Locals Becky Chace, Dan Lilley, John Fuzek, Mark Cutler, and Pete Vendettuol have put together a wonderful program of Neil Young’s music that’s received great reviews.
The Radiators were formed in New Orleans in 1978, the result of a casual afternoon jam session in keyboardist Ed Volker???¨?«s garage. Volker, drummer Fran Bua, Jr.and guitarist Camile Baudoin were then members of the Rhapsodizers. Guitarist Dave Malone and bassist Reggie Scanlan were in another band, Roadapple, and the magic the 5 musicians conjured up that afternoon was just what they???¨?«d all been searching for. Later that same week they learned several original songs that they still play today. They soon became an integral part of the re-vitalization of the New Orleans music scene that saw the growth of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the birth of the city???¨?«s premier music club, Tipitina???¨?«s. The band played with many legends of New Orleans music: Professor Longhair, Jessie Hill and Ernie K-Doe, as well as being Earl King???¨?«s regular back-up band for many years. A favorite party band for college students throughout the eighties, The Radiators toured extensively all over the U.S., often playing 4 night stands at New York???¨?«s musical mecca, The Lone Star Caf???¨?«. Signed by Epic Records in 1987, they released 3 studio albums, which received widespread radio play and featured such Rads???¨?« classics as ???¨?«Like Dreamers Do???¨?«, ???¨?«Doctor Doctor???¨?«, ???¨?«Confidential???¨?« and ???¨?«Suck The Head???¨?«. Currently the band operates their own label, Radz Records, which has re- released 5 classic Rads???¨?« CDs, Heat Generation, Work Done On Premises, Bucket Of Fish, New Dark Ages and The Radiators. In addition in July 2008 the label released the critically acclaimed 30th Anniversary 2 -CD compilation Wild & Free and in May 2009 the band released The Lost Southlake Sessions, recorded in the early 90???¨?«s and thought to have been lost to the floods and humidity of New Orleans. Time has seasoned The Radiators, but far from slowing down they still keep up a brisk and comprehensive touring schedule playing close to 150 dates a year all over the country. Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, Maceo Parker, David Bromberg and George Porter Jr. are just some of the luminaries who have sat in with the band through the years. In addition The Radiators have held down one of the coveted closing spots at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival for 20+ years and???¨?«.yes, you can still find onstage at Tips and all of the legendary New Orleans???¨?« clubs.
Joe Yannetty is a national comedian whose diverse act and crowd interaction has taken him across the country and around the world performing at the largest and most prestigious comedy clubs in America as well as having made more than 40 television appearances. Yannetty’s TV credits include Comedy Central, HBO, Cinemax, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and ABC’s 20/20 when Joe beat Drew Carey on Star Search. Yannetty has been a guest on dozens of television shows, and has headlined around the world. Yannetty has appeared at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as well as being a regular on cruise ships. In 2001, Yannetty won a Best Screenplay Video Premiere Award for his movie ‘Suckers’ which has been seen on HBO and Cinemax. As a comedian, Yannetty draws on his travels, marriage, family and his Italian heritage. Mike Koutrobis began his comedy career at Stitches Comedy Club in Boston nearly 20 years ago. His comedy style combines a witty, yet sarcastic commentary on interesting and the not so interesting people he has met in his travels, his life growing up in an occasionally dysfunctional family and the difficulties of being a man. Mike is a regular at clubs and colleges all across New England and New York; opening for such performers as Harland Williams, Bob Nelson, Lenny Clarke and Reno Collier. He can also be seen in the movies ‘Bride Wars’, ‘Mall Cop’ and ‘The Invention of Lying.’ Paul Keenan is one of Boston’s newest stars having been a finalist in the Sierra Mist Comedy Search, HBO Standup Standoff, Catch a New Rising Star contest and the Rhode Island Comedy Festival. He was also a semi finalist in the Great Canadian Laugh Off international comedy competition and appeared in the Boston Comedy Festival. He has appeared in many of New England’s best clubs, including The Comedy Connection (Boston, Portland and Rhode Island), Giggles, Catch a Rising Star (Providence), the New York Comedy Club and Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, Canada.
He’s a five-time Grammy Award and one of the finest blues guitar players on the planet. He’s got a smooth and silky voice and one hot band. It doesn’t get any better than this.
James Hunter is little more than the sum of his influences, but when those are Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and James Brown, who could ask for more? The British blue-eyed soul singer, praised by Van Morrison as one of music’s best voices and best kept secrets, He’s got a skin tight band and bucketful of great tunes.
One of the most soulful and charismatic singers on the scene today. Joan had a huge hit with ‘One of Us’. She was featured in the 2002 documentary film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers. She and her band accompanied the Dixie Chicks for a national tour in the summer of 2003, during which time she also joined veteran San Francisco jam-rockers The Dead as a vocalist. In writing songs for her new album ‘Little Wild One’ Joan Osborne fell under the spell of two of New York’s most beloved poets. ‘The album’s opening track, ‘Hallelujah in the City’, is a riff on the idea of the city as a spiritual place,’ says Osborne. ‘This idea comes up in Walt Whitman’s and Alan Ginsberg’s poetry, the concept that the shared bond of humanity of all the citizens, all their interactions, adds up to a unique environment of the soul. Truly a unique and wonderful artist.
JOHN GORKA is an honored icon of folk tradition. Energetic acoustic music that is not a trend, not a fad, but an expression of everyday life, is his trademark. John’s rich baritone voice and unique songcraft weave a magical spell that can only be described as ‘Gorka.’ ‘Gorka is widely heralded for the sophisticated intelligence and provocative originality of his songs.’ – Boston Globe
Members of Morphine & Jeremy Lyons is a power trio that abstains from the rock-god clich?? through a lineup of two-string bass (Jeremy Lyons), baritone sax (Dana Colley), and drums (Jerome Deupree). Dana runs his bari sax through all kinds of guitar-like electronics and references Rahsaan Roland Kirk with his circular-breathing and blowing two saxes at once. Jeremy adds the smoldering heat of the Delta blues honed during his decade-plus of playing the streets and clubs of New Orleans. Dana and Jerome, the surviving members of Morphine, update and push beyond the legacy of that ’90s underground favorite.
Andrea Belanger, a senior at Berklee College of Music is a singer/songwriter with a depth and soul beyond her years. After three years in the making Andrea will be performing her debut album ‘Light Up the Dark’ in it’s entirety. Light Up the Dark showcases Andrea’s story telling while bridging organic sounds with synthetic.
Gretchen Parlato??s voice is a thing of wonder. Striking the ideal balance between precision and flexibility, she is never predictable, blurring the lines between singer and instrumentalist as she takes a lyric’and at other times improvised flights of wordless fancy’to places it??s never before been. On In a Dream, her debut album for ObliqSound, which releases August 25, Parlato and her intuitive support team reinvent constantly, Parlato impeccably articulating in a voice so ethereal that the listener might very well feel that he or she is ‘in a dream.’ Coming four years after her self-titled debut, In a Dream finds Parlato embarking on a beguiling journey deep into the heart of both her own compositions and classic material by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others’all of which she instantly makes her own. Each song emerges as a unique world unto itself, yet there??s an undeniable thread linking them all together.