folk music legend, David Bromberg. In addition to headlining concerts around the U.S., he has opened for artists such as Corey Harris and Jarekus Singleton.

May
16
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 16 @ 10:00 pm – May 17 @ 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
17
Thu
Rockstar Karaoke
May 17 @ 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
18
Fri
Michelle Willson
May 18 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

A writer in the respected Allmusic.com once put it this way: “Her singing is like a strong cup of Joe — it beelines to the gut and jolts the system.”

And that’s putting it mildly.

Michelle is a force of nature — an emotional ball of talent that inspires with her original songs but also takes you on a journey through what she calls “the lost music” of vintage soul/R&B legends like Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown and Etta James. As she says, “They were all different, but the one thing they shared was intensity. And that’s what I’m trying to bring, too.”

Operating on instinct since she doesn’t read music, Michelle has had a remarkable career. The Boston native made four albums with Bullseye Records (a subsidiary of Rounder Records) under the watchful eyes of producers Ron Levy (who also played keyboards with B.B. King for many years) and the Grammy Award-winning Scott Billington, who has more than 100 albums to his credit. Michelle herself has been nominated for the W.C. Handy Award for best blues vocalist (she lost to Etta James) and has toured internationally.

Now comes an exquisite live album, “Fortune Cookie,” made with her band, the Evil Gal Festival Orchestra (the “Evil Gal” is plucked from a Dinah Washington song). It was recorded at the famous Scullers club in Boston before a packed house that heard Michelle belt out a cross-section of originals and other favorites that had the crowd calling for more. It is another high-water mark in her career and confirms a strong comeback after a hiatus she took to recharge.

During her time off, she realized she he had reached her old dreams and had to devise new ones. She questioned if she had anything more to say, but the voluble singer now states, “I always have more to say!”

May
19
Sat
The Willie J. Laws Band
May 19 @ 9:00 pm – 11:20 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”.

May
22
Tue
Alex Rohan
May 22 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

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

May
23
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 23 @ 10:00 pm – May 24 @ 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
24
Thu
The Medicinal Purpose
May 24 @ 9:30 pm – May 25 @ 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.

May
25
Fri
Peter Newland & RadioXile
May 25 @ 9:30 pm – May 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.

May
26
Sat
Dave Keller Band
May 26 @ 9:00 pm – May 27 @ 12:00 am

Dave Keller Wins The Blues Foundation’s 2012 –
“Best Self-Produced CD Award With Deep Soul Gem”

Taught by Paul Rishell, employed by Ronnie Earl, mentored by Mighty Sam McClain, protégé of Johnny Rawls, Keller’s ‘Where I’m Coming From’ mined from remarkable soul-blues lineage, establishes him as leading voice in future of soul music.

Blues Foundation judges crowned ‘Where I’m Coming From’ by Dave Keller of the Rhode Island Rhythm & Blues Preservation Society as the 2012 Best Self-Produced CD. Keller’s CD was chosen from the seventy-four submissions from blues societies around the globe. Keller joins past winners Robin Rogers, Roxy Perry, Nathan James & Ben Hernandez and more.

A typically humble yet elated Keller explains “The whole project started after hearing the production work on The Bleeding Edge by The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams. I was thinking about my next recording and that CD really jumped out of my speakers. Full, funky, and extremely soulful, reminding me of Hi Records from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, but with modern clarity and presence.”

Keller contacted The Bleeding Edge’s producer Bob Perry, unaware of his chart-topping albums by artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Brian McKnight, and Foxy Brown, only knowing he loved the sound and feel of The Revelations’ CD. When Perry responded, it was with a curveball. “I had planned to record a fourth all-original CD,” Keller says, “but Bob suggested tackling soul songs that should’ve been classics, but somehow slipped through the cracks.” Thank goodness he did – it seems to be an award-winning decision!

A distinguished group of judges from five blues record labels selected ‘Where I’m Coming From’ based on collective evaluation of (1) Blues Content, (2) Musical Performance, (3) Audio Quality of the Presentation, (4) Cover Art and Design and (5) Credits and Liner Information.

Keller’s ‘Blues Content’ was the selection of semi-obscure soul and blues songs close to his and Perry’s hearts. The ‘Musical Performance’ was provided by Keller’s vocals and guitar and complemented by Brooklyn based soulmasters The Revelations featuring Tre’ Williams. The ‘Audio Quality of the Presentation’ was thanks to aforementioned producer Bob Perry and engineer Arnold Mischkulnig.” ‘Cover Art and Design’ by Paul Grosso.

The ‘Credits and Liner Information’ succinctly reflect Keller’s humility and gratitude. Influences listed are Bobby Womack, Syl Johnson, The Patterson Twins, David & Jimmy Ruffin, Percy Sledge, O.V. Wright, Clarence Carter, Robert Ward, J.J. Barnes, James Carr, Otis Clay and Arthur Alexander.

Since 2005 The Blues Foundation has celebrated up and coming artists by bestowing an annual award for the “Best Self–Produced CD” of the year. It is a nascent and exciting award to complement the thirty-two and twenty-eight years of the Blues Music Awards (BMAs) and International Blues Challenge (IBCs) respectively.

As the winner of this year’s Best Self-Produced CD, Dave Keller receives $750 cash, airplay on Sirius XM’s BB King’s Bluesville, Music Choice on cable and satellite TV, a Blues Breaker status on The House of Blues Radio Show with Elwood Blues, and on various radio programs hosted by the judges of the first two rounds.

With Where I’m Coming From as his award-winning calling card, it’s clear that Dave Keller is grateful and qualified to be a contemporary voice in carrying soul music forward, helping to create the next generation of fans.

May
29
Tue
Arthur James
May 29 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm
May
30
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
May 30 @ 10:00 pm – May 31 @ 1:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

Jun
1
Fri
Lucky Peterson
Jun 1 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Lucky Peterson concentrates here on the Hammond B-3 organ, his favorite instrument whose warm tone refers to the songs of gospel and the hymns of soul music. To pay tribute to his mentor Jimmy Smith, he surrounded himself with virtuoso partners among whom stands the prodigy guitarist Kelyn Crapp. Throughout the album, Lucky Peterson is the repository of a long musical history rooted in the blues but very open; we find the pulsation of jazz, the groove of rhythm’n’blues, and the energy of rock’n’roll. After the remarkable The Son of a Bluesman and Live in Marciac, the new album of the American bluesman Lucky Peterson at Jazz Village is already an important and indispensable disc in his lush discography. The reason for this is twofold. First of all, Lucky Peterson plays exclusively with the Hammond B-3 organ and favors instrumental pieces, and then proposes a particularly compact instrumentation (a trio orgueguitare-drums, sometimes with the addition of a trumpet or a saxophone) through a repertoire clearly oriented towards jazz, in tribute to the great organist Jimmy Smith, with classics from his repertoire (The Sermon, The Champ), and many other surprises … This jazz is tinged with soul and of blues. Music that groove and could be called “jazz’n’blues,” as in the old days of the vinyls of Blue Note. From 1956 to 1963, Jimmy Smith was also one of the locomotives of this label, knowing how to deploy with force and elegance swingups tracklistings resembling trains undulating in the night. And it is precisely by the energetic and enthralling Night Train of Jimmy Forrest that starts this album, with the presence in guest of the French trumpeter Nicolas Folmer. A piece that Jimmy Smith recorded in 1966 for Verve with the majestic guitarist Wes Montgomery, and who in this new version, as well as on the whole album, sees Lucky Peterson entrust the guitar to a musician who knows how to sound its strings between jazz and funk, in the line of the great Wes … This is a young guitarist from San Francisco named Kelyn Crapp who, given his talent and sense of feeling, will not remain long unknown! The drums are held by a New Orleans musician, Herlin Riley, who played with Wynton Marsalis and today accompanies Ahmad Jamal. And then we find on two tracks (Jimmy Wants To Groove and Back At The Chicken,

a particularly prestigious guest, the most of the African-American saxophonists, Archie Shepp in no one ! Finally, at the end of the album, Lucky Peterson invited the guitarist Philippe Petrucciani – Michel’s brother – so that he plays his famous a tribute to Wes Montgomery, Blues For Wes, in a a particularly moving version. Decidedly, a very beautiful and coherent casting for a record project that Lucky Peterson for a long time. Lucky Peterson, born in Buffalo, New York, on the 13th December 1964, began his career as a musician very early on. His father was singer and guitarist, he held a blues club (the Governer’s Inn) and young Lucky was able to learn very young at the blues by meeting the biggest bluesmen like Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy or Willie Dixon. He learns the organ from the age of five and later, his teachers are nothing less than Jimmy Smith, Bill Doggett and Dr. Lonnie Smith! And it is only later he learned guitar, strongly inspired by the three King – B.B, Albert and Freddie. He meets Jimmy Smith when he is seventeen and musical relationship will last several years, they will even perform on stage set duet (both to the Hammond organ!) when memorable jam sessions.
Twelve years after his death, it was time for Lucky Peterson pays tribute to the genius and of Jimmy Smith, by dedicating himself to only to this king instrument and interpreting for the first time, high standards of jazz as this re-reading of the sublime Misty that one is not ready to forget. A predominant album instrumental, where the voice is still presents twice: Lucky Peterson himself, in an amazing re-reading of the A Song For You by Leon Russell that sang divinely well Donny Hathaway in his time, renamed for Singin ‘This Song 4 You; and Archie Shepp who delights in howling the blues in his inimitable way, like a “Shouter”, in Jimmy Wants To Groove, a composed by Lucky Peterson. Lucky has been living for twenty-five years in Dallas, Texas, but for many years his heart is become French, because the French always loved him and made him great triumphs. Since signing up at Jazz Village in 2013, Lucky Peterson travels across the country wide and occurs in most of our festivals. For the first time, he recorded in a studio Paris – the Sextan studio in Malakoff – it was in February 2016 for this Tribute, and we imagine well the Jimmy Smith ghost laughing out loud and dance like crazy during these sessions memorable!

Jun
2
Sat
The Clayton Restaino Project
Jun 2 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Fred CLAYTON is a bassist, singer and composer. Born in Alabama USA, Fred plays the upright & electric bass and sings with a powerful and warm voice. Accompanied by his instrument, he grooves to the point that it makes the ice melt. Fred brings you with pure delight through the roots of the Blues, smashing into Funk music, then mixes in the Soul and adds a little touch of Hip Hop. “Not just blues” express’s perfectly the style of Fred Clayton. A blues contemporary, he is original and very dynamic. Fred has rocked through many of the most reputable venues in Paris, Europe as well as regular trips to the States. His first album “KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE” recorded in 1998 is, to quote Archie SHEPP : “a must for any serious blues fan… this group is Hot!” Followed in Sept. 2001 by the album “CHANGING UP THE PACE ! Not just blues” These CD’s give an accurate insight into the musical world of Fred CLAYTON and it turns out, he’s not just a bluesman.

Jun
5
Tue
Alex2e
Jun 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/

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

Jun
7
Thu
Jeff Blaney
Jun 7 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Jeff Blaney is a singer and multi-instrumentalist He has played music and recorded songs all over the U.S., and his love for Americana comes through in his catalog.

Jun
8
Fri
The Mark Nomad Band
Jun 8 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 9 @ 12:30 am

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

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

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

Jun
9
Sat
Blue Devil Bluez
Jun 9 @ 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.

Jun
12
Tue
Adam Buynicki
Jun 12 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 13 @ 12:00 am

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

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

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

Jun
13
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jun 13 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 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

Jun
14
Thu
Bobby Messano
Jun 14 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 15 @ 12:00 am

If you’ve never heard of Bobby Messano, he was born in New Jersey very close to New York City.He grew up in a time when a young guitarist could work hard, learn his craft and maybe become a guitar hero…(or at least play on a record or two) His main influences as a young guitarist were Jeff Beck,BB King,Eric Clapton,Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix. He also listened to as much Beatles and R&B as he could get his hands on.Bobby played in NJ club bands from the time that he was fourteen years old, and by the mid seventies, he had become rather well known in the North Jersey area.His first big break came when Craig Leon and Seymour Stein of now famous Sire Records tried to sign him to a solo deal.
Being young and maybe a lot scared, he graciously declined the offer and waited to fade into oblivion, despite his yearning to become a famous guitarist. By a strange quirk of fate (or maybe because someone was desperate) he received a call a few months later from John Scher’s office. John was a well known promoter in the NJ/NY metropolitan area. A band that John managed, named Stanky Brown (yes an odd name-BUT A GREAT BAND AND THEY WERE ON THE RADIO!) were in need of a lead guitarist and singer. Bobby auditioned,got the gig, and went immediately on the road opening for the #1 band of the moment,KANSAS. Bobby stayed with Stanky Brown, recording a single and an album. They toured constantly opening for The Allman Brothers,Outlaws,Boston,Beach Boys Steve Miller…you name it. After his stint with SB, he then joined the band STARZ, who were already a world famous band. He recorded the now infamous Coliseum Rock with them and continued to tour opening for RUSH, TED NUGENT,STYX and others. After STARZ breakup, Bobby settled into the session, scene playing on many records including BENNY MARDONES’ “INTO THE NIGHT”..
His musical resume’ included time with Tycoon,Ellen Foley and Suzanne Fellini.He then joined FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS who were just coming off two Top Ten singles. With the KO’s he played headlining shows and opened for Toto,The Beach Boys and many more. Bobby also continued his session work in New York recording with Clarence Clemmons and playing on many of the fledgling MTV jingles and drops including “THE BASEMENT TAPES” theme. In between all of this he took six months to do a European/UK tour with one of his heroes….STEVE WINWOOD. It was an amazing time for the young NJ guitarist. He met many famous musician’s including another hero…ERIC CLAPTON. Over the course of the next five years, Bobby played on dozens of records. Fiona, Joe Lynn Turner, Robey….even David Hasselhoff….he even ghosted on some records that will of course remain nameless. NYC was a great place to be a musician.In 1987, Bobby won the coveted spot on LOU GRAMM’S solo tour supporting his hit “MIDNIGHT BLUE”. He toured the States,Puerto Rico and Germany in the summer of ‘87 with Lou and band.
In 1989 Bobby released the self titled “MESSANO” CD on Relativity/Strategic/CBS Records.The CD garnered amazing reviews (Four KKKK’s in Kerrang) and lots of airplay and to this day it comes up in many Top 50 lists for ‘80’s AOR Classics. In 1990 while on a tour of Germany with Polygram artist ROBIN BECK, he made a decision that he wanted to put a band together doing Blues,Funk and Traditional Blues songs.In 1992 Bobby Messano & NBO was born. Through many personnel and personal changes,Bobby and his crew traveled hundreds of thousands of miles playing over 2500 shows between 1992 and 1999. In 1997 he recorded his second critically acclaimed solo CD…DOMINION ROADS. The CD was released on Ichiban/EMI Records, which went bankrupt shortly after it’s release. The collapse of the label left many excellent artists stranded. Between 1999 and 2002,Bobby searched for a label to re-release DOMINION ROADS and moved from Virginia Beach to Nashville. He also became one of the Blues Rock stars on the fledgling MP3.COM staying at # 1 for 6 months. In 2002, DOMINION ROADS found a new home with Fishhead Records in Cleveland. The renamed,remastered and repackaged DR came out as HOLDIN’ GROUND and garnered a First Round Grammy Nomination and rave reviews World Wide from Blues Radio and the Blues Press.
Bobby lived in Nashville for 9 years, with a short and not so sweet stint in Southwest Florida. He continued to write,produce and play and toured out of Nashville with MCA artist Alecia Elliot, and Number One charting artists Steve Holy, Rodney Atkins and Jimmy Wayne. Bobby also continued doing acoustic and electric dates both solo and with his band. In 2006 he co-Produced the new Shadows of Knight CD, “A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER” and went on the road supporting it on the “LITTLE STEVEN UNDERGROUND GARAGE BAND TOUR”. In 2007, for the first time in nearly 20 years, Bobby relocated to the NYC/NJ area after the passing of his father. 2008 was an exciting year with the re-release of his critically acclaimed 1989 tour de force Rock CD “MESSANO” . Succesful supporting shows in Las Vegas and The Rocklahoma Festival followed as well as some Headlining and co-headling (Fabulous T-Birds) shows and festivals. In 2008 Bobby also finished his follow up to “HOLDIN’ GROUND” , “TRIALS TRAUMAS TRIBULATIONS AND DEMOS” which contained new tracks, demos and songs that were written for TV and other artists, most unreleased. It was released in January 2009 on ITunes,Amazon MP3 and Rhapsody. Bobby spent 2009 on the road supporting TTT&D. 2010 began with Bobby signing to Wayne Brook’s Chicago based BLUES ISLAND organization, and his first LIVE CD, “LIVE IN MADISON” was released on March 12,2010.

Jun
15
Fri
Mike Law Birthday Bash
Jun 15 @ 9:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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

Jun
16
Sat
Professor Harp
Jun 16 @ 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.

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

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

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

Jun
21
Thu
The Big Sway
Jun 21 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 22 @ 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!

Jun
22
Fri
George T. Gregory Band
Jun 22 @ 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.

Jun
23
Sat
Sara Ashleigh Band
Jun 23 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Sara Ashleigh Band pays homage to some of the best blues, rock, and country artists of our time. Sara Ashleigh got her start with the bluegrass band “Haydaze” and went on to play with “Blues for President”, “Push the Blues”, and her current incarnation, “The Sara Ashleigh Band”. Her influences include Susan Tedeschi, Grace Potter, Bonnie raitt, and Nina Simone to name a few. She has opened for national acts such as Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers) and Charlie Farren (Joe Perry Project and Farenheit), as well as regional acts like Jeff Pitchell and Texas Flood

Jun
26
Tue
Kyle Langlois
Jun 26 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Kyle Langlois is a young, aspiring musician from Western MA. He is currently a Sophomore at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is majoring in Music Performance on Guitar. Kyle is the bass vocalist for On The Vox, one of Berklee’s premier a cappella groups, and a Student Ambassador, representing Berklee at events on campus and around the country.

In high school, Kyle played bass clarinet in the Honors Wind Ensemble, guitar and tenor sax in the Jazz Bands, and sang in the Honors Camerata Choir. He is also classically trained in piano.

Kyle first performed on stage at age 7 in the Dan Kane Singers’ Christmas Show, with a solo performance before an audience of 5,000. He began his formal music instruction that same year and spent the next 10 years studying piano, guitar, bass clarinet and voice.

In 2015, Kyle played bass clarinet in the MMEA District Orchestra and went on to earn the principal seat in the All-State Orchestra, performing at Boston’s Symphony Hall. He was awarded scholarships to the UMass Jazz in July program and Berklee College of Music’s 5-week Summer Music Program. He also won First Place in the Majestic Theater’s 2015 Season Open Mic Night.

In 2016, Kyle earned the principle chair on bass clarinet in the MMEA District Band as well as a seat in the All-State Symphonic Band. He was one of 20 top students from the Berklee Summer Music Program to earn a four year scholarship.

In January 2017, Kyle was nominated by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to represent Massachusetts as a candidate for the U. S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of only two students nominated from Hampden County in Massachusetts. Presidential Scholars are selected for outstanding performance in academics, leadership and community service ​along with exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.

In May, Kyle was awarded the 2017 Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, which recognizes one high school senior for outstanding musical achievement in the area of jazz and an incredible dedication to their high school jazz program. He also received the Massachusetts Music Education Association’s Western District Scholarship and the Albert J. Mastroianni Scholarship, awarded to a student who has a strong work ethic, good character, involvement in community service and plans to further their achievements in the musical arts.

Kyle enjoys playing a variety of pop/rock hits on guitar, piano and mandolin at local venues, private parties and charitable events. He continuously strives to improve his musical abilities, spending most of his free time practicing when not performing. Kyle looks forward to pursuing a career in what he ​loves most, making music.

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

Jun
28
Thu
Lady Lupine
Jun 28 @ 9:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Lady Lupine is a Boston based soul and rock band that delivers thrilling performances of originals and covers. Their sound is a unique blend of poignant lyrics, robust rhythms and alluring melodies. Drawing inspiration from artists like Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Vulfpeck and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings; Lady Lupine creates an engaging experience while cultivating visceral connections through sound.

Jun
29
Fri
Night Train
Jun 29 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 30 @ 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.

Jun
30
Sat
The Love Dogs
Jun 30 @ 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

Jul
3
Tue
Eric French
Jul 3 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

After twenty years playing guitar, fifteen years in remission from leukemia, and now two albums into a career as a singer/ songwriter, Eric French has even more love for the blues than when he started. Celebrating milestones is satisfying, but the constant change that brings new experiences is what keeps things passionate. His band’s roster, his tone, even his songwriting style has matured since his debut double record in 2010. This is evidenced by his second LP, Old City Blues.

Jul
4
Wed
Closed for the Holiday
Jul 4 all-day
Jul
5
Thu
Buddy McEarns
Jul 5 @ 9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Imagine an olde-west swang thang electrified and brought forward in time so that the end result would be both new and nostalgic, garage-y loose and respectful of tradition, all at the same time. The guy’s style is unique and engaging.

Jul
6
Fri
Lil Big
Jul 6 @ 9:00 pm – 11:55 pm

Local Band. Original songs, classic rock covers, today’s hits.

Jul
7
Sat
Cold Shot
Jul 7 @ 9:00 pm – Jul 8 @ 12:00 am

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

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

Jul
10
Tue
Alex2e
Jul 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/

Jul
11
Wed
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Jul 11 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 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